At the Council of Organizations meeting on Monday, March 7, the council discussed final preparations for the walk out and teach-in program planned for Tuesday, March 8.
Student Association (SA) Council Chair Shayna Bentley said that “[The walk out] is in no way meant to be disrespectful to our professors” and urged students to talk faculty prior to the event in order to clear up any misunderstandings.
The majority of the meeting was spent discussing the plans for the walk out teach-in and offering the representatives from different groups the opportunity to voice their concerns on the budget.
Groups focused on the importance of remaining educated on the budget and the importance of how money is allocated. Students noted that they had heard others conversing about the Atrium and the money spent on it without realizing it was grant money that couldn’t be spent elsewhere. Council members said they feel these are the type of misunderstandings they need to clear up.
Representatives from sustainability and recycling groups announced that on Thursday, March 10 there would be a Free Market going on in Student Union (SU) 100 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Free Market is meant to be a community gathering where participants can bring and offer clothes, books, media or anything they wish to give away as well as take away what others bring.
Clubs that are in need of a line item budget are urged to go to SU 428 to fill out the required forms. The groups were encouraged to apply for a line for annual programs if they’d like access to money in the upcoming year. Clubs need to apply even if they are already line items. Whoever provides contact information on the forms is encouraged to ensure they can be reached at any time.
The next council meeting will be held on Monday, March 28.