UGBC Breaks Down Budget
Eight UGBC Executives To Receive Stipends, Allocation Of Funds Explained
Published: Thursday, September 12, 2013
Updated: Thursday, September 12, 2013 03:09
On Tuesday night, the Student Assembly approved the budget for UGBC for the 2013-14 academic year. For the first time, the budget, sent to the Student Assembly by Matt Nacier, UGBC President and A&S ’14, was broken down into line items beneath the headings of each division of the Executive Branch.
During the Student Assembly meeting, Tommy Steichen, UGBC vice president of financial affairs (VPFA) and CSOM ’14, explained each line of the budget to the Senators and guests present and fielded questions on the purposes and planned uses of each allocation of funds. These funds came from UGBC’s apportionment of the Student Activities Fee, which amounted to $575,439, and carry-forward from last year’s budget, which amounted to $63,075. This carry-forward was partially from unused funding from the previous year and partially from funds set aside for emergencies and for costs incurred over the summer and at the beginning of the year before a budget is approved.
The Office of the President received $16,652 in funding, most of which went into a discretionary fund. The rest went to cover operating expenses.
The UGBC Leadership Academy (ULA), which replaced the three leadership programs that the former Cabinet, AHANA Leadership Council (ALC), and the GLBTQ Leadership Council (GLC) used to run, received $13,600 in funding. This money is appropriated to fund events for the participants, an overnight retreat, food for certain meetings, and two dinners.
The Department of Student Organizations received $4,000 for division projects. Nacier explained that this money was to be used to reach out to Registered Student Organizations (RSOs). Matt Alonsozana, executive vice president and A&S ’14, added that they hoped to offer a marketing and banner station to student organizations.
The Office of the Press Secretary received $20,000 for publicizing events, making t-shirts, and printing costs. The Programming Department received a total of $360,001, which was divided between On-Campus programming, BC2Boston, and Heritage programming. On-Campus programming received the bulk of the money—$245,232—while BC2Boston received $29,428 and Heritage events received $85,341.
The Student Assembly received $37,000, which covers their operating costs, research expenses, and an allocation for the fall and the spring to give to organizations requesting it. The Department of Student Initiatives was allocated $62,328.55 to fund events to raise awareness for different causes. Events like BC Ignites, Love Your Body Week, CARE Week, and the UNITY dinner fall into this category.
As a whole, the Department of Diversity and Inclusion was allocated $58,893.68. Of that amount, $31,948.18 went to ALC, $22,945 went to GLC, and $4,000 went to other expenses in the department.
In addition to the departmental allocations, money was also allocated to pay stipends to the senior executives in UGBC.
“The salaries have never been a secret in the past and have always been $6,000 for the President and $6,000 for the Vice President,” Nacier said. “However, we took a substantial pay cut this year. It went from $6,000 to $4,500 for the President and $6,000 to $3,500 for the Vice President. The salaries for the Vice Presidents of the divisions turned out to be $2,200.”
Nacier also said that they are looking at how the money is being distributed to the executives.
“The money will not be just given out,” Nacier said. “[We are] also working with SPO to find a way to hold them accountable, so if they are not showing up for office hours, if they are not performing in their department, if they aren’t coming to meetings, the stipend will not be given to them.”
He also explained that the reasoning for the stipends was the workload asked of the executives. He noted that they did not want to exclude students who needed to work to support themselves at school.
“For a lot of students, you don’t want to deter the possibility that a student who could potentially be on work-study or be working somewhere else not be willing to be a part of UGBC,” Nacier said.
In addition to the top executives being paid less, Nacier also added that UGBC was formerly responsible for paying the entirety of the salary of their Administrative Assistant. Now that assistant also works in another department and UGBC is only responsible for paying part of her salary.