By Caleb Bissinger
Even the largest student organizations saw their budgets shrink this fall, but the Business and Finance Committee (BFC) allocated over $127,000 to student organizations for the coming semester, meeting 77 percent of budget requests. This figure represents a massive jump from this semester, when they met only 36 percent of requests.
BFC Co-Chair Rob Mueller ’12 attributed the spike in allocations to more conservative requests from organizations. “I think people requested less money this semester,” he said. Mueller added that the BFC’s overall budget saw a marginal increase after cuts to the Mount Vernon Shuttle. The Horn Gallery received $22,000, 84 percent of its total request and a $3,000 increase from this fall. They now surpass Social Board as the College’s most funded group. Other organizations did not fare as well. Women’s Rugby received only 34.4 percent of its budget request, though the team still walked away with nearly $4,000. The Stairwells and the squash team were the only organizations that failed to recieve funding.
Defending the Committee’s decision, Mueller said, “Stairwells asked for personal things. We don’t pay for personal expenses.” The squash team, on the other hand, received generous funding in the fall, which the BFC believes will carry the team through the spring.