By Graham Reid
The Business and Finance Committee plans to increase funding for several programs as a result of a budget surplus.
“A lot of clubs didn’t spend money that they were allocated last semester, so we have some money this year,” BFC Co-Chair Michael Marting ’14 said.
Student Council approved the bylaw changes on Sept. 22, which include the reversal of a policy that disallowed reimbursement for travel expenses to Mount Vernon, a doubling of funding for the Equestrian Club, and a doubling of the money allocated to Fun Funds to $6,000.
Because of the Mount Vernon travel bylaw, BFC Co-Chair Eleanor Ritchie ’14 said, “We [felt] that we [were] disservicing a lot of service organizations [and] a lot of religious organizations that do need to go to Mount Vernon on a regular basis.”
Fun Funds is a program that provides funding for food for public activities, like the pizza for Beer & Sex meetings.
The Equestrian Club, meanwhile, has relied largely on fundraising and parent donations to sustain itself. “We’re in a position where we can fill that gap,” Ritchie said.
The BFC, which is backed by the mandatory student activities fee, funds Kenyon’s student organizations as well as services such as the Mount Vernon shuttle.
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