The University of Rhode Island Student Senate approved the budgets for organizations they fund for the 2015-2016 calendar year. Finance Committee member Cody Anderson said there were, “more groups that were satisfied this year than those who were upset.”

One of the groups that was not satisfied with their budget was the Ghost Hunting Team, who requested money for a new camera, but were not granted the funds.

The Interfraternity Council was granted $2,140 for a stipend for executive positions on the budget.

The comprehensive $1,135,565 budget was reviewed and passed by the Senate members with few objections.

There was controversy surrounding the Multicultural Unity and Student Involvement Council (M.U.S.I.C.) as they asked for funding to help with their first DIVE RI Conference. Senate members wanted to wait before giving the group funding as it was their first year holding the conference and because the group is not yet established. However, the senate voted and passed the motion to give M.U.S.I.C. money for their meeting this year. The funds will go to pay for their keynote speaker.

In other news:

The Senate voted to give $2,974.06 to the URI Powerlifting Team so that they may compete in the collegiate nationals competition. The funds would cover registration fees for three members, the team entry fee, plane tickets, hotel fees and additional coaching. The bill was passed to grant them the funds.

The Outing Club was granted $175 for their overnight event at Rock Spot Climbing for their members.

Senate granted the PINK Women, a funded affiliate, $250 to pay for a DJ for a collaboration with Sigma Chi fraternity to host a Union Dance fundraiser.

The Panhellenic Council asked for $2,100 to fund stipended positions including President, VP of Finance, VP of Parliamentary Procedure, VP of Recruitment and PR, VP of Programming, PR Chair and Internal Communications/IFC Correspondent. The senate will vote on the contingency grant at their next meeting.

The Aerospace and Piloting Organization asked for funding for 10 of their members to attend aviation lessons. The $3,700 would cover instructor fees, ground school instruction, plane rental, and instruction materials. Senate members will vote on this grant at their next meeting.

At their next meeting, the senate will vote to recognize the Society of Wetland Scientists as an unfunded student organization. The society’s mission statement is to “promote understanding, conservation, scientifically based management and sustainable use of wetlands.”

Student Senate’s next meeting is their annual meeting, the second to last meeting of the school year.


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Emma is a senior journalism and English double major with a minor in political science from Cape Cod, Massachusetts. She has worked for the Cigar since her first semester at URI as a staff reporter, then web editor, news editor and finally Editor in Chief. Emma also edits for the URI research magazine, Momentum, and hopes to find a career in political reporting upon her graduation in May.