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It all started when Stony Brook University’s Black Lives Matter movement stood with Mizzou in Nov. 2015. Stony Brook students requested a platform to voice their concerns on campus diversity issues. The school’s administration complied by providing a space for dialogue, Judith Greiman, Chief Deputy to the President and Vice President for Government and Community Relations, said. “[President] Stanley made a deep commitment to them that we would put together a broad-based plan and implement it,” Greiman said. In December, they released an initial draft of the diversity plan for the community to critique. It came back with approximately 130 comments, and was reworked around four key goals: To improve the diversity of the Stony Brook community through enhanced recruitment and retention. To expand educational, research, healthcare and other efforts to ensure that students are able to thrive on campus and as global citizens in a diverse society. To support…

At the Undergraduate Student Government meeting on October 20, a prominent change was introduced to the clubs that are defined as Special Service Council’s clubs They will no longer have the option of refusing to move up the line budget, starting next semester.. The Special Service Councils clubs require a limited amount of funding. This includes clubs that are relatively new or clubs that only require minimum funding in order for them to function to their fullest capacity. If a club is deemed fully-established, it can move up from SSC’s limited funding to the line budget. The new rule states that clubs capable of handling the line budget can no longer stay on as SSC clubs. If these clubs refuse to move up to line budget, their funding will be cut altogether. There is finite money in the SSC collective budget, so this amendment allows for eligible clubs that have…

At the Undergraduate Student Government senate meeting on April 16, the Black Womyn’s Association made their budget appeal and were able to secure their proposed amount for this semester. In the appeal, President of the club, Bianca Baofo, pleaded for senators to approve their $11,727.50 budget, especially because of their upcoming fashion show event on April 25 . They had been scrambling to raise money through impromptu bake sales and other last-ditch fundraising efforts because their budget had gone into an event grant pool. Baofo finally created another budget proposal for both this semester and next year but was told that it would take six weeks to process, surpassing their event date. However, the USG helped her in expediting the process to two weeks and she had to make her case at the budget committee and the senate meetings. There was a debate on whether the club should be allocated…

COALITION, a non-profit organization at Stony Brook University, hit a roadblock on their way to holding an upcoming event. As a part of their goal to introduce upcoming artists from Long Island schools by showcasing them here at the university, the group has planned to hold Outbreak, a friendly battle-of-the-bands type competition. To fund their event, COALITION treasurer Brandon Gordon approached the USG Treasury for an event grant, speaking through the phone during his lunch break with COALITION public relations representative Natasha Reynoso as a live proxy. They presented various event grant proposals for Outbreak, including $500 for giveaway shirts and $150 for a trophy prize, and hoped to secure funding before April 23, when the event would take place. Unfortunately the treasury presented them with frustrating news. According to USG treasurer Kathryn Michaud, an important hold has been placed on their event grant allotment. The club’s constitution failed its…

The Black Womyn’s Association won approval to reinstate their budget on February 19 after weeks of working to resolve issues with the Undergraduate Student Government. Their line budget status was initially revoked by the USG on February 12 after it was frozen due to an alleged failure to follow the Financial Bylaws which require that all clubs hold at least one USG funded event per semester. After losing the club’s budget, the E-Board met with Senator Lloyd Ippolito during his office hours to discuss the issue and create a presentation to get their budget restored. After the President of Black Womyn’s Association, Bianco Boafo — a senior biology major –presented the club’s case to the USG, the problem was shown to be the fault of bad timing and technical difficulties. The club holds large events during the spring semester to celebrate Black History Month in February and Women’s History Month…