I would like to start this article off with some congratulations. As the winter sports seasons come to an end, we have many club sports teams to highlight as they continue to compete at the highest level. We have three teams that have qualified for nationals. A huge congratulations and good luck to the curling team, the ski team, and the racquetball team; they will be continuing their seasons in the upcoming weeks representing RPI while competing against the best in the nation. We also have two teams; which are competing in their regional tournaments this weekend: ACHA ice hockey and wrestling will be competing for a chance to continue their seasons and play in nationals. Good luck to all teams competing and congratulations on your success so far.
This past week was very eventful. There was no Executive Board meeting last week due to lack of new club business, however a good number of the board members attended Thursday’s Senate meeting where the vote on the Student Activity Fee Recommendation was reconsidered. The Senators held a lengthy discussion in which they asked the Executive Board for any remaining points of clarification on the budget and the Activity Fee. The motion to approve the recommendation passed 21-3-3 and the recommendation has been passed on to the Board of Trustees for the final approval. Upon approval the Activity Fee for the 2015–2016 school year will be $658 for underclassmen and $353 for upperclassmen.
The motion on the Union Annual Report was next on the Senate agenda. The UAR committee worked tirelessly over the long weekend to make the suggested changes and add more information to increase the clarity of the document and transparency in the budgeting process and decisions. Some of the highlighted additions to this version were a section on the Rensselaer Union Executive Board and the budgeting process, a section with expanded budget notes, information on class dues, history, and purpose. There was also an addition of a full table showing the calculation of the Activity Fee recommendation. To help show club subsidy trends another year was added to the tables in back. An appendix was also added with information on club specific historical spending and returns. Finally a clarification was added on the difference between “administrative budgets” and the “administration office” as well as the funds transfer between the Mueller Center, facilities, and administration budgets that accounted for the apparent $200 thousand increase in the administration budget. The motion to approve the UAR passed 22-0-0. A big thanks to the UAR committee, and especially its chairman, Shoshana Rubinstein ’15 for all of their hard work.
This weekend there was also the annual Winter Carnival, this year’s theme was AVALANCHE! Each year this awesome campus event is planned by the students on the Winter Carnival Committee, and I want to thank them for all of their hard work in putting together this awesome event. Although it was uncharacteristically cold, there was great participation in the games and plenty of prizes to be earned. My congratulations go out to the team which built the tank sled, the first place honor was earned through your engineering and creativity using only cardboard and duct tape. I hope that everyone completed their activity checklist and earned the opportunity to make their stuffed animal. Personally, I made a moose, and he is adorable. Then we got to finish out the night at the Houston Field House supporting our women’s ice hockey team as they defeated Colgate University and celebrated their seniors in their last home game, with a wonderful free skate after.
In this week’s meeting, the Executive Board will be short and sweet with no club business; we will just be receiving updates from our committees. As always if you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact me or stop by my office hours which are 8:30–10:30 am on Wednesdays!