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2012 – 2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Presented by Student Assembly via Resolution 34 December 5, 2011

Presented by: Adam Nicoletti ‘12 SA Vice President for Finance

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TABLE OF CONTENTS S.A. Resolution # 34: 2012-2014 Byline Funding Proposal ........................................................... 4 Executive Summary ........................................................................................................................ 7 Byline Funding Process & Committee Methodology ..................................................................... 7 Process ........................................................................................................................................ 7 Methodology ............................................................................................................................... 8 Appropriations Committee Membership ........................................................................................ 8 Student Activity Fee Breakdown, 2012-2014 Byline Funding Cycle ............................................ 9 Contact Information ........................................................................................................................ 9 Descriptions of By-Line Funded Organizations and Funding Rationales .................................... 10 ALANA - $8.75 ........................................................................................................................ 10 Alternative Breaks - $1.35 ........................................................................................................ 10 Athletics and Physical Education - $10.00 ............................................................................... 11 Big Red Bikes - $2.00 ............................................................................................................... 11 Coffee Hour - $0.00 (ineligible) ............................................................................................... 12 Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (CAPSU) - $0.00 ............................................. 12 Cornell Cinema - $10.00 ........................................................................................................... 13 Convocation - $10.50 ................................................................................................................ 14 Class Councils - $2.50 .............................................................................................................. 14 Club Insurance - $5.10 .............................................................................................................. 15 Collegiate Readership Program - $6.00 .................................................................................... 15 Community Center Councils - $2.00 ........................................................................................ 15 Community Partnership Board - $2.00 ..................................................................................... 16 Cornell Concert Commission (CCC) - $12.00.......................................................................... 16 Cornell University Program Board (CUPB) - $7.50 ................................................................. 17 CU Tonight - $9.50 ................................................................................................................... 17 EARS - $1.25 ............................................................................................................................ 18 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - $3.90 ........................................................................... 18 Haven - $3.00 ............................................................................................................................ 18 International Students Board (ISB) - $2.34 .............................................................................. 19 Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC) - $0.50 ............................................................... 19 Minds Matter - $1.50 ................................................................................................................ 20

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Orientation Steering Committee – $7.60 .................................................................................. 20 Outdoor Odyssey - $1.25 .......................................................................................................... 21 SAFC - $84.16 .......................................................................................................................... 22 Senior Week -$5.00 .................................................................................................................. 22 Slope Day Programming Board - $18.00 .................................................................................. 23 Slope Media Group - $1.25 ....................................................................................................... 23 Student Assembly - $2.20 ......................................................................................................... 24 Welcome Weekend - $2.55 ....................................................................................................... 24 Women's Resource Center - $3.50 ............................................................................................ 25 WSH Student Union Board - $1.80 .......................................................................................... 25

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Originally Presented On

12/1/2011

Type of Action

Legislation

Status/Result

Passed 22-0-0, 12/2/2011

S.A. Resolution # 34: 2012-2014 Byline Funding Proposal Sponsored by: Adam Nicoletti ‘12 Whereas, The Vice President for Finance is charged by Appendix A of the Student Assembly Charter with presenting the recommendations of the Appropriations Committee in the form of a legislative resolution. Whereas, The recommendations contained herein represent the collective recommendations of the Appropriations Committee for each by-line funded organization. Be it therefore resolved, That the Student Assembly endorses the Byline Funding allocations contained in the addendum and that these allocations be forwarded to President Skorton for approval. Respectfully Submitted, Adam Nicoletti ‘12 At-Large Representative Vice President for Finance Attachments: Student Activity Fee Proposal Student Activity Fee Comparison Data

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Student Activity Fee Allocation Proposal 2012-2014 Byline Funding Cycle Organization

2012 - 2014 Allocation

% Chg

ALANA

$8.75

20.7%

Alternative Breaks

$1.35

35.0%

Athletics and Physical Education

$10.00

--

Big Red Bikes

$2.00

Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (CAPSU)*

--

--

Class Councils

$2.50

--

Club Insurance

$5.10

8.5%

Coffee Hour*

--

--

Collegiate Readership Program (CRP)

$6.00

--

Community Center Councils

$2.00

(33.3%)

Community Partnership Board (CPB)

$2.00

--

Convocation

$10.50

23.5%

Cornell Cinema

$10.00

--

Cornell Concert Commission (CCC)

$12.00

--

CUTonight Funding Commission

$9.50

(5.0%)

Cornell University Program Board (CUPB)

$7.50

--

EARS

$1.25

--

Emergency Medical Service (EMS)

$3.90

1.6%

Haven

$3.00

36.4%

International Students Board

$2.34

14.7%

Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC)

$0.50

--

Minds Matter

$1.50

50.0%

Orientation Steering Committee (OSC)

$7.60

15.2%

Student Assembly Finance Commission (SAFC)

$84.16

5.0%

Senior Week

$5.00

--

Slope Day Programming Board (SDPB)

$18.00

--

Slope Media Group*

$1.25

--

Student Assembly (SA)

$2.20

(10.2%)

Welcome Weekend

$2.55

(7.3%)

Outdoor Odyssey

$1.25

(16.7%)

Women's Resource Center (WRC)

$3.50

75.0%

WSH Student Union Board (SUB)

$1.80

44.0%

Total Student Activity Fee

$229.00

100.0%

6.0%

* represents a new applicant for the 2012-2014 funding cycle

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Student Activity Fee Comparison Data 2012-2014 Byline Funding Cycle Organization

2010 - 2012 Allocation

2012 - 2014 Request Allocation

% Chg

ALANA

$7.25

$9.00

$8.75

20.7%

Alternative Breaks

$1.00

$1.50

$1.35

35.0%

Athletics and Physical Education

$10.00

$10.00

$10.00

--

Big Red Bikes

$1.00

$2.00

$2.00

Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (CAPSU)*

--

$1.50

--

--

Class Councils

$2.50

$3.00

$2.50

--

Club Insurance

$4.70

$5.10

$5.10

8.5%

Coffee Hour*

--

$0.50

--

--

Collegiate Readership Program (CRP)

$6.00

$6.00

$6.00

--

Community Center Councils

$3.00

$3.00

$2.00

(33.3%)

Community Partnership Board (CPB)

$2.00

$2.00

$2.00

--

Convocation

$8.50

$11.60

$10.50

23.5%

Cornell Cinema

$10.00

$11.50

$10.00

--

Cornell Concert Commission (CCC)

$12.00

$12.00

$12.00

--

CUTonight Funding Commission

$10.00

$10.00

$9.50

(5.0%)

Cornell University Program Board (CUPB)

$7.50

$7.50

$7.50

--

EARS

$1.25

$1.25

$1.25

--

Emergency Medical Service (EMS)

$3.84

$3.90

$3.90

1.6%

Haven

$2.20

$3.00

$3.00

36.4%

International Students Board

$2.04

$2.34

$2.34

14.7%

Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC)

$0.50

$0.50

$0.50

--

Minds Matter

$1.00

$1.50

$1.50

50.0%

Orientation Steering Committee (OSC)

$6.60

$7.80

$7.60

15.2%

Student Assembly Finance Commission (SAFC)

$80.17

$105.00

$84.16

5.0%

Senior Week

$5.00

$5.50

$5.00

--

Slope Day Programming Board (SDPB)

$18.00

$18.00

$18.00

--

Slope Media Group*

--

$1.50

$1.25

--

Student Assembly (SA)

$2.45

$2.20

$2.20

(10.2%)

Welcome Weekend

$2.75

$2.75

$2.55

(7.3%)

Outdoor Odyssey

$1.50

$1.75

$1.25

(16.7%)

Women's Resource Center (WRC)

$2.00

$4.16

$3.50

75.0%

WSH Student Union Board (SUB)

$1.25

$2.25

$1.80

44.0%

$216.00

$259.60

$229.00

Total Student Activity Fee

100.0%

6.0%

* represents a new applicant for the 2012-2014 funding cycle

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY This report represents the Student Assembly’s proposal for the Student Activity Fee for 2012-2014 and the culmination of the 2012-2014 byline funding process. The Student Assembly, as per Resolution 34 passed on December 2, 2011 by a vote of 22-0-0, recommends that the Student Activity Fee be set at $229/student per year for the 2012-2014 byline funding cycle. The Student Assembly received 32 requests for byline funding, of which 29 were returning applicants and 3 were new applicants. Ultimately, 30 organizations were granted byline funding for the 2012-2014 byline funding cycle. The three new applicants were the following:  Slope Media Group was the only new applicant added to the Fee  Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (CAPSU) was recommended not to receive funding  Coffee Hour was found ineligible for byline funding by the Student Assembly The Student Activity Fee is recommended to be increased 6% over the next two years, which is in line with the 4%-6% guidance the SA received from the administration in spring 2011. The SAFC is recommended to receive 31% of the $13 increase over the 2010-2012 byline funding cycle and the organization will represent 36.75% of the total SAF, down from last cycle in which the SAFC represented 37.12%. The SAFC must receive at least 35% of the total SAF according to Appendix A of the SA Charter. BYLINE FUNDING PROCESS & COMMITTEE METHODOLOGY Process Each Monday, three applicants visited the Appropriations Committee for approximately 40-45 minutes to present their funding request. After a period of closed deliberation, the Committee recommended a funding amount for the organization for the 2012-2014 byline funding cycle. When voting on a recommendation, Committee members voted from the highest potential allocation to the lowest, giving the group the advantage, but were not able to recommend an allocation higher than the amount requested by the applicant. Recommendations from the Appropriations Committee were decided by a majority vote. The Vice President of Finance contacted the organization with the decision and rationale of the Committee shortly after each funding decision was made. Subsequently after, the Appropriations Committee recommendation was announced at the next regularly scheduled SA meeting and the recommendation was either approved or changed by the SA elected representatives. If an applicant was not satisfied with the 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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outcome of the Committee recommendation, they had an opportunity to appeal the decision made by the Appropriations Committee to the entire SA. The SA could overturn the decision of the Appropriations Committee by a two-thirds vote. At the end of the semester, the SA convened a special meeting on December 2, 2011 to approve the final Student Activity Fee recommendation in the form of SA Resolution 34. Methodology In determining whether to allocate SAF funds to an organization or service, the Student Assembly Appropriations Committee looks at the cost of the service relative to the benefit undergraduates derive from it. The ultimate goal of the allocation process is to ensure that Fee money is spent in a way that encourages the highest amount of student engagement and involvement at the least cost to students. In evaluating each request for funds, both objective statistics and subjective measures are utilized; for example, net cost per attendee and administrative spending / total funding are helpful when compared alongside subjective measures such as diversity of affected students and worth to the entire Cornell community. In making funding recommendations, the Appropriations Committee analyzes an organization’s past performance as well as future plans to expand, keeping in mind the current and long-term perceived student demand for those offerings/services. APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE MEMBERSHIP Name

Email

Membership

Year

Adam Nicoletti

abn37@cornell.edu

Chair (SA)

2012

Rahul Kishore

rvk23@cornell.edu

Community

2012

Emily Cusick

egc43@cornell.edu

Community

2012

Lindsey Brous

lb427@cornell.edu

Community

2012

Justin Morant

jm927@cornell.edu

Community

2013

Alex Pruce

ajp284@cornell.edu

Community

2013

Roneal Desai

rpd56@cornell.edu

Community

2013

Melissa Lukasiewicz

mrl88@cornell.edu

Community

2014

Jonathan Rau

jdr252@cornell.edu

SA

2012

Nate Treffeisen

nt222@cornell.edu

SA

2012

Adam Gitlin

amg288@cornell.edu

SA

2013

Stephen Breedon

skb75@cornell.edu

SA

2014

Greg Hoffman

gmh48@cornell.edu

SA

2014

Ross Gitlin

rhg68@cornell.edu

SA

2015

Don Muir

dem279@cornell.edu

SA

2015

EJ Yeterian

ejy24@cornell.edu

SA

2015

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STUDENT ACTIVITY FEE BREAKDOWN, 2012-2014 BYLINE FUNDING CYCLE Club Insurance, $5.10 CRP, $6.00

Senior Week, $5.00

CUPB, $7.50 OSC, $7.60

Other Groups, $34.89

ALANA, $8.75

CUTonight, $9.50

Cornell Cinema, $10.00 Athletics, $10.00

SAFC, $84.16 Convocation, $10.50

CCC, $12.00 Slope Day, $18.00

CONTACT INFORMATION Natalie Raps President, Student Assembly Email: nrr25@cornell.edu Phone: 301.801.2371 Adam Nicoletti Vice President for Finance, Student Assembly Email: abn37@cornell.edu Phone: 516.238.9507

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DESCRIPTIONS OF BY-LINE FUNDED ORGANIZATIONS AND FUNDING RATIONALES ALANA - $8.75 Description ALANA is the African Latino Asian Native American (ALANA) Students Program Board. ALANA puts on undergraduate programming as a board and also sponsors events with each of its four member organizations (targeted toward each ALANA constituency) and many other, smaller organizations. ALANA is also responsible for MCFAB, the Minority Concert Fund Advisory Board, which seeks to bring multicultural musical acts to Cornell’s campus. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $8.75 The Committee appreciated meeting with ALANA and felt its leadership had made great strides in beginning to refocus the mission of ALANA towards more intercultural community building. As a result of the recently proposed Umbrella Programming Fund as a part of ALANA, the organization refocused its byline funding request to reflect a $1.50 desired increase. The Committee felt that the UPF proposal was a good way to begin addressing issues of resource allocation in the community of color as well as for umbrella organizations. Committee members expressed a desire that the entire increase ($1.50) go towards the UPF as well as an additional part of ALANA's existing funding, an amount to be guided by future community discussion. Finally, committee members understood that due to the UPF proposal, the original request for MCFAB expansion plans had to be delayed and the Committee encourages ALANA to work closely with the SA to foster this program in the future. Alternative Breaks - $1.35 Description Alternative Breaks was added to the Student Activity Fee in the 2010-2012 byline funding cycle. The organization sends approximately 100 students per year on service trips during Spring Break. Trip locations have ranged from helping with Hurricane Katrina rebuilding in New Orleans to volunteering at a LGBTQ shelter in New York City. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $1.35 The Committee felt that Alternative Breaks offers a terrific service for undergraduates seeking to perform a wide variety of service projects over spring break. Committee members praised the continual growth in information session attendees as well as applicants over the last three years. Therefore, members felt that an increase was necessary to continue the growth of the program and accommodate more interested applicants. However, many committee members felt that trip participants should be responsible for taking on some of the additional costs of the programs. They felt that an increase to $1.35 would allow the organization to continue with most of their desired 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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expansion while allowing participants to pay for any additional costs for further expansion. Some committee members felt that the amount spent for food and certain trip activities, including the NYC play, was not essential but others argued that these items were already at extremely low and barebones levels. Overall, the Committee recognizes the value of Alternative Breaks as a student-led program and seeks to continue investing in the program, bearing in mind the SAF contribution relative to student participants' contributions. Athletics and Physical Education - $10.00 Description The Student Activity Fee provides general support to Athletics’ operating budget through the Big Red Sports Pass. The SAF also supports Athletics’ marketing and publicity efforts to undergraduate students. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $10.00 The Committee appreciates the partnership that Athletics sustains with students through this by-line funding arrangement. Committee members were pleased to fund $7 for the BRSP as well as $3 for marketing and felt that improved school spirit is an important goal. In addition, the Committee acknowledges this mutually beneficial funding structure that allows students to attend most athletic events free of charge. Big Red Bikes - $2.00 Description Big Red Bikes was added to the Student Activity Fee in the 2010-2012 byline funding cycle. Big Red Bikes is rapidly building a bike share program on campus between the libraries on campus such as at Uris, Carpenter, Mann, and the Veterinary School. Students are able to borrow bikes for free for up to 24 hours. The organization utilizes an online check-in/check-out system as well as receives support through the Cornell library system. This program is supported in part by the Transportation and Mail Services department and Cornell Outdoor Education. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $2.00 The Committee appreciated the professionalism of Big Red Bikes' presentation and the thoroughness of their proposal. Committee members felt that Big Red Bikes provides a great service to Cornell undergraduates and looks forward to funding future growth for the organization. Much of the increase in funding was due to the projected purchase of new, more durable bicycles. Committee members felt that these bicycles would enhance the overall rider experience and attract new users to the bike share program. In addition, the new bikes would likely require less maintenance in the future and would have a longer life span of 5+ years in contrast to the 3-5 year life span of the current bikes. In short, the new bikes, although initially seen by some committee members as an 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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unnecessary additional convenience, would not only bring more students to the program but also reduce future costs for the organization. In addition, committee members supported the organization's push to expand the number of bike stations around campus to appeal to more groups of Cornell undergraduates. While most committee members supported a full increase, some were concerned about the future of the organization's leadership and encouraged them to continue to build up their ongoing membership base. In addition, members encouraged Big Red Bikes to track the graduate student usage of the program over the next 2 years and apply for GPSA funding, if appropriate. Coffee Hour - $0.00 (ineligible) Description Coffee Hour was a new applicant for byline funding this year but was found ineligible by the Appropriations Committee to receive byline funding. The organization proposes creating opportunities for students to intermix and meet one another over coffee, tea and other snacks. Each week would have a different theme to encourage a wide array of conversations. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale – $0.00 (ineligible) The Committee felt that Coffee Hour’s proposal had merits and was an interesting way to promote the mixing of undergraduates at Cornell. However, committee members were hesitant to approve eligibility for Coffee Hour due to a lack of organizational experience and past track record. The Committee felt that Coffee Hour had not explored their idea and tested it in the community enough to warrant byline funding. Though committee members felt that the idea of bringing students together and bridging organizational gaps was a worthy goal, most didn’t think that the idea was ready to be implemented on a large scale. The Committee encourages Coffee Hour to reach out to other funding sources such as WSH SUB, Dean of Students Office, and CUTonight for future support. Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union (CAPSU) - $0.00 Description CAPSU was a new applicant for byline funding this year but was recommended not to receive funding by the Student Assembly. The Cornell Asian Pacific Islander Student Union is the umbrella organization for all Asian and Asian‐Interest groups on Cornell University’s campus. The organization aims to bring undergraduate organizations representing students of Asian descent together to facilitate networking among the members of the community. CAPSU strives to be the platform for the Cornell community to learn about and understand many diverse ethnic backgrounds in order to form a more cohesive community.

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Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $0.00 Committee members felt that CAPSU gave compelling arguments as to the necessity of an increase in resources for the Asian & Asian American Community. Committee members were responsive to the fact that the Asian and Asian American Community at Cornell is fractured, and commended CAPSU’s actions and plans towards fostering a greater sense of community. Some members of the Appropriations Committee identified that it is important to grant CAPSU financial security in order to ensure smooth functioning of the organization and its member organizations for years to come. However, committee members felt that while funding CAPSU directly out of the SAF would grant the organization financial stability, it would set an unintentional precedent with regard to adding new student organizations to the Student Activity Fee. It is a growing concern that the more organizations funded directly out of the SAF, the greater the inflation rate will rise from year to year, negatively impacting students. In addition, committee members felt that adding CAPSU to the Fee would distance it from other culturally-based organizations and would not be strategic in the long term structure of the SAF. Committee members also felt that there are other avenues through which CAPSU can still receive adequate levels of funding without being independently added to the fee. Overall, the Committee appreciated CAPSU’s attention to bringing these important issues to the forefront of the community discussion and encourages the organization to work with the SA in the future. Cornell Cinema - $10.00 Description Cornell Cinema produces movies in both Willard Straight and Uris Hall both for education, as part of the Department of Theater, Film, and Dance and for entertainment. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $10.00 The Committee appreciated meeting with Cornell Cinema and felt the organization had addressed many concerns from the previous by-line funding cycle. For instance, the Cinema tremendously improved the role of its Student Advisory Board and welcomed more student involvement. In addition, the separation of an account for specifically SAF funds was helpful in reducing confusion of funds flows. Furthermore, the reserve account was reduced due to capital expenditures as well as a slight deficit in FY 20102011. Finally, the Committee acknowledged the important cultural and programmatic role Cornell Cinema plays on campus. However, many Committee members felt that the current level of funding for the Cornell Cinema would be sufficient over the next two years. Many felt that the SAF would subsidize Cornell Cinema more than it should at a cost greater than $10.00 and that the burden should be placed more upon the students that attend each showing. They commented that there appeared to be a disconnect between the cost of higher than $10.00 and the benefit the average student gains from attending a showing. Regardless, members felt that any cuts in the SAF allocation to Cornell Cinema would jeopardize its operations, especially during a time where the 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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Cinema is facing steep budget deficits and economic challenges. Moving forward, Committee members felt that Cinema should seek to increase their ticket revenue and/or make programmatic changes in order to bridge budget deficits and depend less on the SAF as a percentage of its total budget. Convocation - $10.50 Description Convocation is the graduation weekend speaker event on the day preceding Commencement. Since the President of the University historically always speaks at Commencement, Convocation offers the opportunity for seniors to choose an outside speaker to address their class as they depart Cornell. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $10.50 The Committee felt that Convocation is highly-demanded by not only students but also families and local residents. Committee members felt that it was important to provide funding for a top speaker to improve the University’s reputation among other top schools. In addition, many recognized the positive influence a well-known and reputable speaker has on the morale and excitement of the community. The desire for an expensive speaker was balanced with the desire to keep increases in the Student Activity Fee to a minimum. In the context of the tremendous amount of requests for this byline funding cycle, the Committee recommended funding at $10.50/student. Some committee members discussed the possibility of selling tickets to increase funding for Convocation but most agreed that ticket selling would not only upset attendees but would be an added logistical burden for the event as well. Finally, the Committee felt that the University administration was not paying its fair share and should contribute to an event that is seen as simply more than a student-sponsored activity. If the University wishes to continually advertise Convocation to outside parties, it should be willing to take some of the burden off of the Student Activity Fee. Class Councils - $2.50 Description Class Councils is an organization that seeks to plan student programming to instill both class and Cornell pride. Each class is appropriated a certain amount of money for autonomous programming each year. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $2.50 The Committee commends Class Councils for its high level of programming and the continual improvement of its events. While the Committee recognized the importance of Class Councils, Committee members felt that there were no tangible plans or expected new programs that would suggest the necessity of an increase. While the organization suggested one reason for an increase would be the funding of “continuing initiatives”, 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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the Committee felt that the organization had not taken enough time to consider how an additional $0.50 would impact its programming. In addition, the Committee suggests that instead of adding new programs to go in the Pub, it can host existing events there such as Dino’s Homecoming Night. Overall, the Committee appreciates Class Council’s dedication to bringing class years at Cornell together and looks forward to working together in the future. Club Insurance - $5.10 Description Club Insurance provides insurance coverage for all students during the course of their extracurricular activities, both on and off Cornell’s Campus. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $5.10 The committee appreciates the work that Risk Management does in negotiating an insurance plan that covers student organizations. Committee members felt that granting an increase was crucial in supporting a continued insurance policy. Moving forward, the Committee looks forward to working with Risk Management to ensure students are protected from liability at the lowest price possible. Collegiate Readership Program - $6.00 Description The Collegiate Readership program offers free newspapers (The New York Times and the USA Today) to undergraduate students through 22 locations around campus. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $6.00 The Committee was pleased to fund Collegiate Readership Program at $6.00/student for the next byline funding cycle. Committee members felt the program was valuable for undergraduate students and wished to see it continue into the future. The Committee would encourage CRP to work closely with the SA next semester to increase the proportion of New York Times available on campus. Community Center Councils - $2.00 Description Community Centers Councils programs social and educational events in the three community centers: Robert Purcell, Appel, and Noyes. As a result of programmatic challenges on West Campus, Community Center Councils will be dissolving their west campus programming board, Programming on West (POW!).

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Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $2.00 The Committee appreciated meeting with Community Center Councils and for their prudent request to reduce or cut programming that was not serving as great a purpose as originally expected. The organization requested that the Committee consider dissolving funding for Programming on West! (POW!) which served to unify the West Campus community and provide social, educational and cultural programming. The organization stated that POW!'s programming had recently been diluted due to competition with other West Campus based programming boards & councils. As a result, committee members felt that the $1.00/student allocated to POW! should be cut from Community Center Councils. The Committee also considered reallocating part of the $1.00 to North Campus Programming Council (NCPC). While most committee members felt that NCPC had drastically improved in the last two years in terms of student leadership and quality of programming, many felt that there was not a compelling reason to increase funding to NCPC. Most felt that the organization had not given the committee enough of a tangible plan of where additional SAF funding would be used in the 2012-2014 byline funding cycle. Committee members recommended that NCPC continue to program within its $2.00/student budget and collaborate with diverse student organizations to bolster the promotion of its events. Overall, the Committee thanks the organization for its hard work over the last few years and looks forward to working with it in the future. Community Partnership Board - $2.00 Description The Community Partnership Board provides grants to students performing novel community service events in Tompkins County. Events such as Into The Streets were created through Community Partnership Board. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $2.00 The Committee felt that CPB served an important interest in supporting the fledgling service projects of Cornell students. Committee members felt that projects were prudently funded and appreciated the flexibility provided by “rolling grants” as well as CPB’s oversight over such grants. Some recommended that CPB continue to closely evaluate repeat grants given year after year to ensure there would be adequate funding for new innovative grants. Overall, the Committee appreciates the organization’s professionalism and feels it targets an important service need for the Cornell and Ithaca communities. Cornell Concert Commission (CCC) - $12.00 Description Cornell Concert Commission organizes and hosts concerts on the Cornell campus and also co-sponsors small musical acts with other organizations. 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $12.00 The Committee felt that Cornell Concert Commission provides an excellent service to the Cornell community and puts on high quality events. Committee members were pleased with the success of events over the last few years and welcomed the trend of many big-name shows. Members also wanted to encourage co-sponsorships with other organizations to improve collaboration. Overall, the Committee felt that CCC has high quality leadership which can be seen though the high quality of events put on. Cornell University Program Board (CUPB) - $7.50 Description Cornell University Program Board is charged with organizing and producing lecture and entertainment speaker events on Cornell’s campus. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $7.50 The Committee commends CUPB for its strong leadership and commitment to bringing highly demanded talent to Cornell. Committee members were pleased with the financial and operational results over the last few years and felt that CUPB had done a great job in bouncing back to a normal schedule of programming. The level of co-sponsorships was also lauded and the Committee would definitely encourage CUPB to continue working with other organizations in a similar capacity. Overall, the Appropriations Committee felt that CUPB offers a terrific service to undergraduate students and should be funded at the same level again for the next funding cycle. CU Tonight - $9.50 Description CUTonight is a funding board that funds late night, non-alcoholic social events on campus. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $9.50 The Committee appreciated the professionalism and leadership of the group over the last few years as well as the improvements to the appeals process. While the Committee felt that late night programming at Cornell should be a large focus for the community in the upcoming years, most felt that the organization was overfunded by the Student Activity Fee. Committee members noticed that there had been a consistent surplus over the last three years and felt that it reflected excess funding. First, many felt that CUTonight must do a better job in the future to ensure funded groups spend their full allocation. In addition, the Committee felt that the projected level of event funding for the next three years was not reasonable since the group was not able to attain similar levels in the past. Furthermore, the Committee disagreed that an increase in applications was likely and that increases in administrative expenditure should be used to reduce the continual budget surplus. Lastly, while most committee members 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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recognized the need for increased late night programming at Cornell, most felt that the continual surplus in CUTonight’s account could be spent more efficiently by other byline-funded organizations. With a funding level of $9.50, the Committee felt that CUTonight would be able to work down its surplus by improving selectivity and focusing on funding groups that actually utilize its entire allocation. EARS - $1.25 Description EARS (Empathy, Assistance & Referral Services) provides free, confidential counseling for Cornell students. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $1.25 The Committee commends EARS for the high quality service it provides to the Cornell community. Committee members felt that high promotions costs were justified in reaching students and educating them about EARS' services. In addition, the Committee acknowledged the strong demand for EARS and continue to recommend full funding. Overall, the Committee was pleased with EARS' offerings and looks forward to working together in the future. Emergency Medical Services (EMS) - $3.90 Description CU Emergency Medical Services is an emergency response group staffed entirely by fully-trained, volunteer EMTs. EMS provides emergency response for all individuals on Cornell’s campus. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $3.90 The Committee felt that EMS manages its organization and finances well and that it should be funded at the requested amount. In addition, committee members understood the necessity of funding for insurance increases, additional vehicle maintenance, and gasoline price shifts. The Appropriations Committee appreciates the service EMS does for the Cornell Community and looks forward to funding the organization for the upcoming funding cycle. Haven - $3.00 Description Haven is the LGBTQ umbrella funding organization on campus. Haven directly oversees 7 member organizations and also organizes advocacy, education, and social programming.

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Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $3.00 The Committee felt that Haven had a strong track record of well-attended programs and events throughout the last two years. In terms of the $0.30 increase desired for member organization funding, committee members were very supportive of additional funds for new, successful programming. When discussing a $0.50 increase in funding for cosponsorships, committee members were generally positive and felt that many of the planned new programs would be unique and efficiently funded. However, some questioned the necessity of an increase arguing that other funding sources could support the proposed programs or that existing programs were already well-funded and cosponsorship support was not needed. Regardless, the Committee felt that Haven had done a good job at bringing together diverse areas of its constituency as well as reaching out to the broader community through successful programming. The Committee looks forward to working with the organization in the future. International Students Board (ISB) - $2.34 Description The International Students Board is a funding board that seeks to provide programmatic support for the approximately 230 internationally-oriented student groups on campus. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $2.34 The Committee appreciated meeting with ISB and praised the organization's ability to fund groups efficiently. Committee members recognized the growing demand of funding requests and felt that an increase would allow the organization to fund a greater amount of organizations while maintaining efficiency in funding and selectivity in choosing the best projects. Going forward, the committee would recommend that ISB continue to evaluate the proportion of different communities it funds and reach out to other international communities not yet fully represented in ISB's funding. Overall, the Committee supported an increase in funding and looks forward to working with ISB in the future. Multicultural Greek Letter Council (MGLC) - $0.50 Description The MGLC, or Multicultural Greek Letter Council, is the body that oversees all MGLC fraternities and sororities on campus. The MGLC’s by-line funding allocation supports multicultural programming through MGLC chapters. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $0.50 Committee members appreciated MGLC's attention to improving their funding process from the previous cycle. Some members questioned the fact that approximately 50% of the funds go towards chapter's weekend of events for recruitment, however, many 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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pointed out that the events are culturally-based for the entire community and unlike an exclusive event for only recruiting purposes. In addition, some also took issue with the large amount of food in MGLC's budget but felt that it was warranted since food is a substantial element of many cultural programs at Cornell. Overall, the Committee appreciated speaking with MGLC and looks forward to working together in the future. Minds Matter - $1.50 Description Cornell Minds Matter provides mental health advocacy and education to students. Minds Matter also programs study breaks and other stress-reducing events. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $1.50 The Committee felt that Cornell Minds Matter provides highly demanded services and programs for undergraduates and would be able to grow its organization with additional SAF funding. While there weren’t specific plans on how to increase the size or quantity of events, committee members were confident that the organization would be able to use additional funding efficiently to meet additional student demand. For most of the larger CMM events, it was clear that student demand for services was being held back by a lack of funding for the organization. In addition, committee members praised the organization’s “de-stressing” activities as well as its commitment to bringing important mental health topics to the forefront. While the committee did consider the prevalence of trustee gifts in Minds Matter’s budget, it ultimately decided that the gifts could not be counted on or projected to increase over time. Orientation Steering Committee – $7.60 Description The Orientation Steering Committee organizes over 400 Orientation Leaders to provide mentorship for first year students and also plans Orientation Week events for new students. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $7.60 The Committee felt that OSC's request for increased funding should be granted for increased sustainability efforts as well as improved transfer orientation events. First, committee members were pleased with the build-up of the January orientation program as well as the increased number of transfer events and believed that additional funding should go towards supporting those programs. In the case of sustainability efforts, many committee members felt that the reusable water bottle initiative & other sustainable programs (e.g. compostable supplies) was a good way to encourage sustainability at Cornell. However, some questioned the effectiveness or necessity of $9,765 in handouts for new students for sustainable programs. Finally, the Committee did not recommend granting the approximate $0.20/student increase that would have gone towards 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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augmenting the size/flexibility of some of the August events. Many felt that adding additional funding to areas such as First Night, Cultural Event, Hoe Down, and Small Events were not necessary since these events were already successful with the current level of funding. Overall, the Committee appreciates the high quality of Orientation's program and looks forward to working with the organization in the future. Outdoor Odyssey - $1.25 Description Outdoor Odyssey organizes approximately 12 pre-orientation trips for new students, both freshmen and transfer, before Orientation in August. The program also selects and trains trip leaders during the school year. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $0.50 The Committee appreciated meeting with Outdoor Odyssey and felt that trips were good opportunities for freshmen to bond before Orientation week. However, committee members had concerns with the organization's eligibility to receive byline funding as well as other expenses they perceived as unnecessary. First, committee members had concerns with the eligibility of Outdoor Odyssey to receive funding from the Student Activity Fee. Most members felt that the organization did not provide equal access to all students since it almost exclusively advertised at Cornell Days and most students did not have an opportunity to learn about the program before coming to Cornell. In addition, committee members felt that the high cost of the program (ranging from $250-$500, except 3 free trips) was also a preventative barrier for all students to participate. Finally, it seemed that a small amount of students, most of whom could actually afford the trip, were attending and it puzzled committee members why Outdoor Odyssey was the only pre-orientation trip to be funded by the SAF. In addition, committee members felt that the summer salary stipends for trip coordinators and high quality t-shirts offered to trippers were unnecessary. Most didn't feel that the SAF should go towards subsidizing these expenses and felt the trip cost could be reduced if these items were reduced or cut. Ultimately, many on the Committee felt that Outdoor Odyssey should be gradually transitioned away from Student Activity Fee funding over the next two cycles due to the concerns they had over the organization's eligibility for byline funding. Outdoor Odyssey's funding is recommended to be reduced to $0.50 to begin the process of transitioning off of the SAF and towards increased tripper fees or other income sources. A funding level of $0.50 would allow the organization to continue to fund some tripper financial aid as well as guide development expenses until Outdoor Odyssey transitioned away from the Student Activity Fee. Overall, the Committee believes these trips are worthwhile for freshmen students to take part in before Orientation week but felt that these students should be paying the cost to attend and not the entire student body.

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Update – Change at December 1, 2011 SA Meeting SA Members voted to overturn the decision of the Appropriations Committee and granted the organization an additional $0.75 from the amount the Committee recommended. After the meeting, the new recommendation was $1.25, up from the committee recommendation of $0.50. SAFC - $84.16 Description The Student Assembly Finance Committee funds over 400 student organizations on campus. The SAFC funds according organizations to strict, objective guidelines. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $83.91 The Committee considered funding amounts at intervals of 91 cents over the dollar to bring the Student Activity Fee to the nearest dollar amount (as the Charter mandates). Since the total increase to the SAF was requested by the administration to be between 46%, committee members proposed that the SAFC should be increased to either $84.91 or $83.91 reflecting a total SAF of $229 or $228, respectively. Some felt that the SAF should be increased by more than 6% to $230 (6.5% increase) to give the SAFC more of an increase to offset recent student group funding cuts. However, many committee members felt this would be irresponsible since the student body should not have to bear a 6.5% increase to the SAF in one funding cycle. Ultimately, committee members felt that an increase of 4.7% to the SAFC, yielding an allocation of $83.91, would allow the SAFC to allocate additional funds to student groups. Committee members felt that since the SAFC carries a substantial rollover each term, a greater funding increase was not necessary. Many believed that expected reforms to the SAFC funding process, including a "credit score mechanism", might unlock previously unused rollover funds. Overall, members would encourage the SAFC leadership to continue to look at the effectiveness of its funding process and make reforms where possible. Update – Change at December 2, 2011 SA Meeting The Student Assembly voted to alter the recommendations of the Appropriations Committee due to the fact that the Student Activity Fee was not a whole dollar amount after granting an appeal for Outdoor Odyssey for an additional $0.75. The fee amounted to $228.75 and the SAFC was increased by an additional $0.25 to round out the SAF to $229. Senior Week -$5.00 Description Senior Week is the week after final exams end in the spring and before Commencement. Seniors and many other underclassmen participate in hundreds of events at Cornell and

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in the area. Senior Week’s byline funding allocation specifically funds free, open events nearly every day of Senior Week such as Casino Night and Senior BBQ. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $5.00 The Committee felt that Senior Week is a great program that allows seniors to graduate with a positive memory of Cornell. In addition, committee members felt that many of Senior Week's events were successful in terms of quality and attendance. However, most felt that an increase of $0.50 for an improvement in the quality of talent as well as larger venue for Comedy Night was not essential. Some recommended that Senior Week pursue other means of fundraising to fund the cost of a better comedian if this event change was still desired. Slope Day Programming Board - $18.00 Description Slope Day Programming Board is responsible for planning and running Slope Day and Slope Fest, the annual end-of-year events open to the entire Cornell community. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $18.00 The Committee felt that Slope Day Programming Board (SDPB) had an impressive and well put-together application as well as strong leadership. Committee members felt that the organization’s plan for spending down their surplus to a targeted level was reasonable and responsible. In addition, the Committee agreed that it was important to keep the talent budget high in order to bring the best artists possible and stay competitive. Overall, the Appropriations Committee was pleased to recommend the same level of funding for SDPB as the previous funding cycle due to its prominence and importance in the culture of undergraduate life at Cornell. Slope Media Group - $1.25 Description Slope Media Group (SMG) was a new applicant for byline funding this year and was the only new applicant to receive funding. SMG is a student-run organization that allows Cornell students, clubs, faculty and staff to experience innovative and varied media and digital technologies. The organization is a platform for self-expression, exploration and hands-on education and provides the Cornell community with relevant information through a cutting-edge and campus-oriented approach. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $1.25 The committee felt that Slope Media Group offers a terrific service to the Cornell undergraduate community. Committee members were impressed by the quality of featured content as well as the strong organization leadership. The committee viewed the transition to byline funding from the SAFC as natural for this organization and felt 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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that SAF funding would allow Slope Media Group to grow more quickly. However, some committee members felt that $1.50 in funding was more than was needed for the group and pointed out some unnecessary capital expenditure and marketing costs. In addition, most members didn't want SAF funds to cover costs for computer programmers for the web development and felt that it was a non-essential cost. Finally, some members suggested that the SA seek to implement an inventory tracking and audit policy for Slope Media's capital expenditures in their Appendix B requirements. Overall, the Committee was pleased with the application and looks forward to working with Slope Media Group in the future to tackle issues of importance to the organization. Student Assembly - $2.20 Description The Student Assembly consists of 27 voting members assigned proportionally from each college and constitutes undergraduate student government. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $2.20 Committee members felt that the Student Assembly’s voluntary cut in spending was a good fiscal decision with respect to years of high budget surpluses. In addition, most felt that new outreach programming was a good step in connecting with more people in the undergraduate community. Some felt that the SA should cut their budget even further to $2.00, however, most felt that it would prevent the SA from expanding in the future with increased special projects and outreach. Welcome Weekend - $2.55 Description Welcome Weekend plans and puts on programming and other events such as ClubFest during the first weekend of the semester in the Fall to welcome all students back to campus. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $2.55 Overall, the Committee felt that Welcome Weekend provides a great service to the Cornell Community. In addition, the high attendance and quality of events were appealing to many committee members. However, there was a lengthy discussion about the efficiency of some of the events. Some committee members pointed out unnecessary expenditures in the budget such as the high cost of food for the Picnic on the Plaza and the incidence of giveaways as an example of high administrative costs. Other committee members argued that the current level of funding allows Welcome Weekend to be successful, affirming that freshmen and other community members greatly enjoy Welcome Weekend events and that the program should not receive cuts. Some were also skeptical of the reduction of the ~$22,000 surplus in one year and felt that the actual surplus would be higher at the end of the year than anticipated. They felt that the 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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$7,000 spring event was overfunded and that the cost of Street Fair would not ultimately hit the financial statements as much as expected. Others disagreed and felt that Welcome Weekend had worked towards reducing the surplus to an acceptable level for this year with the incidence of a new, fully-justified spring event. Women's Resource Center - $3.50 Description The Women’s Resource Center organizes educational and advocacy programming for women on campus and also provides a hub for support and information. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $3.50 The Committee felt that Women’s Resource Center provides a terrific service to undergraduates and committee members appreciated the diversity of programming. Members believed that the WRC should expand their programming and support of programs and should receive an increase in funding. Many also felt that since WRC had not asked for a raise since 1998, the organization was a good candidate for an increase in SAF funding. However, some on the Committee felt that $1.66 was too great of an increase and cautioned against a large increase in the context of a high amount of pressure on the SAF from other groups. Some members felt that the WRC's level of cosponsorships was sufficient at its current level for the next funding process as well as commented that the Consent Ed program should see a more modest increase than proposed. In addition, the Committee considered an increase for a new late night transportation option – B.L.U.E. Many members of the Committee felt that the B.L.U.E. shuttle provides students with safer options to return home from campus late at night in order to combat recent student safety concerns. Some were concerned with the low attendance figures from the Spring 2011 pilot program but many felt that the shuttle would have improved attendance with increased promotion in the future. Finally, some committee members felt that it was inappropriate to use the Student Activity Fee to fund a late night transportation shuttle, however, most felt that it was appropriate due to the improvements in student safety. Overall, the Committee appreciated the fact that the WRC was prudent with its SAF funding and felt that an increase in its by-line funding allocation would be used effectively. WSH Student Union Board - $1.80 Description The Willard Straight Hall Student Union Board puts on programming in Willard Straight Hall, the Student Union. Appropriations Committee Funding Rationale - $1.80 The Committee appreciates the growth and improvement of SUB programming throughout the last funding cycle. In addition, many committee members acknowledged 2012-2014 Byline Funding President’s Report Cornell University Student Assembly www.CornellSA.com Stay Informed. Get Involved. Make a Difference.

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an increased level of organization and commitment from the organization's leaders. In terms of the request, most members felt that increased funding for the Pub was necessary in order to keep the Pub financially viable and popular. However, the Committee felt that some of the other increases in SUB programming were unnecessary, including for trivia night and movies on the slope, and the Committee felt increases should not be granted to those programs. The Committee recommends that the SA explore Appendix B revisions that ensure that the entire $0.55 increase remains committed to pub funding.

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