The Duke student government heard a mid-semester financial report for campus organizations and approved new line monitoring rules at its meeting on Wednesday.
At the October 6 meeting, the Student Organization Finance Committee presented its mid-term report, chaired by Junior and President Drew Flanagan; junior and executive vice-president Hannah Long; in second year Bea de Oliveira, vice president of management and communications and Hadeel Hamoud senior, vice president of policy and outreach.
The presentation began with a numerical breakdown of OCGC’s accomplishments to date this semester. Out of 88 funding requests, $ 67,301.55 was approved from the programming fund and $ 204,013.13 was approved from the annual budget. Fifteen new student organizations were approved, while four student organizations underwent status changes.
In addition, 309 student leaders attended the September 2 launch and student leaders training, and 26 students from the class of 2025 applied for the SOFC first year analyst position.
The board presented a list of new initiatives designed to prioritize “transparency, visibility and fairness,” according to the presentation. Plans include a detailed fundraising policies page, one-on-one support for student leaders ahead of hearings, and cultural and identity group roundtables to improve communication and share resources with the groups.
“The goal of all of our projects is to make sure that everyone knows about the resources that SOFC can provide and understands them and can take full advantage of them, because we are so lucky to have so many resources,” said Long.
The SOFC Board of Directors also explained its new Single Stream Support Program for the Duke Partnership for Service and Undergraduate Publications Board. Previously, student publications and service organizations had to turn to other sources for financial support, such as the dPS and the Bassett Fund. With the Single Stream Support Initiative, OCGC allows organizations to request multiple funds from OCGC at the same time, thereby optimizing the club fundraising process. SOFC is also working to extend this project to the Cultural Engagement Fund.
Future ongoing projects include grants for collaboration between organizations and local restaurants and activities, institutionalization of graduation stoles, and a senator’s residency program for DSG members to take a peek at. behind the scenes at SOFC.
Senators also approved new line watch rules presented at their September 29 meeting, which included changes to walk-in line registration and grace periods.
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Sophomore Chase Barclay, Senator for Academic Affairs and Undergraduate Representative of Duke’s Information Technology Advisory Council, gave a presentation on ITAC.
The group’s mission is to “[promote] appropriate and effective use of information technology ”on campus by recommending information technology policies and practices at Duke, reviewing and reporting on the state of Duke IT, and advising the Duke’s IT leadership on relevant technology issues, according to the presentation.
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Second-year Senator Zoe Tishaev and first-year Senator Jax Nalley have been appointed and confirmed to ITAC. Second year student Rosa Golchin has been confirmed as Director of Environmental Affairs and Policy, while Junior Daniel Billings has been confirmed as Co-Director of International Student Policy and Outreach.
DSG also recognized the Duke Impact Investing Group and approved $ 280 in funding for the Muslim Students Association to rent audiovisual equipment for its fall banquet.