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Friday, March 24, 2023

SSFC approves SPILL budget, talks internship service

The Student Services Finance Committee approved a budget of over $60,000 for Supporting Peers In Laidback Listening (SPILL) Thursday.

SPILL is a student organization that provides an online resource where students can "spill" their feelings to a "student supporter," according to its website.

SSFC lowered the group's requested budget slightly for online advertising on Facebook and software updates.

The committee approved the budget with 10 votes in favor and one abstention.

"I think we did a good job being fiscally responsible, but also being responsible to the group," sad Rep. David Vines.

Also at the meeting, SSFC representatives Weiji Huan, Joe Vanden Avond and Ellie Bruecker were appointed to the Procurement Board for the Student Internship Services (SIS).

SSFC created the SIS Monday to increase students' access to internship opportunities on campus.

The committee also began a preliminary discussion regarding the creation of the College Student Government Fund, proposed by Rep. Ronald Crandall.

According to Crandall, the fund would be used to finance official student governments at the various colleges throughout UW-Madison. The student governments would then facilitate programs on interests specific to students in the school or college.

Crandall said many events put on by the schools and colleges around campus are currently funded through donations, many of which come from students or alumni.

"I think it's ridiculous that students have to donate money themselves for services that benefit 3,000 students," Crandall said.

The committee will continue discussing the College Student Government Fund in future meetings.

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