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Friday, February 23, 2024
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SSFC Chair Sarah Neibart said she is pleased Ward reconsidered his initial decision on MEChA and WISPIRG funding.

Ward revises changes to student government’s segregated fee spending

After meeting with Student Services Finance Committee Chair Sarah Neibart last Wednesday, UW-Madison Chancellor David Ward revised his decision on where some student segregated fees could be spent next fiscal year.

SSFC recommended the university allot additional money for Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlán to find off-campus space if the group is unable to find space on campus.

Ward removed the recommendation from the segregated fees budget last week, saying it was unlikely the group would need off-campus space, so he did not want students to pay for it.

He also removed the committee’s recommendation to provide WISPIRG with funding for non-university professional staff. Since there is no policy for student groups to hire non-university employees, Ward said it was unlikely the group would use the funds to pay these employees.

After deliberation, Ward decided Friday if the groups ultimately need to money for these budget items, they could be funded through Associated Students of Madison Reserve Funds.

Neibart said she is pleased Ward reconsidered his initial ruling on the MEChA and WISPIRG budgets.

“I think it was a good compromise and also I think its for the better interest of students because you don’t want to be assessing money to fund something that might not happen, but we always want to have that option in case it does happen,” Neibart said.

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