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SSFC heard GUTS' presentation Thursday and will decide on its budget Monday.

GUTS requests budget decrease for 2015-’16

The Associated Students of Madison Student Services Finance Committee heard a budget presentation Thursday from the Greater University Tutoring Service, an organization dedicated to providing tutoring to UW-Madison students.

GUTS requested a budget of $143,915 for 2015-’16, which is down from their last year’s budget of $174,068.

The smaller request comes after the organization had to return roughly 17 percent of last year’s budget. Representatives from GUTS said the group reviewed trends in expenditure and made cuts where necessary. The budget is also based on an attempt to predict future needs based on planned expansions.

GUTS provides students with free peer-to-peer tutoring services in multiple subject areas. The group employs 16 staff members and develops its programs based on students’ demand for them, according to representatives from the organization who presented to SSFC.

Tutors are matched to students and work on a volunteer basis. Among the specific tutoring services provided are academic tutoring, study skills mentoring and language conversations in the forms of both lessons and social hours. These language lessons are offered in English as well as in foreign languages.

In addition to tutoring resources, GUTS hosts multiple events each year, including the GUTS kick-off fair, tutor appreciation days and biannual study days that are held once each semester.

Representatives of SSFC also approved a Sex Out Loud advertising exemption for the “Condoms and Candy” campaign taking place Oct. 31. The advertisement is paid for in part by ASM.

SSFC will make a decision on the GUTS budget at its meeting Monday.

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