Midsemester Budget Allocations

    Where last we left our heroes of the Clark University Undergraduate Student Council (CUSC), they were fielding requests for midsemester budget allocations. These allocations are designed to help sustain big clubs, strengthen new clubs, and help other clubs with necessary expenses. Scott Cabell, the intrepid chair of the Finance Committee, laid out recommendations for budgets for a number of clubs.
    STIR, CUSC, SPLASH, Women’s Frisbee, Muslim Cultural Society, and Karate Club got all of the money that they requested. ISA also received their full request as the committee determined that all of the expenses they requested were necessary to put on Gala. Clarkies Helping and Advocating for Israel (CHAI), Association for Computer Machinery (ACM), Rising Stars, Quidditch, and Hip Hop Collabo got most of their requests but lost some money on items that weren’t entirely necessary, like shirts, food for meetings, and decorations, or because money was readily available to them through other means.
    Eco-Reps put in a request for $350 for sound and electricity, but they were asked to make a PCF request instead. Hopefully, they electricity will be cheaper in the future and they won’t have this problem.
    Millennium Leadership Conference, in true managerial fashion, submitted the wrong form and therefore received no money.
    In other news, Executive Board elections are coming up soon; petitions are due into Council by February 13 at 7 p.m. The debate will be on February 20 at 6 p.m. in the Grace Conference Room.
    And so concludes another account of the adventures of the Clark University Undergraduate Student Council. Stay safe in the snow!


November 14, 2012

By Radhika Sharma
scarlet staff

There were four grants requests this week.

The first one was from Radio of Clark University, “ROCU” and guess who represented the club at the meeting? Our very own local celebrity: DJ A-smooth. This grants request was regarding a 1-day conference at Simmons college and would give the four e-board members the opportunity to meet with the members of other college radio stations and get advice from them as well as attend a number of panels and lectures about how to expand their club and how to effectively run Clark radio.

It seems like Clark’s campus is going to become much more happening all thanks to one of the new clubs on campus called Clark Electric Dance Music. The aim of EDM is to increase the number of on-campus parties with good music so that Clarkies don’t have to go off-campus looking for them.

The next request was a little confusing as it was very similar to two requests that came in the past meeting, for the association of American geographers conference.

Last but not the least was a request that was very well appreciated by the member of the council: two students wanted to attend a conference called “Let’s Talk Conference” which is happening on campus and addresses the issue of “how to approach issues that face the LGBTQA community and how to provide support. This will be a beneficial experience, which will share with the Clark community”. What disappointed me was that they were refused any support from Clark RLH.

It seems as thought the idea of having printers in dorms is going to be implemented soon as the financial committee is soon going to have a meeting with ITS to finalize it.

Communications committee congratulated everyone on their successful  “cider and doughnut” party that they had all day today; people wrote comments and suggestion about the undergraduate student council. Some of the suggestions were very funny; someone said that the council is like a warm bunny, whatever that’s supposed to mean.

The charters for ACM (a computer science club) and club basketball were passed. Elections committee revealed their initiative: crisis management. They were concerned about the way Clarkies were treated during the recent crisis. They also thought it was ridiculous of the authorities to charge students for water during such circumstances. This meeting was rather short as compared to recent ones. And other than that, Happy thanksgiving!



  1. ROCU: $245
  2. Clark EDM: $400
  3. Association of American geographers conference (Andrew H.): $ 108
  4. Let’s talk conference: $100

Student Council Meeting, 9/26

by Radhika Sharma
Contributing Writer

It was my first time attending a student council meeting. The meeting was very commonplace during its early stages. The first thing that struck me was the use of a gavel by the President of the Council, Andrew Schuchu whatever happened to challenging convention? In addition, the recess occurred just 15 minutes into the meeting. But as the meeting progressed it kept getting more interesting. Guess what? Quidditch just became legitimate with a budget for jersey and brooms. “Clark’s got talent” was also on the radar, and is being held on September 29th with Jason Zelesky and Kevin Forti on the judging panel. This was the last meeting before the elections, hence a lot of farewells, goodbyes, and “aww” moments. Tonight’s meeting came to a humorous end however, when the elections chair notified the council that she might be unable to vote because she couldn’t log in to her “LINK” account, ironic much? The highlight of the night occurred when the Communications Committee shared with the council that Student Council’s former website was now owned by a Japanese toilet company. Overall, it was an eventful meeting. I also realized that the council has a penchant for slashing budgets, which must be fun.

Grants passed:
Mgmt. 100 ‘”Boys and Girl’s club” day event: $150
Mgmt. 100 “Care Concert”:$200
CU Quidditch: $920

CUSC discusses plans for next year

Office space allocations presented

By Gwen Walsh
Executive Editor

Representatives from OPEN attended this week’s student council meeting to discuss a Purchase Order which was denied by Treasurer Melat “so graceful she should be royalty” Seyoum, as she is called in the minutes. The group wished to buy t-shirts for the Month of Awareness, but the request was denied because it was for apparel, although Seyoum agreed to discuss the issue with the group further after the meeting.

Grants Committee Chair Ivy “Not Beyonce and Jay-Z’s baby” Mbaya [sic], heard a request for $200 from the advocacy fund for Aaron Segura to attend a seminar in Costa Rica on permaculture called “Verd Energia.” He has already met most of the cost requirements and will collaborate with Food Truth when he returns to share what he learned. The motion passed, and the funds will be used for transport and seminar fees.

Rory “the green hair was a bet, okay?” Jones [sic] from the Organizational Committee presented on Room and Space Allocations for the 2012 – 2013 academic year. Jones stated that he would assign The Scarlet and STIR to the same office space, in the basement of the ALCI house. The Scarlet appealed the allocation, but Jones denied the request stating that STIR is a new organization and thus deserves the space. According to their Facebook page, STIR has been in existence since 2006.

CUSC ratified the results for the recent special election. The Student Venture Fund, which would have given students money to start initiatives that are not directly affiliated with the university, failed 237 to 254, but the Sustainability Fund passed 247 to 244, which is a very close race. Continue reading

Responsibility on both sides

Students and President Angel participate in focus groups about campus safety

By Gwen Walsh
Alumni Editor

Last week students met with President Angel to share perspectives on and experiences with campus safety, and discuss possible measures to improve Clark’s security.

A University Police cruiser in the Clark parking garage. Photo by Ashley Klann.

The meetings came in the wake of several alarming campus crime incidents, including the sexual assault at Clark in February. Since these focus groups, UP issued a “safety notification” about Clark police pursuing and confiscating the property of three minors after a strictly verbal, non-physical altercation initiated by Clark students, which gave rise to questions about UP policy and jurisdiction.

The safety forum was organized by former CUSC Vice President and Project Playground Community Outreach Coordinator Ali Canino, and consisted of three one-hour-long sessions with three to six students each. Angel and Canino attended all three sessions.

“Safety is something that we need to be constantly improving on,” Canino said. “And students are the ones that are going to have to wave the red flag.”

The purpose of the forum was to create an open, non-judgmental environment for students to talk candidly about their opinions, so most respondents will remain anonymous throughout this article. Continue reading

New faces at CUSC meeting

Corey Coose resigns from Judiciary Committee

By Jeremy Levine
Scarlet Staff

This week’s meeting of our esteemed elected representatives involved a number of personnel changes. First, Corey Coose, a respected member of the Judiciary Committee resigned in dramatic fashion, thanking Council members for their service and wishing everyone the best of luck, amidst the shrieking protests of his fellow Judiciary members.

The results of the April 16-17 elections are in, and CUSC swore in two new members as a result. Many other positions were contested but have resulted in ties or need to be sorted out otherwise. For the time being, Sharon Bort was sworn in as Hughes Hall Representative, and Tarikwa Leveille was sworn in as Minority Representative. CUSC also appointed a new webmaster, Michael Steele.

Four Grants Committee allocations were made this week. First, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC) got $300 for an event this coming Sunday at the Dolan Field House. The event is called Wiffle Weekend, and the money is going towards shirts and pizza. They will be asking for donations for the Special Olympics at the event. Continue reading

The 101st Student Council hands over the reigns

by Jeremy Levine
Scarlet Staff

Tears were shed as President Lisa Johnson, Vice-President Ali Canino, and Treasurer Rian Watt gave their concluding addresses at the beginning of this week’s Student Council meeting. They each spoke fondly of their years on Council and gave worthwhile advice to the students who are still serving.

Following the oath of offices, President Andrew Schuschu, Vice President Maia Selkow, Treasurer Melat Seyoum, and Secretary Kate Lally took over their first meeting.

Because of last week’s budget kerfuffle, an important bylaw that was passed last week did not make it into the last student council article. The bylaw lowered the amount of money available for Special Budget Requests by $4,000 a year. This money will then be freed up to be allocated to clubs at the beginning of each year. There is excess money in this fund every year and it could be put to much better use by campus’ clubs.

This week, led by our new President Andrew Schuschu, CUSC heard a presentation by the Local Roots Food Co-op, one of the groups that received funding from the cumulative surplus allocations a few months ago. They are currently working on establishing relationships with local food suppliers. The group is also considering setting up a delivery system for its participants.

Grants committee made one allocation this week. They gave $112 to Peace Works for buttons to be sold at their Go Green on the Green event and the peace fair. This money will go towards Haiti relief projects.

The organizational committee granted four PCF requests this week. OPEN got $300 for their “Bending Desire” event. SAAC got $300 for the Beaver Street Block party, while RAWR received $300 for screening the movie The Cove, and $300 went to Eco-Reps for Go Green on the Green. Continue reading

CUSC allocates club budgets

Tensions were high in allocating $3,798

by Jeremy Levine
Scarlet Staff

This week’s student council meeting was dominated by a discussion of how to allocate contested funds from the annual fiscal budget. The meeting was full of drama, intrigue, and suspense, and I have a word count, so let’s hop to it!

First, CUSC allocated hundreds of thousands of dollars to committees and organizations that had not contested their claims. The remainder of the meeting was spent discussing the eleven groups that were unsatisfied by the amount that council allocated to them.

Since there are two referenda on the ballot for April 24th and 25th, none of the numbers passed tonight are completely final. The numbers on which CUSC agreed to tonight are in the event that the referenda pass; if one or both of them fail, the remaining funds will be distributed to clubs accordingly.

Each group was given an initial recommendation a couple of weeks ago. They had the option of appealing this recommendation if they felt it was necessary. If they were unsatisfied with that number, they could come to the meeting that was held on Wednesday, April 4. These clubs were Hip Hop CollaboCUBS, Model UN, Salsa Encendida, Clark Musical Theatre, Equestrian ClubClark Bars, Ballroom DanceSouth Asian Student AssociationMillennium Leadership Conference, and Ultimate Frisbee. Continue reading

CUSC Secretary resigns

By Jeremy Levine
Scarlet Staff

Because there was no issue of The Scarlet last week, I have to squeeze two student council meetings into one article, while maintaining my word limit. Let’s get right to it, starting with the meeting on March 14th.

Hannah Yukon resigned as Executive Board Secretary. She had a lot on her plate, but was asked to stay on board until this year’s election results came in. Kate Lally, who was elected Secretary in that election for the 2012-2013 term, took her place. Hannah will certainly be missed.

Ya’ara Persing gave a presentation detailing the results of the Green Mentality Survey. Highlights from the presentation included the fact that 70% of respondents were interested in spending at least $15 dollars a year on a sustainability fund, and the fact that information about green initiatives travel on campus quickly, primarily through word of mouth.

Ivy Mbayah joined Council as Blackstone Hall Representative. In leaving her post as Dodd Hall Representative, Kate Lally also had to step down as Grants Committee Chair. Mbayah was already on Grants Committee, and was willing to both chair the committee and serve as Blackstone Hall Representative.  Continue reading

CUSC audits student organizations

Puppies and/or ice cream may make it to campus in the Spring

by Jeremy Levine
Scarlet Staff

This past meeting of Clark University Undergraduate Student Council was completed in a record twenty-nine minutes, the clear highlight of which was the Spring Audit Report.

Before that, however, this week’s Grants Committee requests should be discussed. Last semester, STIR requested $1099 for a computer and a printer to operate their magazine. This semester, they requested another $569 for the computer. This is because ITS would not be able to support the programming and the computer unless they were brought through them. This unexpectedly drove up costs, and Council allocated the full request.

Another group requested $550 to bring Unified Sports to Clark. This would be a weekly program that would bring children with special needs with Clark students for an afternoon of fun. They requested money for equipment, mainly balls, hoops, cones, and pinnies. Since this is a new program, Council recommended $350 to test the waters. If they are successful, Grants encourages them to ask for more money.

Finally, Eco-Reps requested $2,920 for their annual Go Green on the Green event. The money would be for a stage, sound system, tables, advertising, and security. This has been an incredibly successful event and one of Eco-Reps’ leading ways of getting the campus involved and aware of what they do, and so Council allocated them the full $2,920.

The Spring 2012 Audit Report was passed this week. A total of ten groups were fined, six of which were fined for spending none of their annual budget allocations. These groups are Chevré, Feminists United Under Clark, Multicultural Product Marketing Club, Public Health Outreach, Republicans of Clark, and Track and Field. Chevré and Feminists United Under Clark both received 10% fines of their annual budget for this reason, and the Multicultural Product Marketing Club was fined 100% of its annual budget, because Finance Committee was led to believe that the group is now defunct. Continue reading

CUSC considers a proxy system

by Jeremy Levine
Scarlet Staff

This week’s meeting of the Clark University Student Council was dominated by a continuing effort to establish more complete representation on campus. First, however, Council considered various Grants Committee recommendations.

First, there are two new members of Grants Committee: Sophomore Ivy Mbayah and First-Year Scott Cabell. Their work ethic was spoken of very highly by other Grants members, and it looks like they will be very helpful for Grants in the future.

Two Management 100 groups approached Grants with requests. The first group requested $350 for raffle prizes to benefit Abbey’s House, a local women’s shelter. They were looking to get various gift cards as prizes, and Grants felt that $250 would be adequate, which is the amount they were allocated by Council.

The other group requested $300, also for a raffle, but to benefit a local church that supports LGBTQ refugees that have been chased out of their country. Just like the other group, they received $250.

The Unitarian Universalist Campus Fellowship requested $325 to fund a trainer for the OWL program at Clark. OWL (Our Whole Lives) is a sexuality curriculum, that a number of dedicated Clarkies have been attending regularly, and because of this dedication and the program’s usefulness, Council allocated them the full amount requested. Continue reading

CUSC President position uncontested

Spring debate sees few candidates, fewer attendees

By Jeremy Levine
Scarlet Staff

The time has come upon us yet again to embrace the oldest and noblest of democratic traditions: voting for our elected officials. Student Council Executive Board elections are fast approaching, and a debate was held on February 20th in Tilton Hall to discuss the issues.

The event was rather sparsely attended. Only a handful of students were present, as well as very few current members of Student Council. This may be because only one of the four positions had any opposition, but it is just as likely that Clark students remain apathetic towards Student Council, an issue that was brought up by some candidates.

The debate was hosted by Rebecca Liebman, Wright Hall Representative, and was moderated by Alex Hoyt, Station Manager at Radio of Clark University, and Ashley Klann, Editor-in-Chief of this fantastic gazette.

Andrew Schuschu, current Junior Class Representative, is the only candidate running for President. He is the current Chair of the Finance Committee, and has been working tirelessly all year to work on transparency. He has worked to make Student Council accountable for its spending by forcing the Council to be audited like any other club, and has worked on the dollar-by-dollar breakdown of the Student Activities Fund allocations. Schuschu cited these successes, as well as his track record in terms of goal fulfillment, as his chief qualifications for the job. Continue reading