Student Senate has finalized the budget for the 2017-2018 school year after the final slate, for tier one organizations, was approved during Monday’s meeting.

The floor was opened toward the beginning of the meeting for students from organizations across campus to partake in the forum of complaints. Each individual was given two minutes to explain their problem and request to Senate.

The forum of complaints was greatly focused on tier one budgets, and a number of students spoke on behalf of their organizations, detailing why they needed additional funds after seeing their initial budget from Student Senate.

Organizations which spoke during this time include: Alliance, the University Programming Council, Latinos in Valparaiso for Excellence, Working Across Vocations Everywhere through Service, Asian American pacific Islander Coalition, the Social Action Leadership Team, VU Ballroom and Valparaiso University Television.

A large portion of the Senate meeting was dedicated to finalizing the budget by allocating remaining funds to various organizations. During this time, the senators made the decision to decrease their stipends in order to increase the amount of money to give out in the remaining funds.

After all funds were distributed, the budget slate was voted on and approved.

Along with budgeting, the Senate meeting included updates on the student organization status of the Sexual Assault Awareness and Facilitative Education office and Love Your Melon.

SAAFE failed to make the deadline for budgets. The organization will need to follow the re-recognition process with Student Senate to return to its former status.

Love Your Melon is unfunded by Student Senate, but will be a recognized as a student organization next year.

The winners for the Valparaiso University Student Senate Outstanding Leadership, Involvement and Service Award were finalized at the meeting as well. Jennifer Kvasnicka and Andrew Brokaw each received one of the two $500 scholarships that were given out.

Just before ending the meeting, all Student Senate officers for the 2016-2017 school year took their oath of office, marking the official transition from the 2016-2017 officers to the new officers.

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