Create Student Committee to Decide Funding for Student Organizations



Create Student Committee to Decide Funding for Student Organizations

I think students should be in charge of deciding which student organizations (for example, the jazz band or the hiking club) receive money from the university. Students should also be in charge of how much money each organization receives. A special committee made up of students could be created to make these decisions. Currently, these funding decisions are made by university administrators, but a student committee would know better than the administrators which organizations are most important to students and most deserving of the university's financial support. I'm sure a lot of students would be interested in serving on the committee, and those who do serve will gain valuable leadership experience.
Bill Jones

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    <-NARRATOR:-> Now listen to two students discussing the letter.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> So what do you think of the proposal?
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> I don't like it.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Why not?
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Actually, I don't think students are the right people to be making these decisions. They're too close to the situation.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> What do you mean?
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Well, because students are directly involved in the groups, they can't be as objective, as fair, as administrators.
    I mean, what will prevent students on the committee from just giving money to their friends' groups...
    or or favoring the groups they're in themselves?
    I think having the university administrators make the decisions is more fair.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> Well, at least, it would be good experience for the students who serve on the committee.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Well, that's another thing.
    I think they'd have a hard time finding students to serve on it.
    I mean, there are already a number of leadership positions open in various campus groups, but most students just aren't interested in them.
    <-FEMALE STUDENT:-> That's true—the student council doesn't even have a vice president.
    <-MALE STUDENT:-> Right. Most students are just too busy.
    There's no way you're gonna find enough students who are willing to volunteer their time for this committee.
    It's too big of a time commitment.


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