VSG budget increases funding for conferences, student engagement

Sam Zern, Editor in Chief

This year’s Vanderbilt Student Government (VSG) budget saw slight changes, with a $2,500 increase in funding for conferences and travel as well as a $1,254 increase in merchandise funding. Additionally, funding was allocated to the new Economic Inclusivity committee. The amount budgeted for the 2017-2018 academic year is $104,954, up close to $1,000 from last year’s budget.

According to VSG Speaker of the Senate Molly Gupta, the increase in conference funding will allow the university to send delegates to conferences like the SEC in DC Conference, President’s Roundtable and SEC Exchange, which delegates attended over the summer. Attendance at events like these, she said, help VSG learn what issues on-campus organizations are tackling, as well as build partnerships with student governments at other schools.

The increase in merchandise allocations comes from a push to increase VSG’s presence on Commons at the org fair and other events. Late last year, the Commons Leadership Council (CLC) and VSG separated, reducing the presence VSG has on the freshman campus.

VSG will discuss the budget at their first meeting this Wednesday. For the exact budget allocations, see the document below.

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