CSG passes student funding resolution, talks campus computing sites

Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 11:28pm

Central Student Government President Anushka Sarkar recaps the semester at the CSG meeting in the Union Tuesday.

Central Student Government President Anushka Sarkar recaps the semester at the CSG meeting in the Union Tuesday. Buy this photo
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The University's Central Student Government convened Tuesday evening for its last meeting of the semester to pass a resolution seeking University funding to compensate CSG students for their work. The assembly also discussed issues regarding campus computing sites resources and a resolution to produce a statement in support of the Lecturers’ Employee Organization.

Community concerns addressed both positives and negatives of passing the resolution regarding compensation — primarily noting its potential impact on low-income students. Members questioned the true intentions of future CSG candidates and potential negative response from constituents.

Recent problems with the lack of funding for student organizations on campus highlights the greater need for compensation to those who serve the University. It was noted U-M Flint and U-M Dearborn compensate their student governments, and have for years. Community members argued the potential funding for CSG members could expand to other student groups, creating a ripple effect.

Central Student Government created and voiced support for the Leadership Engagement Scholarship last year. Effective September 2017, the scholarship aims to provide various student leaders of campus organizations with funding to give all the financial opportunity to become more involved in extracurricular activities and campus life without the worry of the financial burden. The scholarship, and CSG’s involvement in its development, was discussed in detail during the meeting, with respect to its inclusion of student leaders and potentially greater importance in regards to the student body as a whole.

After several amendments, including an opt-in or opt-out choice for members and a consideration for assessment of performance when offering compensation, the resolution passed.

After the meeting, the LSA Student Government Executive Board issued a statement regarding the CSG decision.

“We felt it necessary to voice our dissent and opposition to this decision by the Central Student Government Assembly, and we urge the Central Student Government President Anushka Sarkar to veto this resolution,” the statement read.

LSA junior Sujay Shetty, chief of staff to the CSG president, said he supports whatever decision CSG President Anushka Sarkar, an LSA senior, makes on the resolution. As it was the final CSG meeting of the fall 2017 semester, Shetty also commended the effort made by Central Student Government this past semester.

“The representatives speaking (care) deeply for their constituents and the future of the University,” he said. “(I am) proud and inspired by the hard work of this Assembly in many of the tough issues they faced this semester.”