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The Student Activities Committee approved an amended Student Council annual budget that factors in its new endowment funding source and increases overall allocations by 34 percent during Tuesday’s General Body meeting. Student Council also announced the creation of an Endowment Advisory Committee that will advise them in the future about spending the endowment money.
Student Council representatives received an email Monday with a proposed budget amendment that would increase the original 2023-24 annual budget by 34 percent, up to $442,843. The Representative Body was scheduled to meet Tuesday to present the proposed amended budget, but did not reach quorum — an alternative emergency legislative session will be scheduled for later this week.
Student Council announced the creation of a three-year endowment that will almost double the money invested in the Support and Access Services branch and increase money given to student organizations. During Tuesday’s General Body meeting, leaders said University President Jim Ryan will allocate a minimum of $250,000 of discretionary funds over the next three years, in addition to assisting Student Council in fundraising an additional $5 million endowment.
A year after the tragic shooting that resulted in the deaths of three University students and football team members, the University community continues to memorialize and reflect on the lives of Lavel Davis Jr., Devin Chandler and D’Sean Perry. Support networks are looking to finalize funding allocations to those most affected by the tragedy and student leaders have provided gathering spaces and memorial events to offer support on this anniversary.
The U.Va. in Valencia study abroad program celebrates its 40th anniversary this year with a weekend of activities in Spain last month and a breakfast this weekend in Charlottesville as a part of Global Week. Through these events, the community celebrates the contributions of the program’s founders and faculty and spreads the word about the diverse academic opportunities.
Student Council’s representative body called for increased influence for the student member of the Board of Visitors, approving a resolution calling for the state of Virginia to allow the student member to have a voting role during Tuesday’s meeting. The representative body also approved an annual budget amendment requesting a net increase of $925.
The University’s main library — which has been closed for renovations since 2020 — may reopen next semester under a new name. Following years of critiques over Alderman Library’s namesake, an internal library research naming group submitted a report to the University’s Naming and Memorials Committee requesting a name change for Alderman Library before it opens to students Jan. 2.
Holly Sims, vice president for administration and graduate Batten student, announced to the general body that executive board members will be meeting with University President Jim Ryan this Friday to discuss strategic planning for long term Student Council funding worth $5 million. Representatives also condemned Ryan’s statement to the student body on the Israel-Hamas war.
The Student Affairs Committee has officially approved Student Council’s 2023-24 budget as well as a $1 increase to the Student Activities Fee — a decrease from Student Council’s proposed $2.
Student Council’s Representative Body voted to approve their $317,787 annual budget for the current academic year Tuesday — the budget is $11,000 more than last year’s final version. This is the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that Student Council will operate on an annual budget rather than two semester budgets.
Student Council passed a resolution amending the 2023-24 budget to include $3,750 in additional funding towards improving Ramadan meals for students. The General Body also approved fourth-year College student Matthew Docalovich as the new Rules and Ethics Chair after the previous chair, third-year College student Seamus Oliver, stepped down from the position.
The Board of Visitors Academic and Student Life Committee discussed changes to undergraduate advising programs, faculty recruitment and research funding opportunities at its meeting Wednesday afternoon. Among the presented advising adjustments was an updated student resource website, new advising software and changes to the School of Engineering’s advising program.
Student Council’s Representative Body passed a bill one to acquire rapid COVID-19 tests using Student Council funds and tabled another to approve the 2023-2024 Student Council budget during Tuesday’s meeting.
During Tuesday’s Student Council General Body meeting, Holly Sims, vice president for administration and graduate Batten student, presented a proposal to increase the Student Activities Fee by $2 for the 2024-25 academic year for a total fee of $58. This move comes on the heels of a $6 increase in the current academic year.
The first two Student Council General Body meetings of the semester consisted of preparation for challenges due to turnover in Student Affairs administration. Leadership also held an interest fair for prospective applicants during Tuesday’s General Body meeting.
The University will honor the lives of students Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis, Jr. and D’Sean Perry with a memorial tree planting and a plaque dedication Sept. 8. The event will take place at the Betsy and John Casteen Arts Grounds from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and is open to any member of the University or local Charlottesville community — registration is optional but encouraged.
When logging into U.Va.’s Student Information System over the summer, University students will notice a new requirement to complete before the fall semester begins — an active attacker training and response module. In the wake of November’s shooting, students will now be required to complete this training every two years.
The Board of Visitors Finance Committee approved a $5.4 billion budget for the University’s Academic Division, Medical Center and the College at Wise during its meeting Friday. The fiscal year’s budget, which begins July 1, accounts for 5 percent pay increases for faculty and staff. The Board also reduced tuition increases for in-state undergraduate students from a 3.7 percent increase to a 3 percent increase following a request from the Virginia Secretary of Education.
Chabad House at U.Va. — a space for Jewish students offering Shabbat dinners, challah baking workshops and weekly Cafe Chabad’s — has found a second home at 17 Elliewood Ave. Married couple and co-directors Rabbi Shlomo Mayer and Channa Mayer hope that the new location on the Corner will make it more convenient for students to participate in its activities and programs.