During the past three years, the Puyallup campus Office of Student Life spent an average of $158,705 per year on events and activities.
This includes on- and off-campus events, Raider Appreciation Day, Welcome Days and the cost to promote these activities with posters, calendars and other items. It also includes the supplies needed for the events and any food offered.
The money spent on events and activities sponsored by the Office of Student Life is part of the department’s $389,750 budget for the 2013-14 year.
This funding comes, in part, from the mandatory fees enrolled students pay each quarter.
Known as services and activities fees, this money not only funds operations in the Office of Student Life, but it supports the tutoring center, supplemental instruction, student ambassadors, athletics, clubs, common book program, art gallery, choir and instrumental music, The Puyallup Post and other areas at the college.
Also referred to as S&A funding, this money is allocated based on requests each year from department heads on campus. These requests are evaluated by the S&A Budget Committee, which decides how to award funding.
The S&A Budget Committee comprises several required members including the ASPCP president, four appointed students and a faculty/staff member. They determine how student funds are going to be spent. The Puyallup campus director of student life and an administrative representative are appointed as non-voting members who act in advisory roles.
The total allocation of S&A fees for the 2013-14 year is $875,000, and the allocation for the 2014-15 year is $1.07 million.
For the 2013-14 year, $77,013 has been spent on campus events, and the Office of Student Life plans to spend about $75,000 more this year. In the 2012-2013 school year, about $151,554 was spent on events. Based on the Office of Student Life members’ expectations about the amount of money that will be spent on campus events and activities, the 2013-14 year will be more than the 2012-13 year but less than the yearly average.
The number of events both on and off campus has increased in the 2013-14 school year. Club members are encouraged to host their own events each quarter, and money is allocated for student-centered events that faculty could host or suggest.
Students on the Activities Board who work in the Office of Student Life are required to host at least three events per quarter, while student government officials aren’t required to hold events but occasionally choose to.
Most students have positive things to say about school events while others found the amount of events per quarter to be a waste of money.
“I don’t think student fees should be spent (on events) because not everyone goes to the events,” student Breanna Harris said. “Honestly, some people only go because there’s free food.”
Student leaders in the Office of Student Life often plan educational events to give students the chance to learn something and become more involved with their peers.
Some students look at the events as a relief from class.
“I want something to do other than classes, something to take the stress away,” Pierce College student Tuupo Siatunuu said.
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