Members approve change in Shirt Project funding cap
The Campus Life Council kicked off its year Monday by discussing new du Lac revisions, debating the addition of an ATM on North Quad and voting to increase the earning potential of The Shirt Project.
Members supported a resolution from the Student Senate to eliminate the cap on profits from The Shirt in order to increase funding for the Student Union.
Proponents of the measure saw it as a win-win proposition.
"It's a great way for the Student Union to fund more non-alcoholic activities, which is exactly what this campus needs," said Student Union treasurer James Jesse. "Charities are benefiting, and the Student Union is benefiting."
Currently, the Shirt Project is under a $200,000 cap, with half of the profits going to charity, and the other half going to the Student Union. Jesse proposed at the meeting that any money raised over the initial $200,000 be split, with 60 percent going to charity and 40 percent to Student Union, respectively.
Between $218,000 and $225,000 is raised annually, Jesse said. This would give the Student Union additional funds of between $7,000 and $10,000 per year.
The $200,000 cap was originally placed on the project to restrict the amount of money invested in it. Although the Student Union has grown in the ten years since The Shirt project began, some are still concerned that the approval of this proposal will shift the focus more to moneymaking than charity.
However, Keough Hall senator Brian O'Donoghue said, "We will be giving more money to charity."
After discussion, the proposal was approved unanimously and will be sent to vice president for Student Affairs Father Mark Poorman for approval.
The Student Senate passed the resolution in a online vote Friday, sending it on to the CLC.
In other CLC news:
u Members discussed revisions to du Lac which were made as a result of last year's debate over the Womens Resource Center probation. The student handbook now contains specific information concerning how student organizations on probation can have their status reviewed.
"It's a different type of issue, and it's the type of issue that is better dealt with in this type of manner than by a student disciplinary hearing," said Bill Kirk, assistant vice president for Residence Life.
The WRC was placed on probation in May 1998 for making available information in its LaFortune office on where to get an abortion. Some student and faculty leaders expressed concern that the probation procedure hearing was unclear.
u Members discussed the possibility of the installation of an automatic teller machine on North Quad.
A resolution presented by student representative Michael Fierro expressed the need for the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union to install an ATM that would be more easily accessible to students living on North Quad. One location suggested was North Dining Hall.
Debate on this issue was postponed until a later date after CLC members agreed to work privately with the bank itself.
All News Stories for Tuesday, August 31, 1999