The CCC What...?
By Angela Campos
So how many students do you think are in clubs?
I'd bet at least half of the students at Notre Dame are in at least one club. That's at least 6,000 students participating in extracurricular activities through clubs on both campuses.
On Activities Night thousands of students stream through the JACC picking and choosing their plate of activities for the coming school year. The clubs, having prepared the previous spring for Activities Night, show their best and finest to get more students interested.
Now, the clubs have officers and members. They can plan activities and put up posters around campus (as long as they have been approved by Student Activities).
So that's it, right? That's all there is to being a club?
What happens if your club runs into problems? Who do the officers go to with questions? The answer to that question is that they should go to the CCC.
The CCC what…?
The CCC, officially the Club Coordination Council, is an aid and advocacy for student clubs on campus. It has an office in 314 LaFortune, right past all the clubs' mailboxes.
To better help the clubs, it is split into five divisions: Academic, Athletic, Ethnic, Service/Social Action and Special Interest. Each division has three representatives that are there to help clubs with planning and by answering questions specific to the needs of their division. Representatives have office hours Monday through Friday.
So, that's what they do?
The CCC has weekly meetings on Monday nights in which are discussed issues of concession stands, upcoming club activities, policies and budgeting.
Concession stands? Budgeting? What does the CCC have to do with those things?
The CCC allocates money and concession stands to clubs each year. They do a spending review after fall break to see how the clubs are spending their money and to make sure they are sticking to their proposed budget from the year before. They also hear emergency appeals for unexpected expenses (each club can appeal once per semester). Then, during the spring semester is when things get busy for the CCC. During spring semester is when club registration occurs. Clubs that want to remain in active status need to register and apply for funds (if they need the money). What the CCC has to do is go through each budget with the officers and determine funds for the next year's programming. The representatives take notes on organization of the club, amount of programming, number of active members, and how specific the budget is. There are some clubs that come in with impressive plans for the next year and their budget comes within pennies of zero, but when the numbers in the budget are checked, they're off by almost $100. The decisions that the CCC makes based on the registration form and budget determine how clubs will have to structure their next year. It can't give everyone everything that they want, but it tries to be fair and rational in its decisions.
The CCC is there for clubs, to support and help them.
All Inside Stories for Friday, October 12, 2001