TAMID, a Hillel-affiliated business education club, had its budget revoked by the Baruch College’s Board of Directors because the club was found to be using student activity fee funds for member-exclusive events. Undergraduate Student Government President Radhika Kalani requested that TAMID be removed from USG’s budget request during the Oct. 18 meeting of the board, which allocates student activity fees, and the request was granted.
TAMID violated rules set by the Office of Student Life and CUNY in The Informer, which outlines the fiscal guidelines for the expenditure of student activity fees. “All programs and events receiving student activity fees must be open to the entire Baruch community and must be appropriately publicized and held on campus,” it specifies.
This is an issue because TAMID did not use any money given to the organization by USG for general interest meetings for the past two years, which puts the club in violation of this rule. Failure to abide by these rules can leave a club’s budget subject to being reduced or taken away entirely.
During a USG senate meeting, Justin Broomfield, chair of finance, brought to the table TAMID’s initial request for an additional $600 in its budget, which was met with resistance. Senators raised concerned over the club’s exclusivity.
“I am not comfortable with giving them the money because I personally have seen students struggle to get in. It is very cliquey,” Representative Sen. Ray Colon stated.
The senate eventually passed the budget, but in a later meeting between Broomfield and the president of TAMID, Jared Isaac, Broomfield realized that TAMID was violating a rule around student activity fee usage.
Broomfield said in an interview with The Ticker that he then went to the Board of Directors to revoke the budget.
“It doesn’t make sense to pass a budget that technically can’t be used, and at the end of the day it’s something you can’t hide from the Board of Directors,” he said.
The Board of Directors decided that TAMID will no longer receive a budget from USG until the club resubmit its budget proposal and has it approved. This came as a shock to TAMID members, as they have never had any issues with getting their budget passed.
“It was all of a sudden — we didn’t get much news about it beforehand, we weren’t told that we had a problem, and then all of a sudden we had a problem,” Isaac said in an interview.
Isaac argued that USG’s lack of communication led to the issue. He admitted that the club is at fault for not following the guidelines, but its members were not notified early enough or clearly on how to resolve these issues, which resulted in a miscommunication.
Broomfield said that he tried to contact Isaac multiple times but could not reach him. He went to the club’s area within Hillel’s suite multiple times, but still could not get ahold of Isaac.
Isaac, however, also said that the events TAMID hosted were open to all students and were not necessarily GIMs. The club is exclusive; it has to be so that it can work with companies and do events with them, Isaac said. Some of these companies have the group members sign nondisclosure agreements for information the club may receive, which requires that the club closely tracks who is a member.
TAMID is a relatively new club that was only chartered two years ago. Isaac stated that in his entire time at the club, members have not changed the club’s structure or way that they host events, which he admitted were exclusive in a discussion with Broomfield.
This means that the club’s previous budgets have been in violation of the budgetary rules, and previous USG members have either missed the discrepancy or overlooked it.
Currently, the club received a new allocation and is working toward creating more inclusive events but will still host private events, too. TAMID hope to have its budget approved at the next Board of Directors meeting.
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