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BSG expands SAFC guidelines, opportunities to improve transparency

November 18, 2022

On Wednesday, the Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) continued discussing the Student Activities Funding Committee (SAFC) policy, upcoming events and C-Store changes.

Chair of the Treasury Kiley Briand ’25 announced a proposed revision in the SAFC guidelines to increase the maximum DJ budget from $100 to $600. The revisions stem from ongoing discussions between SAFC and affinity group leaders to better support affinity groups on campus. The guideline revision was approved, and the committee plans to publish a regular digest with approved and denied budget proposals to improve transparency.

Chair of Diversity and Inclusion Ange Ishimwe ’25 announced a planned event to commemorate the end of No Hate November. Although the month typically concludes with a keynote speaker, BSG plans to combine it with a tabling event. There will be a ‘positive affirmation’ competition among class years and food trucks available on November 30.

In addition to No Hate November programming, BSG is hoping to host several more events before the end of the semester. Among these are a poetry competition with the Bowdoin Review and open office hours in Smith Union.

Following a survey sent to the student body about the C-Store, Chair of Facilities and Sustainability Samuel Thompson ’24 announced that Dining Services will order more commonly requested items, such as cooking basics, and is meeting with a supplier to stock reusable food containers.

The meeting concluded with BSG President Susu Gharib ’23 sharing a plan to partner with Emergency Medicine Club to offer more CPR training classes nearby. Citing difficulties for students without vehicles, the group is currently working on hosting classes on-campus or in the nearby Brunswick area at a free or low cost to students.


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