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The Cost of School Spirit

Another weekend at Emmanuel College, another inflated funhouse on the quad. Another low-attended campus event, another free t-shirt. Plenty of money is being spent on school spirit but do you ever wonder who’s paying for it all? Take a look at your tuition bill.

This past summer, Emmanuel College was voted the winner of “Best School Spirit” by Boston A-List. However, attend any given event on campus and you can see how few people attend. Yet, according to Dan Darcy, Associate Dean of Students and Director of Student Activities, the yearly budget for student activities is $380,000.

“The budget is allocated from college tuition revenue,” said Darcy. “It pays for Colleges of the Fenway intramurals, St. Joe’s game room, clubs, activities, events, the four classes and the Emmanuel College Programming Board (ECPB)—which receives 19% of the overall budget.”

According to Jennifer Porter, Associate Vice President for Student Financial Services, the Emmanuel College tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year is $47,765: a 3% increase from the previous year. Though cheaper than the average private university in Boston—$49,556—Emmanuel is still the fourth most expensive private college in the city behind Boston College, Boston University and Northeastern.

Porter explained that that tuition pays for the cost of education in addition to faculty and staff salaries and benefits, maintenance of the physical plant, student financial aid and student activities. The Student Activities Fee, which was raised to $220 this year, contributed to the overall increase in tuition.

The Student Government Association receives all funds raised by the student activities fee. The fall 2013 billings—or projected spending—for the Student Government Association is $203,500 according to Sara Massery ‘15, Executive Director of Finances. This sum of money funds nearly fifty clubs overseen by the SGA in addition to club maintenance, campus traditions, intramurals and emergency funds. When the decision was made last year to raise the Student Activities Fee, usual levels of resistance towards the SGA were felt from the student body.

Katelyn Boudreau ’14, Executive President of the SGA, said “We are a government body so there’s going to be a negative perception regardless. It’s easy to misunderstand how necessary the SGA is.”

Darcy explained that student activities and events are the “heart and soul of this campus.” Between the 400 events that took place on campus last year, Darcy believes that Student Activities helps identify and develop the community of the campus by getting people to become involved.

But it comes at a price.

Posted by on December 11, 2013. Filed under Around Campus. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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