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MCSC - SSFC Spending Waiver-1

MCSC - SSFC Spending Waiver-1

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1. GSSF groups must respond completely to either (b), (c) or both. SSFC conclude that the group’s new funding
meets all criteria in either (b) or (c) to extend funding beyond the funding cap.a. List all new spending. This includes but is not limited to new programs, new paid positions, events, and increases inspending to existing programs.
If you read through the budget, all of these questions are answered thoroughly. MCSC stands by our budget submission and is confident that the committee will be able to discern our new programs/direct services and our increases in existing programs/direct services as outlined in question 2 of the GSSF Funding Request Form (Pages9-11 of the most recent budget submission).Having not been trained on filling out this form, MCSC is making the assumption that this waiver serves as amechanism to get all of the information about our budget in one place so below is an exact copy of question
 2…which answers part a.
 
2. Please explain the reason for the percentage of increase/decrease from the current fiscal year 2011-12 to the level proposed for 2012-13 (if you have previouslyreceived GSSF funding).Salaries
: We are increasing our salaries line from $127,691.88 to $448,653.20 MCSC is requesting a increase in our staff to a total of 38 positions - a total increase in salaries of $320,961.32 or 251.4%. MCSC employees will all be Executive Staff due to all staff being specialized in their individual field of work in their service divisions. Our servicedivisions increased from five to ten to have specialized areas of work within the organization, which in turn will make them specialist and the best in that field. As of now, we are acoalition of 40 organizations; with the expectation to have it doubled by the time this budget will take effect.
Advertising
: We are increasing our advertising from $1,950 to $5,100. We are asking for an increase of $3150 or 162% in order to place advertisings for our services and eventson Madison Metro Buses
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specifically routes that service the campus area such as routes 80, 81, 82, and 85, using side marketing in social networking sites such as Facebook, aswell as use campus newspapers such as The Badger Herald, The Cardinal, The Capital Hues, and The Onion to. We also need massive advertising for our month long program thatkicks off the school year, due to it beginning when classes start, and continues until the end of the month. This line item also includes $1,100 worth of advertising budgetedspecifically for Hip Hop As A Movement Conference, as it will require many printed materials.
Computer soft/hardware
: We are increasing our computer from $2,500 to $5000. We are asking for an increase of $2,500 or 100%. We are asking for the increase to supplementthe purchase of an Apple MacBook 
in order to do our “satellite media services” which is on
-
site flyer training for student organizations. This means taking the hardware andsoftware to the individual organizations. Apple computers are best for the duty of maintaining and being sufficient with large number of gigabits.
 
We would also like to purchase atwo Dell notebooks to take to trainings that the org receives and produces as well as well as used for staff meetings, for notes and various projections.
Equipment Rental
: We are requesting the same amount for equipment rental for the 12-13 year that we requested for 11-12.
Membership:
We are requesting $10,000, which will be an increased because it was not in the program from last year
.
This fee is necessary to belong to the a parent organizationcalled Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), which is a national organization to support our program that works closely with Stop The Rail To Jail and our DiversityEducation program line item.
Office Supplies/Furniture:
We are requesting the same amount for supplies/furniture for the 12-13 year that we requested for 11-12. This is necessary for the upkeep of the office
as well as the anticipated new “off 
-
campus” office space.
Postage
: This line item does not consist of any funds currently because MCOR is the only program we anticipate needing postage for. The individual program has its own postageline item.
 Printing
: We are increasing our printing and photocopy line item from $6,000 to $22,350. We are asking for an increase of $16,350 or 272.5%. This increase is due to a spike inprinting needs directly related to a new program entitled Commemorative Months which will require a certain amount of printing each month as well as the revamped version of Hip Hop as A Movement Conference.
Program Supplies:
We are increasing our program supplies request from $74,585.00 to $696,525.00. We are asking for an increase of $621,940 or
833.9
%. The following is abrief explanation of the increases MCSC is requesting this fiscal year. The MCSC does not take this increase lightly. It is clear that in over ten years, the University of Wisconsin-Madison has not used its billion dollar budget to affect change on this campus as it relates to multicultural competence and the creation of safe space. For years, marginalizedstudent groups have suffered through oppression on this campus because the same UW officials charged with educating students on this campus are failing to do just that. Thisproposal is an under budgeted attempt at using student segregated fees in the most fiscally responsible way to affect real change on this campus.
 
** The reasons behind all program supplies increases are listed in the justifications below****All new programs are listed with an asterisk. The new program is also justified below **
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Art Gallery:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $150 to $2,454 which is a difference of $2,304 or 1536%. The reason behind thisincrease is listed in the justification below.
 
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*Commemorative Months:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $32,896. The reasoning behind this new program is listed inthe justification below.o
 
Cultural Fair:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $1,900. The reasoning behind this new program is listed in the justification below.
 
o
 
Dating, Mating, & Relating (DMR):
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $3,490. The reason behind this increase is listed inthe justification below.
 
o
 
Diversity Education (DE):
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $1,300 to $6,800 which is a difference of $5,500 or 423%. Thereason is listed in the justification below.
 
 
 
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Fall Staff In Service:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $2,860 to $3,990 which is a difference of $1,130 or 40%. The reasonbehind this increase is listed in the justification below.
 
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Hip Hop As A Movement Conference:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $19,200 to $57,300 which is a difference of $38,100or 198%. The reason behind this increase is listed in the justification below.
 
o
 
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InfoPak:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $1,950 to $14,640 which is a difference of $12,690 or 651%. The reason behind thisincrease is listed in the justification below.
 
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*ICD International:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0to $11,300. The reasoning behind this new program is listed in the justification below.
 
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MCSC Open House:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $2,550. The reason behind this increase is listed in the justificationbelow.
 
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Minority Reporter/Race Doctor:
The MCSC is requesting to decrease this program to $0. The reason behind this decrease is listed in the justificationbelow.
 
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M-O.N.E. Hip Hop Education Month:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $5,240 to $5540 which is a difference of $2,304.00or 44%. The reason behind this increase is listed in the justification below.
 
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*Multicultural Alumni Job Shadowing Program:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $26,000. The reasoning behind thisnew program is listed in the justification below.
 
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*Multicultural High School Alumni Mentoring Program:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $14,250. The reasoningbehind this new program is listed in the justification below.
 
o
 
Multicultural Orientation and Reception (MCOR):
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $1,000 to $14,250 which is a differenceof $13,250 1,325%. The reason behind this increase is listed in the justification below.
 
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National Conference on Race Ethnicity in Higher Education:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $7,250 to $15,130 which is adifference of $7,880 or 108%. The reason behind this increase is listed in the justification below.
 
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Multicultural Fall Barbecue:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $1,660 to $1,760 which is a difference of $100or 6%. Thereason behind this increase is listed in the justification below.
 
o
 
Multicultural Spring Barbecue:
We are requesting the same amount for the Spring Barbecue for the 12-13 year that we requested for 11-12.o
 
*Multicultural Summer Barbecue:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $2,200. The reasoning behind this new program islisted in the justification below.
 
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Poetry Slam:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $16,510 to $8,288 which is a difference of $1,778 or 27%. The reason behindthis increase is listed in the justification below.
 
o
 
Poetry Workshops and Open Mic:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $4,460 to $39,396 which is a difference of $34,936 or708%. The reason behind this increase is listed in the justification below.
 
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Professional Training:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $7,480 to $245,572 which is a difference of $2,304.00 or 3,183%. Thereason behind this increase is listed in the justification below.
 
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*QTPOC:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $9,540. The reasoning behind this new program is listed in the justificationbelow.
 
o
 
*Queer Prom:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $13,724. The reasoning behind this new program is listed in the justification below.
 
o
 
Spring Staff In Service:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $215 to $2033 which is a difference of $1,818 or 846%. The reasonbehind this increase is listed in the justification below.
 
o
 
*Stop The Rail To Jail:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $53,172. The reasoning behind this new program is listed in the justification below.
 
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Theater of the Oppressed Conference:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $3000 to $3,030 which is a difference of $30 or 1%.The reason behind this increase is listed in the justification below.
 
o
 
Theater of the Oppressed Workshops:
The MCSC is requesting to decrease this program from $640 to $300 which is a difference of $340 or 53%.The reason behind this increase is listed in the justification below.
 
o
 
*UW-
Madison Multicultural Summer Night’s Dr
eam:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $75,000. The reasoning behindthis new program is listed in the justification below.
 
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Women in RedZine:
The MCSC is requesting to increase this program from $0 to $7,000. The reasoning behind this new program is listed in the justification below.
 
 
Rent- (Increase from $0 to $75,000) Please See Appendix B for a detailed narrative explaining this request.
 
 
Appendix B
 –
Rent Narrative
As stated in previous SSFC Chair Matt Manes’ exit report
to the Chancellor on the state of SSFC and GSSFs, Matt expressed that the Student Activity Center is not fitto house the student organizations of present and overall the space did not suffice in accommodating organizations.Two years ago, MCSC was told to leave their off-campus space and move into the Student Activity Center (SAC) that was promised to be a great space. Upon arrivalMCSC realized that the SAC was unfortunately not the space that was promised to us. We were given one of the smaller of the largest suites and yet could not and stillcannot fit all of our supplies nor all of our staff. Although we enjoy our current space because of the proximity it gives us to the Associated Students of Madison and theStudent Services Finance Committee and pla
n to keep it, MCSC cannot appropriately work within the confines of the SAC because: our staff doesn’t fit, our suppliesdon’t fit, need for a confidential space for our first responder/advocacy direct service, the time restrictions of the buildi
ng is difficult, we cannot do certain art in theSAC, and the SAC (like other buildings on campus) is racist.In this budget we will have 38 workers. As of now we have 21 staff members, of who cannot fit into our office space at the same time. In this new model MCSC doeswork collectively, which means that we gather in groups to complete the work necessary to produce our direct services. It is necessary to have a professional spacewhere people can do the work as needed and with three professional staff and two graduate students we need an added room for these professional that is permanent. Itwould be insulting to the work they must complete, standards they must uphold, professionalism as a whole if our professional staff did not have secure space that ispermanent and set aside for them.To give you an idea of what this amount of staff would look like in the space we have now, if all of the professional staff were in the office that we have now therewould be only two more computers open and all desks would be occupied. There would be no place to put another filing cabinet to hold the paperwork that would comefrom these professionals. There is also no area in the office where these professionals (including the graduate students) could hold separate and simultaneous meetingsin private. Not to mention that we have two service divisions and two direct services that require that we can hold confidential meetings.More often than not if MCSC wants to hold one of our ten Service Division meetings, one of our twelve changing Steering Committee meetings, or conduct one of ourdirect services we always have to look outside of the office to hold these meetings. We have sometimes run into the issue of not having any space to hold thesemeetings in the SAC.Beyond this, our office is packed with supplies that is necessary for us to co-sponsor, coalition build, and complete our direct services. Some of our canvasses are in theASM office walls, however many of them are in the ASM storage closet, our own closet and stuffed behind filing cabinets. In our old office there was no reason tohave our supplies decentralized and we were never forced to buy supplies the day of an event because we did not have a location to keep it beforehand. The insufficientnature of our office forces us to spend time the day before the events to buy supplies, which does not allow for excellence because of its last minute nature. More thanthat, MCSC often uses art as a way to heal our community in times like the Mock Lynching incident. In this instance, MCSC actually could not access the SAC on theday of our action because it was closed and so regardless we had to buy more art supplies for the action the day of, which lead to more stress to an already stressful andhurtful situation. With our budget expanding in honor of our restructuring and in celebration of our 10-year anniversary, we will have more supplies than in the past twobudgets and will need much more space to house the tools that make our work excellent and UW-community focused.The time of the SAC does not work for our Coalition. Only MCSC paid staff can acquire after hours pass, these restrictions and times do not take into account ourcoalition members, our responsibility to them, and our important First Responder and Advocacy direct services. Incidents of racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. canhappen at any time and as the only student organization that works with these issues on an exceptional level. These restrictions do not make us accessible to ourcommunity nor is our space in a location that is historically or physically safe for our marginalized communities.As you know, we attend a historically white university. All of our majors, departments, buildings, and offices are based on white culture and more specifically whitesupremacy. Everything that students are learning here is through the filter of whiteness, even African American Studies. This is because history has been written
through white culture’s filter. All people, policies, and buildings have been created around how white culture has seen them
and wanted them to be built. Looking thatthe SAC space, MCSC has no place there. Students of color rarely frequent the SAC because it is known as an especially white space. Many students of color have beenphysically attacked right outside of the SAC, even during the day, both physically and verbally. Inside the SAC is not any better for people of color. Our own staff hashad to endure verbal harassment from students and UWPD police harassment. Frequently because of our music and sometimes just on the mere fact that our staff are allpeople of color, many students outside of the office have stood outside and watched our staff interact with each other as if we were an exotic TV channel.We cannot work in these conditions and we know that we do not have to because F-50 outlines a way for student groups to acquire off-campus spaces. MCSC had thisspace before when our coalition was thriving and we deserve it again. Neither us nor our coalition members should be subjected to such blatant racism and constantencroachment on our safe space!

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