Student project funding allocated
With the approval process still underway, several projects have been allocated financing under the Student Life Enhancement Fund.
Approved projects range from a $10,000 improvement to the audio equipment at Bridges Café to the installation of a public skating rink—a project with a cost of $95,000.
SLEF was developed to provide capital for infrastructure or service projects that would positively improve student life. Student-run and McMaster-based programs alike may apply for funds to support projects that don’t necessarily fit into their operating budget.
The money is collected via undergraduate student services fees and administered by the Student Services Committee, made up of employees from the MSU and the University.
Until Mar. 7, 2014, groups and individuals had the opportunity to submit proposals for a request of funds. Project proposals had to fall into specific criteria.
Projects should seek to enhance student life through a new program, activity or one-time event. It must also align with Forward with Integrity principles and represent something new that isn’t currently offered to students.
Ideas then go through process of “weeding out” where ideas which are redundant or not feasible are rejected.
Below is a list of approved projects. Approvals are not limited to this list. These proposals have been allocated funds, but the costs have not yet been expended.
3D printer to be publically available, $5,000
Will allow students to experiment with new technologies and spur innovative thinking.
Outdoor community ice rink, $95,000
To be built in between Edwards Hall and McKay Hall. Said to enhance campus atmosphere and encourage an active lifestyle.
Student Entrepreneurship program, $100,000
The program will seek to foster the development of a student entrepreneur culture. It will provide students with the opportunity to network and engage with the community.
Enhanced audio equipment for Bridges, $10,000
The goal is to offer student groups free access to A/V equipment when they use Bridges as a hosting venue.
Volunteer engagement expansion program, $10,000
This will expand the current program and add events like keynote speakers, info sessions and a larger, improved, Volunteer Crawl. The program also aims to retain students within the Hamilton community.