How Does ASCMC Spend Your Money?

By Jeremy B. Merrill and Andy Willis

How Does ASCMC Spend Your Student Fees?

ASCMC takes in $245 per student ($10 more than last year) in student fees each year and spends $266.52 per capita. This visualization displays how much ASCMC spends per student on each line item.

ASCMC’s budget is drafted by its budget committee and approved by the ASCMC Senate and Executive Board. Most of ASCMC’s funding comes from student fees, which the Dean of Students office disburses once a semester. The only condition ASCMC must meet before receiving its disbursements from CMC is to meet with the Deans, explained ASCMC President Jessica Mao ’12.

ASCMC’s budget committee rebudgets “a few times each term,” according to ASCMC CFO Lacey McLean ’12, to account for changes in expenses or revenues. Since ASCMC is a non-profit, it cannot carry over funds from year-to-year, and must spend all of its revenues. ASCMC’s most recent budget was approved by Senate on October 10, 2011, by a unanimous formal majority vote, in which each dorm has one vote.

Note that expenditure amounts in the display have been subject to rounding.

Tap an expenditure for more info.

Dorms Total
Dorms Total
Student Security
Event Damages
Senate
Campus Security
Of.Supp
Stipends
SLC
DAC
DAC
Ayer
Ayer
Forum
White Party
Contingency
Last Year's Expenses
Class of 2014
General Fund
Holiday Party
Prez's Fund
Class of 2012
SAC
Last Year's Expenses
CMC Clubs (Total)
Prez's Room & Board
5C Clubs (Total)
Senate Student Trips
CMC Clubs (Total)
5C Clubs (Total)
Contingency
Monte Carlo
Class of 2013
Class of 2015
Class of 2012
Wedding Party
CO Chair Fund
CO Chair Fund
CO Chair Fund
CO Chair Fund
CO Chair Fund
BudgetViz by Jeremy B. Merrill
Jeremy B. Merrill is a senior reporter and the web editor emeritus of the Claremont Port Side. He hails from North Carolina. He is a Philosophy and Linguistics dual major and a senior at CMC. He's on Twitter as @jeremybmerrill.




7 Responses to “How Does ASCMC Spend Your Money?”

  1. Concerned Citizen says:

    The Infographic is really cool, but it would be helpful to just include a table so numbers can easily compared without dealing with pain in the ass mouseovers.

  2. Thanks for the feedback. I’ll try to think of a good way to embed that for later today. Or maybe I’ll just upload the source spreadsheet.

  3. Lacey McLean says:

    Hey – Very cool way in displaying the expenditures of ASCMC, it is a neat idea and very informative! Just wanted to note that the Wedding Party expenses of $18,000 is a total expenditure, not in addition to ticket sales, and ticket sales help to bring down this cost by $8,000. When netted, we spend $10,000 on the party, most of which is spent on the band, tent, and dinner. Also, if anyone has any questions or comments, I (and ASCMC) would love to hear them!

  4. ayer says:

    We pay for the yearbook twice?

    • Jessica Mao says:

      No. It’s just that the initial cost of the yearbook is an expense line item in our budget. That is later covered by the revenue from students’ payments. Since this is an expenditure model, you don’t see the revenues that come in here.

  5. an answer says:

    What’s a Gann dollar worth?


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