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New groups only have eight days remaining to apply for SAC recognition this year.

After the partial lift of the Student Activities Council moratorium on Oct. 23, new student groups can apply for recognition until noon on Nov. 20. Groups that wish to be recognized must fill out an application detailing their budget for the past year, board structure and constitution.

The groups will meet with the SAC executive board on Nov. 13 or Nov. 20, the only dates the executive board is meeting before the December GBM. The SAC executive board will recommend certain groups for recognition to the general body and the body will vote on the recommendations on Dec. 3.

In order to be recognized, a group should demonstrate fiscal responsibility, be sustainable and fit into a unique niche.

SAC Chair and College junior Renata O’Donnell said that because the deadline is soon, groups have to be proactive about applying. She hopes that this will prevent an influx of groups and only prepared groups will apply. However, there is not a cap on the number of groups that can be recognized.

“We are looking at each group as an individual entity,” O’Donnell said. “It would be great if we could accept every group. But if groups are not ready with their budget or if they do not seem like they should be SAC-recognized, then they won’t be. Potentially, every group [that applies] could be SAC-recognized.”

Four groups have applied so far, and they will be meeting with the SAC executive board tomorrow.

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