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Our Senators receive nothing in the way of compensation except for prizes awarded to Senators who accumulate positive points. In my budget this year I requested $1200 for positive point prizes for my 60 senators. Additionally Senators each receive a name tag and small SG pin, which is nice. I'm currently trying to get my Senators a partial tuition waiver, but I'm keeping it a secret for now so I can surprise them with it.
Should SG officers be paid? Why or why not?
SG Officers should be paid. At my University with its >40,000 students and $18+ million SG budget many of our students work for as many hours as is legally allowed before the position becomes full-time (39 hours). The work they do is highly skilled and not easily replaceable, and is invaluable to improving the student experience for everyone else. In our Legislative Branch alone we have 12 students working 20 or more hours a week, and an additional 8 working 10 hours a week. To ask students to volunteer all this time is to lose the students to positions that will pay them. While some positions may be filled regardless, though with people unable to work as many hours, we also have within our SG positions that simply would sit unfilled without pay. These include the drivers for our SAFE Team golf cart safety system which drives worried students to their residence halls at night, Bulls Radio employees who run the music stations hat play in our buildings, and other similar jobs.
If SG officers should be paid, what is the best form of compensation* (salary, scholarship, stipend, tuition waiver, etc.)?
The form of compensations isn't particularly important, as long as it fairly rewa rds students for their work. $100 equivalent for 2000+ hours isn't a fair reward, whereas something like $10000 equivalent in credit hour waivers would be much closer. This becomes expensive, of course, but our mission to serve students as a Student Government does not give us the immunity to extort students for free labor. The dollar amount should of course be related to the amount and type of work needed for the position.
Source: SG Salary Survey submitted by 16-17 SG Senate President, Aladdin Hiba, on 12/16/16