ASG is led by an Executive Board of 17 members. Two of these, the President and Executive Vice President, are elected by the student body each April. The reset of the board comprises the Cabinet. These VPs, presiding over committees such as Services, Operations, Community Relations, and PR, are appointed by the elected members and approved by the Senate.
ASG’s Senate is comprised of 51 students representing residence halls/colleges, Greek organizations, off-campus residents, and student groups. The Senate has several jobs. They approve cabinet members and elect members of the Parliamentary Body (Senate-related executive board positions), vote on legislation each week, maintain communication with their constituents, and give feedback to university administrations and officials. Senators are your best direct link to ASG. Each student is guaranteed representation, and Senators welcome questions, comments, and concerns from their constituents at any time. Senate happens each Wednesday at 7:00p.m. in the Northwestern Room and is open to the public. Feel free to stop by!
ASG’s Senate is charged with allocating the $1.4 million Student Activities Fund, which helps ASG-recognized student groups offer diverse, enriching programming. Each quarter, Senators review recommendations made by the SAFC and SGC, hear petitions from student group leaders, and award around $1.4 million in SAF money over three quarters. Part of that allocation includes the ASG budget, which funds the operations of the organization, including projects, events, services, and marketing.
Spring Funding: Every Spring, the SAFC goes through the Spring Funding Cycle. Historically, the Spring Funding pool is considerably larger than its Fall counterpart and is used for the bulk of event allocations. Capital improvements are generally not funded during this cycle.
Supplemental Funding: Every Fall, the SAFC goes through the Supplemental Funding Cycle. Historically, the Supp Funding pool is considerably smaller than its Spring counterpart and is used for capital improvements, co-sponsorships, and increasing existing allocations.
Quarterly Funding: Every quarter, the SGC goes through a funding cycle. Generally, the SGC tries to fund at least one event and capital improvement per group, although funds are limited. See a briefing that Senate heard last quarter about B-Status funding here.
Each year, after the President and Vice President are elected in the Spring, the ASG Operating Budget is drafted by a Budget Committee consisting of the incoming and outgoing Executive Offices, the Financial Vice President, and the Speaker of the Senate. These Budget Committee meetings are open to any undergraduate student of Northwestern University. The Budget is then debated, amended, and ultimately approved by the Senate. The ASG Operating Budget covers any and all anticipated expenses for the following year.