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Channel 22 Now Accessible for Online Streaming

By Sarah Wallace, A & E Editor

From its launch three years ago, Kalamazoo College’s cable channel, Channel 22, will likely be rapidly broadening its viewers. Funded by the Office of Student Involvement (OSI), Channel 22 plans to become available to students online.

Channel 22 is a continuously running movie channel for any student on campus with a television connected to K’s cable. The website works similarly to a Netflix account, minus any additional fees. With plenty of genres to choose from including comedy or drama, it’’s simple to select a movie from recent ones that have played on Channel 22.

The Director of OSI, Brian Dietz, expects the new option will prove even more popular than its televised counterpart, since any student with a laptop and a Kalamazoo College ID address will be able to access it.

Replying to why online streaming for the channel is just becoming available now, Dietz said, “Well, because [streaming] became an option. K College is one of the first schools that have adopted this option for its students. The OSI is really excited about having this new expansion.”

The movies selected to play on Channel 22 have been determined by students since the channel was established. Each month, there are around ten movies that are added to the list of movies to select to stream online. Students can send movie suggestions to Christina Fritz via email at christina.fritz@kzoo.edu.

OSI aims to have the channel’s website up and running by the week of October 7th.

Breaking Down the Student Activities Fee

By Kamalaldin Kamalaldin, Contributor and Allison Tinsey, Editor-in-Chief

Entering its fourth year since its foundation, the Student Activities Fee (SAF) has come a long way. “[It was] born out of the idea that students could do great things, but don’t have the funding to do them,” said Brian Dietz, Assistant Dean of Students.

The 1100-1200 students who are on campus pay $100 per quarter to the SAF. Approximately one-third of the fund is directly allocated to Kalamazoo College’s Student Commission and its use falls under their jurisdiction.

The one-third allocated to the Commission totals $111,127. From there, 8 percent goes directly to StuComm and 1 percent is stored as a Crisis Budget. The remaining amount, a balance of about $100,000, is available for all student organizations to apply for and use toward events, speakers, trips, equipment, supplies, etc.

Bylaw revisions were made on Monday to how Student Commission assigns funding to those who apply for it. The Gift Fund has been replaced by the Innovation Fund that any student can apply for and cash advances are more clearly articulated in the bylaws.

“Students used [the Gift Fund] for their SIPs and academic-related travels, something which the Student Activities Fee was not meant for,” said Kelly Ohlrich, Secretary of Finance. “Unlike all other funds that get spent throughout the year, the Innovation Fund is meant to hopefully be used for a lasting physical change that everyone can appreciate.”

The remaining two-thirds of the Student Activities Fee is widely distributed by the Office of Student Involvement. Dietz remarked, “Our intention is to give students the control of this money.”

Things that are funded through the SAF and OSI include weekly programmings like Zoo Flicks and Wind-Down Wednesday, Beyond the Hive trips, group bonding money for student organizations, and improvements to the student resource room and other facilities such as the game room.

A large portion of the fund is granted to students who apply to attend leadership development conferences like Leadershape and iLead that take place during the summer. “These conferences are open to everyone and students should be smart to take advantage of them and get more out of the Student Activities Fee,” said Dietz.