The Associated Students Finance Board doled out $19,445 to six student groups during last night’s two-hour meeting.
The board fully funded CalPIRG, Sigma Beta Epsilon, Inter-Greek Council and Laughology, while partially funding A.S. Environmental Affairs Board. The council is now left with $94,396 in funding for the quarter.
EAB requested subsidies to aid in funding the California Student Sustainability Convergence, a conference inviting student environmental groups from across the state to meet yearly and share their insights on sustainable practices. This year’s convergence is scheduled to appear at UCSB from Oct. 15 to 17.
EAB member Quentin Gil said the event will educate UCSB students about local sustainability issues and ballot items that will appear in the upcoming Nov. 2 vote.
“This year we are focusing on the elections,” Gil said. “We know we cannot support or be against a candidate or issue, but there is a proposition, number 23. We want to have an open forum with people from both sides to say why you should or shouldn’t vote for it.”
After discussion, the board voted to partially fund the event $4,150.
Raagmala was another student organization that presented last night. The group sought funding for a beneficiary concert honoring Hom Nath Upadhyaya — a UCSB tabla instructor who has been teaching at UCSB free of charge for six months.
President Dilip Gopalakrishna, a second-year electrical and computer engineering graduate student, said the concert would be an intimate affair.
“We would like to honor him,” Gopalakrishna said. “The room can hold 30 to 40 people. We would not want to do a lot of advertising. We want to ask for a smaller audience, a select audience.”
However, board member Tim Benson said the hefty cost of the event seemed disproportionate to the small number of planned attendees.
“It seems like it was pretty clear that it was a private event,” Benson said. “I know that we are supposed to fund a public event and he did not seem to want to open it up to anyone else.”
The board ultimately shot down the club’s funding request.
Additionally, Laughology — a student troupe that hosts a free comedy show in Embarcadero Hall every Friday night — asked the board to fund their fall lineup of comedy events.
Co-president Maximilian Lockwood, a third-year film and media studies major, said the show provides students with an alternative to the Isla Vista party scene.
“Per show there are about 50 people from the local community,” Lockwood said. “But we have had to turn people away, because [the room] is full and people are standing in the aisleways, which is always a good fire hazard.”