The Associated Students Finance Board allotted $15,570 to seven student organizations during last night’s two-and-a-half-hour meeting.
The board fully funded Amnesty International and Black Quare — a campus organization that provides support for the black queer community — while partially funding UCSB’s Tribal Belly Dance Fusion, Dance Team, Human Rights Group, A.S. Office of the Internal Vice President, Wellness Interns and Brothas from Otha Mothas. Only $9,343 remains in the board’s unallocated budget for Fall Quarter.
During the meeting, Internal Vice President Jake Elwood discussed his effort to transform the University Center into a 24-hour student study center during finals week.
According to Elwood, the center would include study spaces, Campus Learning Assistance Service (CLAS) tutoring, free food and a wellness room with massages and yoga sessions.
Additionally, Elwood said both the IVP Office and UCen are interested in organizing the event quarterly, but the success of a pilot program requires substantial funding.
“If this goes well and we have it other quarters, we will come up with a more permanent source of funding than coming here every quarter, but we need your help this time,” Elwood said.
After some deliberation, the board voted to dispense $4,375 to the program.
Furthermore, Head of the Wellness Program Mark Shishim sought funding for wellness programs at risk of elimination.
Board member Ahmed Naguib said the Wellness Interns’ budget is disproportionately low compared to the number of services the group provides.
“I’m surprised that it’s only $6,000 to run this,” Naguib said. “It’s a great program and a good use of student fees. Those massages are great!”
Board member Raul Martinez said the Wellness Interns offer a number of cost-effective projects for the student body.
“I think they do a really great job with outreach, and it sucks about budget cuts, but people really do benefit from these services and I think we should fund them,” Martinez said.
While supporting the program is crucial, Elwood said the group eventually needs to find other sources of funding.
“Just on the numbers they gave us, it’s pretty outstanding and I think we should fund it,” Elwood said. “But I agree that we should keep them going for a quarter until they find alternate funding sources.”
The board eventually funded the Wellness Interns $3,852 from Winter Quarter’s unallocated budget.