As a result of the Students’ Initiative’s passage last week, the Associated Students Finance Board voted yesterday to take the $12,060.45 they had originally allocated to the Winter and Spring Quarter budgets and use it for this quarter instead.
A.S. will receive a $30 base fee increase beginning Winter Quarter, money that will be distributed among A.S. boards, committees and commissions that do not already receive a lock-in fee, including Finance Board. The board drained its previously allocated funds for Fall Quarter last week.
Board members distributed $1,184 between two student groups and reviewed parliamentary procedure and financial policies at yesterday’s meeting.
The board unanimously voted to fully fund Amnesty International’s $334 request for its upcoming documentary film night about the plight of women in Darfur. The event is slated for Nov. 16 at the MultiCultural Center Theater.
Coordinator for Amnesty International David Weafer, a fourth-year political science and Law & Society major, said the organization needs funding to cover various expenses including publicity, media and T-shirts.
“It’s a very basic cost,” Weafer said. “A lot of it will be going into manpower.”
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority member Jennifer Aidoo, a fifth-year history major, said her organization requested $1,900 to fund their ninth annual Thanksgiving dinner, which will take place Nov. 16 in the Graduate Student Association Lounge. Delta Sigma Theta organizes the event for students who are unable to return home for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“It’s our way of bringing everybody together to have a nice meal for Thanksgiving,” Aidoo said.
Finance Board members unanimously approved $850 to fund advertising, entertainment and food.
After distributing funds, Student Government Advisor Aaron Jones reviewed A.S. parliamentary procedure with the board, and also discussed financial policies and procedures. He said understanding these guidelines is especially important this year due to the recent passing of the Students’ Initiative.
“[It is important to] deal with one thing at a time,” Jones said. “It helps our procedure and it helps our staff. … Your jobs are going to be very, very interesting very soon.”