The Associated Students Finance Board distributed $54,985.06 last night to 15 groups, including the Inter-Fraternity Council, which has promised to overtake and revamp the recently cancelled charity, Fight Night.
Board members partially funded all groups at the meeting but one. Some of the other student groups receiving allocations included Chabad at UCSB and the Armenian Students’ Association.
After spending a significant amount of time discussing the allocation, the board gave $19,652 out of a requested $23,775 to IFC Fight Night. The event, previously operated by Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, is slated for May 11. The funds will provide security, advertising and a ringside doctor, among other costs.
“Without a doubt, our emphasis is on security and safety,” JP Primeau, a representative for IFC, said. “The ultimate goal of the event is to give back to the community.”
During the board’s discussion of the event, Chair Nick Szamet reminded board members to ignore their personal ideologies while considering funding, as some were concerned that Fight Night promotes violence as well as negative stereotypes of women, specifically through the use of ring girls. Primeau said ring girls will not be present this year.
“We are a bureaucratic board,” Szamet said. “I’m disappointed when I see ideological conflicts come through this board.”
Several board members said the philanthropic aspect of the event made it worthy of funding.
“It’ll bring in a lot of revenue and be a positive event,” board member Brent Wisener said.
After further discussion, the board partially funded the request with consent, leaving out money for such items as promotional clothing.
In addition, the council allocated $3,200 to Chabad at UCSB for the remaining Shabbat dinners on every Friday this quarter. Each dinner costs $500 per week for food and paper goods. According to Finance Board policies and procedures, only $500 can be allotted for food expenses, so the board allowed a “one-time exception” to provide the funding.
Rebecca Pasternak, Chabad’s representative and a fourth-year psychology major, said the dinners are very popular and well-attended.
However, board member JP Slauenwhite was concerned that the event was by its nature exclusive, and thus not open for most UCSB students to attend.
Regardless, the board voted to fund the dinners with nine in favor and two against.
Meanwhile, the board did not allocate the requested $436 in funding to Lamba Theta Alpha and Zeta Phi Rho. The two organizations had asked for money for their SMART Outreach Program, which helps disadvantaged students with their college aspirations, specifically to pay for transportation and food for four more student participants and six chaperones.
Although the board had provided funding for the program at an earlier meeting for transportation, it had done so as a “one-time exception,” because it does not typically fund such costs.
“It would require another exception, which is expressly prohibited,” Szamet said. “If you do [give funding], you might set a precedent or do something illegal.”