The Associated Students Legislative Council reinstated a council member to the board during last night’s four-hour meeting.

Representative-at-Large Chris Wendle was suspended yesterday for not attending a meeting when summoned by Judicial Council.

According to the A.S. Legal Code, A.S. members can be held in contempt for failing to appear at a hearing. They will also be suspended from an A.S. position for 24 hours, after which a decision of reinstatement can be made by Legislative Council. The suspension also prohibits members form attending A.S. functions, which prevented Wendle from attending yesterday’s Internal Vice President Forum. Wendle is running for the office of IVP in the upcoming A.S. spring election.

Wendle said he simply forgot about the meeting and was not trying to disrespect the council by not attending.

“This is ridiculous,” Wendle said. “I’m embarrassed for myself that I’m held in contempt, I’m embarrassed for this association that I’m held in contempt. It feels like I just got shat on. … Someone is going to look at this and say why do I want to be a part of that, why would I want to join [A.S.]?”

According to A.S. Judicial Council member Chris Rogers, Wendle should be held accountable for not attending because he kept eight people waiting for two hours. Rogers also said Wendle was aware of the meeting 24 hours before it occurred and had already received a prior warning over the same matter.

The council also discussed possibly overruling a Finance Board ruling which allotted Pi Alpha Phi $12,190 to fund Fight Night.

However, former PIKE Fight Night coordinator Andrew Irwin, a fourth-year economics major, said because the boxing event was so successful for the past 18 years, there is no reason to change their philanthropy event.

“Fight Night raises a lot of money and has a long standing tradition,” Irwin said. “That’s older than some of the students here at UCSB. So as the saying goes, ‘If it’s not broke, why fix it?'”

Additionally, some council members said it was ironic that PIKE was hosting an event promoting violence when the fraternity is currently under investigation in connection with an alleged hate crime.

Nevertheless, Off-Campus-Representative Joe Cole said the event is unrelated to acts of violence on campus or in I.V. He said the money raised from the match helps children, who are unprovided for, stay off the streets.

“There’s no evidence that more fights break out in I.V. because of Fight Night,” Cole said. “The money goes toward a place where kids go to box. What other event would they host but a boxing match? These kids need the money or they might get involved in gangs, probably get murdered.”

Ultimately, the council decided not to take action Fight Night’s funding.