In this article, it was incorrectly stated that College Republicans received an additional $5,430 for Karl Rove’s appearance. In fact, the $5,430 for venue and security fees was reallocated from their original $12,933 allocation. The Nexus regrets this error.
The Associated Students Finance Board dispersed $13,385 to 10 student organizations at last night’s two-hour meeting.
The board fully funded College Republicans, Chinese Student Association, Real Life, Healthy Eating and Living, Global Medical Brigades and Armenian Student Association, while partially funding Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Incorporated, Sigma Beta Epsilon, CALPIRG and Kapatirang Pilipino. The Jewish Sorority Interest Group, the only group left unfunded, had its request tabled for a week.
College Republicans received full funding for an additional $5,430 on top of the original $12,933 they have already received from A.S. to bring Karl Rove to speak at UCSB on Feb. 25. The extra money, the group said, will cover the additional costs of contracting security for the event.
According to fundraising chair Ryan P. McNicholas, a fourth-year political science major, security for the event requires an additional hourly cost of $847, which constitutes the bulk of the Republicans’ request.
CALPIRG requested $2,174 for an open educational forum discussing how recent budget cuts are affecting public higher education. CALPIRG Intern Haley Raebuck, a third-year communication major, said the forum will host various speakers, including California democratic gubernatorial candidate Stephen L. Rush.
The board decided to fund the group $1,510.
Meanwhile, the Jewish Sorority Interest Group was the most debated topic of the night after requesting $1,547.14 for a banquet showcasing their work to the community.
“[This event] is open to all to show everyone what we’re made of,” President Dina Varshavsky, a second-year communication major, said.
Board member Jason Lopez said he was concerned about the dance the group wanted to hold, as it sounded more like a plan for a party.
“I know we did not fund some fraternities and sororities because they wanted to have these kinds of socials,” he said. “I don’t know if it is the same kind of event they are using as a recruitment. … We did not have that in the past.”
Board member Marcus Rochellle argued that Varshavsky’s efforts to promote the Jewish faith with this event are something the campus needs.
“This is a great opportunity to raise awareness on campus,” Rochellle said. “They also invited not just the Greek system, but everyone else … and that’s why I’m favoring this.”
After 20 minutes of debate, the board ultimately decided to table the group for one week to get a clear purpose for the event.
Sigma Beta Epsilon and Kapatirang Pilipino received the most funding of the night, with Sigma receiving $3,237 for a Johnny Cupcakes Lecture and KP with $3,212 for their annual benefit showcase.