In last night’s two-hour meeting, the Associated Students Finance Board allocated $33,861 to 13 student organizations, leaving $26,992.63 left in the unallocated budget for the quarter.
The MultiCultural Center Council, which represents a coalition of student groups, requested funding to bring hip hop artists and activists Boots Riley and The Coup in May. The MCC Council sought funding to cover the artist fees and sound technician.
MCC Programming Assistant Catherine Nguyen told the board that the group would be performing on Del Playa Drive as an alternative program.
“We are hoping to bring to I.V. an alternative program to drinking,” Nguyen, a third-year global studies major, said. “We are hoping to have the show on DP, and the permits have already been filled, we are just waiting to hear back.”
The board fully funded the MCC concert in I.V. with $8,800.
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated appeared before the board last night regarding a party they had previously hosted raising funds for an adopt-a-classroom project.
Dacia Mathis, a third-year math major and vice president of AKA, said they wanted to reallocate funds that had already been distributed in order to pay for a new DJ, aside from seeking an additional $50 to cover the difference of the more expensive performer.
Board member Bennett Duval said during allocations that the amount of money the sorority was seeking to pay for the DJ was more than necessary.
“Four hundred and fifty dollars is so much for a DJ,” Duval said. “That is ridiculous, and I have to stand up and say something. He is only going to play for four hours and that means we are paying him over $100 an hour. It is just ridiculous; another DJ was only $35 an hour. I think we should only fund $250 and take back the rest.”
Some board members said the board shouldn’t go back on their previous decision.
“We probably shouldn’t give them less than we have already funded them,” member Stephanie Finch said. “We have already said that $450 is okay, so we should not fund them less.”
The board agreed with Finch and voted to reallocate the original $450 for the DJ, but did not give Alpha Kappa Alpha, Inc. any additional funding.
Finally, Lambda Theta Alpha requested funds from the board to produce T-shirts for their “I am Beautiful” runway show.
Presenter Joanna Pineda, a second-year feminist studies major, said the T-shirts would boost appreciation for body image issues.
“We are here to ask for money to fund T-shirts for our runway show,” Pineda said. “We want to advertise that beauty is not what the media portrays. We are going to have pictures of women of all different shapes and sizes.”
After listening to the presentation, the board voted to fully fund the T-shirts, with the suggestion that they represent males on the T-shirts in addition to females.