At the Associated Students Legislative Council meeting held last night — the final session of the quarter — members decided to overturn a previous A.S. Finance Board decision and instead allocate $7,425 to the Interfraternity Council.
The most heavily debated topic of the night was IFC’s request of the council to fund the publication of pamphlets advertising UCSB’s greek system, which would be sent home to incoming freshmen students. Additionally, council members discussed a proposal to deduct money from the paychecks of council members who had not completely fulfilled the duties that had been required of them — as elected members of UCSB’s student government who receive monetary honoraria — this year.
But before things became too serious, council members began their final meeting on the 2009-10 council by introducing lighthearted pieces of legislation.
First, Off-campus Representative Elizabeth Farrington motioned to put a few playful items into the meeting’s agenda that poked fun at graduating Internal Vice President Chris Wendle.
With little ado, Wendle dismissed the items and members began to discuss more polarized issues.
The most prominent issue of the night came to a front when the council decided whether to overrule the Finance Board’s previous denial of IFC’s request for over $7,000.
IFC representatives maintained that their funding request was necessary so that UCSB greeks could produce copies of a promotional program to mail to all incoming freshmen.
However, many council members said IFC’s pamphlet contained misleading information that would not be wise for Legislative Council to fiscally support. According to Off-campus Rep Jamie Silverstein, a line in the text of IFC’s pamphlet stating “we don’t tolerate hazing,” was inaccurate.
“Hazing does exist on this campus,” Silverstein said. “I don’t want to trick students into joining [the greek system]. People shouldn’t be lured in by false information.”
On the other hand, Representative-at-large Josue Aparicio said hazing was not a part of greek life that the IFC approves of and could be met with punishment if it were to occur.
“There isn’t hazing in all organizations,” Aparicio said. “Once they are caught [by the university], they can get their charters removed.”
Disagreement aside, the council passed the motion to fund IFC’s request.
Furthermore, a motion was brought to the council aiming to dock $25 from the paychecks of council members who had not attended required diversity training. The training was a requirement in each member’s job description and many completed it during their year tenure on the council.
Off-campus Rep Alex Onodera said those who had not attended the training should suffer a loss in their paychecks.
“It’s not fair for the members who did go,” she said. “It was listed as a job description. It’s ridiculous that you shouldn’t be docked.”
Ultimately, the motion failed to garner popular support from the council and was not passed.