The Associated Students Finance Board distributed $32,814 to 12 student organizations during last night’s two-hour meeting.
The board fully funded the East African Student Union, Student Veteran Organization, Kappa Alpha Theta, Theta Nu Kappa and Students for Justice in Palestine, while partially funding UCSB men’s club volleyball, Hermanos Unidos, Sisters Geared to Reign, Residence Halls Association, Pilipino Cultural Night, Health Professions Association and Scientific Understanding and Reason Enrichment. Almost $21,000 remains in this quarter’s unallocated budget.
The board also spent $27,448 from Spring Quarter’s unallocated fund to finance events that will be held next quarter.
The Health Professions Association requested funding for an annual winter symposium featuring medical professionals as well as a panel of medical school students.
HPA treasurer Shannon Stewart, a fourth-year biopsychology major, said the event is directed toward students seeking careers in the health sector.
“We’re having our biggest annual event coming up, called the HPA Winter Conference,” Stewart said. “It’s a free event open to all UCSB students, especially those interested in a career in health professions.”
However, the board debated the legality of funding speaker fees for particular guests, as one invitee works for UC San Francisco. According to Finance Board Chair Katie Lieberknecht, the board cannot fund anyone employed by the UC Board of Regents.
“If they’re employed by the Regents, we can’t fund them for their services,” Lieberknecht said.
The board allocated $460 to the association, with a promise that the group could receive the remaining $521 if members agreed that Associated Students could fund a UC San Francisco employee without bias.
Additionally, the Student Veteran Organization received financial support for the first annual Central California Student Veterans of America Conference, created in response to the growing number of student veteran organizations at California universities. The veteran’s conference will feature speakers including Congresswoman Lois Capps, Chancellor Henry T. Yang, a World War II veteran and a retired four-star general.
SVO President Boris Palencia, a fourth-year economics major, said the event is a show of campus support for its student veterans.
“We think this is such an important event … because of the fact that we can show off what this school has done for student veterans compared to other schools,” Palencia said. “We’re one of the leading schools for student veteran advocacy.”