The Associated Students Finance Board doled out $59,112 to 18 student organizations during last night’s seven-hour meeting.
The board fully funded the Residence Hall Association, Mock Trial Team, Human Rights Board, Colleges Against Cancer, Students Stopping Rape and Art Club, while partially funding the M.U.S.I.C. Club, CalPIRG, El Congreso, UCSB Ski and Snowboard Team, Japanese Student Association, Alpha Tau Omega, Muslim Student Association, American Students for Israel, Tennis Club at UCSB, Latino Business Association and Destino. The board met for the last time this quarter.
The most contentious allocation of the night was an Alpha Tau Omega request of $23,590 for next month’s fifth annual All Sorority Volleyball Tournament.
Member and event chair Colin Cadarette, a second-year economics major, said ASVT will be less exclusive this year. Cadarette said all UCSB students — regardless of Greek affiliation and gender — can participate in the volleyball tournament and will pay the same ticket price. The event is also now alcohol-free and proceeds will be donated to nonprofit organizations Santa Barbara Surf Rider and Santa Barbara Channel Keeper.
“ASVT needed a new direction,” Cadarette said. “There have been problems with the city, A.S. and the school in the past with this event. However, ASVT is an event that has the potential to be really beneficial. This is a good way to showcase what it’s like to be a Gaucho.”
Board members said the name ASVT contradicted with the event’s new mission.
However, board member Marcus Rochelle said the council should invest in the event’s capital.
“The organization can repay us extra capital we invest into their event to get its contracts signed and get the process moving and can pay us back later for the extra funds we allotted it,” Rochelle said. “This event adds to the wellness of students at this campus.”
The board dispersed $17,300 for the tournament and provided an additional $3,300 loan to help event organizers obtain necessary contracts.
Additionally, Students Stopping Rape requested funding for April’s sexual assault awareness month. The month-long series of events is meant to stress the significance of supporting assault victims.
Finance board member Ahmed Naguib said the organization deserved full funding because cases of sexual harassment and assault are prevalent in college communities.
“The shirts were extremely successful last year in promoting awareness and becoming a common sight around campus,” Naguib said. “The shirts that will be dispersed throughout the month during their various events help spread awareness in themselves.”
The board ultimately allocated $2,750 to the organization.