Despite Associated Students finance committee members’ decision on April 23 to postpone deliberation concerning the recommended allocation for the Speak Your Mind lecture series, the A.S. Senate has now voted on and approved a budget of $15,001 at the request of A.S. President Adam Salgado.
The committee first saw this request in late February. At the time, Director of Finance Adam Haverstock and Salgado discussed the possibility of waiting until a later date in the semester to see how much funding was left in the unallocated funds account before making a final decision.
On April 23, when the request was brought back to the finance committee, the members voted on postponing the request until Salgado provided further detailed information concerning the costs of various guest speakers.
At that meeting, committee member Zabie Monsoory said, “We don’t know where the money goes. We don’t have a breakdown, and I understand it was a promise to the president, but we have a responsibility.”
On Monday, the committee also heard six allocation requests from various clubs and organizations.
The committee recommended that the Senate approve the Matador Involvement Center’s Leadership Institute request to transfer $2,000 from their conference funds to their supply funds. The Leadership Institute’s original request was to transfer $3,025.
Esha Momeni, from interdisciplinary studies, was not recommended any funding by A.S. for her Iranian Lifestyles documentary project. The project was not specifically related to any of her academic work and was therefore not fundable.
The committee recommended allocations for two graduation ceremonies. The American Indian Student Association ceremony was recommended $437. The Deaf Studies Association, the second commencement ceremony funded on Monday, was recommended $650 plus interpretive services. The funding difference was due to the different amount of graduates involved in each ceremony.
The Communication Association, a new organization at CSUN, was recommended $200 for marketing purposes. The association is losing many members due to graduation.
The committee also recommended $1,000 to Hector Ramirez, a graduate student from the psychology department working on a national study that looks at the circumstances, challenges, advantages and needs of students with disabilities in law schools. The study, which is led by Ramirez and two other graduate students, is also cosponsored by the American Bar Association.