The Associated Students Finance Committee approved to allocate funds to five student organizations yesterday afternoon for upcoming events, but allocated only half of the amount organizations originally requested.
The American Indian Student Association requested $9,490 for various awareness events, including the 23rd Annual CSUN Pow Wow, a two-day event in November celebrating Thanksgiving, which will be cosponsored by the city of Los Angeles.
Lidia Xochitl Rivas, the president of the American Indian Student Association, said their events were important in creating awareness and letting American Indian students know “we want you to stay in school”.
The finance committee voted 4-0 to give $5,500 to the event.
The Women’s Research and Resource Center originally requested $19,250, though there was a discrepancy in the total amounts matching with funds requested. The finance committee voted 4-0 to give the center $9,500. The Women’s Research and Resource Center is one of the oldest organizations on campus. The funding will go toward providing self-defense lessons, workshops on various topics such as date rape and the annual Take Back the Night event.
Women’s Studies Student Association President June Kwon said it’s not just women’s studies students who participate in the events, but the thousands of students across campus who care about these issues.
Higher Education and Realizing Dreams (HEARD) is a new organization at CSUN and provides support to immigrant students and those students that are eligible to stay in the U.S. legally once they’ve proven to be productive members of society, which Assembly Bill 540 specifies.
HEARD requested $4,000 to host conferences, film screenings, panel discussions and speakers on immigration. The finance committee voted 4-0 to give the organization $1,000.
David Knecht, A.S. director of finance, noted that $1,000 is the usual amount funded to new organizations.
CHABAD at CSUN requested $7,495 for three upcoming events. One is a 9/11Mitzvah, an event to promote “doing good things.” Another event will involve making a wall available for students to pledge good deeds. United Blood Services will be on campus for the event. High Holiday, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur will be hosted Sept. 12 – 14 and Sept. 21 and 22 with food and entertainment for all students. The last event, Sukkot, will be hosted on two nights, on Sept. 27 and 28, at the Chabad House and will feature a drum circle and food.
The finance committee voted 4-0 to allocate $2,000. The 9/11 event will be held the same day that the Senate will need to approve the committee’s recommendations. The committee proposed $1,000 for each event.
Lastly, the committee voted to give $2,900 to the CSUN Panhellenic Council with $900 specifically going to a new Web site. The council had requested $14,300 for Greek education and Greek community, travel expenses to leadership workshops, speakers and facilitators, and speakers for awareness education. The proposal of a new Web site will allow all Panhellenic members to access the site and promote Greek activities.
A previous $5,000 funding to Panhellenic Council for recruitment lowered the Finance Committee’s recommendation.
All decisions made by the finance committee will be presented to the Senate for approval. Student organizations may submit requests for funding in the future for supplemental funding for specific events that they plan to share with the campus community.