Finance committee recommends full allocations

Nicole Sharp

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It was a brief meeting on Monday for the members of the Associated Students Finance Committee.

The first of the four new business items on the agenda was a request for $400 by the Beta Gamma Nu’s Children’s Halloween and Safety Clinic. The group asked for the money to help with transportation. In the groups proposal to A.S., Beta Gamma Nu planned to put on the event “to bring attention and awareness of student involvement to possibly motivate more students to get involved to create a closer feeling of community within the campus.”

For the 35 children expected to attend the event, a scavenger hunt and costume contest are planned as well. Although there were no representatives at the meeting, the finance committee voted 4-0 in favor of allocating the full amount for the event.

The second piece of business was a “change of purpose” made by the Business Law Association. The student-run organization asked for a total of $1,400 to help promote the organization and help reach out to more members. With the original request, the organization had hoped to use the money to pay for the use of speakers and for a tutoring program. Their new request asked for $800 toward advertising and promotions, $400 towards the rental of a room and $200 for a Law School Admissions Fair.

There was no representative from the organization at the meeting. The committee agreed 4-0 to allocate the request for the full amount.

Anne Huddleston, a student, asked for $400 from A.S., the third request on the agenda. Huddleston plans to use the money to help her in her research project for her thesis. Of the $400, Huddleston plans to use $200 for lodging and $200 for car rental.

Huddleston is planning on taking a field trip in late October to Mississippi for her research. Her thesis would be based on the Civil Rights Movement, Huddleston said.

The committee asked Huddleston how she plans to come up with the rest of her estimated $2,305 for her trip. Huddleston said, “I am getting money from student loans, grants, and I am working part time.”

The committee voted 4-0 and approved her request.

The last item for business was the request made by the Mathematics Department. The department is asking for $450 dollars to help send Andrey Mirzoyan to Cornell University.

Mirzoyan plans to give a presentation at the Finite Element Meeting at the university. His presentation is based on research done on soling Boltzmann transport equations using Discontinuous Galerkin Methods. Russian mathematician Boris Garlerkin is credited with creating these methods in the area of numerical analysis.

“This is for research,” Mirzoyan said. He is asking for $370 dollars for airfare from LAX to Syracuse, N.Y. He also is asking for $80 dollars for a hotel room.

The committee voted 4-0 to allocate $283 towards Mirzoyan’s trip.

As the meeting progressed, the discussion on an issue from a policy committee brought many of the committee members to a heated debate. The policy was never really fully discussed, but at the committee meeting, the members talked about how the suggested policy change would allow for the duration of time from when the group requests funds and the time they wait for the funding to be decreased.

“When this idea came up, I said, ‘This does allow us to maintain the efficiency and speed up the process for those (students)’,” said Dave Crandall, general manager of A.S.

“Our job is to make sure the money is distributed in a fair and accurate time,” Crandall said.

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