Finance committee postpones 4 of 7 requests

Nicole Sharp

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The Associated Students Finance Committee voted to postpone four of the seven requests for allocations during yesterday’s meeting.

The most controversial item on the agenda was the “Date-A-Zeta” event, which the committee voted 5-1 to postpone indefinitely.

Amanda Lynch, a representative and member of Delta Zeta, said the request for $2,143 would help pay for decorations, food and drinks, and room rental.

The “Date-A-Zeta” event is an annual fund-raising event that in previous years raised $3,300 toward Delta Zeta’s National Philanthropies, Starkey Hearing Foundation and the House Ear Institutions. These organizations provide help in providing hearing aids and making advances in hearing science.

Lynch strongly emphasized the girls aren’t the main thing that’ll be bid on. Each girl is part of a package. When a person bids on that girl, they’re also bidding on a date to do something such as go to Disneyland or ice-skating.

The finance committee spent about 30 minutes discussing whether it was a good idea to allocate money for the event.

David Crandall, A.S. general manager, discussed with the finance committee that they should put personal feelings aside.

Also postponed indefinitely was a request for $1,000 from the New Directions Composers Group, part of the music department at CSUN. The group is comprised of student composers who wish to have their own music played at their own concert. Yu Oda, a representative for the group, said the group wanted to be able to present their music to the public.

The finance committee voted 6-0 in favor of postponing the request indefinitely.

Crandall said, “The reason for the postponement was based on A.S. policy that prohibits the committee from paying faculty, students or any other employee for doing their jobs.”

Two other items on the agenda were postponed until next week’s meeting.

There was no representative from CSUN Hillel, which requested $150 for an event called “Jewish Learning with Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan.” Kaplan would lead discussions integrating the Torah and current topics.

The second item to be postponed until next week was the Marine Biology Graduate Student Association’s request for $1,326 for the transportation, lodging and food for the “Western Society of Naturalists.” The item was postponed because no group representatives were at the meeting.

The finance committee also allocated $1,285 for three requests in total.

Jayme Alilaw requested $790 for her senior voice recital.

Alilaw said the recital was part of a music department requirement for the “completion of my Bachelor’s degree.”

“It’s a culmination of everything I have been studying for the past two years,” Alilaw said.

A.S. allocated $285 toward the request. The committee agreed that they would be unable to give the amount of $150 that was requested for Alilaw’s concert attire.

The International Club requested $1,350 for an event called “Global Village,” which would be held on Nov. 21. The club’s representative and technical advisor, Amit Kalra, told the committee the money would go toward room rental, advertising and a banner.

Kalra said the club hoped to bring more students and clubs together.

“We are the main host for this event,” Kalra said. “It will allow students to visit different cultures.”

The finance committee voted 4-2 to allocate $650 toward the event.

They voted that $100 dollars be allocated toward a banner and the remaining $550 dollars be used for other fundable requests.

The L.U.C.I.A. organization requested $600 for the “Assemble Your Own Tamale” workshop. They asked for $200 for a banner, $200 for fliers and $375 for food.

Sami Gross, a freshman and representative for the organization, said the group offers help in studying Spanish, finding study abroad programs for Spanish-speaking students and often brings well-known speakers to campus.

The tamales would be made by members of the group and would be free to students.

In order to attain the free tamales, Gross said students would have to sing in Spanish at the group’s karaoke booth.

The finance committee voted 5-1 in favor of allocating $350 toward the event.

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