Finance committee allocates more than $19,000

Nicole Sharp

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The Associated Students Finance Committee allocated more than $19,000 and voted to postpone deciding on two allocation requests during its Monday meeting.

The first item on the agenda was a request for $11,800 from the Intelligent Ground Vehicle Team.

The team designs and assembles an unmanned ground robotic vehicle. The vehicle must be able to make its way through obstacles and perform assigned tasks.

The team is hoping to attend a competition during May in Rochester, Mich.

Nathan Fast, representative and electrical engineer for the team, said $9,800 of their request would be used to purchase of a fuel cell, which would help them make their vehicle more fuel-efficient.

Prince LaDu, vice president of IGVT, said that the teams used batteries to power their vehicles for the past two years. LaDu said that the entire cost of building the vehicle was $52,000.

The finance committee voted 4-0 to allocate a total of $3,200 for the team’s project. They voted to give $1,600 for the fuel cell and $1,500 for travel.

Another item on the agenda was a request for $15,000 from the A.S. Government.

No representative was present at the meeting, but Dave Knecht, director of finance, said the request was for the purpose of funding non-academic travel for Student Organization leadership.

The committee voted 3-1 to allocate the full request.

The committee voted 4-0 to allocate $900 toward the CSUN Communication Association’s request of $1,800 for their Graduate Mixer event, which will be held on Dec. 14.

“We are trying to create a support system in the communications community,” said Evan Hassan, co-president of the group.

Hassan said that the Communication Association hosts mixers each semester so that graduating students can mingle with alumni and help build their networking skills.

“It’s a little bit business, a little bit social,” Hassan said.

The third item on the agenda was a request for $980 from Nancy Rogers, a fine arts student. Rogers is looking to build a ceramic statue in front of the Women’s Resource Center as part of an art class project.

Rogers described the piece of art as “partially figurative and partially abstract.” In her design model, Rogers had a woman’s face covered in green vines, representing the struggle women have experienced in voicing their opinions.

The committee agreed 4-0 to allocate $330 to Rogers to pay for materials, a pedestal and hardware, and for installation. The committee was unable to honor the request for $100 for the artist fee that would have been paid to Rogers.

The first of two items that were postponed was the request for $1,000 from the Filipino American Student Association. The group was asking to transfer the money from their Pilipino Cultural Event to help pay for another event.

“We have things that have yet to be paid for,” Chair Antonette Co said. “We need to pay those off.”

The committee voted to postpone the request until the next meeting in December.

The last item to be postponed was Anthony Raymond Martino’s request for $8,500 to help fund his student film, “Silent Prejudice.”

“It is a short feature film I’m making addressing discrimination towards people with disabilities,” Martino said. “I want to show that discrimination toward people is wrong.”

The committee vote 4-0 to postpone the request indefinitely because they were unable to fund anything in Martino’s request.