ASO receives funding from A.S.

Adria Brodie

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Associated Students allocated club funding Tuesday to the African Student Organization (ASO) after their financial recommendation was left off last week’s agenda.

Vahan Khodanian, director of finance, said ASO is not a chartered club and would receive funding once they attended the makeup session for clubs and organizations to be recognized given by the Matador Involvement Center (MIC)

A.S. senators approved amending the original request of $5,100 to $6,000 after hearing ASO and supporters voice their need for the additional funds.

“I think ASO displayed a very strong presence and is a benefit to the campus,” said Melinda Hambrick, senator for upper division I.

Janessa Kelly, senator for social and behavioral science I, said she had been to a lot of ASO events in the past.

“There are a lot of positive things they bring to the campus,” Kelly said.

During the open forum, a large group of ASO members and supporters addressed the Senate about why ASO is important to the CSUN campus.

Abel Woodowsen, 21, ASO president and global supply chain management major, said they needed the increase of funding to celebrate Africa week because the $6,000 funded last year had been used.

Amara Udeh, 29, ASO vice president and environmental and occupational health major, said she wanted to thank A.S. for putting their request on the agenda. She added ASO events are held during a week-long celebration of African culture.

“Yes, the Sundial did point out that we were disappointed and we were, but I wanted to come here and thank you,” Udeh said.

William Overvold, USU student representative on the board of directors, said ASO does a lot of great things on campus.

“I think this club makes such a tremendous difference on campus,” Overvold said.