The Associated Students Finance Committee voted Monday in favor of providing additional funds to the student organization Violent Acts Grounded for its projects conducted on campus.
The committee voted 4 to 1 to recommend an additional $1,500 to VAG for its Take Back the Night project, as well as financial support for interpretive services for deaf and hard of hearing students.
The VAG Clothesline” project was also recommended $465 by the finance committee. A.S. General Manager David Crandall said the group has already received $1,700 in its 2006-2007 annual budget.
“I think they definitely serve as a wonderful advocate for women’s rights on campus,” said Director of Finance Adam Haverstock. “I think (VAG is) a great organization. I’m happy to support them. I was completely satisfied with the decision of the finance committee.”
The committee’s recommendation for this fund increase was scheduled to go before the A.S. Senate yesterday, Crandall said, noting that the student organization has the committee’s support for funding.
“VAG has been a very effective organization on campus. Programs that they have produced have met the A.S funding criteria very well,” Crandall said.
During the Take Back the Night rally, students will join in an open forum to speak about their own experiences with violence, said Veronica Chavira, executive producer of this year’s play, “The Vagina Monologues.” Chavira was present at last year’s rally and said the event impacts students by helping them to grow and cope with what has happened to them.
At the event, students light candles and march from the dorms on campus to the Women’s Center. Speakers are included in the activity.
Students decorate T-shirts with their own personal messages during the Clothesline project and hang them on clotheslines as a form of expression.
In addition to lending support to event funding, the Finance Committee in recent weeks has finished compiling the A.S. budget for the 2007-08 school year.
Meetings regarding the budget were held during winter break and for four days the finance committee met with over 150 student groups and organizations. There were thirty groups missing from the annual budget meetings, according to Haverstock. Representatives of the groups must meet with the finance committee to receive a set amount of $400 before being able to reapply in the beginning of June.
The Senate will vote on the budget later in the spring semester.