SOFAB funding approved

    The A.S. Council approved student organization program funding allocations for Fall 2003 and operating funding for the 2003-04 academic year as recommended by the Student Organization Funding Advisory Board.

    Allocations totaled $59,974 with over $111,000 in funding requests from organizations.

    The allocations were approved by the council 15-3-1.

    Circle K International received the highest allocation of $6,588 in funding. However, $6,035 of their allocation comes in the form of an underwrite, a zero-interest loan that must be repaid by the organization.

    “”We’re really happy that we got funding at all because this year the budget’s really tight,”” said Emily Yee, president of Circle K. “”We’re really glad to have [A.S.] support.””

    The Asian and Pacific Islander Student Association received $6,250 for fall quarter programs, the second-highest amount of funding for any student group.

    “”We’re really excited with [SOFAB’s] decision and we’re looking forward to fall quarter,”” said Ian Almazan, incoming APSA president.

    The organization plans to use the majority of its funds to run a high school conference in November 2003.

    Receiving the highest amount of funding not including underwrites is the Promotion of Arts and Vocal Expression organization. P.A.V.E. was allocated $4,393 for a punk rock concert and Halloween show.

    Austin Guu, president of P.A.V.E., was with members of the organization when he found out about the funding.

    “”I was in the room with the other officers and they were jumping around and hugging each other,”” Guu said.

    Three appeals were filed for changes to the initial allocations.

    An appeal heard for Campus Crusade for Christ garnered the organization $781 in funding.

    Appeals filed by the Cognitive Science Club and Raas Ruckus did not result in funding changes for those organizations.

    Initial discussion about the proposed allocations on the council floor centered around individual funding decisions, especially as related to appeals.

    Several councilmembers were in favor of pulling the item from committee to discuss the allocations on the council floor, but a motion to do so failed 4-15-0.

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