ASI give partial funds to CES historic event
October 22, 2008 7:20 PM
It came down to history versus budgets during the Wednesday afternoon ASI meeting, and the budgets won.
Next week marks the 40th anniversary of the 1968 SF State student strikes, which resulted in the nation’s only College of Ethnic Studies being organized.
The CES initially asked for $2,000 to fund honoraria and travel expenses for those participating in the historic event, taking place Wed., Oct. 29 through Sat., Nov. 1. After further review and some miscommunication, CES submitted a proposal for $3315 from the CES dean’s office five minutes before the meeting’s start.
Christina Harris, college relations officer of CES, and 1968 Black Students Union representative Robert Bentley attended the meeting to defend the increased monetary proposal.
Graduate Representative Laura Alarcon made the point that the event is historic and doesn’t happen every year, unlike others motioned.
“It’s building onto history that began 40 years ago,” Alarcon said.
The motion to send the proposal back to the finance committee was denied. The board then voted on whether to approve the initial $2000 or the new proposal of $3315. In a vote of 10 to three, the board voted to approve the amount of $2,000. Reasoning included vagueness of what the money is being spent on and the perception that it took too long to get the proposal. The board noted that the Academic Senate has given $4,000 to the event already.
“This is a historic event,” Alarcon said. “I am very disappointed that my fellow board members did not go for that.”
All other motions for monetary needs from various student organizations were approved in the full amount.
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