Funding Board doles out cash, sends IRC directly to jail
As if it grows on trees
Last night’s annual Funding Board meeting concluded with a slap in the face for the International Relations Club and GPB, GUSA, and SAC making out like Rich Uncle Pennybags. In the end, the Funding Board had over $116,000 left over in reserve funds.
Even after having made what I criticized as a hypersensitive effort to atone for one alumn’s email prank, the IRC still faced punishment, and the Funding Board only allotted them funds for one Fall Conference as opposed to the normal two.
That’s harsh, since it seems pretty clear that the only blame they should bear is for flimsy protections of their listserv. And in that realm, Georgetown shouldn’t be casting the first stone.
Meanwhile, SAC made off like a bandit, the Funding Board having appropriated $7,000 to them for office supplies and new computers. The January 29th print version of the Voice reported that this was SAC’s largest allocation of the Fall semester. Yes, SAC’s biggest allocation this Fall was to itself, followed by allocations to IRC, Ballroom Dance, and Mock Trial for tournaments, and LASA for their annual Gala.
SAC also scored an additional $7,000 to rent a copier—to be fair, the University won’t let them purchase a copier because of the exorbitant repair fees they entail. All the same, they may want to look into Google Docs.
GUSA also received $4,000 for office renovations, printers, and office supplies. Their requests for club funding were dropped from $22,000 to $20,000. In a bizarre twist of fate, Performing Arts got more than it asked for.
The Funding Board officially allocated the $70,000 to GPB for the Spring Kickoff Concert, which may bring Jason Mraz (seriously?) to our fair campus. $10,000-$20,000 also went to GPB for the Fall semester, at which time they say they’ll try to bring a local band to campus.
The meeting ended when the Voice landed on Boardwalk with three houses and was forced to mortgage its Leavey Center office to pay the Media Board.
Reporting by Eric Pilch. Read the Voice’s full coverage in News. Bottom line: the Hoya’s on its way out from under the University’s thumb, and we’re not getting a climbing wall.
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