Despite confirmation delays, ASG determines some fall funding

Cat Zakrzewski, Campus Editor

In an extended meeting, Associated Student Government voted Wednesday night to allocate more than $12,000 to B-status student groups for Fall Quarter.

After a contentious debate over confirmations for the ASG executive board, about 20 representatives from B-status student groups entered Senate at 10:30 p.m. to request changes to the funding recommendations made by the student groups committee. ASG voted to give the groups $265 more than SGC initially allocated.

“We are at a good stage in terms of how much we allocated, and there wasn’t too much tension in the room,” said Neel Lalkiya, ASG student groups vice president and a Weinberg junior.

ASG voted to cut $150 of funding to the Polish American Students Alliance because the event that budget called for is held in Winter Quarter, not Fall Quarter. Senate later voted to grant the group an additional $40 for its fall bonfire event. Campus Kitchens received an additional $300 for a fall speaker event.

After multiple attempts to gain more funding for printing, The Northwestern Flipside gained an increase of $75. Lalkiya said the SGC backed this increase now because unlike before, The Flipside is currently making an effort to reach out to advertisers for funding.

Because the confirmation of the executive board members took longer than expected and ASG had already extended the meeting by an hour, Senate tabled discussion of post-campaign reform recommendations until next week’s meeting. The legislation will address problems that arose with the campaign reforms ASG began this year.

Senate took up new legislation regarding a community-wide garage sale in late May that will be voted on at next week’s meeting.

“We obviously had kind of a longer meeting,” ASG speaker Katie Funderburg said. “But I think a lot of that stems from the fact that senators were really engaged in what was happening.”