Budget Committee Minutes
February 14th, 2008
- Location: Sayles 251
- Time: 9:00 pm
- Present: Chairman Peter Fritz, Treasurer Becca Bartram, Sungwook (Wookie) Hwang, Sam Ritter, Paul Ellebrecht, Tommy Walker, Kristin Nierengarten, Pablo Kenney, Jacob Schak, Sarah Duane, Marquita Davis, Tim Foran, and Lisa Wang.
- Absent: Laura Barsness
- Secretary: Robert Martin
Request 1: Coalition of Hmong Students
Amount requested: $900
Amount recommended: $900
Request 2: CANOE
Amount requested: $2,000
Amount recommended: $1,800
Request 3: Campus Advocates Against Gun Violence
Amount requested: $50
Amount recommended: $50
Request 4: SOPE
Amount requested: $2,000
Amount recommended: $600
Request 5: Unashamed
Amount requested: $165
Amount recommended: $165
Request 6: Pool Club
Amount requested: $80
Amount recommended: $80
Request 7: Japanese Circle
Amount requested: $200
Amount recommended: $200
Coalition of Hmong Students
The CHS requested funds to attend a conference in Denver. The conference is called the Hmong National Development Conference. Participants will engage in meaningful discussions that will promote understanding and respect for the diverse array of inter-generational, gender, economic, and intellectual perspectives that exist in the community. More information can be found at the conference website, www.hndinc.org.
Sam Ritter said that although the budget is low, there is another 30 thousand dollars in the bank that might possibly be added to Cap Reserves and used.
Treasurer Becca Bartram said she was reluctant to spend that money. She said that the money for this bid would come out of Spring Special Allocations.
Tommy Walker made a full bid which stood unopposed as the recommendation of the committee.
CANOE requested funds for its annual Spring Break Trip. This year they are planning to travel to New Mexico, where 12 students will go on two hiking trips into the wilderness. CANOE is funding the event as much as its budget will allow, and the students themselves are asked to pay $200. The money CANOE has requested will primarily fund transportation.
Sam Ritter said that he believed the request deserved a full bid because it had been funded in the past and had similar benefits to the Habitat for Humanity trip.
Tommy Walker made an $1,800 bid following the conference guidelines of $150 per person for 12 people.
Pablo Kenney pointed out that the guidelines also set a limit of 6 participants or $900 on any one conference.
Wookie Hwang said that although the thought it was a great trip. CANOE has many activities, including Book Across the Bay. He made a bid of $900.
Tommy Walker argued that although $900 might seem convenient given the current budget situation, it implies that only 6 people are allowed to attend.
The voting was as follows:
$1,800 bid by Tommy Walker: 6 votes
$900 bid by Wookie Hwang: 2 votes
$1,800 is the recommendation of the committee.
Campus Advocates Against Gun Violence
Campus Advocates Against Gun Violence requested funds to send 5 students to the Minnesota Capital Building for a lobby day.
Pablo Kenney made a full bid.
Tommy Walker said he supported the full bid because CSA is not actually supporting their views, but merely transporting them to the capital at which point they can take whichever political stance they like.
SOPE received a grant from the EPA of $10,000 to build an Earth Tub near Farm House. One of the conditions on the grant is that members of the group attend a conference, the National Sustainability Expo, in Washington D.C. The ENTS department is funding part of it. 4 students and professor Kanazawa will be attending.
Tommy Walker made a bid of $600 reflecting $150 per student. It stood unopposed as the recommendation of the committee.
Unashamed requested funds for its next issue. Pablo Kenney made a full bid which stood unopposed as the recommendation of the committee.
Pool Club requested funds to attend an intercollegiate 9-ball tournament at the Minnesota State University - Mankato. The request reflects funding for gas and a hotel.
Tommy Walker made a full bid
Peter Fritz clarified that the charter of pool club was focused on organizing the informal support for pool on campus.
The full bid stood unopposed as the recommendation of the committee.
Japanese Circle requested funds for their traditional cooking night. They plan to make Chirashi Zushi. The event will be open to all students and feed 40 to 50 people.
Becca Bartram made a full bid which stood unopposed as the recommendation of the committee.
For questions or corrections to the minutes, contact CSA secretary Robert Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org)