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Budget Committee Minutes

April 21st, 2011

  • Location: Sayles 251
  • Time: 9:00 pm
  • Present: Vice President Yasin Dara, Treasurer Andria Hall, and members Cooper Buss, Rob Marks, Isak Skov, Katie Powell, Amy Sun, Kana Suzuki, Patrick Burke, Andria Hall, Alex Siemers, Sam Feigenbaum, Ned Heckman, Elijah Mae Christensen
  • Secretary: Adele Daniel

N. ACT Presentation

I. LASO – Carnaval

Amount requested: $765

Recommendation: $640

II. LASO – VIVE!

Amount requested: $505

Recommendation: $400

III. MPIRG

Amount requested: $325

Recommendation: $325

 

N. ACT Presentation

ACT: This is our fourth year coming to CSA for a small discretionary fund. We have broken down the annual request. The ACT center had 6,633 volunteer hours. We are asking for $12,000 total.

2011-2012 ACT Center allocation request
ACT Student Program Supplies: $2500.00
Printing/Copying: $1000.00
Transportation: $4500.00
Meeting Supplies: $1000.00
Campus-wide service initiatives/ One-time volunteer events: $1500.00
Student Training: $1500.00
Total: $12,000

We have started new initiatives this year that are cool. We spend all of our money. We like to have the less expensive vehicle for service projects, and use fleet if we have more than one event. We have panels, but they are about raising awareness (and not necessarily career preparatory). We like students to think critically about their service.

 

I. LASO – Carnaval

Amount requested: $765

LASO: We have asked for money for these in the past. It is an annual event in Sayles and on the Bald Spot with dancing. The Tikis we bought last year suffered damage, and we only have five. The rest are general decorations.

We need a professional DJ because we need a specific sound system. This DJ comes with his own equipment. We used him earlier this year. He concentrates on Latino-Hispanic music. The Tiki posts are reusable. The safest place to put them would be Student Activity storage. Piñatas are important to Spanish culture. They are more expensive. We are going to have a barbeque, and would like to give some money to the multi-cultural Senior celebration.  The Spanish department gave us a little money for the whole year. Other departments did not give us money. We are using the condoms to stuff the piñatas. We didn’t want to fill it all with candy. We would give the glow sticks out to people; since it is in Sayles, it is way to see the people who are there.

Deliberations

Burke: $705, subtracting the glow in the dark necklaces because they are personal property.

Marks: I don’t view them that way; they are for decoration, and stop working two hours after the event. I’m more concerned about the condoms.

LASO: We would be paying for the condoms, 100 for $10. Making the piñatas takes a lot of work. They would not be spectacular enough if we handmade them.

Skov: You have to put something in the condom to make it function. I view the condoms as food. I support the bid.

Sun: I support the bid.

A discussion of the reusability of Tiki oil ensued.

Buss: $640 bid for DJ, 2 piñatas with candy and cheaper Tiki torches, and Tiki oil, and shipping.

Weinstien: I support the $705 bid. Condoms are necessary.

Marks: I support Buss’s bids. I’d like to have more specific numbers for Tiki torches.

$640 is the recommendation of Budget Committee to Senate.

 

II. LASO – VIVE!

Amount requested: $505

LASO: This is a time when a lot of people in our group can show their favorite culture. This is traditional food. We have purchased from Sosa’s before. Our Alt-Bev request is for refreshments.

This needs to be separate from International Festival because it was originally in the Fall. This is putting the emphasis on Latino and Hispanic culture. We are already cooking and putting on a performance with IF. We try to bring in people from Northfield, and incorporate the community. The large majority of past attendees are Carleton students; we do have a few others. This is consistent with numbers in the past. In the culture, you always have food. It’s a great way to demonstrate our cultural unity. There is also a stereotype about Hispanic food, and this is a way to show people something different. It is open to however many people come. This will not be a full dinner. This is something you have at a lot of festivals. You will see the streamers and the bright colors. Having different colors for different countries would also be culturally relevant.

Sun recommended that they have hardier decorations that could last year to year.

LASO: We tried to do flags, but they aren’t big enough to cover that much space. I can’t see it as a culture event without food. It’s a really important aspect. Whatever gathering you have you have food. Food is extremely essential to the way we party.

Deliberations

Feigenbaum: $0 bid. The food and decorations do not add much in the cultural sense; there is food and balloons at every party.

Marks: Food is integral. This is my chance to experience a different culture. Full bid.

Sun: $500 bid, because balloons are do not cost $20; they can be bought for $15.

Skov: I understand Feigenbaum, but we try not to decide what is cultural and what isn’t. But, show me a culture which food is not essential for. We should have a more in depth discussion, but we have been funding events like this this past year. This is $7 per Carleton student attending, so I want to cut the food budget to make it more in line with what we were doing. Food at $350, which is $5 a plate. $400 bid.

Powell: Support Feigenbaum’s bid. We are in a financial crunch, and International Festival is near. You will have to chance to show your culture there.

Buss: We should have that discussion. Support Sun’s bid.

Marks: Withdraw my bid, support Sun’s bid. We have been funding things in the $6-$7 range. The $7 is appropriate.

Skov: We fund events like this all year; it’s a matter of precedent. If we say that the IF covers this, it also covers many other events that we fund.

$400 is the recommendation of Budget Committee to Senate.

 

III. MPIRG

Amount requested: $325

We would like money to partially fund a session on human trafficking in Minnesota. We have two speakers. The money would go solely to the speakers, to provide transportation and the speaker’s fees. We are looking to get money from other departments, such as SOAN, and maybe History, Poli Sci, and Women & Gender Studies.

The transportation money is to go to and from the cities. That is the amount the speakers requested. We can look into getting funding from the Distinguished Women’s Visitors fund.

Deliberations

Sun: Full bid. They are asking for half of the cost.

A full bid is the recommendation of the Budget Committee to Senate.