Senate updates: April 20 meeting

Budget reallocation
There is $10,000 left over in the fellowship account, due to a finance department estimation error. The senate wants to reallocate this money to the student organization fund and the co-sponsorship fund. Student organizations would receive $6,000, and $4,000 would go to co-sponsorship fund, per Director of Finance Corey Snyder’s recommendation. The reallocation was passed.

Co-sponsorship request from the College of Performing Arts’ theater department
The theater department requested $3,385 from student government to host an annual awards gala for performing arts students. An undisclosed DJ will play music and charge $500. A performing arts student organization will fund the DJ. Ticket sales from theater productions will also cover a portion of the event’s cost. John Benitz, Chapman’s theater department chair said that student government has always funded this event in the past.

The event used to be held at the Hilton Anaheim, but the location became problematic because it’s off campus. Now that the event is on campus, the cost of catering from Sodexo and renting a tent has made the event too expensive for the department to fund by itself.

The discussion became heated during the hearing, as Benitz grew frustrated about the senate’s questions about the cost of the event. Rosenberg defended the roles of senators and the senate eventually voted to fund the request partially.

Second Chapman Dog Day
Chapman Dog Day will take place April 28 at the Aitken Arts Plaza from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Student government is partnering with the University Program Board (UPB) to encourage community members to bring their dogs to the event.

Eight unknown vendors and organizations are participating at the event with two undisclosed live performances. There will be raffle tickets. Chapman’s Office of Community Relations assisted with fliers, invited the Orange Police Department to bring its K-9 unit, informed neighbors about the event and purchased dog bowls and treats. The funding request amount was $692.12 and was fully funded.