Senate updates: April 6 meeting

J Street U Chapman funding request

The student organization sent a representative to the April 4 allocations meeting. The Allocations Committee recommended partial funding because a graduate student and a student government member will attend the conference. J Street U will fund the majority of its members attending the conference. The total request is $4,267, but $3,447 is the maximum amount that student government can allocate, according to university policy. Last year, there was an issue with J Street U members not attending the conference panels and using the funding to explore Washington, D.C. The representative assured student government that this wouldn’t happen again, and members will have to sign an agreement with student government. Student government funded the maximum amount of $3,447.

Reallocation of funds

About $2,500 is left for student government to allocate to student organizations. Corey Snyder, the director of finance, suggested reallocating funds for student organizations. Student government reallocated $6,000 more into the student organizations fund from the reserve fund after two-thirds of the senate agreed to pass the reallocation.

House of the Arts funding request

The House of the Arts is an event taking place May 2 outside of the Musco Center. The total funding request for the event is $5,933. About 350 to 380 people attended last year’s event, where 31 artists presented their work. Student government voted to fully fund the event.

American Medical Student Association (AMSA) funding request

AMSA will host a conference at Chapman and will bringing in a keynote speaker. It will also conduct a suturing workshop and other hands-on events. This request comes out of student government’s academic budget. The April 25 event will be held from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Four organizations from California State University, Fullerton, will also attend the event. Student government voted to fully fund the request.

Assembly bill review

A new bill headed to the California assembly floor states that in the “cost of attendance” section of a university’s website, schools have to include the expenses of textbooks, airfare, technology and transportation. State assembly members are asking for endorsement from Chapman’s student body. Wil Harris, the student organizations senator and allocations committee chair, said he was “not comfortable (with student government) taking a political stand.” Tyler Ferrari, the director of justice, agreed with Harris. Rosenberg said he didn’t see it as a political issue. No vote was taken and this discussion was tabled.

Compiled by Jack Eckert