The first meeting of the 93rd session of Student Congress Tuesday night was defined by one of the body’s main responsibilities — allocating funds to student organizations.
Five bills were passed to appropriate funds to various student groups, including a request for more than $20,000 from the UNC College Republicans.
Finance committee Chairman Jared Simmons and College Republicans Chairman Greg Steele presented the groups’ request for funds to bring Republican writer and pundit Ann Coulter to campus next month.
After much debate, the request was amended to give the group only about $5,000 for Coulter’s speaker fees. The other $15,000 was allotted but expected to be paid back to the University after fundraising.
Steele said the group has already raised some money for the event.