Due to a source error, the original version of this story incorrectly states that the Carolina Union Activities Board relies primarily on Student Congress for speaker funding. CUAB is actually funded by the Student Activity Fee, which is not subject to the approval of Student Congress. The Daily Tar Heel apologizes for the error.
The adage “talk is cheap” seems far from applicable when it comes to attracting notable speakers to UNC’s campus.
With costs sometimes exceeding $50,000, student groups wishing to sponsor speakers have two sources to look to: Student Congress and miscellaneous donations.
Academic departments, which can’t apply for funding from Student Congress, must rely on donations from inside and outside the University.
The discrepancies between funding processes and the money they allocate are numerous among departments and groups, and determine which sorts of speakers are most welcome at UNC.
A recent vote by Student Congress to limit the allocation of funds to Republican pundit Ann Coulter marked context for comparison of past and future speakers the University has hosted.
Student Congress, the organization in charge of allocating student fees to student groups, has the power to decide how much each speaker warrants.
In order for an organization to be eligible to request funds, it must meet two requirements: it must be a University-recognized student group and have a certified treasurer, said Jared Simmons, chairman of the finance committee of Student Congress.
“Student Congress is trying to get student money to be used to the best of its ability to impact the biggest amount of people,” he said.