Fifteen UNC student organizations presented to Student Congress’s finance committee Tuesday night, competing for a limited amount of student government funds.
Out of the $140,000 available for the semester, the committee passed allotments totaling about $70,000 on to the full Student Congress, which has final approval for the money. The committee reported each allotment either favorably, which means they recommend Student Congress pass it, or without prejudice, which means the full congress will debate it again.
So far, there are a total of 77 organizations lined up to present to finance committee — for a total of $450,000 in requests for everything from costumes for dance performances to guest speakers’ flight tickets. Chairman Priyesh Krishnan said he expects even more to sign up.
“It’s first come, first consider,” Krishnan said.
He said the committee gets through as many organizations as possible until the $140,000 runs out.
The UNControllables, an anarchy exploration group on campus, originally requested $15,800 — the highest request of the night — to host a national conference on campus about social resistance.
David Joyner, the speaker of Student Congress, objected to the motion to report this request favorably. Instead, the committee reported the motion without prejudice.
Joyner said he was concerned with the small number of registered group members, 20, compared to the large amount they wanted.
“When you do the math, that’s spending a lot of money per student in the organization, when all students at the University have to pay into this fee,” he said.