Of the six bills discussed and debated in front of full Student Congress on Tuesday, the only one that did not pass was a funding request from the UNControllables, a student anarchy group.
The UNControllables wanted $11,675 to host a National Conference on Organized Resistance on campus.
After approximately 30 minutes of debate, with various questions from congress members including Cole Simons and Priyesh Krishnan, the bill was not passed with seven voters abstaining and only a few voting in favor.
There were two amendments made to the bill, including the reduction of printing and publicity and office supplies money — additions that still were not enough to pass the bill.
Earlier in the annual budget cycle, UNControllables requested $16,000 and received $4,000 that they did not fully spend.
The representatives of UNControllables, Mitch Xia and James Wingard, went before Student Congress to advocate for the $11,675 for the national conference.
“We are not only bringing together collective struggles but arming students with knowledge,” Xia said of the inclusiveness of the conference.
The group was planning to make the conference an annual event. Wingard said the large amount of money being requested was for startup costs, meaning, in future, the group would not need as much.
Travis Broadhurst questioned a graphic the group used, which involved a bolt of lightning striking the Old Well. Congress then discussed freedom of speech and viewpoint neutrality, meaning members of congress do not vote based on personal preferences.