The question of how much money to allocate to Chabad, an organization for Jewish students, was the most controversial of the meeting. The committee was split evenly on whether to give the group no money or $250.
The group asked for $10,008 for upcoming holidays.
Ben Albert, chairperson of the finance committee, strongly opposed giving the group any money for the reasons they requested.
“I am actually going to object to this. I just think with the large amount of funding that they have already received and the fact that they could have used it (for upcoming events), and especially with the limited amount of funding we have now,” Albert said. “And this is also recurring cost, they asked, I think, for $20,000 in the spring and another 10 from last fall and I think that it is just setting a bad precedent for these massive, massive requests that are reoccurring.”
Katharine Shriver, a member of the finance committee, opposed Albert’s opinion.
“I’m sorry, but I just don’t feel right not giving them any money. I feel like they represent a good amount of students and yeah they made some mistakes...” she said before turning to the Chabad representatives.
“You asked for a lot of money and we aren’t going to give you that much money, but I think you deserve something, and that might be only $250 but I just don’t like saying no.”
The committee finally decided to give $35.82 to Chabad after allocating money to every other group at the meeting.