ASI dips into reserves for club funding

Esteban Ramirez

Sports Editor

Associated Students Inc. voted to give nearly $6,500 to four student clubs and dipped into its reserves to get $15,000 more for student clubs and organizations at its meeting on April 24.

Those four clubs are Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (M.E.Ch.A.), Pre-PA Club and the Fashion Club.

Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology was funded $1,900 for its Research Conference, which is the longest student-ran conference. It will take place on May 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room.

M.E.Ch.A. was funded $1,403 for the Cinco de Mayo Week. Cinco de Mayo Week will start on May 4 going through to May 8. T

The Pre-PA Club, which stands for physician assistant, was funded for $1,879 for a Professional Conference, which will be on May 15 from 12:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Student Union Multipurpose Room. President Jesse Suits said this conference will give students the opportunity to interact with various medical institution representatives.

The Fashion Club was funded $1,287 for a fashion show at the Student Union Multipurpose Room from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on May 29.

ASI also decided on getting additional funding for clubs and organizations. Since so many clubs and organizations have been requesting funding for events, ASI is at a negative budget because of the number of applications that were received, so ASI decided to get $15,000 from its reserves so that it is able to fund more clubs and organizations for their events.

“We have received triple the amount of applications as opposed to last year,” Kamalneel Singh, vice-president of finance, said. “It’s huge because the purpose of ASI is to improve and increase campus life and building new leaders.”

ASI President Derek Stotler added that it is good that so many clubs are sending in applications to get funding for events.

“I think it’s awesome,” Stotler said. “I think it’s really good that we have so many invested clubs. I know last year we had a lot of money and, we didn’t utilize all the money. The fact that we still have six more weeks, and I was told that we have seven more applications for funding is just awesome. It means that there’s more student life on campus, more students are getting engaged and that’s always a good thing.”

“I think the board felt that [the $15,000] was very important. I didn’t see anyone that was against it, so they were really excited about funding more clubs.”

ASI meets every Friday at 3:15 p.m. in room 155B of the Business Development Center.