Where Is Your Money Going?

Justin Morse, Staff Writer

The Associated Student (A.S.) executive budget is being discussed and will be passed by next week; there is apparently an approximate $200,000 budget deficit to deal with, and A.S. must make cuts to meet this deficit. While at their meeting on Wednesday, October 13, I reviewed over their executive budget. And, there are plenty of areas of spending in my opinion that are completely superfluous, and where savings can be had. Whether A.S. has the guts to make the hard decisions to balance the budget is yet to be seen. Although I would make many more cuts, here is a list of the top 5 most ridiculous things in the executive budget.

1. Pancake Breakfasts (3 x $7,000) $21,000.00
2. Raza Awareness Week $9,500.00
3. LGBTQIA Drag Show $1,400.00
4. KP Pilipino Cultural Celebration $15,000.00
5. LGBTQIA Non-Sexist Dances (6 x $2,300) $13,800.00

There are many more completely absurd things your money is being spent on. A.S. needs to cut money, just how and where will be very interesting. More to come.

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5 comments

  1. And this is why activity fees should be eliminated and all student orgs and events should be self-supporting. Like any tax, these fees are easily squandered and are distributed based on favoritism. The University and the AS are obligated to fund, to spend these fees, in a content neutral basis, and are putting UCSD in risk of lawsuits by heavily favoring certain groups. And that’s not even considering the non-activity fee monies going to events – ie, departments funding “cultural” orgs/events as well…

  2. ^^^ That guy is a big time LOLbertarian, not that there is anything wrong with that.

  3. The problem is with AS’s duplicitous marketing. They advertise “FREE” events and such all over the place when, in reality, these are subsidized by all students.

    AS fees should be optional. If you want to pay these fees and get these kinds of events, go ahead. But don’t force a student on Pell Grants to pay up so “Big Boi” can come or some pancakes can get flipped.

    Thanks for keeping track of this, CalRev folks. The real problem though is in the main UCSD budget, which is so Byzantine nobody can make heads or tails of exactly where the money goes.

  4. If the fees are not optional, each student should have the choice of controlling which events/orgs they’d like their activity fees to go to. For example, if I want 100% of my fees to go to Fallfest, or half to go to the archery club and half to the transgendered aquabuddhist club, that should be my decision.

    Sure, I believe in representative government – but do we really need elected officials overseeing and controlling (and more often than not misspending) how our “fun money” is put to use?

    I consider myself a small-LOL lolbertarian, by the way. Not affiliated with the party, and almost never vote for their candidates (because I’m more often voting AGAINST a Democrat/liberal and voting for the one most likely to beat them).

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