Alec Weisman, Editor-in-Chief
It has come to my attention that the UCSD Associated Students continue to show a lack of understanding of their own rules and an inability to properly monitor their own allocation process.
Recently, The Beat, one of four a cappella groups at UC-San Diego, were granted operating funds for the total amount of $900. Why is this a problem? Because AS allocation rules state that “All registered student organizations are eligible to apply for up to (not guaranteed) $500 annually of Operating Funds, which are intended to support the day-to-day operations of student organizations, including but not limited to, office supplies, copying costs, and travel expenses.”
They first applied for operating funds 10/06/2010 for $400 which was approved under ASUCSD Act #221. Normally this would not be a problem, however, on 10/20/2010, they reapplied for operating funds and received another $500 under ASUCSD Act #294. These are two completely different funding requests, and both were approved by the Associated Students.
The Beat didn’t do anything wrong as they applied for funding,
however it is a shame that the Associated Students has so many operating funds to throw around while they’re busy taking money from media organizations. The discretion over allocation falls on the VP Finance, Andrew Ang, and the AVP Student Organizations, Carli Thomas. Honest mistake? I think so, however this is another example of poor financial leadership, transparency, and record keeping by the AS.