vote prohibits charitable donations
House of Student Representatives gave more than $16,000
to two organizations last night.
If a rule was in place prohibiting the House of Student
Representatives from giving money to charity, would
it still have funded the Journey of Hope bicycle trip
benefiting PUSH America? That was the question President
Jay Zeidman asked the House Tuesday night.
No one seemed to have an answer.
The House passed a bill prohibiting charitable contributions
last night after several House members said they needed
to reverse the precedent the Journey of Hope bill set
on charitable giving.
We had a precedent of not giving money to charities
and then we did, said Sebastian Moleski, vice
president of Programming Council.
In other action:
The African Heritage Organization received $14,208
for a service trip to Kenya.
Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. received $2,100
to go to their national convention.
Zeta Tau Alphas bill to get money for breast
cancer awareness was tabled indefinitely because it
was a charitable contribution.
I dont think we should limit our spending
habits, argued Lenny Armijo, chairman of the Permanent
Christina Ruffini, a Moncrief Hall representative, said
there is a rivalry for House funds among Greek organizations
and by making them raise their own money, the controversy
The bill passed almost unanimously.
AHO received money for their service trip after Zeidman
supported the bill, which was amended from $17,760 to
$5,920 by the Finance Committee.
Too few students would benefit from a large percentage
of our money, said Matt Jacobson, a Finance Committee
Zeidman argued the bill followed TCUs mission
statement and proposed the bill be amended to $14,208,
paying for 12 of the 15 interested students to go.
Treasurer David Watson cautioned the House about taking
the $12,508 needed out of the general reserve, which
is rarely touched. The rest of the money comes from
the special projects fund, according to the bill.
It nulls and voids the budget by doing things
like this, Watson said.
Representative Jonathan Leer disagreed. Sometimes
we need to forget the budget and think about the TCU
mission statement, Leer said.
amendment passed and so did the bill.
Delta Sigma Thetas request for $5,436 to attend
their national convention was also amended by the Finance
Committee to grant $2,100.
Jonathan Muellner, a Finance Committee member, said
that amount gives $300 to each of the sororitys
seven members to attend the convention. The grant depletes
the conference and convention fund and takes $500 from
the general reserve, Mueller said.
Representative Thomas Guidry opposed the bill and said
the House should allocate a set amount to all organizations
that request conference funding.
Danisha Egans, a Waits Hall representative, said it
is important that the House support both Greek and non-Greek
organizations, including Delta Sigma Theta.
The House passed the bill.