RHA requests funds to increase staff

By Deanna Cabinian

Of the eight budget proposals the Student Association Finance Committee heard Wednesday, the Residence Hall Association asked for the largest increase.

Although RHA did not request more money for programming, it asked for more funding for other things. It asked for an extra $3,037 to staff the New Orleans Room at Stevenson Towers. RHA president Keith Kruchten said without staffing the room, things break and have to be replaced because of the lack of supervision.

RHA also asked for more money to hire someone to be in its office at all times. Kruchten said it is not possible for executive board members always to be in the office. He said the organization would like to have a regular aide in the office in case students have concerns.

RHA also asked for more money for phones and a fax machine. There was a disagreement, however. Some finance committee members asked why RHA didn’t get one phone line with several extensions.

The Asian American Association requested money to go toward food for its events and for office supplies.

The Organization of Latin American Students requested more funds to cover the cost of programming and for miscellaneous items, which included shirts for members of OLAS’ executive board.

Habitat for Humanity asked for more funding for the Spring Break trip it takes to build houses in other states and for promotional materials.

The Black Graduate Student Association asked for an extra $4,000 to go toward an honorarium to hold its African American Leadership Conference. The request was made so the organization wouldn’t have to scramble to find the money, faculty adviser Lyndon Perkins said. He said it is the only student-run conference held in the country.

Ars Nova asked for more money to pay the artists it brings to look at students’ work in exhibitions it holds. It also asked for more money to take a trip to the Chicago River North Gallery.

PRISM didn’t ask for an increase in its budget.

The Vegetarian Education Group asked for an additional $172 to cover hospitality costs of guest speakers.