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USG Senate Talks Committee Funding

 The Undergraduate Student Government senators were in one of the longest meetings of the year discussing the budget. 

USG Senate
USG Senate
The USG Senate may have to alter their budget after hearing from committees and clubs on Tuesday night at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. 

The Senate listened to each USG committees presentation (such as: Community Affairs, Campus Affairs and Diversity Affairs) after committee members brought attention to continuous and innovative ideas. One of the ideas presented was the funding of this week's promotion to encourage students to vote on campus by bringing in outside food sources like In-N-Out and Sprinkles.

Vice President, Vinnie Prasad, presented to the Senate and to amend the names of a few committees. Prasad revealed the confusion between two committees by recognizing, "who from outside of this organization knows the difference between University Affairs and Campus Affairs?"Prasad notes that Campus Affairs name will be changed to Wellness Affairs. Prasad also announced that Alumni Affairs  will be cut as a Committee, because there happens 

Vice President, Vinnie Prasad advocating to senate.
Vice President, Vinnie Prasad advocating to senate.
to be another organization on campus (Student Alumni Society) that has a similar workload, and will save USG $5,000. However, a student recognized there is a $35 fee to join S.A.S., so Prasad assured that the President, Mikey Geragos, and himself will do their best to try and find a way to have that fee waived. He believes that in order to save money there only needs to be one association that focuses on connecting students with alumni. 

Regardless of the news of their discontinuation, the Alumni Affairs committee presented a request to complete funding for the use of renting the Bovard Auditorium to present the USC's one and only The Great Zamberini to students. Louis Silvie Zamberini, 96, A World War II prisoner of war survivor, will make an appearance that will give students the opportunity to hear the story and listen to a hero and fellow Trojan. The committee pointed out the event is being sponsored by many associations including: Kappa Sigma Fraternity, ROTC, USC Program Board and the Trojan Knights -- who declares The Great Zamberini the greatest USC alumnus. 

In further news, the President and founder

President and Founder of Bread and Baking Club presenting to USG
President and Founder of Bread and Baking Club presenting to USG
of the new Bread and Baking Club, Dan Morgan-Russell, presented in front of the Senate to ask for a meager amount of funding for the benefit of USC students to have a culinary arts organization, and be able to learn to make fresh baked bread on campus. Morgan-Russell emphasized that the senate would act as seed capital to fund the club -- for as little amount as possible -- in order to further progress. Morgan-Russell says the little amount USG provides will help sustain the club for ten years, because of the nature of the materials the club needs to buy, (baking bowls, cooking utensils), they will be able to use them for a long period of time. The Bread and Baking Club plans to take a philanthropic stance to help give back to the community. Morgan-Russell also advertises that the club even has support from President Nikias.

The Senate will meet again next Tuesday to evaluate and determine funding for each committee and club that is on the agenda. 

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