ASA approves reduced Relay for Life funds after veto

 

KRISTINA JOHNSON

kljohnson09@ole.augie.edu

 

The Augustana Student Association allocated $300 from the Community Development Fund (CDF) to Colleges Against Cancer to support Relay for Life, to be held Saturday, April 27, at the Elmen Center. The group had requested $600, but Thad Titze, president of ASA, vetoed the senate’s approval of the original amount.

Funding from the CDF goes to help organizations hold events on campus for the student body.

Emily Weber, a junior senator, was an advocate of the CDF allocation to the group, according to minutes from the April 11 meeting.

“The CDF was created to help student organizations host on-campus events, and I view Relay for Life as an event, which is on campus, that provides our students with an amazing opportunity,” Weber said.

Two senators, Matthew Bell and Dillon Cathro, voted against the allocation.

CAC has raised money multiple ways throughout the school year. In October, breast cancer awareness month, the group hosted Bowling for Boobs as well as a dodgeball event in February. They also helped run the parking lot for the Macklemore concert. Overall, they have raised around $400, which will help to pay for event expenses.

CAC also received $900 from ASA this year as a part of the regular budgeting process.

Colleges Against Cancer has received funds from both the Augustana Student Association and the Union Board of Governors (UBG) for Relay for Life in previous years, but the group did not request any money from UBG this year.

“Fundraising is difficult for an event like this because the money we raise is generally supposed to go to our fundraising goal for Relay for Life,” said Stephanie Larson, Colleges Against Cancer president.

While the group hasn’t set an exact number they would like to raise for the American Cancer Society, they hope to raise $2,000 or more. Over $1,500 has been raised by 11 groups so far.

This year’s Relay for Life includes bingo, inflatables, prizes, and entertainment by Augustana students. The event is birthday-party themed corresponding with the American Cancer Society’s 100th anniversary.

They are estimating that attendance will be similar to years past with around 200 to 300 taking part.