The Student Activities Council approved a total of nearly $20,000 yesterday for University Television and campus radio station WQHS-AM for technical improvements. WQHS, which initially received $9,898 for its annual operating expenses last semester, had its yearly allocation more than doubled, with an additional $11,560 granted last night. The radio station asked for the additional appropriation to improve the transmitters to many of the University residences which it tries to reach. WQHS intially asked for $14,150, but SAC representatives cut $2590 from the request that would have wired the Graduate Towers to the radio station's signal. The $11,560 appropriation passed overwhelmingly. Earlier in the meeting, UTV received $8115 to cover the costs of a new character-generation machine, after their 15-year-old unit broke last year. Their initial SAC allocation totaled $10,329, with the additional funding providing a nearly 80 percent increase. Their new monies were also passed overwhelmingly. In other business, the body turned to questions of recognition for student groups. Campus co-ed honor fraternity Phi Sigma Pi -- despite receiving a negative recommendation from the SAC steering committee stemming from apparent functional duplication with other SAC groups -- was overwhelmingly awarded recognition by the full SAC body. On every other recognition vote, the body followed the steering committee's recommendation. Near the end of the two-and-a-half-hour session, students trying to bring professional comedians to campus to raise money for the fight against homelessness lost in their bid to be placed on the agenda to ask for funding. Placement on the agenda would have required a two-thirds vote by the body to suspend their own rules. After the SAC finance committee warned that the event should be funded by the Social Planning and Events Committee rather than SAC, the body voted it down 67 against the resolution to 27 for, with 10 abstentions.Comments powered by Disqus
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