SGA grants 3 appeals

by Stephanie Bradbury / Beacon Staff • March 1, 2012

The Student Government Association unanimously granted three appeals at Tuesday’s joint session meeting, the largest sum, $21,625, to A.S.I.A., EAGLE, and Emerson Feminists collectively. The money will allow the three organizations to bring comedian Margaret Cho to campus.

Cho is a comedian, fashion designer, singer-songwriter, and actress known for her support of LGBTQ rights. Cho has also won awards for her humanitarian efforts. 

“Students want to find a new way to tackle diversity,” said Charles DeRupe president of A.S.I.A. and presenter of the appeal. “Margaret Cho does this in an exciting, comical way.” 

The three organizations independently funded $5,875 of the total $27,500 needed for the event to be held in April, which is Asian Pacific Heritage month and Queer Spring, a series of events to raise awareness of issues related to LGBTQ rights. The event would consist of a comedy show, followed by a reception and Q & A session.

The organizations have yet to confirm Cho for the event. However, if Cho does not accept the invitation to come to Emerson, the money will stay in the student government account, according to  SGA advisor, Sharon Duffy. 

Tikesha Morgan, director of multicultural student affairs and LGBTQ resources, has been in touch with Cho’s agency and said that she does have availability for the planned date.

After the appeal, the SGA currently has $53,433.12 left in the student activities pool account.

The amount left in the account is average for this time of year, Duffy said during the meeting, but in previous years the amount has dipped to 15 to 20 thousand.

Other appeals on Tuesday included that of Radio Television Digital News Association/WEBN and Undergraduate Students for Publishing. 

RTDNA/WEBN was granted $16,602.76 for trips to the Oscars and Major League Baseball spring training. 

Undergraduate Students for Publishing were allotted $900 to go toward a book launch.