CPLA gets $3,860 in SGA appeal

by Martha Schick / Beacon Staff • April 3, 2014

The Emerson Communication, Politics, and Law Association, or CPLA, received $3,860 to go to New York from an appeal to the Student Government Association on Tuesday. The trip will take place from April 17 to 19, according to the appeal packet.

Seven students and CPLA advisor Gregory Payne will visit Fenton Communications, the United Nations, Horizon Media, Hearst Corporation, New York 1, and a law firm, according to the appeal packet.

Erin Goodyear, the president of CPLA and a senior political communication major, said during the appeal that the group’s annual fall trip to Washington, D.C. is politically oriented, while its annual spring trip to New York focuses on communication and marketing. 

According to the appeal packet, the main purpose of the trip is for those interested in marketing and communication to meet with alumni.

“We are looking to help [members] make connections and network in the New York area, since so many Emerson alums choose to migrate there,” said sophomore Stephanie Bailey, the CPLA treasurer, at the meeting.

Kassandra King, vice president of SGA and the former vice president of CPLA, spoke in favor of the appeal for that reason. 

“Especially at a school like Emerson that is so heavily focused towards theater and media, it can be hard sometimes to meet people in the industry you want to go into if it’s politics or communications,” said the junior political communication major. “This is really a direct funnel into those kinds of organizations and those kinds of interests.”

Of the $3,900 budget, $1,440 will be spent on two rooms for students, and $300 for Payne’s room. They will spend $480 for eight bus tickets, $600 for cab fares and metro passes, and $1,080 for food, according to the budget breakdown in the appeal packet. 

The appeal was approved unanimously.

There is $24,571 left in the appeals budget.