FAB approves appeals to Flawless Brown, ERA Awards

By Diana Bravo

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The Student Government Association Financial Advisory Board unanimously granted two appeals from the Emerson Recognition and Achievement Awards and Flawless Brown at their Feb. 21 meeting.

FAB approved a request from ERA for $37,319 to pay for technical and production portions of their award show in April. ERA Chair Ann Zhang said ERA plans to partner and share a set with the WECB Japanese Breakfast concert to save money. The Office of Student Engagement and Leadership will fund the event’s other aspects, such as the awards and reception.

“It’s actually a great opportunity for [junior Tyler Ericson] and I as designers to design a full concert set in addition to an award show, so it was kind of a win-win situation for everyone,” Co-Production and Lighting Designer Ryan Healy said at the meeting.

Because ERA appealed for more than $5,000, final approval lies with SGA at the next Joint Session meeting on Feb. 26.

Later in the meeting, FAB unanimously approved a request from Flawless Brown for $1,924 to fund their spring stage show, “Daphne’s Dive.” President Jasmine Williams said Flawless typically includes the money for the show in its budget but chose to reorganize the budget this semester to prioritize the organization’s fifth-anniversary celebration.

FAB also granted Ribbons on the Runway an extra $2,500 to pay for several pieces of equipment, including a projector which they forgot to include in their initial estimate.

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SGA also amended an appeal made by the Ultimate Frisbee team last semester from $2,200 to $1,800 as the team’s leadership had made a mistake with lodgings for a tournament in Saratoga Springs, New York.

“Essentially what we’re doing is giving [Ultimate Frisbee] an opportunity because they haven’t gone through all of the same training … about what counts as proper housing,” Executive Treasurer Ian Mandt said at the meeting. “They were put into a situation that they didn’t know wouldn’t work so we’re giving them an opportunity to rework this request.”