College Republicans to place bid for Ann Coulter

The Student Finance Board (SFB) accepted a proposal by the College Republicans to fund a bid for Ann Coulter, lawyer, author and controversial commentator, during its Oct. 8 meeting.

Coulter will be asked “to discuss the 2008 elections and her analysis of the victors, the losers and the future of conservatism among other political topics pertinent to current events,” according to the request presented by the group.

The College Republicans were unanimously allocated $20,140 for lecture and publicity fees. The event is proposed to be held on Nov. 12 in Kendall Hall.

The Leadership Development Program (LDP) requested $6,000.90 to fund a leadership retreat to the Poconos Environmental Education Center, but was denied the grant by a vote of 14-1-0. SFB concluded that since the amount requested was roughly double that given for previous trips, it was in both parties’ best interests for LDP to research and propose other locales.

Bod Squad was granted $2,410 to host Leslie Goldman, author of “The Locker Room Diaries: The Naked Truth About Women, Body Image and Re-Imaging the Perfect Body.”

Goldman is scheduled to speak in the Decker Main Lounge on Nov. 6, on topics such as self-confidence, acceptance and the importance of proper body care.

SFB allocated $1,538 to Ink, the College’s creative writing group, to host the Goods, an all-day art festival in the Rathskeller on Nov. 22.

Students will have the opportunity to read original works, play musical instruments, display artwork or dance. A professional spoken-word poet will also perform at the event’s conclusion.

The Inter-Greek Council was granted $1,073.50 to host Greek-affiliated comedian Steve Hofstetter and promote an unnamed College talent on Oct. 27 in Kendall Hall.

SFB allocated $1,014 to the French Club for a bus trip to New York City on Oct. 19.

According to members of the club, the trip will help foster interest in French and European culture by visiting the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Madam Tussaud’s Wax Museum, the Frick Collection and the Museum of Modern Art.

The Student Government Association (SGA) was allocated $139 to host a lecture by former governor Richard Codey. Codey spoke on Oct. 15 in the New Library Auditorium.

The SGA was also awarded $349 to sponsor a racism and prejudice awareness seminar.

The film “Crash,” which touches upon racial and social prejudices in Los Angeles, will be shown, followed by a discussion involving the student body and faculty members. The screening and discussion will take place on Oct. 30 in the Brower Student Center Food Court.

A request by the National Council of Negro Women for $2,862 to sponsor a domestic violence awareness event was tabled until the next SFB session for lack of information.

SFB, which previously had a balance of $264,544.60, allocated a total of $26,663.50.