Tempe USG approves bill to fund Indian Students Association event

Senators from Tempe Undergraduate Student Government agreed to fund a campus organization's event during its regular session meeting on Tuesday.

Senate Bill 36, which was drafted by the Appropriations Committee, passed unanimously and allocated $4,250 for Jhankaar 2015, a cultural festival held by the Indian Students Association at ASU.

ISA Vice President Mitzi Thelakkaden said Jhankaar is the organization's biggest event of the year and is held to celebrate Indian culture.

She said because it's the club's "signature event," they do not collaborate with other clubs that they could get funding from.

Members from the organization asked the governing body to allocate funds for the event on Oct. 25, but had missed the online deadline to apply for funding.

Ira A. Fulton School of Engineering Senator Alex Arena said the club has an excellent track record of submitting and approving budgets and they should receive funding for this year's event.

Arena, who is also a member of the Appropriations Committee, said there was money in the general budget in order to fund their event.

Although the club has not asked USG for event funding in the past, Thelakkaden said attendance for the event has grown from more than 400 attendees.

During the Tuesday meeting, USG Senators also voted to table Senate Bill 35, which would have allowed them to make various content changes to their staff contract.

Reach the reporter at Jlsuerth@asu.edu or follow @SuerthJessica on Twitter.

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