Council insider: distribution of org wealth, new committee and "Autotune the News"


Financial District, NEW YORK– The King's Council approved the 2012-13 student organization budgets, approved City Engagement's budget request and considered forming a House Competitions Committee at its second meeting of the fall semester Tuesday, Sept. 18.

The organizations requested more than $16,000 in funds for the entire year. With only $11,500 set aside for organizations, the Organizations Budget Committee had to make choices in order to maintain fairness and equity amongst the clubs.

David Dantzler, member of the Budget Committee, explained that it evaluated each organization's budget request using several criteria, including the amount of the student body that it serves and the club's relevance to the King's mission.

Only three organizations received the full amount that they requested: The Tent, The King's College Republicans and the Financial Services Club. Others, like The King's Dancers, did not have their full requests met but still saw their grants rise from last year.

The Budget Committee awarded the Theatre Group significantly more funding than any other club, due to the inclusion of Ugly Bunnies and because it can turn a profit.

The Council discussed reviving the House Competition Committee, which was designed to help regular students– in addition to House exec teams– give feedback to Student Development. SBP Sam Tran suggested that the House presidents nominate students to be members the committee.

Director of Student Events Doyal mentioned that plans are underway for the Fall Concert. She is considering leveraging a connection that Professor Bearden Coleman has to The Gregory Brothers, a Brooklyn-based band that is perhaps most well-known for its You Tube project "Auto-Tune the News" and the “Bed Intruder Song.”

Doyal also reported that the initial permit application for the Fall Picnic had fallen through late last week because of problems with King's' private insurance carrier. She plans to re-apply for a different type of permit so that the picnic may still be held in Battery Park, even if it has to be at a later date.

 Name Requested Amount Amount Granted
The Tent $700.00 $700.00
TKC Dancers $1,700.00 $1,200.00
Empire State Tribune $4,100.00 $1,500.00
TKC Republicans $1,750.00 $1,750.00
Financial Services Club $200.00 $200.00
King's Theatre Group $4,400.00 $3,000.00
King's Cavaliers (Fencing) $1,000.00 $200.00
Write Handed Poetry/Lit Club $2,000.00 $700.00
Ski Club $1,000.00 $400.00