Senate approves Program Board’s funding request
Program Board is one step closer to realizing their goal of bringing a high-profile, instantly recognizable speaker to USC.
At Tuesday nightâs Undergraduate Student Government Senate meeting, Program Boardâs Speakers Committee received approval for its funding request of $7,000.
The speakerâs name still cannot be released due to contractual obligations, but Beibei Bai, director of the Speakers Committee, said she anticipates the event will attract a wide range of students and will contribute to USCâs ability to bring similar public figures to campus.
âThis speaker is really high profile in his industry, and it would push the events we put on to the next level,â Bai said at the meeting. âBasically, he’s going to talk about his experiences. We have a lot of [communication], journalism and business students, and that would definitely appeal to them.â
The speaker is scheduled to come to campus in January.
Several senators were initially concerned about giving a large portion of the Senate allocations fund to this event, but many said Program Boardâs successful track record with similar events alleviated their anxiety.
USG Vice President Ashlie Chan said she supports the Senateâs decision to grant Program Boardâs funding request.
â[Program Board] has done this for so many years, so they know how to gauge whatâs worth it and whatâs not. Theyâre thinking about it and not just frivolously asking for money,â she said. âSeeing how much experience they have, I think itâs worth it.â