by Audrey Jean Griffith
Members of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity are questioning a decision by the Associated Students Federation (ASF) Forum to deny a request for funds for the organization’s formal.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon requested money from ASF for their formal and they were denied, even though they had received money last year.
There has been talk about unfair dealings. ASF currently has five members affiliated with Phi Delta Theta, including ASF President Mario Guerrero.
The ASF Forum allocated $2,000 for the Phi Delta Theta formal held last March. Therefore, the formal had to be open to all University of La Verne students. Only four non-Greek students attended.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon president Greg Hemenover questioned ASF’s reasoning.
“I don’t think it was fair. ASF told us first of all we weren’t professional in our presentation,” said Hemenover. “They said that they weren’t going to give money to organizations for their formals, but the Phi Delts were given money.”
Crystal Apilado, ASF vice president of activities, said that ASF members Nick Van Der Wende, Ralph Solis, Dan Miyashiro and Mario Guerrero, who are all Phi Delta Theta members, were absent at the meeting. “Frank Tolentino was the only Phi Delt present at the meeting,” said Apilado.
Ralph Solis said, “We didn’t attend the meeting because we didn’t want to cause trouble. Not even Mario attended the meeting.”
Phi Sigma Sigma member Jackie Foreman said, “I don’t think our formals should be open to all students. It’s our sorority formal and if that means we don’t get money from ASF, then that’s fine.”
Yvonne Hernandez, a Sigma Kappa member, believes the opposite. “We have 54 members in our sorority. Think about how many other students are involved with Greek organizations. ASF holds student’s money. Greeks are students too. Maybe we shouldn’t get $2,000, but we should get at least some money.”
Sigma Kappa member Danielle Pomierski said, “We didn’t go to ASF for money for our formal, but they did fund our Pajama Jamy Jam held last November and it was open to all students.”
Organizations that request money must go through a process of paperwork. Those organizations must calculate everything that is needed for the event and the total must be presented to ASF.
Amanda Stutevoss of Sigma Kappa said, “When I was on ASF, we had to remove ourselves from the voting process if we were involved in the organization we were voting on.”
ASF clearly stated that Phi Delta Theta would be given the money as long as ASF was given a list of all students, including non-Greek members, who would be attending the formal.
Apilado said that only four students who were not Greek went and ASF did not think it was worth the money. She also said that Guerrero later vetoed giving money to Phi Delta Theta for their formal, although his veto was subsequently overridden.
ASF looked at Phi Delta Theta’s turnout to determine whether or not they would fund future formals. Sigma Alpha Epsilon was denied the money simply because ASF was not going to fund any more formals.
“If SAE had came first, they would have probably gotten the money. If Iota Delta came first, they might have gotten the money. I thought SAE’s presentation was fine. That was not the reason they didn’t get the money. Individual members who thought that SAE did not have a good presentation, well, that was their personal opinion. Those ASF members thought SAE should have fundraised more,” said Apilado.
“Next year it might be different. It’ll be a whole new Forum,” she said.