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By Jessica Leeder
A motion put forward by a King's College councillor on behalf of the UWO Public Interest Research Group to obtain University Students' Council funding for a protest this weekend was defeated by the USC last night.
Citing lack of time as his reason for not completing the traditional application process through the USC's finance committee, Marty Zahavitch appealed to council for an allotment of $750 to help finance the expense of protests planned for this coming weekend's Ontario Progressive Conservative Convention in London.
According to USC VP-finance Rob Irvine, funding is only given to clubs that go through the proper application process.
In order to allot funding, the finance committee normally considers a variety of factors, including the number of students affected by the event and the educational nature of the event, he said.
Upon questioning, Zahavitch informally mentioned some of the expenses the club will incur over the weekend, though he was unable to give a detailed list of where the money would be spent.
He also pointed out the finance committee's choice to allot money to Western's Progressive Conservative Club to attend the same event this weekend.
Raivo Uukkivi, Law Student Council president, said he disapproved of the motion.
He noted it would be a conflict for the USC to support and fund one group's attending the conference for educational purposes, while funding another group's plans to potentially disrupt or hamper the other's learning experience.
"Protesting has its place in this situation. [This debate is] about the type of protest the USC usually sponsors, meaning academic rather than physical protesting," he said. "The $750 could be better spent on other educational events, such as bringing in speakers to support their oppositional views."
Zahavitch was disappointed with the decision.
"Council just found a way out of taking any political stance on the issue by using procedural policy as their explanation," he said.