The KSU has approved two large society funding requests already this year.
The King’s College Orchestra received $3,500 and the King’s Theatrical Society got $3,400 of the $24,150 society funding budget for the year.
The orchestra applied for $5,000 in funding, which would make up over 20 per cent of the society budget, but the council cut the request over what was considered an unreasonable $1,200 for a timpani purchase and out of concern for stretching the budget, especially so early in the year.
“We need to be careful in allocating this massive amount of funding,” said Nick Gall, union financial vice-president, adding, “We cannot justify spending 21 per cent” of society funding on one society.
Artistic Director Faye Bontje said the orchestra plays down how much funding it gets from the student union since they know that other societies don’t get as much.
The King’s Theatrical Society’s $3,400 will be used to purchase rolls of stage flooring to make the Red Room a viable performance space. They will also buy a paint storage locker to come up to fire code. The KTS received the same amount last year.
According to Gall, 30-35 per cent of the society funding budget for the year has been allocated already.
“Generally speaking, societies with a large number of participating students, as well as events consistently well-attended by a wide student demographic, like the KTS and the KCO, will receive more funding,” said Stefanie Bliss, member-at-large on the union council. She’s not concerned about the spending.
“While the KSU would not be able to continue allocating funding at its current rate, the rate at which funding is requested will likely drop naturally over the next month or so,” she said.
The King’s College Chapel was vandalised on the night of Monday, October 3, between 11:00 p.m. and 1:30 a.m.
Vandals used fire extinguishers to cover the inside of the chapel with white, powdery residue. It covered many worship items, including holy icons. Students arriving for the 8 a.m. morning prayer discovered the mess. Clean-up costs were estimated at $7,000-$10,000 dollars.
Police were on campus investigating the incident on October 4.
The space was closed for cleaning for 13 days. Services continued in the day bay, a tent set up outside the chapel, and the Pit, offered by the King’s Theatrical Society.
In an email circulated to the school on October 5, King’s Chaplain Father Dr. Gary Thorne wrote, “There is no indication that the assault was motivated by misguided religious fervor, but rather by a more general attempt to destroy and vandalize.”