Hawkapalooza gets $5,000

BY DI STAFF | APRIL 07, 2010 7:30 AM

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After tabling discussion on the subject during their last meeting, the members of the University of Iowa Student Government voted Tuesday night to give $5,000 to Hawks Nest-sponsored Hawkapalooza. That sum falls far short of the $25,000 the group requested.

The event will take place the Thursday before the first Hawkeye football game of the 2010 season. In September 2009, the event hosted artist Lupe Fiasco, and approximately 10,000 people attended.

UI President Sally Mason, Kum & Go, and the Office of the UI Senior Vice President and Treasurer have pledged $10,000, $8,000, and $5,000, respectively.

Last year, UISG gave $30,000 to the event, but financial officer Patrick Cebrzynski said it would be irresponsible for UISG to contribute that much again. The money allocated last year came from the contingency fund, partially composed of excess money that hadn’t been used from the Collegiate Readership Program. Now, the fund has $31,000 remaining, so giving $25,000 to Hawkapalooza would be unwise, Cebrzynski said.

Hawks Nest has applied for funding as a student organization, and it will receive its annual budget in about three weeks, Cebrzynski said.

— by Michelle Hillenbrand

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