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IFC gets $13,000 allocated for event

Jan. 21, 2004

By Amanda Goffinet, reporter

In its biggest allocation of the semester, Student Congress gave $13,000 to the Interfraternity Council for its all-university event, Welcome Back ... Texas Style, at Thursday's meeting.

The event, to be held at the beginning of next semester, aims to 'provide fellowship and unity between all organizations on campus after students return from the Christmas break to kick off the new academic semester,' according to the allocation bill.

The bill was met with no opposition in Student Congress.

'I am excited because there's not an event yet on the campus that welcomes us back for the second semester,' said Jamie Gianoustos, an arts and sciences representative and an Amarillo sophomore. 'I feel this is a much-needed event and something the whole student body will show up for.'

IFC's Welcome Back ... Texas Style will feature Jack Ingram and the Beat-Up Ford Band. The Back Porch Band also is listed on the allocation bill.

The event also will include a mechanical bull, clowns making balloon shapes, sumo-football, wax hands and a booth for students to get their pictures taken, according to Casey Melton, vice president of recruitment for IFC and a Rowlett senior.

Total event costs are listed as $18,650. IFC doesn't receive a budget from Baylor, and its main source of revenue comes from fees and dues from the chapters that are a part of the IFC, according to the allocation bill.

Melton said that students leaving for the holidays and the strain that it puts on local businesses have discouraged local businesses from sponsoring an event so close to the beginning of the year.

The Place 2BU allocated $1,600 to the event for two Dr Pepper trailers, Melton said.

This is the first year that IFC has planned such a large event.

'The purpose of the Student Life Fund is to allow groups to take on more responsibility,' Isaac Haas, a senior class representative from Dallas, said.

Melton attributes the planning and implementation of the event to new leadership.

'In the past, IFC has been a little bit disorganized, and we haven't really represented what we want to represent,' Melton said. 'Now that we have [Kevin McCord] we are really making a push to ... make a more positive impact, provide more for the students.'

According to the allocation bill, IFC wants to 'take an active role in contributing to all students college experience regardless of organizational affiliation.'

'[Welcome Back ... Texas Style] is probably one of the most organized events that I've seen come up this semester,' said Jimmy Mitchell, a business school representative and a Porterville, Calif., junior. 'It's going to do great things for Baylor.'

Student Congress began the year with approximately $60,000 in the Student Life Fund and will end the semester with $16,304.35, according to information from Student Congress.

Kappa Omega Tau received the second-largest allocation of the year of $12,000 for Christmas Tree Lighting.