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UNC Student Congress to examine recommendation on GOP funds

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CHAPEL HILL -- Politics is taking center stage on UNC Chapel Hill's campus. Right now there's debate between the university's Republican group and the committee in charge of allocating their funds.

Right now members of the UNC Chapel Hill Student Congress are taking a closer look at its finance committee's recommendation to cut funding for the school's Republican group.

“Just being in Chapel Hill, you get the liberal perspective. We have to go out of our way as the college Republicans. For intellectual diversity to be on this campus we need to have minority voices heard,” said Peter McClelland, chairman of UNC College Republicans.

The committee rejected a proposal for the UNC College Republicans. They requested about $8,000 to host two speakers on campus.

“They decided this year to cut our budget to $3,090, and we're not able to afford the speakers we want to take this year,” said Ben Smith, executive vice chair of UNC College Republicans.

“I think everyone's experiencing budget cuts, and I wouldn't exclude the student community at UNC. It's difficult for me to think that there would be a huge bias because although the environment [on campus] is left-leaning, I think it's pretty fair in letting people have their say,” said Elisabeth Jones, a junior at UNC Chapel Hill.

Meanwhile, the finance committee's chair says the decision has not been finalized.

“This was the first finance committee of the year. I'm sure we will hear other requests from UNC College Republicans. Many groups have multiple requests throughout the year. To make an assumption about how much will be cut over the course of the year will be impossible for me right now,” said Brittany Best, the finance committee chair of UNC Student Congress.

UNC Student Congress maintains decisions are made with all of the student body in mind.

"This is by no means a done deal. It was an initial recommendation and as I said before, we're investigating this," said Best.

The UNC Student Congress will meet again on Tuesday.

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