Drew’s Anime Club was denied $1,000 at last Sunday’s Student Government Ad-Hoc session. The money would have gone to the club’s annual 24-Hour Anime Day, a tradition on campus.
“It’s been happening for at least five years now, every semester,” said club secretary Steven Ketchum (’14). “Our alumni do come back and share the love with us,” President Jihad Williams (’14) added.
The majority of the requested money would have gone towards film licensing and the rest towards a projector, pizza and snacks. The session’s minutes list the opposition to the event as seeming “like an excuse to watch anime and get free pizza.” That line was removed from the minutes a few hours later.
“I voted ‘nay’ for the event simply because it was a rather expensive request,” senator Storm Wyche (’13) explained.
“It’s not about the money,” Ketchum said. “We submitted the budget to the budget committee and they approved it… B&A has been very reasonable. The senate has not been great.”
Vice President Eric Doyle (’14) said that there “is a history in the past where Anime Club wasn’t accepted and liked.”
“It’s frankly offensive,” Ketchum said. “We were denied money to show a legitimate form of media that many people enjoy.”
Club leaders are determined to put on the event regardless. “We will ask for money from other ‘nerd’ clubs and will look to our alumni. We may be able to negotiate prices down,” treasurer Alex Fraebel (’13) explained.
“I would be very excited if the town of Madison would like to support us,” Ketchum said.
Wyche believes that the senate is open to hearing a revised budget. “If Anime Club were to propose a similar, but more cost efficient event, I would look forward to hearing their proposal,” she said.
The Drew Organization of Anime, commonly known as the Anime Club, believes they serve a valuable purpose on campus. “It fills a role not many clubs occupy. It’s safe and substance-free area for me to have with on the weekends,” Kerry Tatum (’13), a club member, said.
“We are a rock to a lot of people,” Williams said.
“I’m happy we’ve made such an impact that people want us to say,” Doyle added.