llamafunding.2.7.14.morganbak.8Megan Masuret

Staff writer

After receiving less than half of their proposed budget, the Llamapalooza Committee fears that this year’s Block 8 event may not live up to the CC tradition that students have come to know and love.

Senior co-chairs of the Llamapalooza Committee, Ada Sochanska, Thamanna Vasan, and Olivia Coble proposed a $46,000 budget to CCSGA at the end of Block 3. Although they did not anticipate receiving the entire proposal, they were upset to find out that they were only granted $20,000.

“We can give CC a stage, shutdown Cascade, and maybe two bands, but nothing in addition to that,” Sochanska said. “No merchandise, no posters, no paint, no graffiti, and it may have to be just a daytime event.”

After meticulously reviewing details from previous years, the Committee constructed the most accurate budget possible. The anticipated $69,000 budget is actually the lowest that CC has seen in a few years. The Llama Committee went to additional lengths this year to ensure that the figures they proposed were accurate.

By obtaining precise figures from previous years, the Committee effectively knew which areas to reform in order to keep the budget as low as possible. They focused on preserving the musical integrity of the event and reducing the elements that seemed extravagant.

Even with the threat of insufficient funding, the Committee maintains that perspective.  First and foremost, Llama is a music festival, and with the current budget, the superfluous “fun” aspects of the day will be cut before the musical talent. As of now, the Llama Committee has been in contact with two bands; in the past, the budget allows for four or five performances.

“We are confident we can throw the barebones of the event,” Sochanska said. “We will still have Llama, [but] it will be a different Llama. It’s not going to be the Llama that seniors know, but it might be better.”

CCSGA’s Finance Committee first reviewed the Llama Committee’s proposal, and then presented it to the entire CCSGA Council. After a question-and-answer session followed by a debate, the Finance Committee met again to make their final decision. They granted $20,000 to cover the costs of four bands, transportation, hotels, and food.

At this point last year, CCSGA offered the Llama Committee $3,750 and another $15,000 closer to the event, when the Committee was pressed for funding. CCSGA again is encouraging the Llama Committee to seek out funding from other sources, but they have already provided more funds for the event than they provided in total last year. “If they can secure more funds, it would alleviate us to fund more events in the future,” said Vice President for Finance, Alejandro Salazar.

Currently, the Llama Committee is actively searching out other sources of funding, in order to orchestrate what they believe may be the best Llamapalooza yet. They applied for a Cultural Attractions Fund, contacted alumni for donations, and began negotiating with the AV company.

Despite their efforts, the Llama Committee is still short on funds and more than anything want this event to be representative of the CC community at large. They have contacted various clubs and organizations around campus asking for support for this event. They are seeking out art students that want to help with the painting and artistic aspects of the day. They have been in touch with PlayHard Productions to help decorate the stage. Most of all, they are thankful for groups such as Idea Space, SOCC, Carnivore Club, and OrgasmiCC that have already pledged monetary donations.

However, the Committee still needs another $20,000 to sustain CC’s expectations of Llamapalooza. “We don’t have too many traditions at this school,” Sochanska said. “You take away Llama, and you take away a huge part of the CC experience.”

Sochanska and Vasan expressed their frustration and nerves about acquiring the rest of the funds, especially since they need to start negotiating contracts with the musical talent soon. CCSGA has offered to review another proposal at the end of Block 6 if the Committee is still struggling for funding, but the end of Block 6 may be too late to schedule more bands. The Committee has already lost three bands and cannot afford the traditional four bands. They fear losing the music side of the festival.

“We’ve changed the way we look at bands,” Vasan said. “If this turns out the way we want this to, even the indie or dubstep bands are not the typical indie or dubstep bands. They are diverse even within their own genre, and they have mastered their sounds.”

With more financial assistance and involvement from CC organizations, students can expect the quad lined with canvases ready to be painted, a graffiti artist, facepaint, and possibly a pillow lounge. The Committee is striving towards an event that is more inclusive and representative of all students. CC clubs can help achieve that.

Furthermore, the Committee is content with the changes that CCSGA has made to the proposal process. In the past, budget proposals were somewhat disorganized, lacking detail, and inconsistent.

“It is a very admirable things to do,” Vasan said. “They’re trying to stick with their new constructs, they want to fund in a way that allows us to look around for other sources of funding.”

“I think they did a phenomenal job putting together a process and budget proposal that was coherent,” CCSGA President, Isaac Green said.

“It was a lean budget proposal that was made to do its job,” Salazar said.

The Llama Committee hopes that groups at CC recognize their plea for help, and they remain optimistic despite their monetary obstacles.

“The whole point of Llama is that it is supposed to be a learning experience,” Sochanska said. “We get to learn how to really put on a high-budget mass-music festival, which is a rare chance in college.  We do all of the leg work. It’s the point of Llama, and we love it.”

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