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Catholic group tries for funds once more

The Associated Students of Madison's Student Judiciary
discussed the Roman Catholic Foundation of the University of Wisconsin's appeal
to receive funding from student-segregated fees Sunday.

RCF-UW had previously been denied funding by ASM's Student
Services Finance Committee due to lack of an "additional significant
component," but the Student Judiciary ruled RCF-UW could resubmit its application.

Craig Griffie, vice chair of the RCF-UW, said the case was
not a procedural one, but rather one dealing with viewpoint neutrality. He
cited a 2004 case against SSFC as one that "provides a very clear definition of
what viewpoint neutral biases are, [and] our case is indeed a viewpoint
neutrality argument."

Griffie also expressed concern about the neutrality of the
upcoming hearing with SSFC, due to all of the strong sentiments involved with
the case.

"As the case goes forth with SSFC, I am sure that every
effort will be made to insure a fair hearing," Griffie said. "We're all aware
of how long this case has gone at this point; a lot of emotions have been
attached to it already."

SJ Vice Chair Shaun Hernandez expressed frustration with the
way the SSFC is handling the ruling, saying many SSFC members did not know how
to deal with their decision.


"I just don't like that the SSFC can say pretty much, ‘We don't
like this opinion or this decision, we don't know what to do with it, so now
we're going to relinquish ourselves from anything in the matter,’" Hernandez
said. "I think it sends the wrong message to us and to the students in

The Student Judiciary's spring training was also discussed
at the meeting, and SJ Chief Justice Sol Grosskopf set the date for Feb. 9,
saying he hopes that not only would the two new justices be able to attend, but
all members.

"I'd like us to mingle with members of the council, SSFC and
other ASM committees." Grosskopf said. "I know that at times we live in a test
tube, which can be good, but other times we should understand the system in
which we live."

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