Budget investigation leaves Crew Club without funding

TCNJ Crew Club will spend the next week without a budget, as SFB investigates whether it can give a student organization funding for Recreation Center equipment.

The new club asked the board to approve a $1,766 budget, the bulk of which would cover the cost of two rowing machines.

Crew team members said they had permission to house the equipment in the Recreation Center as long as they shared the machines with non-team members during scheduled times.

SFB was unsure of whether it had jurisdiction over the purchase of rec center equipment.

Chairperson-elect Craig Gross asked the board to hold off on voting as a result.

The board approved requests totaling more than $16,000 from the Student Activity Fund last week.

That total included $6,173 for the Student Government Association’s 24-Hour student center.

Here, students will be able to get free massages and food as a relief from a stressful week of preparing for finals.

SFB also discussed another event proposal from Union Latina (UL).

UL received over $10,000 this semester for programs such as Jaime-Lynn Sigler’s guest lecture and this week’s Fat Joe and the Terror Squad concert.

After debate, SFB, with a vote of 12-1-0, awarded the club $9,175 for a comedy show.

This show will feature Pablo Francisco, who appeared on Comedy Central and tours the country.

“It seems every week UL comes up with a good idea, and we just give them thousands of dollars for it,” said Kate Pezzimenti, SFB representative-at-large, said.

Other members said UL is using its money for the benefit of many.

“They have had good turnouts,” Janelle Williams, SFB assistant chair, said. “And it’s not like we don’t have confidence in what they’re doing,” she added.

Other members saw no problem in giving UL money for the program.

“Their programs have been standing-room only,” Jared Breunig, sophomore representative, said.

SFB also voted 10-2-1 to provide Synergy, a dance troupe at the College, with the chance to charge non-students entry to its April 27 performance.

The money Synergy raised from ticket sales will pay for costumes.