At the College Board of Trustees’ Dec. 19 meeting, the board approved money to pay for an appearance by comedian George Carlin and outlined recent efforts to restore state funding for higher education.
In its report to the board, the Finance and Investment Committee approved money for, among other things, a performance by comedian George Carlin as part of Celebration of the Arts. Funding for Carlin will come from ticket sales and the Student Finance Board, in addition to the College.
Two weeks prior to the meeting, College President R. Barbara Gitenstein met with New Jersey State Treasurer Bradley Abelow.
Gitenstein said that at the meeting Abelow expressed a desire to make next year’s budget less challenging. However, Abelow also said that the state is “not out of the woods at all” in terms of its budget crisis.
Every state legislator from a district in which students from the College live received letters. Each individual letter asked for support in the College’s effort to restore state funding.
According to Gitenstein, over half of the legislators contacted gave “quotations of support” in news releases.
Additionally, alumni donations are 75 percent ahead of where alumni donations were at this time last year.