SFB denies carnival request

The Student Finance Board (SFB) denied a $49,850 request by the Student Government Association (SGA) for the “TCNJ Carnival.”

“We know this is something that students want and have been talking about for a while,” Leo Acevedo, SFB executive director, said. “It’s something that we can’t afford right now.”

In order for the sizeable request to be accepted, SFB would have had to dip into its reserve funds.

However, board members were cautious of this prospect.

When it previously went into reserves, SFB used the money for such purposes as buying new computers or insurance for events or student groups. These were seen as “strategic investments.”

SFB was supportive of SGA’s proposal, but members agreed the request did not make fiscal sense, regardless of how enticing the event would be.

Timing was also an issue with the request. If accepted, the carnival would begin May 2, the start of reading days before finals.

“I don’t like the dates because it interferes with reading days. A lot of people go home that weekend,” Maya Wadya, SFB assistant financial director, said.

SFB members said this could be a popular and successful event, and that this may not be the last time this request will be presented.

SFB unanimously awarded the College Union Board $1,950 for its “Outdoor Movie Event Featuring ‘Juno,'” co-sponsored by Lakeside Government.

The movie will be shown on April 12 at 8 p.m. behind the Allen-Brewster-Ely residence halls. Funding will pay for sound set-up, a projector and an inflatable projection screen.

Ink requested $1,551 for “The Goods,” but was granted more for advertising purposes. The event is an all-day festival of student poetry, fiction, music and art, held in the Rathskeller each year.

“It’s good that we focus on sharing students’ works and building up the (College) community,” Bill Fenimore, SFB administrative director, said.

The all-day event will be held in the Rathskeller on April 26.

By a 14-1 vote, SFB awarded full funding of $1,271 for the Haitian Student Association (HSA)’s “Ambiance.”

This event is a celebration of Haitian culture that will include spoken word performances, songs, skits and dancing.

Funds are to be put toward catering for Haitian food, a DJ, decorations and invitations.

With the final request of the meeting, SFB unanimously awarded $962.50 to the Indian Student Association for “Garba,” an event which celebrates Indian culture.

A majority of funding went toward food and a DJ.

The event will take place in the Cromwell Hall lounge on March 29.

SFB, which prior to the meeting had a total balance of $25,684, allocated a total of $8,854.50.

TCNJ Swing was unanimously awarded full funding for an outdoor “Spring Swing” dance.

“I love the idea that it’s outside,” John Ronan, SGA representative, said. “If people are just walking outside or near it they might want to get involved.”

Funding is to pay for a dance floor, which would be constructed on the Sundial Lawn, and a tent to cover it. “Alex Day,” a four-piece live band, will provide music.