By Kristen Mauro
Seth Meyers of “Saturday Night Live,” B.J. Novak and Craig Robinson of “The Office,” Donald Glover of “Community” and Ralphie May of “Last Comic Standing” make up College Union Board’s diverse lineup of possible comedians for this spring’s comedy show.
Student Finance Board approved CUB’s request for $51,275 to fund that show on Wednesday, Nov 9.
“It’s easy to jump on something like this,” said Warren Samlin, SFB administrative director and senior finance and political science double major.
The board agreed that CUB is seeking “better performers” this year.
SFB unanimously voted to approve the request after a short discussion.
SFB also approved Canterbury House’s request for $4,630 to host Planet Rock! Diversity Fashion Show on Dec. 3 in the Brower Student Center.
With a theme of global fashion to include passport programs and a runway constructed to look like a commercial jet, Canterbury House expects to double its attendance from last year to 300 by having a larger representation of cultures and lifestyles included in their show.
“The event will showcase ethnic clothing with a hope to unite the campus through fashion,” said senior self-designed creative writing and linguistics major Victoria Thompson, president of Fashion Club, which is co-sponsoring the event.
The event will host multiple designers like Sayah, a Trenton designer who specializes in traditional African attire, along with traditional Indian, Asian and American clothing. Planet Rock! will also present live entertainment, with traditional Asian drumming performed by TCNJ Taiko and dancing by Egun Omode Shule, an African dance group from the Garvey School in Trenton. The Artist Ed, a body painter from Atlanta, will paint a handful of women from the College’s student body as live statues to be stationed around the student center.
“We want to spread cultural awareness, not just with the clothing but with the models as well,” Thompson said.
SFB also unanimously voted to grant the Senior Class Council’s request for $3,454.50 to hold the annual 100 Days of Graduation, as it was considered a great success last year.
This function will be held along with Senior Series, providing seniors with alumni presenters every night who will share information on post-graduation topics like how to pay off student loans, how to rent an apartment and whether to buy or lease a car.
“This is a good way to keep alumni connected to the school and help prepare graduating seniors for things that are not really taught but they need to know,” said Robert Poss, senior economics and political science double major and vice president of the senior class council.
Most of the requested budget was for the band Big Romeo, which the board agreed was a good choice to help promote awareness of the function and add to the festivities. It was proposed to play on Thursday, Feb. 2.
This event will take place from Jan. 30 to Feb. 2 at various locations around the College, including the student center food court.
SFB also agreed to approve a request for $2,409 by the Black Student Union for Thanksgiving Remix.
BSU, along with co-sponsors Haitian Student Association, Italian Club, Caribbean Student Association, Lambda Theta Phi, Zeta Phi Beta and Lambda Tau Omega, will showcase the diverse ways in which different cultures celebrate Thanksgiving. This will include a buffet-style presentation of multicultural food and performances.
“We are trying to not make it so much of a banquet but more interactive, so students can get more involved,” said senior psychology and women’s and gender studies double major Lynette Barnes, president of BSU and member of Lambda Tau Omega.
The event will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17 from 6-10 p.m. in the student center.