By Jacqia Scotton
The Student Finance Board granted full funding for this year’s second annual carnival, hosted by the College Union Board and Student Government, during its meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1. SFB allocated $95,183 to the event, which will cover rides, caricatures, games, fireworks, staffing and other services. Some of this year’s rides include a ferris wheel, a himilaya, bumper cars and a drop tower. CUB and SG expect about 4,000 students to attend the event, as well as 300 non-College students, who will pay a $10 admission fee. New to the carnival this year is a 10 to 15-minute fireworks show to be displayed at the end of the event.
“I’m very supportive of the fireworks. I feel like it is a very nice way to cap off the event,” said Warren Samlin, SFB administrative director and senior finance and political science double major.
The event will also have the same food vendors as before, except unlike last year, no vouchers will be handed out. According to SFB executive director and senior accounting major Alexa Kaminsky, “$24,000 was spent on the food vouchers last year, and some people even forged fake vouchers that they made after receiving the one’s CUB handed out at check-in.” Instead, students will use their own money to purchase their food.
The carnival will be held on Friday, April 27 in Lots 2A, 4 and 5. A rain date is set for the following Saturday, the 28.
Last week, SFB tabled CUB’s $6,000 request for Sodexho food for their annual Spring Latenighter. At this week’s meeting, CUB presented an alternative request, calling for $6,005, adding five more dollars to the previous cost. Included in CUB’s request was $5,775 for the food, which was approved by SFB, and $250 for additional prizes, which was not approved. Instead of using Sodexo food, CUB used a different vendor to provide ice cream, nachos, fondue and other snacks and finger foods for the event. “I think it’s commendable they did the extra research for the food,” said SG Representative and sophomore finance major Josephine D’Amico.
SFB also motioned to fully fund this year’s Bollywood Night for $2,881.98, hosted by the Indian Student Association. This year’s event will be held in the Student Center in Room 202 West on Feb. 18, from 8-11 p.m.
Bollywood Night will have traditional Indian food, and dancing, featuring the College’s Indian Dance Team, Saathiya. The event will also include a DJ, and is expected to host 200 students. Foram Shaah, junior biology major and one of the event coordinators, called it “a wedding reception without the wedding.”
The Women’s Center requested $3,060 to bring novelist, poet and political activist Marge Piercy to campus for Women’s History month. Representatives from The Women’s Center said she would appeal to women’s and gender studies, English and political science majors. Their request was tabled, because of the lack of planning and logistics. “Marge Piercy would be very interesting to have on campus, she is a very good speaker but it needs to be planned better,” Samlin said.