Mardi Gras masquerade to help New Orleans

The Student Finance Board granted a total of $5,414.12 to the Alternative Break Club for a Mardi Gras Masquerade to take place on Wednesday, March 28.

SFB members debate including prizes in Alternative Break Club’s Mardi Gras celebration. (Vicki Wang / Photo Assistant)

“This event will raise awareness that there is still a need for help in New Orleans,” said Jill Turner, sophomore special education and math/science/technology double major. “We will combine fun and education through mask decorating, photo booth and authentic New Orleans food.”

This event was SFB funded last year and had a great turnout. Alternative Break Club asked for more money this year because they are expecting attendance to increase.

Turner said the club would also provide prizes as a way to incentive people to stay and immerse themselves in the New Orleans culture, but SFB debated whether the prizes were necessary to the event.

“CUB uses so much money for prizes. The event is a sufficient size, and the prizes go with the event,” said Warren Samlin, SFB administrative director and senior finance and political science double major.

SFB executive director and senior accounting major Alexa Kaminsky disagreed with Samlin.

“CUB is different than the Alternative Break Club in that the idea of having prizes does not go with the event, despite the prizes themselves,” she said.

In addition to this argument, SFB noticed that the Alternative Break Club requested money for both a $200 tip and a $400 delivery fee.

Steven Zalan, sophomore mechanical engineering major and the assisted Student Government representative said, “You don’t need the added incentive of a tip, especially when they are ordering something of this magnitude.”

The majority of SFB members agreed with Kaminsky and Zalan, and decided to fund everything but the prizes and the tip.

The Asian American Association was given $3,354 for their annual event, Mystique.

“Mystique is a student-run show that showcases past and modern cultural traditions of many East-Asian countries,” said Emily Fang, junior sociology major.

In the past, Mystique has had very good attendance and has a good reputation of furthering a sense of cultural diversity at the College, according to AAA representatives.

SFB focused on AAA’s method of advertising, which involved employing the Art Student Association to chalk around campus.

Rachel Leva, international business major and freshman SFB representative, said, “They have so many co-sponsors, so I don’t think that they need the chalking.”

Kaminsky weighed in on the debate.

“The problem with chalking is that we’re spending so much money on something that could literally last an hour,” she said.

However, SFB concluded that chalking would be an effective way to advertise Mystique, and funded the chalking by the ASA, stipulating that the chalking had to be an event in itself.

SFB awarded $943.39 to PRISM for a Queer Wedding.

Taylor Enoch, junior philosophy major, described the purpose of the event.

“We want to bring awareness to queer culture and issues, particularly marriage and civil rights,” she said.

SFB thought that it would be a great event, and funded everything except for colored fliers. SFB believed that PRISM could find other ways of acquiring colored fliers and of advertising, in general.

SFB accepted new club Student Film Union’s request to be SAF funded.

Karachi Ukaegbu, junior communication studies major, described what the club would do at weekly meetings.

“We watch, make, publish and submit films to film festivals,” she said. “We are passionate about what we do, and have grown from a three-person eboard to having 12 regular members at our weekly meetings.”

Ukaegbu also detailed what events the club could do for the campus at large.

“We are trying to create an event called REEL, which would be a combination of poetry, live art, a coffee house and film,” she said.

SFB thought that this event seemed to be a good idea, but asked Ukaegbu if the event could still happen if unfunded.

“The event would not reach its potential,” Ukaegbu responded.

In addition to REEL, Student Film Union would like to bring a variety of producers to the College, including Steven Spielberg.

“The Student Film Union represents a dedicated group of students who don’t have access to events that are geared towards their interests,” Samlin said.