SFB funds Copa Night, tables Rancic visit

Student Finance Board
SFB funded $3,015 for Unión Latina’s Copa Night.

By Mylin Batipps
Correspondent

SFB funded a total of $4,519.84 for Unión Latina that will go towards Latino Awareness Celebration Month.

Unión Latina was given $3,015 for Copa Night, which will take place Friday, April 20 in the Travers/Wolfe Hall main lounge. Live traditional Latino music will be presented to the campus.

SFB recognized the fact that this event was successful last year, and members agreed that even though freshmen will primarily attend the event because of the location, there will still be a good turnout.

SFB also gave Unión Latina $1,274.49 for an opening ceremony, which will introduce the Latino Awareness Celebration Month to the campus community.   The organization was also given $230.35 for Explosion, an event that will encourage campus students of all cultures to showcase their talents. Both events will be held in the Brower Student Center.

SFB granted $3,336 to Amnesty International for Slutwalk TCNJ, which will take place on Saturday, April 21. Slutwalk is an international event that encourages people to walk in protest of sexual assault and emphasizes that blaming victims is unacceptable when it comes to sexual assault.

There will be two speakers and refreshments for Slutwalk TCNJ in the student center, and participants will be walking around the Metzger Drive loop.

SFB will not be allowing Amnesty International to set up a table and collect donations for Womanspace, a local nonprofit organization that helps those impacted by domestic and sexual violence.

“It would be nice to have Womanspace affiliated with the event, but they obviously can’t be taking money,” said Liz Kamel, sophomore representative and criminology and women’s and gender studies double major.

Council for Exceptional Children was granted $3,000 to have New York Times best-selling author David Finch come to campus on Thursday, March 29 for Autism Awareness Week.  As members of the club explained, Finch was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and he will be speaking to the campus community about his struggles and his book, “The Journal of Best Practices.”

“We think that (Finch) will be a good speaker because he would reach all audiences,” said event organizer Alyssa SooHoo, special education and psychology double major. “He has an inspirational message about life.”

Over 20 different campus organizations are co-sponsoring Autism Awareness Week.

Global Student Teaching (GST) requested $650 for a bus trip to a conference at Teacher’s College in Columbia University on Saturday, March 24.  This will event will allow students to gain insight from professional teachers at the university on how to teach literacy.  The main question was whether SFB or the School of Education should fund the trip.

“Who is going to go to this trip who is not an education major?” said Miguel Vasquez, equipment center manager and senior finance major. “I feel like they’re not going to put effort into getting other people to go on this trip.”

Kamel disagreed with Vasquez.

“I feel that it brings a great opportunity, and the event does fit within our mission statement,” Kamel said.

Executive director and senior accounting major Alexa Kaminsky pitched in.

“We can’t fault people for being a part of an organization and for having a common interest,” Kaminsky said. “As long as they reach out to the campus and do it fairly, it is not necessarily a bad thing.”

After much debate, SFB fully funded GST’s request.

The Student Finance Board tabled Student Government’s request for $33,063 to bring TV personality Giuliana Rancic to campus.

Rancic is an E! News co-host along with TV personality Ryan Seacrest, and SG hopes to have her talk to the campus community about her bout with breast cancer, as well as her immigration from Naples. Katie Cugliotta, vice president of

Student Affairs and junior history and secondary education major, said that while Rancic is not a typical speaker that SG would host, her message would still serve their main purpose.

“It shares that same motivational and inspirational message that we hope to get across from students so that they can finish the rest of the semester,” Cugliotta said.

Warren Samlin, SFB administrative director and senior finance and political science double major, said that he was not sure that the event would fit for Student Government, advocacy for the funding of education and current politics.

“While a lot of people who watch the E! network would want to see her, this event does not feel right for Student Government at all,” Samlin said.

SG will be allowed to present another idea for a speaker to SFB in the future.

SFB motioned not to fund Catholic Campus Ministry’s request to send its executive board to the Campus Ministry Leadership Institute, a national conference with a purpose to enhance different campus ministries  all over the nation.  SFB’s main issue was that it would only help the executive board.

“I think the primary goal of this conference is for them to recruit and not to program better,” Vasquez said.

SFB also denied Men of Distinction’s request for $950 to sponsor Women’s Appreciation Dinner, a formal dinner that would pay homage to women on campus and in the community. MOD mentioned that awards would be given to two female seniors during the event for their hard work and dedication that has impacted campus.

The concern was whether or not the event will have a good turnout.

“I don’t know that the average TCNJ student would attend this event if they weren’t affiliated with the students being awarded,” said Josephine D’Amico, SG representative and sophomore finance major.

MOD’s event also reminded SFB of a banquet, which they do not generally fund.