Full funding for ISA’s Bollywood Night

SFB funded AAA for $2,667.50 to go toward their spring multicultural buffet that will include various foods from different Asian nations alongside a performance from the College’s Taiko.

During discussion, members of SFB were concerned about the lines being a fire hazard and therefore funded the event with the stipulation that they find a way to successfully manage the lines.

Members discuss important events to fund. (Photo by Francesca Grimblat)

“It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the culture,” said Tom Verga, SFB’s assistant Student Government representative. “It’s a good annual event.”

The event will take place on Wednesday, March 6 at 7 p.m. in the Brower Student Center Atrium. The event will charge $3 for food and $1 for bubble tea.

In addition, SFB funded AAA with $3,160 to go toward their event Mystique of the East 2013 with an estimated income of $3,700. The event will showcase the cultural traditions of many East Asian countries with performances from the College’s Taiko and Barkada as well as various diverse activities targeting different heritages and Asian traditions.

“It’s very well attended and very successful,” said the presenters for AAA. “It attracts students from many different backgrounds and is another opportunity to show diversity.” The event will take place on March 30 in Kendall Hall. It will charge $5 for students and $7 for non-students.

The last multicultural request was submitted by the Indian Student Association for their Bollywood Night. SFB fully funded them for $2,891.40 by a unanimous vote.

“This is one of our main events that not only caters to the Indian community but to the campus as a whole,” Shashank Musku said, presenting for ISA.

The event will include a fashion show, traditional Punjabi food, the College’s fusion dance team and Saathiya, and will expose students to the Bollywood culture of India. It will be held on March 1 at 8:30 p.m.

SFB also received three special appropriations requests beginning with the French Club’s request for funding of their trip to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and La Bonne Soupe. SFB motioned to fully fund the club for $1,150 after deciding that it would benefit the student body as a whole and not just the French Club, which was a main deliberation between members during discussion.

The event will be open to all students, will be free (after a $5 deposit is returned), and will take place on Saturday, April 6.

In addition, SFB fully funded Student Government’s Junior Class Council for $4,391 to go toward their Fourth Annual TCNJ’s Got Talent event. This event will be a school-wide talent show with an audition process and will be hosted by TCNJ alumnus and comedian, Adam Mamawala.

Members of SFB felt that the event has a lot of potential to need more funding to be used toward a sound system in case they need one. The event will be held on Tuesday, March 19 in Kendall Hall and will be free to all students.

SFB also received several conference requests including a request from Best Buddies to attend the Best Buddies Leadership Conference. SFB motioned to fully fund this request for $733.80 by a unanimous vote.

In the past, Best Buddies has brought back several new events and ideas from previous participation in the conference to benefit the campus, including a flag football event allowing disabled students to interact with the football team.

“It’s exactly the kind of conference we would want to fund because it benefits the whole community,” said junior representative Samantha Hoffer.

SFB also received a request from The Signal to send two editors to attend the College Media Association’s Spring National College Media Convention.

“Attending this conference would help take our paper in a direction to help better serve the College community,” said The Signal’s managing editor, Amy Reynolds.

During discussion, members of SFB decided to fund the covering of registration costs of $210.

“It seems that this would be an eye-opening experience and is worthy of conference requests,” Verga said.

Following, SFB received a conference request from TCNJ Barkada to attend The Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue and a request from the American Medical Student Association to attend the AMSA National Convention. However, both requests were not funded as SFB members decided that neither would benefit the student body as a whole.

*Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee that these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.