During a long and heated discussion, members of SFB zero-funded the freshman class council for a freshman semi-formal due to a strict violation in SFB policy.
According to SFB policy, the actions of the freshman class council advertising for their event and saying it was definitely going to happen before they were funded for it was, “completely inappropriate and an absolute violation of policy,” said Lindsay Klein, SFB’s executive director.
The discussion went back and forth between members like assistant financial director Nicholas Ruppino who, “hate(s) to penalize the whole class because of a mistake,” and others like junior representative Sam Hoffer, who felt that, “the rules are there for a reason.” However, in the end, the split vote revealed that SFB is there to be strict with the rules and can’t make exceptions for one group and not another.
“I really feel bad because I want them to have this event but it’s on paper,” said senior representative Joe Lacerda.
The TCNJ College Democrats were also zero-funded for their “Rally for Women Leaders” event for a violation in SFB’s two-week policy which states that they cannot fund anything that is taking place less than two weeks before they are allocated funding.
The Muslim Student Association also presented to SFB for three events to go toward their Islamic Awareness Week.
SFB funded MSA for $290 to be used for a movie screening of “Arranged,” which expounds on the issues of arranged marriages. It will be screened in the Library Auditorium on Monday, April 8 at 5:15 p.m.
MSA was also funded for $200 to be used for a comedy night with the purpose of showing students that although Muslims are sometimes portrayed as violent, “we are normal people and do normal things,” said a presenter for MSA.
Finally, MSA was funded for $2,120 for their “I am Muslim” panel. It will be held in Brower Student Center room 202 at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 20.
In addition, the Inter-Greek Council was fully funded for $12,128.77 to hold “Cirque du TCNJ” in Kendall Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 29. It will include an acrobatic show by Magical Memories Entertainment and an illusionist performance by Reza.
CUB was also funded for $730 by a unanimous vote to be used for a “Do You Hear the People Sing-Along” which will be an upgraded version of their movie series. It will feature a screening of “Les Misérables” on Saturday, April 6 where the students can sing-along and enjoy a mock wine and cheese party with trivia and prizes.
SFB also allocated $326 to Voice of Hope to hold their annual Voice of Hope Spring Concert on Saturday 5 p.m. It will be a concert with the purpose of “spreading the message of Jesus Christ” through acapella, skits and a spoken message, according to the club.
Finally, SFB picked up the American Society of Civil Engineers, who will now be eligible for SAF funding.
*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.
*Correction: This article initially stated that the “Do You Hear the People Sing-Along” would take place on March 30, it is actually April 6.