SFB: Freshmen get appeal

After working through miscommunication between the Student Finance Board and the Freshman Class Council, the Student Government officials for the Class of 2016 were allocated $10,016 to fund 300 freshmen to attend a semi-formal at $10 a ticket, on Friday, April 19.

A miscommunication between SFB and the Freshman Class Council results in the class council reappearing. (Julie Kayzerman)

After being zero-funded for the event for violating SFB’s policy prohibiting advertisements of the event before receiving funding, the council was mistakenly given the impression that they could appeal and be heard again.

“That’s our fault,” Milana Lazareva, SFB operations director said.

However, although the appeal was actually against policy, SFB still agreed to hear the Freshman Class Council again as a result of their miscommunication.

“First off, we want to apologize and assume responsibility for the miscommunication,” freshman class president Shapiullah Bahary said in reference to their previous violation of SFB Policy.

Members of SFB noted that the Freshman Class Council was much more prepared and organized this time, which ultimately resulted in their receiving funding for the event.

“They did really clean up their act,” Nicholas Ruppino, SFB assistant financial director said. “I was happy to see it.”

The freshman semi-formal will take place on April 19 at 8 p.m. at the Cedar Gardens Banquet Hall.

The College Union Board was also funded by SFB for $1,700 to hold their final nooner of the year, “Spring into Spring.”

“We want to go out with a bang and get students into the spring feeling and relax before finals,” said one of CUB’s presenters.

It will include an ice cream truck and other activities to welcome in the warm weather on Monday, April 22 in the Alumni Grove.

Following the idea of de-stressing before finals, the Student Government was funded for $215 to bring a caricature artist for their “Finals Fest” on May 7 at 4 p.m. The location is still being finalized.

Finally, the Women’s Center was allocated $2,900 to fund River Huston coming to speak at the College for the annual “Take Back the Night” walk on Wednesday, April 17 at 6 p.m. beginning outside of the Art and Interactive Multimedia Building.

“I think it’s important that the speaker is really good,” junior representative Kevin Garoian said in response to critics of bringing Huston, who has already appeared at the College this year during Welcome Week. “It gets really emotional, because she’s really good.”

*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.