College ready to cowboy up for latenighter

The Wild West is coming to the College with a petting zoo, a mechanical bull, a rodeo roper, an electric cowboy, cow milking, a mocktail saloon and more as the Student Finance Board allocated $20,176 to CUB for its fall latenighter. This took place at SFB’s weekly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Members of SFB were conflicted during discussion as certain members felt that latenighters tend to offer too much.

“My biggest complaint about latenighters is that they’re too big,” operations director Brian Hurler said. “They’re not one cohesive event.”

SFB members discuss CUB’s upcoming latenighter and PRISM’s ‘Big Gay Bingo.’ (Courtney Wirths / Photo Editor)

Sophomore representative Christina Grillo was concerned about the similarity of certain activities requested by CUB.

“I think they’re similar enough that they overlap,” explained Grillo in reference to having a square dance caller and an electric cowboy who teaches line dancing. “It would be fiscally responsible to save money for other clubs.”

This led to a motion in which a request for $850 to fund a square dance caller was removed and everything else would be funded.

The Wild West latenighter will take place in the Brower Student Center on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 8 p.m.

CUB, however, was zero-funded to host Sam Lloyd, who would present his one-man show, “Fully Committed,” for which they were asking for $9,725 of special appropriation money.

“I’m a little disappointed in the topic,” junior representative Gordon Sayre said. “I feel like CUB is obsessing over Hollywood this year,” he said in reference to their hopeful fall lecture guests, who are all members of the Hollywood scene, alongside a previous presentation for a Coffee Town with Glenn Howerton and Ben Schwartz, for which they were also zero-funded.

“I really do think this is something cool and new that has never at TCNJ,” SFB’s executive director Milana Lazareva said.

But the motion to zero-fund was passed as several members agreed that the event wouldn’t be able to attract the predicted number of 300 students on a Saturday night.

The Art Student Association also made a successful appearance in which they received full-funding of $8,253 to bring guest lecturers Phil and Sarah Kay to present “Project VOICE,” which would include a workshop.

The presentation will include the unique art form of spoken word poetry, and a 25-person workshop on writing the art form will follow.

Little discussion was made before funding because SFB members thought it sounded like a great event.

Participants in the workshop will be determined by the first 25 people to reserve a spot by emailing ASA or its co-sponsors Ink, ACT and Lion’s Eye.

This same pattern followed for ASA’s other presentation for a tie-dye workshop.

It was funded for $365 and will include 100 shirts for tie-dying in the Art & Interactive Multimedia Building on Wednesday, Oct. 9 at 12 p.m.

Finally, PRISM was fully-funded for both events it presented to SFB.

SFB allocated $500 to PRISM’s “Big Gay Bingo,” an event highlighting drag culture as a fun ending to Queer Awareness Month on Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 8:30 p.m. in the Lion’s Den food court.

On a more serious note, PRISM was funded for $155.66 to host a “For Those We Have Lost” balloon vigil.

“It’s very symbolic,” PRISM presenter Neepam Shah said. “It’s about just letting go of the feelings that build up at the vigil.” It will include speakers from administrative faculty and religious staff and will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 12 p.m. in Alumni Grove.

Finally, the TCNJ French Club was funded for $1,228 to pay for a coach to bus as transportation for a New York City bus trip.

The suggested itinerary includes a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art and dinner at the French Culinary Institute on Saturday, Oct. 12.