SFB funds community-oriented events

The Muslim Student Association was funded last week by the Student Finance Board for $4,404.24 toward food and music for their 8th annual Eid Al-Adha Dinner, the international Muslim celebration that closes the annual pilgrimage.

“I feel like it’s a very informative event,” said administrative director Sara Stammer. “They really try to get everyone involved and a lot of people get a lot out of this event.”

Several SFB members agreed with Stammer but disputed MSA’s request to allow non-students in for free.

Many members felt that because it is a holiday, most of the non-students would likely be family and therefore should not be charged. However, operations director Brian Hurler motioned to charge each non-student $3 “because students pay the student activity fee,” he said.

The motion was passed by a split vote. The event will be held on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 8:30 p.m. in the Brower Student Center.

Another multicultural request was presented, resulting in the allocation of $2,152.25 to the Japanese Club for “Banzai.”

This event is hosted every year by the club and will include activities highlighting Japanese culture such as performances by TCNJ Taiko and TCNJ Aikido.

Banzai will take place on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 5:30 p.m.

INK also presented to SFB for their event, “The Goods,” comprised of a day-long list of performances, and were fully funded for $2,221 by a unanimous vote.

“It reaches a small niche group on campus,” said programming director Brian Green. “I think it’s really important because a lot of students get to perform.”

This event will be an ongoing showcase of students’ creative writing pieces from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Rathskeller on Saturday, Nov. 16. Renowned writer Tao Lin will also be a special guest performing poetry and prose.

The final presentation was from the Deaf Hearing Connection Club for a bus trip to Gallaudet University.

“It’s a huge cultural thing,” said presenter Lea Marx, “and that’s (Gallaudet University) the home of deaf culture.”

The event was fully for $1,678 to fund a coach bus as members, like Hurler, felt strongly that events like these help “bridge the gap” between the deaf and hearing.