PRISM fully funded for its last event of the year

By Jackie Delaney
News Assistant

The Student Finance Board was met with requests for a sustainability event, as well as a trip to Washington, D.C., at its meeting on Wednesday, April 8.

The Mexican Cultural Institute is in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)
The Mexican Cultural Institute is in Washington, D.C. (AP Photo)

First, PRISM requested $1,044.53 for its last event of the year, a “Transgénero en Nueva Jersey” brunch. This event will provide an open discussion between trans-Latina individuals from the surrounding Ewing and Trenton area and students from the College. There will also be food from Mexican Mariachi Grill. PRISM said that this event would allow for “discussion about the issues that (these individuals) are faced with daily.”

The event, which will be held on Wednesday, April 22, in Loser Hall 123 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., was fully funded by the board.

The Black Student Union then approached the board for more funding for its Black Castle fashion show, which was funded last week for $1,150. BSU asked for more money for a stage rental and another designer, following the loss of one of its previous designers. The event was fully funded with $620 more by SFB and will take place on Friday, April 24.

Next, Water Watch requested $750 for the “Sustainability Education Initiative Kick-off,” which is being held by the School of Education in celebration of Earth Day on Wednesday, April 22. The event will feature booths from both on-campus and off-campus organizations.

Water Watch’s booth plans to educate about upcycling and recycling. Club members hope to bring Dan N. Smith as a keynote speaker to campus. Smith, the director of the Kateri Environmental Center in Wickatunk, N.J., worked under Al Gore in 2007 and has “been educating about climate change, green technology and other things” for a long time, according to Water Watch. The event was fully funded.

The Student New Jersey Education Association then proposed for $558 for the Leadership Matters Conference, the largest student education conference in N.J. The conference provides workshops for students to attend and allows them to to build their resumes and learn more about the education profession. SNJEA hopes to provide buses to this event so that underclassmen who may not have access to transportation can attend. According to the proposal, it is a “great professional development opportunity” for education students. The proposal was fully funded.

Chi Upsilon Sigma presented for “CUSSIE Boot Camp,” a program designed to give students a chance to experience a “boot camp” by Marine veteran gym instructors. According to the proposal packet, this event will “give people the opportunity to take a step in the right direction toward health and fitness.” The event, which will take place on Thursday, April 23, in the Packer Hall South Gym, was fully funded $400.

The Spanish Club then requested $1,524.44 for a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the Mexican Cultural Institute, which is celebrating its 25th year. The center will be holding an exhibition of 25 Mexican and Mexican-American artists. The trip, which was fully funded for bus costs, will take place on Saturday, April 25.

Lastly, the freshman class council presented its proposal for $8,173.30 for TCNJ Cares Week. The event, according to the proposal, “seeks to unify the campus community with goals of raising awareness, breaking down stigmas and building support around the area of mental health.” The event, which will be held on Friday, May 1, was funded for $4,568.30 while the proposal for helium tanks were tabled to see if a rental is possible.

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