By Jackie Delaney
The Student Finance Board decided on funding for Homecoming events, as well as a request for an educational conference run by Chi Upsilon Sigma, during its weekly meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 23.
Student Government was allocated $8,385 by SFB for Homecoming 2015, “a college tradition and one of the largest events held on campus with a very high attendance from students,” according to the information packet.
This year, Student Government looked at student feedback and responded to comments about last year’s Homecoming event. They plan to bring back disc jockeys Joe Dicarlo and Paul Desisto, as well as a third cultural DJ. SG also plans to hire K-Sound LLC, a professional sound, video, stage and lighting company. This addition is in response to complaints that sound was “muffled” last year across the lots.
“This year we really want to up the production value,” Executive Vice President Javier Nicasio said.
The funding also includes expenses for a bagel breakfast and water giveaway. The breakfast will be held in Lot 4, a change from last year’s event, which took place in the Travers/Wolfe Lounge. SG hopes to attract more students with this switch.
“What we’re really trying to do with Homecoming is foster a sense of school spirit and tradition, and unity as well,” Nicasio said.
Homecoming is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 24. Events will be held in lots 3, 4 and 6.
Next, Chi Upsilon Sigma’s request for $8,800 to fund their “Making an Achievement Continuous Conference” was tabled by the board.
The conference is scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Education Building. It “aims to mobilize and educate the public on the effects of politics on our everyday lives,” according to the information packet.
The conference plans to feature four workshops and a “panel with professionals” from different career fields, according to the sorority. The workshops will cover topics like immigration, health policies, voting registration and interacting with law enforcement. The group presented for funding for food, decorations and to bring keynote speaker Kevin Powell to campus. Powell is an “acclaimed writer and political activist,” Chi Upsilon Sigma said. The board tabled the event because of concerns for the food budget.
*Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.