‘Real world’ senior cooking class fully funded

By Jackie Delaney
Production Manager

The Student Finance Board was met with several requests for events that will help close out the fall semester at its Wednesday, Nov. 11, meeting.

The class of 2016 was allocated $600 for its Senior Cooking Class, an event that offers an “opportunity for seniors to learn how to cook” in preparation for “their post-graduation transition to the ‘real world,’” according to the information packet.

SFB allocates funds for ISA’s Coffeehouse. (David Colby / Staff Photographer)
SFB allocates funds for ISA’s Coffeehouse. (David Colby / Staff Photographer)

The cooking class has been held the past two years and has been “super successful,” according to the senior class council. Last year, the class’s menu included beer-brewed pot roast and chicken dumplings. The class of 2016 is still discussing this year’s menu for the chef, but they hope to include a dessert, said senior class council President Emily Montagna.

There are 40 spots for the free event, which is for seniors only. A Qualtrics form will be sent out for sign-ups, the council said. A wait list will be created if all spots fill up. Students who sign up will be asked to confirm their spot before the class on Wednesday, Dec. 2. It will take place at 5 p.m. in the 1855 Room.

TCNJ Italian Club was funded $1,125.95 for La Bella Notte. This event aims to “commemorate Italian culture,” the club said in its proposal.

“Every year, we host a bus trip to the San Gennaro festival in New York, but unfortunately, this year we were unable to have that, so we want to bring that element to TCNJ,” President Gabriella Guardascione said.

The event will incorporate food from Palermo’s and a presentation from Italian professor Simona Wright on the history of Italian festivals.

“We really want our event to be authentic,” Guardascione said. “We want to bring history and tradition together to TCNJ students.”

TCNJ Italian Club is funded $1,125.95 for the Italian culture event ‘La Bella Notte.’ (David Colby / Staff Photographer)
TCNJ Italian Club is funded $1,125.95 for the Italian culture event ‘La Bella Notte.’ (David Colby / Staff Photographer)

The board discussed the club’s plan for charging tickets for the event. In line with SFB’s aim for consistency with funding, they discussed the previously SAF-funded and recently held Multicultural Buffet, hosted by the Asian American Association. The event, which was held on Tuesday, Nov. 10, charged $3 for food and $1 for bubble tea.

La Bella Notte, however, was funded with the stipulation that there is no charge for tickets after board members expressed concerns on attendance, since the event is new to the College. It is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 3, from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in the Decker Hall Social Space.

The Indian Student Association was allocated $675 for ISA Coffeehouse, the club’s annual event that is “meant to bring students from all over campus together to enjoy a performance-filled night,” according to the information packet. The coffeehouse typically features performances from TCNJ Saathiya, Jiva, Sher Bhangra, Taiko, Treblemakers, Synergy and Step Team, as well as individual acts from students, ISA members said.

The event is “a great way for people to relieve stress” right before finals, ISA President Swet Patel said. “It allows people to showcase their talents.”

The coffeehouse will provide light refreshments for guests, including Indian desserts, donuts, cupcakes, muffins and cookies. It is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 2, from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Lion’s Den and the Brower Student Center Atrium.

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