SFB approves funds for Spring Back

TCNJ Taiko brings up Mystique of the East to the SFB board.
TCNJ Taiko brings up Mystique of the East to the SFB.

By Roderick Macioch
News Assistant

During its weekly meeting on Wednesday, March 23, the Student Finance Board (SFB) granted funding for a variety of upcoming events, both on and off campus.

The first student organization to present a proposal was the College Union Board (CUB), which presented its plan for The Rollin’ Latenighter. According to the request form CUB presented, this event will bring a “’70s atmosphere to campus” and give students a chance to “enjoy a rink, arcade games, tie-dye shirts, a light-up disco floor with a DJ (disc jockey) and more.”

The board voted to fully fund the event in the amount of $16,536, to cover all expenses. The event is scheduled for 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, in the Decker Social Space. 

Representatives of TCNJ Taiko entered to propose their plan for Mystique of the East, after their request was tabled in a previous meeting. Mystique of the East, co-sponsored by several of the College’s Asian cultural clubs, is “an annual show that features cultural performances with origins from various Asian countries, including China, India, the Philippines, Korea and Japan. Specifically, TCNJ Taiko will be performing two pieces in the art of Japanese kumi-daiko, or ensemble drumming,” according to TCNJ Taiko’s request form.

The board unanimously voted to fully fund the event in the amount of $406, most of which covers the price of costumes. The event will take place on Saturday, April 23, in Kendall Hall. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.    

The Black Student Union (BSU) then proposed its “Rise of an Empire Fashion Show,” co-sponsored by the Student Film Union and the Unified Greek Council. The event seeks to “showcase black culture through fashion. (The) theme of Black Excellence will emphasize black consciousness and highlight the dynamic identities that black culture embodies,” according to the request form.

When the time came to vote, the requested $6,202.80 was granted, which will cover the cost of the appearance fees of the fashion designers, as well as lighting and decorations. The event is scheduled for Friday, April 15, at 6 p.m. in the Decker Social Space.

PRISM then requested funding for an appearance by Tyler Ford, who, according to the request form, is “regarded as one of the most interesting and vocal queer social media stars of the past year.”

The event itself, co-sponsored by Vox: Voices for Planned Parenthood, is intended to “provide an open forum for a discussion on gender and non-binary identities,” according to the request form.

Funding in the amount of $2,768.50 was granted, on the condition that PRISM meet with its liaison and attempt to negotiate a lower appearance fee from Ford. The event will take place on Thursday, April 7, in the Library Auditorium at a currently unannounced time.

The freshman class council requested funding for its New York City Bus trip. The event is designed to “allow freshmen, who typically do not have transportation, to go off campus for a day. It would allow 110 people to go to New York City,” according to the request form.

The board agreed and voted to fully grant the request in the amount of $2,596.12, to cover the cost of two charter buses for the day. The all-day trip event is scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 9. Buses are scheduled to leave the College at 10 a.m.

The final order of business was the sophomore class council’s Spring Back. According to the request form, “in the weeks leading up to finals, freshmen and many others get stressed out. Spring Back provides a day of destressing… (with) a small festival (that will have) inflatable courses, rides and other activities.”

The board’s motion to fully fund the event was passed, and the requested $5,944.40, which will cover attractions including a mechanical bull, obstacle course and gladiator joust, was granted.

The event will be held on Saturday, April 16, at noon on the T/W lawn.

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