By Olivia Rizzo
The Student Finance Board (SFB) held its weekly meeting Wednesday, Sept. 14, and granted full or partial funding to all upcoming events presented as the fall semester gets underway.
College Union Board (CUB) proposed to host its annual Night of Comedy, which will provide the College community with on-campus entertainment featuring a recognizable comedian. Although this year’s comedian has not yet been selected, CUB has been responsible for bringing comedians like John Mulaney and Bo Burnham to campus. The events always draw large crowds of students.
The board voted to fully fund the event in the amount of $11,164 to cover talent costs, Mayo Concert Hall fees, security and publicity for the event. The event will take place in Mayo Concert Hall on an unannounced date in November.
CUB also presented its plan to host an overnight bus trip to Boston. The bus trip will take 54 students for a trip on Saturday, Oct. 15, and Sunday, Oct. 16, to the historic city. Activities include lunch at Faneuil Hall Marketplace, the chance to explore the Boston Harbor, a tour of the historic Fenway Park and a trip to Harvard Square.
The board voted to fully fund the event in the amount of $570.90 for the cost of the bus.
Union Latina presented its proposal to the board for the Gala de la Raza, which translates to “celebration of the races.” According to the proposal, “the purpose of the event is to celebrate multiculturalism through cultural performances, traditional Latin food and music.” This year’s Gala theme is “Enchanted Forest” and is inspired by folktales from around the world. The event will feature performances from students and professionals, including a Latin-infused ballet routine.
The board voted to allocate the full $2,241.07 for the event to cover the cost of food, decorations and fees for a disc jockey and performer. The event will take place on Friday, Oct. 21, in the Decker Social Space.
The Muslim Student Association (MSA) was funded $10,615.21 for its annual Eid dinner. The Eid-Al-Adha commemoration is a holiday that celebrates the sacrifice Abraham made for the sake of God, an important event in all three major Abrahamic religions.
“This dinner allows TCNJ students of all backgrounds to come and celebrate a joyous occasion in unity with their Muslim peers,” according to the proposal. “It is an opportunity to learn about the holiday as well as Islam from esteemed Muslim leaders, and allows an opportunity to deflate any common misconceptions about the religion. The point of this event is to celebrate Abraham’s sacrifice with good intention, company and food.”
MSA hopes this event will help educate and make the campus community stand together against prejudices with a friendly, welcoming environment and diverse food. The organization hopes to bring comedian Dean Obeidallah to the event to add to the fun atmosphere. The Eid dinner will take place Tuesday, Sept. 27, in the Decker Social Space.
Lastly, the sophomore class council presented a proposal for the Sophomore Class Moonlight Cruise. The event’s goal is to create unity among the sophomore class. Students will board the Spirit of Philadelphia boat for a night of food, music and dancing.
“The Moonlight Cruise is very different from a typical formal,” the proposal read. “This will provide a safe and unique opportunity for sophomores to interact with old friends, as well as make new ones.”
The board agreed to allocate $9,786.70 for the cost of the cruise, busing and parking. The event will take place on Saturday, Oct. 15.
The board ended its meeting by interviewing candidates for their freshman representative position. Charles Mazzucco and Dessa Reed were voted to be the freshman representatives for 2016-2017.
*Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.