SFB grants funding for TMT’s spring musical ‘Legally Blonde’

By Olivia Rizzo
Staff Writer

The Student Finance Board granted full funding for nearly all events presented at its meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 2, many of which aim to raise awareness for different social issues.

TCNJ Musical Theatre (TMT) was fully funded in the amount of $29,030 for its spring musical, “Legally Blonde.”

“‘Legally Blonde’ will be the annual main stage musical produced by TCNJ Musical Theatre, the purpose being to entertain our peers, provide our organization’s members with valuable experiences and use the theater facilities on campus in constructive and creative ways,” the proposal packet read.

TMT requested funding for the rights and royalties to the musical, technology setup, along with props, costumes and lighting.

The production of “Legally Blonde” will run from Wednesday, March 29, to Sunday, April 2, on the Kendall Hall Main Stage.

The board tabled funding for Chi Upsilon Sigma’s proposed event, Making Achievement Continuous Conference: Broadening the Scope: In the light of Global Issues.

The board tabled voting on this event, citing concerns over the expense of the speaker in relation to the number of students expected to attend.

Colleges Against Cancer receives funding for its Great American Smokeout. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)
Colleges Against Cancer receives funding for its Great American Smokeout. (Kim Iannarone / Photo Editor)

“During our workshop, we will be having four different workshops — each with the purpose to inform attendees about an issue occurring around the world,” the presentation packet explained. The organization plans to bring Marc Lamont Hill, political commentator and the current BET News host, as the workshop’s keynote speaker.

The organization requested $23,830.26 for the event in order to cover the costs of Hill’s speaking fee, conference items, decorations and catering by Sodexo.

Next, the board granted full funding to PRISM in the amount of $2,518.50 for its event Absolutely Positively: A Panel Discussion.

“As a part of our World AIDS Week series of programing, this event seeks to advance PRISM’s goal of bringing a renewed sense of awareness to TCNJ students about the ongoing HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States,” the proposal packet read. The panel will feature four HIV-positive speakers and two HIV-negative speakers whose lives have been directly affected by the epidemic.

River Huston, author, painter and Welcome Week speaker, will act as a facilitator.

The organization requested funding for Huston’s speaking fee and travel cost, along with venue fees.

The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Library Auditorium.

Later, Colleges Against Cancer received full funding in the amount of $1,164 for its event Great American Smokeout (GASO).

“The event will help raise awareness of lung cancer. This event also allows individuals to pledge to stop smoking or smoke less. It also allows individuals to encourage everyone they know to make a plan in advance and then quit smoking that day,” the presentation packet read.

The organization requested funding for various food items, such as hot dogs, hamburgers and veggie burgers, as well as supplies.

GASO will take place on Thursday, Nov. 17, on Green Lawn.

Circle of Compassion was also fully funded, this time in the amount of $600, for its event Mindfulness for Educators and Counselors.

“The purpose of this program is to provide pre-service teachers and aspiring counselors with a foundational understanding of the practice of mindfulness and how it can be implemented in classroom settings,” the proposal packet read.

The organization presented for funding the event’s speaker Trish Miele, mason jars, socks, felt and miscellaneous craft supplies.

The event will take place on Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Business Building Lounge.

The board also fully funded Chinese Student Association (CSA) for its annual tea house event. The organization received $1,724.84 for various traditional Chinese food items.