By Garrett Cecere
Three events were funded at the Student Finance Board’s meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The Black Student Union was partially funded $224.39 of the $236.35 requested for its mental health and self-wellness event. As part of the event, care packages will be distributed among students in the Brower Student Center on Sept. 27. Expenses include all the contents of the packages such as organza bags, Bath & Body Works hand sanitizers, stress balls and tea bags.
“The main goal for this event is to shed light and awareness on health and wellness and to always prioritize your health,” said Kayla Parks, a representative of the Black Student Union’s programming committee and a sophomore early childhood special education and sociology double major.
The Society for Parliamentary Debate was partially funded $8,000 of the $9,396.60 requested for tournament expenses and registration fees as part of hosting a debate tournament, which is scheduled for Oct. 26. With the funds, the members of Society for Parliamentary Debate hope to develop public speaking skills and help freshmen learn to be judges in debates.
“We hope that we provide an opportunity for students to make friends from around the East Coast, improve their critical thinking, as well as simply be able to communicate their beliefs in a persuasive manner,” said Carly Goldsmith, a sophomore special education and Spanish double major and president of the Society for Parliamentary Debate.
SFB also partially funded Chabad’s Shabbat Experience. Hillel and Alpha Epsilon Pi will be co-sponsoring the event for set-up, clean-up and public relations purposes. SFB will fund $11,216 out of the necessary $21,216 to cover paper goods, utensils and the 26 dinners throughout the year, which are held at an off-campus house. Members of Chabad have already raised $4,000 on their own and expect to raise another $6,000 to spend on the weekly Shabbat experiences.
“It’s a fun and educational experience where all are welcome,” said Sophie Goldberg, a junior computer science major and president of Chabad. “It gives a glimpse of Jewish culture and foods as well.”