SFB funds Disability Pride, Lions Gaming, TMT

By Madison Pena
Staff Writer

The Student Finance Board fully funded nine events and partially funded three others during its meeting on April 10 at 12:30 p.m.

The board fully funded Colleges Against Cancer $671.26 for its event, “One Campus, One Hope,” where students will be able to create goodie bags for pediatric cancer patients.

The money will go toward supplies for the goodie bags, an ice cream truck and a photo booth for participants. The event will take place at Alumni Grove on April 25 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The board fully funds nine events at their meeting (Miguel Gonzalez / Photo Editor).

TCNJ Musical Theatre was fully funded $1,000 for its biannual “WIRED” competition. “WIRED” is a 24-hour play competition involving the production of several plays where participants can take part in the writing, casting and production process.

All students who audition are automatically cast in the plays and everyone is welcome. “WIRED” will take place on April 27 in the Decker Social Space, with rehearsals beginning at 8 a.m.

The Association of Students for Africa was partially funded $4,210 for its end-of-year “V Banquet,” which showcases African culture through food, music, performances and dance, according to Vice President Tiffany Thimba, a senior sociology major.

“My hope is that the event exposes the TCNJ community to the beauty behind and truths of African culture,” Thimba said. “This will be our fifth banquet and we are excited to keep growing and progressing as an organization, while giving our general body and supporters a fun event to enjoy themselves.”

The banquet will take place on May 4 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Decker Social Space. Expenses will go toward DJ Chi Orji, decorations, catering and other performers.

The American Medical Students Association was fully funded $400 for its seventh annual “Hippocrates Luncheon.”

The purpose of the event is to present the College’s alumni physicians to current students who want to pursue a career in the healthcare field, according to Jack Trubiano, a senior biology major and president of the club.

The luncheon is open to anyone interested and will take place on April 28 from noon to 3 p.m. in the Decker Social Space. Funding will go toward the meal and utensils for all attendees.

Alpha Kappa Psi was fully funded $1,405 for its national retreat. From July 31 to Aug. 3, the organization is sending two delegates from its chapter to a biannual event in Dallas, Texas. Funds will go toward airfare and living arrangements.

The mission of the retreat is to represent the College and present a motion to change fraternal bylaws related to Title IX, sexual harassment or sexual discrimination conflicts. Though the College’s chapter has no reports of Title IX violations, the delegates hope to weigh in on the issue and reinforce the regulations.

The Chinese Students Association was fully funded $577.92 for its event, “Lanterns on the Lake,” which will take place April 29 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Education Building Room 212. The lantern release taking place on Lake Ceva behind the building.

Similar events have been held in the past three years in hopes of enriching students’ knowledge of Chinese culture on campus. The money funded will go toward catering for the event, as well as supplies for activities. CSA hopes the event will act as a cultural exhibition through several activities including Chinese calligraphy and lantern making, which symbolize prosperity.

The College’s Swing Club was partially funded $857.93 for its annual spring swing dance, “Swing to the Future,” which will take place on April 26 from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m in the Allen Hall lounge.

Expenses will go toward speaker systems, setup and decorations for the event. The dance will provide a place for experienced and non-experienced dancers who have been taking part in the classes offered by the club.

The Inter Greek Council was partially funded $6,530 for its annual Airband event, which is part of Greek Week and is open to all students and campus community members.

Airband will take place on April 30 from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Decker Social Space. Funds will go toward speaker systems and stage setup for the performances.

SFB fully funded the College’s Disability Pride $2,000 for its event, “GaySL: A Crash Course in LGBTQ+ American Sign Language.” Funds will go toward booking Hayden Kristal, a deaf and bisexual queer activist, for a workshop presentation on the intersection between deafness and LGBTQ+ culture.

The event will be held on May 2 in the Bliss Hall lounge from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Men of Excellence was fully funded $1,274.25 for its event, the “U.S./Ghana Business Summit,” which  informs the campus community about the importance of thinking globally and expanding knowledge of business internationally, according to junior finance major and co-founder of the organization Lloyd Padmore.

Expenses will include bringing in guests to speak at the summit as well as other hosting costs. The event will take place on April 27 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Science Complex Room P101.

SFB then voted fully to fund $650 for its event, “Base Budget Lunch and Learn,” which will serve as a platform for the new base budgeting and allow students time to create budgets.

“We’re trying to show the campus community what this budget is going to look like,” said Lauren Bsales, executive director of SFB and junior iSTEM and deaf education dual major.

The event will take place on April 24 at 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the Decker Social Space. The money funded will go toward pizza and beverages for the event.

SFB fully funded Lions Gaming $20,006.25 for its first-ever regional video game tournament, “King,” which focuses on the games Super Smash Bros. Melee and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.

“Our attendance has grown exponentially,” said Ryan Strenkowski, a senior interactive multimedia major and president of Lions Gaming. “We are expecting between 350 entrants, an additional 100 attendees and more than 10 professional players who will speak on a panel.”

Students at the College will not be charged to attend the event, which will take place on May 5 from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. in the Recreation Center.

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