SFB fully funds AAA retreat, Lion’s Eye Magazine

By John McCarthy
Staff Writer

Members vote on funding for ‘The Healing Power of Humor’ (Miguel Gonzalez / Photo Editor).

The Student Finance Board fully funded five organizations and tabled one other during its meeting on April 17.

The Association of Students for Africa was fully funded of $895.54 for its “V Banquet,” which is the fifth iteration of the club’s annual event and will feature authentic African food, African music and performances to celebrate the organization’s accomplishments.

After receiving partial funding last week, ASFA will use this week’s funding for utensils and drinks, including glass soda bottles.

“Glass coke bottles are common around regions in Africa,” said Tiffany Thimba, a senior sociology major and president of ASFA. “It’s very special for people who participate in the event.”

The “V Banquet” will take place in the Decker Social Space from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on May 4.

The Asian American Association received a full fund of $1,294.00 for its retreat to Cape May. The members of AAA will drive down to Cape May to discuss their plans for the future, review their financial reports and ensure a smooth transition into next year.

“We want to discuss what we have done and what we can do moving forward,” said Kim Tang, a junior communication studies major and secretary of AAA.

The funding will go toward transportation, housing and food.  The retreat will take place from May 3 to May 5.

The College’s literary magazine, The Lion’s Eye, was fully funded $2,000 that will go toward printing copies of its spring edition. The organization plans to print 325 to 350 copies of the magazine.

The magazine accepts poetry and short stories, as well as visual art work including photos and paintings. The Lion’s Eye will continue to accept work until the May 1 deadline.

Alpha Kappa Psi’s event, “The Healing Power of Humor,” was fully funded $2,660. Co-sponsored by the College’s Counseling and Psychological Services, the event will feature Stuart Robert Shaw, also known as Dr. Humor, who will give an interactive presentation on how to cope with stress and cultivate a positive environment.

Shaw has received degrees in education, psychology, special education and law throughout his academic career, and is the chief executive of the National Association for the Humor Impaired.

“With everything that’s happened this past year, we want to give students a way to deal with stress,” said Nishma Shah, a senior biology major and Alpha Kappa Psi member.

The event will take place at Mayo Concert Hall on May 8 from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

PRISM’s event, “Big Gay Nooner,” was tabled for funding.

“Big Gay Nooner” aims to celebrate diversity on campus and promote acceptance for gender and sexuality of all people. There will be food, music and other activities to make for a fun relaxed setting.

The Arter’s Market, a stand selling student made art ran by the Rebel Art Movement, will accompany the event. The market gives students the opportunity to sell their crafted artwork and publicize their pieces.

The catering service, “Any Excuse for a Party,” was to provide face painting and snack stands as their sole source for the event. The board determined that the of a lack of a quote was enough to table the funding, and that the services provided by “Any Excuse for a Party” were not distinct to that catering service alone, making it not a viable sole source. However, PRISM is looking into other vendors, and will still be running the event on May 1 on Green Lawn from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The board fully funded Medicine, Education and Development for Low Income Families $4,266.99 for its event, “A Taste of South America.”

The event will feature a variety of South American themed food and performances with a focus on Peruvian culture. At the meeting on April 3, the club’s funding for catering from El Tule, a Mexican-Peruvian combo restaurant, was tabled for lack of a quote. However, this week, an invoice was provided.

The event was held on Monday, April 22 in the Brower Student Center Room 225 West from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

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