June 1, 2020
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SFB funds CONTACT, Union Latina

By Alex Baldino
Staff Writer

The Student Finance Board (SFB) met to vote on allocating funds to two clubs on Wednesday, Feb. 12, at 12:30 p.m. in room 110 of the education building.

Two students representing CONTACT advocated for funds to advertise themselves, get supplies and furnish their club room. CONTACT is a new organization on campus that trains students to answer calls to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, as well as the CONTACT of Mercer County line, where people in crisis, although not necessarily suicidal, can talk to someone. 

The board deliberated about where to allocate this semester’s funds (Alex Baldino / Staff Writer).

The location of their call room is confidential, but the representatives made it known that the school was unable to provide them with an adequate amount of chairs and desks for their members to use while working shifts. 

During deliberation, Ryan Kirschner, a junior management major and board member, said he was upset that the school couldn’t provide enough furniture for CONTACT, calling it “a slap in the face to the students.”

Contact was funded $4,200 for furniture, supplies, appliances, training books, food and water. 

The board then fully funded Union Latina’s COPA event $4,480. Named after the famous New York City nightclub, The Copacabana, the event will feature a live band that will play traditional music and a DJ for more contemporary music. The event is set for April 18 in the Decker Social Space. 

The event’s mission is to promote cultural awareness and was originally going to feature hired dancers, but the members decided to turn their focus on securing a live band and a DJ instead.

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