After being denied funding for Lemony Snicket two weeks ago, CUB requested $16,600 to bring documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock to the College for the annual Spring Lecture.
Spurlock, famous for his documentary “Super Size Me,” will come to talk about his newest work, “The Greatest Film Ever Sold,” which explores the omnipresence of the media in American society and was ironically funded entirely by product placement. The film is set to hit theaters in late April, but CUB hopes to bring Spurlock to the College before the film is released and provide an exclusive sneak preview screening of the film as part of the event, followed by Spurlock’s lecture and a question and answer session.
After adding $800 to the request to fund the presence of campus police at the event, members of SFB unanimously approved $17,400 for this lecture. The event will take place on the Kendall Hall Main Stage, pending approval from the building operators, and the tentative date is April 2.
CUB also requested $11,200 for a lecture by Jamie Tworkowski, the founder of the inspirational organization To Write Love On Her Arms, which works to discourage depression, cutting, self-harm and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in young adults.
“I don’t think we’ve had a comparable event on campus. The fact that it’s such a motivational event sets it apart,” said Maggie Murad, a freshman history secondary education major, during CUB’s proposal.
Although SFB rarely funds two lectures in the same month, members felt that these two lectures were different enough to draw large audiences both times.
“I like this event a lot. I think this company is pretty well known. I always hear about it on campus. I see it on Facebook all the time,” said Anthony Czajkowski, senior accounting major and SG representative for SFB. “There’s been a huge increase in suicides and thoughts of suicides. I think there’s going to be a lot of students who will want to go to this.”
SFB unanimously voted to fund the lecture, which will be held on Monday, April 18, on the Kendall Hall Main Stage, pending approval.
CUB also requested $19,200 in funding for a dance troupe show to be held in Kendall Hall, pending approval, on Thursday, April 21. This interactive dance show will feature the dance group Quest, the third season winner of Randy Jackson’s “America’s Best Dance Crew.” The show will also incorporate a student opener, the College’s dance team and a local step team opener, No Mercy Step Company, which together will offer a wide variety of different types of dance.
Some SFB members thought the timing for the show was less than ideal, falling very close to many other large events at the end of the semester.
Sara Hanson, senior accounting major and board member, said, “I know it falls close to finals, and we’re a nerdy campus, so students will have tests and projects, so I don’t know if that will affect (the turnout at this event).”
Members decided that this event was large enough and different enough to potentially fill Kendall Hall, and after adding the price for police security, SFB members unanimously voted to fully fund this event for $20,600. This event, along with the two lectures, will be general admission events open only to students from the College. Students will have to show their ID at the door to be granted access.
The Haitian Student Association returned to request funding for a popular Haitian band, T-Vice, for their event, Ambiance, this spring. Last week, HSA was denied $10,000 for this same band because SFB members thought the amount was a bit excessive for an event that cannot accommodate more than 200 people.
“When we looked into other types of bands, T-Vice e-mailed us and said they would reduce their price by $2,000,” said Naomi Thony, a member of HSA and a junior biology major.
This week, HSA requested $8,000 for the band and $100 for utensils. SFB board members believed the price of the band was still too high, especially considering that last year’s band for Ambiance only cost approximately $5,000. SFB will once again allow HSA to search for a less expensive band — around last year’s price range or cheaper — and return to request funding.
The American Marketing Association requested $750 from the SFB at last Wednesday’s meeting for a bus trip to New York City. The trip would include a tour of a major advertising agency, J Walter Thompson, in the morning and allow students to freely roam the city for the rest of the afternoon.
“I feel like it’s an academic event, it’s only going to be for their club members, and all my reservations that I had going into this were just magnified when I found out only 10 or 15 people went last year,” said senior management major and assistant SG representative to SFB, John Wintermute.
Alexa Kaminsky, junior accounting major and SFB operations director, disagreed. “If it’s just a tour, I think a tour of a real marketing company is really cool. It’s not a forced networking event, it’s like come see a big company in New York City,” Kaminsky said.
“This year, we want to go all out to all students, let them know that the trip is not just about networking or business or boring stuff — it’s going to be a fun day in the city,” junior marketing major Caroline St. Angelo assured SFB during the proposal.
Warren Samlin, junior finance and political science double major and administration director, thought that the trip would have a real draw among students. “Bus trips have never been so popular. There used to be a bus trip every Saturday, and now it’s more like once or twice a month. I think there’s more demand than last year for them,” he said.
The Japanese Club also requested funding from SFB in the amount of $4,500 for a bus trip to the Sakura Matsuri, a celebration of Japanese culture complete with a parade, street festival, demonstrations and more, in Washington D.C. on April 9. The request covers the cost of two charter buses for the day, which will leave campus around 5 a.m., arrive in D.C. around 10 a.m., leave D.C. around 6 p.m. and return to campus around 10:30 p.m.
This event has been a huge success among students from the College in the past. “It’s the largest concentration of Japanese culture in the country. It’s a really great way to be able to experience Japanese culture without actually going to Japan,” said Japanese Club member Jenn Hurler, a junior interactive multimedia major, during the proposal.
Board members seemed to like this event. “Apparently, this is the largest fair in the country. This is the festival of the year for people converging in D.C.,” Samlin said. SFB members approved the funding for two buses and said that if the student demand was high enough, they would be willing to fund a third bus for the event.
SFB unanimously approved $1,960.35 for the Central Eurasian and Middle Eastern Studies Society’s Nowruz Festival: Celebrating the Persian New Year. The event will take place on at 6 p.m. March 23, in the Brower Student Center Atrium and will include Middle Eastern and Central Asian cuisine and performances from Amir Vahab, a Persian musician and Zulya Rajabova, an Uzbek dancer.