By Sydney Shaw
Highlighting the experiences and characteristics that make each student at the College different, Vice President of Equity and Diversity Javier Nicasio discussed the launch and success of the “I, Too, Am TCNJ” campaign at the Student Government general body meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5.
“We give every student on campus a voice,” Nicasio said. “We believe that everyone has something important to say, regardless of race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality or religious affiliations. Everyone is a valuable member of the TCNJ community.”
The photos from the campaign were shared via social media. According to Nicasio, the sites garnered over 2,000 views and over 400 likes and comments.
“The pictures are used to showcase how, as a society, we label individuals,” he said. “The purpose of the campaign is to put an end to stereotypes.”
Besides online, the photos were presented on a display in the library and along the path from the Brower Student Center to the Science Complex.
Nicasio also encouraged students to attend a Union Latina event on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. in Kendall Hall.
“The event expresses the evolution of Latin dance,” Nicasio explained. “The show is called ‘Roots’ and it is the first season of Salsafied.”
Performers in “Roots” have showcased their abilities on shows such as “America’s Got Talent” and “Ellen.”
Tickets are free for students from the College, and non-College students can purchase a ticket for $5.
Student Government also officially recognized STAND, a club which looks to raise money and awareness for muscular dystrophy and other muscular illnesses. Next week, two new clubs, “Robotics” and “Competitive Gaming,” will be making an appearance in front of the general body to seek recognition.
In late September, Vice President of Governmental Affairs Jess Glynn announced that all clubs must submit forms detailing their charter lists, constitutions and more.
“We want to know if they are active, we want to review their constitution and we want to get a records for SG to keep on file,” Glynn said. “It’s a big project that we anticipate will span several years.”
Glynn explained at the meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 5, that if a club fails to submit forms, it may be derecognized by the College.
Later, Vice President of Administration and Finance Kyle Holland announced a Chipotle fundraiser. The event will take place on Monday, Nov. 24, from 2 p.m. through 6 p.m, and 15 percent of the proceeds will go to Student Government.
Vice President of Student Services Navid Radfar told members that “TCNJam” will be held at the end of January. “TCNJam,” comparable to Penn State’s “Thon,” is a dance-a-thon to support the Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation. The organization funds pediatric cancer research and provides emotional and financial support to families of children with cancer. It aims to get people to, “Live Like Andrew,” meaning that you set goals, strive to be your best, show affection and be comfortable with yourself.
Radfar also announced that the TCNJam 5K will be held on Sunday, Nov. 23, around the loop. There will also be a “fun walk” earlier in the day for those who prefer not to run but would still like to contribute to the cause. Registration starts at 9 a.m., the walk begins at 10:30 a.m. and the race itself is at 11 a.m. Runners and walkers will receive a free T-shirt.
Before adjournment, the class councils announced several new fundraising initiatives. The junior class announced that they will be having a can drive. Participation will be entered into a drawing for a $20 gift card.
Sophomore class council president Robert Kinloch announced that the sophomore class is still selling tickets for the Semi Formal.
“We’d like to see more tickets sold,” Kinloch said.
The freshman class council will soon be selling “Class of 2018” stickers, as well, printed with the College’s athletic logo.