By Jonathan Edmondson
Arts & Entertainment Editor
The Student Finance Board meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 25, began with a high-volume request from the College Union Board for its annual event, “Funival.”
According to the proposal, this year’s end-of-year event will have a circus theme, featuring a fully-equipped one-ring circus with training sessions, sideshows, inflatable attractions, food trucks and more. The organization hopes to hold the event on Friday, May 8, the last day of classes for the spring semester. Due to a smaller amount of staffing, the organization will not be bringing a band to campus this year. Admission for students is free and $10 for non-students.
SFB used the remainder of its yearly high-volume budget on this event, which was allocated funds of $132,157.40.
PRISM proposed next for its annual Queer Wedding, an event that has been featured on campus for the last 12 years. According to the proposal, the event is used to shed light on the inequality of marriage benefits for non-heterosexual couples. PRISM plans to hold a reception immediately following the wedding.
The event, which was allocated funds of $449, will take place on Monday, April 6, in the ABE Drawing Room.
The next organization to propose was the Alternative Break Club, who presented its “Mardi Gras Masquerade” event. According to the club, this year’s event is extra special due to the fact that its the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina. The event will serve as a celebration of New Orleans, in addition to providing students with an opportunity to learn more about the organization and all the positive work it does in Hurricane Katrina restoration.
Scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 1, in the Brower Student Center, the event was allocated funds of $5,554.96.
The Student Film Union also presented for Campus Moviefest, the world’s largest student film festival. The Moviefest has been brought to campus for the last two years and gives students full access to technology needed to make a short film, which they have a week to complete. According to SFU, the event “fosters the creative community at the College.”
The competition, which was allocated funds of $14,000 will begin on Wednesday, April 15, and end on Tuesday, April 28, with a finale in Kendall Hall.
CUB returned later in the meeting to propose for two big spring events — the first being its 2015 Spring Lecture. The club hopes to bring RJ Mitte III, American actor and producer best known for his role as Walter “Flynn” White Jr. on “Breaking Bad,” to campus. Mitte was born with mild cerebral palsy and suffered from bullying as a child. He plans to speak about overcoming such obstacles.
The event, which was allocated funds of $10,925, is scheduled to take place on Thursday, April 9, in Mayo Concert Hall.
The second event proposed was a performance from “Baby Wants Candy,” a world- renowned musical comedy troupe. The troupe performs a 90-minute improvisational musical based on audience suggestions. The event, which is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, March 24, in Mayo Concert Hall, was allocated funds of $2,500.
All College Theater proposed next for “Rock,” an improv comedy festival. The event was tabled.
TCNJ Net Impact, a new organization, proposed for its Social Innovation Challenge, scheduled to take place on Sunday, April 12, in the Business Building Lounge. The event was allocated funds of $733.84
Finally, Student Government proposed for its “TCNJ EPCOT: Celebration of Diversity” event. The purpose of the event is to engage student with the many diverse cultures that are represented on campus. Scheduled for Thursday, March 26, the event was allocated funds of $3,430.81.
*Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.