By Jackie Delaney
The Student Finance Board convened on Wednesday, April 15, to decide funding for the last few events set to occur this semester. The last two meetings of this semester will review funding for events scheduled for fall 2015.
The New Jersey Christian Fellowship presented for scholarships for its yearly retreat for members in May. After losing funding from the school the group usually appeals to every year, NJCF proposed for $2,000 from SFB to fund scholarships for new executive board members. The five-day retreat will include team-building activities, allowing the group to “collectively communicate as a team.” It was fully funded by the board.
Student Government then requested $7,544.48 for Finals Fest, the traditional event to help students unwind during the most stressful weeks of the semester. According to the proposal, the event “helps to raise student moral and energy on campus during the stressful week of finals.” This semester, the event will include a free ice cream giveaway as well as offer massages, smoothies and bagels. SFB decided to fund SG with $8,044.48, which includes an additional $500 for extra pizzas for the free MammavFlora’s pizza giveaway. Finals Fest will take place Tuesday, May 12, through Friday, May 15.
Finally, the freshman class council proposed for the previously tabled funding of helium tanks for TCNJ Cares Week. The board funded the event last week with the exception of the helium tanks to see if a rental was possible. SG worked out an agreement to have the balloons blown up by an outside company for $1,780. The request was fully funded. TCNJ Cares Week will take place starting on Monday, April 27 through Friday, May 1.
The board was also met with two new club status requests. Sigma Lambda Beta, a fraternity that upholds ideals of brotherhood, scholarship, community service and cultural awareness, was picked up as a new club. The fraternity hosted the “Take A Walk in Our Shoes” program last semester. Lambda Theta Alpha, an organization dedicated to educational programs, philanthropies, social activities and promoting cultural awareness on campus, was also picked up as a new club.
*Even though SFB agrees to finance certain events, there is no guarantee these events will take place. The approval only makes the funds available.