The Student Government Association rewarded the Theatre Council with $500 for their annual Golden Babies ceremony at SGA’s weekly meeting on Monday despite concerns from their advisor.
The eboard of Theatre Council came before the SGA to ask for a co-sponsorship for their Golden Babies event, according to representative Allyson Horn.
“It’s a bonding event and a ceremony for the outgoing seniors and outgoing president,” Horn said. “It’s something to appreciate all the hard work that the Theatre Council members have done throughout the year and it’s definitely our most attended and most anticipated event of the season.”
Horn described the event as Seton Hall’s version of the Tonys’, saying that the Golden Babies is an award ceremony for all the shows that have taken place on campus. Horn also said that it was a closed event only for the Theatre Council.
The Theatre Council then requested $800 from the SGA and the senators moved into debate.
“It’s kind of an end of year recognition for them,” Senator Drew Holden said. “I know it’s a tradition that I understand they’ve done for a long time now. It certainly bears us taking it seriously.”
According to Holden, the Golden Babies is a great event and he knows it’s something the Theatre Council looks forward to.
Senator Kenneth Larivee said he agreed with Holden.
“There is still money in the budget so I think it’s a great event,” Larivee said. “We should give it to them because we don’t have to worry about SAB coming before us like last year for spring fling.”
Senator Joe Donato said SGA should support this event.
“They work very hard during the year and they do bring a lot to this University,” Donato said.
The advisor of SGA had a concern about the co-sponsorship though, according to Senator Will DeCotiis.
“Part of the concern the advisor expressed was that it’s a closed body meeting more or less and traditionally co-sponsorships are supposed to be events that are open to the public or for co-sponsoring an event,” DeCottis said. “This is not.”
After this statement, DeCotiis made a recommendation of $400 and the Senate decided to give the Theatre Council $500.
According to Horn, the event takes place on May 5 typically at Cryan’s.
Kelly Carroll can be reached at Kelly.email@example.com.