By Priscilla Perez
Published: May 06, 2014
Brooklyn College Information Technology Services (ITS) reported last Wednesday that as a part of CLAS Student Government Elections, campus literary magazine “Stuck in the Library” would receive more funding, a total of 45 cents per BC student per semester.
As part of the referendum, which CLAS students voted on last week, “Stuck in the Library” will transfer 25 cents from a defunct student newspaper, “Hatikvah,” and add 20 cents to their allotment from the Student Activity Fee, totaling $3000 a semester, when multiplied by every CLAS student.
Prior to the referendum, the CLAS Student Government provided $600 to the club for the academic year.
“Fortunately, there’s a lot a people who knew the direction we wanted to take this magazine in,” “Stuck in the Library” President Yaakov Bressler said. “They knew that if they helped us out one year, it would get somewhere.”
Bressler and the executive board members began seeking more funding toward the end of the fall 2013 semester.
“We try to be creative; we try to get all sorts of ideas,” Bressler said. “And after a while, this came to the surface.”
“Stuck in the Library” has a staff of 20 and prints four to five times a semester, handing out 90 to 110 magazines per publication.
According to Bressler, they tried to print more often but had low funds.
“When we began, we were just a club that wanted to make a magazine, and funding is dismal in the school if you’re a club. So we had three choices,” Bressler said. “The first choice was to publish less often, which is what people giving us money told us to do. We can publish in the same amount of time but make less magazines, which is what we decided to do. Or the third one was that we can do either A or B and wait until we get a lot more money somehow.”
With the money, Bressler hopes to double or triple how often they publish over the course of the next academic year and expand readership across campus.
“The direction we’ve traveled is to further a student publication, and try to get people to know what’s out there,” he said. “I think the only reason this was successful was that you had many people in many different offices speaking to us. I think a lot of people wanted to see this happen.”
Student reaction to the referendum, however, wasn’t completely positive.
“That’s messed up,” senior TV/radio major Brian Munguia said. “It’s taking money from our pockets? That’s messed up. It shouldn’t be like that. They shouldn’t take money at all.”
“We’re already getting charged and tuition’s already increasing, so it shouldn’t go to a club,” Munguia added. “What about the other clubs?”
Christian Guiracocha, a senior TV/radio major, said he knows 20 cents is “minor, but when you multiply it by every student at Brooklyn College, it’s a lot.”