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ODSA increases budget for graduate students

By Michael J. Garrison

The Activities Committee of the Graduate Student Council (GSC) will have $17,000 to spend this year, according to Janine M. Nell G, GSC president. The committee's budget was only $4500 last year.

The increased funding will mean better parties and an increase in graduate student activites "thanks to the [Office of the Dean for Student Affairs (ODSA)]," Nell said.

The committee's money comes from the ODSA. The increased budget proposal was approved by the office of Vice President Constantine B. Simonides. Katherine R. Cochrane, ODSA administrative officer, explained that Dean for Student Affairs Shirley M. McBay was "instrumental" in getting the budget approved.

The Activity Committee's money will be divided in half, $8000 for the committee's social events and $9000 for distribution to GSC-recognized activities, Nell said. The distribution will be determined by the Funding Board which is chaired by Mansoor A. Khan G.

The procedures for funding applications will be more formal this year, Nell said. Clubs must submit a proposed budget to the committee by Sept. 23 if they are to receive money from the GSC.

The committee has set a limit of approximately $600 per organization per term. The actual amount of money given to any group, however, will ultimately be at the discretion of the Funding Board, Khan said.

A club must be formally recognized by the GSC to receive funds from the Activities Committee, Nell said. She estimated the GSC has recognized 35 organizations.

To receive Activities Committee funding, a club must submit a constitution, according to Nell. In addition, it must report the total membership, what percentage of that number is from MIT and what percentage is graduate students. Organizations should be "of interest to a large number of graduate students at MIT," according to the GSC Funding Policy.

Special consideration will be given for social events, because the Activities Committee "would like to have more interaction between graduate students," Khan added. He also indicated a desire to see more graduate-undergraduate interaction.

The Activities Committee was reorganized this summer. Only two of the fifteen current members were on the committee last year, Nell said.

Only graduate students may serve on the committee, but GSC affiliation is not required for membership, Nell said. At least five members on the Funding Board must actually be from the GSC, however.