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IAP funding cut in half this year

By Joey Marquez

In a move to shift responsibility for funding student-run and first-time Independent Activities Period programs from the Office of the Dean for Student Affairs to individual schools and departments, the IAP fund for 1992 was cut in half, from $10,000 to $5000, according to Arthur C. Smith, dean for student affairs.

"I felt that funding should be picked up by departments and schools and that they should take more responsibility for IAP," Smith said. A memorandum distributed to departments by President Charles M. Vest and Provost Mark S. Wrighton said departments should take more responsibility for funding IAP projects, and the ODSA is following with that, Smith continued.

Smith said the intention of the Dean's Office is to "try not to reduce the activities, but to get others to pay for it."

Professor Samuel M. Allen PhD '75, chairman of the IAP Funding Committee, said the decrease did not affect the committee's decisions. He said "every year . . . people come in for reimbursement for about 80 percent of the funds" awarded by the committee. Last year, only $7500 of the $10,000 awarded for IAP activities was paid out, he said. Relative to last year, funding was really cut by one-third, he said.

Allen also said that "no matter how much money we have, there are a number of requests that don't need full support." Requests that are denied typically involve funding for food or for equipment that cannot be traced after IAP ends. He also said that requests for large amounts of money are usually not granted.

Typical funding requests that win approval are for "relatively small amounts of money, usually $100 or less," so that the money can be distributed among more groups, Allen said. The total amount of money awarded is usually more than the ceiling limit set by the ODSA because the committee does not expect all funding recipients to ask for reimbursement, he added.

Encouraged departmental

funding

This year, the committee approached each request differently by looking for ways to support activities other than with the IAP fund. Students who requested large amounts of money were encouraged to find funding within their departments, with the possibility that the IAP fund would match the money raised, Allen said.

Nancy L. Martin, a member of the committee and bookkeeper of the requests, said that 70 requests were submitted this year, only five of which were denied. This was not very different from last year, when 80 requests were submitted and five also were denied. But Martin said that the IAP Funding Committee is still receiving requests, and probably will match last year's number.

But the amount of money requested this year differed sharply from last year. Martin said that $5000 of the $12,000 requested this year was awarded, as opposed to $10,000 of the $22,000 requested last year. But Allen said the committee would award more than $5,000 this year to ensure that all the available money will be used.