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UAP Deserves Free Use Of Bush Fund

As an Undergraduate Association Council member and a brother of Kappa Sigma, I see Hans in and out of the UA office. He spends so much time in the office that when I wake up in the morning and I want to talk to Hans, my first impulse is to pick up the phone and call the UA office. Ask anyone who lives at Kappa Sig, "Where's Hans?" You'll get the same response, "I don't know. Probably the UA office."

So should Hans have personal control over $4,000? My answer is that four grand is not enough for the amount of work that he puts into his job. If the UAP received an official salary, I might have a problem with it, but the UAP doesn't, so I don't. The student body president of Northeastern gets full tuition and a $500 per month stipend. Also, the Bush Fund is not, and never has been, part of student activity funds. Money is not being diverted away from any student activity. With that in mind, and the fact that Hans is self-supporting, I could not care less if he spent the money on an all-expense paid trip to Jamaica. I'm just happy that he decides to spend the majority of it on student projects that would otherwise go unfunded.

Why don't we focus on real issues that affect the lives of our fellow students more than the Bush Fund? Why can't a student feel safe when walking across campus at night? How is the quality of teaching at MIT? What are these card reader things that are going on the dorms? These are the kind of issues Hans focuses on every day. So if he buys himself dinner, good for him.

If people want to focus on sources of inefficient or "questionable" spending, find out how much the Institute spends on renovating offices. Or how about how much money is spent on flowers for the President's house? That figure alone probably makes the Bush Fund pale in comparison.

Ron Peters '94