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Budgets Cuts Cause Activity Cutbacks

By Ifung Lu
Associate News Editor

Budget cuts in the Undergraduate Academic Affairs Office have resulted in cutbacks to Residence and Orientation Week activities, according to UAA Staff Assistant for Student Programs Ida G. Faber.

Picnics, and other events where food was served, were cancelled this year to save money for more worthwhile activities, Faber said. But Efforts were taken to maintain a level of excellence comparable to R/O Week last year.

"We were faced with this challenge to provide an R/O that was as successful as last year, if not more so" while saving money, Faber said. "What we tried to do was not to cut the events but to cut the inconsequential things, namely food."

As a result, events like the "Food, Frosh, and Fun" picnic in the barbecue pits and the "Academic Breakfast" outside Kresge Auditorium were cancelled, according to R/O week Logistics Manager Jonathan A. Allen '96.

The "Freshmen Advisor/Meetings" event was changed from a freshmen lunch to individual meetings between advisers and their groups. Individual advisers will now handle lunch accommodations for their groups.

Members of the R/O Committee also saved money by taking donations to help with rush activities.

"We got Belmont Springs to donate water for MOYA [Move Off Your Assumptions]," Allen said. Other donations included prizes from The Coop and Undergraduate Association funds for Casino Night.

Overall, cutbacks have saved the R/O Committee a little over $20,000, Allen said.

According to Allen changes in R/O Week have not affected students. "The first half of R/O was going fantastic. Absolutely no problems," Allen said.