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GSC Makes Many Contributions to Student Life

GSC Makes Many Contributions To Student Life

In the April 14 issue of The Tech, its editorial board comments, "In the wake of provost's long-sought allocation to student activities, [Graduate Student Council] whines it wants more of the pie" We are not clear on what prompted a portrayal of graduate student concerns as "whining," but, in any case, would like to take this opportunity to make clear the contributions made by the many organizations that are made up of graduate students, who represent a majority of MIT students.

The GSC helped fund dozens of student groups this year. The Arab Students Organization, Canadians Club, European Club, Lebanese Club, Sri Lankan Students Association, and Singapore Students Society all received significant funds from the GSC. These organizations (and many others like them) provide a wealth of cultural enrichment to the MIT community.

Dances, films, theater presentations, seminars, picnics featuring ethnic foods, and many other events entertain us and educate us about the diverse communities that our fellow students call home. The American Nuclear Society, Mechanical Engineering Graduate Association of Women, and Women in Chemistry also received funding from the GSC this year. These organizations play important roles in nurturing the academic and professional development of MIT students.

The Graduate Christian Fellowship, Graduate Hillel, and the Muslim Student Association provide supportive environments for spiritual expression. The Graduate Soccer Club, Men's Rugby Football, MIT Sloan Crew, and others organize athletic events for a wide range of interests.

These groups manage to organize an impressive range of activities with an unfortunately small amount of money. While the GSC would like to fully fund worthy organizations and events, we receive requests for funding that total many times our budget.

Consequently, the GSC works hard to locate additional sources of funding in order to facilitate the efforts of these groups to enrich MIT community life. In so doing, we hope our advocacy of graduate student groups is not mistakenly portrayed as whining but rather is recognized as the united, firm voice of graduate students.

Carsten D. Hohnke G

GSC Treasurer-Elect