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Graduate Student Clubs Deserve More

Graduate Student Clubs Deserve More

"In the wake of provost's long-sought allocation to student activities, [Graduate Student Council] whines it wants more of the pie," reads the Institutional Wisdom Watch from the April 14 issue of The Tech. As the President of the MIT European Club, I must say that I can only hope that their "whining'' will get the GSC and thus graduate student clubs their fair share of the pie.

The European Club, with 800 members, is one of the largest and most active student groups on campus. We average about two events per week, ranging from movie nights over parties to rafting and skiing trips. While we are open to every member of the MIT community, our members are mostly graduate students, meaning that we have to turn to the GSC to support our many events.

Thanks to GSC funding we are able to fund activities such as a welcome barbecue for 150 people each fall and movie nights and concert tours which easily draw a total of several hundred people every semester. All of these events are open to all graduate students and the strong attendance shows that - believe it or not - graduate students, like undergraduates, enjoy participating in extracurricular activities.

Or at least they'd like to: Every semester, we (along with many other graduate student clubs) have to make do with only part of the money we applied for due to lack of funds. This problem has forced us to downsize some of our events, even as demand is growing. While the majority of students at MIT are graduate students, their clubs receive only a fraction of the funding allocated to undergraduate student clubs. Therefore, we strongly support the efforts of the GSC to ensure a fair allocation of funding for student activities to graduate student clubs.

Maximilian K. Riesenhuber G

President, MIT European Club