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Graduate Student Groups Need Funding

Graduate Student Groups Need Funding

I was sad to hear ["Institutional Wisdom Watch," April 14] that some consider graduate students to be "whining" about getting a share of the provost's recent allocation. I think that these people greatly underestimate the importance of Graduate Student Council funded groups in creating a welcoming environment for graduate students.

Unlike undergraduates, graduate students do not always have the network of friends and support that undergraduates enjoy in their living groups. Living off campus my first semester, I looked to the MIT Rugby Football Club as a place to meet people of similar interests in a social situation. The club takes all comers and has a remarkable social program both in season and out. Club members have since become my close friends and we have all benefitted from the GSC funding that keeps our club solvent. The GSC funds many other groups of this sort that present new graduate students with a warm welcome into the bizzare environs of MIT. Graduate student groups serve a great purpose for MIT, and deserve to be funded as such.

Steven J. Murray G