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Carter Announces New Funding in UA Speech


Rita H. Lin--The Tech
Undergraduate Association President Dedric A. Carter '98 gave his state of the UA address last night at the UA meeting. He announced a new $40,000 grand for student activities.

By Jennifer Chung
staff reporter

Undergraduate AssociationPresident Dedric A. Carter '98 delivered this year's State of the UA Address on Monday, announcing a new $40,000 grant for student activities, praising UA committees, and calling for a commitment to keep moving forward.

Carter announced that the UAhas "been able to secure another year of funding from the provost in the form of a second special grant," which will be allocated to student activities. Last year Provost Joel Moses PhD '67 gave the UA and the Graduate Student Council $40,000 to distribute to student activities.

"These additional funds are essential to the smooth operation o f student activities for another year," said Carter. Carter thanked Moses and others in the administration for allowing the grant.

The money will be divided between the funding boards of the UA and the Graduate Student Council. The division will be exactly the same as the division of the last $40,000, Carter said. The UA received $32,000 of the previous grant and the GSC $8,000.

Student groups will be able to request a portion of the funds through the UAFinance Board by February 16,Carter said. He said that the new $40,000 grant was a good start, but called for an additional $500,000 in student activities funding over the next five years.

"We cannot stop with a $40,000, we must make the student activities endowment a reality," Carter said, pointing out that MIT ranks 19th among its "peer institutions" in student activities funding.

After the speech, Carter said that although the provost's office had given two special grants for student groups, he didn't expect it to happen regularly. "I don't think that the provost will do this again," he said.

Instead, he said that the UA was working with Moses to reform activities funding. "We need to get above the current meagre level of funding," Carter said.

A return to first principles'

One of the running themes through Carter's address was the idea of a return to first principles, "a bold new step that examines our aims in light of our anchors."

Throughout his address, Carter also cautioned the audience to keep working. "Do not sit on your laurels and look at what you have accomplished,"Carter said, "because there is so much more to do."

Carter recognized critics who said that the UAneeded to do a great deal more over the next term. "In the grand scheme of all that we have to accomplish to get to a nearly perfect student government, we have only scratched the surface," he said.

However, he said, "our committees are more active and more effective than they have been in at least the last 5 years." He said that there was an undergraduate majors guide in the works and noted that last weekend's ski trip and the continuing MIT/Logan Shuttle had proved very successful.

Carter criticizes administration

Carter called for the MITadministration to engage in "Shakespearean Decision Making," saying that administrators should "determine what is to be and what is not to be."

The picture needs to be better defined, saidCarter. He also spoke out against the tendency to create multiple committees to study the same idea, saying that additional steps tend to distort the original intent. "If Ihave an idea," said Carter, "I want to see it through to its implementation. You lose something in each translation."

Finally, Carter announced that he has established regular office hours at 1 p.m. on weekdays, except Thursdays. Additionally, the UA is implementing a World Wide Web-based electronic voting system and a new public service award to be given to a MIT student.