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Domecoming, New Year’s Eve Receive Large Event Funds

By Emily Glassinger

In a change from last year, the $25,000 large event funding allocation will be evenly distributed among four selected events.

While the majority of last year’s funding sponsored one festival, this year’s funds will go towards a “domecoming” weekend, a large-scale New Year’s Eve party, a lecture by James Randi, and a gospel concert.

Homecoming was granted $9,258 out of a $25,000 request. The three remaining events received the full amount of their original request. The New Year’s Eve party received $8,000. The gospel concert and the James Randi lecture received $1,742 and $6,000, respectively.

In keeping with last year, however, events were chosen on the basis of their appeal to the larger MIT community. Many proposals that were rejected focused on a small sub-population or specific culture, according to outgoing Graduate Student Council President, Brian J. Schneider G, who served on the ad hoc funding panel.

Domecoming planned for October

Homecoming festivities will officially be called Domecoming “since it is more MITish,” said Rita H. Lin ’00, co-organizer for the event.

Possible homecoming events include an Alley Rally along Amherst Alley, a pep rally, an outdoor movie, mini-olympics, an ultimate frisbee tournament, a post-game barbeque and Domecoming Ball in Du Pont Gymnasium.

Domecoming will be organized by the Dormitory Council, the Interfraternity Council and the Campus Activities Complex Program Board.

Since Domecoming was not fully funded, event organizers are currently looking for alternative funding sources, such as the Undergraduate Association. “Originally we were hoping to make the whole weekend free... but we might have to charge for the ball if we don’t have enough money,” Lin said.

Cthulhu, Voo Doo to join forces

The Campus Crusade for Cthulhu and the humour magazine Voo Doo will jointly host a New Year’s Eve party. According to UA Vice President and Voo Doo member Lex Nemzer ’00, the party will feature “a live band or two... good food and spectacular lighting and decorations.”

This December, the MIT Gospel Choir, the Black Christian Fellowship, Chinese Bible Fellowship and the United Christian Fellowship will host a gospel concert. The concert will be held in Kresge Auditorium.

A lecture by James Randi will be sponsored by the MIT Atheists, Agnostics and Humanists and the Lecture Series Committee. Randi is a nationally acclaimed lecturer who is well known for exposing how audiences can be deceived by stage tricks masked as ESP and psychokinesis.

Large event fund created last year

The large event fund was created last year after former Provost Joel Moses PhD ’67 allocated an additional $200,000 to student activities bringing the total Institute funding for such activities to $300,000. The funds are intended to allow student groups to hold events that bring a diverse population of students together.

A total of $50,000 was set aside for large events through discussions between representatives from the UA, the GSC and the Association of Student Activities. Schneider said that although most proposals have been of a social nature, other interdepartmental or academic events are also encouraged.

Members of the funding allocation panel were Jocelyn L. Wiese ’99, Brian T. Sniffen ’00, Sumit Gautam G, Schneider, Luis A. Ortiz G, Ebraheem I. Fontaine ’02, Matt L. McGann ’00, and Nemzer.