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Dormcon Announces Event Grant Following Influx of HFS Funding

By Priya Prahalad staff reporter

Dormitory Council is soliciting proposals for a $3,000 grant to fund any dormitory group organizing a spring semester campus-wide event.

"Proposals for the event will be held on February 25th in the Baker conference room," said Bill W. Venderson '99, Dormcon vice president. The proposed events should be open to the entire MIT community, indicate in a detailed budget how the money will be used, have an established record of success, and commit to advertise the event as sponsored in part by Dormcon. "Our motive is simply to promote community interaction and cohesiveness through such events that are open to all of MIT," said Manju V. Madhavan '99, Dormcon president.

An established event will likely receive the grant, since the sum isn't large enough to put on a new campus-wide event, Madhavan said.

"The decision by Dormcon to make this money available for event organizers on campus is a good one, and hopefully the money will be put to good use. Events like Burton-Conner's DTYD could potentially benefit from this money, so there may eventually be a proposal for that. Right now, though, it's up to the event organizers themselves," said Gabriel M. Rockefeller '00, president of Burton-Conner.

Overdue funds finance grant @Body:Every year, Dormcon receives $1 per dormitory resident per semester from Housing and Food Services. For the past few semesters, Dormcon had not requested the money from HFS. This fall, Dormcon requested and received the overdue money. It was decided over IAP that $10,000 would be given to the Spring Weekend Committee to arrange the Spring Concert. With the remaining balance in the treasury, Dormcon decided to give the money back to the students to organize an event. "From my understanding, this practice was common in years past when Dormcon was regularly getting its funds. However, the practice had stopped somewhere along the way once the money was no longer requested or received," Madhavan said.

Dormcon serves as the governing body of the ten MITundergraduate dormitories. Presently, Dormcon is serving as a student advocacy group that represents the interests of dormitory residents to the MITadministrative body.