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UA Reorganizes Spring Weekend With Grant and Student Polling

By Dana Levine

The Undergraduate Association Council recently passed a bill which would drastically reorganize the planning of Spring Weekend.

The bill, proposed by Jennifer C. Berk ’01 and passed unanimously by the UA council, creates a committee which is responsible for the planning of Spring weekend.

This committee will receive $30,000 in funding from the UA and Graduate Student Council. The committee would consist of representatives from the UA, the GSC, the Interfraternity Council, the Association of Student Activities, the Campus Activities Complex Program Board, The Tech, Lecture Series Committees, and the International Students’ Association.

“The planning process is being overhauled this year,” said organizer Douglas E. Heimburger ’00. Heimburger said this year’s Weekend will be “better organized and better planned.”

A New Funding Model

Traditionally, the President, Chancellor, and Provost have had a combined $80,000 to distribute to various groups. These administrators no longer distribute money to student groups directly -- half of this money now goes to the deans and half to student groups.

The $30,000 given to the Spring Weekend planning committee would be drawn from the $40,000 allocated to student groups.

In the past, organizers of Spring Weekend have applied for Large Event Funding, a conglomerate fund of UA and GSC monies. Spring Weekend has been awarded large event funding each year for the past several years.

This year, the funding will be distributed in one large chunk rather than in a series of smaller allocations. “Never before has funding been given in large chunks to student groups,” Berk said.

Selection Process

This year is the first that Spring Weekend organizers have polled the student body to ask what musicians to invite to spring weekend.

The poll asks students to rank a variety of musical genres in order of preference, allowing students to have a direct impact on which types of music are performed during the weekend. The organizers hope that polling will result in a concert that caters to the tastes of a larger portion of MIT students, said Dormitory Council President Jennifer A. Frank ’00.

There is also a possibility that this year’s Spring Weekend will incorporate more than one concert, said Frank and Heimburger.

Frank Dabek and Karen Robinson contributed to the reporting of this story.