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MIT Revises Club Sport Approval Process 2 3

By Jenny Zhang

STAFF REPORTER

In an attempt to cut the red tape for club sport recognition, the Department of Athletics is working to revise the approval process, including the creation of the Club Sports Council to help review applications.

The new council will work in tandem with Director of Athletic Clubs Larry Anderson in reviewing applications.

“The CSC consists of five students elected by members of the club sports teams,” said Christine Dobson ’03. “The purpose is to give the students some representation in choosing new sports clubs.”

A recognized club sport receives privileges such as use of athletic facilities, funding, and other support services.

Process changes delay recognition

Historically, prospective club sport teams faced delays in gaining recognition in part because of requirements from both the Association of Student Activities and the Athletics department.

“Sometimes these requirements were different,” Anderson said. “We are changing it to make the process more efficient; now, the clubs work mainly with the athletics department, rather than both, to become a recognized MIT sports club.”

The recognition process has also been lengthy for other reasons.

“We realized several years ago that many clubs were being recognized without much evaluation, and that we didn’t have the resources to support them in a way that would meet our standards,” Anderson said. “We needed to take a look at where we were going.”

The athletics department aims to ensure that it has the resources to take care of particular clubs before it recognizes them.

STKD Club hopes for recognition

Of groups awaiting recognition, the Sport Tae Kwon Do Club has been trying to be recognized by MIT as a club sport “for the past two and a half years,” said Christina Park G, president and founder.

The STKD Club, among many other groups, will find out in the spring whether its applications are successful.

“We first applied in November of 2000 and have been put on hold several times up until now because the process was in a transition state,” Park said.

“At first, we wondered why we were not getting recognized, but now we realize and understand that the delay is not particular to us,” said Conor F. Madigan G, an instructor in the club.

“We have met with the CSC, and they were very responsive to our needs,” Park said.