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Counterpoint Rerecognized by the ASA

By Ray C. He

ASSOCIATE NEWS EDITOR

The Association for Student Activities has granted provisional recognition to the MIT-Wellesley magazine Counterpoint after temporarily derecognizing the magazine last month, said Kathryn M. Walter ’05, president of the ASA.

The rerecognition came after the ASA reviewed Counterpoint’s updated constitution, which clarifies that the group comprises separate MIT and Wellesley chapters, Walter said.

The change also refines the role of the business managers at MIT and Wellesley. “They stated what belongs to MIT and what belongs to Wellesley,” she said. “It was more subtle linguistic changes that made it clear they’re an MIT group,” she said.

As a separate formal entity from the rest of the magazine, Counterpoint’s MIT group now meets the ASA’s 50 percent MIT membership requirement.

“They’re under provisional recognition, which we put groups under for the first year of recognition” Walter said. The ASA will check on Counterpoint’s status in one year before regranting them full recognition, she said.

The move to provisional recognition replaces the period of temporary, suspended recognition during which Counterpoint did not have access to its financial account. This temporary recognition was to last until April 1.

The ASA had previously derecognized Counterpoint for failing to meet the ASA’s 5/50 clause, which requires groups to have at least five MIT students, who make up at least 50 percent of the group’s membership.