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Because of the way the BE board budget is set up, it can be difficult to find the money to support new and worthwhile events without reducing the funding for ongoing and recurring events. We believe that new events are a crucial way of keeping the board as a central community building organization within the BE graduate population.
We think that new events could be positively encouraged by setting up a fund that could only be used for activities that haven't been run before. Any money not used from the fund would return to the BE department at the end of the year.
If students were aware that there was money available specifically to organize new events it would encourage them to do so.
Barry and Diana have been discussing this and will bring it up at the next BE board meeting. After that we will hopefully speak to the department about creating such a fund in the near future.--BC 12:03, 31 Oct 2005 (EST)