After the cuts at AACC Anne Arundel County: College must help student activities develop revenue sources.

March 04, 1996

STUDENTS AT Anne Arundel Community College apparently can keep their handbook, literary magazine, sports teams and other extracurricular activities, in spite of the fact that administrators last month approved a plan to eliminate about $100,000 from the Student Association and intercollegiate athletics budgets.

There's just one catch.

In order to do so, the students will have to find ways to help fund such extracurricular activities.

Debbie Shaughney, the community college's public relations coordinator, says that the student association and athletic department are just being asked to do what other campus groups have done for years: figure out ways to come up with revenue-generating ideas. She said both groups had unspent money left over at the end of last year and the cutbacks should not come as a surprise.

True, extra-curricular activities were not killed by budget cuts but they may have been dealt a fatal blow. Revenue-generating ideas are easy to dream up but can be harder to implement.

The AACC swim club can generate revenue by selling pool passes to the public, for example, but try pondering what a literary publication staff can do to raise money. How many bake sales would cover publication costs? Students have every right to worry when extracurricular activities are jeopardized.

Ms. Shaughney says avoiding having to cut items which affect the entire student body is always of key consideration and was one reason extracurricular activities were targeted. The $100,000 in recent cuts will be reallocated to help cover the rising costs of utilities and health benefits for faculty and staff at the Arnold campus.

The college's administration felt it was important to not raise the school's tuition, despite the fact that the community college's tuition ranks among the lowest in Maryland.

Nevertheless, administrators should not forget that many times it is extracurricular activities which keep students attending community colleges.

Ensuring that student activities are no way endangered by reallocations should remain a top priority.

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