PAGE 2 — THE DECREE — NOVEMBER 20,1992
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A JOLLY CREW — The crew of the H.M.S. Pinafore — actually the Wesleyan
Singers and members of the Tar River Chorus — salute Dr. Allen Johnson,
playing Sir Joseph Porter, during the second annual Wesleyan Dinner Theatre on
Nov. 10. Directed by Dr. Maria Manzo, the Chorus and students presented an
abbreviated version of Gilbert and Sullevin’s comic opera, “H.M.S. Pinafore,”
before a full house in the Student Activities Center. The evening also included a
spaghetti supper, cabaret dinner entertainment, and a brief concert by the Madri
gal Singers. See story on Page 1. (Photo by Ken Ripley.)
Bill to ease tax on scholarships fails
An amendment that would
have reduced federal taxes on stu
dent scholarships was dropped
from a compromise version of a
The amendment, sponsored by
U.S. Sen. Trent Lott (R-Miss.)
would have repealed taxes on the
segments of scholarships that pay
for rent, food, and travel, his
spokesman said. However, the
amendment was tacked onto the
tax bill late in the recent session
of Congress. In early October, a
conference committee deleted the
amendment from the final ver
sion of the bill.
Depending on a student’s in
come, undergraduate scholarships
can be taxed at a 14 percent or
higher rate for room, board, and
travel. It is up to the student to
declare the income from the
scholarship, and the Internal Rev
enue Service is beginning to in
vestigate students who aren’t pay
ing taxes on scholarships.
“We’ll look for some other
way to get it repealed next year.
It doesn’t mean he’s giving up,”
said a spokesman for the senator.
Lott’s amendment was a wa-
tered-down version sponsored by
U.S. Rep. Tom Lewis (R-FIa.)
aiid the National Association of
Graduate and Professional Stu
dents. That would have rescinded
a 17 percent tax on graduate and
Tuition at public universities
rises 10 percent over year
The average student at a four-
year public institution will pay a
whopping 10 percent more for tu
ition and fees in 1992-93, accord
ing to a new survey from the Col
The average tuition fee and
charges for in-state students was
$2,315 at public four-year col
leges or universities, the survey
sai^, .which c.9mes t() .10^ Rercent,
more than in 19*9*i-92.
The survey also states that tu
ition and charges at two-year pub
lic institutions averaged $1,292,
which also reflects a 10 percent
At private institutions, tuition
and fees average $10,498 at a
four-year college or university,
and $5,621 at a two-year college,
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The increases were not as high
professional students’ stipends,
However, the bill was ne^^
scheduled for a hearing and Con
gress is now out of session.
The 1986 Tax Reform Act put
a 17 percent tax on all scholar
ships and other money awarded
to post-baccalaureate students in
graduate and professional schools.
Lewis wanted the tax rescinded.
When the House didn’t take up
the measure, Lott offered his ver
sion on Uie Sei|ate side.
A key difference is that Lott’s
amendment dealt with both un
dergraduate and graduate stu
dents, while Lewis’ focused on
graduate and professional stu
N€€D % QUICK?
“Given the state of the
economy and its impact on state
budgets, many people expected
much larger increases this year,
particularly in the pubUc sector,”
said Donald M. Stewart, presi
dent of the College Board.
Stewart pointed out that last
,. year public colleges raised their,
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