Less funding for Tartan means no CDThursday, January 13, 2005 By Lee Betancourt
New for the Tartan this year is the “Blue Dude,” whose anonymity captivated students’ attention for weeks before the literary magazine announced that it was their creation. “We wanted to inspire some sort of intrigue,” editor Maria Rizkalla said. The purpose was to increase awareness about the Tartan while at the same time hopefully increasing submissions. “A lot of people aren’t as aware of the Tartan as we are,” Editor-in-chief Rebecca White said. “We want every facet of McLean expressed in the Tartan.” The “Blue Dude” was drawn by freshman Camille Kornacki at the first staff meeting of the year. “There were three or four drawings,” Tartan adviser Aaron Stratten said. “We saw Camille’s and liked it.” This year however, the Tartan will not be able to include a color cover and CD featuring student mucisians because it is not getting as much funding as last year. Last year, outgoing principal Don Weinheimer had surplus money to use as he wished. A portion of the money went to the color cover and CD for the Tartan. “We’re getting at least $2500 less than last year,” Stratten said. Tartan editors expressed disappointment that they could not do a CD and color cover this year, but felt that the lack of certain features would not detract from this year’s Tartan as a whole. “We can make [the cover] as beautiful as before,” White said.