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AxeComm requests special fees increase

Two student groups, the Stanford Axe Committee and the Viennese Ball Committee, have requested significantly different amounts in special fees this year compared to their past budgets. The Axe Committee’s (AxeComm) request increased by 319 percent from $9,161.19 to $38,400, and the Viennese Ball Committee’s request decreased 60 percent from $25,000 to $10,000.

Stanford’s Viennese tradition

Stanford’s tradition of holding an annual Viennese Ball first began in 1978, when students returning from the Stanford in Austria program organized the event in order to bring Viennese culture and social dance to campus. Since then, despite the closure of the overseas study program, the annual ball has become a Stanford tradition. An event that draws students, alumni and social dance enthusiasts from all over the Bay Area, this year the organizers expected 500 to 700 attendees.