GSC represents the view of those who participate
As near as I can tell, Carolyn D. Ruppel G's contentions that the Graduate Student Council has come to be dominated by a few individuals ["GSC not representative," Nov. 2] with inappropriate agendas is shared by a large number of graduate students.
However, given that GSC general council and committee meetings are open to all graduate students, and that becoming a voting member is easier than sneaking into the ice rink for a skate with no valid athletic sticker, I have to laugh when I hear graduate students whine that the GSC no longer reflects graduate student attitudes.
By its very nature, the actions of the GSC reflect the concerns of those graduate students with the enthusiasm to attend meetings, the courage to present their opinions, and the initiative to do something when they want something done.
If the only people with these attributes in this sheep herd of a graduate student community happen to have ideas which make the rest of the herd uncomfortable, then the rest of the herd will just have to suffer until they work up the gumption to participate in sheep council meetings and bleat their displeasure.
The GSC should be an active forum for graduate students at MIT to debate their concerns and plan strategies to make graduate student life more tolerable. If a student has an opinion, then the GSC needs to hear it. Resignation from the council has only made Ruppel's voice weaker, which is a real shame considering she was one of the few around with the courage to present their opinions.
Thomas M. Quinn G->