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GSC amends constitution

By Lakshmana Rao

The Graduate Student Council voted unanimously to amend its constitution last Tuesday, changing the tenure of representatives to one year starting Oct. 15. At the GSC meeting the council also passed a resolution criticizing the way in which a graduate student was named to the search committee for a new dean of science.

The GSC passed another resolution supporting the current location of the "Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Center" on the third floor of the Julius A. Stratton '23 Student Center.

"The amendments were necessary to clean up our rosters," said GSC President Michael D. Grossberg G. "The amendments will ensure that the representatives meet their constituencies at least once a year. This will also encourage new members to join the council."

The amendment to the GSC constitution will not affect the election of officers, who are elected annually in April.

Preliminary results of a survey conducted by the GSC on Registration Day Jan. 31 indicate that 68 percent of those who responded are in favor of the constitutional amendments. Twenty-eight percent said they had no opinion on the proposed changes.

The GSC also polled graduate students on an "all but dissertation (ABD)" status for students who are only working on their doctoral dissertation. In response to the question, "Do you think that MIT should have an ABD status available?" 88 percent responded "yes."

The ABD status is expected to reduce tuition charges of students working on their dissertations while allowing such students to remain on campus and have access to Institute resources.

The GSC has tallied the results of about 1000 surveys, but roughly 400 remain to be counted. The complete results of the survey are expected to be published as a report next month.

Student appointment to

search committee criticized

The council passed a resolution criticizing manner in which a graduate student was selected by Provost Mark S. Wrighton to the search committee for a new dean of science.

While appreciating the provost's inclusion of a graduate student in the search process, the resolution demanded that student representatives be elected representatives of the graduate student body.

Richard R. Kerswell G, one of two student appointees to the search committee, was invited to the council meeting to answer questions regarding his appointment.

Kerswell was asked to serve on the committee after his department head recommended him to Wrighton. His job is to collect substantial student input for the selection process.

Grossberg described the style of appointing of students as "most disturbing."

The council also adopted a resolution supporting the present location of the "Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Center."

The resolution further encouraged the use of public spaces in the Student Center for open dialogue and information on gulf war.