GSC Elects Mehta, CuthbertBy Eva Moy
Associate News Editor
The Graduate Student Council elected Anand Mehta G and David S. Cuthbert G president and vice-president last Thursday. There was not time in the council's meeting to elect a secretary or treasurer.
Mehta and Cuthbert were the only students to run for the two top positions. Both ran for president, and after Mehta won, Cuthbert ran unopposed for vice-president.
Several graduate students were nominated, but most declined to run. "A lot of people just cannot pledge to give the kind of time that the offices require," explained Furio Ciacci G, outgoing president. He added that many members would rather concentrate on specific committees, which are "much more flexible." The officers "have to be involved in everything at the same time and nothing in particular."
"I didn't get the feeling that nobody [wanted] to do anything," Mehta said. He agreed that some people "feared of how much time being president would involve."
The duties of the president and vice president will be changed at the next meeting. A secretary and treasurer will also be elected.
The GSC serves mostly as an advocate for graduate students, "to foster some kind of collective initiatives among them," Ciacci said. The council includes representatives from each academic department, in proportion to the size of the department. Most of the council's decisions are made in the committees, which deal with issues such as academic procedures, all but dissertation status, sexual harassment, and tuition.
"I think what the GSC needs most right now is exposure among graduate students," Mehta said. The council must make sure that students know about what is being done to help them, he said. He added that the GSC is "covering a lot of issues which are important" to a lot of graduate students, like health coverage, but at the same time addressing topics which affect only a minority, like ABD.
Looking back on his term as president, Ciacci said, "I think that I started with very big goals. I started with the idea to fix all the problems that the GSC has." Ciacci said these problems include communication between the GSC, graduate students, and the administration. "I think that some of those goals have been partially achieved. ... It wasn't easy from the start; but it was worth doing it."