Souter Will Be New GSC President; To Focus on Housing, Dean SearchBy David D. Hsu
Associate News Editor
Barbara J. Souter G, newly elected president of the Graduate Student Council, sees graduate housing and the searches for new deans as the most pressing issues for the GSC.
Souter was selected as the council's next president at its April 12 meeting. Patrick S. Wojdowski G was elected vice president, and Randy D. Weinstein G and Gregory E. Penn G were named secretary and treasurer.
The new officers will take office at the May 3 general meeting.
"I think one of the most important issues that we're working on is the housing issue," said Souter, who is also the president of the earth, atmospheric, and planetary sciences graduate student advisory committee.
This January, graduate students at Ashdown House faced a Strategic Housing Planning Committee proposal to convert Ashdown to an undergraduate dormitory. The GSC must "make sure graduate issues are represented" in future housing issues, Souter said.
"Graduate students should have a large input" on the location of the new graduate dormitory, said Weinstein, who is also the current president of the Chemical Engineering Graduate Student Council.
Weinstein hopes to represent students' views, since "I'll be able to coordinate a lot of groups in the larger group of the GSC," he said.
With the departure of important administrators, including Provost Mark S. Wrighton and Dean of the Graduate School Frank E. Perkins '55, the GSC will provide input on choosing their replacements, Souter said.
Wojdowski said he will "make sure that student input gets taken into account."
Wojdowski also said that "the main thing to face is keeping [up] involvement." Citing GSC initiatives like orientation and the response to the SHPC housing proposal, he said, "I see it as my job that those things keep happening."
The GSC's main focus "is to keep the involvement growing," Weinstein said.
In addition, Souter would like to reach out to graduate students. "One of my personal issues is to try to improve communication within the graduate community," she said. The GSC will "find out what they need so we can better serve them."
A World-Wide Web page will be set up for communication and advertising, according to the GSC minutes.
As treasurer, Penn will see that organization finances remain solid, according to the GSC minutes. He will work to "see activities continue and [get] more students involved," according to the minutes. He will "keep working to improve students' lives."
Three-week transition period
"I'm pretty happy with the people who have been nominated," said current GSC President Roger G. Kermode G.
The officers will undergo a three week transition period when the outgoing and incoming officers will work together, Kermode said.
"The outgoing officers will describe positions in more detail," Kermode said. Both the new and old officers will "set goals for the new year," he said.
The elections mark the closing of Kermode's "tough, long year" as GSC president, he said. Despite the troubles, "I'm quite pleased with the way the things have gone," he said.
"We've managed to achieve a few things," Kermode said. These accomplishments include a smooth orientation and the resurrection of the grocery shuttle.
"For one thing, of course housing blew up," Kermode said. Even so, he felt that the situation was "credibly handled," he said.
"Another thing, we had three different administrative assistants," Kermode said. Also, the resignation of several deans will "make things very interesting."