Graduate Council To Elect OfficersBy Ramy A. Arnaout
Editor in Chief
On April 2, the Graduate Student Council will elect a new president, vice president, and other officers. The deadline for candidacy is Monday.
As of yesterday evening, two students had been nominated for president and three for vice president; the positions of treasurer and secretary are uncontested.
Important issues facing the graduate student body range from the re-engineering of student services and tuition costs to parking and housing, said presidential candidate Andrew J. Rhomberg G.
In addressing these concerns, it will be important to get thorough representation of the student body and to bring the issues to students' attention, Rhomberg said. His goal is to make sure people don't overlook the issues that affect them, he said.
Rhomberg cited his experience as a GSCrepresentative and a dean search committee member and his involvement in graduate student activities as reasons for his interest in being president. The search committee is looking for a new associate dean of residence and campus activities.
Maria Ehsan G, the other candidate for president, could not be reached for comment. Both Rhomberg and Ehsan have also been nominated for vice president.
The other vice-presidential candidate, Constantine A. Morfopoulos G, plans to build on the current officers' work to ensure graduate student involvement in decisions that affect them. He cited graduates' involvement in the dean search as an example.
Morfopoulos is currently a departmental representative and has helped organize GSC events in the past. "I have a feeling for how things work," he said.
Candidates for secretary, treasurer unchallenged
"I have always believed that outside activities should play a role in student life, and I have been a part of a variety of student groups in my five years at MIT," said Eva Moy G, who is the sole candidate for secretary.
"I think the GSCdoes many good things in looking out for students, from lobbying the recent parking fee increases to actively participating in the selection of a new RCA dean to organizing winter skiing trips," Moy said.
Lawrence D. Barrett G, the candidate for treasurer, stressed the importance of student/faculty interaction for improving the graduate student experience. If elected, he would work at "getting the grad students out of the lab. I'd hope to be in a position to allocate funding for" events that would put graduate students more in touch with each other, he said.
The full graduate council is composed of these four officers, together with representatives from each degree-granting program and graduate student living group. Any student may run for office.
Unlike the undergraduate elections process, only students on the council can vote for GSCofficers. A student must have 20 students in his or her department or living group sign a petition to become a voting council member, Rhomberg said.