Morfopolous Elected GSC President; Plans to Lobby for Graduate HousingBy David D. Hsu
The Graduate Student Council elected Constantine A. Morfopoulos G as president on Tuesday in its only contested election this year.
Maria Ehsan G was elected vice president, while Eva Moy G and Lawrence D. Barrett G were elected secretary and treasurer, respectively.
In the presidential election, Morfopoulos ran against Andrew Rhomberg G. Both candidates gave five minute speeches followed by questions from the council.
Rhomberg viewed representation as an important part of the GSC. There needs to be a "broader contribution from students in activities and decisions," he said.
Morfopoulos plans to increase participation in the GSC and improve graduate student quality of life.
"The mission of GSC is to improve graduate student quality of life," Morfopoulos said. As president, he would be committed to that purpose.
Housing is one of the issues important to graduate students, Morfopoulos said. "The GSC should lobby and fight to keep graduate student housing on campus," he said.
Morfopoulos hopes to continue the GSC's good working relationship with the administration, he said. That way, in a "crisis situation," the GSC can easily approach the deans, he said.
As a way to "get people out of their labs," Morfopoulos would sponsor workshops with graduate department representatives, he said. In this way, the GSC can better understand student concerns and enhance graduate cooperation.
In order to service graduates, the GSC could create a World-Wide Web page that would consolidate events of interests to graduate students, Morfopoulos said.
Morfopoulos has served as a GSCrepresentative of the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and chair of the social committee for Ashdown House.
More representation desired
Ehsan, the vice presidential candidate, did not attend the GSC election meeting because of a last-minute job interview.
According to her statement of purpose, Ehsan "will work hard to ensure that more departments are represented at GSC meetings and that more students are informed of our activities."
"Many students are not aware of programs like Safe Ride and the Grocery Shuttle that GSC members have worked so hard to implement," her statement said.
Ehsan would also work on the re-engineering effort and improving dining services.
A student in the Sloan School of Management, Ehsan had worked for President Bill Clinton's first presidential campaign. She then went on to work on a number of tasks for the Clinton administration.
As editor or former editor of several publications, Moy has gained a strong knowledge about deans, departments, and the Institute in general, she said.
Although she has not been that involved in the GSC, Moy said she could provide a fresh outlook.
As secretary, Moy would like to issue formal press releases both to state the GSC's position on issues and reduce the chance of being misquoted in The Tech, she said. Moy would also work on the the GSC newsletter, use electronic mail to improve communication, and help maintain the GSCweb site.
As an undergraduate, Moy, a student in Mechanical Engineering, had been Editor in Chief of The Tech and the Course Evaluation Guide.
As treasurer, Barrett would fund initiatives that try to increase faculty-student interactions, he said. Barrett has been active in GSC intramural sports and would like to continue its funding.
Barrett is a student inMechanical Engineering and spent his undergraduate years at Pennsylvania State University.
Voting procedure questioned
There were several procedural motions during the elections.
The council spent several minutes discussing whether or not the students can comment about the presidential candidate after they left the room. The GSC eventually voted to allow comments about the candidates.
The Council also vote to allow Ehsan's absentee ballot and to decide the uncontested elections by a show of hands. Thirteen voting members of the GSC were in attendance for the elections.