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GSC Played Crucial Role In Parking Changes

GSCPlayed Crucial Role In Parking Changes

I was very disappointed by the article "Parking Fee Increase Delayed for Residents" in last Friday's issue [February 9]. There was no mention of the Graduate Student Council's work in obtaining this settlement with the administration. While the Planning Office (Senior Planning Officer Lydia S. Snover in particular) was helpful in listening to the concerns of the graduate students, I seriously doubt that they would have decided to delay the implementation of the parking fee increase without the prodding of the GSC's Housing and Community Affairs committee (HCA). This, however, is exactly what the article seems to imply.

Last semester, coordinators in the graduate residences collected over 300 signatures on petitions against the increase. HCA coordinated a survey asking for residents' reactions to the increase, and received 286 responses in less than a week. We hosted an open meeting for students to discuss the issue with three members of the administration. We pressed for the formation of the Ad Hoc Committee on Residential Parking. Andjelka Kelic G and John P. Mellor G are the two graduate student representatives on the committee, and they have spent a considerable amount of time working on this issue. (They continue to work on the question of whether the $300 fee is appropriate, postponed or not.) Yet there is no mention of any of these contributions in the article.

The Tech has done a great disservice to the GSC, HCA, and all those on the Ad Hoc Committee. I hope that in the future you will endeavor to acknowledge more of the work done on behalf of all students by these organizations.

Geoffrey Coram G

Co-chair, Graduate Student Council Housing and Community Affairs Committee