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Graduate Student Council Elects Geoffrey Coram as Next President

Long N. Phan--The Tech
Geoffrey J. Coram G

By David D. Hsu
Editor In Chief

The Graduate Student Council held elections Wednesday, unanimously electing Geoffrey J. Coram G president.

Michelle K. McDonough G was elected vice president in the only contested election this year, while Yanqing Du G was elected secretary and Veronique Bugnion G was elected treasurer.

McDonough and Du were nominated for positions at the meeting. Nominations for president and treasurer had closed last week.

Coram, a graduate student in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, wanted "to increase the number of people" in the GSC, he said.

Coram wanted to see more graduate students involved in short-term projects, and not just increase the attendance of graduate departmental representatives, he said.

Much of Coram's previous experience comes from his work with the GSC Housing and Community Affairs Committee, where he worked on the grocery shuttle, he said. He also helped tackle issues like parking fees and uncharacteristically high AT&T College and University Solutions phone rates.

McDonough beats out Bae

McDonough ran against Eugene Bae G for vice president in the sole contested election.

McDonough, a first-year graduate student in the master of city planning program, was a member of the Housing and Community Affairs committee.

As vice president, McDonough pledged to seek out the "highest level of participation of all departments," she said. People should get involved in the community, whether that community is Roxbury or MIT.

Increasing short-term membership was an "important goal to have with waning membership," McDonough said. Still, while any involvement is good, long-term commitment is still more effective.

Bae, a student in the Department of Nuclear Engineering, wanted the GSC to make "significant contributions to administrative issues," he said. This would include getting the GSC involved in search committees and graduate issues like parking and housing.

As vice president, Bae would also help communicate to graduate students what the administration does, he said.

McDonough and Bae both fielded questions from the graduates.

A few questions asked about the candidates' levels of commitment to the GSC.

Bae regretted that he did not know whether or not he would be at MIT for the spring semester but reaffirmed his commitment to the GSC, he said. "As long as you got me, I'm yours."

McDonough said she would be very committed to the job, although next year will be her last year at MIT.

After a secret ballot vote, McDonough was elected vice president.

Bugnion runs after Du elected

Du, an EECS graduate student, was nominated and unanimously elected for the uncontested position of secretary.

The responsibilities of secretary matched many of her interests, Du said. She has had experience in student government during her college years.

Du would also work to encourage more women and international students to join the GSC, she said.

Filling the secretary position was welcome news for the GSC, since Bugnion, the lone candidate for treasurer, had said she would withdraw her candidacy if no secretary had been elected.

Bugnion was worried that if there was no secretary, additional duties would fall on the remaining three officers. She was unanimously elected.

Bugnion was previously a representative to the GSC for the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences.

Seventeen of 29 voting GSC members were present at the meeting.