GSC Meeting Minutes
At its March 4 meeting, the Graduate Student Council met to hear reports from several committees.
The Visiting Committee of the Corporation investigating the Office of the Dean of Students and Undergraduate Education was surprised to learn that that office does not do more to help the GSC organize the fall orientation for incoming graduate students. The GSC president also took the opportunity to raise the issue that no waiver for graduate student groups has been included in the draft of the new Institute alcohol policy.
The GSC was allocated $8,000 of the $40,000 newly awarded by the Provost's office to promote the activities of student groups on campus. The GSC will use this opportunity to promote cross-departmental contacts by subsidizing social events organized jointly by several departments.
The GSC objected to not having been consulted in the special allocation of the Provost's $40,000 and will raise this point with the Provost. The GSC is however appreciative of this extra source of funding and of the Undergraduate Association's efforts in obtaining it.
Graduate student groups will be allowed to submit proposals to use the $8,000 for capital expenses, which are not covered by the normal funding process.
The Activities Committee announced that the tickets for the Formal Ball on the Sprit of Boston will go on sale on March 9th.
The Housing and Community Affairs Committee reported that the MIT Credit Union offers services superior to those of the local commercial banks. At present, graduate students are not allowed to join the Credit Union, but this may change in the near future. The committee also announced that the Graduate Resident Tutor resolution has been abandoned.
The Academics, Research and Careers Committee reported that the externship program co-organized by the GSC and the Alumni Office which took place in Washington DC during IAP received generally positive comments from the students who participated.
The ARCC also announced that the GSC will award four of the Institute awards: the graduate teaching award and the Perkins, the Horton, and Sizer awards. Nominations are due by March 20 and nomination forms are available on the web.
The Extracurricular and Athletics Committee wants to promote intramural sports in the graduate student population and is asking for volunteers to help coordinate the teams.
The nomination process to elect next year's GSC officers was initiated at the meeting and will close on April 1. It will re-open on election day if some positions have not been filled.
Any graduate student can nominate himself or be nominated by the president by sending mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eugene Bae G is considering a nomination for GSC president; Yong T. Yoon G accepted a nomination for GSC president. Hans J. S. Feder G and Terence P. Fan G accepted nominations for GSC vice-president. Melissa M. Tata G accepted a nomination for secretary.
Source: GSC Treasurer Veronique Bugnion G