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GSC Names Schneider President in Elections


T. Luke Young--The Tech
Brian J. Schneider G

By Naveen Sunkavally
Associate Opinion Editor

The Graduate Student Council elected Brian J. Schneider G as its president for the next year.

Schneider, a third-year representative from the Department of Biology and co-chair of the activities committee was elected to his post on Wednesday. He will officially replace out-going President Geoffrey J. Coram G at the GSC's May 6 meeting.

In the vice-presidential race, Hans Jacob Feder G prevailed, while Melissa M. Tata G and Carsten D. Hohnke G won uncontested elections for the positions of secretary and treasurer, respectively.

Candidates stress visibility

All three candidates for president said that the biggest problem facing the GSC was its representation within the broader Institute and the lack of a united voice calling for change on behalf of graduate students.

"The administration has to remember graduate students are on campus," Schneider said. "Graduate students have needs too."

Schneider lamented the level of graduate student activities funding and said he would work to obtain a substantial portion of the recent grant of $300,000 made to student activities by Provost Joel Moses PhD '67.

Yong T. Yoon G, the Ashdown House representative to the GSC and another presidential candidate, also stressed the need for more representation, noting that representatives from the GSC only represent 10 percent of the graduate student body. Yoon said the GSC should give students "causes and reasons to pitch in."

The third presidential candidate, Samad Soomro G, who currently currently attends the Sloan School of Management, said that his two years of experience as a management consultant in New York gave him the experience needed to solve the GSC's problems with representation.

Soomro said that he intentionally did not want to get involved in the GSC until just before elections in order to maintain "a fresh perspective" and prevent himself from being "blinded by habit." He said that he would use his experience to review "the organizational structures of the GSC."

Feder, a major in mechanical engineering and past MIT representative of College Students Abroad, said that he planned to work on the MIT dental plan, collaborate more with the GSCs from other colleges, and create a publicity board.

On a similar note, Tata spoke about reviving the GSC's publicity committee and getting first year graduate students involved. Hohnke spoke about the need for graduate student activities to receive an "equitable portion of funding."

Coram reviews time in office

Coram said that the GSC had done a great deal in the past year, and expressed his hope that the GSC would continue to be a visible presence on campus. Under his presidency, Coram said that the GSC helped negotiated a lowering in AT&T College and University Services phone rates, saw ring prices drastically lowered, increased the level of involvement among representatives, and used the proceeds from the Career Fair to fund the Travel Grant Program and the Graduate Student Externship Program.

In the next year, Coram said he would like to see the GSC work on "the revamping of graduate orientation," and acquiring "a fair share of funding." He said that he wanted the GSC make sure that it "stays involved in all discussions."