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GSC Meeting Minutes

At its May 6 meeting the Graduate Student Council, several committee chairs and Institute committee representatives gave reports on the status of graduate student affairs.

The vice president said graduate students may still apply for spots on Institute committees until Friday, spaces will open until they are filled. Funds were also allocated to Inter-departmental Socials from the $8,000 grant from the Provost granted earlier this year.

The secretary reported that the GSCis looking for a new publications board editor of the Graduate Student News. Submissions are still being accepted for the May issue.

The treasurer of the GSCwill meet with representatives of the Undergraduate Association to the discuss the $300,000 allocation by the provost to student groups.

The representative to the Institute committee on Graduate School Policy reported on the possible upcoming approval of an evening MBAprogram at the Sloan School of Management.

The representative to the committee on transportation and parking said that starting this fall subsidized T passes will be available to all students who work or take classes off campus. In addition, there will be a shuttle from Westgate to the T station, Sloan, Kresge, E51 and East Lot. Parking in East Lot will be free after 3 pm.

The representative to the Task Force on Student Life and Learning said they are seeking new members for the committee's student advisory board.

The chair of the GSCcommittee on Academics Research and Careers said that the committee will discuss the use of money raised from last year's GSC career fair and the planning of the upcoming career fair. Ideas for next year's career fair can be submitted to gsc-careerfair@mit.edu.

The Activities Committee will sponsor a social on May 22. A trip to the Montreal Jazz Festival from July 10 to 12 has also been organized. Tickets will cost $75 for room and transportation and will go on sale May 12.

A change in the GSC constitution bylaws was unanimously passed to add the role of the ad hoc Extracurricular and Athletics Committee to the responsibilities of the Activities Committee.

The Housing and Community Affairs Committee reported that the Institute will provide a Worthington Place subsidy solely for first year graduate students that would be displaced by undergraduates in Tang Hall. Thirty-six 2-bedroom apartments will be offered at the Tang Hall rate of $400 per person per month. A summer co-chair for HCAC was also named.

The Orientation Committee reported that a proposal to change the orientation picnic to a barbeque dinner with a band is awaiting approval by President Charles M. Vest. A band selection meeting will be held May 18.

This was the last GSC meeting run by the 1997-1998 officers.

The GSCofficers for the 1998-1999 academic year are President Brian J. Schneider G, Vice-President Hans Jacob Feder G, Secretary Melissa M. Tata G, and Treasurer Carsten D. Hohnke G.

The next GSC meeting will be held Wednesday June 3.

SOURCE: GSCTreasurer Veronique Bugnion G