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GSC Meeting Minutes

At their Feb. 4 meeting, the Graduate Student Council met to hear reports from the GSC Funding Board and other committees.

The Funding Board meeting took place on Feb. 3. The Board awarded approximately $11,000 to about 30 student groups.

The Orientation Committee reported that a proposal to revamp the Graduate Orientation picnic has been submitted to Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Education Isaac M. Colbert.

Planning has also begun for the fourth annual Formal Ball, which will be held on the cruise ship Spirit of Boston this year.

The Housing and Community Affairs Committee announced new class ring prices for the spring semester, following three years of negotiations. Prices will now be similar to undergraduate ring prices.

The HCA Committee also started an initiative to investigate the benefits of the MIT credit union over commercial banks.

The Academics, Research, and Careers Committee reported a successful first Independent Activities Period Externship program. Also, the second application period of the Travel Grant program closed Friday, Feb. 6.

The GSC passed two resolutions at the meeting. The first resolution established an alcohol policy for the GSC. It states that "the GSC should not attempt to ban alcohol use for the members of the graduate community that are of legal drinking age. However, GSC events and policies should encourage responsibility while consuming alcohol." The second resolution encourages diversity at the graduate level.

A new resolution was offered, opposing the placement of graduate resident tutors in Fraternities, Sororities, and Independent Living Groups until the responsibilities of the position are more clearly defined. A vote on that resolution will take place at the next general meeting.

The text of all the resolutions is available at the GSC web site at http://www,

Nominations for next year's officers will open at the next Council meeting on March 4, 1998.

Source: GSC President Geoffrey J. Coram G