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GSC Meeting Minutes

At its July 1 general meeting, the Graduate Student Council heard reports from several officers. The leader for Orientationfunding announced that the GSCneeds a total of $23,000 from academic departments.

The GSChas spent $2,500 beyond its budget. New funding board money is being provided from the Provost. Funding for general meetings has been increased due to increased soda costs. In addition, funding was increased for the National Association of Graduate and Professional Schools. The Graduate Student News also received increased funding.

In addition, $6,000 was allocated for student group career events or for Orientation. The athletics, alcohol, constitution update, budget priorities, student advantage, and long range planning committees have ceased to exist, thus their funding is no longer needed.

The Academics, Research, and Careers committee was allocated $1,000 for general use, $1,500 for awards, $10,000 for a travel fund, and $15,000 for the career fair.

Orientation was allocated $30,000, although spending is projected at $32,000. Additional moneys would come from funding for career related events.

The Housing and Community Affairs Committee was allocated $1,000.

The reserve account will fund $4,000 for a computer and furniture in the GSCoffice.

Total allocations were $194,800, with $112,950 from the Graduate Education Office, $15,000 from Dean for Student Life Margaret R. Bates and theGraduate Education Office for Orientation, $27,000 from Activities Committee ticket sales, $35,000 from the Career Fair, $15,000 from departments, and $850 in interest income. The budget was approved.

The Graduate Student News will be published in early August along with an Orientation packet. Orientation packets would also be useful for new students inJanuary.

On August 23, the GSCwill sponsor a trip to Tanglewood for a concert. Cost is $25 and includes transportation, the concert, and a light brunch.

Career Fair volunteers are needed and should contact Philip Yoon at dreamer@mit.edu. The fair is tentatively scheduled for November; coordination is being planned to reduce the number of career fairs to four per year to make it easier for students and companies. Included would be a graduate student, an undergraduate, and an international student career fair.

Orientation volunteers are needed and should contact Julie Lively at jglively@mit.edu.

Members are needed for the Board of Governors and should contact Chris Garrett at garrett1@mit.edu.

The GSCwill hold its August meeting today at 5:30 p.m. in Walker Memorial, room 220.

source: GSCSecretary Melissa M. tata G