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Vassar St. Dorm Building Starts Vassar Street has become a busier place lately due to the beginning of construction of the new undergraduate dormitory.

Jeffrey C. Roberts ’02, Dormcon President and a member of the Founder’s Group, a committee formed to facilitate the creation of the living community in the new undergraduate residence, said that “the new dorm is on schedule to be completed by fall 2002.”

“The site has already been cleared,” said Roberts, “and excavation will be taking place for the next month along with digging and placing some of the preliminary foundation.”

There will be a ceremonial groundbreaking in early December, which Roberts hopes will “get student interested in this new part of the community.”

Roberts said that the Founder’s Group is still looking into a few issues concerning the new dorm and how it will fit into the campus community. One the main aspects of the dorm that concerns the Founder’s Group is “getting people to recognize the new dorm as a part of the campus,” said Roberts, “even though its location will be apart from most other dorms.”

The Founder’s Group is also working on easing the transition of the new building and trying to get people who are currently freshmen and sophomores to move in once the dorm is complete.

“Hopefully we can sell people on the new dorm by presenting it as something completely new,” Roberts said. “We are not trying to make a copy of any existing dorm.”

“We want people to move in who want to see something different in residential life. This will be a new type of community that the new residents will be able to define.”

-- Melissa Cain

GSC Receives Two Awards

The Graduate Student Council received two major awards this past weekend at a national conference of graduate student governments.

The National Association of Graduate-Professional Students honored the GSC for helping to organize the Career Fair and for advocating affordable housing for graduate students.

This year, one award went to the MIT Career Fair, a joint initiative of the GSC, the Society of Women Engineers, and the Class of 2001, for the employment opportunities it presented to graduate students. Another went to the GSC’s “affordable housing initiatives,” for the GSC’s persistence and its constant involvement with the design of the new graduate student dormitories.

NAGPS also honored the GSC by inviting its members to deliver a presentation on “the deficiencies at MIT, and the disequilibrium of grad student programs when compared to undergrads,” said GSC President Soulaymane Kachani G.

Additionally, two GSC officers were elected to NAGPS positions at the national level, and two were elected as state coordinators.

“MIT has started to be very active [in NAGPS] just this year,” Kachani added. He hopes that this national recognition “will give us more legitimacy with the senior administration.”

-- Jennifer Krishnan