For GSC Election, Weese Is Only Candidate So Far
By Gabriel Fouasnon
The elections for next year’s Graduate Student Council officers will take place tomorrow. Eric G. Weese G is running uncontested for GSC president, but so far there are no candidates for the other three offices — Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Nominations for those positions will come from the floor of the elections meeting.
Current GSC President Sylvain Bruni G, who is also filling the role of vice-president, said he knows several people who are interested in seeking nomination for the three vacant positions. Bruni said that since he was busy fulfilling the duties of both president and vice-president he did not have much time to recruit candidates.
All graduate students are permitted to attend the elections, and any graduate student attending the meeting can be nominated to a vacant position by two voting members of the GSC. Weese, following GSC tradition, will decline his nomination in order to make the position vacant and reopen the floor for more presidential nominations. Weese would then be re-nominated.
Unlike Undergraduate Association elections, for which all undergraduates can vote, only GSC representatives (who registered before March 1), committee chairs with the exception of editors of Graduate Student News, and current officers can vote in the GSC election. 48 people are eligible to vote.
Weese said he has been involved with the GSC since April 2005 when he was elected to co-chair the Housing and Community Affairs Committee.
In his candidate statement, dated March 22, Weese wrote that only 35 of 86 GSC representative positions were filled. Although the number of GSC representatives always falls short of the maximum, he considers this year’s number to be low. He said that as president, he would aim to fill at least 60 positions.
GSC representatives Megan J. Palmer G and Greg Fischer G declined to comment on the politics of the election.
The elections will take place in Room 4-163 beginning at 5 p.m. Preceding the meeting, a social will be held in the GSC office, 50-220, from 3 to 5 p.m. After the elections, a celebration will be held in the Muddy Charles Pub.
For more information, visit http://gsc.mit.edu/elections.