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Bruni Assumes Role of GSC President

By Jenny Zhang

Following Emilie F. Slaby G’s resignation last week from the position of Graduate Student Council president, Sylvain Bruni G has assumed her duties in addition to his existing ones as GSC vice president. Bruni will occupy both positions until the 2006–2007 GSC officers are elected and take office in May, in accordance with normal procedure.

Bruni indicated GSC activities, such as the publication of the Graduate Student News, graduate student ring ceremony, and joint party with Harvard, would continue as usual under his leadership.

Slaby said she will be putting focus on her thesis, and has stepped back to let the GSC proceed on its own. “I think I’ve had a great two years of involvement” and “wish them the best,” she said.

As for his increased responsibilities, Bruni joked that his advisor was unhappy.

While the major GSC focus in recent weeks has been the level of transparency and student input with respect to plans to close Ashdown House and build a new graduate dormitory next to the Sidney Pacific graduate residence, the GSC has taken on other initiatives as well. Bruni said the GSC is advocating enhancement of graduate committees, and encouraging people to apply and participate.

Reflecting on his experiences working with Slaby, Bruni said, “all GSC officers are thankful to Emilie” for her months and years of services. The GSC has “a lot of really dedicated people” and works to make sure students “do not lose [their] voice on committees.”

Slaby said she was especially proud of the Hurricane Katrina funding board, and feels that the biggest issues the GSC faces are diversity and the new graduate student residence. Reflecting on the past year with the GSC, Slaby said, “I think this was a growth year for everyone involved,” as many members were new, but that the organization has become more efficient.