GSC December Meeting Highlights

On December 12, 2013 by Grad Forum

life_sciences_inside_thumbnailThe Graduate Student Council (GSC) met on the first Tuesday of December at 5:30 pm in room 200 of the Life Sciences Center for the last meeting of 2013!

The president’s report included a short discussion of the 2013 Ivy+ Summit, which was held this year at Columbia University in early November and attended by a few members of the GSC executive board, along with student leaders from the other Ivy League schools and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. During this weekend conference, our executive board members learned about student leadership at our peer institutions and brought back ideas on how to enhance graduate student life initiatives at Dartmouth.

A discussion item that was introduced during the meeting was whether or not to raise the student activity fee (currently $50). The increase in the number of student groups who seek GSC funding and the general increased costs associated with holding various events throughout the year were both brought up as reasons to consider raising the yearly fee. This issue will be further investigated when the GSC president speaks to the graduate dean.

Greater interest in student groups is a good sign of strong student life at Dartmouth. In fact, during the meeting two new clubs gained recognition: the Graduate Classical Piano Club (contact person, Justin Richardson from earth sciences), and STEPS—The Science, Technology, and Engineering Policy Society (contact person Erin Shoemaker from molecular and cellular biology).

The student life chair, Meg Menon, reported on an event held on November 15 called “‘Let’s Talk’: Graduate Student Diversity Wellness.” About 20 graduate students met in a small group setting to hear about the experiences of three of their peers. The event went very well and prompted a very rich discussion of student life on campus. Menon looks forward to having one every term.

Upcoming events include:

  • A Graduate Women in Science and Engineering (GWISE) pub night will be held Thursday, December 12 at Canoe Club starting at 8:00 pm. Part of the proceeds from drinks purchased that night will go toward the Girl Rising movement, so please plan on attending!
  • 5-on-5 intramural basketball will begin during winter term. Vice President Spencer Hatch encouraged everyone to participate. (He could not be in attendance at the meeting, but sent an entertaining video of himself on the roof of his childhood home in Utah.)
  • A toy drive will be held at Walmart. Contact Marie Onakomaiya for more information.
  • Mark your calendars for the Gender Inequality Symposium on January 23-24. Onakomaiya is also the contact person for this event.
  • The Winter Semi-Formal will be held on Saturday, February 1. The theme is still being considered.

The GSC would like to take the opportunity to thank Onakomaiya for all of the hard work she has done over the years; she will be taking a step back from participating for a period of time to write her thesis.

As always, if you are interested in seeing what the Graduate Student Council is all about, you are welcome to attend a meeting on the first Tuesday of the month at 5:30 pm, in the Life Sciences Center. The next meeting is January 7. If you need information regarding the meetings or have an interest or concern, please contact your department representative or President Lisa Jackson.

by Britney Tappen

photo by John Sherman

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