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GSA takes measures to improve student life

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The Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) continues to serve the entire school community every day. Our department representatives and Executive Committee are some of the best and brightest students on this campus.

GSA members are proud of the fact that we are both the most visible and most vibrant piece of student government at Carnegie Mellon. Our school year began with an extensive involvement in Orientation. Every incoming graduate student had the opportunity to meet our executive members personally. GSA visited almost every department during Orientation in an effort to engage our new student population at the first opportunity. Orientation included Ice Cream Day, a great new initiative from our Social Committee, and a barbecue that had nearly 2,000 attendees.

We have spent a significant chunk of our capital reserve over the past two years on campus maps, new weights at Skibo, and a forthcoming sound system in the fitness room of the University Center. We recently extended the opportunity to offer suggestions for further uses of the funds to the entire grad student community. New (possibly covered) bike racks will be a reality on this campus in the near future. GSA pulled off another tremendously successful Beer Tasting event in December at Phipps Conservatory, and we are looking forward to our renowned Wine Tasting at the Aquarium in May. In the meantime, we will pull off events both large and small: ice skating is coming up on Feb. 17, the GSA-sponsored ski trip is on Feb. 26, and tickets to Carnegie Mellon’s own production of Sweeney Todd will be made available soon after skiing.

Finally, GSA has maintained an active role in campus affairs that cover both graduate and undergraduate issues. We worked closely with Computing Services to improve the wireless internet on campus after gathering information on dead zones from our student body. And club sports teams will begin to receive money to pay for coaches out of the Athletics Department budget instead of JFC, freeing up $60,000 for other student organizations.