Saturday, November 18, 2006

News Updates

Nerds apologize for their long absence. Their life sometimes does include things other than GSOC. They will try not to let it happen again.

So on for some news updates:

More details on the House of Delegates are available. Among the more objectionable:
--While seats are partitioned among NYU's graduate schools, GSAS will be limited to a maximum of 26 to ensure that it can not be a majority. While law school and medical school students are not part of the electorate, MD/PhD students at Sackler are included, though they do not work for their fellowship money at any time while in graduate school.
--The HoD will not have any binding power, only an advisory role.
--Calls from the existing Graduate Student Council for the electorate to vote on the structure prior to electing members have gone ignored, while Sexton calls this body "pioneering."
--There are few safeguards to protect against vote tampering.

At least the national and NY state elections were good. Nerds know that a Democratic Congress and a Democratic NY governor will provide more political pressure on Sexton and the NYU administration to negotiate with GSOC.

Other news about the bad behavior of NYU:
--Work-study students are having their hours cut, limiting their ability to pay their tuition. The next battleground after graduate employee unionization? Unionization for undergraduate workers. (Readers should note that apparently work-study students are prohibited from talking to the Washington Square News. Now that is a repressive work regime, and it just shows how NYU treats its workers when they don't have union protection).

--NYU owns 9.3 million square feet of real estate (60 buildings) in NYC, of which 25 buildings were purchased since the 1980s--and these numbers do not include the medical and dental schools. All this NYU real estate is tax-free, depriving the city of needed money, and yet it still does not relieve the pressure of gentrification caused by students renting area apartments.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Once again, this blog presents its authors' interpretations as fact. It is disappointing and a little frightening that graduate students who are supposed to be teaching undergraduates analytical thinking skills so shamelessly manipulate their data set.

1. President Sextion's evaluation of the group as pioneering is a completely different category of information. it has been included here to skew the reader's perspective.

2. the 26 seats allotted to GSAS is a temporary aspect of the house of delegates. elected delegates may redraw the representative arrangement however they see fit.

3. There are, in fact, many levels of insurance against voter fraud and vote tampering. The final votes and tallies will be publicized along with the counting procedures.

11/19/2006 9:39 AM  
Blogger Bread and Roses said...

What do you mean, "completely different category of information"? It is in fact a quote from the WSN article...seems like the same category of information.

No one claimed it wasn't temporary. It is still deliberate underrepresentation which means that the HOD is not based on the democratic principle of one person, one vote.

And finally, we vote with our net-IDs. How secure can that possibly be, even if the vote counts are done properly? I know the netids of at least half the people in my department as well as many people outside it. A properly secure vote would require you to vote through NYU home AT LEAST.

11/19/2006 1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the GA is f*cked up. Calling it democratic is a bit like the coup leaders in Thailand calling themselves 'constitutionalists'! But in any case, does anyone think that GSOC is not going to pwn the GA? Is there any other organization that can actually organize people and get out the vote? I predict the administration is going to be Roved over. How many Nerd assemblers will there be I wonder....

11/20/2006 8:18 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And finally, we vote with our net-IDs. How secure can that possibly be, even if the vote counts are done properly? I know the netids of at least half the people in my department as well as many people outside it. A properly secure vote would require you to vote through NYU home AT LEAST.


Oh yes, well the GSOC strike vote last November was so much more proper, wasn't it? We never did find out how many GSOC members actually voted... let alone how many voted to strike.

11/25/2006 8:52 PM  

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