Wednesday, December 13, 2006

House of Delegates Results

So here we are, the results of the House of Delegates elections. The election results are actually far to long to post in the blog, as there are 50 Delegates. However, the key thing is that GSOC candidates won 37 of 50 seats, including all four at-large seats, all 26 seats in GSAS, the one seat in the institute of fine arts, and seats in Steinhardt School of Education, the Courant Institute of Mathematics, and Tisch School of the Arts. Among the seats that we did not win were those for which we did not have candidates--the dental school, the public service school, and the M.D./Ph.D. program. In none of these three schools did any candidate earn even 10 votes--showing that not only did GSOC dominate the polls, GSOC members are the ones who actually care about making this university a better place.


Anonymous James said...

Congratulations! Is the first order of business for the House of Delegates to pass a resolution declaring it's own inadequacy and calling on the administration to recognize GSOC?

12/13/2006 11:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey, if you want to do something useful, vote for Michael Berube in these Web Blog polls. He supported the GSOC strike on his blog, and now is your turn to support him.

Please make a valiant effort, as the Christian Home School Spunkies are closing in on his hard-won lead!

12/14/2006 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12/14/2006 12:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

correction: "results are "too long"

second correction: being elected does not mean the GSOCers are the only ones who care about making this university better. this is a misleading and blatantly false conclusion. Furthermore, all GSOCers have really done is show they care about the GSOC-UAW, if they really care about improving conditions for graduate students and improving their university, they will make affiliating with the union secondary to securing immediate improvements for graduate students.

let's be honest, the university administration is not going to welcome the GSOC-UAW back with open arms any time soon. But, should the newly elected delegates use their power wisely they CAN achieve these things over the next few months:

1. a doubling of the child care subsidy.

2. increased stipends.

3. restructuring of health care benefits to cover 90-95% of pregnancy.

4. security deposit/first month rent loan program similar to the computer loan program (no interest, a semester or year to pay the university back).

5. Increased loans/grants/fellowships to pay for summer study: currently, no members of GSAS receive regular pay during the months of may through august.

the HoD conference committee has the power to request these things. The administration WILL give them. If, however, any negotation is contingent upon the union issue, nothing will get done. sound and fury; shock and awe; no results. no improvements.

12/14/2006 7:40 AM  
Anonymous Melocoton said...

I almost choked on my oatmeal when I read Anon #3's wish list of things that s/he thinks NYU is just itching to "give" us, and then I fell on the floor laughing at the assurance that the "HoD...has the power to request these things." Has the power to "request" things? That's no power of any kind! The only way we GAs have EVER gotten improvements here at NYU is by fighting for them; anyone who claims otherwise is deluding themselves.

As Nerds point out, the only people (with maybe a couple dozen exceptions) who voted in this election were those who voted pro-union, against the very legitimacy of this HOD. That should tell people something about the way most grad. students themselves view their own situation.

12/14/2006 8:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

this very naive antiestablishment stance is counterproductive for the greater number of graduate students who did not care to vote.

it is in the interest of the university administration (economically and otherwise) that the graduate students whom they fund go on to do well; should their funding packages prevent future success, they would be fools not to adjust them.

take the five points above, ask the administration for them; they will make these changes. If they don't, I'll put on one of those tired GSOC buttons.

12/14/2006 9:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

To Anon.:

1.) They are fools. Did you see Sexton on Comedy Central the other day? He's an imbecile.

2.) If you had any sense of history, you would know that it was not until unionization in 2001 that NYU students got the financial package they now have; shortly thereafter, Yale and Columbia felt forced to follow suit with similar packages. The economic interest of the university is to compensate its employees as little as it reasonably can, while remaining competitive for grad. students with its peer institutions. I don't see Yale and Columbia giving away child care and rent checks; there's nothing compelling them to.

3.) I personally don't know how many grad students voted (neither do you, i don't think); I know many hundreds did, and of these only one or two dozen of them voted your way, against the GSOC ticket. I also know a majority of grad students have voted for the union several times. Yet you still claim that your position (supported by a dozen votes) is the reasonable one. It seems that you think you know what's best for us, better than several hundred of your "naive" colleagues. What gives you this penetrating vanguard wisdom? Share your secrets with us hoi-polloi.

12/14/2006 4:55 PM  
Anonymous Joel Schlemowitz said...

Congratulations GSOC! We -- the opposition to a dictatorial President -- took back Congress in November. Now it's happened again at NYU!

12/17/2006 10:05 AM  

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