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GSS Convenes Open Forum on 6.5% Family Housing Rent Increase; Housing Director Responds

This afternoon, approximately 25 graduate students convened in the Campus Center with members of the university administration to discuss plans for a 6.5% Family Housing rent increase in FY 2012. Eddie Hull, Executive Director of Housing and Residence Life and Liz Brown, Assistant Director of Housing Services for Finance were present. According to Hull, the … Continue reading

Free Events This Week: April 25-April 30

Monday April 25 Dinner on Us: Workshops for Families with Young Children: “Introduction to Ayurveda Medicine: A Traditional Approach to Family Wellness”; 5:30-7:30, Student Union Reception for “Springfield Intersected: Student Photography”; 5pm-6:30pm, University Museum of Contemporary Art China, Tibet, and the Human Rights Debate: Why the Dalai Lama and China Can’t Find Common Ground”: A … Continue reading

GSS Soccer Tournament and Family BBQ Rescheduled: Saturday April 30 11am-3pm

GSS is hosting its annual Soccer Tournament and Family BBQ on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at Mill River Park in Amherst. “The event promises to be an exciting and fun event for everyone involved,” GSS President Wenbo Shao said when asked for comment. “We look forward to seeing you all there!” … Continue reading

Dear Addy: I’m in Love with My Closest Friend

Dear Addy: I am completely, totally, head-over-heels in love with one of my closest friends, a fellow graduate student at UMass. I have known her for several years and I know we are perfect for one another, two hearts beating as one. I want to marry her and spend the rest of my life with … Continue reading

Free Events This Week: April 19-April 23

Tuesday April 19 Josep N. Santaeulalia Talk: Catalan Culture (in Spanish and Catalan, with possible translation): 12pm-2pm, Herter 301 Tuesday STEM Talk: “A Shared Vision for Learning“: 4pm, Hasbrouck 138 Lecture: “Down Syndrome and the Right to Be Born” (Sponsored by UMass Students for Life): 5pm, CC 101 GWN Yoga Group: 5:30-7pm, CC 904-908 Evenings at the … Continue reading

GSS Election Results

The votes have been counted, and results for the Graduate Student Senate (GSS) elections are in. The GSS Executive Committee for the 2011-2012 academic year are as follows: President: Hongmei Sun (Department of Comparative Literature) Vice President: Garth Schwellenbach (Department of Architecture) Treasurer: Robin Anderson (Department of Communication) In the coming year, President-elect Sun plans … Continue reading

Free Events This Week: April 11-April 15

Monday April 11: “Through the Other Side of the Magnifying Glass: Ritual Landscape of Teotihuaca,” A Lecture by Peter Jiminez Betts, Campus Center 1001, 3:30pm. “MFA Thesis Quest,” Opening Exhibit, Steve Snell, Herter Art Gallery, 4pm-6pm. “AHEYM: Archives of Historical and Ethnographic Jewish Memories,” A Documentary. Smith College Campus Center Carroll Room, 4:30pm-6pm. “Dinner on … Continue reading


At noon on April 8, 2011, the Executive Committee of the Graduate Student Senate issued the following announcement: This is to inform the graduate student community that GSS Vice President Changqin Xia has been recalled due to substantial failure to perform his duties. This process was initiated by the GSS Executive Committee and the recall … Continue reading

GSS Executive Candidates Issue Statements

In anticipation of this week’s GSS Elections for the 2011-2012 term, please find candidate statements of those running for President, Vice President, and Treasurer below. HONGMEI SUN, Candidate for President My name is Hongmei Sun, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. As the GSS Graduate Women’s Network Coordinator for … Continue reading

Free Events This Week: April 4-April 8

REMINDER: GSS ELECTIONS: APRIL 6, 2011 at 5pm- April 8, 2011 at 5pm More Information Available At: Monday April 4: Master Class with Anu Komsi, internationally known Finnish soprano, 12:30-2:30, Bezanson Recital Hall EWC Meditation Series, 4:00pm-5:00pm, New Africa House 203 “Buddhism and Gender Identity” a talk by Karma Lekshe Tsomo, 4:30 pm, Smith … Continue reading