Get high on GLU
by Jenny Gerow
That was the message graduate students delivered at a press
conference and rally on the south end of the Lawn Monday.
The events were sponsored by GLU, the newly formed Graduate
Labor Union-Communication Workers of America, to inform the
community of its mission, which includes protecting and increasing
the excellence of scholarship, research and teaching at U.Va.
Faculty Senate reports on grad student
financial support is a core weakness
By Matt Kelly
focused on graduate student support at its April 23 meeting.
Senators presented reports on graduate student funding, dissertation-year
fellowships and a graduate and professional student center envisioned
as part of the South Lawn Project.
OConnell, who chaired the subcommittee on graduate student
funding, said financial support for grad students is a core weakness
of the University. Graduate students make a central contribution
to research and scholarship, and provide more services than they
use, he said.
is at a disadvantage in its competition with foreign and domestic
schools for grad students, especially factoring in out-of-state
tuition hikes, which apply to 65 percent of the graduate students,
graduate tuition and expanding stipend support would cost about
$10 million, OConnell said, an amount representing about
3 percent of the current academic operations budget. The report
recommended the University cover the cost of all tuition charges
for teaching and research assistants, as well as improving stipends.
The subcommittee recommended that in the short term, that money
come from undergraduate tuition and legislative appropriations,
with private fund-raising including making it the centerpiece
of the upcoming capital campaign as the long-range solution.
E. Davis of environmental sciences was nominated as
chair-elect, and Ellen Contini-Morava of anthropology
was nominated as secretary. No vote was necessary since
the seats were not contested.
to fill four seats on the executive committee were: Stephen
Wilson, Engineering; Richard Warner, drama; Anne
Monius, religious studies; J.H. Rip Verkerke,
Law; William Kehoe, Commerce; Scott Vandenberg, Medicine;
Daniel Hallahan, Curry School; and Pamela Kulbok,
will vote with a mail-in ballot. Officers terms start
on June 1.
Warner, chair of the subcommittee on a graduate and professional
students center, said while finances are the top concern of grad
students, they also need a place to gather on Grounds. They congregate
now informally on the second floor of Clemons Library and the
coffee shop in Alderman Library.
graduate student centers at Cornell and the University of Pennsylvania
as examples, the subcommittee report recommended the University
create an exclusive social and study space for graduate students
by the fall, and that a psermanent graduate and professional students
center be incorporated into the South Lawn Project.
office for the Graduate Student Council has already been set up
in Garrett Hall, Warner noted.
Senate also announced the awarding of 11 dissertation-year fellowships,
which include a $17,000 stipend, insurance and tuition. Subcommittee
chair Robert J. Davis, in announcing the fellowships, said there
were 60 applicants.
other business, the Senate unanimously recommended to the provost
a faculty discipline procedure, which includes requiring written
notice before suspension, lays out steps for seeking a meeting
with the dean, creates an opportunity for peer review of complaints
and outlines the process to be followed, as well as a grievance
and appeal process.
also unanimously approved a streamlined 30-year-old faculty grievance
procedure. James Clausen, who spearheaded the revision, added
a clause specifying that the faculty grievance committee could
mediate a dispute if both parties agreed in advance that they
would abide by the decision. This would prevent the committee
from spending a great deal of time mediating, only to have one
party balk at the decision.
Lyons, chair of the faculty grievance committee, called the revision
a vast improvement over the original document.
Council president Abby Fifer and Chris Husser, chair of Student
Councils technology committee, presented senators with a
proposal for on-line course evaluations, which Fifer said would
help students select the best, not the easiest, courses.
Under the proposed system, students would answer five to 10 questions
on an online form. The students said they are working with ITC
and assured faculty members that the data would be secure.
Faculty Senate chair Michael Smith of the department of politics
was given the gavel and the senators nominated an uncontested
slate of officers for the coming year.