Elections

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Officer Positions

Four Constitutional Officers (duties in Article I of the Bylaws) were elected at the April General Council Meeting.

  • President
    • Arolyn Conwill (6th year Ph.D., Physics)
  • Vice-President
    • Angie Crews (1st year Ph.D., AeroAstro)
  • Secretary
    • Orpheus (Alkiviadis) Chatzivasileiou (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering)
  • Treasurer
    • Lisa Guay (3rd year Ph.D., Chemical Engineering)

Committee Elections

Committee Chairs (duties in Article II of the Bylaws):

  • Academics, Research & Careers (2 co-chairs): April 20, 6:30 PM in 50-220 (info here)
  • Housing & Community Affairs (2 co-chairs): Ryan Gillis (Ph.D., Chemical Engineering) and ONE OPEN POSITION
  • Orientation (2 co-chairs): April 21, 5:30 PM in 50-220
  • Activities (2 co-chairs): April 20, 5:30 PM in 50-220
  • Muddy Charles Pub Board (1 chair): Zsigmond Varga (2nd year Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering)
  • External Affairs Board (1 chair): Daniel Curtis (4th year Ph.D., Nuclear Science and Engineering)
  • Association of Student Activities (joint with UA; 1 chair): Nichole Clark (Undergrad)

The Executive Committee (Excomm) consists of all officers and committee chairs.

GSC Election Timeline

Officer Elections

  • Nominations open: March 2, 2016
  • Nominations close: March 30, 2016
  • Meet the Officer Candidates Event – March 30, 2016, 2:30-5:00pm in 50-220
  • Nominations re-open for positions with no nominations: April 6, 2016, 5:30 PM (start of the April GCM)
  • Officer elections: April 6, 2016 (at the April GCM, 5:30 PM, 3-133)
  • Terms begin: May 4, 2016 (at the May GCM, 5:30 PM, 3-133)

GSC Election Procedures

The following are relevant excerpts from the MIT GSC Constitution and by-laws regarding Officer election procedures.

The officers shall be nominated and elected by the Council at its April meeting. They shall assume office at the May meeting. An officer may be impeached by any three members of the Council, and the officer may be removed by a 2/3 vote of the members of the Council.

Nominations for officer positions will open at the March meeting and will remain open until one week before the elections. A nomination consists of a nomination vote by a Council member and a second by another Council member. Both the nomination and the second may be carried out orally at the meeting or as signed statements at any other time the nominations are open.

A sliding ballot will be maintained throughout the elections, which will be carried out in the order of President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Any unsuccessful candidate may run for one of the remaining positions without any further nomination procedure.

In the event that no one is nominated for a position at the time the nominations close, the nominations will reopen during the April meeting prior to the elections.

All candidates shall prepare a statement of purpose within two days of their nomination which will be posted at the GSC office. The Council will sponsor an informal coffee hour on the day the nominations close during which graduate students will have the chance to meet the candidates and ask any relevant questions. Statement of Purpose Example

All candidates for a position will give a speech of no more than five minutes.

The Council will have the chance to ask questions of the candidates. All questions will be addressed to all the candidates and will be answered in the following order: the first question will be answered first by the first candidate, second by the second candidate, etc.; the second question will be answered first by the second candidate, second by the third candidate, etc., and the first candidate will answer this question last.

The candidates will be asked to leave the room and closed-ballot voting will take place. Voters will be asked to list the candidates in order of preference and the votes will be counted using the full preferential method.

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