Category Archives: GSA news

News from the parent organization to PAGE known as the Graduate Student Association (GSA).

Voting on Increasing the YUGSA Student Levy Happening RIGHT NOW

This directly affects both the grad students of the Physics and Astronomy department in two ways: 1. your tutition, and 2, the amount and quality of beneficial programs/workshops/initiatives that are provided by the GSA directly to us. This INCLUDES our ability to run a ‘Monkey conference.’ If you would like to sign/vote on the issue please come to find Jesse in his office, or at the Pygmy Marmoset conference. All signatures needed by 4pm Friday October 25th, 2013.

Quote from the voting sheet:

Fellow Graduate Students,
Over the years, the York University Graduate Students’ Association (YUGSA) has undergone a few structural changes to better serve its membership. As those changes have resulted in increasing costs of running the YUGSA we are proposing the following referendum question to our membership. Some of the developments that have taken place over the past few years include: a) the size of our membership has increased therefore the costs of providing services has also increased (while the levy amount has remained the same over the years); b) annual increases to staff wages and benefits; c) there has been an increasing demand from graduate students to reopen the grad lounge since its closure last summer; d) ongoing deficit at the end of fiscal year resulting in cuts to services and bursaries. Our aim is to strengthen the YUGSA and reverse the weakening financial situation. We plan to restore the conference, international student, and dependent bursaries, donations and community outreach support funds, thesis and publication support funds, and gender, equity, social, and campaigns funds. And finally, we will aim to increase the Operating Grant Fund by at least 10% to departmental GSAs. Be it resolved that YUGSA will put forward the following referendum question to graduate students:

Do you support a one-time increase of $10 for Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) students, prorated for part-time students, to the annual YUGSA levy, indexed to the Consumer Price Index (CPI)?

Grad Cafe is looking for a name

Please see message below from Brandon Moores, the Management Board Chair of the York University Graduate Student Association. Feel free to send any questions/suggestions his way.

Hi everyone,

       As most of you already know, we are currently on track to have the former Grad Cafe (Ross S167) opened as a space for study and socializing in the near future (there will be a coffee machine and electric kettle for tea, but no more cafe business).  We want to open it with a new name, and that is where you come in!  Please spend a minute or two thinking of a name that you’d like to see attached to the former Cafe and send it on to us.  We’ll bring the best of the submissions to Council to let them choose, and the person who submits the winning entry will be presented with a commemorative (but also edible) prize at the former Cafe’s grand opening event (exact nature TBD after we inquire into any dietary restrictions).  Suggestions should be sent to no later than April 17, 2013.  Looking forward to hearing from you!
-Brandon Moores

Grad Space Tea & Coffee Party

The Grad Lounge was closed last year due to funding issues, however the Graduate Student Association is still interested in using the space. To that end they are having a one-time re-opening of the Grad Lounge on Thursday 21 March 2013 from 1:30pm-5:00pm. The GSA will be serving free tea and coffee (the espresso machine should be up and running!), and there will be pastries and snacks available. The YUGSA Management Board is encouraging all grad students York wide to drop in; this will be a great chance to interact with the people who run the GSA, chat with the grad students running for the positions on the executive of GSA, and chat about where the Grad Lounge is going.

Where: Old Grad Lounge & Cafe, room Ross
When: Thursday, 21 March 2013
Time: 1:30pm – 5:00pm

Contact: If you have questions, contact Brandon Moores, the Management Board Chair. See the GSA exec website.