GSAC Newsletter: Correction to Post Election Drinks
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Spring Plenary Meeting Schedule

September 13th
October 18th
November 15th
December 6th

Meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 206 in the Casa Hispanica (612 West 116th Street). All are welcome!

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Social Science Senate


GSAC is accepting nominations for the Columbia University Social Science Graduate Student Senate Seat until November 15th.  The Senate is a University-wide legislature representing faculty, students, and other constituencies. It makes policy on a range of issues that affect the entire University or more than one school, including educational programs and priorities, the budget, academic freedom and tenure, and more. The Senate has 108 voting seats, with 24 reserved for students.  Find out more about the University Senate at

Please submit your nomination, which should include a short campaign statement of no more than 250 words, in the application located here: GSAS Student Senate Nomination Form

Contact GSAC President, Sarah Joseph with any questions.

Candidates must be able to:
·       Serve through the end of this academic year, though ideally for two academic years
·       Be in a Social Science Department (see below)
·       Communicate with the GSAC Steering Committee on University Senate updates and information on a monthly basis
·       Maintain good academic standing and demonstrate professional decorum as a GSAS student Senator

Columbia University Social Sciences: anthropology, economics, history, political science, sociology



Post Election Night at the Bar - The Gin Mill at the Speakeasy

Need to drink the election results away?

Join GSAC for our November Night at the Bar.
We will be in the Private Speakeasy.

For $5 you can get unlimited Well Bar Drinks.
Tickets will NOT be on sale at the door.
Ticket sales close at 7:00pm 11/10/16

Drinks include:
Well Open Bar, Bottled Beer, Draft Beer, Wine, Soda and Juice (Premium/Top-Shelf Liquors, Pitchers and Shots Not Included)

One guest allowed per Columbia Student.
Guest must be with Columbia student at entry.
Please have your Government (21+) ID and Student ID.


Post-Election Conversation and Reflection

When: Wed, Nov. 9, 5 to 7 pm

Where: Columbia Law School Case Lounge
Jerome Greene Hall, 7th Floor
435 W 116th St. (at Amsterdam Ave.

What: The Office of University Life invites you to stop by for informal post-election conversation and reflection. Light refreshments will be served.


When: NOVEMBER 16, 7PM

What: Exclusive chance to experience SLEEP NO MORE at an amazing price!

Sleep No More is the New York City production of a site-specific, interactive work of theatre created by British theatre company Punchdrunk, based on their original 2003 London incarnation (at the Beafoy Building), their Brookline, Massachusetts 2009 collaboration with Boston's American Repertory Theatre (at the Old Lincoln School), and William Shakespeare's Macbeth. The company reinvented Sleep No More as a co-production with Emursive, and began performances on March 7, 2011. Sleep No More won the 2011 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience and won Punchdrunk special citations at the 2011 Obie Awards for design and choreography.

Sleep No More adapts the story of Macbeth, deprived of all spoken dialogue and set primarily in a dimly-lit, 1930s-era establishment called the "McKittrick Hotel": the website of which claims it has been recently "restored" but is actually a block of warehouses in Manhattan, transformed into a hotel-like performance space. Sleep No More's presentational form is considered promenade theatre, in which the audience walks at their own pace through a variety of theatrically designed rooms, as well as environmental theatre, in which the physical location, rather than being a traditional playhouse, is an imitation of the actual setting.

Over a 50% discount with GSAC

Columbia Giving Day

The alumni association will be hosting a special student activity, a GIF Photobooth, at the Graduate Student Center's Seminar Room exclusively for graduate students. We will also be giving out Insomnia cookies for those who like to indulge in a delicious cookie. To volunteer for the GIF booth you can sign up here: Giving Day Sign-Up sheet.

Furthermore they are hosting a GSAS Giving Day Celebration and would like students to join in for happy hour specials and free appetizers just for GSAS students and alumni from 6:00-8:30 pm at The Hamilton bar located on Amsterdam and 110th.


GSAC Travel Grant Applications Now Open

Eligible graduate students may apply for individual travel grants (up to $500) to defray the costs associated with presenting their work at academic conferences and workshops. Conference registration fees, transportation (by the most economical means available), and lodging (excluding meals) may all be reimbursed. Travel grants will be awarded twice annually, with preference given to those who show demonstrated need based on an evaluation of the applications by the finance committee.

Applications and more details can be found on the GSAC webpage

Please e-mail the GSAC Finance Chair at finance.gsac [at] with questions.

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Getting involved with GSAC

If you would like to become involved with GSAC, please consider becoming a Department Representative. Department Representatives are a department’s voice on GSAC. They serve as voting members of the plenary (steering committee members are nonvoting), in addition to serving on committees where much of the policy and decisions are deliberated and GSAC’s plans are executed. Many GSAS departments do not currently have a representative. See here for a list of vacant positions.

Week of November 8th, 2016

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