GSAC Newsletter: Benjamin Clementine tickets still available! Humanities Senate Election, GSAC& EGSC Poker Tournament, The Book of Mormon and more!
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Plenary Meeting Schedule

Plenary TOMORROW April 4th!

January 17
February 14
March 7
April 4
May 2

Meetings will be held from 6:30-8:30 pm in Room 201 in the Casa Hispanica (612 West 116th Street). All are welcome!

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Tickets Still Available for Benjamin Clementine
Benjamin Clementine  - Carnegie Hall
April 13 Buy tickets
GSAC & EGSC Annual Poker Tournament - FREE

When: 5 April 2017 - 7:30-10pm

Where: 750 CEPSR - 530 W 120th St, Engineering Building

What: Join EGSC and GSAC in their annual Poker tournament! Play for a chance to win a $100, $50, $25 Gift card. Style of Play: Texas Hold’em. We are still looking for a Dealer, so if you want to receive a $25 gift card, please volunteer to be a dealer! Snacks and beverages provided. Check out the Flier on the Facebook event for complete details.

GSAC: The Book of Mormon - On Broadway

When: 3 May 2017 - 7pm

Where: Eugene O’Neill Theatre - 230 West 49th Street

What: We will be offering Tickets to the Broadway Production of The Book of Mormon. Tickets will go on sale in April on Eventbrite. The cost for students is $45. Students must present their Student ID when they pick up their Tickets outside the theatre. Tickets can be picked up before the show between 6:30-6:50pm outside The Eugene O'Neill Theatre (directions will be sent closer to the day of the event). Failure to show up during this time will forfeit your ticket. Tickets are only available to students. Students must present their student ID when they pick up their tickets. Check out our Facebook Event.

Tickets will go on sale April 5th at Noon on Eventbrite. All sales are final. If you do not get a ticket, email to be put on the waiting list.

GSAC: The Parlour Summer Party

When: 12 May 2016 - 8-11pm

Where: The Parlour - 250 W 86th Street

What: Event will take place at The Parlour in the upstairs Living Room. Tickets will go on Sale in April. Event includes: unlimited Beer, Wine, Soda and Juice for 3 Hrs, Chips and dip served all night, $5 special drinks served for the duration, Music played all night, Hot Appetizers to be served, (Top-Shelf Liquors, pitchers and shots - not included). Names will be checked when you arrive and you will receive a wristband. Please bring your School ID and a Government ID (21+). Guests are invited to come, but students can not buy them a ticket - guests can pay for their own drinks at the bar.  Also PLEASE bring Cash to Tip our Bartenders! If you want to attend for Free email to volunteer for part of the event.

Tickets will go on sale in the upcoming weeks.

Expanded Quotation

Join GSAC at this wonderful conference organized by our very own Sophie Schweiger and Xan Holt.

There will be a reading by Christian Kracht followed by a discussion on April 6th starting at 8PM.

On April 7th from 10PM-5PM join us for a full day of amazing sessions with topics from “Soviet Unrealism: On Brodsky and Utkin’s Architeggture” to “In and Out of View: Lessons in Vision with Hito Steyerl’s How Not To Be Seen (2013)”.

Please RSVP and check out the schedule for the conference here.

Wellness Days @Columbia & Grants for Student Organizations

Wellness Days @Columbia are for coming together to raise awareness, support each other and relax and unwind. Starting April 10, there will be multiple opportunities to engage: hear a featured speaker on mental health issues; attend a workshop on how to support friends. Events will take place on both campuses and you can find updates about Morningside events on the Office of University Life page. Check CSW's weekly email for updates on the CUMC campus.

The Office of University Life is pleased to announce Mini-Grants for Student Organizations, part of Wellness Days @Columbia -- a joint effort of students, faculty and staff, and part of an ongoing focus on mental health, wellness and community citizenship at Columbia.
University Life invites students organizations to host their own events for Wellness Days @Columbia and will award mini grants for these. The deadline to apply is today April 3, 2017. The application is quick and easy - apply here Questions? Contact AVP for Student Life Ixchel Rosal, or

March for Science April 22nd 2017

Join the GSO, CUSP, GSAC, EGSC and the GWC as well as a diverse group of scientists and science supporters as we march in NYC and Washignton D.C.

If you are interested in reserving a FREE spot on a bus (courtesy of the UAW) to the D.C march please sign up here:

Or join us for the sister march in NYC.

Keep an eye out for a poster making afternoon co-sponsored by GSAC and EGSC!
Awards and Elections

Faculty Mentoring Award

Nominations are now OPEN!

The Faculty Mentoring Award is presented annually to two faculty members of Columbia University to recognize excellence in mentoring PhD/ Master students during their graduate careers. The award was instituted in 2004, and is presented each May at the GSAS Convocation by the GSAC President.

Nominate the faculty member you believe deserves this recognition here

Nominations will end April 28th!

Humanities Senate Election

GSAC is accepting nominations for the Columbia University Humanities Graduate Student Senate Seat until April 17th.  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:

The candidates' statements will be published during the campaigning period between April 18th-May 2nd. Elections will be held during our last plenary meeting in Casa Hispanica on May 2nd at 6:30PM.

Candidates must be able to:
·       Serve through the end of this academic year, though ideally for two academic years
·       Be in a Humanities 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: Art History and Archaeology, Classical Studies, Classics, East Asian Languages and Cultures, English and Comparative Literature (and Theater), French and Romance Philology, Germanic Languages, Italian and Comparative Literature, Latin and Iberian Cultures, MESAAS (and Langues, Cultures), Music, Philosophy, Religion, Slavic Languages.
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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.

April 3, 2017
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