There is so much about healthcare provisions on campus that just don’t seem to make sense! As our healthcare campaign has been growing, we have also been trying to collectively figure out stuff, beginning with updating the GSU Survival Guide over summer. On November 18th, 2015, two GSU members on the Student Health Advisory Board … More Questions about Healthcare? An Exchange with Student Health and Counseling Services
In early December, University of Chicago graduate employees received a pair of emails from our Provost, Eric D. Isaacs, announcing substantial wage increases for graduate employees in the Social Sciences and Humanities Divisions, as well as the Divinity School and the School of Social Service Administration. These two e-mails say it loud and clear: the … More Great, a Raise! Now How About Admitting We Work Here?
As longstanding advocates for affordable childcare at the University of Chicago, we were tickled to come across an article on this very topic in the Summer 2015 issue of SSA Magazine. The article features an exchange between Julia Henly and Marci Ybarra, two professors at the University’s School of Social Service Administration. While their conversation … More UChicago Scholars Agree: Childcare Oughtta Be Subsidized
Last spring, following our petition calling for the abolition of the Student Life Fee, Dean of Students Michele Rasmussen invited GSU to join a meeting of Student Government at which a discussion of the Student Life Fee was on the docket. What follows is a partial transcript of that meeting, focusing on the exchange between … More What IS the Student Life Fee, Anyway? A Public Conversation.
Update: Regarding the brand-new rebranding of Grad Affairs as UChicagoGRAD, Kangaroo observes, Though this is being rolled out as resources for “grads,” there (of course) isn’t a discussion of reducing master’s student debt loads or ensuring that existing funding systems don’t perpetuate societal inequalities by enabling funding inequities across divisions and excluding people who can’t … More Further thoughts on the UChicagoGRAD rebranding
Earlier this week, we learned that the good old Office of Graduate Student Affairs has been rebranded as UChicagoGRAD. This relabeled administrative entity is being described by the Provost as “a new office and comprehensive program designed to make resources for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars more accessible and more effective.” This all sounds good, … More Whither Our Trajectory? Quick Takes on the UChicagoGRAD Rebranding
Our very own Student Government president Tyler Kissinger has written an excellent op-ed that explains why the latest SG budget, passed for the upcoming academic year, is a big step in the right direction. After describing how the different fees levied on grads and undergrads are used to fund Student Government, he points out that … More Fixing Fees at the U of C: Beyond the Grade Divide
A guest post from David Mihalyfy, a GSU member and Ph.D. candidate in the Divinity School: Because of references I’ve made in my past two Jacobin articles and will make in an upcoming editorial, as well as its relevance to our campus’s sometimes unwelcoming climate and Provost Isaac’s recently announced budget cuts to “control… administrative … More UChicago Admin and Trustees Off Mission, Unaccountable
Announcing a Town Hall on FEES next Monday, January 26th at 5 p.m. at the University Church, 5655 S. University Avenue RALLY next Friday, January 30th at 2 p.m. at the Quad It’s that time of year again — Time to pay your quarterly bill from the Bursar’s Office. How much are you paying in … More Fees, fees, fees! Town Hall and Rally this January 26th & 30th
First, the good news: Thursday afternoon brought amazing news: an email in every doctoral student’s inbox from Deputy Provost Deborah Nelson bearing the subject line, “Need-based child care grants for doctoral students.” It looked so good that a few of us had to read it twice before daring to ask: could this really mean affordable … More GSU Delighted to Welcome Affordable Child Care to U of C Campus