Congratulations, fellow graduate students, on surviving another busy semester at Yale! Members of the Graduate Student Assembly (GSA) have been working hard this fall to improve your graduate school experiences.
Our Transit and Security Committee got together with Yale transportation administrators to launch the new Yellow shuttle route on October 31 as a solution to overcrowding on the Orange and Blue lines during peak times. The Yellow line is a 15-minute loop that travels between the lower region of the East Rock neighborhood and Wall Street. Commuters using the Orange and Blue lines to travel to the Medical School from East Rock should notice less congestion, especially in the morning peak hours.
The Facilities and Healthcare Committee helped organize and sponsor “Grad Night at the Gym,” which saw the Payne Whitney Gym extend its hours of operation exclusively for graduate and professional students on four consecutive Tuesdays in October and November. The initiative proved popular, with 500 students showing up to make use of the gym facilities during these late-night hours, and we hope to extend it to the spring.
Meanwhile, the Academic and Professional Development Committee has been collaborating with the academic deans to revise and improve the Dissertation Progress Report with the aim of providing better instructions for students and increasing the individualization of the report to account for differences among departments. We are seeking to turn the report into a two-way process that will provide students with better academic guidance and support.
Finally, we are excited to announce that, after 15 years of existence, the GSA is about to create its very own logo. We will soon be running a Graduate School-wide competition calling for talented, creative graphic designers among the student body to help us come up with an image that will reflect our mission and activities.
— Andrea Stavoe, GSA Chair