General Assembly of the Council of Graduate Students
University of Minnesota
Minutes by Sean McNee, Vice President for Communications
Approved by the COGS Executive Committee
Quorum was met.
4:45 pm -- Food and beverages served.
5:15 pm -- Meeting called to order: Chris Pappas, President
Thanks for coming to the final meeting of the year. I would personally
like to thank each of you for your involvement in COGS. Because of
this has been one of the best years for COGS in recent memory.
I now would like to turn it over to Vic Bloomfield, the Interim Dean
of the Graduate School who wanted to say a few words to the COGS General
Thanks, Chris. I wanted to say hello to all of you and tell you all
how much I have enjoyed working with COGS this year. It has been a
wonderfully productive year, and this is a great group to work with.
First off, I would like to say that I really like the resolutions
that COGS has passed this year. They are right on line with what
deans and faculty are thinking across the University. It is a great
thing to see graduate students making their opinions known like
this. I encourage you to continue passing resolutions about issues
important to you next year.
Now, we in the Graduate School have worked closely with COGS on
our own to make the life of graduate students better. Not always
especially when it has come to monetary issues, but we have been
trying. I just hope you won’t blame the messenger, but rather
the people who cut the budget. I encourage you all to be in contact
We have tried to negotiate a good health plan, and I think we did.
We have worked with DGSs across the University to provide better services
to students. We have beefed up the welcome CD to include information
about housing. We have tried our hardest to go to bat for international
students and their concerns. We have done all of this and a number
of other things.
I cannot stress enough that COGS is really valuable. It is not just
because you are the reason we are hear, but because you voice has weight.
The student voice is the moral voice in the University. Your input
gives us in the graduate school extra force to get things done. I want
to thank you all for your hard work this year, and I look forward to
working with you all next year.
5:20 pm -- University of Minnesota Legislative Network: Mike Dean
COGS would like to thank Mike Dean from the Legislative Network for
talking to the COGS GA.
Comments from Mike Dean:
of Minnesota Legislative Network is a collaborative
effort of alumni, students, faculty, staff, and community members
elected officials and our community about the importance of the University
of Minnesota to the state. In particular, we fought hard the past
few years against the budget cut. Not only do we work with alumni
supporters, but we also work with the University administration.
We are trying to build grassroots support at the state legislature
that our representatives know how important the University is to
the state as a whole.
As you all are probably aware, this year was a bonding year for the
state legislature. Next year will be a biennium year. This year is
for building projects and infrastructure: for example, upgrades to
health center, new buildings in Duluth, and a heating facility in Morris.
There are a whole group of projects that the University asked for as
part of the bonding bill. Today, May 6th, the bonding bill failed in
the senate. We need the bonding bill to pass. Most of the funding for
the bill is to improve both classroom and research space here at the
University. I encourage you to contact your representatives.
COGS Note: The bonding bill at the legislature is moving fast and
the information in these notes may be out of date by the time you read
this. The Legislative Network has a
blog that contains the latest news
on these issues. You also can look
up your state representatives online.
I am getting geared up for what we are going accomplish next year:
First, the get out the vote effort. We want all students to be active
this fall and vote in the election. We want you to get our opinion
out. Historically, young people’s issues don’t make it
to the legislature nearly as much as it should. Issues like medicare
and social security make to the legislature because senior citizens
vote in force and make their opinions known. If we want tuition and
health care to be on the state agenda, we need to get students out
and voting. I would like COGS to help us to get people to vote.
Second, next year is the biennium budget year. Like two years ago,
we are concerned about budget cuts that the University is going to
be facing the legislature. This money includes many things including
all faculty and staff pay. I encourage you all to get involved as much
as you can.
I can take questions.
Questions from the GA:
Q. What about the differences between the bonding bill and the stadium
A. I am glad you asked that question. They are two different issues.
You can support both, or one or the other. In terms of University priorities,
first is the bonding bill, second is the stadium. The stadium will
only occur after we have finished with the bonding bill. There is some
mis-information about this going around, and I want to clear the air
saying that the top priority of the University from the legislature
is to get the bonding bill passed so we can upgrade our academic facilities.
Q. How can I be involved if I am not a Minnesota resident?
A. I first encourage you to be involved in your home state. Pay attention
to what is happening in your home state and let your representatives
back home know how you feel. Second, I encourage you to tell your
friends and family here in Minnesota to get involved on these issues
that are important to you.
Q. What part of the bonding bill is for the on-campus stadium?
A. The only part of the bonding bill that is for any form of on-campus
stadium is the Morris water heater project. The Morris water heater
is integrated with their stadium and any changes to the heater
require some changes to the stadium as well. Of the whole bonding
Morris water heater project is about a 6 million dollar request
and I believe only about 1 million is going to the Morris stadium.
from the bonding bill is going towards a Twin Cities on-campus
Q. What part of the bonding bill is for research upgrading and improving
A. Not exactly sure of the top of my head, but I would guess it is
about 70% of the funding. The University has been making it very clear
to the State Legislature that students at the University cannot get
a 21st century education in early 20th century facilities.
Q. The way that things are going, it seems like a long shot that we
are going to get all of 150 million that we are requesting for the
bonding bill. For example, the house passed a version that gives us
90 million. How would that be distributed? Would all projects get less
money, or how does it work?
A. The bonding request is a line-item funding request. The state
can choose which items to fund and which items to not fund. It gets
more complicated: just because a particular line item is in both
the house and senate versions of the bonding bill, that doesn’t
mean it will appear in the final version of the bill, a committee
about particular line items after the bill has been approved.
COGS Note: the University bonding request is a part
of a larger bonding bill that the state legislature has to pass.
all ‘state infrastructure’ requests, of which the University
is a part. Committees in the House and Senate figure out how
much to allocate to each project and propose a net total for a bonding
The bills passed by the House and Senate could be different and then
have to be resolved in committees. In this process, any particular
line item could be added or deleted to resolve the differences between
the two bills.
Q. Why did the bonding fail in the Senate today?
A. Public statement about the bill was that it was too big and tried
to fund too many projects. Privately, it might be more of a political
issue. Right now, we are just not sure. Hopefully by Monday we will
know more. In either case, I would still encourage you to contact
your representatives and tell them to pass a bonding bill that give
money to the University.
Q. Just so we are all on the same page, what exactly is a bonding
A. In a bonding bill, the State of Minnesota creates bonds to pay
for large capital improvement projects. Through these bonds, the
borrows money to improve infrastructure around the state.
Some of the projects include: road and bridge repairs, upgrades to
state prisons, updated sewer and water systems, and money for higher
education buildings and other projects.
Q. I heard that there is bonding request for new academic health center
buildings. Have the state paid off the bonds it issued for the old
academic health center yet?
A. Most state bonds are for 20 years. So, for the buildings we are
asking to repair, yes, they are paid off. In general, however, technology
is advancing at a rapid pace--especially medical technology. We need
to make sure our facilities are up to date.
COGS Note: the University of Minnesota Legislative Network
can be found online at http://www.supporttheu.umn.edu.
COGS encourages all graduate students to be involved in the political
process and make your opinion heard.
5:35pm -- Presentation of the COGS Education and Travel Awards
and the COGS Leadership Awards: Michael Olin, Vice President for Finance
and Jana Lee, Vice President for External Relations
We first will start with the COGS Travel and Educational Awards. We
are pleased to announce that GAPSA has generously offered to match
our award funds for this year and allowed us to double our awards.
Thanks to GAPSA for providing this extra funding. Special thanks to
Abu Jalal of GAPSA for setting things up on their end, and to former
VP for Finance Simon Mudge for helping out with judging.
Recipients of the 2003-2004 COGS Travel and Educational Awards
Educational Travel Awards
|Educational Travel Award Recipents
|Christina Berndt, American Studies
Fieldwork on the historical dynamics of nation-building among the Northern and
|Christopher Kaufman, Kinesiology
To attend course on Exercise in the Prevention of Metabolic Diseases
Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Fieldwork on intonation of Miami-Cuban Spanish and the influence that English
has on it
Conference Travel Awards (5 with GAPSA matching funds)
|Conference Travel Award Recipents
|Albert Rovira, Population Medicine
Molecular genotyping of Staphylococcus hyicus strains using repetitive sequence-based
|Andrew Knight, Music Education and Therapy
Music therapy student groups-make your voice heard (GAPSA matched)
|Angela Hendrickson, Plant Biology
Tryptophan-dependent indole-3-acetic acid biosynthesis in the endosperm of maize
|Baozhen Xie, Educational Psychology
Chinese students’ attitudes toward seeking psychological professional help
|Eduardo Fano-Gonzalez, Clinical Pop. Science
Epidemiology of porcine respiratory and reproductive virus and mycoplasma hyopneumoniae
|Hiteshi Sakamoto, Mech. Eng./HHH Public Affairs
Statistical assessment of operating experiences of power reactors in France,
Japan and the United States (GAPSA matched)
|Katie Fleming, Mechanical Engineering
Cell processing using microfluidics
|Jennifer Perry, Psychology
Impulsivity in rats selected for saccharin intake (GAPSA matched)
|Maija Brown, Theater Arts and Dance
The nationalized body of Changjak Muyong: Korean Tourism and the Change of Tradition
|Mariana Carriquiry, Animal Science
Effect of selection for mild yield on hepatic prolactin receptor (PRLR) mRNA
in Holstein cows
|Yogindra Samant, Social Work
Child labor in developing countries-India, a case study
We received many applications for these awards and choosing this set
of winners was very difficult. Congratulations to all award winners!
Recipients of the 2003-2004 COGS Leadership Award
Since 1996, COGS has presented two annual student leadership awards
recognizing the recipient's leadership and service on behalf of their
fellow graduate students, the University and broader communities. The
recipients will receive a $250.00 award check, a COGS t-shirt and Certificate
Mesut leads and serves graduate students widely in the
Summer Cultural Program, Student Service Fees Committee, and Twin
Unions where “as a result of his commitment, the student union
is hiring a graduate assistant to develop the Late Night Program
to ensure the needs and issues of graduate students are addressed.” As
Grants Director of GAPSA, he implemented two grant programs and works
with University administration to provide writing support to graduate
students. Moreover, he is an ‘inspirational’ scholar
in the Department of Work, Community, and Family Education with a
great publication record. “He always [talked] to us about
the issues concerning graduate students and his voice has made
as he expresses concerns to faculty and administrators. His passion
and desire to create an empowered community for graduate students
Erin leads and serves graduate students in a regional
organization and locally in her department of Entomology to find
save money and increase camaraderie among students of diverse backgrounds.
She also is involved in the community. Her outreach classes help
many farmers with a currently serious outbreak and has promoted
the University, with ‘groundbreaking’ research done by graduate
students in serving the public good. Erin eagerly initiates education
programs with local children, where “she wants to spark their
curiosity in science and provide them with opportunities that were
not available to her when she was younger.” “[Among
students] the events Erin has organized provide a forum for us
and combat feelings of isolation that many graduate students experience.
Erin has both the motivation to use her talents to help others
and the leadership and organizational skills that enable her to
COGS congratulates Mesut and Erin for their leadership contributions
this year. Congratulations!
In the spirit of awards, everyone at the GA received a COGS T-shirt.
You can all trade sizes later… it’s a great way to get
to know other people.
COGS Note: COGS has extra T-shirts. If you were not at the last GA
meeting and you are interested in a T-shirt, please email
we can send you one.
5:45pm -- Elections: Chris Pappas, President
Tonight, COGS is electing the P&R chair for Biological Sciences
and two Senate positions.
Biological Sciences Chair
COGS did not elect a Biological Sciences P&R chair at our last
GA meeting, thus we will be holding general elections for this position
Following Robert’s Rules of Order, COGS elected Katie Weins
as P&R Chair for Biological Sciences. Congratulations to Katie!
COGS would like to congratulate our new SSCC representative, Jamie
Larson. Because of this appointment, Jamie can no longer be a COGS
Senator. Further, COGS would like to congratulate Chris Pappas on his
impending appointment as a GAPSA Director At-Large. Because of this
appointment, Chris is giving up his COGS Senate seat. Thus, COGS will
be electing two Senate positions tonight.
Before holding general elections for the Senate positions, COGS first
offered the open Senate positions to our elected Senate Alternates.
These Senate positions were accepted by Alternates Dan Drake and Samantha
Ammons. Congratulations to our new Senators Dan and Sam!
As such, COGS held open elections for two open Senate Alternate positions.
Following Robert’s Rules of Order, COGS elected Chris Pappas
as a Senate Alternate. Congratulations to Chris for successfully demoting
himself from a full Senator to an Alternate so that he can be a GAPSA
COGS Note: We only elected one Senate Alternate, so
one Senate Alternate position is still open. Well, actually two, since
it's kind of silly for Chris to have an alternate position,
but no one else expressed interest at the GA meeting and it looks better
on paper to have two alternate positions filled. Interested parties
should contact COGS at email@example.com for
information about the position.
5:50pm -- GradTRAC: Kris Houlton
COGS would like to thank Kris Houlton for speaking to the GA.
Comments from Kris Houlton:
I am Kris Houlton, a COGS Senator, and I am here now to announce
a new student group on campus. It is called GradTRAC, the Graduate
and Research Assistants Coalition. The goal of this group is to broker
discussion with the eventual goal of forming a graduate assistant
union. By Minnesota state law, but TAs and RAs would be together
in the same
union. We are planning to launch a Union drive in the fall. It is
worth mentioning now that we have not picked any unions to affiliate
with and have not started anything. We are still exploring our options
and we want feedback from graduate students about unionizing. GradTRAC
is a registered student group at the University of Minnesota. I’d
love to hear anyone’s comments and questions.
COGS Note: We have been asked by GradTrac to send
information about meetings with Union officials to our representatives.
We sent this information forward because many representatives were
interested, and it was an update on our proceedings. This information
was time sensitive for May 17th and May 18th and is no longer available
from the COGS website.
By way of clarification, COGS takes no position on unionization, and only serves
to communicate relevant information when appropriate and provide
a space for discussion of all sides of the issue.
Questions from the GA:
Q. Do you want to comment on why you want to form a union?
A. Before I was graduate student here at the U, I was a union member.
I know the stability that unions can bring to the work environment.
Most of my comments are from a TA perspective, as this is the perspective
that I know best. I know the University has been playing with student
numbers before assigning graders or creating new sections. These
are all issues coming from the budget problems the U is facing. A
collective bargaining agreement would make these change fluctuate
less than they do now and would guarantee stability. Moreover, it
gives is real negotiation power. The University administration would
have to listen to a graduate assistant union, just like they have
to listen to all of the other unions here at the University. It gives
us stability and identity and will help us define our position here.
Q. Have you talked to other big 10 schools with unions?
A. 31 campuses nationwide are unionized. These include several other
Big 10 Schools, such as Madison, Iowa, etc. The whole University
of California system is unionized. The kinds of unions really varies
based on state. I am reluctant to make any generalizations about
our possible union and these other unions because of these differences.
Many of these unions are TA-only unions. Here in Minnesota, we are
technically state employees, so it restricts how we can unionize.
Faculty cannot join with students in one union. It does provide some
protections for our interests, but TAs and RAs are together and have
to be in one union. I think that there are many things we have in
common, so that this combined union will work.
Q. Back in the fall of 1998, there was an attempt to unionize that
failed. What is going to be different this time around?
A. There is a core group of us who are talking to the leader from
the last union drive and we have learned a lot from him. A series
happened at the last minute that caused the union drive to fail.
For example, the University administration got to make the election
ballot election. This means that election lasted for two week, during
the election they started some scare tactics at the last minute.
Once the election started, the union couldn’t say anything.
By law, the union had to be silent. The U Administration hired a
law firm, and a student group was formed who was able to send out
information and misinformation during the two week election. This
change the outcome
of the election. We still think a union is a really good idea. The
previous attempt failed because of bad luck at the end.
Q. Where can I get more flyers? Why does the flyer not mention unionization?
A. Please email GradTRAC at firstname.lastname@example.org for more flyers. I don’t
know why the flyers don’t explicitly mention unionization.
Q. Can you explain what it means to ‘affiliate with a union’?
A. There is no TA union in the US. We would have to pick a union
to affiliate ourselves with. UAW (auto workers), for example. AFT,
teacher’s union, would be another option. Since the faculty
is not organized, it would not be a conflict to affiliate ourselves
with them. We will be stronger together in a larger union. If were
just in one union by ourselves, then we are at a disadvantage.
We have to run a campaign and educate people about unionization.
that requires resources: people and money. We will need to run
a website. We can expect that the administration will do many things.
We would meet with potential unions and see what their strategy
be for dealing with the administration and educating graduate assistants
about the benefits of being in a union. Not all collective bargaining
is the same--some unions are affiliated all the way up to the AFL-CIO.
They lobby to the national government on behalf of all of the unions
they represent. We need to decide who we want affiliate with and
see what they can provide for us.
Q. Would we still have autonomy when determining when to vote or do
things, like strike?
A. Oh, you said the ‘s’ word. Striking is never a desired
outcome. In general, we would want to be able to do things independently.
In the two previous strikes that affected students this year, the
bus strike and the clerical workers strike, their unions brought
to the table. Strike is the worst thing possible, it is not a tool
we want use. We would see the union as being able to bring focus
on budgets and work stability to the table. Currently, the Administration
is balancing the budget using TAs as a buffer. Union would allow
and could only change things during a negotiation period.
Q. What does a union mean for salaries?
A. Unions negotiate pay minimums so that people are paid a good wage.
There can be many different classifications, and each classification
can have settings including different salaries. It is important to
remember that employers can always pay more, not less. So, departments
that need to pay more money to remain competitive still can do so.
Q. There are people in our department working for different departments
getting funding, so people at the same lab bench are getting paid different
amounts because their funding is coming from different places. What
about a union helping with these kinds of departmental differences?
Or could there be department backlash? What role would a union have
A. Different units would act differently. If your department wants
to pay everyone at the minimum, they can. The union would work directly
with the University Administration. The administration then gives some
power to departments to determine specific funding. This money can
come from departmental funds, from grants, from other departments or
independent labs. There are many things going on. All that the union
could do would be to argue for minimums pay for a particular job description.
Any given department could still pay a student higher than the minimum.
If a student recognizes they are being paid less because of a job mis-classification,
however, they can go to the union to help out.
Q. I have a comment about higher paid positions: the departments
have a lot of money and they have to competitive to retain students.
I wouldn’t worry about changes in pay.
A. This issue came out at the end of the last campaign. There was a
lot of misinformation about salaries that appeared during the previous
Q. Are the GradTRAC meetings open? Can anyone come?
A. Absolutely. We getting a new meeting space and we would love to
have more people involved. We are especially interested in getting
information from RAs and people who might not think that unionization
is the best idea. We want to know what people are thinking and why
they are thinking that way. This is not a closed process. We want
it to be open.
6:25pm -- Committee Reports
Stadium -- Keith Cunnien
In the past few meetings we have talked about the feasibility study.
In the past few days the state legislature has passed bills to give
money for a stadium assuming the University can first raise its share
of the cost.
The rhetoric in the meetings has moved to ‘we
as students are going to pay for it’. We tried to hold a conversation
away from paying fees, and we are still advocating, but if the U
is getting money from the state, then we are going to have to pay.
They are looking to create ‘benefits package’ for such
a fee. This package has mostly been related to athletic ticket discounts
and other athletic-centric benefits.
There is going to be a new student
group on campus to be an advocacy group for the stadium. Perhaps
it is worth creating an anti-stadium group on campus.
a suggestion that if there is a fee assessed, perhaps it could be
paid by departments such as the University Fee is paid. This problematic
at several levels and it opens the flood gates to assess more
for everything. In short, the Administration is organizing more
the fees issue, and the meetings have become more hostile.
need more data from graduate students about the stadium if we are
going to stand up to the Administration about these fees. Please get
everyone in your departments to take the online
survey about the
COGS Note: According to the Student Activities Office,
there has not been a student group created yet in support of the proposed
stadium, but the people at SAO did know that Eric Dyer, the outgoing
president of MSA, is considering creating such a student group. James
Snodgrass, current GAPSA At-large Director for the On Campus stadium,
will also head the group (in direct violation of his role as At-large
his term is up in June).
Q. What about a petition against student fees for building a stadium?
A. We thought about a petition, but we already have the survey and
if it is successful, then it is just as good as a petition. But we
could always have petition in the future as well. We will just have
to see what happens.
COGS Note: COGS has also spoken to Abu Jamal, the President-elect
of GAPSA, about the stadium. Based on the results of the survey, he
is willing to put GAPSA
issue next year.
COGS Note: Current COGS President Chris Pappas and President-Elect
Britt Johnson submitted
a letter to the MN Daily regarding the use
of student fees for an on-campus stadium. If you agree with us, please
cut/print it out and post it on your doors so people know that other
opinions are out there.
SHAC -- Carrie Rigdon and Andrew Rivard
We wanted to speak to COGS about the possibility of Boynton building
a new building. There have been a lot of rumors going around and
we want to set the record straight.
Background: SHAC meets twice
a month to talk about Boynton and health issues. A few months ago,
we heard through the grapevine that there was a proposal to house
all clinics for the AHC (all health-related colleges, UMP, and Fairview
University) together. As a part of this they were thinking about
getting Boynton in on this as well. We even heard that a decision
will be made in May. In order to find out what was going on, we formally
invited the Provost and Jerry Rienhart to a SHAC meeting to talk
about this. In short, Boynton doesn’t want to move. We like
the facilities, want to keep things going as they are. So, the Provost
came and took a full tour of Boynton. Thanks to the tour and talking
with us the Provost gained an understanding about Boynton and we
could see a progression that she understood what our concerns were.
The original idea came about from the AHC kicking around ideas for
new building. Boynton as well wanted to fix a few things up on a few
floors. So, both the AHC and Boynton sent proposals to the Provost.
Thus, Provost saw both proposals at the same time and had the immediate
thought these proposals should be combined.
This doesn’t work because Boynton is a special service, paid
for by fees and insurance. Everything regarding Boynton is all paid
up. Plus Boynton has a pharmacy and eye clinic to keep our costs down.
It is very convenient, we don’t want it not to be convenient;
we don’t want raise fees to pay for these changes.
After seeing all of this, the Provost recommended that there be student
representation on all committees about the possibility of Boynton moving.
Further, she is going to recommend that Boynton not move with the new
building. It should be very clear that Boynton does not want to move
and wants student representation for any move possibilities.
Finally, there are some changes happening at Boynton for next year:
Boynton want electronic medical records and this could start as early
as next summer. Also, Boynton is working to get appointment schedules
online. The goal is to have real time sign in and same day appointments.
They are working towards this.
COGS Note: Carrie Rigdeon was given an extra round of applause for
her many year's work as an excellent COGS rep to SHAC. Thanks again,
Carrie. We greatly appreciate all that you have done for COGS over
past few years.
University Dining Services -- Shana Watters
UDS is planning on building first floor café in the commuter
lounge in Coffman. UDS wants student input as what kind of food to
serve. There is not going to be a grill, it would mostly be food to
pick up and popcorn and such for movies. If you have any opinions,
please share them with Shana, email@example.com.
P&R Council Meetings -- Various P&R Chairs
In general, there was not a lot to report from these meetings that
was not covered by the report given last month. The big news is the
changes that affect international students, again covered last month.
The Social Sciences P&R Council also voted to offer three new
PFF 1 credit courses.
GAPSA -- Chris Pappas
GAPSA held general elections at their meeting. As previously mentioned,
Jamie Larson elected as SSCC representative, and Chris Pappas was
appointed as a Director At-Large in charge of inter-council communication,
revisions to the GAPSA constitution, managing the stadium issue,
and try to work on Duluth representation. Chris Pappas also publicly
expressed his opinions that the out going President and Vice Presidents
of GAPSA were a disgrace to their organization, their positions,
to graduate and professional students who deserve strong leadership.
COGS Note: Neither the GAPSA President or Vice President
were in attendance at the final GAPSA meeting when Chris made his comments.
The President was there for a while, but had to leave early. See the
MN Daily coverage
of the GAPSA meeting for more information.
TAC -- Chris Pappas
The Tuition Advisory Committee mentioned that tuition going up about
14% for coming school year.
Senate -- COGS Senators
Senate elections occurred for the President of the Student Senate and
other positions. Most positions were for committees that only affected
The Senate then spent time on the reorganization. There were several
votes about the reorganization. The first vote was an “in theory” vote.
This vote said whether or not the Senate was interested in the concept
of reorganization. This vote passed. The second vote was whether or
not to place the changes to the Senate on the ballet as a constitutional
amendment. Because there was not enough attendance at the Senate to
pass this vote, it was sent out as an email vote. This email vote passed
and thus the full reorganization will appear as a constitutional change
at the first Senate meeting next fall.
6:43 -- New Business and Announcements
The graduate assistant fringe rate is going down. This is good news
for anyone on a graduate assistantship, as any decrease in this rate
makes it cheaper for your department to have you around, thus this
could translate into a pay raise or into the possibility of your department
hiring more graduate assistants.
6:45 -- Meeting adjourned
COGS would like to thank for everyone for coming to the last meeting
of the year. This was a very productive year, and the COGS Executive
Committee couldn’t have done nearly as much as it did without
the help of a strong and vocal General Assembly. Thank you to everyone
for making COGS an effective organization. We look forward to seeing
everyone again next fall!
As a final note, COGS will be active over the summer. So, if you have
ideas or want to get involved, please let us know. Again, thanks for