The Graduate Students' Union (GSU), an organization run for the graduate students by the graduate students at Memorial University, has been in existence since 1967. Every graduate student at Memorial becomes a member of the GSU upon registration. Presently, the graduate student body consists of over 1500 full- and part-time students, thereby comprising almost 10% of the total student population.
Feild Hall, the facility managed by the GSU, is comprised of four floors: two floors serve as a residence for graduate students, one floor houses departmental graduate student offices and one floor houses the graduate student restaurant and lounge, Bitters, is located.
The GSU general office is located on the second floor of Feild Hall in room 2007. Office hours are posted outside the office door, on the answering service and on the website. You can reach the GSU by phone (709)737-4395, by fax at (709)737-3395, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or by writing to: Graduate Students' Union, Feild Hall #2007, 216 Prince Philip Drive, St. John's, NF, A1B 3R5. The GSU prides itself on maintaining a very current and informative website at www. mun.ca/gsu which should be a regular destination in every graduate student's websurfing.
The GSU has two important functions: 1) to represent the graduate students' interests in enhancing the quality of graduate student life and 2) to help sort out problems and misunderstandings arising between graduate students and the university. Student fees, presently $20 per semester per graduate student, provide the GSU with its annual operating budget. The fees are used to run the office, to help finance social and academic events, to provide a conference aid fund and to cover other operating expenses. A detailed budget is presented at the first board of directors' meeting each semester to be passed or amended.
The GSU is run by a board of directors consisting of the GSU executive and a student representative from every academic unit with a graduate programme as well as those graduate students who sit on various academic councils and committees of the university. The board meets once a month to assess executive decisions and to discuss matters of importance to graduate students. The board meetings are also a chance for graduate students to raise any concerns from individual departments and in return receive advice or suggestions on problem solving. These meetings act as the main line of communication between the executive and the general graduate student population. For this reason, the GSU needs an active and interested board of directors. Otherwise the GSU would be ineffective.
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