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Issues raised in the current volume of the Procrastinator include: What is the value of college affiliation? Should all grad students belong to the same college? What kind of common space do we need?

-- Marcus Wilker (, July 24, 2001


Update: GSA motion to withhold college fees.

Given the uncertain future of PR, specifically the fact that it is uncertain whether or not PR will be able to offer us the kind of common space that we require to make college membership meaningful, the GSA has passed a motion to withhold our college fees, while we reconsider our college affiliation. We feel that graduate students do not want to be stuck paying for something that does not benefit us.

Champlain College, for example, has offered to provide us with office space, and the use of their senior common room, if we affiliate with them. We are not sure, though, that this is the best decision for all our members.

Again, we invite your responses.

-- Marcus Wilker, GSA communciations (, July 31, 2001.

As a Methodologies student, there's definitely a de facto sense in which I am at Traill. And that's where my campus mailbox is. But what you say about Traill being written down officially is interesting, Caroline. I'm sure last year all grad students were listed as PR.

I guess while I am committed to the GSA continuing to promote the common interests of graduate students, and encouraging social and academic interaction among students from different programmes, I don't think the GSA needs common college affiliation to pursue these goals.

Instead, I'm currently in favour of college affiliation being at the place where we are at, intensifying relations with the people we see around every day, which means, for my programme, becoming members of Traill and pushing to have the Traill SCR open in the evenings not just when there's an event, but as a social/academic space for grad students. My second choice would be Ali Sauer's suggestion of a fund for PR. And only third, joining our suburban-centred colleagues at Champlain.

-- Marcus Wilker (, September 06, 2001.

I like the idea of moving to Champlain. Bad coffee but a good view.

-- George MacDougall (, August 18, 2001.

I think that Frost Centre students and the Methodologies students should retain Peter Robinson College as our college affiliation and that our college fees be placed in a defense fund for the college.

-- Ali Sauer (, August 26, 2001.

i'm not sure what the answer is but when i paid my fees today (via osap) i was automatically put down as a traill college student as that is where the frost centre is now located.

-- caroline archambault (, September 05, 2001.

What would anyone suggest be the best interim mail location for incoming University mail? the grad office or perhaps home departments?

-- Paul Gudnason (, September 05, 2001.

Hi, I'm a bit confused about the value of college affiliation. Where do the fees that we pay for affiliation go?

-- Donica Belisle (, November 01, 2002.

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