Daylight savings struck a devastating blow to the heart of Texas. Where once sunlight flooded the hallways and verandas of the LBJ School, only darkness remains. Soon the mind-numbing thump thump thumping of the marching band will reverberate no more, just an echo in the memory of weary graduate students, the soundtrack of a forgotten time. December knocks, but who dare open the door? LBJ Student Life. “Forget your troubles for a night” they call from across the room. “$12,” you’re intrigued. “At the Madison on 5th Street next Friday the 16th. Elixirs to help you forget will be available for price. And a photo booth to make sure you remember.” A cackle and a flash and all that remains is LBJ Winter Formal https://www.wepay.com/events/2012-lbj-winter-formal. “What are you hiding, friend? Crumbs, or is it something more…” “What treachery is a afoot? I’m just trying to read a book.” “Your mustache says otherwise. Buy a pastry?” “Is that what I think it is?!” “We have pastries for every persuasion. They’re for sale between 11:30 and 2:30 on Wednesday and Thursday. Buy a shirt, too. It’ll get you into the Movember pub crawl on the 30th. Here’s a link: https://www.movember.com/us/team/488805/.” Dear Diary. The year is 2514 and I am a time traveler. Rummaging through the remains that were once a great and glorious university I am temporarily whisked away to a bygone time. Such happiness is not known in this era. My machine is damaged and I fear that I will never feel that kind of joy. But I cannot give up. One day I must find my Movember. My Winter Formal. My happiness.
Howdy LBJ Nation! The Executive Committee held a meeting on October 22 that focused around an issue very important to the LBJ student community: career services. As we, unfortunately, will not be seeing any of the extra money from the tuition increase that occurred last year, the CTBAC and AIAC memo stating that the money should be allocated to career services may not result in pressure being put on the administration. In this ExCom meeting, we discussed what the role of GPAC is in putting pressure on the administration as well as providing services akin to career services help. There was very fruitful discussion that will be continued at the next GPAC GA meeting (10.29.12) to create a substantive plan of action. The next Executive Committee meeting will be held on Monday, November 5 so check back for new updates. GPAC ExCom
Hello GPAC and LBJ Nation! The General Assembly held a meeting on Monday, October 15. We were joined by Robert Love, the LBJ representative to student government. He told us about some exciting things going on in Student Government: as UT and UT student organizations support affirmative action, the student Senate is trying to get a bill passed in regards to the Fisher Case currently being heard at the US Supreme Court. As well, the Senate is working on several policies that will greatly help the health and welfare of UT students:
- A disabilities bill that would require professors to have closed captioning at the bottom of their lectures for the 1% of students with hearing problems.
- Looking for funding to get fluoride-free water fountains on campus that would greatly help people with diabetes, kidney disease, and women with thyroid disease.
- Academic and Internal Affairs Committee is sponsoring the kitchen clean-up initiative at LBJ. Please sign up to help keep the kitchens clean and receive a $5 O’s gift card for your service.
- Finance committee is working on updating merchandise so look out for new and exciting t-shirts coming from GPAC.
- Outreach and Professional Development is very busy holding alumni dinners, Open Houses, professional photos, and distributing business cards. Also, be sure not to miss the Dress to Impress event on November 12 at 12:15.
- Student life is organizing a lot of exciting events: mixers, Grad School Field Day, Halloween movie screening, and trivia nights—keep a look out for announcements.
- Community Outreach is kicking off the month-long fundraiser of for the Movember Foundation. There will be weekly events to raise money, and a chance to participate by joining the official LBJ Movember team.