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COGS Discusses Study Space, Rising Fees

COGS Starts the year with 3 Great Events

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COGS Discusses Study Space, Rising Fees 
By Darcie Moran, The State News



Director of Libraries Cliff Haka speaks to the Council of Graduate Students on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012 in a private dining room of Brody Square. Haka discussed the issue of whether or not to designate special graduate student only areas in the library. 

Julia Nagy/The State News


   The graduate and professional student study space in the library and the increase in the international student fee were topics of discussion at the year's first Council of Graduate Students, or COGS, full council meeting Wednesday.

This summer, the Main Library reduced graduate and professional student study space from three designated rooms to one.

"I really want to start by apologizing," said Director of Libraries Cliff Haka. "There's no question in my mind that this was a problem of poor communication."

Haka said the library notified they would have four new job positions to fill and would need the graduate student study spaces for offices for the new hires.

He said the situation should not be too detrimental because of the addition of 659 quiet study spaces to the library overall from 2009 to 2011.

"Quiet study ... is much better in the library than it ever has been," Haka said. "I keep feeling like we're doing exactly what you're asking for; we're just not putting up a big sign."

The students asked why some of the rooms or part of the area Haka was referring to couldn't be designated for graduate and professional students.

"This is just another reason we should get Chitt done," said Civil and Environmental Engineering representative Amanda Herzog in reference to Chittenden Hall, which COGS has been pursuing as a graduate resource center.

COGS representatives also addressed issues surrounding the increase in international student fees this summer.

The fee for international graduate students was raised from $25 to $75 per semester, among other changes, COGS President Stefan Fletcher said.

"There is a justifiable question being asked by people in the institution of why the ... fee was set at (those rates) and where the money is going" Fletcher said. "I think those are fair questions to ask."

Although Fletcher said the university explained the international student fee is supposed to compensate for the amount domestic residents contribute through the government, questions and concerns regarding the issue will be addressed in upcoming meetings with MSU trustees and the provost.

COGS Starts the year with 3 Great Events 

Tailgate 1: MSU versus Boise State, August 31, 2012

Though the mercury crept past 90 degrees, MSU graduate students could not be kept from celebrating the football season opener at the COGS tailgate. Graduate students from all walks of academic life came to enjoy some burgers and brews and partake in a game or two of ladders and bean bags. The Graduate Employees Union (GEU), a sponsor for this event, was also there to give out awesome stickers, toothbrushes, and other goodies. Many students stayed to watch the football game that was streamed live on our big screen television. We could hear the cheers and roars of stadium fans as we watched Michigan State take their first victory over Boise State. Go green! Go white!


Tailgate 2: MSU versus Notre Dame, September 15, 2012

The second COGS tailgate went off without a hitch as graduate students, once again, gathered to support the MSU football team. Students enjoyed some tasty chicken sandwiches and chips and some even enjoyed a boisterous game of flip cup. Several lucky attendees received free tickets to the MSU versus Eastern game. GEU, who sponsored the tailgate, gave out t-shirts, stickers, and toothbrushes. Thanks GEU! Many students stayed to watch the game and cheered the Spartans on until the very end.


Trivia Night: Dublin Square, September 18, 2012  Our first trivia night of the semester took place at Dublin Square. Dublin Square served some hot and tasty appetizers, which fueled graduate students up for a rigorous Team Trivia game. The lucky first place team went home with $200 in gift cards for Meijer and two gift certificates for one-hour massages from Creative Wellness. The second prize team will be enjoying a shopping trip at Horrock's Farm Market in Lansing after winning two $50 gift cards to this venue. And our third place team will be dining in style at Beggar's Banquet with four $10 gift certificates. Congratulations to our winning teams!

Upcoming Events
COGS EVENT: Last Tailgate of the year - vs. Iowa - Homecoming
Game time 12:00pm. Tailgate begins at 10:00am. 
Free for all Graduate and Professional Students. No Registration Required Bring your significant other. FREE Catered Food! Game televised on Big Screen TV. BYOB
Co-Sponsored by Graduate Employees Union
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COGS EVENT: Healthy Cooking Class
Mark your calendars! More information coming soon!
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COGS EVENT: Trivia Night
From 6:00pm - 9:00pm at The Riv. Free for all Graduate & Professional Students. No Registration Required. Bring your significant other.
FREE appetizers!
Co-Sponsored by: COGS, GEU, MBAA, COMS, & Grad Life & Wellness
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Discount Available from COGS to James and the Giant Peach!
Coupons Available NOW!
Family friendly show put on by MSU's Department of Theater. Save $3 on each ticket. Pick up your coupon from the COGS office today.
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Animal Science Graduate Research Forum
Sponsored by COGS
When: Friday, September 28, 2012  Time: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Department of Animal Science, Anthony Hall


Canadian Studies Center Graduate Student Research Colloquium
When: Tuesday, October 2, 2012  Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Where: Room 305, International Center


2012 Midwest Eco Conference
Sponsored by COGS
When: Saturday October 13, 2012  Time: 8:00am - 9:00pm
Where: Kellogg Biological Station


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