1. GSD Student Announce. It's an email list for the whole GSD student population (optional, but almost everyone seems to use it). It adds a substantial amount of bulk to our inboxes, but it's the voice of the school, and I just think of it as fiber: it just passes happily and healthily through. It's how you can get seventeen pieces of 1/16" basswood at 3 am, expertise on any possible question, and find your USB key when you misplace it for the fourth time. It's also used to promote lectures, student events, to share books instead of recalling them at the library, and to (whether accidentally or not, I'll never know) tell six hundred of your closest friends all the details of how you and your buddies going to play Ages of Empires over the school server on a weekday night.
2. The TA system. The TA system formalizes and intensifies something which happens unofficially throughout the school, which is that more senior students help more junior students to survive and thrive. For some classes, they come into our studio the night before homework is due to make sure we do it and to help us through. Yes, we're getting babied, but we work really hard and sometimes it's nice to have help with the little things.
3. The front row of Piper auditorium. Professors sit there, both for classes and lectures. I can come in and see at a glance who is there and silently make my predictions about how it's going to play out. I keep fish, and when you add a newcomer to an established community, you know generally how it's going to play out based on the species and sizes, but there's also always an unpredictable aspect based on the feistiness of the individuals and the specific pecking order they may or may not establish. Who is going to get chased? Become enamored? Gobble all the food? Sulk in the corner?
Lectures and exhibitions, news and events, now primarily from the Bay Area! Please note that all live blogs are abridged and approximate. If you want to see exactly what happened, in many cases a video of the event is posted online by the event's hosts.