There are three principal benefits to completing a graduate degree: the content of the teaching itself; the opportunity to reflect on one’s career and intentions for the future; and the ability to form relationships and networks with like-minded people. For various reasons, we at SIU have done quite well with the first two of these but have never been able to do very well with the third.
To try to fill this gap, I have created a space where my graduate students (and other interested people) can meet and interact with each other. It is at: http://www.facebook.com/pages/John-Walshs-Graduate-Student-Network/297793393683108.
Please feel free to stop by and introduce yourself to the others and maybe you will find a friend or someone who can help you manage your evil supervisor.