E-Board Statement

CCSC President Daphne Chen addressed the general body to conclude last week’s closed meeting. She hoped that the meeting was cathartic for all involved, and that conflicts in the future can be dealt with through open communication. She also discussed several concrete changes going forward from the E-Board, such as making meetings less update-heavy, having a productive “workshop” at the end of each general body meeting, and doubling down on the E-Board’s vision by doing a better job tying individual initiatives into the larger framework of the E-Board’s initial platform.

 

Updates

Daphne:

  • Scott Wright will be replacing all of the ceilings in McBain, and hopefully the walls as well.
  • Discussion about Term Bill (i.e. Student Life Fees) is coming up; we need to figure out whether or not to raise Student Life Fees to provide more funding for clubs on campus. The meeting will take place later Sunday evening.
  • Continuing to work on providing chargers in Butler for laptops, cell phones, etc.

Communications Committee:

  • Worked on addressing more WTF Columbia issues
  • Held more CCSC Spring Student Group Meetings with student groups
  • There is an upcoming initiative to place items from the university archives in display cases around campus.

Policy Committee:

  • Working with CPS to clarify CPS policies (i.e. when and how students should be referred out of CPS, how the process should work, etc.)

Campus Life Committee:

  • Glass House Rocks was held last Thursday, and was a success despite the terrible weather
  •  Tailgate event for basketball coming up this Friday
  • Hoping to hold an Oscar event with Residential Programs
  •  Campus Life Committee is looking at bringing a hypnotist on campus

Finance Committee:

  • Continuing to work on CCSC Co-Sponsorships.

2014:

  • Lerner Pub was held last Thursday
  •  Working on planning the graduation ticket distribution, as well as releasing the name of the Class Day Speaker

2015:

  • Hudson Terrace Party coming up this Thursday
  • Currently finalizing this semester’s class apparel

2016:

  • Destress-a-thon coming up this Thursday from 7pm – 9pm

2017:

  • Our Blue, while receiving some negative Bwog comments, has received thousands of YouTube views already, and the Facebook page has almost 1,000 likes
  • They are holding a meeting this Tuesday at 9:30pm to discuss the university’s consent education process

Student Services:

  • First CUIT Advisory Committee meeting this week
  • Met with Dean Martinez to discuss how the rules related to the Securities and Facilities Fund should be rewritten

Senate:

  • Finalizing a draft of the checklist for respondents and complainants that go through the process
  • Town Hall to discuss sexual assault that will include both students and deans is tentatively be held February 28th
  • Google Drive was introduced in the School of the Arts, and will hopefully be introduced to the general university by the end of the year
  •  A testing group is open for the CUIT Print App
  • The Executive Committee of the Senate is looking at the overarching policy on the “war on fun” to see if it’s possible to have more of a focus on safety and less on discipline

GSSC:

  • The Military Veterans (MilVets) Ball is open to everyone, and will be held February 21st. There are only 50 tickets left!

Academic Affairs:

  • Met with Deans to discuss academic advising. Dean Rinere said that we should move away from focusing on peer advising and instead look more at departmental advising
  • Will be refocusing on the Drop Deadline project

 

HIV Testing

Student Services Representative Loxley Bennett led a discussion on rebranding the HIV testing currently provided by the Gay Health Advocacy Project (GHAP). The website advertising the testing is full of references to the history of HIV within the gay community, which may lead those who do not identify within the LGBTQ community to feel less comfortable about getting tested. Representative Bennett would like for HIV testing to remain within GHAP, but would hope for it to be marketed as a CU Medical Services initiative as a way of lowering the barriers to entry for testing. VP Campus Life Briana Saddler, who also serves as a GHAP peer advisor, questioned the need for this change, as she feels that the name GHAP is necessary to provide a safe space for those within the gay community. Others on council recounted unfounded beliefs among their friends that testing was only open to LGBTQ individuals, and called on council to push for this change.

 

Is the Four-Class Semester a Myth?

VP Policy Bob Sun is looking at academic policy changes that could reduce stress. However, before advocating for individuals to take only four classes per semester, he wants to investigate whether or not four-classes-per-semester is feasible for all majors. CCSC will proceed in auditing a few of the most credit-intensive majors to determine whether or not this is possible for them, and councilmembers will also research peer institutions to determine the number of classes their students take on average per semester. Councilmembers also suggested researching how peer institutions handle both pre-professional course loads in relation to majors offered at their institutions, and how other schools manage and accept transfer credits.

 

Room Lockouts Discussion

Student Services Representative Chris Godshall led a discussion about the possibility of Housing implementing a fee charging students who are frequently locked out of their rooms. Any such fee would offer both a grace period at the start of the year and a number of “free passes” before charging students, but the hope would be that the charge would change the behavior of Columbia students. There are currently over 2,500 lockouts per month, and each lockout takes the time away from Hartley Hospitality Desk staff members to handle other facilities and maintenance issues.

Many CCSC members voiced their objection to such a fee. Some questioned Housing’s claim that there is a precedence for these fees at our peer institutions, for a CCSC preliminary investigation did not find any of these fees at most Ivy League institutions. CCSC also put forward many alternative solutions. Placing ID card encoders in lobbies could help to ameliorate the issue, but Public Safety has expressed hesitance at this solution. Others posited that the issue may lie with some students being required to hold awkward alternative room keys such as Ving cards, and that Housing should focusing on more rapidly adopting electronic ID keys in all dorms. Representative Godshall also mentioned that Public Safety does not currently possess the technology to allow officers to check which UNI belongs to which room number, so if the technology could be put in place, a deal between Housing and Public Safety could be brokered.  Other alternative solutions included providing a “master key” to all RAs to allow their residents to come to them for assistance, or handing out signs at the beginning of the year for all first years to place on their doors reminding them to check that they have their key before exiting their room.

 

Resolution on Reducing the Number of Class Reps

2014 President Conan Cassidy, VP Communications Peter Bailinson, 2015 President Michael Li, and 2015 Representative Kareem Carryl then presented a resolution to reduce the number of class representatives on each class council from three to two. The Elections Board informed council that if this change were to be approved at tonight’s meeting, the change in representatives could be implemented in the upcoming CCSC elections. 2017 VP Chris Allison voiced his objection to the resolution, countering that CCSC should instead focus on using appointed council members more efficiently. Others agreed that they wanted this discussion to take place during constitutional review at the end of the school year and that the resolution felt “premature.” Alternative suggestions to improving council efficiency were to focus on promoting committee meetings to the student body, or to put such a resolution on the upcoming ballot as a “CCSC Ballot Initiative.”

CCSC motioned to vote, which was then superseded by a motion to table. However, Daphne Chen took a straw poll to determine whether or not council wanted to vote on the resolution tonight, which passed by simple majority. When brought to council for a vote, the resolution failed 11-17-0. A two-thirds majority was required to pass the resolution, for the proposed resolution required a Constitution change.

 

Resignation on Council

President Chen announced that there has been a resignation on CCSC, as 2016 Representative Ben Kornick has decided to step down from his role on council. The Elections Board has stated that they do not feel they have adequate time in which to hold a direct election, and the President Chen has placed the question of whether or not to hold a direct or indirect election with the 2016 class council. 2016 will take the week to decide and will provide their answer at next week’s general body meeting. If 2016 elects to go with the indirect route, a process provided by VP Policy Bob Sun will be implemented to select the new representative. CCSC will vote on any process amendments and approving the process at next week’s meeting.

 

Daphne’s Book of Dreams

President Chen then recruited council members to work on three new CCSC initiatives:

  • An advertising campaign to clarify information on how to properly recycle on campus, what can actually go in each bin after new New York City regulations were passed last year, and other questions.
  • Investigating the Global Core. Questions include why is the list of Global Core classes hidden on the website, why are there courses on the list that have not been offered in years, and whether or not a course that a classmate has successfully petitioned to count as a Global Core class can count for all classmates.
  • Turning Lerner Hall into a real student center, and working on the committee to recommend renovations.