Updates

  • 2015 Class Council
    • Lerner pub was successful—expecting the next one to be October 2
    • Senior week: applications were put out (committee is comprised of one representative from four undergraduate schools)
      • They also put out a second form for people who aren’t interested in being on the committee but still have ideas about Senior Week
    • Conversation with Columbia College Alumni Association (CCAA) about getting a senior gift for Columbia College Seniors. They seemed receptive to the idea.
    • Feedback form for the Class Day speaker is on the 2015 Facebook page.
    • Stay tuned for information on Senior sweaters—hopefully will start selling on Saturday
  • 2016 Class Council
    • Had a discussion about how to improve the Town Hall next year
    • On Thursday September 25 they will have a meet and greet cohosted with ESC—free food (possibly Mel’s)
    • Apparel: there will be a new design and they will be long-sleeved t-shirts
    • Been in talks with 2017 for cohosted event in Shapiro lounge
  • 2017 Class Council
    • Co-sponsored food expo with Spectator—attendance over 500, event ran for over two hours
    • Will be posting agendas and minutes to reiterate to people that they’re meetings are open
    • Also had a meeting with the alumni association where they talked about Major Discovery Series
    • Finally nailing down apparel
  • Pre-Professional Representative
    • Chris met with CCE on Monday
      • No major changes to LionShare except aesthetic
    • Resume Printer: tried to get a resume printer with nicer paper but CCE initially resistant, will push for it harder
    • University Senator Jared Odessky asked if there was anyway that Chris could get a copy of the contract that employers have to sign. He also suggested that we could talk to the academic department about writing a letter to include in the contract that firms have to sign about why they made the decision on the R Credit.
  • Student Services Representatives
    • Charles Sanky is meeting with Scott Wright, Vice President of Campus Services about the package center and long wait times
    • Chris Godshall attended the first housing advisory committee meeting on Friday. There is a possibility of, as they renovate, to start excluding cable jacks from the rooms. Housing will reach out to CUIT and see about the usage of cable in dorms before they do this.
      • Also talked about the air conditioning in John Jay dining hall. For an actual, practical solution, they would have to loose 15 beds in John Jay. VP of Policy Sejal Singh noted that they are looking at a longer-term solution of installing central AC.
      • President Peter Bailinson also mentioned that they talked about the possibility of having all housing selection to be online.
  • Senate
    • Marc Heinrich will be representing undergraduates on the Executive Committee (committee which meets with President Bollinger). He wants to make sure that this is as transparent as possible and wants feedback from students.
    • Will be sending out an email to General Body later tonight with more updates
  • President
    • Peter and Andrew went to the ABC general body meeting and talked to them about the idea of a technology collective
      • Allocated $2000 through Student Project Grants to begin working on this
    • Peter also attended the athletic advisory committee meeting. They talked about Homecoming and a possible spirit week—meeting later this week to talk about more specifics
    • Peter also had his first meeting with Scott Wright, Vice President of Campus Services. They were expecting to do more changes in Lerner this summer but because of the relocation of the SVR offices, they weren’t able to do so. Changes expected for the immediate future are listed below:
      • There will now be revolving doors in Lerner lobby and a smaller desk
      • Package center will not be moving into Café 212
      • Opened a Gender Inclusive bathroom on the 5th floor of Lerner
      • Possible changes that might happened with Dining: because there are now 3000 people on a voluntary meal plan, they might open John Jay earlier
      • Also discussed having the dining halls potentially open during breaks (with a special meal plan that you have to purchase separately)
    • Peter also met with Todd Smith-Bergollo, Interim Dean of Student Life. They talked about Columbia Leads. Todd wanted to clarify that there is a limit of 3 points for club leadership so they are not expecting people to join 8 clubs.
  • Campus Life
    • Passport was a successful event: gave a shoutout to volunteers Justin, Anne, Chris George And Sarah Yee
    • Continuing to plan for College Days, Homecoming and Lazer Tag
    • Columbia Archives event: finding a week in the semester where they put up displays about what buildings used to be like and how they got there
    • Alumni event: event where they would hold an Urban NY style lottery which alumni would help pay for
    • Bagelpolooza is back: shoutouts to Anne and Sarah for helping to put it together
    • Great team of designers working with us on CCSC now!
  • Communications
    • Navigate Columbia is being worked on right now
    • WTF Columbia issues coming back next week
  • Policy
    • Ramis, Grayson, and Sejal are meeting with Sam Seward and Health Services to make AD/DL services easier to access—huge financial burden for people to get testing sometimes; going to meet with him to see if the Emergency Health fund can fund the disability testing
    • Also working to make sure that students who are returning from medical leave are able to apply to SICs
    • Grayson and Sejal made appointments to academic committees
    • Chris and Charles working on an app that would alert students of housing issues
  • Finance
    • Optional excel trainings
    • Also accepted allocation requests from Class Presidents and Campus Life
    • Looked at the list of Finance’s initiatives for the year and made timelines for them

Yellow Ribbon Resolution

  • Members of the MilVets Board and President of GSSC Peter Nason presented a resolution which encourages Columbia College to accept the Yellow Ribbon fund
  • The post 9/11 GI Bill pays for the maximum in-state tuition of any public university
    • Yellow Ribbon program allows the schools to give a grant or scholarship that will be matched by the VA up to half of the remaining amount
    • This fund is operational at GS but not at SEAS or CC—this affects SEAS primarily because of the 3-2 program but also affects CC
    • Saaket Pradham asked if there has been a reason that Columbia has allowed this to happen for some schools and not others
      • Back in 2008, each individual college had to decide whether they would opt into the program or not. CC and SEAS then decided not to opt in.
    • It is currently unclear where the funding would come from. The MilVets are working with the GS administration who has, in turn, put them in contact with the SEAS administration.
    • They are presenting to all four undergraduate councils because they need “a push from below”.
    • Council members asked about their timeline for getting this passed. They responded that they hope to have a long-term plan within the year.
    • University Senator Jared Odessky asked whether donors donate directly to the Yellow Ribbon Fund. The answer was yes.
    • He then asked if they had a preference for what model they would like to see, and if the GS fund was exhausted at the end of the year.
      • They have enough for every veteran who attends GS.
      • Schools can also choose to cap the number of students that they admit on the basis of the Yellow Ribbon program
    • For comparison, the SEAS graduate school only offers five spots, SIPA offers about one hundred, GS offers unlimited spots.
  • Resolution Passed
    • 25-0-0

 

Sexual Assault Activism Review

Presented by Sejal Singh and Abby Porter through their role in the Coalition Against Sexual Violence

  • New policy was released
    • While students were told that they would be included in a discussion about this, they weren’t
    • The policy changes don’t reflect a lot of the concerns
    • Many of the changes are good but a lot of them are in response to new changes in the law
  • President Bollinger Meeting
    • Marc and Sejal attended
    • Discussed next steps—primarily working with Suzanne Goldberg, President Bollinger’s Special Advisor on Sexual Assault
  • Primary Prevention Work
    • Working with SVR on continued primary prevention training
    • Surveying students to evaluate the Consent 101 workshop held during NSOP
    • Also working with graduate students and GS students who were given the same training as many undergraduates even though they, many times, have different social interactions
  • Resource Pushes
    • Long wait times at CPS because its confusing to know how to book a trauma counselor
    • Want to push for more trauma counselors, especially counselors who are specialized in LGBTQ communities
  • Also want to continue to ensure that students are able to access the Rape Crisis Center
  • Concerns about adjudication and transparency were outlined in the letter presented to President Bollinger
  • Data that was demanded by the Columbia University Democrats last year will be released on Tuesday

 

Bylaws Discussion

  • Council members went through the Bylaws by Articles and proposed changes to them. Many of the changes centered around adopting new language, integrating non-council members to more council activities, and clarifying the language around conflicts of interest during a judicial hearing after an election.
  • CCSC will vote on the new bylaws at next week’s meeting.