SGA: Controversy, Surveys
Written by Bwog Staff
The lovely Renée Kraiem brings the latest from the SGA.
Barnard SGA wants you to fill out a survey on your reaction to the college’s new full-time enrollment fees.
Almost a month ago, Dean Hinkson sent out the email that broke the student body’s back; the email briefly outlined Barnard’s new tuition policy, which mandated that all students pay full-time fees beginning next fall. Juniors who were planning on paying part-time fees their senior year must now adjust their plan of study to take on more courses in order to avoid tuition hikes.
Students circulated a petition following A-Hinks’s email that drew 600 signatures. A-Hinks visited SGA the following Monday, where she faced a barrage of student questions, most of which focused on the implementation of the policy and the timing of her announcement. Many argued the change imposed unreasonable demands on juniors in particular. A large-scale protest took place the following week on Lehman Walk.
SGA established a task force to respond to student concerns. The Rep Council insists that the SGA is a “legitimate way to funnel communication” to the administration and assure that it will be productive. Filling out the task force’s survey is the most direct way of communicating thoughts about the new tuition policy.
PrezBla reported that, following her meeting with A-Hinks on October 17th, A-Hinks received only 10 emails from concerned students, all of whom she scheduled meetings with. She believes that the amount of emails that she received is indicative of the amount of people that are concerned, though 60 times as many students signed the petition.
The survey, though brief, addresses the communication of the policy to the student body, an equally contentious topic. Barnard inundates students with so many emails, many argue, that it is impossible to distinguish invitations to irrelevant events from important emails like A-Hinks’s. The email came from the address email@example.com, “doc” meaning “Dean of the College.” PrezBla insisted that many had no idea doc stood for such and mistook the email for spam. Rep Council agreed that the timing of Dean Hinkson’s announcement was too late into the semester, but the proper form for communicating an announcement of this magnitude remains to be seen.
Waving your hands in the air in support? Fill out the survey. Feel free to contact Shira Borzak (BC ’12) at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. All results will be communicated to A-Hinks. The survey is for Barnard students only.
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