Written by Betsy Ladyzhets
August 29, 20171:32 pm 5 Comments
Yesterday afternoon, the Barnard Columbia Solidarity Network (BCSN, for short), an alliance of activist groups on campus, released a welcome letter to Barnard’s new president Sian Beilock. This alliance currently includes Divest Barnard for a Just Transition, Undocumented Students Initiative, Student-Worker Solidarity, Columbia University Apartheid Divest, CU/BC Branch of the International Socialist Organization, and No Red Tape.
The letter begins by introducing BCSN as a” coalition of student groups mobilized in a common struggle for liberation” that opposes consolidation of power, wealth, and resources “in the hands of a few” at Columbia. It then goes on to list a few recent victories for activism at Barnard and Columbia, including Barnard divesting from companies that deny climate change, Columbia divesting from the coal industry and private prisons, and student workers winning a $15 minimum wage.
After this introduction, BCSN cuts to the chase in expressing their concerns about President Beilock’s appointment: “the Barnard community was effectively locked out of the presidential search process”, they write, because student and faculty representatives were appointed rather than elected, and student concerns were trivialized. Debora Spar has left what BCSN considers a troubling legacy, as she failed to address needs of low-income students, undocumented students, students of color, and other groups of marginalized identities. And it seems that BCSN is not particularly impressed with President Beilock’s history, either; they cite her work at University of Chicago taking “a leading role in the administration’s assault on graduate student workers’ right to unionize”. In addition, the writers of this letter found President Beilock’s and Provost Bell’s statement on the events in Charlottesville wanting, as that statement failed to condemn white supremacist ideology, “explicitly defend the rights of students of color”, and “state what you [Barnard] will do… to stand for racial justice”.
See BCSN’s demands and read the full letter after the jump
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Written by Bwog Staff
August 29, 20179:00 am 0 Comments
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One thing to do before graduating: After a wild weekend night, doing whatever fun things that the kids do these days, before you pass out from exhaustion at 3am, go to the lawn by Hartley (the one without a gate) and lie on the grass, pretending you can see actual stars in the sky. The campus may or may not be quiet, but it’s an interesting experience, and if you’re with a friend, you can have a drunken talk about the meaning of life.
From the archives: Do you ever just sit and think about rubber bands? Same.
Lovely silver balloons via Columbia College Facebook Page
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