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So long, farewell…

It has been a long semester, and all good things must come to an end. Today, now-seasoned Bwog veteran Andrew Chee has the scoop on the latest and final GSSC meeting for the semester. 

Dr. Anne Goldfield, the GS liaison at the office of Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), stepped in for this meeting to elaborate more on CPS’s programs and services. Although CPS is supported by the Columbia student health fee, which is automatically included in all full-time students’ tuition, Dr. Goldfield wanted to emphasize that financial reasons should never be an obstacle for students seeking help, and if  the student health fee is a financial strain for any part-time students, they should still attempt to speak to Dr. Goldfield or anyone else at CPS.

Dr. Goldfield noted that GS students are statistically the most satisfied student group in CPS; it’s nice that we seem to have our mental health game down! Dr. Goldfield noted the reason why CPS intake is conducted via a phone call and not an online form is that CPS does not want to miss any urgent cases. However, the overall process of seeing a psychiatrist at CPS can be long and demanding, and a phone call may not even be that convenient. Be sure to step into CPS’s office sooner rather than later, just in case! In any case, CPS also offers additional services beyond one-on-one counseling, such as workshops, meditation services, and more.

‘Global Tech Treks’ and more after the jump

Nov

28

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Bwogger Andrew Chee brings you this almost offensively-concise summary of GSSC. General Studies Student Council meets on Tuesdays at 8:15 pm in the Jed Satow Room in Lerner Hall.

You know those friends who are incredibly drama-free and super reliable? Yeah, hanging out with them is always good vibes, even though juicy drama is what we all live for in our social lives. GSSC is that friend: this week’s meeting simply brings us additional announcements of upcoming events on campus, incessant prodding to apply for open positions, and somewhat important albeit dry allocations of funds toward clubs. However, Dean Rosen-Metsch, the light in all of our lives, broke up the monotony by gassing up GS and reminding us all about why we love GS and GSSC.

Dean Rosen-Metsch dropped by GSSC for a general recap of how her term as Dean of General Studies has been unfolding for the past year, as well as major priorities and goals for the future. All around, it was all good vibes with Dean Rosen-Metsch, as she reiterated the success of recent events such as Giving Day, and further communicated her support for underserved portions of the student community, such as international students.

GSSC voted in favor of a motion for creating a dedicated space on campus for students with families. While it will be child-friendly, it will not be intended as a child daycare space. Definitely a key move for an underserved yet crucial segment of the student population.

The Joint Council Co-Sponsorships Committee (JCCC) came in to talk about funding from GS. As the JCCC allocates funds toward numerous student groups on campus, regardless of college, the council debated the number of funds to be allocated for JCCC, as GS tends to have lower turnout and presence in clubs and organizations on campus.

Read about GSSC’s upcoming events after the jump!

Nov

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Too normal for Ferris

Resident Soylent drinker and Bwog Dad Andrew Chee feels that while the classic pizza options at Ferris are solid, their other “creative” flavors are…. questionable at best. Here are some possible flavors Ferris should consider serving.

Artichoke pizza

A clear nod to the NYC gem Artichoke Basille’s, this is a simple flavor that would be a definite hit. Grab some artichokes from the neighboring pasta station, add excessive amounts of whatever luxurious cheese Artichoke Basille’s uses and Columbia freshmen will soon be hitting the Freshman 50.

Pasta pizza

With the pasta station right next to the pizza station, this is an obvious option that is fairly ubiquitous at pizzerias, yet never seen at Ferris. Basil pesto sauce with some mozzarella and tomatoes from the salad bar would easily be a perennial favorite for generations to come. And although Ferris does not serve vodka sauce at their pasta station (not sure why not or even why John Jay does not serve it every day), they could easily borrow some from John Jay and top a pizza with some penne and vodka sauce. What could be more American than taking two separate dishes and creating a mouthwatering monstrosity?

It gets worse…

Nov

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Tonight in GSSC was more of the usual, with announcements of upcoming GS events and some updates on relevant issues for GS students. Groggy Bwogger Andrew Chee interrupts his exam cramming to summarize the meeting for you.

General Studies Student Council kicked off a little slowly, with several absences due to the GS Scholarship Dinner occurring at the same time, as well as some technical difficulties. Once the show got started, Linda Amrou, the Program Officer from the Columbia Global Centers stopped by to discuss the nine global centers and the opportunities they provide. They are focused on research and education, and “were founded with the objective of connecting the local with the global, to create opportunities for shared learning and to deepen the nature of global dialogue.” For more information, you can check out their website here or email Linda at la2717@columbia.edu.

The rest of the meeting was fairly straightforward, with several key updates being announced, leaving the rest of the meeting for the allocation of funds for various upcoming events. GSSC will only be meeting two more times this semester: the next meeting will be November 27th (no meeting the week of Thanksgiving!) and will feature Dean Rosen-Metsch, Dean Rojas, Sean Trulby, and Ashley, the new Director of Student Life. It is intended to be an extraordinarily special GSSC meeting, so if you only attend one GSSC meeting this semester, make sure you drop by that week! They claim there will be copious amounts of food, so I will definitely be there to evaluate that claim. The following and last GSSC meeting will be on December 4th. The council also announced that GS will be increasing the number of sections of University Writing from 23 to 26, which is intended to alleviate some of the difficulty some students (cough me) have been experiencing with getting into a section of University Writing. Seriously, I’ve failed to get into University Writing for two semesters now, but maybe third time’s the charm? The last update is that the Council is looking for a Sustainability and Community Service Chair, an External Events Chair, and a Senior Class Treasurer. If you are interested in applying for any of these positions, applications should be available in the weekly GS emails; if not, feel free to reach out to any of the council members.

Upcoming Events

  • Open Mic Night, tonight November 14th at 8 pm for students with disabilities and chronic illnesses in Pupin.
  • Thanksgiving Dinner on November 22nd from 3 – 6 pm in the GS Lounge – catering will be provided by West Side Market, Seasoned Vegan, with Kosher options TBA.
  • Senior Coffee Fridays on November 16th and 30th – further information should be sent out to seniors via email.
  • End of Semester Senior Party at Mel’s, which is tentatively set for the beginning of December – or possibly the beginning of the spring semester, in the event of a conflict with Lerner Pub. GSSC plans to have a giveaway at this event with 50 scarves and drink tickets, so stay tuned!

That’s the scoop for this week! There will not be GSSC next week, so enjoy your break y’all!

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Oct

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Me trying to hear at GSSC with no mics

Are you ready to Give and Get?! GSSC lays down all details (seriously, every single one of them) about Giving Day, and Big Boy Bwogger Andrew Chee is here with the key facts for your morning read. GSSC meets every Tuesday night in the Jed Satow room in Lerner at 8:15 pm.

Despite some technical difficulties and a lack of a microphone, GSSC was fairly quick and straightforward last night as the council hyped everyone up for Giving Day today. If you are not already aware, Giving Day is an event in which alumni are encouraged to give back to the university financially, so that current and future students may continue to receive scholarships to assist their educational journey. In other words, Giving Day is pretty exciting since it directly impacts students! Dean Rosen-Metsch dropped by to remind people to show up at the GS Giving Day Celebration, which will occur today, Wednesday, October 24, at 6:30 pm. Dean Rosen-Metsch directly stressed that even if you are a student and/or not able to donate to Giving Day financially, it is imperative to show up anyway to meet the donors and bump up the atmosphere! Come out and show the alumni who they are giving to and why their support matters!

Additionally, for the first time, a $5000 gift was donated anonymously in which students are able to decide where they would like to see the funds allocated toward, provided that the community matches that amount. If you would like to support General Studies on Giving Day, you can donate all day right here. Lastly, Giving Day has an engagement challenge, and GSSC is asking everybody to show some social media love! Be sure to hashtag #ColumbiaGivingDay and #GSPride today, as well as tag Columbia GS in any posts you make today! The GS community has done well with social media engagement the past few years, and GSSC would like to see that streak continue, so make sure you bother all your friends and family about Giving Day today!

More fun GS events after the jump

Oct

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Pictured are two GS students conversing about post-midterm fun

Tonight’s meeting was straightforward, as the council focused on fun upcoming events after midterms! GSSC Bureau Chief Andrew Chee sacrifices his Butler time to bring you this delicious recap.

Stephanie Jennings, a senior health specialist at Columbia Health Services, was tonight’s guest speaker, opening up a conversation about what students would like to see more of in the Columbia health insurance plans.

Students noted that they particularly desired :

  • Affordability, with regards to co-pay, medication, and premiums
  • Reliability
  • Partial coverage for out of network doctors
  • A larger network for out of state providers
  • A more affordable dental plan
  • Greater transparency regarding insurance policy benefits, termination, and fees
  • Additional option plans with lower premiums and higher out of pocket costs

If you have any comments or suggestions for the Columbia health insurance plan for future semesters, you can reach out to Stephanie at sj2137@cumc.columbia.edu.

GSSC President Updates

GSSC has two open positions: Senior Class Treasurer and Community Services and Sustainability Rep. Apply if it seems like it is up your alley!

Upcoming Events

  • Midterms Snack Attacks are still going on this week. Today and tomorrow (October 17 and 18), head over to the GS lounge for breakfast and lunch at 9:30 am and 12:30 pm, respectively.
  • The JTS Shabbat dinner is happening this Friday, October 19 at 8:15 pm in the GS lounge and will have kosher/Persian food. For this event, make sure you RSVP on the Google Form provided on the Facebook event.
  • The Homecoming Pep Rally will also occur on Friday, October 19 on Butler lawn at 1 to 3 pm. Lazy Halloween will be on November 1 at Mel’s at 7 pm.
  • Basketball Mania is on October 25. Prizes include $50k for a half-court shot, $10k for a three-pointer, and Columbia laundry bags. GSSC is looking for a GS student to partner up with the women’s basketball players for the three-pointer shot. You are eligible if you have not played basketball competitively in the last five years, so contact Sondra Woodruff at sew2187@columbia.edu if you are interested!
  • Senior Class events
    • Oktoberfest on the 27th 1:30 to 4:30 pm in front of East Campus Plaza.
    • First Year Senior Year Lunch is on November 2nd in the GS Lounge.
    • Lerner Pubs

That’s all from GSSC this week! Check out these exciting events and unwind during the stressful midterms period!

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Oct

10

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Too busy to stop by General Studies Student Council? No worries, resident Bwogger Andrew Chee skipped out on soup dumplings to bring you the rundown of the major topics discussed tonight.

Policy

An amendment to the bylaws was proposed to replace the impeachment process for appointed members of the council. As it currently stands, the impeachment process was a fairly public spectacle that generated a great deal of drama and hard feelings. Thus, the council successfully voted to revamp the process, implementing a six-week process consisting of the superior officer first meeting with the member, and then the full student council meeting with the member if the issues are not rectified. Finally, if no improvements are evident, the council can convene to privately impeach said member via unanimous vote.

Communication

Newly elected Alumni Affairs Rep Jessica Kim will be meeting the alumni relations team on Friday to throw some ideas about to engage alumni for Giving Day. Additionally, the Monthly Owl is still looking for submissions for upcoming events! If your organization has an upcoming event that you would like to promote, feel free to check the Weekly Raisa for the link to submit your event.

Campus Life

Many events finally have a date and time! The pep rally will be on October 19 at Butler lawn from 1 to 4 pm and will have free t-shirts, a marching band, and more. Next, the Shabbat dinner will take place later on the same day, October 19, in the GS lounge at 8:15 pm, and it will be open to all General Studies students. Lastly, the Lazy Halloween party at Mel’s has been scheduled for November 1 (time TBA) and it sounds like it’s gonna be a blast! GSSC is renting out Mel’s for the night, and there will be an unlimited hot food and milkshake bar, and a drink ticket. Entrance tickets for the event will $5, and subsidized tickets will be available as well. A motion for $6600 to be allocated toward Lazy Halloween (for the cost of renting the venue and providing the aforementioned goodies) was approved.

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Senior Class President

Senior Class President Stephen Ballew announced a senior class event: Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest will take place on the 27th in the plaza in front of East Campus from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. Additionally, GS seniors will be allowed to bring a +1 for this event and other events, in an effort to improve turnout at senior events. Stephen made a motion to allocate $230 toward senior class Oktoberfest steins from the senior class budget, which was approved. The steins will be given out to the first 100 students at Oktoberfest, so start lining up!

Keep reading to hear from the Senator and Committee Chairs!

Oct

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Newly flu-immune GSSC Bureau Chief Andrew Chee brings you the key highlights from tonight’s General Studies Student Council meeting. If you want to experience the action front and center, be sure to stop by the Jed Satow Room in Lerner every Tuesday at 8:15pm.

President Raisa Flor delivered some updates regarding the Alumni Affairs team, the upcoming Giving Day, and the Silent Auction. GS hired 4 people recently solely to improve alumni affairs and connect undergraduate students with alumni more effectively.  Giving Day is an event in which students are challenged to give back to the school, culminating in a series of competitions, where students’ donations will be matched by the trustees upon reaching a certain number of gifts. Giving Day is set for October 24, so keep your eyes peeled for further information as the date approaches. In addition, GSSC will be allocating funds toward the Food Pantry for the Silent Auction, as well as two tickets to the GS Gala. The Silent Auction is an event taking place on October 10 in Lerner 555 from 6 to 9pm, which aims to raise awareness of and combat the stigma associated with food insecurity. For anyone wishing to donate items or services (e.g. DJing, personal training sessions), make sure you email thefoodpantry@columbia.edu or send them a message on Facebook.

Committing to Carbon Neutrality

Meredith, BC/JTS’21 and Ariana, CC’21 came in to speak about their campaign for Columbia to commit to carbon neutrality in its sustainability plan, as well as to garner support from the student council and student body at large. They believe that a commitment to a pledge will serve as a positive example for students to emulate in order to be more green, and that the university will make back its financial investments in sustainability in the long run. Although Columbia will not be a leader in this sector, as many other universities have already made or completed formal commitments to carbon neutrality, it “hopes to align with New York City’s goal of 80% reduction by 2050 and a short term goal of 35% reduction by 2020”, the latter of which they are about to reach. As the largest property owner in New York City, Columbia can however be a leader within the city, and collaboration with the state would be likely and an effective move. As Columbia would need to release its data regarding its own carbon usage and emissions before further steps could be taken, the ball is now in their court as Meredith and Ariana ramp up the pressure on them and gather support from the general student body. Moving into the discussion, Meredith and Ariana stated that they plan to involve alumni as much as possible and avoid any and all potential financial repercussions for students in the form of tuition increases. Furthermore, a member of audience stepped up to state that, “[As a private sector energy consultant], 2030 is a very aggressive date, but very doable.” Let’s hope Columbia makes the right decision as world leaders and protects the environment.

But where are the mashed potatoes?

Sep

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Actual photograph of Raisa bringing down the hammer/gavel

Our gallant and fearless GSSC Bureau Chief Andrew Chee braved the torrential downpour to give y’all the rundown of breaking news from the General Studies Student Council! Let’s just pretend that it was not drizzling lightly by the time he walked over to Lerner. Tonight’s highlights include a Q&A with GS Dean Lisa Rosen-Metsch, GS ’90, and additional nominees to the council.

GSSC kept it healthy today with fruits and fresh veggies for the meeting. President Raisa Flor, GS ’19, had to bust out the gavel just to get everyone away from the food and right into business.

Q&A With the Dean 

Our lovely GS Lisa Rosen-Metsch dropped by for a Q&A session about updates since she became Dean in January, as well as plans for the future. As a quick refresher, Dean Rosen-Metsch is an alumna of General Studies, majoring in sociology in the first dual degree program of the dual BA/Jewish Theological Seminary. She is now a sociologist who has done work with public health, most notably regarding the HIV/AID epidemic, and she was the chair of the department of sociomedical sciences at Mailman, where she currently serves as a professor.

For this fall semester, Dean Rosen-Metsch noted that we have 710 new GS students, including 118 veterans, 117 in the Postbac Premed program, 4 students from the Trinity College Dublin/GS dual BA program, as well as students from a multitude of various backgrounds, such as ballet dancers, writers, athletes, models, teachers, musicians, designers, journalists, engineers, entrepreneurs, investment bankers, real estate agents, and workers in construction, hospitality, government, and nonprofits. Just to give a sense of the achievements of the incoming class of GS students, Dean Rosen-Metsch mentioned one new student, an Olympian who won the US National Championship for show jumping in 2012 and competed in London as youngest ever member of US Olympic Equestrian team! Excited to see you all on campus and welcome!

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