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ESC master Finn Klauber covers the final meeting of the semester this week!

Professional Development and Hunger Awareness Week

ESC met for the final time this semester last night in their old haunt on Lerner 5. Once again ESC had a brief discussion on the Professional Development and Leadership programs, which aim to provide fun and education programs for students. Programs about interviews, project management, comedy and improve, as well as alcohol and networking will provide opportunities to learn useful skills which are not taught in the classroom.

ESC followed this with a presentation from the First-Generation and Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) Food Insecurity Committee Chair, Miguel. His presentation concerned food insecurity at Columbia, which has been a very prevalent topic in ESC and the administration for the past few years. FLIP is partnering with the Food Pantry to collaborate on a Campus Hunger Awareness Week taking place from February 4th to the 8th.

This will include film screenings, speaker panels, possible collaboration with Columbia Dining, as well as a meal packing workshop at Barnard. While Miguel was not formally requesting a cosponsorship from ESC, he wanted to put the event on ESC’s radar and open up a discussion on what a cosponsorship would look like. While Miguel did not know exactly how ESC could involve itself in the planning process, he did not deny ESC’s interest in helping out with the collaborative effort beyond simple financial contributions.

Updates:

  • President Garg and another member of the executive board held a meeting with Joyce Jackson regarding housing—specifically tv preferences in dorms. The discussion considered whether the televisions should have cable, or whether they could use accounts for streamable content.
  • Columbia is moving forward with implicit bias workshops, having partnered with a consulting company to develop Columbia-specific trainings for faculty, post docs, and TAs. The woman conducting this research, whom ESC referred to with the mononym “Priya,” will call specific members of the Columbia community for personal thoughts on implicit bias, as opposed to a less person mass survey.
  • ESC is hoping to finally have their website back up in December, though it may actually take longer than that if the site has to be rebuilt.
  • The revision process for faculty/undergraduate relationship policies is in progress in the University Senate. Not only does this policy involve a lot of entities within the university, but it might have to be voted upon if enough of the policy is changed. Furthermore, University Senate has to focus on the graduate student relationship policy, as, according to anecdote, such relationships are more common.
  • More locations for the “wellness vending machines” are being considered. The initial criteria for placement was: 1) 24 hour open space, 2) physically accessible space, and 3) no swipe access is needed. Because of strong data, locations are being considered that don’t adhere to the third criterion, such as inside the EC lobby. As Senator Zoha Qamar described it, EC is “a desert for any resource” and a vending machine there would be impactful.
  • There will be at least 1 more Lerner Pub occurring next semester in Ancel Plaza. Hopefully there will be more mugs, or a similarly appealing giveaway.

Nov

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Tree lighting this week!

Engineering Student Council met for a very, very brief session last night. President Ria Garg made sure to note how ESC’s attendance policies are being stretched by council members, something with which the E-Board will have to deal.

Minor Updates:

  • Tree Lighting is this Thursday, from 5:00 to 7:30. There will be free food and a record number of groups. If you can’t get to the entire event and just want to see the lights, the trees are lit up at exactly 6:56.
  • A meeting is being set up with CCSC President Jordan Singer and Undergraduate Student Life regarding the CC-SEAS programming board. There will be a big event next semester for Columbia undergraduate students. Sorry GS.
  • Dean Morrison is interested in how people feel about the gender neutral bathrooms which have been placed slowly (but consistently) in newly renovated Mudd floors. Nobody in ESC really noticed, but President Garg noted that the initiative is more oriented towards grad students “[who] live in Mudd.”

Nov

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Tree lighting ceremony!! Exciting!

ESC specialist Finn Klauber went back to ESC for another one of their meetings. Here is his recap: 

Engineering Student Council met for a mercifully short session last night in the hopes of conserving midterm study time. An ad hoc discussion topic bookended a short roundup of updates.

Losing Track of Bias
An email sent out by the SEAS administration this weekend marked the beginning of SEAS implicit bias workshops—trainings which are supposed to raise awareness for implicit bias and promote inclusivity in the SEAS community. These trainings would only be attended by “people who oversee students” such as professors and TAs. As the email asked that SEAS students input their ideas for these trainings at a college wide discussion, ESC decided to briefly discuss anything which could be integrated into the event.

VP Communications Asher Goldfinger opened the discussion by saying that he “thinks CC has become pretty good for [sensitivity]” but that income bias is still relevant in SEAS. Specifically, he brought up an instance where a professor assumed his students would be able to purchase expensive equipment, positing that this is an example of implicit bias in the engineering classroom.

Most of the discussants contributed to the topic in a similar manner—by relating an anecdote about bias in the classroom. However, what began as anecdotes of sexism or class bias quickly lost relevance to the general discussion about implicit biases. Stories of professors explicitly targeting students, either positively or negatively, entered the discussion, along with more general gripes about accents and professors’ academic expectations. While these are no doubt of importance, it seemed that ESC slowly deviated from solely discussing implicit biases.

General Updates

  • President Ria Garg met with the Committee on Instruction to discuss course registration. Perhaps ESC’s long saga for registration justice will come to an end by next semester, as both the Committee and Paul Blaer recognized how the current system harms CS majors and minors. President Garg will also discuss this with Dean Morrison this week.
  • Tree Lighting 2018 is going to take place on Thursday, November 29th from 5:00 to 7:30. CCSC has ordered the long sleeve shirts while the remaining councils are splitting up the costs for food, drinks, and other giveaways.
  • University Senator Zoha Qamar will be meting with CU Health this week to review vending machine data. Let’s hope she brings back some fun facts about the vending machines here.
  • The Campus Affairs representative briefly mentioned how group fitness classes at Columbia are not free, which is something she would like to change. She also briefly brought up how Barnard can use Dodge but Columbia can not use the Barnard gym, although she admits this is a more complicated discussion given Barnard’s character.

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Oct

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As every week, Bwog’s dedicated and experienced Engineering Student Council Bureau Chief Finn Klauber reports everything going on in SEAS student government.

At the ESC meeting last night in the Satow Room, the Council covered some basic updates followed by discussions on the creation of an Ecology minor and a proposed mental health statement.

Cultivating An Ecology Minor
According to ESC President Ria Garg, a girl recently came to ESC to ask for a statement of support regarding the creation of an Ecology minor. While Garg was not sure “why she needs a statement of support,” she figured that the ESC should discuss the topic first. The response from ESC was general confusion over what they are supposed to do. The VP Communications Asher Goldfinger asked if there was a monetary commitment that has to be made, before generally asking why ESC should support a process about which they don’t know anything. 2019 President Izzet Kebudi then clarified that the creation of new minors falls under the purview of the Education Committee of the University Senate. There was general agreement that this affects SEAS as minors in SEAS are different from concentrations in CC, but nobody could agree on what exactly is the difference or how to proceed with the request. As such, the Council decided to table the topic until next week pending more research into the SEAS framework for minors.

Group Editing A Mental Health Statement
The majority of the meeting last night was oriented around the finalization of a mental health statement to be released to the Columbia community. After emailing Deans Boyce, Morrison, and Plaa about the administration’s response to the recent tragic suicide, Dean Plaa responded that SEAS faculty should know about what happened and how students are grieving. He suggested specifically that if any student needs academic support, they should go to their advising dean. To communicate this information to the student body, ESC decided to craft all the information they have on the situation—including the typical list of mental health resources we see on every email from the administration—in the form of an ESC statement.

What can ESC spend 50 minutes editing? Click here to find out

Oct

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ESC began last night’s discussion in reverse order, starting with a discussion section on new orientation programs. The idea is to provide “tracks” of events to “help students adjust to college much better and help students find community on campus much easier,” just as pre-orientation programs do. These programs would take place, at least initially, after NSOP concludes, making these “post-orientation” programs. Their themes, like tech, arts, or food, would hopefully allow more communities to form. If successful, the program would be moved to before NSOP, taking place concurrently with COÖP, CUE, and ISOP. During the discussion, it was clarified that the programs would focus on all newcomers to the Columbia community (including transfers), and that ESC can forward this idea as funding would come from Undergraduate Student Life. Although the current pre-orientation programs could be expanded, their funding does not come from USL and thus ESC can not try to expand them.

Updates

  • A meeting took place with Dean Kachani, a Vice Provost of Columbia and Senior Vice Dean of Columbia Engineering, regarding professors’ sensitivity to student diversity in the classroom. Apparently, Dean Kachani was very receptive to the issue. He also suggested reaching out to the Committee on Instruction regarding registrar issues between SEAS and the other undergrad colleges at Columbia.
  • The standardization of trash bins around Columbia, particularly recycling bins, is in progress. This refers to clarifying what should be placed in each bin. Efforts are also in progress in the academic buildings, but it’s not clear exactly how much progress has been made.
  • EC townhouses will be getting induction burners to compliment the hotplates already installed. The magnetic pan needed for the induction burner to work will also be provided.
  • Beer steins are coming for Oktoberfest next week. Make sure to arrive early to get one, along with the free beer, of course.

Presentation From The Director Of Academic Integrity

ESC ended their session by meeting with Victoria Malaney Brown, the Director of Academic Integrity at Columbia University, via Google Hangouts. Her role is brand new at Columbia Engineering—there was no academic integrity administrator until Victoria was brought in. The discussions around academic integrity is a “hot button topic” in academia, and Brown’s educational role is preventative in supporting undergraduates in their academic integrity. Her office is on Lerner 6, where she focuses quite a bit on programming and workshops—which is why she wanted to reach out to ESC for cooperation.

She discussed many aspects of her job, but focused specifically during the question and answer period on exposing (especially international) students to American citation standards for their papers and research. She hopes to gather student input for programming, hoping to establish a relationship with ESC for such a reason.

Sep

25

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As every week, Bwog’s dedicated and experienced Engineering Student Council Bureau Chief Finn Klauber reports everything going on in SEAS student government. This week there are mold problems, Oktoberfest, and basketball-related free tuition.

ESC met last night to give a round robin-style slew of updates. Luckily for your humble correspondent, this meant that the ESC meeting ended before 10:30—which is always a good thing. Relevant updates from each position are recorded below.

Student Body President

  • ESC took a few minutes yesterday to discuss/nominate a representative for the Inter-School Governing Board (IGB) and an alternative representative for the Student Adjudication Panel.
    A meeting with Scott Wright regarding the EC mold problem did not pan out very well. Wright explained that the Facilities workers paint over the mold with a special type of chemical that is supposed to kill all mold spores. However, after continuing to see mold in treated rooms, the President was hard pressed to agree with Wright that the mold has been treated completely. Tangentially, Wright claims that Columbia will have all its dorms air conditioned within the next 30 years.
  • The JED Mental Health Task Force is continuing its efforts to improve Columbia’s mental health problems. Of course, all these meetings are confidential and we haven’t seen much adopted from JED in the past two years, so who can say what’s really going on.

VP Policy

  • After meeting with Jessica Prata, ESC is hoping to reestablish the “Green Fund” which went inactive a few years ago. The Fund aims at funding sustainability projects which students manage, but was shut down a few years ago due to lack of proposals. ESC is thinking about how to reboot thiss and market it better to SEAS students.

VP Student Life

  • Everybody’s favorite on-campus pep rally, Basketball Mania, is happening in Levien Gym on October 25th. Athletics wants students to be more involved this year, so the dunk contest judges will be elected and athletics is sponsoring a set of prizes for making a half court shot, making layups, etc. These prizes range from free coffee for a semester all the way to a semester’s worth of free tuition.

Class of 2019

  • If this is not the outside of Lerner, I am dropping out

    Representatives for 2019 across the schools are working on October’s Lerner Pub. As every year, this means an Oktoberfest-style celebration in one of Columbia’s outside plazas. It’ll be the week after Homecoming. Hopefully there’s some great Oktoberfest swag which will be given away.

Campus Affairs Representative

  • ESC discussed briefly COÖP and CUE, specifically whether everyone who applies should be able to attend. The Campus Affairs Rep will be meeting with Aaron Gomez, Director of Orientation, to discuss expanding these programs to more pre-frosh at Columbia.

 

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Sep

18

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Excerpt from the ppt...gotta love Robert's Rules

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ESC talked about Community Guidelines, goals for the year, and more at last night’s meeting.

After 2019 President Izzet Kebudi gave a quick update on “Lerner Central”—the “study-free zones” (one and a half years in the making) which now take up the space formerly occupied by the East and West Ramp rooms—the Engineering Student Council ran a relatively brief meeting to finish up all of the discussions they had this past weekend during the student council retreat.

The first discussion related to ESC’s “Community Guidelines”—or, more simply, a list of rules for ESC conduct and behavior. The nine rules formulated this week, which are relayed simply below, are:

1. ESC uses Robert’s Rules of Order, modified to allow primarily for points of inquiry, direct responses, a speakers’ list, and simple motions
2. There is a timer for responses
3. Each individual is limited on the number of times he or she can speak on a speakers’ list
4. Use “I” statements when not referring to student-wide opinion or rationale
5. Don’t say extraneous things in discussions
6. Read all documents before meetings
7. Elaborate on all acronyms used during meetings
8. The ESC GroupMe is “casual,” but nobody can mute it
9. Keep updates as brief as possible

One more was added to this list of guidelines at the meeting:

10. Be respectful and try to understand where people are coming from

Read on to find out their goals for the year

Sep

11

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New things happened this summer, and new things are underway.

Every Tuesday, Bwog presents a recap of the Engineering Student Council (ESC) meeting from the day before. ESC Bureau Chief Finn Klauber recounts this week’s meeting, where ESC discusses what’s new for the new academic year and meets with the Columbia Food Pantry.

The Engineering Student Council (ESC) met for its inaugural session last night on the fifth floor of Lerner. During the 15 minutes of introductions, each member proposed a personal goal for their 2018-2019 term. The Executive Board focused on creating a better space for students and council members—including “cultivating a culture of respect and collaboration through council” and having “all of our events for the student body occur in ADA accessible buildings and spaces on campus.” With ESC’s various internal upsets last year and the ongoing ramp construction in front of Hamilton, both of these topics seem extremely prescient.

The vast majority of the meeting, however, consisted of post-summer updates from the executive board, along with an introduction to the Columbia food pantry located on Lerner 5.

General Updates:

  • F@CU (Funding @ CU) successfully took place before school began, with accurate budget reconciliations for the first time. ESC provided $210,000 to governing boards, while the total from all student councils was $1,400,000. The only major event without a budget is Bacchanal. Given our administration’s efforts to shut down Bacchanal each year by proposing sudden (expensive) safety features, this is understandable.
  • There are new wellness machines located in the John Jay lobby which allow access to cheap (relative to Duane Reade) emergency contraceptives and other critical products. University Senator Zoha Qamar, who led this initiative last year, stressed that this is a trial run for the wellness machines—with machines to be potentially installed in Schapiro and Uris—and that having access to paid tampons and pads does not disqualify the long-running initiative to provide free tampons and pads around campus.
  • While student groups can no longer book residence halls at certain hours (mostly at night or in the evening), the construction on the new Lerner lounges is supposed to finish in the near future. The lounges are supposed to be an unbookable student space with pool tables. More updates should come during next week’s meeting.
  • ESC unanimously passed a motion to sponsor EcoReps meetings. Because EcoReps is not an “official” student group—it’s under Columbia housing—they cannot reserve meeting spaces. ESC will now RSVP those spaces on behalf of EcoReps.

Read about the Columbia Food Pantry here

Dec

10

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Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this sparsely populated reading week are below, with no specifically recommended events. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Monday, December 11

  • “Introducing Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia” 7:00-9:00 PM, Buell Hall.
  • “Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy” 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor, Journalism Hall. (RSVP).

Tuesday, December 12

  • “Turkey: Freedom of Expression in the Dock” 6:00-8:00 PM, World Room, Journalism Hall.

Wednesday, December 13

  • “How Far Can Facts Take Us?: Einstein and Bergson, Ghosts and Demons” 6:00-8:00 PM, 801 NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, 1 Washington Pl.

Thursday, December 14

  • “The Uzbek Diaspora And The Immigrant Experience: Radicalization, Transnational Networks, And Media Portrayals” 5:00-7:00 PM, 404 IAB.
  • “Uprising 13/13: Revolt- Foucault in Iran” 6:15-8:45 PM, Casa Hispanica. (Email ak4035@columbia.edu for RSVP).

Friday, December 15

  • “Gravity: A Status Report” 7:00-9:00 PM, Room TBD (follow the signs), Pupin Hall.

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Dec

5

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Oh Christmas tree oh christmas tree

Every Tuesday Bwog brings you a recap of the previous night’s ECS meeting. Bureau Chief Finn Klauber recounts this week’s ESC meeting which covered a range of interesting topics, from the tax bill to home destruction. 

VP Policy, Zoha Qamar

VP Qamar discussed the “wellness machines,” vending machines with health products such as emergency contraception, with Dr. Bernitz of Columbia Health, who was fairly receptive to the idea. Contraception such as Plan B would be offered for $25, which is half the price demanded at Duane Reade. Columbia just has to make sure they’re allowed to sell contraception without a pharmaceutical license, so they’re working with a Cornell unit to determine if they can sell these products without breaking federal or state law. If everything works out, ESC could begin stocking products within the school year.

Qamar also met with other members of the Mental Health Task Force to discuss the Residence Hall Leadership Organization’s (RHLO) proposal to place peer advocates in every resident hall. This plan would begin with Wien and Broadway, two dorms specifically selected by RHLO. Generally, RHLO would like to focus on dorms with upperclassmen, as there are fewer residence hall activities and a resulting lack of community. This plan is stymied, however, by the fact that freshman dorms would not be able to responsibly have freshman peer advocates. Other issues include space requirements, which vary from dorm to dorm, and the fact that instituting a peer advocate plan without optimizing CPS will just exacerbate the current mental health issues relating to that department.

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Nov

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When Thanksgiving break comes quicker than the 1 train

Despite the short nature of this weeks ESC meeting and the fast approaching Thanksgiving break, Bureau Chief Finn Klauber does not disappoint with his report on this weeks happenings of the engineering community.

President Aida Lu

President Lu met with both Dean Brovman, SEAS Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs, and Scott Wright, Vice President for Campus Services. The discussion with Dean Brovman consisted of updates to the SEAS faculty tech talks, improvements to the SEAS study abroad experience, and concerns raised at last week’s meeting regarding Engineeers Without Borders’ funding issues. The discussion with Scott Wright, on the other hand, mostly related to Lerner updates. The Lerner space changes, which were discussed in the last few meetings of both CCSC and ESC, are continuing with renovations of Lerner elevators. Already, one elevator has been shut down for these renovations, which will continue for the next year at least; the elevators are being gutted entirely and modernized in succession. Furthermore, Wright is already investigating the implementation of a dishwasher in Ferris via an ongoing study. Finally, Summer projects for Columbia will include renovations of Woodbridge and Hartley, with the addition of disability access to Wallach and Hartley.

Vice President Policy Zoha Qamar

Although VP Qamar was absent yesterday, various council members took over for her updates. Regarding the Academic Success Program, Qamar met with Dean Morrison, SEAS Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs. They determined that writing a proposal to expand ASP is the next best step. This proposal will outline the current objectives of ASP, what ASP’s future holds, student testimony, and pricing. VP Qamar also met with Dean Brovman regarding Global Programs and SEAS study abroad, who was enthusiastic about ESC’s “mock study abroad” pamphlets which outline how a SEAS student can organize their class schedule and requirements to study abroad at specific institutions.

VP Student Life Ben Barton

VP Barton discussed the first meeting of the new University Life Events Council—a new and well-funded body which is supposed to create new events and traditions for the “entire Columbia community.” They hope to maintain four large events per year. At the last meeting, specifically, they drafted mock ideas for new events.

University Senator Izzet Kebudi

Senator Kebudi also discussed the changes in Lerner, renovations which are supposed to begin imminently. The LGBT and student of colour spaces are almost ready, but instituting more changes would create a “domino effect.” Specifically, because they do not want to eliminate any reservable student space during construction, they plan to convert the Lerner computer room into reservable space to offset the elimination of the East and West Ramp Lounges. The computer lab, however, has to be moved into the AV tech room, where the air ventilation is less than ideal. A team of architects and engineers are currently working on this problem. When they finish—hopefully by April—the room switches can finally take effect.

Miscellanious Updates:

  • ESC is hoping to run a “TedX type of event” with about six presenters. This would be a short event, with a headliner, a professor, and then students or student groups. At the moment, however, it’s still just an idea.
  • Overheard during meeting: “When people heard [Got] FU’d they thought ‘got fucked up.'”
  • The Academic Freedom Resolution, which has been bouncing around the University Senate for about a year in one form or another, is delayed once again. It makes us wonder how hard it really is to plainly state Columbia’s policy regarding academic freedom.
  • The 2019 Class Council held a meeting with a 1968 alumnus, who recounted an old Columbia tradition from the 50’s and 60’s that the Junior class may try to bring back in a lesser form. Back in the day, the SEAS Junior class would spend the five weeks after school ended out in the woods, living and camping together. This was called “Camp Columbia.” Honestly, it sounds really fun.
  • Dean Brovman was interested in ESC’s input regarding future faculty tech talk ideas. Suggestions from ESC included: the 3d printing of food and soft materials, AI, modernization of healthcare, nano materials, 3d animation, digital health, cryptocurrency, organic electronics, and the use of nanoparticles to fight autoimmune diseases.

Nov

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This, apparently, is how EWB: Morocco takes their money overseas. At least, this is how we imagine it.

Once again, ESC has shut out both Bureau Chief Finn Klauber and his Spec counterpart from observing their “off the record” discussion. In the “public” meeting, however, ESC met with the Morocco division of Engineers Without Borders (EWB) and discussed funding issue. Also there was a cappella drama, but what else is new. 

President Aida Lu

President Lu reviewed her meeting with Dean Morrison, SEAS Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs. The main point of their conversation included the transformation of the course evaluation system—a topic which was (once again) discussed off the record as it relates to President Lu’s participation in the Committee on Instruction. Because SEAS is transitioning to canvas, the college will mostly likely implement a new tool for course evaluations. Dean Morrison primarily hopes to increase student participation in the course evaluations. They also discussed major representation at career fairs—a source of concern to ESC for the past three years. As ESC has already collected a list of engineering companies and firms which they hope to see, the only real roadblock is the Center for Career Education.

VP Policy, Zoha Qamar

VP Qamar discussed a variety of topics relating to low-income and first generation students. She met with Columbia First-Generation Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) to review their efforts with the FLIP lending library, Giving Day fundraising, summer aid and housing, and the student work contribution. She also discussed expanding the Academic Success Program (ASP) with First Generation and Low Income Representative Carolina Garcia, President Lu, and FLIP. The main issue with expanding ASP is the inconstant cost of the program. ASP generally consists of four weeks of funding students’ classes, meals, and housing—but the number of ASP participants changes every year. Furthermore, some amount of funding for ASP is provided through New York, meaning that the exact price per capita for ASP is unclear. Meanwhile, VP Qamar wants ESC to outline and publicize the exact objectives of ASP, emphasizing the formation of an ASP community, by gathering student perspectives on the program.

Click here to read about Mental Health Student Training and a cappella drama

Oct

17

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Dark wings, dark words.

Each week, rain or shine, healthy or sick, snow or drought, ESC Bureau Chief Finn Klauber reports on Engineer Student Council’s activities. For the first time in multiple weeks, ESC actually had an open discussion section—and, boy, was it a doozy. 

As most people at Columbia are aware, Lerner Hall experienced a number of protests last Tuesday night due to the speech of the infamous Tommy Robinson, co-founder and previous leader of the English Defence League. While Columbia reiterated its policies that peaceful protest is entirely within the realm of acceptable behaviour, the administration also accosted protesters physically disrupting the event, collecting UNIs and serving the offending students with notices of rules violations. In the wake of the protest and drama surrounding Robinson’s speech, ESC internally wrote, voted upon, and approved their own official statement regarding the various incidents. However, as VP Policy Zoha Qamar recalled before opening this week’s discussion topic, VP Student Life Ben Barton—among others—privately told VP Qamar that he had issues with the statement. As a result, VP Qamar scrapped the entire official statement until after ESC could discuss the various incidents as a general body.

Both VP Barton and 2019 Representative Asher Goldfinger described how the discarded ESC statement lacked any significance or meaning. Specifically, Goldfinger claimed that the “main part of the statement is something that was in our constitution,” and that any ESC statement “should be something new and meaningful.” Barton, on a slightly different note, criticized the discarded statement on grounds that “it’s totally fine to take stances on an issue.” Barton advocated that “all future statements from ESC should be more divisive,” and that such statements “shouldn’t be non-partisan.” In response, VP Qamar attempted to address how these issues were actually raised in the process of writing and approving the original drafted statement—namely, that “you should publicly disagree if you want to disagree.” VP Barton answered that “maybe people didn’t want to themselves to seem to disagree with the language” of the statement, essentially claiming that nobody would stand out alone and disagree with the apparently milquetoast statement for fear of being identified as supporting or condemning the statement’s diction.

What does the class of 2019 say?

Oct

10

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I might come back and add a SEAS logo somewhere in the picture.

As every week, Bureau Chief (and Internal Editor) Finn Klauber reports on the activities and goings-on of the Engineering Student Council. Not much has changed since last week, so get ready for Update Mania 2: ESC Boogaloo.

Just as in last week’s ESC meeting, the discussion section of last night’s ESC session was deemed “off the record”—though it may have had something to do with President Aida Lu’s meeting with the Committee on Instruction. Regardless, this week’s post will, once again, take the form of updates.

President Aida Lu

President Lu attended a meeting with Deans Kachani and Kromm, CUIT, and various graduate school reps regarding “Third Level Domains for Pan University Reps.” In essence, instituting a “third level domain” will allow recognized student groups to request and maintain a website, supported and run by CUIT. This issue rose to prominence because “[there was] no one clear path for any new student group requesting a website from Columbia,” according to President Lu. ESC will apparently take advantage of this, so as to not spend student activities fees  on website maintenance.

President Lu also discussed the new student group adjudication process, a new panel which will oversee student group violations under the Student Conduct and Community Standards. This was originally an “admin driven process,” but will be implemented in the same manner as the Greek Judicial Board. That means the board will not review internal violations of group constitutions. As for ESC’s representative, the council elected VP Policy Zoha Qamar to sit on the new board.

Read about Task Forces, AXO, and Orgo Night here

Oct

3

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Ooooh mysterious conspiracies and secrets.

Every Tuesday Bwog brings you a recap of the previous night’s Engineering Student Council (ECS) meeting. Bureau Chief Finn Klauber recounts this week’s ESC meeting which covered a range of topics, from increasing student-faculty interaction to the scheduling of midterms.  

Seeing how Engineering Student Council blocked off an entire discussion section for a ~private~ discussion—which is the third occasion in the past three weeks where ESC discussed a topic privately—this week’s recap of ESC will be in the form of extended updates.

President Aida Lu

  • President Lu met with Dean Brovman, Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs and Global Programs within SEAS, and discussed a variety of ways to increase student-faculty interaction within SEAS. The brunt of the conversation concerned a proposal for “faculty chats,” which would occur twice or three times a semester. The chats would take the form of question-and-answer periods with a panel of two to three faculty, followed by a reception.
  • The SEAS Dean’s Travel Fund, which funds student groups’ travel to engineering-specific conferences and competitions, increased to $17,000 due to matching contributions from the Dean’s Office and ESC.
  • ESC is hoping to facilitate student interest in SEAS Study Abroad, “which [Dean] Brovman likes to call ‘STAB,'” by reiterating that, as President Lu put it, “study abroad for SEAS students is possible.”

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