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Millie likes the productivity!

You looking for SGA news? We got it! Barnard Bureau Chief Dassi Karp went to Barnard’s Student Government Association Representative Council meeting last night, and she really did her best to pay attention the whole time. Read on to find out what (if anything) went down.

We’ve made it. We’ve been trying not to get our hopes up, but deep down, we knew this day would come. We’ve been cautiously but steadfastly optimistic, and our prayers have been answered: SGA ran a meeting in which actual business got done. I know this sounds crazy, almost too good to be true. But there can be miracles when you believe.

This week’s miracle came in the form of a special appointment. Barnard’s current USenator, Kira Dennis BC’19, announced about a month ago that she would be graduating at the end of the fall semester and would be unable to complete her two-year term in the position. SGA opened a call for applications for students to take on the position for the next year and a half. Two candidates were invited to speak at the external meeting.

The first speaker was Kinza Haq, BC’20. Her platform included advocating for better modes of disseminating information about clases and professors, opening a 24-hour space on campus for prayer and reflection, and sharing Barnard dining meal points and Columbia dining flex points. “I see myself as a voice for Barnard students,” she said. “There is a lot of room for overlap between the schools…we have common goals to meet.” Truer words are rarely spoken about the relationship between schools. Though Haq was not chosen to fill the position, she spoke well and presented good ideas.

The other speaker was Adara Rosenbaum, BC’21. Adara currently sits on the USenate rules committee. She spoke about her experience will help her advocate for Barnard students. “I am committed to ensuring that all resources available to Columbia students are available to Barnard students,” she said. This focus of Barnard being a different but equal counterpart to the University’s other undergraduate colleges seems to signify a shift in common Barnard rhetoric, and I’m excited to see if anything comes of it.

Later, in a closed internal meeting (why?), Rep Council voted to appoint Adara USenator. Congrats, Adara!

SGA got something done this week, but that doesn’t mean they didn’t also welcome administrative guests. This week’s speakers were Jennifer Fondiller BC’88, Vice President for Enrollment, and Christina Lopez, Dean of Admissions. These people run admissions–meaning they very well may have read your essay about your life-changing experience swimming with dolphins or how you Majored In Unafraid at summer camp. They spoke about the increased interest they’ve been seeing in Barnard and admissions’s commitment to helping with affordability. SGA members asked the guests about the recruitment process, and what they’re doing to reach more diverse students. Conversation was pleasant but uninformative. Chelsea Sinclair, Rep for Campus Affairs, motioned to extend this portion of the meeting by five minutes. This motion did not pass.

Because there was more on the agenda! SGA discussed signing on to a statement issued by the student council of the University of Pittsburgh denouncing gun violence in response to the recent deadly shooting in Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue during prayer services. After brief discussion, Rep Council voted to vote on whether they should sign on as a body. This passed. They then voted on the statement itself, which passed near-unanimously.

Thanks for getting stuff done, SGA! Let’s keep up the good work.

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We love Barnard!

Yesterday was Monday, and you all know what that means–the Representative Council of Barnard’s Student Government Association met again, to keep up the appearances that they know how to get relevant things done. As always, Dassi Karp was there to take it all in.

It was health and wellness night for SGA, and Rep Council was joined by MJ Murphy, Executive Director of Student Health and Wellness Programs; Jessica Cannon, Program Director for Health Promotion and Education (she heads the Well Woman program); and and Mary Commerford, Director of Furman Counseling Center. The three guests spoke about what’s going on with Barnard student health services, including exciting new developments, and offered some suggestions about getting through the semester healthily.

Dr. Commerford began by asking the assembled Council to raise their hands if they’ve ever had significant worries about a friend’s emotional or psychological health since coming to college. The entire room raised their hand. She led a conversation about what unhealthy behavior may look like, and how to help a friend get help. “People who spend all night in the library–that could be someone to worry about,” she said. She also warned about properly approaching the care of a friend. “The Barnard community is so generous and so caring, that people sometimes get burnt out. Set boundaries. Take care of yourself.”

Getting appropriate care was the theme of the evening. Murphy spoke about funds that have been set up to help students who can’t afford medical costs not already covered, such as lab fees, some specialists, and medications. She also spoke proudly about plans to set up a vending machine for over-the-counter medications such as ibuprofen and emergency contraceptives that will be set up soon. “It will be a lot easier to go through the tunnels in your pajamas then to go all the way to Duane Reade in the cold,” she said. Aside from these announcements, Murphy had another message for students. “I can’t emphasize it enough,” she said. “Really, really, really get a flu shot.” Really really really everybody. Do it.

Murphy, Commerford, and Cannon fielded questions from members of Rep Council about health services, particularly Furman’s policies and approaches, especially as they pertained to how many counseling sessions students could have before being referred elsewhere. Commerford was resolute: “We will always see someone in a crisis,” she said.



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Beyond Barnard Facebook profile picture. Cool!

SGA’s Rep Council met once again last night and, as always, Dassi was there to report on what happened. We can’t promise any exciting news–everybody is a bit tired before Thanksgiving, and neither our Barnard Bureau Chief or our Barnard Student Government Association is an exception. But things do happen, so read on anyway to seek confirmation that both you and the world around you do continue to exist.

This week, Co-Associate Deans for Beyond Barnard Nikki Youngblood Giles and A-J Aronstein joined SGA’s Rep Council meeting this week to update everyone on what they’ve been doing since Beyond Barnard formed. Beyond Barnard is the title given last year to the new combination of Career Development, Student Employment, and Experiential Education efforts at Barnard. When the Deans spoke to SGA last year, they didn’t have much to report. This year, though they’ve managed to get some stuff done.

The Deans spoke about the newly clarified goals of Beyond Barnard, which include emphasizing that students’ majors don’t necessarily dictate where they’ll go after college and breaking down the supposed separations that exist between life on campus and life in the “real world.” Lofty and impressive goals. I’ll settle for finding something to do when I graduate. Aronstein and Youngblood Giles spoke about the events, panels, and other group sessions they’ve succesfully held in the past nine-months. Looks pretty good. Beyond Barnard currently has seventeen employees, including seven full-time advisors, and are planning on hiring another advisor soon to help manage the demand for one-on-one advising meetings.

SGA members were then allowed to ask questions. Rep for Campus Affairs Chelsea Sinclair made a motion that questions be open to visitors as well, which passed. But no non-Rep Council members asked anything. Exciting use of a motion for once, though. Its not clear to me that this is usually a procedure that is followed at all, and I had a good time seeing it in action. The questions asked covered on-campus employment, career fairs, and mental health in the job search process. The co-deans expressed hearing more from students, as they have largely shaped their priorities based on student feedback. They also encouraged everyone to stop by their offices in Elliot Hall. All in all, though like most SGA meetings, not much pf anything got said or done, Beyond Barnard seems to be shaping up well. Its too bad it didn’t exist three years ago when I was a first-year–we all could have used the support.



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They had Magnolia Bakery cupcakes 2 years ago?? For DAD??

Well, Barnard’s SGA met again, this time to present the results of the Desserts After Dark Survey. Barnard Bureau Chief Dassi Karp was there to see if anything interesting would happen (spoiler alert, nope). Read on for some *fun* statistics and unsolicited opinions about how Rep Council should run their meetings.

Don’t get me wrong. I may be one of the biggest fans of the Desserts After Dark (DAD) survey out there. Collecting information, pie charts, and baked goods–what’s possibly not to like? The problem is the semesterly hour (or almost hour) spent reading the results. This is not the fault of the VP for Campus Affairs Hannah Stanhill, who runs the survey: she is required to give this presentation, and she did so dutifully and capably. This presentation, though, is just another in the long list of examples of how SGA wastes its external meeting time. The body has little grounds to be upset for not being taken seriously if most of their public-facing agenda involves drawn-out repetitive conversations and the reading of information that could have been shared in a short email or a nice set of infographics.

Rant aside, the survey did yield some interesting (if not at all surprising) results:

  • Many respondents marked that they use Instagram more frequently than other social media platforms. This was especially true among first-years. That surprised me, so I must not understand the ways of the youth.
  • 98.9% of respondents reported having used the Milstein Center at some point. Who are you, other 1.1%, and what do you do with your time?
  • Most respondents reported having trouble finding study seats in Milstein. Apparently we have yet to solve the space problem on campus. Let’s knock down Altschul next, see if that helps.
  • Students want the Milstein Center to be open for longer hours, especially from 12 to 1am on weekdays, and basically all mornings and evenings on weekends.
  • One-third of respondents were dissatisfied with the meal plan options.
  • 55% of respondents would make use of an organics collection bin if it was on the floor of their residence hall. 28% of respondents did not know what that is.
  • 80% of respondents have heard of Barnard’s Greek Games. 74% had not attended. (lesson: we should stop the Greek Games and have useful and interesting programming instead. Stop wasting my Student Activities fee.)

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Barnard is beautiful we stan

Barnard’s SGA met once again! And, once again, Barnard Bearoness Dassi Karp was there to report on successes, mishaps, and hot takes. Read on to learn what went down.

Barnard’s current ten-year contract with Aramark, which runs Barnard’s dining services, is reaching its natural expiration. At last night’s meeting, Barnard’s SGA Rep Council had the opportunity to speak to a representative of JGL, the food-service consulting firm that Barnard has hired to run the bidding process for new providers. She began explaining the Request for Proposal (RFP) process that they are now beginning now to solicit a proposal to find a new (or re-negotiated) service. Using an outside firm allows for a fair and equal process, bringing industry expertise and minimizing bias. The RFP will be distributed to interested providers by mid-November, and the selection should happen in mid-March.

JGL wanted SGA Reps to share what they think should be included in the RFP. Reps did have a lot to say, but their comments tended to repeat and echo what had already been said. Many Reps emphasized that they want a provider that offered good, comprehensive inclusive options. “Students shouldn’t be made to feel disadvantaged because of their food restrictions,” said University Senator Kira Dennis. The need for accommodating Halal, Kosher, vegan, and vegetarian students were all emphasized, as well as providing for students with allergies and other health requirements. Rep for Food and Dining Services Yeliz Sezgin also suggested prioritizing a provider that makes good use of technology to communicate to students about menus, hours, and swipes. Also, “if there could be light in there, it would be really nice.” Other suggestions included treating staff well and being culturally sensitive.

For what is likely to be a re-hashing of this conversation but on a larger scale, join SGA for a Focus Group on Food and Dining tomorrow, October 24. Show up to let JGL know that you want inclusive, healthy options.

A fun reminder:
Rep for Arts and Culture Phanesia Pharel announced that her committee is looking for an alumna to paint a mural on the empty Hewitt wall. SGA has been asking for volunteers for this for more than a year now. Maybe they’ll find someone before the next ten-year contract is up?



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We love Barnard! Thank you SGA

Today’s Tuesday, so that means another recap of the weekly Rep Council meeting of Barnard’s Student Government Association. Wait, you must be asking yourself, do those really happen every week? How could they possibly have enough to talk about? Great question. The answer is that they really don’t. Instead, SGA has been keeping with their tactic of bringing in student, faculty, and administrative guests to share information that may have better been conveyed in an email. Intrigued? Read on for Barnard Bureau Chief Dassi Karp’s summary of what went down last night.

All speakers spoke well, questions were asked intelligently, and the meeting basically ended on time, so I’d count it as a win.

Sonam Singh, adjunct lecturer in English and bargaining unit chair for the contingent faculty union. spoke first, to further elaborate on a current grievance the union has brought to the administration. He briefly summarized the situation during the open floor section of the meeting last week. The union, which formed about three years ago, successfully negotiated a contract last year. “Our campaign was a big success,” Singh said, explaining that the negotiated minimum pay for part-time faculty is among the highest in the country. “We’re incredibly proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish,” he said. “We’re setting a national standard and that’s amazing.” But his success doesn’t mean that all is well. The union has filed a grievance with the college about stipends for First-Year Seminar instructors. Previously, every instructor was given the same stipend, no matter their rank. This year, union members are no longer given the stipend, while tenured and tenure-track instructors still are. This “seems clearly discriminatory” in the view of the union. The college has responded that since this stipend is not specifically included in the negotiated contract, they are not required to provide it. “We think the answer is absurd and unfair,” said Singh. The matter will be taken to outside arbitration, which will be a long and expensive process.

More school politics after the jump



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Check out this retro pic of Baelock. So broody…

Didn’t catch last nights meeting of Barnard’s SGA Rep Council? Probably a good call–you have midterms to study for and you, fastidious reader of Bwog, know that these meetings are generally sincere yet boringly bureaucratic at their best and complete displays of incompetency at their worst. That didn’t stop Barnard Bureau Chief Dassi Karp from showing up, taking her seat on the edge of the Rep Council semi-rectangle, and mostly paying attention to what was going on (she perhaps spent some time trying to determine if she was sitting in the camera frame of  the meeting’s Facebook livestream). So, as always, read on to find out what did and did not happen at last nights meeting.

Beilock is back, baby, and calm, collected, and well-spoken as ever. After a brief return of the adjunct faculty union, last nights Rep Council meeting of Barnard’s Student Government Association featured remarks by college President Sian Beilock followed by questions and a discussion from members of Rep Council. Beilock engaged sincerely in the discussion and responded to questions posed but, yet again, our Reps didn’t have many actual actionable questions, and most were returned with an affirmation that some issue is being looked into or that SGA should really bring in some other member of the administration and talk to them about specifics.

There’s drama to come…



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Last night’s meeting of Barnard’s Student Government Association Rep Council was strictly business and usual. Meaning, of course, that there was not much to get done, but everyone was pretty earnest about it nonetheless. Barnard Bureau Chief Dassi Karp is back and sardonic as ever! Read on for her recount of the very little that went down.

Friends, it has been a while. Turns out, not much has changed. This week, SGA welcomed COO Robert Goldberg and VP of Finance Di Benedetto to discuss Barnard’s finances. Goldberg and Di Benedetto, who speak at SGA meetings on this topic every semester were gracious and well-spoken, but they didn’t have much to say. For an overview of how Barnard’s finances work, check out last time they came. Or the times before that. Goldberg and Di Benedetto seemed to realize that their presentation may have been too early in the semester to really share anything new, even pointing out that most of the slides they were using (nice looking pie charts and bar graphs, I must say) were just copies of ones used in the past.

wow look at all deez dollaz Barnard don’t got

The administrators reminded the Reps that Barnard is tuition-dependent with a small but growing endowment. Di Benedetto described a “scary slide” that compared the size of Barnard’s endowment to those of similar schools as “we are mighty, but our endowment isn’t much.” Goldberg explained that this is due to a lack of “a historical priority on fundraising,” saying that “some of these schools were founded on an endowment. Barnard was founded on an idea.” A nice subtle jab at our competitors and a very well-composed way of saying that Barnard just doesn’t have so much money.

The presenters didn’t have much to present, but that didn’t stop our still-optimistic Reps from trying to ask questions. Either they didn’t quite understand what Goldberg and Di Benedetto’s roles were in the administration (understandably so, because Barnard bureaucracy is crazy), or they just wanted to air what was on their minds, because most questions asked were duly noted and then directed elsewhere. Well-meaning Reps raised concerns about supporting low-income students (specifically, the loss of the textbook waiver and free laundry programs) and allotting space (what in the world will become of LeFrak?). The administrators answered the best they could, directing them to other departments when relevant.

I have high hopes for this year’s SGA reps. Hopefully, this is the year they learn to become efficient, effective, and stop wasting their own time.


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Free at last.

Missed the last SGA meeting of the semester last night? No fear! Barnard Bureau Chief Dassi Karp was there. She reports back on college budget changes, meal plans, and what will almost certainly not be the last advancement in the CUAD divestment discussion. Also, zines.

Last night’s Barnard Student Government Association meeting was the last of the semester, but that didn’t stop Rep Council from getting stuff done. Chief Operating Officer Robert Goldberg, VP Finance Eileen DiBenedetto, and VP Campus Services Gail Beltrone joined SGA to talk about the budget for the upcoming year.

If you’d like to understand how Barnard’s budget works, you can read about the last time SGA had this discussion. Or the time before that. Surprisingly, though, the presentation was actually pretty informative.

what Dassi learned…



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What’s cooler than being cool? Our ice cold discourse, apparently.

Last night’s Barnard Student Government Association Rep Council meeting was officially about the budget for the upcoming school year. While the gathered reps were treated to a vary detailed slideshow of budget requests, allocations, and projections, most of the action came earlier in the hour, when SGA Executive Board spoke about responses to the recently passed referendum.

First, though, kicking off their messages of support for student activist groups, President Angela Beam read a statement of support for 24/7 Columbia, which is currently staging a sit-in in Lerner Hall to advocate for accessible round-the-clock student healthcare. “We stand with them,” said Beam, and encouraged everyone to sign the group’s petition.

Members of Exec Board then took turns reading parts of a statement in response to President Beilock’s recent email to the student body about the referendum results. In the email, Beilock explained that acting on the referendum would “risk chilling campus discourse” and would be “inconsistent” with the college’s mission. She also noted that there is “clearly not a consensus across the Barnard community on whether or how to address the issue.” Because of these reasons, she does not plan on moving forward with the results of the referendum, though students and student groups are of course free to continue the discussion.

The reaction to Beilock’s email and more



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The other kind of open space.

Barnard Bureau Chief Dassi Karp reports on last night’s Student Government Association meeting, which might have been even more boring than usual. Intrigued? Read on.

This student guest thing has gotten out of hand. At last night’s meeting, SGA welcomed not one but ten representatives of performing arts groups to present complaints and questions about practice and performance space on campus to Anthony Otero, Associate Director, Reservations and Scheduling, for Events Management. Everybody was polite and respectful–the students asked questions, and Otero sincerely tried to give them answers. But do you know what happens when you put ten theater and music student in a room and give them a microphone? They talk. A lot. (What do you call a collective of performers? A gaggle? A murder? A cappella?) Each of the gathered students had a chance to site their problems with the lack of space on campus, and they ended up repeating each other quite a bit.

One of the main issues brought up was that reservable Barnard spaces tend to close by ten pm, making it hard for groups that want to rehearse in the evenings. Otero explained that this allows facilities to come in and ready the space for the next day–otherwise it wouldn’t get cleaned. The students also mentioned some Barnard rooms–Held Hall, James room, Ella Weed room, Weber lounge–that they say used to be much more available. This too, according to Otero, is an issue of cleaning time. The Ella Weed room (which everyone oddly kept speaking about as if it was a person, saying things like “I would like to address Ella Weed again,”) especially, he explained, must be kept clean because it is used by admissions to show prospective students. I say take them to some random seminar room on the fourth floor of Barnard hall instead, the more strange posters and peeling paint the better–show them what it is really like.

What will happen with the Milstein Center and more



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Student council elections are upon us! At Barnard’s SGA Candidates Forum last night, the Pinkberry was late but the candidates were not. 33 different candidates spoke about their qualifications and plans for the future. Only 10 of the 22 open positions were contested. Read on to learn some of what those candidates had to say to try to differentiate themselves, and for some hot takes about general themes of the evening.

Junior Class Vice President:

  • Tanisha Aggarwal ’20 spoke about her experience as a transfer student this year, as well as recently moving to America. She is involved in the Barnard No Aramark movement, the Athena Pre-Law society, and Sophomore Class Council. She says that she knows “what it means to act as a bride between the highly diverse student population and the admin.”
  • Celine Zhu ’20 spoke very quickly and very emphatically about her work on the class council and the financial review committee. She spoke about her recent successful laundry subsidy pilot program endowment proposal, saying “I have proved that I know how to work with the administration to get things done.” As class VP, she plans to advocate for transportations subsidies for students with unpaid internships and a comprehensive guide for transfer students.

candidates after the jump



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Maybe one thing we can all agree on?

At long last, Barnard’s Student Government Association’s meeting centered on a topic relevant to all students: food. Last night, our resolute representatives heard from the Food Advisory Board; the ad hoc Committee on Food Insecurity; Simone Harper-Register, Regional Aramark Manager; Lauren Scocozza, Director of Dining Services; and Gail Beltrone, Vice President for Campus Services. Questions were asked, and some were even answered. Sound enticing? Read on.

Sarah Broniscer, SGA Rep for Food and Dining Services and head of both the Food Advisory Board (FAB) and the ad hoc committee on food insecurity (AHCFI? let’s go with that), was joined by members of both of these groups to discuss what they’re working on. Gabrielle Finestone, BC’21, explained that a lot of the work done involves connecting administrative offices with students and gathering feedback. Yeliz Sezgin, BC’21, who is a member of the AHCFI as well as the First-Generation Low-Income Partnership’s (FLiP) committee on food insecurity explained that part of what AHCFI had to do was define what food insecurity looks like on Barnard’s campus. They settled on “the state of being without reliable access to a sufficient quantity of affordable, nutritious food.” She noted that this problem is compounded on Barnard’s campus, as many students are unfamiliar with how to manage eating in New York City and are unaware of what resources are available for them.

Delicious improvements after the jump



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What’s going to happen to this architectural wonder?

Last night’s Barnard Student Government Association meeting was remarkable in its unnoteworthiness. In contrast with the last two weeks of excitement, SGA welcomed no guests, had no votes, and had no need to enforce order. The topic of discussion was the results of the recent Desserts After Dark survey, the bi-annual survey of the student body that SGA uses to gain input on what they should work on and hows they’re doing so far. VP Campus Life Aku Acquaye presented the results with as much excitement as could possibly mustered for what was mostly dull information.

Here are some highlights:

  • 430 students responded, a significant decrease from last spring’s 642 responses. For context, Barnard has about 2,500 students, so this level of response is barely significant. At best, this survey can tell us something about the student population who already cares about SGA, or likes filling out surveys.
  • Only one-third of respondents were aware that SGA meetings are live streamed every week.
  • Respondents expressed dissatisfaction with the effectiveness of peer-to-peer resources such as Writing Fellows, Speaking Fellows, and the Empirical Reasoning Center.
  • 8.2% of respondents identified as food insecure.
  • Respondents were generally unhappy with the dining halls not replenishing food towards the end of mealtimes and having food ready at the beginning of mealtimes.
  • Students had many suggestions and complaints about space allocation, with requests for more space for working out, music practice, quiet study, communal hang out, theater rehearsal, and much more.

The Q&A portion of the meeting was very informal and not informative. Junior Class VP Surbhi Lohia asked something we’ve all been wondering–“what’s going to happen with LeFrak.” SGA members snapped in agreement. Nobody knows. An external reviewer is supposed to be coming in soon to analyze the college’s space needs. Maybe we’ll all just show up one day and LeFrak will no longer be Back.



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Such a beautiful backdrop for such a contentious discussion.

Are you a regular reader of banal SGA news? Only here for the controversial issues? Either way, Barnard Bureau Chief Dassi Karp has got you covered. Read on for a description of what went down at last night’s Rep Council meeting, and also what didn’t.

Barnard’s Student Government Association seems to have decided to spend the rest of the semester getting things done. This week, Rep Council welcomed 24/7 Columbia, voted on an endowment proposal, and heard from Aryeh: Columbia Students Association for Israel about the BDS referendum that was initiated last week. Close to a hundred students attended the meeting to ask questions about, support, or oppose Aryeh’s efforts (or maybe they just really cared about the endowment proposal).

First, 24/7 Columbia. SGA heard from representatives of this group, which advocates for Columbia’s providing 24/7 medical and mental health care for all students. This includes in-person counseling, emergency medical services that are separate from public safety, and on-campus places for students to feel safe and receive crisis support. The presenters described frustrations with Columbia administration’s response to these requests. 24/7 thinks that funding for this care is easily within CU’s reach, and cited peer institutions as well as much smaller schools who offer 24/7 support. The group asked for SGA’s support when approaching the administration with these requests.

Next: endowment proposal. Rep for for Sustainable Initiatives Sylvie Rosen and Rep for Seven Sisters Relations Julia Pickel presented plans for an expanded Give and Go Green collection and sale. The current collection allows students to drop off unwanted items at the end of the school year, to be donated to local organizations or re-sold at the beginning of the next semester. The proposal hopes to provide funds to expand the sale and divert more donated goods to Barnard students by covering the cost of transporting the items to storage, launder donated bedding, and provide a stipend for student workers. A deal has already been worked out with Manhattan Mini Storage, who agreed to store the items in an empty basement space for free in exchange for advertising. In an unusual move, SGA’s financial review committee did not put its full support behind this proposal, saying that paying members and volunteers of student groups sets a bad precedent, and suggested paying for student volunteer’s food and snacks while working instead of a stipend. Despite this stipulation, SGA voted to fund the project for $5,165, the complete requested amount.

What went down with Aryeh?

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