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15

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the real question is why do SEAS kids get 10 dollars a week when all they do is online problems sets?

Bwogger Nadra Rahman sits in on an unexpectedly short CCSC meeting, bringing you all the printing quota and letter-writing info you desperately seek.

CCSC operated efficiently last night, beginning the night with a brief printing quota Q&A with CUIT representatives. This was followed by a sort of re-enactment of last week’s meeting—at which UndoCU and the Native American Council (NAC) had both appeared to ask for event funding and support. This week, both groups appeared again to further their engagement with CCSC, with better results.

I Got $85 In My Pocket

Three adults (and CUIT leaders) spent a chunk of their Sunday evening in the Satow Room: Gaspare LoDuca, Chief Information Officer and VP for IT; José Santiago, AVP of Client Services; and Scott Miller, Associate Director of Strategic Communications.

A Q&A with the trio was prefaced by International Students Rep Nikola Danev’s recap of the history behind the printing quota changes. Danev stated that the printing system was switched over to a semesterly (from week-by-week) configuration due to a student council initiative last year (true) and that the lower quota came along with that switch. All the changes are to be seen as part of a pilot program, and data will be analyzed at the end of the semester to help shape future printing policy. According to Danev, Columbia still has the highest printing quota of all the Ivies, even with the reductions.

I wonder what they had to say

Oct

8

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Mondays are for music, motions, and mastery of the CCSC reserve fund. Nadra Rahman reports from the depths of the Satow Room, her view obstructed by tall club representatives. 

Last night, CCSC had a packed agenda, fielding requests for money or support from UndoCU, the Native American Council, Every Vote Counts, and even our merry friends from the Manhattan School of Music. Though time allotments were artfully planned and notated, a circular conversation about UndoCU’s co-sponsorship request took up most of the meeting time.

UndoCU & Austerity (Overture)

Representatives from UndoCU arrived with a snazzy Powerpoint, highlighting their plans for two major events this semester. The first would be an info session intended to provide undocumented high school students in New York City with insights into the college admissions and financial aid landscape. The second would be a college clinic during which trained volunteers will help high school students with college applications, personal statements, and financial aid applications.

Because UndoCU is not yet a recognized student club, and as such receives no funding from club governing boards, it is dependent on co-sponsorships and grants for funding—as a result, the club asked for a large financial co-sponsorship from CCSC, presenting tiers that ranged from $900 to $3,910.

But the reception was not v positive

Oct

1

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It may be SAD season, but CCSC isn’t deterred. Nadra Rahman reports from the field. 

it’s just jarring for a college student to see so many fruits and vegetables at once

In CCSC’s third meeting of the year, the body moves past setting the tone and starts making big moves—like funding a schoolwide farmshare, co-sponsoring an upcoming event by the Food Pantry, and having animated back-and-forth about NSOP.

Icebreaker

CCSC started off the night by asking members to think about a potential add-on to NSOP—opt-in programming during the Labor Day weekend that would encourage small group interactions and community-building activities. The conversation around this was wide-ranging, as conversations about NSOP tend to be, from bashing COÖP to…bashing COÖP.

There were a few thoughts on the prospect of tacking on more programming after NSOP. One camp advocated for focusing on the events and programming we already have during NSOP and making them more engaging and small group-oriented. VP Finance Adam Resheff voiced a desire to start “tradition-building” during NSOP by organizing large scale games and events like color wars, in the hopes that this would inspire a sense of unity along the lines of pre-orientation programs like COÖP or CUE. He said, “The reason I felt excluded [when I started] was because of how good [COÖP] was.” Disability Services Rep Aaron Liberman suggested weaving in more small group outings throughout NSOP (including mini-COÖPs like day hikes) that would provide students with more intimate experiences while allowing them to explore the city.

Nutritious deets after the jump

Sep

24

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Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman is blown along by easy breezes in the Satow Room, as harsh winds, in the form of heated words, have yet to hit CCSC. 

I guess CCSC organizes those silent dances on Low steps?

Last night’s meeting of CCSC was uncharacteristically peaceful, with many a unanimous vote. The most pressing matter on the agenda was passing proposed, uncontroversial amendments for CCSC bylaws. Side attractions included nominations for various councils and approvals of co-sponsorships.

The changes to CCSC bylaws were just as dry as the original material. VP Finance Adam Resheff proposed adding language that would clarify the proportion of affirmative votes needed in specific situations, which is something that has occasionally flummoxed members. Notably, he wished to amend the section governing closed meetings so that a ⅔ majority would be needed to close a meeting to the press, instead of a simple majority—speaking to the need for accountability to the student body in his statement.

Most contentious (relatively speaking), however, was Resheff’s request to formalize the Question and Answer periods that take place when outside presenters come to CCSC. Resheff proposed that during these Q&As, members of CCSC be able to ask the presenter(s) up to three consecutive questions with no direct responses from other members. Disability Services Rep Aaron Liberman questioned whether such a rule would stifle conversation among council members, but Resheff replied that the Q&A period should be envisioned strictly as an information-gathering session, with discussion to follow afterwards.

Are there any notes of discord?

Sep

16

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Tell me this wouldn't creep you out

Tell me this wouldn’t creep you out

Staff writer Nadra Rahman reports on strange phenomena in the Extreme West Campus. 

At first, I was scared. The walls of my Woodbridge room were covered in ominous Latin, thin letters penciled with a cramped hand. I thought it was Dante’s Inferno at first, but realized it wasn’t Italian enough, and then I thought it might be The Aeneid, or some other text we had studied in Lit Hum or CC. In the back of my head, I thought it might be an incantation for summoning a demon, which made even more sense when the old building creaked at night.

The room I live in is terrible, by the way—it is bigger than any other room I have had at Columbia, but faces a brick wall. There is no natural light. Within a few days of moving in, I was researching light therapy. So I put off trying to translate the passages, because it was scary to think of this dark room being haunted by the spectre of a Classics major trying to study, or a hardy monster that tolerates low light.

But maybe I shouldn’t have been so scared…

Sep

10

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

Excerpt from the ppt…gotta love Robert’s Rules

No less than four interlopers entered the Satow Room last night, mistaking it for a meeting of The Federalist. However, it was just student government. Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman reports, after her brief stint as traffic director.

Jordan Singer rang in her tenure as president of CCSC with a sleek PowerPoint. The structure was similar to that of a syllabus—it included information on CCSC’s organizational structure, rules of order, discussion procedures, and attendance policies, among other mundane topics.

Interestingly, in the context of larger campus conversations on mental health, Singer touched upon the need to consider the mental health of council members. She said, “We’re really here to listen, to help you navigate [your mental health needs] and your responsibility to CCSC, because we understand you have a responsibility to yourself as well.”

And for those of you who remember past debates on the utility of closed meetings, from which the public is barred, Singer outlined a policy which would require members to identify and communicate closed meetings or meeting portions to reporters before the meeting itself.

After a brief moment of confusion over the creation of the CCSC GroupMe, members shared updates and aspirations for the year ahead. Members mentioned desires to investigate the transparency of the JED Foundation’s engagement with Columbia (USenator Alfredo Dominguez), improve the marketing and explanation of health insurance for international students (International Students Rep Nikola Danev), and encourage open and inclusive student groups through funding mechanisms (VP Policy Elise Fuller).

What else did they discuss?

Apr

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Parting words: the legacy of a truly great student council

Parting words: the legacy of a truly great student council

Bwogger Nadra Rahman bids CCSC a merry adieu, after, of course, they engage in some navel-gazing. 

CCSC’s last meeting of the year began with a standing ovation for 2018 Rep (Lord) Lord Hyeamang, who has received an offer from the Jets—and in general is a much beloved member of Council. Remember when we used to be proud of our losing streak (R.I.P.)?

After the hubbub died down and updates were shared, a quick constitutional amendment was passed with zero discussion: at 2021 VP Ramsay Eyre’s suggestion, all instances of “he/she” in the CCSC Constitution were changed to “they” to remove gender specificity and encourage inclusivity. Then, we got to…

Paper Plate Awards

No other group on campus gets the media to cover their self congratulatory victory lap, but this is CCSC. Here is the (incomplete) list of superlatives awarded to various members of Council, written on flimsy paper plates, but inscribed in our hearts forever:

Are you DYING to know??

Apr

23

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Campus figure(heads) under fire

Campus figure(heads) under fire

The Satow Room held more than a few combative viewpoints last night. Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman brings you the deets, piping hot. 

CCSC had an unusual number of guests last night—Deantini and Dean Kromm paid their semesterly visit, but their presence also drew protesters from 24/7 Columbia, a group that is demanding around-the-clock, in-person, unrestricted health care for all members of the Columbia community. The questions posed by members of CCSC to the deans were tame in comparison.

24/7 Disrupts

The protesters began by citing a re:claim article that reports administrative retaliation against students who seek help for health crises and sexual violence, such as suspension and expulsion. They asked how such retaliation could be justified, to which both deans responded they would need more details about individual circumstances; Kromm clarified, “That’s not my understanding of how things work here.”

Things went downhill from here

Apr

16

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CCSC is on it. Apparently.

Amid torrential downpours (and without an umbrella), Nadra Rahman dragged herself to the Satow Room, all to bring you the student government coverage you crave.

Printing quotas, gun control, and in case you missed it, President Nathan Rosin’s phone faithfully livestreaming everything from the back of the room—just a few of the things that livened up last night’s CCSC meeting. Let’s start off things with the climax:

Yes To Gun Safety

Two weeks ago, CCSC received a call to action on gun violence from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, causing the body to deliberate what its place was in the context of larger national conversations. Should they, as they had been asked to, write a letter to our local representatives to advocate for gun safety? Members brought up issues related to timing (why did the Parkland shooting, and not countless others, provoke this response?), the dubiousness of making a statement on behalf of a potentially divided student body, and the dimensions of their duties, which some contended did not relate to national politics.

To address these concerns, a working group put together a letter that would be explicitly signed by CCSC, not representative of the entire student body (in full below). The document addresses the connections between gun violence and school safety, but does not push for any specific policy; furthermore, it acknowledges the delay in entering the conversation, noting, “[We] regret that we and others did not raise our voices until a more privileged community was affected. Still, just because we did not speak before does not mean we cannot speak now.”

Was it as contentious as last time?

Apr

9

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Hopefully, this is the woman that they were talking to.

After Bacchanal, there’s nothing we want to do more than dive straight into CCSC—or at least, that’s the case for Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman, reporting straight from the Satow Room. 

After a holiday hiatus, CCSC is back at it and better than ever, focusing their time on directing waves of quiet rage at the administration. Last week’s gun control debate, set to be continued last night, was postponed, as the room had already emptied out.

Dean Hollibaugh Says Hi

Dean Hollibaugh, who oversees Academic Planning and Administration, paid CCSC a visit last night in an attempt to foster a relationship with students and provide transparency about her role and initiatives. Unsurprisingly, CCSC offloaded their angst, anxiety, and well-placed ire in the form of pointed questions. The questions tended to focus on: (1) mental health and stress culture, and (2) diversity in the Core.

Lotsa (valid) gripes ahead

Apr

1

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Hey, Wien can be pretty too

Hey, Wien can be pretty too

Located directly in front of PrezBo’s multi-million dollar house, Wien naturally comes up short. But we don’t think it deserves its bad rap—especially for rising sophomores and juniors who can snag renovated singles. Who doesn’t love a good sink? 

Location: 411 West 116th Street, between Amsterdam and Morningside (right by Morningside Park)

Nearby Dorms: East Campus

Stores and Restaurants:  116 halal cart, HamDel, Arts and Crafts, Strokos, Friedman’s, Artopolis, and arguably…1020

Cost: standardized $9,538/year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Two communal bathrooms on each floor, separated by gender, with 3 stall showers each. One gender-neutral, wheelchair-accessible bathroom on each floor.
  • AC/Heating: No A/C, and the radiator is super-powerful. Perfect for hot yoga!
  • Laundry: Free laundry on the second floor.
  • Kitchen: The building’s lone full kitchen is on the second floor, but floor lounges also have kitchen-y elements, such as a stovetop, microwave, and sink.
  • Lounges: There is a large, echo-y building lounge on the first floor that is often reserved for dance group practices and events. But never fear: you can always use your floor lounge, each equipped with a TV, armchairs, table, and half-kitchen. Except the second floor; you’re out of luck.
  • Computers/Printing: The computer lab is on the second floor and has both PCs and a Mac (in addition to two printers). If you’re in a rush, you can print at the machine by the front desk.
  • Floor: Hardwood flooring in rooms on floors 3, 4, and 5, with four additional floors receiving renovations this summer (specifics TBD). The remaining rooms have tile flooring.
  • Elevators: Two speedy elevators that are rarely out of commission.
  • Bonus: And you absolutely cannot forget—your very own sink! Feel free to, in the privacy of your own room, floss, brush your teeth, scrape your tongue, wash your underwear, and apply clay masks. Beauty is pain! As an aside, renovated rooms (Floors 3, 4, 5, and an additional four as of this summer) have much nicer-looking sinks, with cabinets under, large mirrors, and overhead lighting. It’s also pretty nifty to have the package center in your own building.

Who’s got a chance?

Mar

26

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You know Spring Break is really over when CCSC is back again. A despondent Nadra Rahman reports from the Satow Room.

It’s not always great when CCSC enters (inter)national debates, but they gave it a shot again last night, discussing what role to play in the gun safety conversation taking place across the country. Because it’s CCSC, nothing definitive emerged.

Signing Onto Gun Safety?

President Nathan Rosin introduced a call to action from a student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida—the site of a recent and much-publicized school shooting. The call asked CCSC to encourage Columbia students to join the conversation on gun safety, potentially by writing letters to local politicians. Rosin suggested that CCSC draft a statement on the topic, posting it to social media and sending it to the relevant politicians. However, this proved contentious.

Several members, including USenator Omar Khan, felt that CCSC was overstepping its bounds. He argued that members of the body were elected to represent students in campus policy, not national discourse, stating, “I don’t think when anyone was voting they were thinking, oh, what’s Nathan’s view on tariffs in China.” He was supported by USenator Jay Rappaport, who added, “There’s plenty of places to talk about these issues on campus; that’s why I chose Columbia. But I don’t think that’s why people chose me for CCSC.” Furthermore, Khan pointed out that by making a statement now, CCSC was making a judgement call about which tragedy had proven to be the last straw, a murky prospect considering the intersections of race, class, and location.

But not everyone agreed

Mar

5

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The navel-gazing was intense last night. Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman reports straight from the 212. 

Say, "I love transparency and accountability and here's the Lionlink to vote!"

Say, “I love transparency and accountability and here’s the Lionlink to vote!”

Last night, CCSC took a picture of itself. It was ostensibly for the yearbook. E-board, class councils, and at-large members milled about, searching for direction. People (jokingly) fought to stand next to 2018 Rep Lord Hyeamang, who if you don’t know, is also a football star. There were a few takes, including a “silly” one. The photo was taken by a Spec reporter. Notably, this occurred on a day that VP Campus Life Alex Cedar, VP Finance Adam Resheff, and VP Communications Sreya Pinnamaneni were all absent. What were they up to, I wonder?

After this moment was reified, CCSC turned to deliberating how to best solicit student feedback, particularly with regard to the body’s policy and initiatives.

How To Talk To Peers 101

Remember WTF Columbia, that website where students would submit ideas for “the improvement of their undergraduate experience” and provide feedback to student governments? Probably not, since it’s been down for years, with President Nathan Rosin citing high server cost as the main contributor. But Rosin added that the site was successful at the time, leading to a high volume of ideas and less tangibly, more student engagement. Last night’s discussion focused on the use and feasibility of using a similar platform to foster such student engagement, alongside other forms of outreach. (In the present day, with Columbia-supported sites, costs should not be as much of an issue.)

Really: WTF, Columbia?

Feb

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Look at all of that money that you won’t have!

Back in the Satow Room, B-w-o-g-g-e-r Nadra Rahman reports on the salacious goings-on of our student government. This meeting ended 10 minutes early. 

With nothing to vote on, CCSC resorted to discussing upcoming events (Staff Appreciation Week!) and policy changes. And yet, we’re not sure if anything substantive emerged.

Security And Facilities Fund

Much ado has been made about the Security and Facilities Fund, which we contribute to via our student activity fees, and which all student groups dip into when they host events. The Columbia University College Republicans’ use of it was at the heart of CCSC’s recent complaint against them, and the brouhaha eventually led to a new policy—in which the security fees for events requiring University Delegates will be covered by the University itself. In recent weeks, an additional policy has been instituted: from now on, student groups will receive a quote of costs in advance of every event that will require security. This will allow for the enforcement of an existing policy, which held that any event incurring more than $600 in security fees must be reviewed by the VPs of Finance of the three student councils. Costs weren’t known in advance before, so this was a little hard to do. Phew, enough background?

There are lotsa new rules

Feb

19

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We love the environment! No carbon emissions!

We’re not in Kansas anymore. CCSC Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman reports on our fave student leaders, not from the Satow Room, but from the far less pleasant-sounding 476A. Oh, and the Roosevelt Institute is there and wants us to go green. 

For a change of pace, last night’s CCSC meeting took place in 476A, one of the rooms specially designated for student of color- or LGBTQ-oriented groups. Satow seemed to be occupied by a single student using a laptop. The room was also uncharacteristically crowded—packed with representatives from the Roosevelt Institute. These visitors had come to plead their case for the following ballot initiative, which they proposed be inserted in the upcoming election cycle for CC: “Columbia should commit to 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality (net zero carbon emissions) by 2030.” A student would then be able to vote “Pass,” “Fail,” or “Abstain.”

This question had been workshopped at an open meeting earlier in the day and was intended to come across in the least biased way possible. At this meeting, representatives were to decide if the ballot initiative was objective, feasible, and in alignment with the mission of CCSC. (Throwback to the last heated ballot initiative on the table, where it was a little hard to focus on this.)

But is it actually feasible?

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