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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??



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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



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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?



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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



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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


  • 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?



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what we do not want on columbia’s campus

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



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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?



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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



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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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After a week off, CCSC is back and better than ever, tackling the needs and demands of the students. Sit down, buckle up, and enjoy this recap of the weekly meeting by Bwogger Nadra. 

Someone explain the context of this.

Though you might not expect it from Columbia students, last week’s CCSC meeting was cancelled to accommodate the Super Bowl. Luckily, our illustrious delegates have wandered back after their brief reprieve, for a meeting that was all about policy.

Blood Rites

Zoha Qamar (VP Policy, ESC), 2021 Rep Aja Isabel, 2020 Rep Danielle Resheff, and 2020 Rep Grant Pace delivered a presentation on the stalled pads and tampons program, a joint CCSC-ESC initiative that launched with a pilot program last year. The program was meant to increase accessibility to menstrual products for those in need, whether due to emergency or financial burden.

But the program is in the red now



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Guess what I got on this test

Guess what I got on this test

No, it wasn’t just you. Yes, last semester was really bad. You’ve been trying to get a fresh start this time around, but with the specters of past failures, drunken encounters, and mishandled emails hanging over you, how is anyone to move forward? Below, our guide to banishing bad vibes—with literally no one knowledgeable’s approval or input.


  • A Blue Book from the last final you did badly on
  • Sea salt
  • Honey
  • Cinnamon and assorted chewy seeds your mother sent you to keep your breath fresh
  • An anthropomorphic figurine (to symbolize Alma) (in this case, St. Francis)
  • A mirror
  • A camera, the older the better (this is what my parents used in the ’80s)
  • Water and a small tray (not pictured)

The Ritual

Obviously, the best place to channel your energy is the building that has, without complaint, housed your 8:40s and swallowed your many sighs. For many of us, that’s Hamilton, which is by large a benign building, cheerful even when we enter at 10 pm. Others might prefer sinister, vaguely foreboding Butler. But since we’re in Hamilton, let’s go all the way up to the 7th floor.

From here on, the steps are simple.

  1. Place your Blue Book on the surface before you.
  2. Sprinkle salt, signifying earth, at each corner of the book.
  3. Place your fake Alma at the center, and then surround her with the various fragrant seeds and sediments you have in your possession.
  4. Pour your water (symbolizing, well, water) into the tray and place it on the Blue Book, above fake Alma.
  5. Then, breathe on the mirror—make sure it fogs up. Place it on the Blue Book, below fake Alma. This represents air.
  6. Finally, sweeten your mouth with honey.

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Somewhere in this photo CCSC is meeting and arguing over something that probably won’t even happen.

Another week, another CCSC meeting. This time, Bwog Staffer Nadra writes on the complexities of CCSC that make you ponder if they’re actually doing anything.

More than you’d expect, as it turns out. Last night, CCSC unveiled a draft of its Fall 2017 Semester Report, soon to make its way into your inboxes. It’s filled with the good, the okay, and the remains of abandoned projects.

Biggest Hits

Before discussion of the report officially began, President Nathan Rosin drew the room’s attention to a big victory (?): in response to CCSC’s complaint against CUCR, the administration has revised its policy with regard to security fees for large or controversial events hosted by recognized student groups. Whereas before these costs would be funded by student activity fees, a fact which formed the basis of CCSC’s complaint, they will now be borne by the University itself if a University Delegate is required. (Such delegates are present at events if there is potential for significant disruption.) While this is definitely not the outcome that BSO was seeking when it came before CCSC, Rosin termed it a meaningful victory.

As CCSC nodded in affirmation, CUCR walked past the Satow Room, still unaware of the changes afoot.

The good, the okay, and what we can expect in the future



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Why is Columbia so snowFLAKY?

It’s a whole new CCSC, and Monday mood board Nadra Rahman is here to report on it. 

Welcome back to CCSC recaps—believe it or not, last night was the first Sunday since we’ve returned from break (XD). Appropriately, President Nathan Rosin inaugurated the semester donning his monstrous Secret Snowflake gift from last semester, a shirt featuring a minion and Hamilton becoming one. But that wasn’t the main point of yesterday’s meeting: instead, CCSC managed to appoint four new members, replacing former 2019 Rep Sofia Petros, Student Services Reps Toqa Badran and Monique Harmon, and Pre-Professional Rep Rafael Ortiz.

In their place, we have:

  • 2019 Rep: Elisa Kong (CC ’19)
  • Student Services Reps: Jordan Singer (CC ’19) and Aaron Fisher (CC ’18)
  • Pre-Professional Rep: Patricia Granda-Malaver (CC ’20)

All These Flakes Studied Abroad And That’s Why They Needed To Be Replaced
All the candidates made brief speeches, after which the meeting was closed to all but members of CCSC and Interim Columbia Elections Board Chair, Josh Burton. According to Rosin, “Without Josh, there’s no way we would be able to do all this.” Thanks, Josh!

Hip hip hurray for a new CCSC



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We love this bear

We love this bear

Bwogger Nadra Rahman reports on administrative updates and our upstanding student leaders. 

Scott Wright (VP of Campus Services) and Ixchel Rosal (Assistant VP of University Life) paid CCSC a visit last night to answer questions about space, wellness, and university initiatives. Thankfully, they left before our student leaders exchanged Secret Snowflake gifts—which ranged from the kinky to the degenerate.

Visitors From A Foreign Land

CCSC wasted no time in interrogating the visiting administrators. For context, Wright manages a number of departments at Columbia, including Housing, Dining, Health Services, University Event Management, Lerner, and environmental stewardship. In contrast, Rosal tends to deal with university-wide programming.

Space & Community

In his introduction, Wright had mentioned that we might want to change how we think about residence hall lounges (and in particular, main lounges) if we want them to be used as community-building spaces. John Jay Lounge has minimal furniture, making it easier to host events ranging from Thanksgiving Dinner to housing selection—but might it be enjoyed by more students if it were redesigned and recast as a study or social space? These comments sparked interest in the gathered members: when asked about potential changes, Wright said that lounges should maintain reservability, but that they should ultimately serve residents, and this notion should guide any potential plans.

We have lots of space devoted to space



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If only Columbia clubs were like Club Penguin.

Bwogger Nadra Rahman gave up on student groups after being rejected from EcoReps her freshman year, so this might be a good idea.

In the second-to-last meeting of 2017, CCSC took a step back and focused on an initiative that the Finance Committee has been working on all semester—student group reform. In case you’ve missed the surveys and op-eds, CCSC’s contention is that certain student groups are overly exclusive, feeding into a culture of stress and ultimately, leading to an unfair use of our student activity fees, which fund all recognized student groups. Last night’s discussion allowed the working group (consisting of VP Adam Resheff, Inclusion and Equity Rep Elise Fuller, and VP 2021 Skye Bork, among others) to debrief the general body and take into account their feedback.

Why does CCSC care?

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