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Things happen at GSSC. We sent the eminent Joseph Milholland to venture forth and discover truth.
This week’s General Studies Student Council meeting involved exciting discussions on budgets and by-laws.
The council passed to requests for funding for GS senior events. The first was the approval of $245 for a senior pub on March 6. The second was a request for a no-interest loan of $1200 to the senior class council. While the senior class council would, as senior class council President Rivera put it, “dip into the red,” they would repay all money by the end of the year. The reason they needed the cash was to give money for senior week. Last year for the first time ever GS participated in senior week and gave only $450 to it, while all other undergraduate councils gave at least $8000.
Vice President of Policy Gard Martinez also ran the council through changes to by-laws, all of which were passed by the council. First, legislative assistants would be officially “associates,” meaning they are a part of the council but cannot vote. The council will change their elections process from being run by their elections commission to being run by Columbia’s Elections board. Columbia’s elections board will have two GS members who oversee the elections. There will be a post-elections commission report and annual elections rules as well as a budget of “a few hundred dollars for the year” for the GS elections board members to organize events to increase vote turn out and spread the word about the elections process.
Also, GS students who have completed two semesters and have acquired 12 credits can run for the position of president so that people who are only in GS for two years have a chance to become president. Finally, in elections where two candidates were running and they both failed to reach the threshold of votes to win, there would be a special election, but in elections where more than two candidates were running and they all did not reach a threshold of votes to win, there would be a run-off election.
I asked Representative Malcolm Marcoulides about discrepancies between his stated-position as Academic Affairst Representative and his LinkedIn account, which lists him as a member of the executive board. Both Representative Marcoulides and President Germond said they would look into it. In an email, the President Germond said, “[T]he Executive Board will meet with Malcolm and address the issue of his misrepresentation on LinkedIn. GSSC puts a high value on integrity and I am confident this issue will be resolved immediately.”
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