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What's going on behind closed doors? Why does she look so incredulous??

What’s going on behind closed doors? Why does she look so incredulous??

Are you tired of hearing CCSC talk about Bacchanal? Us too, though it still stings to have Joe “Monday” Milholland turned away from the discussion on Bacch finances. Still, resolutely, he brings to you all the latest updates on group adjudication (sexy!), Staff Appreciation Week,  the Lenape plaque, and the impossibility (to everyone’s disappointment) of Deantini Martinis. 

Closed Bacchanal Discussion

On Sunday night, the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC), along with representatives from other councils and one representative from Bacchanal, held a discussion about Bacchanal that was closed to the press and outsiders.

After the meeting, Alumni Affairs Representative Daniel Liss told me that they were discussing contract negotiations. “One of the conditions of the contract negotiations is that we can’t publish the amount of money being spent in each contract,” he said.

VP of Finance Sameer Mishra then said to me, “We were basically given two options in terms of artist contracts. There was a debate between two values, one of which was above the F@CU alloted amount.”

What happened when we were allowed in, after the jump



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This is the crazy high level 2019 is operating on right now

This is the crazy high level 2019 is operating on right now

Why is Bacchanal consuming our lives? How should we navigate hearings for groups? Why is the Class of 2019 being so darn productive? Man on the ground Joe Milholland answers these questions and more as he reports back from the weekly CCSC meeting, absorbing as ever. The issues are pretty pertinent!

Bacchanal Survey

At the Columbia College Student Council’s (CCSC) Sunday night general body meeting, the council discussed a survey they plan to send out to all undergraduate students at Columbia about this year’s Bacchanal. Council members reviewed a draft of the survey, which included questions on what students liked about Bacchanal, what they thought about the Lion Tamers, if they would be willing to pay for tickets and how much, what the most convenient method to get tickets is, whether having a big-name performer was important, and if they would want Bacchanal to be held at Baker Field instead of Low Plaza.

Included in these questions on the draft was one that asked students if they thought Columbia should have Bacchanal at all – directly asking those taking the survey “Should Columbia Have A Bacchanal This Year?.” The questions highlighted the high cost of Bacchanal, giving responders the option to say they would not like Bacchanal to be held this year and would prefer the money to go to other student events/groups.

Council members made comments on how questions were phrased and displayed on the survey, and Class of 2018 President Ezra Gontownick asked if having Bacchanal at Baker Field would lower its cost. VP of Finance Sameer Mishra replied that Bacchanal didn’t know yet.

Less Bacchanal after the jump



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CU Engineers, develop "fun drones not the bad kind" please!

CU Engineers, develop “fun drones not the bad kind” please!

Bwog staffer Rachel Deal brings you the latest and greatest from this week’s ESC meeting so you lazybones can stay in bed. You owe her one!

Last night’s ESC meeting was a long one-with new council members from the Class of 2019 and extended discussions on improving the CSA and possible changes to Bacchanal, the meeting ran over by 20 minutes (and it came to a close with a mini drone display by Class of 2018 President Vinay Mehta).

VP Policy Meaghan Hurr asked for suggestions on making the CSA better for engineers, and is working closely with CCSC President Ben Makansi and VP Policy Viv Ramakrishnan. Over all, the sentiment in the room was that the CSA doesn’t really know how to deal with engineers–both Mehta and Sustainability Representative Charles Harper suggested the office bring in more engineering-specific advisors. Class of 2019 Representative Aida Lu also wanted the advisors to be more accessible to students, possibly with more drop-in hours.

Hurr also briefly brought up Bacchanal, which turned into an extended discussion about the possibility of priced tickets. Class of 2017 VP Sid Perkins brought up that if Bacchanal were to charge more for tickets, ABC could give more money to other student groups. Multiple members of the council disagreed with this idea, including President Caroline Park, who said she felt uncomfortable considering priced Bacchanal tickets while also trying to push forward with the Food Insecurity Proposal. Class of 2017 President Larry Xiao is still working on rolling out a survey on Bacchanal.


  • President Park said that there are currently 34 students signed up to receive donated meals–26 from GS, 4 from SEAS, and 4 from CC.
  • Park also gave updates on the Sexual Respect Initiative. New students will have to complete the requirement, as will students who didn’t complete the requirement last year. The Office of University Life is also expanding workshop options.
  • The first official Commission on Diversity meeting is on Monday, October 12th.
  • Academic Affairs Representative Luis Rivera says the possibility of an Aerospace minor is being explored. He also said that they are working on possibly standardizing grading.
  • CCE should begin offering practice technical interviews soon.
  • The Class of 2016 council had to move Oktoberfest to next Friday due to the weather, but Lerner Pub will be this upcoming Thursday.
  • The Class of 2018 is working on a Star Wars screening study break for early December.



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What we imagine ESC meetings look like.

What we imagine ESC meetings look like.

ESC Bureau Chief Rachel Deal is back this week (after ESC took a break last week following their weekend retreat) to bring you the latest news from the ESC meeting!

Last night’s Engineering Student Council meeting was a quick one, with the members covering topics such as the package center, Bacchanal, and food insecurity. President Caroline Park started the meeting with a few updates from her meeting with VP for Campus Services Scott Wright about the package center. She said that there has been progress since last year in terms of wait times (Columbia is now using a new vendor for the package center) but that there are still issues with packages going temporarily missing. Class of 2016 VP Chloe Blanchard also brought up the concern that the spoke center in Schapiro is in a dance studio, so she hopes in the future that mail services will take into account where student groups meet in choosing spoke center locations.

Park also gave updates on the Food Insecurity proposal–so far, 18 students have signed up for meal vouchers (three of whom are SEAS students). She also clarified that, in fact, they did not need 5,000 donated swipes for the proposal to pass. They currently have 580 donated meals.

Elections for Class of 2019 grade councils are currently taking place, so Park encouraged council members to tell their first year friends to vote. ESC also plans to host a potluck for the newly elected members from the Class of 2019.


  • VP Communication Sidd Ramakrishnan said the ESC website is a work in progress and should be back up by the end of the week.
  • VP Finance Neha Jain explained the Bacchanal survey that will be going out to students.
  • Student Services Representative Amritha Musipatla and Sustainability Representative Charles Harper talked about “Kill The Cup Columbia,” an initiative from EcoReps and Columbia Dining to try to use as many reusable cups as possible at ButCaf. Starting October 5th and until the 30th, coffee at Blue Java will cost $1.09 with a reusable mug, and EcoReps will also be giving out 300 free mugs in Butler. Columbia is competing against 15 other schools, and the winning school will receive grant money for sustainability initiatives.
  • The Class of 2016 councils are hosting an Oktoberfest event outside of EC on Friday at 5pm. There will be free beer and food (but only for seniors).

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Despite campus-wide rumors, it appears Bacchanal has been approved for the coming year. This news comes with the official announcement of the incoming Bacchanal board.

While we are sure much can be made of the return of Ben Kornick as Co-President, and though we are certain the administration will handle this upcoming year with anything but tact, empathy, or understanding of human behavior, today, we at Bwog raise our chosen beverage (and/or paraphernalia) in salute to Alma and the coming year.

Via the official Bacchanal Facebook page:

We are excited to introduce our 2015-2016 Bacchanal Executive Board and announce that we have been officially been approved to hold next year’s spring concert, Bacchanal 2016! We are looking forward to planning the show and working to make it better than ever. We would like to thank our 2014-2015 Bacchanal Executive Board, and of course, thank all of you for supporting us throughout the year. Good luck on finals, enjoy all the wonderful opportunities to see live concerts, and have a great summer, Columbia!
2015-2016 Bacchanal Executive Board
Co-President – Benjamin Kornick
Co-President – Jared Weiss
Concert Chair – Tyler Allen
Concert Chair – Nza-Ari Khepra
Publicity Chair – Madeline Kim
Treasurer – Vivi Hyacinthe
Secretary – Simi Olagundoye
Outreach Chair – Michal Ashkenazi
Safety Chair – Jesse Van Marter
Tech Chair – Renetta Walcott



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We need teamwork, people

GSSC is joining the group

At their Tuesday night general body meeting, the General Studies Student Council debated ABC’s proposal to turn the Bacchanal Committee into a group under the auspices of the VPs of Finance from the four undergraduate student councils, the same proposal that was debated last week at CCSC. GSSC President Peter Nason said that the proposal made the Bacchanal a “de-facto seventh line-item” in governing board allocations. Neither ESC nor SGA voted on this proposal this week.

Nason justified the proposal by saying that the Bacchanal Committee had been a “headache” before, so it was right to reform it. He also suggested that if the proposal didn’t work next year, the Bacchanal Committee could be run completely under the student councils, like Glass House Rocks.

The council approved the proposal with three changes. First, the Bacchanal Committee has to get 3/4ths approval of the four VPs (CCSC made the same revision). Second, the VPs of Finance have 48 hours to approve expenditure requests or significant changes by the Bacchanal Committee (CCSC voted for a 24 hour limit, and Nason suggested this discrepancy could be worked out at a later date).

The third alteration was to make it explicit in the proposal that the Bacchanal Committee had to get approval for decisions on “revenue sources and ticketing.” The council debated this change for a while, with Usenator Katherine Sotano arguing that language that was too broad in the proposal could cause the Bacchanal Committee to make ticketing changes that would hurt GSSC, and Nason arguing that changing the proposal too much could make ABC or the Bacchanal Committee to pull out. However, most of this argument dealt with adding a possible fifth bullet point on the list of the Bacchanal Committee’s duties, and an alteration instead of the first bullet point seemed to satisfy both council members.

The proposal will be negotiated further among the four councils, although they want to have a finished proposal before F@CU (the end-of-year allocations to the six governing boards).


  • GS won money for its student council because of its high participation in the Quality of Life Survey. If GSSC can get the money this semester, they are considering using it to fund snack attacks and using the money saved on snack attacks to fund a Shabbat dinner in the GS lounge.
  • Sotano’s initiative to improve the Dodge Gym is trying to get functional fitness equipment (a type of fitness equipment, not merely ones that work).
  • VP of Policy Elizabeth Heyman is making a survey to find out when it is best to have shuttles to JFK during finals.



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"Bacchanal is not a mystery to be solved, but a reality to be shut down"

“Bacchanal is not a mystery to be solved, but a reality to be shut down”

Just as our livers have recovered and the fuzzy memories have completely left our minds, the legacy of Bacchanal still looms over our campus, and the deans get the final word. Devoted student government aficionado Joe Milholland makes last night’s CCSC meeting as clear for you as a two-lined fortune.

In a few weeks, the four deans of the undergraduate colleges will meet, according to CCSC President Peter Bailinson, to discuss what they saw during Bacchanal and how the event should proceed in the future.

On Sunday night, the Columbia College Student Council discussed and approved a proposal for their vision of Bacchanal in the future. The proposal retains the Bacchanal Committee but makes all funding decisions go through the VPs of Finance for the four undergrad councils.

The proposal says that budget decisions have to be approved by at least three of the four VPs, and the committee would have to preform mandatory check-ins and e-mail updates with the VPs. The VPs have 24 hours to approve expenditure proposals they receive from the committee, although there is no formal method of holding them accountable, and council members acknowledged that the time frame is not strict. Current VP of Finance Michael Li acknowledged it is “not very clear” what the financing process would look like.

The council spent some time debating whether the proposal would require VPs of Finance to reply to expenditure proposals in 24 or 48 hours. Bacchanal Co-President Ben Kornick said that he preferred 24 hours, noting that the Bacchanal Committee lost out on their top choice last year by 12 hours. Li noted that the if the VPs were not responsive, the committee would be able to mass-email the whole council to get them to respond.

However, GSSC President Peter Nason, in the audience that night, said that the 48-hour limit makes more sense because of the difficulties of rounding people up, especially on weekends, and he believed that GSSC would not approve the proposal with a 24 hour limit. Nason mentioned that his council initially considered “zero-funding” the Bacchanal Committee unless it adopted a Glass House Rocks model. The council voted to amend the proposal to a 24 hour limit, but Usenator Marc Heinrich noted the time limits were just “general guidelines.”


  • A Town Hall on the Rules of Conduct is on Friday. According to Heinrich, the committee has opted to move away from an external process and towards an internal process. The first level of the internal process would have a judicial board with one student, one faculty member, one admin, and 2 open spots. The appeals level would consist of “neutral deans” – deans from schools other than the person under trial.
  • VP of Policy Sejal Singh said that there were some things that students could focus their input on for the Rules of Conduct proposal, such as the 2 open spots on the judicial board, how judicial proceedings can become public, and whether journalists reporting but not participating can be prosecuted. Heinrich said that while no such caveat for the media exists in the real world, it’s typically easier to identify who’s part of the press and who’s not.
  • Heinrich and Balinson are reaching out to the registrar over concerns about exams next fall semester, which officially end on December 23. Balinson says that while the date is unlikely to change, they’re looking to change dates in the future.
  • Singh is trying to secure easy-to-access writing center appointments for economically disadvantaged students through a process similar to appointments for international students.
  • Porter noted that she has a plan to open JJ’s place to 1am on weekends but close it from 12 to 5 on two weekdays. Executive Director Vicki Dunn wants her to poll students to see if they approve in this change of hours.
  • Student Services Rep Chris Godshall says that Housing has a plan to provide students with online access to the New York Times for $10 a semester.

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Was it worth it?

Was it worth it?

This year’s Spring Bacchanal was doomed to mediocrity from the start. Henry Litwhiler explores why.

Of over 10,000 undergraduate students at Columbia, a total of 6,000 could have been given legitimate access to this year’s Bacchanal. Of those 6,000 spots, perhaps 5,000 were actually reserved by students, and fewer than 3,000 of them were present at any time during Big Sean’s headliner act. The result was an event that lacked any vestige of coherence or community, monopolized upwards of ten hours and a good slice of campus for the enjoyment of the few and the quiet inebriation of the many, and was more a showcase of the toxicity of campus culture than the ability of Columbia students to come together in a day of carefree enjoyment.

A False Start

In the weeks and months after Bacchanal 2014, members of the Bacchanal planning committee coordinated with the Activities Board (ABC), the undergraduate student councils, and the administration’s Office of Student Engagement (OSE) in an effort to host the first ever Fall Bacchanal. These efforts came to fruition on May 15th, when the OSE approved the event and reserved Low Plaza for September 14th. Over the next two months, the Bacchanal Planning Committee signed contracts with three performers, receiving approval for each from “administrators in the Office of Student Engagement.”

Three weeks after OSE approved the final performer’s contract, Bacchanal Co-President Ben Kornick was informed by OSE and Student Life that the four undergraduate deans had met and decided to cancel the event. A press release published by Bacchanal after the event’s cancellation says that the deans had vaguely cited concerns about binge drinking and sexual assault, though the deans would later rather dubiously try to distance themselves from the latter.

A tug-of-war ensued between various student organizations and the deans’ offices, with much of the dialogue centering around the $55,000 in cancellation fees that would be incurred by breaking the performers’ contracts. ABC, CCSC, GSSC, SGA, ESC, and a plethora of other alphabet soup student organizations suggested changes in event structure and the imposition of various safeguards, but on August 8th the undergraduate deans told the Bacchanal board that the cancellation was final and that, further, Spring Bacchanal was being placed under review. The only consolation was that the deans themselves would come up with the $55,000, sparing ABC et al. the financial consequences.

Read on for a thorough tallying of the blame.



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Can't spell su(cess with out (a)ccess!

Can’t spell success with out (a)ccess!

Joe Milholland makes the latest on CCSC accessible to you! 

On Sunday night, three students with disabilities visited the council to discuss problems with accessibility on campus. Their problems:

  • A lack of accessibility information in CCSC emails about events. One student pointed to the direction for the Columbia University Powwow as an example of good accessibility info.
  • At events, when there is a line of people, those running the event often do not make the line accessible.
  • Events on campus, like the President of Afghanistan’s recent talk, can limit accessibility excessively.
  • Some student groups that need to meet in accessible places can’t.
  • Weather conditions have closed off Butler ramps a lot.
  • NSOP lacks disability access or information, a difficulty especially hard for new students.
  • Commencement and its set-up limit accessibility on campus.
  • A major problem are the elevators that take students from the lower to higher parts of campus and which are often off limits. The Office of Disability Services, or any other part of Columbia’s administration, do not notify students about changes to accessibility on-campus; instead, students have to notify the office themselves.
  • All three of the students said they had either skipped classes or put themselves at risk to get to classes.

Several council members at the meeting said they were interested in joining a task force about accessibility on campus.

Bacchanal still isn’t over



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To get you ready for the bacchanal that is Bacchanal, CUSS has produced a reading of Big Sean’s biggest hit. Before you know it, little stupid ass bitch, you’re gonna be singing along with the rest of’em. Find CUSS on facebook, for sneak previews, videos, and more.

Dramatic Reading of Big Sean’s IDFWU from Bwog on Vimeo.



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In about 24 hours, most of Columbia will begin celebrating the blessed holy day of Bacchanal. To give you a soundtrack to your pregame, we bring you the (un)official playlist featuring the three big acts of the day—Big Sean, Brenmar, and Raury. By listening to this, you might actually know a couple of songs by Brenmar and Raury, or another Big Sean song other than “I Don’t Fuck With You.” Get into the Bacchanal spirit and enjoy.



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Drank in our cups

Drank in our cups

Now that we’ve helped prepare you to survive this year’s Bacchanal, you will know regular cocktails will not suffice. Bwog brings you Bacchtails. 

$7 Sling

  • 1oz gin
  • 1/2oz grenadine
  • 2oz sweet & sour mix
  • 2oz club soda

Serve this one over ice to only 4,000 of your closest, financially-able companions.

Kornick Sour

  • 1oz sake
  • Dash of lemon juice
  • Dash of agave
  • 2 slices of grapefruit
  • 2 dashes green Tabasco
  • 35 angry Facebook comment
  • 8 unfollows on Twitter
  • 2 death threats

I Don’t Fuck With Empty Calories You

  • 1oz vodka
  • 1oz tequila
  • 1oz rum
  • 1oz gin
  • 1oz triple sec
  • 1.5oz sweet & sour mix
  • Splash of Coke zero

For those unlucky students with Lawn tickets, we recommend making two servings: one for you and one for the security officer preventing your entry onto Low steps!

(Ariana) Grande Mocha Frap

  • 1 grande Starbucks mocha Frappuccino
  • 2oz Bailey’s Irish Cream whiskey

And for those of you that cannot partake in vodka…



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Such friends! Much party!

Such friends! Much party!

Saturday is finally the day that most students dream about as they drool on their laptop after falling asleep at 2 AM in ButCaf—Bacchanal! One Bwogger brings you a guide to survive the best day of the year as a Columbia student and actually have a memorable experience (depending on whether or not you can actually remember the day.)

The night before Bacchanal:

  • It’s probably best to not go out and go hard the night before. You’re going to want to be fresh and alive starting early on Saturday, and the quickest way to ruin your day is to suffer through a hangover on the way to your first pregame. Tuck yourself into bed with a few episodes of Friends early to ensure pleasant dreams and copious amounts of rest.
  • Pop your Jell-O shots and other libations in the fridge to chill down. Jell-O shots will be ready to go in the morning if you make them the night before. Also, nobody wants to drink warm vodka. Roll a couple blunts while you’re at it.
  • Pick up your room and hide your valuables if you’re hosting a pregame tomorrow. Drunk people are kleptos and someone is bound to steal your shit if you don’t hide it.
  • Put together your Bacchanal playlist on Spotify (aka put the new Big Sean album on with the couple of songs you know by Raury and Brenmar.)
  • Lay out your flower crown, high-wasted shorts, flag of choice, and most revealing crop-top/bro-tank so you can roll out of bed and easily find your attire for the day.

The morning of Bacchanal:

  • Grab some crappy white t-shirt you only wear to bed and head over to Holi! Holi will begin 11 AM in East Campus, so make sure to take a few swigs of sweet nectar from the Gods (aka a mimosa) and head over to get covered in paint. Pro-tip: have your towel and shower caddy ready so you can sprint to the shower first and get a stall while they’re open. All dorm bathrooms will immediately become a war-zone of paint and dirty clothes by 11:30 AM at the latest. Put your phone on the charger while you shower so you don’t end up with a dead phone come time to Snapchat Big Sean to all of your friends.
  • Pick up your wrist band! We’ve been told that it’s smartest to just pick up your wrist band when Bacchanal starts handing them out around 10 AM. Pick them up early so you won’t have to worry about it for the rest of the day/battle the long lines right before performers go on.
  • Pace thyself, young grasshopper. You’ll probably be partaking in some good fun throughout the day, so don’t end up going hard all morning and pass out at noon. Nobody wants to drag your drunk ass home before the fun even begins.
  • Eat. RA’s will probably be shoving bagels in your face like last year, but make sure you take some time to actually carbo-load in the morning. Soak up that cheap vodka with something filling around mid-day so you don’t end up passing out/not making it to the actual event.
  • Start hopping to and from all of the pregames you were invited to. It’s totally chill to hang out with the same group all day, but most people end up bouncing around dorm rooms and drinking other people’s alcohol. Take a buddy with you. The buddy rule will be essential today so you don’t end up crying out in front of your dorm because you can’t find Samantha!!!!

How to handle the actual concert next.



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"This crown will look perfect in my instagram pic!

“This crown will look perfect in my instagram pic!”

Party girl Briana Bursten knows how to get down like it is 1999, and Bacchanal will be no exception. As an experienced concert goer, she is sharing her wealth of knowledge on how to ensure a fun time for you and everyone around you this weekend!  

Did you know that Bacchanal is approaching this weekend? Because I sure as hell didn’t!!! However, now that I am aware that a significant amount of people will be flocking to Low Steps and/or the lawns to watch an obscure independent music artist by the name of “Big Sean” this coming Saturday, I am compiling a list that details perfect Bacchanal etiquette. Follow the tips below from a first-year seasoned Bacchanal attendee to ensure that you’re the best audience member Alma has ever seen.

  • Post a pic on Instagram and/or add to your Snapchat story every single minute!- Honestly, waving an electronic device in the air so no one behind you can see the actual performer/people are forced to watch a mere recording of the concert is the best way to make new friends. Also, it is encouraged that you post to your numerous social media platforms via an iPad! It may be Apple’s forgotten device, but Steve Jobs himself actually said that it’s the perfect Bacchanal accessory.
  • Cry about losing your friends! Or your cell phone! Or your iPad! Or all the above!- Crying is the best way to show that you care, so when you inevitably lose everything valuable to you during the concert, shed a few tears. Everyone will stop to help you GUARANTEED.
  • Get on your buddy’s shoulders and cascade a flag of a random country around your body!- Bacchanal? Ultra? What’s the difference, anyway?! As if the iPad in the air wasn’t already enough to make friends with the people behind you, I guarantee that throwing yourself in the air in the name of patriotism is the best way to garner positive attention.
  • Scream “OMG! This song is my JAM!!” whenever a new song is performed!- Once you declare this statement, everyone will stop, listen, and evaluate your musical opinions. YOU are the expert, after all.
  • Drunkenly ash your cigarette on your friend’s forehead!- Bacchanal falls during Easter weekend this year, so celebrate Ash Wednesday a lil late and ash your drunkenly-consumed cigarette on your BFF’s forehead. Your friend will definitely appreciate your Holi (lol) homage.
  • Ask the people next to you if they have *insert substance here*- Show the world that you know how to party! Responsibly!
  • Yell out “Freebird!” every time a new performer takes the stage!- 9/10 times Raury, Big Sean, or that other dude will channel their inner Lynyrd Skynyrd and honor your individual song request.



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Fresh gear

Fresh gear

Presumably in response to outrage over the allocation of $20,000 — $25,000 in additional funds to provide for added security and other services on the Butler lawns during Bacchanal, Vice President for Public Safety James McShane has put out an email explaining how the funds received by Public Safety will be put to use.

The text of the email is as follows:

Dear all,

As we come up on this weekend’s The Bacchanal, Columbia University Public Safety has been hard at work ensuring that the event is as safe and orderly as possible. To this end, we have requested that various student government organizations contribute funds to cover any budget gaps we at Public Safety may encounter.

Among the chief targets of this additional funding are overtime salaries for officers and administrative staff. Also, in response to concerns expressed over the last year by Deans Valentini and Boyce, Public Safety will be investing in updated equipment for verifying the sobriety of students in the concert areas. This will ensure a sober and comfortable community experience for all attendees.

Pursuant to 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f), University policy, and the requests of various campus organizations, we are providing the Columbia community with a detailed account of how this extra funding will be spent. Please see the attached document. Alternatively, please see the following link:

[redacted; document reproduced below]

Columbia University
Department of Public Safety

Spring 2015 Bacchanal Auxiliary Security and Suppression Allocations

$817.11 — PEPPER (GROUND)
$323.00 — PEPPER (SPRAY)
$300.00 — THREE HUNNA

Thank you.


James F. McShane
Vice President for Public Safety
Columbia University
Low Library, Rm. 101
Mail Code 4301
535 W. 116th Street
New York, New York 10027

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