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(Still) thinking about these new developments...

(Still) thinking about these new developments…

Last Tuesday night, the Columbia College Student Council held a closed meeting to appoint a new representative, and the opening was not announced via a class-wide e-mail. Bwog looked into this incident and the reasons behind it earlier this week. If you’d like to know more about the appointment process, the details are discussed here. This Friday, a class-wide email was sent out by CCSC 2017 President, Ravi Sinha, explaining the situation, apologizing for any confusion it may have caused, and announcing the council’s decision to reopen the application for class representative.

Click here to read the CCSC 2017 email.



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Pondering our legislative processes in the wake of the 2016 elections

Pondering our legislative processes in the wake of the 2016 elections

Last night, the Columbia College Student Council held a closed meeting to appoint a new class of 2017 representative. This may surprise some juniors, as the opening was not announced via a class-wide e-mail, unlike the 2017 council’s vacant position last year.

When the 2017 Council last had an open voting rep position last year, CCSC President Benjamin Makansi sent a class-wide email to all CC juniors about the vacant position, with a link to apply for the position. A class-wide e-mail was also sent out to 2016 last year when Ecem Senyuva resigned. But for this vacancy, neither Makansi nor Sinha sent such an e-mail this time.

According to Makansi, a class-wide e-mail should have been sent out. Asked about this, Sinha said, in an e-mail, that there “seems to have been some miscommunication” between him and Makansi.

“I know that as CCSC we are going to be looking at a proposal to change the entire process this semester, as it is confusing for everyone it seems,” Sinha went on.

The only indication made about this in a class-wide email announcing CCSC 2017 updates, sent out by CCSC 17 President Ravi Sinha.  Under a section titled “CCE Summer Internship Program” was an offer, in the middle of a paragraph, to join CCSC: “Want to boost your resume? Join a CCSC Committee! Joining Campus Life, Communications, Policy, your junior council, and other committees are a great way to get involved in your community. Please let me (rjs2204) if you are interested in being a part of CCSC!”

While this section asks students to join the junior council, it does not specify a voting representative was being appointed, and there is not specific way to sign up, other than Sinha’s uni.


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Is this enough space for you, Columbia undergrads?

Is this enough space for you, Columbia undergrads?

As usual, CCSC spent its Sunday night hotly debating such important issues as space on campus and complaints that Deantini might actual listen to. And, also as usual, Bwog reporter Joe Milholland was on hand to provide us with a fascinating description of the meeting.

The Space Initiative

“I feel like Columbia is the only school that does not have a legitimate student union,” said CCSC VP of Policy Vivek Ramakrishnan last night. “Every single college I’ve been to has a legitimate student center with a pub and a bowling alley and an arcade – a place that’s actually fun that you want to go to.”

This statement came in the middle of a discussion by the Columbia College Student Council about the University Senate’s Space Initiative. The Space Initiative has come about so the university can figure out how to allocate all the new space it will get from the Manhattanville expansion. Most of the new space in Manhattanville itself is going to graduate students, but it will provide more space for undergrads on the Morningside Heights campus.

University Senator Marc Heinrich gave a report on all this to CCSC. He wants to advocate for more student space and said that faculty and administrators have already expressed their opinions on this. Heinrich plans to have a full report on this by April through Student Affairs, a senate committee Heinrich chairs.

Heinrich went on to say that so far Student Affairs has focused on getting a day care center, gym expansions, and student space.

Will Columbia students ever have enough space?



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The CCSC meeting outlines probably look something like this

The CCSC meeting outlines probably look something like this

Apparently, it’s not too late to make New Year’s Resolutions – or, at least, it’s not too late to announce them at a CCSC board meeting.  CCSC is determined as ever to do hard work and accomplish important tasks, even in the face of last weekend’s blizzard, and Bwogger Joe Milholland is determined as ever to report on them.

Columbia College Student President Benjamin Makansi was absent from Sunday night’s CCSC general body meeting, as he had a job interview in Madison, Wisconsin.

In his stead, VP of Policy Vivek Ramakrishnan lead the meeting. After proposing to impeach Makansi, Ramakrishnan asked each of the council members present who were not on the executive board about their single goal for the semester. Ramakrishnan said he wanted to ensure that CCSC members were not getting distracted by mutual projects.

CCSC’s Goals:

Class of 2016 Council

  • 2016 President Saaket Pradhan – Clearing up how UEM charges student groups
  • 2016 VP Charles Sanky – Improving who Columbia technology deals with events
  • 2016 Rep Amy Li – Ensuring a student project grant gets funding
  • 2016 Rep Anna Broadbent – Heading Art Hum day for College Days
  • 2016 Rep Allie Levine – Heading the swim test day, which will focus on seniors, for College Days

More CCSC resolutions after the jump



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Remember those fun emails we used to get from Ben & Viv, sometimes at 3 am? Or remember that time they tried to make a website? We miss the good ol’ days. But hark! CCSC has graced us with another Ben & Viv Classic, and we’re just tickled pink.

Perhaps it was an effort to combine President Obama’s love for Columbia and Chicago, therefore convincing him to place his library on our campus. One can only imagine. Regardless, we’re sure glad that we were able to catch a glimpse of CCSC’s Facebook makeover. You keep doing you, Ben & Viv!

Even the 2016 Class Council is scratching their heads

Even the 2016 Class Council is scratching their heads


CCSC’s fancy new ‘do via the CCSC Facebook Page



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Imagine Deantini's earnest face peeking out from all the paperwork we'll hand him

Imagine Deantini’s earnest face peeking out from all the paperwork we’ll hand him

CCSC got down to business at last night’s meeting, formulating what specific requests they would send to Deantini after the results of the recent survey were examined. Joe Milholland, from behind a cup of Starbucks coffee, reports on what CCSC eventually decided were the most pertinent issues. They’ll be easy to guess if you’ve read our other recaps!

“[EVP Suzanne Goldberg’s] office is in its baby stages and what she feels they can do is more supplementary,” said VP of Policy Vivek Ramakrishnan when the topic of the university’s response to sexual violence came up at Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) meeting. He went on to say he was unsure if this supplementary material would engage those who needed to be engaged on sexual violence.

“[What CCSC President] Ben [Makansi] and I have been spitballing is a required community citizenship seminar where people can meet more than once and have meaningful conversations about sexual assault,” Ramakrishnan added.

Later on, discussing events for students, Ramakrishnan said, “We’re in NYC — why do we not have more cool things coming to campus?” After applause from his fellow council members, Ramakrishnan suggested a“decently good standup comic come to fill up Roone.”

What linked these two statements from the CCSC VP of Policy? A discussion about the top issues to bring to Deantini, based off a survey sent out to Columbia College students about the top 5 things they want changed in their college lives.

The plan of action after the jump



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Our feelings about Bacchanal/impeachment.

Our feelings about Bacchanal/impeachment.

Things got ~dramatic~ at last night’s CCSC meeting, complete with suspenseful Jeopardy music. But, first things first, Monday marauder Joe Milholland brings you up to date on the latest resolutions for Bacchanal, which may or may not pass.

Bacchanal Resolution

At Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) general body meeting, VP of Communications Grayson Warrick brought up a potential resolution to Undergratudate Student Life and the Bacchanal Committee based on the responses CCSC received from the Bacchanal survey.

Since many students in the survey said they wanted to keep Bacchanal as a de-stressing, all-campus single event, Warrick wants such a reccomendation in the proposal. As for the lion tamers introduced last year, Warrick acknowledged that they are “definitely something the administration won’t let us not have,” but he wants their visibility to be increased, their roles better defined, and for their name to be changed.

Because many students wanted Bacchanal to be held on Low like during Lupe Fiasco’s 2014 performance, he included that recommendation. The administration has said that the steps are less safe than College Walk, and Warrick’s response at the meeting was that there isn’t any data on injuries on the steps. He added that having the concert on College Walk rather than on Low could lead to a crowd falling all at once.

In terms of ticket sales, Warrick does not want Columbia to charge for Bacchanal. If they do charge, he wants ticket subsidization. VP of Policy Vivek Ramakrishnan brought up that Columbia lacks the infrastructure between the ticket office and Financial Aid in order to effectively do ticket subsidization.

The council also discussed the issue of partitioning, how many people to allow in the concert area, and how to keep track of who was let in. Warrick proposed as an alternative to tickets a first come first serve system for Bacchanal, where the first to show up at the partition would be the ones who are let in.

Finally, Warrick brought up the fact that the Public Safety fee for Bacchanal has been getting larger and larger each year and has been taking more out of the Bacchanal budget. He recommended thatin the future the administration or Public Safety cover the cost over a certain set amount. However, Alumni Affairs Rep Daniel Liss warned that this could lead to the administration simply taking the money from the Bacchanal budget without telling, a prospect he thought was worse than knowing exactly how much money they would have to spend each year.

News on the impeachment vote next.



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The realization that you're pretty close to becoming an alumnus/swarming some poor dude

The realization that you’re pretty close to becoming an alumnus/swarming some poor dude

Joe Milholland, marquess of Mondays, takes us to the most recent CCSC meeting, where the discussed topics included building a more helpful and effective student-alumni relationship and of course, without fail, Bacchanal. Read on for survey results, interesting quotes, and typical council drama.

“We were invisible. I didn’t even know what it was until I got asked to join it,” said Columbia College Alumni (CCA) Chair Kyra Barry, CC  ’87, about the presence of her organization on campus during her time at Columbia. Barry came to Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) meeting, where alumni-student interaction was a big topic.

She explained that CCA is an independent body, although “how independent we’ve been waxes and wanes.” It’s been around for 150 years, and the idea for the lion as a mascot came from CCA, as did the idea of gym equipment in dorms. Barry laid out the CCA’s three main focuses: development, engagement, and the state of the college.

“Starting around 2000, we became very, very focused on development,” said Barry. Development for CCA is mostly fundraising. Barry said that Columbia College is ranked highly in many areas besides the number of alumni who give and that the fund from donations goes to things like financial aid and student services.

How alumni want to help, Bacchanal survey results, and more updates after the jump!



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This is the kind of carefree, joyful use of the body that Columbia students are deprived of

This is the kind of carefree, joyful use of the body that Columbia students are deprived of

Monday man Joe Milholland reports on another encounter—more a skirmish than a battle—in the never-ending War on Fun, in addition to delivering a few updates on academic policy. CCSC never fails to delight us! 

“This thing makes me sadder than almost anything else,” said Deantini at Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) meeting, referring to the lack of fun Columbia students have.

After CCSC President Benjamin Makansi brought up student responses in the Bacchanal survey that said Bacchanal was the one fun day of the year and noted the lack of fun Columbia students had compared to students at peer institutes, Deantini began speculating as to why.

“I actually had fun in college,” he said, noting that this was possible for him even though he was the valedictorian of his class. He suggested the reason was generational, as his son, who attended UChicago and joined a fraternity, didn’t have as much fun as Deantini did.

Fun, or the lack thereof, was one of many topics touched on by Deantini, along with Dean of Undergraduate Student Life Cristen Kromm, as they took questions from the council.


Class of 2016 President Saaket Pradhan asked about requiring lecture courses with mandatory discussion section to be worth 4 credits instead of 3. Deantini mentioned that the state’s minimum standard mandates a minimum of one point per every 50 minute-hour of class, and that administrators have had some successes in convincing departments to up the amount of credits per class.

It gets more (and less) fun after the jump!



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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 morning, an anonymous tipster sent us a message about CCSC’s new website, though to call it a website may be a bit of a stretch. The page is full of cracked-out emoticons, grimace-y pictures of council members, and the default Lorem ipsum that no one’s bothered to change as of yet.

"Possibly about love <3"

“Possibly about love <3”


Is this page an official, CCSC-created site? We wouldn’t put it past our problematic faves, Ben and Viv, to create this headache-inducing layout.

Ben: "I told him to stop."

Ben: “I told him to stop.”

The insanity continues.



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You know when that email bling at 4:23 am, it can only mean.... Ben and Viv.

You know when that email bling at 4:23 am, it can only mean…. Ben and Viv.

This edition of Night in the Life comes in the form of imagined conversations between Benjamin Makansi and Vivek Ramakrishnan–a.k.a. Ben and Viv, your notoriously fearless leaders of CCSC.

10:59 pm
Ben: Oh crap! We forgot to send an email about CCSC!
Viv: Are you sure we did anything this week?
B: I don’t know! All of the meetings are running together…
V: Crap.
B: But we still have to send an email.
V: We do?
B: Yes! It’s one of the few things we promised in our campaign.
V: I don’t think we promised that.
B: We promised meeting minutes!
V: …on Facebook.
B: We didn’t say anything about an email?
V: Nope.
B: I think we still have to send one.
V: Is it in the bylaws?

11:53 pm
V: We’ve been looking for almost an hour. I don’t think it’s in the bylaws.
B: Me neither, but not sending an email would feel…dirty.
V: Fine, we’ll write the damn email.
B: Ok. Good.
V: Did we do anything in CCSC?
B: I told you I can’t remember.
V: Let’s just check the minutes.

Wait… where are the minutes?



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The feel when you've never had a productive meeting with an advisor, probably because of your own failings

The feel when you’ve never had a productive meeting with an advisor, probably because of your own moral failings

Amid confusion and concern, experienced CCSC translator Joe Milholland brings to us the relevant details from this week’s meeting—in particular, the focus on improving academic advising services for students. This probably applies to you!

At Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) general body meeting, as the council was discussing the Center for Student Advising (CSA) and its relation to the Committee on Academic Standing (CAS), USenator Sean Ryan asked, “Do we know who sits on that [the CAS’s] board?”

“I have no idea,” replied CCSC President Benjamin Makansi.

The council was reacting to student concerns about CSA submitted to them anonymously, one of which dealt with a student who faced difficulties during registration because of CAS. Other council members painted a similarly negative picture of the CAS and its issues with transparency and conflicts of interest; VP of Policy Vivek Ramakrishnan was worried that student advisers who appeared before the CAS were representing their students in front of their co-workers and bosses, and Alumni Affairs Rep Daniel Liss said he once dealt with CAS and he felt at that time that his advisor was just giving him the CAS’s response to his concern.

Suggestions, updates, and more acronyms after the break!



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All the presidents showed up at this week's SGA meeting--Abe Lincoln was a total homie.

All the presidents showed up at this week’s SGA meeting–Abe Lincoln was a total homie.

SGA was a full house last night. Mary-Kate and Ashley were not there, but the presidents from CCSC, ESC, and GSSC were. SGA hosted and allowed the prezes to update us Barnard Bears on a little bit of what has been happening on the other side of Broadway.

CCSC update:

  • The food insecurity initiatives that Columbia has been implementing are in full swing. The emergency meal fund has been approved by campus life: a student can go to JJ’s Place, ask to speak to the manager on duty, and the manager will supply the student with 6 meal vouchers, no questions asked. The Swipes mobile app is functioning as well, and seems to be successful. Unfortunately, as of now, Barnard students cannot participate, but a change of that policy is in the works.
  • CCSC is looking into changing the student advisory system, updating disability accessibility, and subsidizing senior week tickets.
  • Campus life initiatives are extremely important to CCSC president, Benjamin Makansi (“I’m just trying to bring some light heartedness to student government” read: we’re all just here for a good time TBH). Look out for s’mores on Low steps, a pillow fight in Butler, and a silent disco on the plaza.

ESC update:

  • ESC values community respect and is working on changing some of the sexual respect workshops that are required to be taken by students. There are now workshops tailored towards specific subjects. For example, a workshop for male survivors.
  • The committee is looking to expand possibles minors for SEAS students, because obviously engineers are interested in more than just engineering.
  • ESC loves Pawprint snd wants to make it even better with ID scanners!

Read on for GS and SGA info!



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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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