Here’s What Happened At The CCSC E-Board Town Hall You Didn’t Attend
She's a lil too happy maybe...

We will be as happy as this woman with our late night hot cocoa!

Passionate Pressman Joe Millholland covered last nights CCSC town hall meeting, which was a little low in terms of turnout.  There was still some discussion though, and you can read the coverage below.

Thirty minutes into the scheduled 90 minutes for CCSC’s Executive Board town hall session, President Peter Bailinson called it quits. Only 12 people, including the board itself, were around at the beginning of the E-Board session. A few came later, but some also left before the end. He admitted the 4.5 hours alloted for the three class councils and E-Board was “too long,” and he believed, based on past experience with a FroSci Town Hall, that single-issue forums would have a better turn out. Bailinson blamed his current inability to send out school-wide emails (the administration is supposed to give him the power, but they haven’t yet). He also suggested he call future town halls “office hours,” and VP of Finance Michael Li suggested giving better incentives for students to come.

In the half-hour before, however, Executive Board members did lay out some of their ideas and plans for the upcoming year. In particular, they tossed around three big questions about the recent space crunch in Lerner:

  • What will the administration do? Bailinson said there was “no hard plan about what administrative departments are going to be moving out of Lerner.” He wants to have talks throughout the semester with administrators, but he thinks it is unlikely that any space that administrators leave will be given to students.

  • Hamilton or Ferris? Bailinson also expressed enthusiasm for an unbookable, late-night student space in either Hamilton or Ferris. If it were in Hamilton, it would likely be a purely study space. The Hamilton student space would also not have food, and there would be the issue of re-arranging the spaces for classes at the end of the night. Ferris could double as both a social and a study space and have food served. Bailinson notes that, at Harvard, dining halls turn into student spaces late at night and serve coffee and hot chocolate.

  • What will we call this controversy? Michael Li suggested “The War on Space.” VP of Policy Sejal Singh offered “Space Wars.”

Other E-Board members gave follow-ups on their campaign promises:

Shape Future Curriculums, Change The World
Its fate is in your hands.

Its fate is in your hands.

Yesterday, CCSC released the comprehensive spring semester report you never knew you needed. It includes a list of completed and in progress initiatives, events (throwback to the Major Discovery event with the rotten turkey) and the attendance sheet for the semester (#transparency). It’s a nice Issuu document, check it out.

CCSC also wants you to become a student representative to a curriculum committee. And so do we. We want interesting, useful classes, dammit, and we can’t trust anybody except YOU to get them for us! Also, someone has to step up and back up all the complaining we do with some action.

In the words of the blurb CCSC sent to us:

Hey Columbia College students, interested in having your voice heard in the shaping of our Core Curriculum? Apply to become a student representative on the Committee on the Core! The CoC is the academic committee that manages the structure, goals, and future of the Core Curriculum. As a representative, you’ll directly interact with all of the heads of the Core Curriculum subjects and requirements — Lit Hum, CC, Frontiers of Science, and all the others — as well as Dean Valentini and the Academic Affairs Deans, Dean Yatrakis and Dean Montás.

And, for the first time ever, students can also apply as representatives to the Committee on Global Core and Committee on Science Instruction — the college faculty committees that lead and structure our global core and science requirements. If you’ve ever had any grievances for how our academics are run around here, being a representative on either of these two committees would place you in a perfect position to air them.
How to apply after the jump

First CCSC Meeting Of The Year!

A visualization of CCSC’s funding

CCSC held its first meeting last night, and our valiant correspondent Joe Milholland was there to take notes.

The first CCSC meeting of the 2014-15 school year began with President Peter Bailinson quickly listing some of the major things he wanted to get done this year – College Days, mental health, and financial aid – and introducing the council by asking for an “interesting fact/story” about each council member’s name (best ones: Marshal Bozeman’s last name means “wicked man” in Dutch, Andrew Ren’s Chinese name means “Super Uncle,” and Sejal Singh and Ramis Wadood were named after soap opera characters).

Other council members gave updates on what CCSC-related stuff they did over their summer and their plans for the future:

  • VP of Policy Sejal Singh is working with CPS and identity-based groups to identify and respond to complaints that CPS was not handling the needs of certain student populations, such as students of color, properly.

  • Class of 2015 president Kareem Caryl and his council are working on alumni networking for the senior class.

  • Class of 2016 president Saaket Pradham and his council are developing career-oriented events

  • The class of 2017 is co-sponsoring a food expo with the Columbia Daily Spectator. Class president Sean Ryan is also working with his council on Major Discovery.

  • University Senator Marc Heinrich mentioned that the “lack of student input [in changes to the sexual assault policy] is troubling.” He is on the President’s Advisory Committee on Sexual Assault (PACSA) and wants more students involved in sexual assault policy reforms.

USenate rules committee and funding changes after the jump

CCSC Does Plate Awards And Changes The Guard
Shining stars, all of you.

Shining stars, all of you.

Last night, Bwog’s top student government celebrator Joe Milholland went to observe CCSC’s last meeting of the year.

The Final CCSC Meeting of the year featured the traditional plate awards.

The Awards:

  • Zach Vargas Sullivan (2014 Class Representative) won “Most Real” Honorable Mention: “Most likely to scare the freshman” and “most likely to cut a bitch”

  • Sarita Patankar (2014 Class Representative) won “Most likely to stand her ground” Honorable Mention: “Most likely to react during meetings”

  • Joanna Kelly (2014 VP) won “Best hair” Honorable Mention: “Most cat-like”

  • Conan Cassidy (2014 President) won “Senior not to mess with” Honorable Mention: “Most orderly” and “Most likely to come back next year”

  • Jackson Tse (2015 Class Representative) won “Most Wifed-up” Honorable Mention: “Most fashionable” and “Most likely to be an undercover CIA agent”

  • Kareem Carryl (2015 Class Representative) won “Most modest about how hard he works” Honorable Mention: “Most likely to be at the Heights”

  • Liam Bland (2015 Class Representative) won “Most well-spoken” Honorable Mention: “Most likely to flail his arms” and “Most likely to have nice things to say when he chooses”

Get the rest of those awards…

CCSC Does Constitutional Review
The constitution of our student council is CCSCC... it's as backwards as the council itself!

The constitution of our student council is CCSCC…it’s as backwards as the council itself!

Curious what CCSC’s been up to?  If you’re actually reading this, looks like it’s true!  This week everything is about the constitution so get your American flags and Columbia hats because CCSC correspondent Joe Milholland’s taking us along for the ride.

President Daphne Chen was “not in town this weekend” according to VP of Policy Bob Sun, who presided over the April 27 CCSC Meeting, where the council discussed constitutional review and learned new information about Housing’s key assist policy.

Constitutional Changes

Financial Reporting: The council will now release two financial reports every year—one in the fall with their financial plans for the upcoming semester and a review of what happened in the spring semester of the last academic year, and one in the spring with a review of the fall semester and plans for the upcoming spring semester. The council passed this change to their constitution without opposition.

Committee Memberships: The council debated whether they should require class councils to have members on all 4 committees or instead require each class council member to serve on at least one committee. The debate between these two options went on for some time, with arguments that committees need representation from all classes and counterarguments that council members who do not want to serve on a committee would drag down the work of the committee. After the debate had continued for several minutes with an unsuccessful straw poll (council members voted for both options), a Class of 2014 class representative said “We’re all being immature” and “we need to try to stop hijacking this conversation.” Eventually, a requirement for class council members to sit on at least one committee was passed without opposition.

VP of Class Councils Having Treasurer Duties: Since the only current distinction between a VP of a class council and a representative is that the VP will take over if the president resigns, the council passed a requirement for the VP to take on a treasurer duties. However, this will not take affect until the 2015-2016 academic year.

Read on for the other three changes.

CCSC Debates About Constitutional Review
All of this is very esoteric

All of this is very esoteric

Every week, CCSC meets and talks about very important things.  This week, those thing included reforms to their constitution—particularly about the sections dealing with the filling of vacated seats. Much talk was had about transparency, efficiency, and fraternity, all of which our Satow Room Bureau Chief Joe Milholland was present to cover.

On Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council meeting, the council addressed various constitutional reforms they will be voting on next week. The most prominent was discussing how and when CCSC should have special elections for seats vacated mid-term. Before, CCSC, like Columbia’s other undergraduate councils, has appointed new members after resignations. This academic year, however, their have been two special elections that have chosen a new University Senator and a new class council member.

VP of Policy Bob Sun said that having two ways of filling a vacancy was “not efficient” and that the council should choose between either going back to having only appointments but with a defined, “transparent” process or go exclusively to special elections.

Jeremy Meyers, Chair of the Elections Board, told the council that he was able to experiment with new things during this year’s special elections, but the special elections were hard on the board because they had to “drop everything for 2-3 weeks.” Because of this, Meyers does not think it is “sustainable” or “possible “ for the Elections Board to keep doing special elections, especially when considering the difficulties to recruit new Elections Board members. According to Meyers, in order to carry out special elections, the board needs to organize mixers, approve posters, organize voting, and answer questions from candidates.
Read on for elections and frats.

CCSC: What Are Those Student Reps For?


CCSC this week was all about transparency.  So we present to you this article in the most transparent way, with as little commentary as possible.  It was written by CCSC correspondent Joe Milholland. 

At Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council meeting, the council had a discussion about student representatives on academic committees, particularly the Committee on Instruction and the Committee on the Core. Currently, these committees are not transparent.

Vice President of Policy Bob Sun asked the council about “what we can do as a council” to ensure that students have a voice in these committees. Sun said that last year the committees tried to work to make their agendas more “public” and their student reps more “empowered,” but this year it seems that such reforms have diminished and become “opaque.” CCSC’s rules on how student representatives should do their jobs are unclear. The council wants the representatives to do more, but since they cannot impeach them, they have no formal way of making them do more.

Someday my rep will come.

CCSC: Reacting to Bacchanal’s Bacchanal
CCSC is like the dudes on the stage, yo

CCSC is like the dudes on the stage, yo

Bacchanal is coming up and nobody gives a shit about anything else, not even CCSC.  That in mind they had a relatively easy-going meeting and talked about some interesting stuff.  Resident “chill dude” Joe Milholland got a piece of the action.

The April 6 2014 meeting of CCSC featured an extensive discussions among council members about whether or not to sign a statement to the student body, written by Dean Martinez and other administrators, talking about proper behaviour during Bacchanal. Apparently, the situation at Bacchanal has been getting worse for the past couple years. There were almost double the amount incidents as Bacchanal 2012, most of which dealt with students disrespecting staff. Incidents at Bacchanal last year that President Chen noted:

  • “Racial slurs” and other abusive language to workers at hospitality desks.
  • Extensive vandalism to Carman, including its ceiling tiles and exit signs
  • Dining Hall, which has never had problems with Bacchanal before, reported that students were “vomiting, they were cursing at staff, they were eating food and putting it back on serving trays”
  • There were 20 CAVAs
  • Students were found passed out in “basements, fountains, lawns”
  • Complaints from people around the neighbourhood

absolutely awesome concerns about Bacchanal

The People Have Spoken: Elections Results


the debates earlier this week, kinda

After a fierce few days of campaigning, riveting debates, and more Facebook notifications than you’d like, student government elections results are in, courtesy of the Columbia Elections Board.

Here’s the link to the full elections results with percentages of the vote included. We’ve pasted the winners below.

Most notably, TAP won most of the CCSC E-Board, Wadood and Ross will enter the University Senate, and the LCUI and sandwich ambassador ballot initiatives passed.

Voter turnout increased 25% from last year, and the candidate turnout increased by 35%. However, the ESC’s voter turnout percentages were much lower than last year, presumably because the E-Board went uncontested. For all you haters out there, elections results may be contested for the next 24 hours.


CCSC Executive Board President & VP Policy

  • Peter Bailinson and Sejal Singh (TAP)

CCSC Executive Board VP Finance

  • Michael Li (Insight)

CCSC Executive Board VP Communications

  • Abby Porter (TAP)

CCSC Executive Board VP Campus Life

  • Andrew Ren (TAP)

CCSC University Senator

  • Ramis Wadood

CCSC Academic Affairs Representative

  • Grayson Warrick

More CCSC, ESC, and GSSC below the jump.

Spring 2014 Elections: Who’s Running?
Democracy. Love to hate it, am I right?

Democracy. Love to hate it, am I right?

Confused about the immense number of people running for the upcoming elections for CCSC, ESC, and University Senate? So were we.

So we decided to e-mail all of them. All candidates were asked to respond to the three following questions:

  1. What do you/your party bring to the table?
  2. What issues are most important to you?
  3. Have you been involved in campus politics before? How?

Here are their responses, presented to you typos and all.

CCSC Executive Board

Start here!

CCSC Executive Board Debates
Yes CCSC plz fix this asap

Yes CCSC plz fix this asap

Have you seen the CCSC flyers everywhere? Do you have no idea what they mean? Bwog sent student government enthusiast Joseph Milholland to take copious notes in your ever so conspicuous absence.

Opening Remarks

  • Insight, Loxley Bennett’s Party, chose a unique theme for each member they were running for. Bennett chose collaboration, Mandeep Singh (running for VP Policy)  chose advocacy, Michael Li (running for VP Finance) chose empowerment, Sheila Alexander (running for VP Communications) chose “accessibility leading to transparency,” and Sarah Yee (running for VP Campus Life) chose vibrancy.
  • Peter Bailinson, running for president under his party TAP, emphasized that he wanted to give Columbia students the “resources and opportunities they need to succeed.” While Sejal Singh (running for VP Policy) and Liam Bland (running for VP Finance) only introduced themselves,  Andrew Ren (running for VP Campus Life) said TAP used to stand for “The After Party” and Abby Porter (running for VP Communications) said TAP meant “Tapping into ya’ll, tapping into the student body and really being able to provide direct links between students and administrators.”
  • Mary Joseph (running for VP Campus Life without a party) emphasized innovation and collaboration.


  • The first question for the presidential candidates was why they were the best person to lead. Bailinson cited his “track record” working on space management and gender-neutral bathrooms, as well as his willingness to tackle “big initiatives.” Bennett also argued that he had experience and mentioned starting the alumni-affairs representative and the undergraduate CUIT Advisory Board. He said he wants to have “value-based collaboration.”
  • The second question was what needs the most improvement on CCSC. Bennett cited collaboration again and wanted E-board members to meet with at least one student group per week. Bailinson wanted a “change of culture in CCSC” by “sitting down with every member of CCSC at the beginning of the semester.” He also said he wanted CCSC to “transition to an e-mail culture.” At this point, Bailinson let Abby Porter speak about creating a public Google Document available to be seen by the entire university about what CCSC is working on.

Policy, finance, and campus life, oh my!

Let’s Talk About Debates Baby
Much confidence

Much confidence

Sweaty young adults and power struggle are main components of any Sunday brunch so head on over to Lerner this afternoon after that yummy omelette to watch the CCSC and ESC debates. Everyone loves a good debate and these are sure to be party. Here are the following times and locations for the various groups:

  • CCSC Executive Board: 3:30-4:15 in Satow Lerner
  • CCSC University Senate: 4:15-5 in Satow Lerner
  • CCSC Class of 2015: 5-5:45 in Satow Lerner
  • CCSC Class of 2016: 6-6:45 in 569 Lerner
  • CCSC Class of 2017: 6:45-7:30 in 569 Lerner
  • CCSC At Large Reps: 7:30-8:15 in 569 Lerner
  • ESC Candidate Forum 8:30-9:30 in 569 Lerner

There will also be free pizza and refreshments. While it’s too late to submit questions, you should still check out the debates to see the candidates and their ideas beyond their expensive photo shoots and business casual attire. For more info, see the Facebook Event page.

Pondering hands via Shutterstock

And The Candidates Are Announced

Columbia Elections Board just released the official candidates for CCSC, ESC, and GSSC. We hope you’re as excited as we are.

Despite the changes to E-Board elections, only one person is not running in a full party for the CCSC Executive Board. Joseph faces two complete parties, whereas the ESC E-Board is uncontested. 2017, understandably, has the most candidates, whereas many positions in GSSC are uncontested or left without candidates. As for University Senate, CCSC has 6 candidates, ESC has 3, and GSSC has 6 as well.

Our favorite party name officially goes to “Wolf Pack.”

Yesterday's CCSC E-Board candidates photoshoot

Yesterday’s CCSC E-Board candidates photoshoot

CCSC Executive Board


  • Loxley Bennett, President
  • Mandeep Singh, VP Policy
  • Michael Li, VP Finance
  • Sheila Alexander, VP Communications
  • Sarah Yee, VP Campus Life


  • Peter Bailinson, President
  • Sejal Singh, VP Policy
  • Liam Bland, VP Finance
  • Abby Porter, VP Communications
  • Andrew Ren, VP Campus Life

No party affiliation

  • Mary Joseph, VP Campus Life

Jump for the rest

CCSC: Referendums And Keys
Don't take them for granted

Don’t take them for granted

Following the referendum last week on election protocol CCSC is getting ready for the second half of the semester and the elections for next year’s council.  Some conversation were had on the controversial lockout policy as well as Deanitini’s wishes for freshman-senior mentorship.  Read on for clear-and-concise coverage of this week’s meeting from our correspondent Joe Milholland. 

This week’s CCSC meeting opened with President Chen addressing the recent special election. Newly elected class of 2016 representative Sarah Yee did not attend her first meeting because she was “defending Columbia’s honor” at a fencing tournament. As for the E-board elections, President Chen acknowledged that, while the vast majority of those who did vote voted in favor of the referendum, the referendum election got only an 18% turnout. “It was midterms” and “it’s not a super sexy topic” said President Chen on the low voter turnout. The council first voted to vote on the changes to the E-board elections, and then they voted on the changes to the E-board elections. The council passed the E-board election changes with no opposing votes and one abstention, from Loxley Bennett.

Of his abstention, Student Services Representative Loxley Bennett said “I just didn’t feel like it was very ethical to make this change so close [to the election]. I felt like there’s no way that self-interest didn’t play into it. So, I didn’t vote against it because I do agree with it, I just didn’t want to be part of the process because it just doesn’t feel right. I didn’t feel right, but it is a good move, and I’m really glad that it passed. I definitely didn’t want to stop it from being passed.”

Read on for deantini, hartley, and other stuff

Yee Grabs CCSC Rep Spot
Sarah Yee, CC '16, wins with 44% of the vote.

Sarah Yee, CC ’16, wins with 44% of the vote.

Voting ended at 5 pm today, and the Columbia Elections Board has just announced that Sarah Yee has beaten out the other four candidates for Ben Kornick’s old representative seat in CCSC with 44% of the vote. In a rather well-publicized election, Yee ran against Ankeet Ball, Christopher Wang, Radhika Gupta, and Sameer Mishra.

Meanwhile, the referendum text was voted on by less than 30% of CC students, but 91% of those who voted were in favor of adding the following to the elections by-laws:

Executive Board candidates running for President must belong to a party with a candidate running for Vice President for Policy, and vice versa. These two positions will be voted on together as a ticket. The Vice President for Campus Life, Vice President for Finance, and Vice President for Communications will be voted on individually, and candidates may run for these positions without a party.

According to the press release, “the referendum will not necessarily go into effect unless CCSC takes further action, according to the CCSC Constitution Article VII.” The referendum essentially would have allowed most of the E-Board to run independently. There’s something to be said for underdogs, accountability, and encouraging new students to run, but there’s also something to be said about a more unified and cohesive E-Board. Only 18% of Columbia College students thought there was anything worth saying at all.

Yee, a sophomore majoring in Political Science, was previously in an unelected position on the Campus Life Committee. She’s currently a Chipotle Student Brand Manager and seeks to increase job and networking opportunities, work more frequently with student groups, and increase awareness of the Sexual Assault Coalition.

Read Yee’s statement after the jump