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We imagine CCSC presented their Paper Plate awards on Pantone 292 paper plates, not unlike these

We imagine CCSC presented their Paper Plate Awards on Pantone 292 paper plates, not unlike these

It’s the end of the semester, and we’re all unraveling a little bit – stress about exams, end-of-semester projects, and those ever-looming course evaluations is really getting to us. It appears that CCSC might not be so different – a simple discussion about the Sandwich Ambassador nearly drove CCSC into chaos. But the council still came together to celebrate their accomplishments and present Paper Plate Awards (CCSC’s version of superlatives) at the end of the meeting. Throughout this high-emotion meeting, Bureau Chief Joe Milholland remained calm and collected, and his coverage is as stellar as ever.

Partway through a discussion about whether or not to rename the Sandwich Ambassador at last night’s Columbia College Student College Council meeting, VP of Finance Sameer Mishra motioned to vote for abolishing the position entirely. “Since there’s no written text [of a proposal to change the constitution], by Robert’s Rules, that’s out of order,” said University Senator Marc Heinrich, who got several cheers and claps from CCSC members at this deceleration.

At this point, CCSC broke out into a chaos of different voices and opinions, mostly concerning whether they needed a written proposal to change the name of the Sandwich Ambassador. Heinrich motioned to abolish VP of Finance at one point. [Update: since I’ve been asked to clarify, Heinrich’s proposal to abolish the VP of Finance was purely a joke, as was the the proposal below to abolish CCSC].

“I’m going to continue discussion. In the meantime, if anyone writes up any written amendments… [he was interrupted by arguments about the agenda] … We’re going to go down the speaker’s list,” said CCSC President Ben Makansi, trying to return the discussion to normalcy. Unfortunately, for the next name on the speaker’s list, someone had written “Lee.”

Where is Prezbo in CCSC’s time of need?

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A sit down with Nicole

A sit down with Nicole

With the passing of student government elections, Bwog wanted to get a better sense of who would be each of the different colleges the following 2016-2017 year. Up next is the new CCSC Student Body President, Nicole Allicock. 

A Brief Bio

Nicole is a sophomore from DC and plans on majoring in Linguistics. She is in CU Players, the Columbia Musical Theatre Society, and a part of Alpha Omicron Pi. She has gained experience with student government by serving as the Academic Affairs Representative for CCSC and as the secretary for the Activities Board at Columbia, and she is also a part of the 1U party. Her favorite movie is Princess Bride, the last enjoyable meal she had was from Falafel on Broadway, and if she could be any bird, she would be a Roseate Spoonbill.

1U Platform Summary

Plans on…

  1. Strengthening the inclusivity of students and student groups in all aspects of CCSC by
    1. Meeting regularly with relevant groups about specific policy initiatives
    2. Connecting groups with administrators about the policies they are working on
    3. Providing a document where any student group can publicize their messages
  2. Ensuring transparency is prioritized, taking accountability for what it does (and doesn’t) get done by publicizing their status on all issues.
  3. Cooperating with the Center for Student Advising and Office of Global Programs to create a better advising system for first year students. (Many study abroad programs and fellowship opportunities require students to take specific classes starting as early as their first year of college)
  4. Improving the scattered financial system and will work toward eliminating the elongated period of time that inhibits students from receiving their work study checks on time.

Although Nicole has a well written platform and bio available online, we wanted to meet her in person and get a better idea of who she is and what she sees for CCSC.

Interview after the jump…

Apr

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We see you, B&W illustrations

We see you, B&W illustrations

Perhaps one of the greatest collective action Columbia faces (aside from keeping the Butler bathrooms clean) is keeping WikiCU updated with relevant information. To solve this problem, CCSC and ESC will be hosting the 4th Annual Wikithon tonight from 5 PM until 8 PM in the John Jay Lounge. We heard free Dinosaur BBQ will be provided to participants, which is always a good enough reason for us to do anything.

Help keep the Columbia institutional wisdom alive and relevant by fixing up WikiCU old pages or creating your own. We wouldn’t be upset if someone wanted to take a stab at updating the Bwog page considering we’re lazy.

Poster via the Facebook event page

Apr

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Long live the Sambassador

Long live the Sambassador

Last night’s CCSC meeting saw debate over extremely crucial student matters: whether or not to eliminate certain positions (including the ever-controversial Sandwich Ambassador.) Bureau Chief Joe Milholland covered the meeting, but if you want even more CCSC with your CCSC, you can view the stream of the meeting here.

The Uneliminated Positions

Despite heated debate, the Pre-professional Rep, the Alumni Affairs Rep, and the Sandwich Ambassador will continue to be positions on the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) for the foreseeable future.

VP of Finance Sameer Mishra proposed a change in CCSC’s constitution to eliminate these positions (the Pre-professional Rep and the Alumni Affairs Rep would have been appointed by the VP of Policy), but all three votes by CCSC to eliminate the positions failed to get the necessary 2/3rds majority in order to pass.

For the Pre-professional Rep and the Alumni Affairs Rep, CCSC debated whether more could get done in that area by appointed reps rather than voted-in reps. Pre-professional Rep Chris George, who voted to eliminate his position last year, reluctantly opposed elimination this year but said he thought the position would be just as effective if appointed.

According to Mishra, administrators go to the Pre-professional Rep for feedback, but this role could be done by an appointed rep. VP of Policy Vivek Ramakrishnan said an appointed rep could held accountable more easily. However, the resolution to eliminate the position only got 7 votes in favor.

But what about the Sandwich Ambassador?

Apr

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Should we be expecting a protest of the Mickey Mouse Fan Club in here next week?

Should we be expecting a protest of the Mickey Mouse Fan Club in here next weekend?

This week, CCSC tackled the issue that’s been literally sitting in the forefront of campus for the past couple of days: CDCJ’s protest. Bureau Chief Joe Milholland reports on the council’s resolution, as well as on the statements made by a representative of CDCJ at last night’s meeting.

“I don’t care if this group is the Mickey Mouse Fan Club, I think this discussion is almost entirely about how the university deals with student protests,” said CCSC President Benjamin Makansi on Sunday night, as the council discussed the protests in Low by Columbia Divest for Climate Justice (CDCJ). The video of Sunday night’s meeting is available here.

That night, the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) received a visit from Daniela Lapidous, CDCJ member who argued for CCSC’s support of CDCJ.

CCSC eventually passed a resolution that attempted to give context to the protests and argued that the protesters should not be suspended, but not until after Lapidous was grilled by council members.

Lapidous said that CDCJ is asking for divestment from a large number of fossil fuel companies and has yet to hear from PrezBo himself: “He’s been communicating mostly through Suzanne Goldberg.” CDCJ members are now (as of Sunday night) sitting in PrezBo’s office in Low, and Public Safety has shut down Low. CDCJ protesters who have left have not been allowed back in, and the numbers of protesters in Low has dropped from 16 to 7.

So what did CCSC decide?

Apr

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Ben & Viv wish they were this dapper

Ben & Viv wish they were this dapper

Ben Makansi may have live-streamed the CCSC meeting last night, but Bureau Chief Joe Milholland was right up near the action, dutifully reporting on the council’s decisions and deliberations. This week, those decisions and deliberations include a CASV petition, constitution edits, and, yes, more of that goddamn statue.

At Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) meeting, President Ben Makansi live-streamed the event and garnered, at one point, 300 views of the council’s discussions. A non-live stream of the event can be viewed here.

So what did CCSC do during this broadcasted meeting?

CASV Petition About TAs Found Responsible of Gender-Based Misconduct

Abby Porter, a representative from Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV) and next year’s VP of Policy, asked CCSC to support a resolution that advocated for barring students found responsible of gender-based from becoming TAs. After some discussion, CCSC passed the resolution, which is directed to the four undergraduate deans.

Porter argued for the resolution because it would be in line for the current policy for RAs, who cannot have been found responsible of gender-based misconduct, and she said that the privacy of TA applicants could be protected by having a neutral 3rd party review disciplinary records.

What else is CCSC up to?

Apr

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srsly how often have we used this image

We still think this is what student council looks like

CCSC, ESC, and University Senator results are out. We’ll skip the fluff – here’s your new student council! Some big positions are listed here, and every position’s full election results are at the bottom of the post.

CCSC Executive Board:

President: Nicole Allicock (1U Party)
VP of Policy: Abby Porter (1U Party)
VP of Finance: Anuj Sharma (1U Party)
VP of Communications: Josh Sudman (1U Party)
VP of Campus Life: Nathan Rosin (1U Party)

ESC Executive Board:

President: Neha Jain (SEAS++)
VP of Policy: Sidney Perkins (SEAS 101)
VP of Finance: Aida Lu (SEAS++)
VP of Communications: Anthony Kim (SEAS++)
VP of Student Life: Piyushi Bishnoi (SEAS++)

CC University Senator:

Josh Schenk
Jay Rappaport

ESC University Senator:

Luis Rivera

Check out all of the winners here.

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Does a statue of a woman lying with her legs open make this view more or less imposing?

Does a statue of a woman lying with her legs open make this view more or less imposing?

Columbia’s newest addition to its outdoor art collection, to be installed in front of Butler in the coming weeks, has been the source of heated debate on campus in the past week – and, of course, this debate reached last night’s CCSC meeting. Joe Milholland reports on the most recent development in the Statue Discourse.

In Paris early this March, the Columbia University trustees convened and approved placing the statue Reclining Figure by Henry Moore in front of Butler Library. No student was at the meeting, but Deantini was present, and he mentioned the trustee meeting on his Facebook page.

When students found out about this new statue, over 1,200 of them signed an anti-statue petition. This issue, of course, made its way to the Satow Room Sunday night, where the Columbia College Student Council(CCSC) discussed what they should do about the student opposition to the new statue.

Dan Stone, who sparked the movement against the statue, was in attendance that day, and he talked about what was wrong with the statue’s placement.

So what’s wrong with the statue’s placement?

Apr

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He cares about his constituents

He cares about his constituents

The polls for CCSC and ESC officially opened today at 10 am. Be an active member in your college’s community and select who you think would best represent your class and school. Voting is online through LionLink, but do not sleep on this. Polls will only remain open until Wednesday, April 6th at 5:00PM. And remember, when voting for the two open CCSC University Senator positions, consider Bwog’s thoughts!

This dog was elected mayor but you can’t text me back via CBS

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Despite the erratic progression of this year’s student council elections process, Bwog believes we have finally reached a time of peace. In this calm before tomorrow’s 10AM election storm, we would like to take the time to endorse both Jay Rappaport, CC ’18, and Josh Schenk, CC ’19, for the two open Columbia College University Senator positions. After many discussions with our staff and the candidates, we feel fully confident in our decision to support these two candidates in their political endeavors at Columbia, and look forward to the many improvements they can bring to the university in the upcoming year.

From our meetings with Jay Rappaport, we saw someone with the level of passion and spirit needed to be able to effect positive change through Columbia’s (often-times) uncompromising administrative body. Jay’s platform focuses on the themes of opportunity and access, two critical topics of discussion on this campus in the past year. From making our campus more accessible for students with disabilities, to improving the availability of mental health resources, Jay has both practical and necessary goals in mind that we hope to see him accomplish on the University Senate. Jay’s experience as a Senate Staffer and on the CCSC Communications Committee only further convince us of his ability to make good use of his knowledge of Columbia’s student government system.

In his brief eight months at Columbia, Josh Schenk has accomplished more than most of us have since we gave up in high school. Serving as the President of Columbia College’s Class of 2019, Josh oversaw multiple social and policy changes for the College. From planning and implementing both a formal and a winter informal dance, various study breaks, and a 2019 Instagram page, to securing air-conditioning in residence hall lounges and creating Columbia Peer Connect (a mentorship program between first-year students and sophomores), Josh has already illustrated his laudable ability to work with administrators and achieve goals for his fellow classmates. Bwog expects Josh will maintain the high level of momentum  gained in his first year at Columbia over the course of his University Senator term.

Regardless of which candidates you decide to vote for, we the Managing Board of Bwog hope you embrace your civic duty and vote in this year’s student council elections!

Sincerely,

Mason Amelotte, Editor-in-Chief

Maddie Stearn, Managing Editor

Photos via Jay Rappaport for USenate and Josh Schenk for USenate

Mar

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fix it Ben, you gotta

fix things Ben, you gotta

Earlier tonight, Bwog was tipped about various members of CCSC, ESC, and GSSC voicing concerns about the Columbia Political Union’s newfound influence over the upcoming student council election process.

The Columbia Elections Board (CEB), which was founded in 2013 “to conduct and publicize student council elections on campus,” is currently made up of four students, according to the CCSC Spring 2016 Elections Packet, of whom two are on the executive board of the Columbia Political Union (CPU). Given CEB’s founding just a couple years ago, CPU’s exact relationship with the group remains largely unclear to the student body.

According to Adil Mughal, CC ’17, CEB “might disqualify a quarter of the candidates, and they aren’t letting more people register.” If the Elections Board follows through with this action, CPU will essentially have control over this year’s ballot. There are currently seven positions on CCSC with candidates running uncontested, as well as eight positions on ESC and four positions on GSSC, both of which also contain an open seat on the University Senate.

In order to mitigate the number of candidates running for positions uncontested, student councils hope to allow students to re-register in parties. Mughal went on to clarify that “because you have to have a President and Vice President running together on the same ticket, [CEB] may disqualify the students running against CCSC 2017 candidates Jordana Narin/Brennon Mendez. The Elections Board didn’t specify that rule to candidates registering.”

Councils also took issue with the way CEB handled promotion of this year’s election registration. Because of past criticisms over student government exclusivity, councils were looking to expand their reach in the undergraduate community by encouraging a larger number of students to run this year. They believe CEB did a poor job of promoting candidate registration to the student body, inconsistently posting in different class-specific Facebook groups and failing to publish the registration link to their official Facebook page until hours before registration closed.

According to Mughal, CPU’s Membership Director “refuses to admit that the [Columbia Elections Board] did anything wrong, and thinks that [re-]opening registration is too much of a hassle.”

Update (11:51 pm): The original post contained misinformation from Spectator, which falsely reported that CEB chose not to use the University Senate listserv to share registration information for the first time.

Update (4/30, 11:03 pm): Emails from CPU have attempted to clarify the relationship between CPU and CEB; apparently, there have been no changes to the election process, but CPU has been hosting information about the elections on CEB’s behalf in order to promote civic engagement. CPU’s role is “purely publicity,” while we are told CEB is completely in charge of running the election, and is independent of CPU.

Fix it Ben via Ben’s Facebook

Mar

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For once, experience core classes in an actually rewarding way

For once, experience core classes in an actually rewarding way

CCSC took a longer break than the rest of us (there was no meeting last week), but they’re right back into the swing of things with planning College Days, proving their dedication to the Core. Joe Milholland proves his own dedication by, once again, faithfully reporting on the details.

Next week is College Days – a 5 day celebration of the Core Curriculum for Columbia College students as a sort of educational reminder of our real purpose at Columbia in the week after Bacchanal. And Sunday night, at the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) general body meeting, the Campus Life Committee presented the activities and give-aways (including frisbees and Shake Shack coupons this year) on each of the five days.

Monday (4/4) – LitHum Day/Opening Ceremony: In Roone Auditorium from 7-9pm, Columbia Pops will give an opening performance, followed by speeches by English Professor and Lit Hum Chair Julie Crawford, as well as Deantini (or, as the CCSC powerpoint called him, “Dean Valentine”). There will be food from Dino BBQ and Thai Market, and give-aways start at 8pm.

Tuesday (4/5) – CC/Global Core Day: In Lerner Party Space from 7-9pm will be the CCCCC Games (Columbia College Contemporary Civilization Competition Games) – A Jeopardy-style tournament where participants must sign-up beforehand and the winner gets a prize worth around $25. There will also be Play-doh, a pun on Plato. Symposium will provide food, as well as other vendors CCSC hasn’t found yet.

What about the rest of the week?

Mar

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When ya homie on the ballot but you remember the comment he left on the tampongate post

When ya homie on the ballot but you remember the comment he left on the tampongate post

Who will be the next to bring air conditioning to your local lounge, or free feminine hygiene products to bathrooms across campus? With the passing of the deadline to register for CCSC and ESC candidacy, we now present you with the lineup for who you will potentially be targeting your campus complaints at next year.

The Columbia Political Unions also redesigned its election site. Find the PC version of everything you want to know about these candidates here, but find what you really want to know on their secret Instagram.

As a reminder, GS students have until tonight to register for candidacy.

Names and puns after the jump

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CCSC can work with other groups. We believe in them.

CCSC can work with other groups. We believe in them.

Where would we be without Joe Milholland? Much less informed about the inner workings of CCSC politics, that’s for sure. This week’s meeting included discussion of the CASV, a potential tech rep, and the quality of life survey.

CCSC’s Relationship with No Red Tape and Coalition Against Sexual Violence

On Sunday night’s Columbia College Student Council meeting, VP of Policy Vivek Ramakrishnan recommended that CCSC members work with the Coalition Against Sexual Violence (CASV) rather than create their own sexual violence taskforce, an idea brought up last week.

Abby Porter, a rep from CASV, attended the meeting, and told CCSC that while CASV is not an officially recognized group, council members are welcome to come to their meetings at 3pm on Sundays at the SGO. She also suggested a council representative to CASV.

The council didn’t go forward on making a representative to CASV, although 2016 VP Charles Sanky mentioned CCSC had a similar discussion last school year about the council’s relationship to the Mental Health Taskforce.

What about No Red Tape?

Mar

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where is our Charmin Ultra Soft?

Where is our Charmin Ultra Soft?

One week ago, CCSC took a stand on a very important and very pressing campus issue: toilet paper quality. Their petition on change.org provides a quote from “Joe the Pooper”, a student with particularly “anustounding” testimony regarding the unbelievably pathetic 2-ply TP Columbia’s top notch students are forced to deal with:

“I’m a sophomore in Columbia College and my experience with toilet paper at Columbia has been extremely disappointing. It’s gotten so bad that I regularly go out and purchase my own higher quality paper from stores near campus. It’s unfair for me to have to spend my own money to maintain a basic degree of comfort for something (constipation notwithstanding), I and everyone else does on a regular basis.”

CCSC says they’ve been talking to campus services and want to make 3-ply an option for those who want it, and they think this change will make a real change to campus life. Is it the anal attitude of some students they’re trying to fix?

As Elle Woods would say, “All those opposed to chafing, please say ‘I,'” by signing CCSC’s petition.

Image of the next DWB with 3-ply via CCSC

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