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January 24, 20124:41 pm 4 Comments
The first ever ESC meeting
Sean Zimmermann reports from the first ESC meeting of the semester.
The council began the evening by holding elections for VP Communications. The election was well-contested, especially considering it was held mid-year. The winner, Jim Huang, spoke about his experience on ABC and how his experience developing websites could help in council outreach. He beat Lauren Hsu and current SGA liaison Tanya Shah.
ESC President Levick recently spoke with Dean Pena-Mora, and explained that the Dean is working with the faculty to resolve the issues reported last semester. In the fall, he created the position of Executive Vice-Dean, held by Donald Goldfarb, to act as a intermediary between the faculty and the Dean’s office. Additionally, Pena-Mora told President Levick that the Dean’s office hired an outside consultant to help assess the situation with the faculty, and that they are discussing his recommendations. The Dean came under fire last semester from faculty for failing to address a number of faculty concerns, including addressing overcrowding in classes.
CCSC will no longer be holding mandatory regular meetings, according to CCSC Liaison Rebecca Frauzem. The meetings will be optional for CCSC members, and the council will be holding more town halls instead. President Levick assured council members that CCSC still exists; the idea is that meetings will be more like “office hours” for students.
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Tags: ccsc, Dean Pena Mora, desperation outsourcing?, elections, esc, faculty, school of mines!
September 27, 201112:40 pm 19 Comments
Our dear university, hit hard by the recession, has been searching for ways to cut expenses.
With assistance from consulting firm McKinsey, they’ve been weighing their options, some of which so upset Michele Moody-Adams that (have you heard?) she resigned as Dean of the Columbia College. While these recommendations have not been made public—and perhaps shall never see the light of day—the University has enacted other policies aimed at saving money, including cutting back on payments for professors’ health insurance and their children’s college tuition.
Back in April, the Task Force on Fringe Benefits (advised by McKinsey, which compared Columbia’s benefits program to those of 16 other universities) released a 38-page report. The report recommended sharply curtailing so-called “fringe benefits” for “Officers of the University” (which mostly means faculty, researchers, and librarians).
These are the specific recommendations the report made:
Tags: administration, bwog can be wonky sometimes, columbia spectator, faculty, faculty brats, faculty of arts and sciences, fringe benefits, maybe the professors should protest—do they have any giant inflatable rats?, moodygate, ppc, professors, transparency
February 26, 20074:52 am 46 Comments
Power strugglin': student edition
Power strugglin': faculty edition
Not news, not important: a nifty news feature
Do this and Bwog goes extinct
Pro-choicer goes to pro-life event, gags
Spec goes liveblogging, forgets that it’s in print
“We’re all champions.” But the women a little more so.
Tags: extinction, faculty, links, liveblogging, quickspec, roundup, students
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