Your (Columbia College) student government is officially functional! The full CCSC met for the first time tonight in Satow, where they’ll be taking care of business every week this year on Sundays at 8:00pm. “We’re going to get in, do what we need, and get out,” said a take-no-prisoners President Krebs of his meeting style. Bwog’s minutes follow, in approximate order of importance.

  • gavelPlans for Obamacain: Rest assured: there will be a jumbotron. In addition, the thousands of you who won’t get lucky in The Lottery (to be overseen by two student representatives to ensure fairness) can still see what CCSC hopes will be an all-star speaker lineup: the council has requested one or two from a list including Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Angelina Jolie, Usher, and Kenneth Cole. The service fair, detailed below, is very much like the activities fair. It will also include a photo montage, augmented by inspirational music to rally the student population,  as well as an open mic for students to “speak about their own personal experiences with community service as part of the Columbia community.” The whole shebang starts around 6pm.
  • Midnight Mania torpedoed: the sports marketing people have decided this year that rather than throwing a big event to promote fall sports, they will instead bribe students to go to athletics events with prizes like laptops. “It was not our decision in any way,” said campus life VP Robyn Burgess. An alternate event, emceed by Krebs himself, will promote a broader range of sports than just basketball — water polo needs celebrating too! —  and policy VP Adil Ahmed is working on a new student group called “Lion’s Den” as an “organized way of promoting school spirit on campus.”
  • Barnard swipe access: It’s coming! Barnard students indicated overwhelming approval last spring of allowing CC students access to their dorms, which will happen as soon as the electronic kinks get worked out.
  • Manhattanville 2.0: The Committee on Manhattanville has been re-named the the Committee on Manhattanville and Community Building, since “the expansion is happening” in the words of Ahmed. It will be working with the Student Committee on Expansion and Gentrification, which has been re-orienting of late.
  • Courseworks 2.0: expect some changes next month with a new-ish program that will allow multimedia and filesharing.
  • A Bwgossip for Columbia: In a revamp of the liaison system, each student council member will be assigned a few hundred students to communicate with via e-mail, in a system originally pitched as something like our very own listserv. This will make it easier for students to vent their smaller concerns to an actual person, although as one student rep pointed out, it sort of leaves open the actual function of the student rep. “It’s something we need to talk about at some point,” admitted VP communications Ian Solsky.