ESC: Pass/Fail/Uncover, Smoking, and “Pwnage”
Written by Bwog Staff
Ed. note: Last night’s ESC meeting in fact ended with an off-the-record portion of the meeting, which Bwog has confirmed included discussion of impeachment proceedings against an ESC member. ESC President Peter Valeiras declined to comment.
The council is in the process of setting up a survey to see if engineering student would be interested in implementing a Pass/Fail/Uncover option, similar to the system implemented at Columbia College. Though members of the council are concerned that some people will be less likely to respond to the survey because it is so late in the year, President Valeiras said that the sooner they get a large response from students, the faster the administration can begin work on implementing the system.
Attempts to cancel classes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving have failed in the University Senate. The Senate wants the council to discuss the issue with the Committee on Instruction first.
The engineering student council held their final election of the semester: director of technology. The first candidate, Michael Angerville, a sophomore computer-engineering student, got off to a rocky start when his PowerPoint presentation froze, but he quickly recovered. He said “computer technology is [his] passion,” and since “people work harder on things they love” he would be an excellent director of technology, though he confessed he has not been working on any extracurricular computer projects due to his class load. His opponent, Shannon Tan, though much quieter and lacking a PowerPoint, spoke in depth about her web development work. She stressed her previous experience as a webmaster both on and off campus, and expressed her belief that website problems need to be resolved promptly. After deliberating, Shannon was chosen as the new director of technology for ESC.
The 2012 council expressed their displeasure that secretary Whitney Green changed “pwned” into “pounded” on the meeting agenda, and there was much “lol”ing.
Council members also clarified that gender blind housing, if implemented, would be used solely to enable male Columbia students to live with Barnard females at Barnard. It would have no effect on housing at Columbia.
In a straw poll vote, members of the council voted against the new smoking policy, which would ban smoking within the campus gates. However, they said the administration should do more to enforce the current policy, which prohibits smoking near the entrances of buildings.
The student services representative explained that if the new dining plan fails, then Ferris would be in danger of closing. She also explained that to bring John Jay up to Hewitt quality (with more made to order food), the kitchens and ventilation systems would have to be modernized, which would be a $20 million renovation. She stressed that John Jay does try to order the highest quality of food possible; it is the preparation that is poor. She said that if students are unhappy with food quality, they should fill out comment cards, because Dining pays more attention to comment cards than they do to student councils. Stuff the comment boxes!