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Bwogger Emily Ahn kept her eyes open through all of this past week’s CCSC meeting.

The second meeting of the year started promptly with the introduction of Bathabile Mthombeni, the Associate Officer of the Ombuds Office.  A little known service, the Ombuds Office, located at 660 Schermerhorn, offers a “confidential, informal, impartial, independent resource for conflict resolution” dealing with internal and interpersonal conflict. This service is outside of the Dean’s Discipline, meaning that everything is actually completely confidential. Mthombeni stressed that no problem considered “too frivolous or too serious” and suggested that the key to conflict resolution is to “articulate needs and interests” without being pushy. Unfortunately, there were no tips on how to reason with the finicky Broadway entrance to Lerner.

Wading through the dense mires of bureaucracy, CCSC was graced by two governing boards and an election. The Student Governing Board (SGB), the governing board for humanitarian, activist, religious, cultural and political groups on campus has a newly updated website that is purportedly a “masterpiece of HTML.” So if you get sick of staring at your Facebook profile, check them out and behold the magnificence. Not to be outdone, the Activities Board at Columbia (ABC), similarly tied to SGB, has a new theme… wait for it… “ABC: Easy as 1,2,3” which is working on communication and ease of use for their student groups. R.I.P. Michael Jackson.

The newest member of the Elections Board is Norita Mengu, whom they elected unanimously to bring their number up to five.  Charmingly nervous and bubbly,  Mengu, a freshman, inspired the classically Columbian query, “Do you think she’s too nice?”

The next fifteen minutes on how to properly flyer the campus and dealing with the competitiveness of flyering FLEW by. A suggested solution was to utilize the different television screens throughout different halls (such as Lerner) to announce different events. The representative from the Green Umbrella was unconcerned with the amount of flyering, saying, “within the last two years flyering has become less and less a big deal for elections.” With time (and perhaps food?) in mind, CCSC President Sue Yang suggested that the ideas be “left to marinate.”

The “War on Fun” continues on with the proposed new tobacco policy, based on poll results taken from an internet survey last spring, which may ban smoking on the Morningside campus. However, the way in which the survey was taken is in question, and several members of CCSC were concerned the survey did not reach enough students and faculty members. Without giving her personal views, Yang said “let’s focus on the process for getting student opinions.” The survey will be redistributed through multiple media. The suggested alternative to smoking within campus would be to designate smoking areas on the public sidewalks outside the grand walls.

And now for the the glowing highlight of the meeting: free food! Free food will be provided by CCSC in return for your opinion! 6-8 p.m. on Monday in Lerner Hall. Snacks to get excited about are coffee, candy, and other delicacies.  

The meeting was a negligible 40 minutes longer than the goal of 50 minutes, ending at 9:30 p.m.