SGA Wonders What College Coulda Been

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belushiBwog’s Dane Cook (yep, it’s the same name, let’s just move on) reports from last night’s meeting.

The unceasing plea for student support at Columbia sporting events found voice yet again at the outset of Monday’s SGA meeting. Assistant director of sports marketing, Dan Spiegel, attended to encourage council members to attend Saturday’s homecoming football game against the University of Pennsylvania Quakers. Spiegel pointed out that the athletic department represents an especially unique element of the Columbia-Barnard relationship, and also noted the important contributions Barnard athletes bring to their teams under Columbia’s name. Citing lack luster attendance at last year’s event, he appealed to the council, “This is not just Columbia’s homecoming: this is your homecoming as well.” With the provision of free shuttle service and free admittance, Columbia athletics hopes more Barnard students will be at Baker this weekend to unleash the roar. 

Sharmin Ahmed, VP of Finance, took the floor to present recommendations following last Sunday’s co-sponsorship meeting. Seven groups pitched requests for co-sponsorship from SGA for specific club events, and after reviewing the appraisals the council allocated funds accordingly. Engineers Without Borders, the Chinese Students Club, Kappa Phi Lambda, the Muslim Students Association, and Club Dimensions can all expect their piece of the pie along with this year’s CU Dance Marathon. Sadly, however, the Table Tennis Club may have to go elsewhere for the $1,400 they sought to fund training from world class table tennis extraordinaire Wang Chen.  

Council committee appointments were also finalized, although – for the sake of protecting applicants’ personal information – most of the undertakings remained off-the-record. Nevertheless, SGA President Katie Palillo expressed the importance of such appointments: “These are people on the field level of creating policy, gathering information, talking to students.”  

After Wednesday’s meeting with the Board of Trustees, further discussion of Barnard’s ranking in U.S. News (30th among liberal arts colleges) involved a statistical breakdown of the ranking compared to other schools and addressed how it was calculated. Low scores given by presidents of peer institutions (averaging 3.9 out of 5), along with less faculty resources, fewer full time professors, and more classes sizes over 50 students all contributed to Barnard’s final standing. Also, Barnard ranked 89th in alumni donations with only 30% of graduates giving back, while other schools revel in the lavish 45% to 49% range. 

The meeting came to a close after a brief show n’ tell of SGA’s recently retrofitted website. To a smattering of applause, Director of Technology Karen Kwan toured the site complete with pictures and bios of council members. And if a slideshow marquee of scenic campus photos tickles your fancy, SGA would love for you to check out their new strong, beautiful website.

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  1. okay  

    I'm sure this is old and has been addressed before, but... DANE COOK??

  2. Dane Cook is a douche  

    (Not this guy, obviously.)

  3. Dane Cook  

    Dane Cook is a no-talent ass clown.

  4. hehehe  

    Low scores given by presidents of peer institutions

  5. Danny Spiegel...  

    is the man!

  6. We love...  

    Danny Spiegel!!

  7. I

    Danny Spiegel. His teal sweater perfectly compliments his awesome red hair.

  8. Follow

    Danny Spiegel on Twitter!

  9. Danny Speigel  

    has inspired many a Barnard woman to don a teal sweater. I love the way they contour his womanly frame!

  10. I wish I went to Barnard  

    so I could have seen Danny at the meeting. I love you, Danny!

  11. that is  

    one D that I would like to touch.

  12. dannyspiegel  

    dannyspiegel dannyspiegel dannyspiegel


  13. Ashley  

    I have that exact same sweater that Danny wears!!!!!

  14. seriously.  

    i love danny speigel. he and i are probably going to get married. for realsies.

  15. who the fuck  

    is danny sieigel?

    DAC holdin it down again with another well written post.
    Too bad about wang chen though, we could have had a great season with him onboard.

    DAaA Bears!

  16. It think...  

    Danny Spiegel is the cutest ginger I know. I love you Danny!

  17. This picture...  

    makes me want drink a shit-ton of Jack Daniels and wander around Central Park.

  18. He is

    a god amongst men. While some worship the lesser deity of Chuck Norris, I send all my prayers to Danny Spiegel.

    • Danny Spiegel Facts

      Danny Spiegel doesn't sleep. He waits.

      When the boogie man goes to bed, he checks the closet for Danny Spiegel.

      Danny Spiegel ordered a Big Mac at Burger King, and got one.

  19. Anon Lion Luver

    If you Danny lovers go to the football game, you might see him in person. Seriously, him and the team are well worth checkin' out

  20. the secret is out -  

    - Chuck Norris is actually Danny Spiegel in disguise. Sorry to "out" you, Danny...

  21. ...

    who the fuck is Danny Spiegel??

  22. Danny Spiegel


  23. Oh Mr. Spiegel...  

    I can't wait to see him strutting around in all of his glory with his bright clashing colors, like some kind of sexy peacock

  24. Are there any haters?  

    love him, hate him, but can't you read what I read? All the boys and all the girls are begging to if you seek Danny

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