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Bwog has just gotten word from the CC, SEAS, BC and GS senior class councils that 40s on 40 will not held be this year. The primary reason, according to class council presidents? Cost: $20,000 for an event that “many seniors in years past had not enjoyed.” Instead of 40s on 40, the class councils are planning a senior BBQ (just like last year) to take place in late April or early May. The councils will also use the money not spent on 40s on 40 on Lerner Pub and Senior Week. The full announcement from Heather Lee (SEAS), Brian Corman (GS), Chelsea Zimmerman (BC), and Cliff Massey (CC):

Fellow Classmates,

One of the many responsibilities of the senior class councils is to organize the many senior traditions that exist at Columbia.  There are a great deal of these traditions, many of which occur in the spring semester.  One of the most well-known of these traditions is “40 Days”, though in years past it has been known by many different names (such as “40s on 40” and “Senior Playpen”).  This event started in 2005 and became administratively coordinated with students by 2007.

This year, the senior class councils of CC, SEAS, Barnard, and GS have collectively decided not to hold the “40 Days” event.  This decision came as we looked at the successes and failures of this event over the past four years, having spoken to administrators and alumni who were invested in the event.  To us, we decided that the cost of the event (which came out to close to $20,000) was far too much for an event that many seniors in years past had not enjoyed.  To us, the event was no longer worth the expense, when we believe that our classmates would rather spend that money improving other senior traditions, such as Lerner Pub, Winter Gala, and Senior Week.
In lieu of the “40 Days” event, we are in the process of planning a Senior BBQ event that will take place in late April/early May.  This way, we can aim to create a new senior tradition that will be meaningful for our class.

If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to your class president.  We would love to speak with you about our reasoning!

Best wishes,
Heather Lee, SEAS 2010 President
Brian Corman, GS 2010 President
Chelsea Zimmerman, Barnard 2010 President Cliff Massey, CC 2010 President