Sean Zimmermann reports from last night’s ESC meeting.

  • ESC reported that the tie in the freshman election was due to glitches in the voting system. After investigating the recent freshman election tie, the voting website only allowed student to select one class representative. This also explains the 14 vote tie between the two class rep candidates, even though the overall election turnout was 30% of the freshman class. As a result, the runoff election will not be limited to the tied candidates, but will be held for all candidates who ran for freshman class rep. Candidates will be allowed to campaign again for 24 hours on Tuesday, and the election will be reopened on Wednesday.
  • Columbia may soon require students to register with Housing if they plan to stay over winter break. Unlike most schools (Barnard!), Columbia does not require students to register or pay a fee to stay in their dorm over winter break. However, the administration is concerned that if more people stay on campus over winter break, more support staff will be needed. The registration would be for the administration to gauge what percentage of the staff would have to stay on during the winter.
  • 2 ESC representatives resigned this week – Ben Ye has resigned as Pre-Professional and Alumni Affairs Rep, and Scott Lee has resigned as Student Services rep. This means that three positions are now open on council: Alumni Affairs, Student Services, and Environmental Affairs
  • Deans Moody-Adams and Peña-Mora are the only remaining hurdles for the Open-housing proposal. VP Policy Heidi Ahmed announced that the proposal already has a large amount of support from the administration, and, if it is approved by Moody-Adams and Peña-Mora, a pilot open-housing program could be enacted as early as next fall.
  • President Christopher Elizondo reported that, after a meeting with Scott Wright, council is looking for an ESC “lawn representative” who will work with Wright on a “lawn committee” to work out a schedule for the oft-closed patches of green in front Butler.