CCSC: Small Steps Edition
Written by Bwog Staff
CCSC met for the second time of the year. Sarah Ngu and Maren Killackey break down all the action.
- If sometime in recent weeks you were frantically emailing your professor for the required readings because they weren’t on Courseworks, you shouldn’t have needed to (you spammer, you!). In 2009, the University Senate passed a resolution requiring the “schools request that professors post course descriptions and information about textbooks and other required readings in appropriate online sites at least two weeks before classes begin.” Needless to say, Columbia is a decentralized place, and enforcement of this resolution has been… lacking. Bruno Mendes, CC’14, academic affairs rep, is trying to hold the University to its very own standards about textbooks and submitting final grades before the deadline this year. Email him at [email protected] if you have complaints.
- True to their campaign promises, this year’s Exec Board is trying to cut down on Council expenses to leave more money for clubs. But it’s caused a bit of tension within the class councils, because their method of doing so requires what some see as an additional layer of micro-managing-bureaucracy: traditionally, before class council representatives can make a purchase, they, like every student organization, must get an e-form signed by their advisor. Now, reps must also obtain the consent from VP—Funding, Kevin Zhai. Zhai emphasized that he will likely approve all expenses and is just here to ensure that councils aren’t doing unnecessarily expensive things (like ordering expedited shipping on t-shirts because they forgot to place the order on time).
- CCSC has a schnazzy website designed by Wilfred Chan: www.yourccsc.com. It’s a big improvement from their old one, and worth checking out, if only for the awkward camera angles in their introductory videos.
- During the policy meeting, Ryan Cho, VP—Policy, asked for volunteers to take on the swipe-access issue, but no one responded. It was awkward.
- When Cho polled the committee for any new initiatives to take on for the year, the only idea brought up was more laundry machines in McBain. Apparently everything else at Columbia is great all the time always.
On the Horizon
- According to the Barry Weinberg, head of SGB, Dean Valentini promises that students will be represented on the Education Planning and Policy Committee (it does important things like oversee changes to curriculum and tenure). Hold him to that at tonight’s town hall in 309 Havemeyer at 8pm!
- Karishma Habbu, CC’13, is on a one-woman mission to improve Financial Aid and Columbia Psychological Services. You go girl! If you have any complaints or information that would help her, email [email protected]
Youthful vigor via Wikimedia Commons