Administration Screws Over Bacchanal, Courseworks Overhaul Proposed
Written by Bwog Staff
Last week Sarah Ngu brought you the details of CCSC’s fall budget, a hefty $472,125. She breaks down two major and distinct issues raised in CCSC this week, course registration and its associated problems, and the fact that Bacchanal is missing a significant part of its budget.
A quick note on ESC: this week’s meeting was principally given over to an inconclusive discussion of bacchanal’s budget (see below). A new GSSC liason, Darren Chu, was elected.
Dan Weinstein, president of Bacchanal, announced to the General Council on Sunday that Bacchanal has lost about 20% of their budget, and requested financial assistance on behalf of the club.
The $18,000 debt is due entirely to unanticipated costs from moving the concert from Low Steps to the lawn:
Just two weeks before the concert last semester, Bacchanal members were informed that they could not host their event on Low Steps because of a conflict with graduation. The dates of graduation were mis-entered by administrative planners, and the mistake was only discovered two weeks before the concert. Hosting a concert on the lawn meant extra costs of hiring extra stage hands and security, and hoisting a bridge to move stage materials from the trucks to the lawns.
Currently the budget of Bacchanal, including the debt, is $88,000. To give this figure some context, labor usually costs $25,000 and Snoop Dogg charged
Council deliberated over whether to help Bacchanal out or to pressure the administrators involved to pay for its mistake. Bacchanal members have asked relevant administrators to compensate them for the costs, but they refused. The uncertainty about the final budget is preventing Bacchanal from going ahead to start contacting artists now before they are booked.
This mishap in space-booking in general is not an isolated occurrence. Delta Gamma recently had to move their fashion charity show to Havana Central because University Event Management (in charge of Lerner) mistakenly told them they had Roone Arledge booked when they did not. The slip-up cost the sorority $650. It’s yet unclear if UEM was also responsible for the Bacchanal mistake.
Culpa Meets Courseworks?
Columbia College’s Academic Affairs Representative, Bruno Mendes (CC’14), is working on several initiatives to make your academic life easier…
Registering for classes:
The aim is to make syllabus and textbook information available before you register for a class on Courseworks. CUIT is working on adding this technical functionality, but whether professors will comply is another matter.
Students should be added to waitlists online if they cannot register for a class, instead of refreshing a million times on SSOL. If there are certain classes that are traditionally extremely hard to register for, please leave them in the comments—Mendes will be checking! No word yet on the details of how this waitlist will work. Let’s hope they don’t adopt the World Leaders Forum model.
Schools like Harvard & Yale already have open course evaluations. Econ & Poli Sci are already willing to publicize evaluations of teachers by students, but Mendes is working with the Student Affairs Committee of the Senate to make this open-evaluations initiative campus-wide. The question remains, are these evaluations themselves that insightful? Are they better than CULPA?
How to enforce deadlines for submission of final grades? For curved classes, if one student does not take the final, everyone’s grades are delayed. If this is the case, your grade will be designated as an “AR” (adminstrative referral). It’s not much, but at least you know someone’s “on the case” and your professor hasn’t died.
YourCCSC has also set up a poll so you can submit suggestions for improvements to Courseworks.
The Council can do better than merely point out the problems…If you have a concerns about academic affairs that you think Bruno should be working on, we implore you, let us know in the comments!
Want to check out these meetings yourself? They’re open to the public.
- Policy: 4.00-5.00pm, SGO Board Room on Lerner 5
- Campus Life: 5.00-6.00pm, SGO Board Room
- Co-Sponsorship/Funding: 6.00-7.00pm, Center for Student Advising on Lerner 4
- Communications: 7.00-8.00pm, SGO Board Room
- General Council Meeting: 8.00-9.00pm, Satow Room on Lerner 5
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