CCSC: Advising, Swiping, and Hanging Out
Written by Bwog Staff
This week’s edition of student council coverage brings important information about switching your advisor, possibility of creating a student hang-out space, a controversial proposal to shorten Lerner Mail lines, swipe access for GS/JTS students, and (hip hip..) how Council should delegate and micro-manage less (hooray!). Satow Bureau Chiefs Sarah Ngu and Maren Killackey report!
First a few fun facts:
Apparently the entire supervision of the lawns is under one ancient caretaker who has been dubbed “Mr. Filch” and is extremely protective of the lawns.
Anyone who has a final on December 23 will be able to reschedule the exam. The form will be posted soon on the Columbia College website under Policy and Procedures.
The Council spent a good fifteen minutes discussing whether or not to give Dhoom, a Bollywood-fusion dance team, a few hundred dollars for a co-sponsorship. 30+ council members, most of whom knew very little about Dhoom or the South Asian dance scene, debated the details of their budget request down to whether Dhoom needed to spend that much on tote bags for this one event. Is this the best use of the Council’s time? How knowledgable are they in making make such a decision? Shouldn’t Dhoom’s governing board, ABC, which has student reps of various dance clubs on campus, make this decision? We’re still awaiting Zhai’s promised re-evaluation of the funding system at Columbia.
Did you know you can switch your advisor?
Last year the advising system went through a huge evaluation process, which confirmed what most students already know: Advisors may occasionally be stellar, but the system largely acts as a talking website. CSA’s mission statement states that it’s here to help us discover pursue our passions, set goals, think independently. So if you’re pretty sure your advisor is not going to help you reach the apex of your self-development at Columbia, don’t worry: it’s extremely easy to switch your advisors. Email Dean Rinere, tell her who you want (your options are here, you can read about them by clicking the ‘Biography’ link) and she’ll make the switch. Bwog tried it and we got a switch done in less than a day.
Swipe acces for GS/JTS?
Ryan Cho, VP of Policy, is in talks with the administration to let GS/JTS students, who are generally the same age as CC/SEAS students, swipe into buildings. The powers that be have protested; their biggest reason is that if a GS/JTS student is caught violating a policy in a residence hall, the discipline process is not the same for GS/JTS students and CC/SEAS students. Sounds more like their problem than ours. Will Cho push back or will he concede to these bureaucratic obstacles?
Where can we go to just hang out?
Inspired by ESC’s proposal to bring back gaming systems in Lerner, the CCSC Policy Committee wants to look into converting the Broadway room on Lerner 2 into a real student hang-out den. Especially now with JJ’s under the meal plan, there are few spaces on campus for students all over campus to bump into each other and just relax that are not a library or dining hall (Lerner Piano Lounge was an attempt to be that space). Have any ideas about what it should look like?
Electronic mail collection
Brilliant or bad idea?
CCSC’s Commander-in-Chief Aki Terasaki brought up the possibility of instituting a kiosk system in Lerner that would effectively replace the check-in routine in the Lerner Mail Center. Basically, you’d go into the Lerner lobby, sign onto one of the computers, and, utilizing some nifty software, you’d notify the LMC of your intent to retrieve your package. Theoretically, by the time you got upstairs, your mail would be ready and waiting. However, as some rather astute members of the Council observed, the line wouldn’t really be “eliminated,” rather just “relocated.” Plus, you would still have to sign to indicate that you picked up your package.
Beloved care package via Wikimedia Commons