CCSC: Knock-Knock Jokes Get Real
Written by Bwog Staff
Last night, CCSC knocked on doors to see what was up with freshmen and sophomore students. Incumbent Shadow Master Sarah Ngu was with them every step of the way.
The e-board was refreshingly honest in its assessment of the “malaise” of the Council:
What we’d been struggling with all semester was that even though our work had been satisfactory, we weren’t happy. We saw a malaise among the general board, with council members not engaging with the issues or participating in events. We found our usual Sunday night meetings to be unproductive and inefficient, filled with informational updates that could have been distributed some other way. We finally realized that a decision had to be made, and if we really wanted to kick-start CCSC and chart a new path, we would have to do more.
“Do more” has meant: no longer requiring mandatory attendance at meetings (trimming the fat), holding a townhall attended by around 45 students, and now, canvassing. The feedback solicited from canvassing was not mind-blowing, perhaps because as Virat Gupta, VP of Communications half-joked, “freshmen are the happiest.” Nonetheless, a few freshmen actually seemed to be rather unhappy to encounter the well-meaning but slightly-nervous Council members knocking on their doors when they were in the middle of keyboard-tapping, porn-watching, or friend-consoling. All of those things occurred during the the John Jay canvassing I shadowed.
When there were complaints, they tended to be about minor irks with Housing or Dining, although a more creative thinker did mention having CUIT-trained students stationed in dorms because CUIT staff only works from 9-5pm and printers often get jammed late at night. And some dreamer wants to convert one squash court into a rock-climbing wall.
Regardless, CCSC did work to let people know that they were a resource, going door-to-door for something other than a campaign.