CCSC: Cheating, Mealplans, and the Ferris Staircase

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Spiral Staircase

Hard to maneuver with food.

Having attended yesterday evening’s CCSC policy meeting, good citizen Sarah Ngu brings us this week’s student government greatest hits list. 

What is cookin’ in Council

CCSC’s and ESC’s Policy Committees, which are responsible for changing stuff, sat around and talked about:

– how to address the rise of cheating scandals
– small meal plans for upperclassmen: worth it?
– how to get administrators to care about the Ferris staircase
– why soccer can’t be a club sport
– online e-forms and how they’ve been made without student input so far
– what to do with leftover alcohol from events

It’s not life-changing, but at least someone’s doing it.

Academic dishonesty: Cheating is on the rise

Worried about the upsurge of cheating incidents, administrators have asked Council to step in and work with the Office of Judicial Affairs, which already has a few student representatives. Bruno Mendes, Academic Affairs Rep, is leading the charge.

Ideas floated: Should we have an ‘honor board’? “Honor code?” What is making people cheat in the first place? The next step is to research how other schools address this issue.

Fun fact: In the University of Virginia, it is more competitive to get on the honor code board than on student council (they take their honor seriously). (Source: Logan Donovan).

Smaller meal plan options for upperclassmen: Worth it?

The current minimum for a meal plan is 75 meals which Christina Fan, Student Services Rep, is trying to reduce, but according to Vicki Dunn, head of dining, any lower means that it’ll cost more to get the meal plan than to buy meals on a meal-by-meal basis. They are considering a “townhall” to talk about this — it seems like the solution to all problems nowadays is to hold a “townhall” (#lifeafterROTC).

What about this idea? Freshmen had a surplus of meal swipes, and upperclassmen have empty wallets and stomachs. Why not set an app or website up that acts like a one-night-stand for meal swipes?

Dining: That damn Ferris staircase

Facilities has taken six months to get back to the students on this issue, meaning: the Ferris staircase is not a priority for them. This basically means that they don’t think students think that this is an urgent concern. Are they right?

Comment: If you’ve had a bad experience on the stairs, post a comment below. The administration reads Bwog and takes what is written here as somewhat/kind of representative of the student body.

Club soccer: The doomed story

The perennial issue of club soccer not being a club sport is resurrected again. The rule is that if there’s a Varsity Sport counterpart, there can’t be a club sport. Most if not all of the other Ivies don’t have this rule.

We do partly because of an overbooking issue — there isn’t enough space to go around, and club sports are at the bottom of the pecking order, even below Intramurals — and partly because Varsity coaches are worried their athletes will drop down to club sports.

Online e-forms: No consultation of student input

Tired of the CCIT’s slowness on making online e-forms, which would save student groups some headache, Dean Martinez decided to outsource it to Campus Labs.

The problem: they’ve created a demo without consulting students on what they’d like to see changed. The demo is being shown to some students on Mar. 31st, but as Karishma Habbu, Student Services Rep, says, “If something goes wrong with this demo you bet your dollar it’s gonna take another year and a half.”

Alcohol exchange policy: What to do with all the leftover alcohol

If you have leftover alcohol at an event, you have to throw it away. Alex Jasiulek, CC’13 Council representative, wants to set up an exchange between student groups so that they can store their excess alcohol and either give it away to another group or re-sell it at a cheaper rate.

Ferris from above via Wikimedia Commons

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  1. Anonymous  

    Dean Martinez decided to outsource it to Campus Labs.

    What is Campus Labs? I can't find any information about it.

  2. BWOG  

    The link on the main page is broken for this article.

  3. re: staircase  

    Not caring about students =/= students not caring

  4. Anonymous  

    Let me say this in no uncertain terms: FUCK those stairs. How there have not been more insane food disasters/horrific deaths is beyond me. Take the staircase out and replace it with one two people can walk up or down on at the same time.

  5. Anonymous  

    It was actually a joint CCSC & ESC meeting.

  6. Just wondering...

    How exactly does one "take out" a staircase and replace it with a new one?

    • Actually  

      It's really not that hard-- you can tell by looking at it that the ferris staircase is not weight-bearing, so it wouldn't be hard to remove and replace it. The drawback is that a staircase with more space to walk on will also take up more space on the ground, and ferris is terribly cramped as it is. Personally, I think it would be worthwhile to change the stairs anyway (that staircase is the most poorly conceived bit of interior architecture I have seen in my entire life...), but it's a judgement call.

  7. those stairs  

    are a source of both passive aggression and bodily peril.

  8. i avoid  

    going upstairs in Ferris because of that staircase.

  9. Administrator reading The Bwog  

    lol we don't *really* care about all of this, you are aware of that, right?

  10. Anonymous

    "If you have leftover alcohol at an event" —

    Not on my watch.

  11. Anonymous  

    cheating's been a huge problem. it just seems professors (especially on tests) seem to think nobody will cheat. i was once sitting in a class where the final was administered by the prof, and watched 2 people in front of me switch exams, review each other's answers, and switch back. its ridiculous.

    what causes it? i know for econ majors/anyone going into finance its just a cut-throat culture, where you need an A or A- to be competitive

    • anon  

      Yep. Once watched a quarter of my int. micro class ignore the end of an exam and keep working for a good 15 minutes while the ineffectual TAs just stood there meekly. I even emailed the prof (who wasn't present) about it, who said that the extra time 'wouldn't be very helpful to anyone who took advantage of it anyway.' Didn't do anything about it.

      Fuck 'em, i got an A anyway.

  12. Anonymous  

    how can sarah post a write-up on the meeting, when she walked in so late? just wondering

  13. Anonymous  

    If soccer were a club sport, it WOULD be life-changing.

  14. CC 11

    Simple fix to the staircase: someone tell the NYC Department of Buildings and/or the fire marshal. Admins would shit their pants

  15. Anonymous  

    The Ferris stair case fits exactly 1.5 small people with no food and is a source of endless anxiety. It makes going to Ferris a hassle, especially during peak hours when it is already cramped enough. Furthermore, when someone inevitably spills it only inconveniences us more.

  16. Anonymous

    oh ccsc, y u no get back to the people who applied for student project grants?!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Anonymous  

    I secretly get a thrill after I rush up or down those stairs without running into someone. Like teasing death in its face and getting away with it.

  18. Lena

    Too many forms of cheating to control and cheating has been and will ALWAYS go on.

    one form of a not standard cheating:

    Gosh, this one guy in my linear algebra class last year missed BOTH of our midterms (we only had 2 midterms) with flimsy "I was sick excuses" and our sweet professor bought it. I heard from a friend apparently he had done this with all his other math classes, with excuses like "I had diarrhea during the exam period" or "I didnt' know about the exam because I didnt' go to class because I have health issues."

    Whatever, what can you do?

  19. Anonymous  

    I would hazard a guess that they are in this building all the time and don't see any issues with it as a functional staircase. It's just a small, annoying staircase to them.

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