CCSC: Space Allocation, Or, Opacity At Its Finest
Written by Bwog Staff
Sarah Ngu dashes through space and issues about space to bring you the report on the last CCSC meeting.
Some of the complaints were directed towards the logistics of booking space, but most of them had to deal with space allocation, an issue which is not under Joe’s but Robert Taylor’s office (Student Development and Activities).
Quite a few people expressed surprise over how space allocation works: it involves all the club advisors sitting together, reading the requests, and deciding who gets what space (a recipe for internal politics). No one really knows how they make decisions (one advisor has a “token” system where you designate what’s more important – space, tech, date, etc), but Joe did say that the earlier one submits one’s request, the better chances one has at getting meeting space. If the fund-allocation of clubs are decided solely by students, it’s curious that space allocation is entirely decided by advisors.
Main complaints lodged:
- student groups should be allowed to negotiate with each other (who requests what? what’s more important to which group?) before confirmations of space are delivered.
- rooms are left locked when unused (this is apparently not supposed to happen; Joe was surprised); Lerner cinema v. auditorium; last-minute confirmations of space
- centralization of spaces on space-booking form
Joe welcomes anyone to stop by his office (7th floor of Lerner, 7:45 am to 6pm) to talk, but it sounds like the bigger issue is with advisors and creating more opportunities for students to collaborate with one another. When SGB was initially formed, students had the power to decide space-allocation in Earl Hall and St. Paul’s. Coincidentally, a survey was recently released for student groups to evaluate their advisors (courtesy of Dean Martinez).
Update on crackdown on cheating:
What’s proposed right now is a “honor” version of alcohol.edu and a systematic clarification on what cheating is, especially in areas of collaboration and attribution. Steven Castellano, the newly elected Academic Affairs Rep, is already leading the charge.
SGO: What’s that?
Most students are unaware of a few rooms on the 5th floor of Lerner, dubbed the “Student Government Office,” which are sequestered in-between multiple offices. They tend to be used by publications, like Bwog, council meetings, and informal work-space. Aki is spearheading a re-decoration of it to turn it into a more “comfy” meeting space (no more long tables?).
- Want to see what projects facilities is working on? (A new LLC on 113th St. for undergrads) http://facilities.columbia.edu/projects
- Barry Weinberg and Alex Frouman dominate policy committee meetings, training younger council members on how to navigate the politics of the administration.