SGA’s Rep Council met last night for the first time in a lot of nights in the Diana Center Café. Amid an unusually plentiful amount of baked goods, and guests, discussions both new and overdue were had by all. Bwog’s Barnard Bureau Chief and Resident Baked Goods Bandit Renée Kraiem was, as per usual, there.
Without an administrative guest, Rep Council dove right into the proverbial deep end of Northampton, MA with a presentation from Rep. for College Relations Rachel Ferrari. Ferrari reported on SGA’s trip to the annual Seven Sisters Conference, held this year over Fall Break at Smith College. Ferrari presented the new and improved Seven Sisters Coordinating Board as the most exciting product of the conference, and promised a series of Google Hangouts this semester and in the spring to improve communication between members of the conference, and between attendees and other students of their colleges. Ferrari also reported that Conference attendees visited the libraries and student centers at Smith and Mount Holyoke to gather some intelligence on how they organize their libraries and student centers up there.
While we’re talking about libraries, you should probably also know that Rep. for Information and Technology Leah Metcalf is working on a survey about the current Barnard library and about its next incarnation. And, since you’re probably only going there if you don’t have Wifi where you live, if you’re going you probably live in 110 or Cathedral Gardens where, apparently, the internet’s been a little rough lately. Metcalf’s working on that too.
If you’re worrying about your Wifi, take a deep breath, because at least you don’t have to worry about being a good samaritan; last night VP of SGA Julia Kennedy announced that in the (very) near future Barnard Residential Life will abide officially by the same Good Samaritan Policy that residents of Columbia students enjoy today. In response to a helpful question by the very helpful CCSC Rep. to SGA, Kennedy responded that SGA also intends to use this policy change as a springboard to increase the dialogue on campus about student behavior in situations that the new policy would pertain to.
Speaking of (hopeful) policy changes, SGA passed, unanimously, the resolution written by CCSC VP Policy Will Hughes, in support of the CU Arts Initiative. When asked about the purpose of the resolution, SGA President JungHee Hyun responded: “this is our support,” and now “councils can move forward and make this a priority.”
SGA, for its part, is certainly moving forward after last night. Here’s the rest of the meeting in bullet-point-form for your rainy day convenience:
- Barnard has a new provost, and so far it’s going pretty good. According to Rep. for Academic Affairs Elaine Gottesman, she’s focused on getting to know the community for now, and moving forward is looking to increase the amount of grants for students who do research with faculty, and increasing the visibility of diverse opinions on campus.
- Rep. for Diversity Mia Cooper is working on getting admissions materials printed in Spanish.
- Under the leadership of VP for Student Activities Sarah Steinmann, SGA is revising its by-laws for clubs recognized by SGA. Specifically, her Committee is looking to increase consistency among policies, and correct what Steinmann characterizes as a “misinterpretation” in the enforcement of SGA’s policy not to recognize groups affiliated with national organizations. The real concern here is national organizations with political affiliations; and you thought the election was over…
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@Anonymous “Rep. for Diversity Mia Cooper is working on getting admissions materials printed in Spanish.”
Have to ask — why? Isn’t it a bit of a given that if you can’t understand admissions materials in English, you will probably not understand much else that you’ll be reading for the next four years?
@Teddy Roosevelt We should insist that if the immigrant who comes here does in good faith become an
American and assimilates himself to us he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed or birth-place or origin.
But this is predicated upon the man’s becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American. If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and separated from the rest of America, then he isn’t doing his part as an American. There can be no divided allegiance here. . . We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.
@Anonymous I think she meant those glossy brochures that advertise Columbia has a happy, diverse, and intelligent place (at least one of those three adjectives is a lie!)
@Anonymous Sorry, I meant Barnard.
Hispanic population at:
Columbia undergraduate schools, 13%; Barnard, 9%; NYC, 28.6%; USA, 16.7%
@CC14 Perhaps this is for parents of prospective students who might not speak English fluently?
@Teddy Roosevelt We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible turns our people out as Americans, of American nationality, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding-house; and we have room for but one soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people.
@Anonymous doesn’t the student body have to vote on by-law changes?
@SGA The student body votes on SGA’s by-law changes (pertaining primarily to the various roles of elected Rep. Council members), whereas changes to the Club by-laws are passed by Rep. Council and do not have to go to a student body vote. Thanks for this great question! E-mail us with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
@Anon That’s a stupid policy. Transparency my ass.
@Cute but... Are they doing ANYTHING about the large number of unattractive Jewish girls at that school?
-A concerned citizen
@Fuck yourself There are fugly ones, but some of the hottest ones are also Jewish.
@Anonymous The better question is, have you registered as a sex offender yet? You obviously don’t go here.