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Prying Open the Doors of Watson

Keenan Albee updates on the ongoing battle between those at the business school and those who want to go to business school. 

And so the battle over the Business School Library rages onward. CCSC and ESC have put forth a joint resolution affirming their support for a pilot program aimed at increasing student access to Watson during exam season. Last year, the Business School began to bar undergrads from use of the library during midterms and finals, purportedly over a lack of study space for business students. While this is all well and good, ESC and CCSC have found that Watson is being severely underutilized. Pics below (Look at all of those gloriously empty desks.).

CCSC has approved the proposed amendment, which also underscores a commitment to keeping Watson open to all Columbia students, at all times. ESC will vote on the amendment at their weekly meeting this Monday. The proposed pilot program will open the library from 5pm until closing during exam times, as opposed to zilch access currently.

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  • oh and don't forget GSSC says:

    @oh and don't forget GSSC because while the other councils were incidentally fighting for us, I heard GSSC spent this week on the case of penalizing (over 21y/o) members who had party pictures posted on facebook

    1. X says:

      @X @oh and don’t forget GSSC:

      GSSC has been fighting alongside CCSC and ESC throughout this process and will be holding a vote on this amendment tomorrow night at their weekly meeting.

      1. oh and don't forget GSSC says:

        @oh and don't forget GSSC Ah, I see this was linked on the GSSC facebook.

        Q: was that on the agenda before today?

        Q: what has GSSC’s contribution been to this?

        Q: why do you think Bwog is reporting it’s a CCSC/ESC project?

        1. Gardo says:

          @Gardo Dear Anonymous,

          I can’t speak for the BWOG, but I can tell you that the Watson issue is something that has been addressed at just about every GSSC meeting this year and was also discussed last spring. If you have any other questions regarding this, or any other issue for that matter, I recommend contacting the GSSC VP of Policy. I can just about guarantee that he would love to speak with you either in person at his office hours or via e-mail.

          Best,
          Edgardo Martinez
          VP of Policy, GSSC

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous That’s swell that it was discussed but it doesn’t change the fact that, best interpretation, CCSC/ESC ate our lunch again.

  • Stay OUT says:

    @Stay OUT Stay OUT of our goddamn libraries, undergrads!

    1. Stay OFF says:

      @Stay OFF Stay OFF of our goddamn Bwog, shitty grad student!

  • Frustrated Student says:

    @Frustrated Student The current policy is fucking bullshit. Thanks for trying CCSC and ESC.

    Now for the admin black box to listen…

  • Hooray! says:

    @Hooray! Because the undergraduate student councils totally have the authority required to get us access to a graduate school building…

    1. Sidd says:

      @Sidd The library is under the University Libraries System. We, undergraduates, are part of said University Libraries System.

      We’re trying – sorry if you think we shouldn’t. Open to other suggestions as to how to move forward.

      1. CC '14 says:

        @CC '14 I appreciate what y’all are doing, Sidd!

  • cc15 says:

    @cc15 Thanks to CCSC and ESC for fighting for our right to use the University Libraries!

  • GS '14 says:

    @GS '14 Honestly – why does CCSC and ESC (and the GSSC) think that any sort of resolution they pass will have an effect on the Business School Library policies? They need to sit down with GBA (the business school student government) and work out a compromise!

    1. Sidd says:

      @Sidd We have sat with them, the Business School Administration and the Libraries administration on numerous occasions. We wish to formalize our proposed short term solution and update the community on where we stand.

  • Blunts in Butler says:

    @Blunts in Butler Wankers in Watson.

  • CC '14 says:

    @CC '14 I am perfectly fine with not setting foot in Watson, or any other graduate library for that matter, but the trade-off must be no grads in Butler

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’m in the college and study in Watson occasionally, but is it really that serious? Just find somewhere else to study…There’s more than 10 libraries on campus..my gosh, the entitlement of some undergrads….

    1. Christina says:

      @Christina Is it that serious? In the grand scheme of things, maybe not. But who is really acting entitled here?

      The undergrads, who are demanding access to one of the “more than 10” (read: 23 or so) libraries on campus, which are open to all Columbia University Students, as they should be (with, of course, the exception of Watson from time to time)?

      or

      The particular CBS students who feel only they should be able to use this library, even though they, too, have access to the “more than 10” libraries on campus, just like those entitled undergrads?

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