At this Monday’s SGA meeting, we heard four more plans for how to spend the $32,000 endowment. Lauren “that one girl who always goes to the SGA meetings” Beltrone listened in eagerly. She likes this kind of stuff.
Since you’re all wondering, the answer is yes, President Maddy Popkin did address the controversial Barnard SGA thanksgiving email at the this week’s meeting, albeit briefly. After stating that the email in question would not be a topic of discussion at the meeting, Popkin suggested that you reach out to an individual member of your class council if you’d still like to talk about it. And that was that. Then we moved on to the proposals.
The first presenter we heard aims to improve Barnard’s water conservation capacity by installing dual flush toilets. Installing these toilets would save us a ton of water and only cost roughly $11,000. (Remember, not all the funds have to be used on one project; we may see multiple less-expensive projects being chosen).
Another proposal involves giving the funds to students conducting thesis research. According to the next presenter, due to the high cost of living in NYC, some students find themselves unable to pay to do the research necessary to write their theses. To rectify this, the presenter proposes an application-based system through which students can request funds. “Research” can mean anything from going to a museum to going to a country, so the amount of money given out will differ case by case.
You know that one white corner in the overwhelmingly blue LL2 of the Diana? The next proposal was to use the funds to buy art supplies to fill this space with a mural, more specifically one that “provokes conversation” and will “grow throughout the years.” There would be a contest to choose a design, and the winning team would start painting around the week of March 10th. The proposal would cost less than $100, so why not vote for it?
The last proposal aims to make the lines for the Diana dining services suck less. The presenter envisions a numbering system that notifies you (by buzzer or by text) that your meal is reader, allowing students to wait outside and therefore not crowd the room. SGA representatives seemed weary of the plan, because according to one member, a similar system was tried a few years back and failed miserably, although there seemed to be a consensus that addressing this problem would be worthwhile.
For the rest of the meeting, individual SGA members reported on what they’ve been working on. Remember that initiative to make Hewitt less dangerous for people with severe allergies? Dining Services wants you to come straight to them to voice your concerns. In other eating-related news, the Diana breakfast is in the process of being extended from 9am to 11:30, to better accommodate students’ class schedules. There’s also talk of making dinner in the Diana a thing. And, even more good news, Barnard students may soon being able to eat breakfast in John Jay and Ferris. Breakfast will never be the same.
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