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Capital Investment Grants Announced

Selfie time with his new camera #nomakeup

Selfie time with his new camera #nomakeup

CCSC’s Uchechi Iteogu, Co-Chair of the Capital Investment Fund, just announced the fund’s grant winners for this year. Six clubs made the cut, out of eleven applications, and a total of $11, 235 was awarded.

The four undergraduate student councils created the Capital Investment fund in September 2012 to help clubs with high equipment costs fund a specific piece of equipment. Club athletic teams have been among the primary recipients of the fund, as well as campus music groups and those with expensive media equipment. Last year, seven clubs received grants that totaled $15,000.

The winners for this year and what they intend to purchase are below:

  • Columbia University Film Productions – $2625, for a new camera
  • Columbia University Archery Club – $1400, for beginner bows and miscellaneous equipment including sights, finger tabs, targets
  • Capoeira Club – $1000, for  new instruments including a berimabu and atabaque
  • Columbia Tae Kwon Do – $500, to replace a recently-broken standing heavy bag
  • Hindu Students Organization – $2000, to replace their mandap (religious altar) and to purchase tablecloths and the Golu (religious icon)
  • Lacrosse Club – $3800, to purchase matching uniforms and high-quality helmets

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  • John says:

    @John Why doesn’t athletics pay for the lacrosse clubs helmets and uniforms? Seems like a basic need that should be met but seems unfair that they drain so much money from this fund

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Because they’re a club and not part of the athletics department

  • CC '15 says:

    @CC '15 Go Uche for actually doing work!

    1. please says:

      @please in my rejection letter for the grant uche asked me to nominate her for an award

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous mine, too.

        but here’s a question: didn’t the capital investment fund get more money to disburse this time around? but they didn’t disburse it all?

        1. ESC member says:

          @ESC member The remainder of the CIF funds will be distributed in the spring, clubs will have another opportunity to apply.

      2. CSCcorruption says:

        @CSCcorruption Uche is so corrupt! I’ve witness her illegally soliciting votes. She has been exploiting women and minorities for votes too. For goodness sake, it’s only CCSC…image when 6622some of these people run for things that matter.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous since we’re leaking emails here, I would like to add this one. (emphasis mine)

          From: Uchechi Iteogu
          Date: Wed, Jan 30, 2013 at 11:43 PM
          Subject: Chocolate Just Became Hawt Again. (Mandatory Read)
          To: [her JJ residents]

          Ello, John Jaybies!

          I completely forgot to talk about STUDY BREAKS at our floor meeting! And chocolate.

          Basically, every week this semester, you’ll be all WUTTTTT…

          Sooo, we’ll be having weekly study breaks on Sundays! We were supposed to do this last semester (yes, it’s required), and I apologize for this. Things got hectic, but this semester will be different. The schedule for snack bearers is attached to this email and will be posted in the lounge for your convenience. Basically, when it’s your turn, you will be bringing a small snack (AKA candy, a bag of chips, Ryan Gosling, even a JJ’s container filled with chicken wings) to the lounge at 9 PM on Sunday night, ’cause, you know, that’s when we remember we’re all students and have to do this thing that people call “homework,” and a little snack to go along with that Aeneid reading would be nice…

          Since we didn’t have a program in January (RAs aren’t supposed to have programs in February), we are having TWO programs this month! The first is the HAWT CHOCOLATE FESTIVAL! We will be heading to The City Bakery for a FREE chocolate festival this Saturday, February 2 at 5:30 PM. This gives you plenty of time to party that night ;) We’ll be meeting in John Jay Lounge and then head down to the bakery fo’ some treatzzz. Please let me know if you’d like to go! T-t-t-t-t-tasty tasty!

          Also, I am hard at work at planning our second next program, and it’s between the Met Opera, the New York Philharmonic, or Jazz at Lincoln Center. Also, we might see Kristin Chenoweth. GET EXCITED! Squeee! Anyway, let me know by filling out this survey.

          Finally, I would like to ask of all of you to PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE nominate me for the King’s Crown Leadership Award! I received my RA assignment for next year, and I unfortunately won’t be an RA for freshmen next year, which really, really makes me sad. Corny, but it’s true. That being said, I’d like to cap off my year as an RA for freshmen with this award to remind me of how amazing it will have been to have been you guys’ RA. I would appreciate it if you nominated me for the Innovation and Enhancement Award using this link. Just type three or four sentences about why you’re nominating me, or talk about an experience or program that I planned or was involved in that you loved. Nominations end February 10 at 11:59 PM. Guys, this award would truly, truly mean the most to me because it will remind me of the fun times that we’ve had on our floor. In addition, if I win the Innovation and Enhancement Award, I will throw us a HUGE party, all on me :)

          Okay, that’s it for now!

          THANK YOU ALL!



  • Yay says:

    @Yay Samosa.

  • Twitch says:

    @Twitch The margins of my winter break are set by weed and interviews.
    In truth, my bong is sick of me but at this point there’s naught to lose,
    Since monothilic finance beckons, orders all kids here downtown.
    I hope that weed can float, because without it there’s a chance I drown.

    It’s just too soon to say this but a fire’s burning in the heights.
    A thousand students dream of paychecks–in their eyes are only lights.
    And from a thousand greek row houses lighters sparking burning bright:
    Against encroaching time and markets who dares stand, who dares to fight?

    The truth is there are jobs outside of banking.
    But for those who chose their school based off of ranking,
    Whose romantic lives are lived through lonely spanking,
    Will you look at lionshare with even a modicum of creativity?

    1. damm says:

      @damm That was some beautiful stuff.
      Twitch, can you be my twink

  • please says:

    @please *Capoeira, not Capoeria

    1. Sarah Faith says:

      @Sarah Faith Middle school spelling bees were my worst moments. Fixed!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Why don’t some of these clubs have fundraisers and raise their own cash?

  • King says:

    @King Don’t nominate Uche for her award.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous @King: haters be like…

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous if this concerns you, you could email leadershipawards /at/ columbia /dot/ edu

  • Uchechi Iteogu says:

    @Uchechi Iteogu This comment does not reflect CIF or the Office of Student Engagement as a whole, and I am speaking for myself.

    Firstly, let me clarify the changes in the fund:

    CIF increased its pool this year to $20,000, but also changed the format in which awards would be distributed. Each semester, $10,000 is allocated to groups based on true, true need for the funds, with a little wiggle room in case of extreme needs. As such, this past semester’s amount was $11,235.00. Student groups that did not receive funding were taken very seriously, and while we as a committee wanted to assist everyone, we understood the difficulty in doing this and thus provided alternative sources of funding and encouraged student groups to apply again.


    In regard to asking students for nominations, this email, which was SEPARATE from the emails containing their personalized and private decision letters, was sent to all student groups who applied to CIF. This was during the Office of Student Engagement’s mass promotion of the King’s Crown Leadership and Excellence Award and its nominations campaign this month:

    “Student Group Representatives,

    I would like once again to thank all of you for applying to the Capital Investment Fund. Since this fund was created here at Columbia, you all have helped us to allocate over $30,000 to student groups, and it’s been rewarding to see the impact of these funds. Making decisions regarding your applications was not an easy task, as we want to support all of your efforts to enhance yourselves and grow. If your group did not receive an award, I highly encourage you to reapply for the fund next year. Also, if your group applied last year, please let me know, as the administration is responsible for finalizing these, and I will set up meetings with them immediately so that we can once and for all sort them out once the semester begins.

    I would also like to use this email as an opportunity to inform you all of the King’s Crown Leadership Excellence Award. These awards provide the Columbia University community with the opportunity to recognize outstanding students in Columbia College and the Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. Nominating a student or student group takes no more than five minutes, and you can submit as many as you want. There are eight categories in which you can nominate, which include:

    Principled Action
    Civic Responsibility
    Inclusion and Advocacy
    Columbia Spirit
    Health and Wellness
    Indelible Mark
    Innovation and Enhancement
    Community Building

    Many question what “Indelible Mark” means – This award recognizes the accomplishments of students and groups in implementing sustainable change (which can be financial) for the benefit of our community and/or in leaving a lasting impression on the campus community.

    Student group representatives, I would be humbled and honored if you were to nominate me for the Indelible Mark award, as I have had the pleasure of chairing this fund since it was first introduced at Columbia and am truly invested in the overall expansion of your organizations. Nominations can be made at The deadline is February 2, 2014. Thank you all once again for helping to make the Capital Investment Fund such a success. If you would like to discuss more funding opportunities or your allocations, please don’t hesitate to contact me. Enjoy the rest of your winter breaks, and I wish you all of the best this coming semester!

    Thank you,

    Uchechi Iteogu
    Co-Chair, Capital Investment Fund”

    Let me be extremely clear that I was not begging for their nominations. As someone who assisted in hiring the individuals who work in the Office of Student Engagement this past summer, I wanted to assist them in promoting the award, which recognizes students’ and student groups’ commitment to enhancing their communities. I clarified the definition of the Indelible Mark award because this category is the one that seems to cause the most confusion, and has done so since the origin of the award. As evident in the email, I asked these student groups to nominate other individuals and student groups. I am deeply saddened by the misrepresentation of my words; I was just trying to promote the award. Again, I encourage everyone to nominate students who they believe have tried their best in enhancing the Columbia experience.

    1. mmmhhhhmm says:

      @mmmhhhhmm She’s also a blatant liar. I bet she wasn’t expecting the rejection letter where she BEGGED, or worse, abused her power to coerce nominations to leak. Like come on. You know Columbia students don’t take apologetic statements at face value. GIRL BYE!

      1. Wait... says:

        @Wait... That doesn’t make sense. Didn’t she send the decision letters, not receive them? So that doesn’t really add up. I mean, sure, she technically asked to be nominated, but it doesn’t seem like she was campaigning for noms. Big difference. Sheesh.

  • CSCcorruption says:

    @CSCcorruption But seriously don’t…It’s sad how manipulative some people can be at the expense of their peers.

  • Uchechi Iteogu says:

    @Uchechi Iteogu “Anonymous,”

    At the time, I was serving as a resident adviser, and the Office of Residential Programs encouraged RAs to ask our residents to nominate us if they wanted to for an award. Flyers were even distributed to RAs to post on their floors. This traditionally happens within residential programs. Again, I have no problem talking to you and providing any more information. This is the last comment I will be making here about this matter. I will not pay attention to lies any longer, and neither should anyone else.

  • Uchepart2 says:

    @Uchepart2 Translation: I won’t pay attention to myself anymore because I am clearly lying. The truth can never be silenced. The people can never be silenced.

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