CCSC: Good News, Bad News, and Pong News
Written by Bwog Staff
Sunday night is funday night with Bwog meetings and the weekly CCSC gathering/ritual. This week’s CCSC meeting was full of twists and turns, with the resignation of one representative and a new plan for “behavioral changes” in the community. But what does this mean? Who resigned? Will my ceiling in McBain ever be replaced? Don’t worry, Satow Room Chief Joseph Milholland has the answers.
This week CCSC worked through several important issues at their meeting with a more relaxed attitude. One of the more important discussions revolved around Class of 2016 representative Ben Kornick, who has resigned for private, “personal reasons.” The council has yet to decide how they will choose a replacement, but they are making plans for an indirect election. The Elections Board is unprepared for a direct election, but they are allowing the council to make the final decision.
If the council chooses to hold an indirect election, the decision would be discussed at the general body meeting and the “Executive Board would not unilateral make a decision about how the indirect election would proceed.” Bob Sun, the Columbia Student Council Vice President for Policy, has proposed a plan for a transparent “standardized process” for indirect elections, but the council has yet to review it.
The council also reviewed a resolution that proposed cutting the the number of class representatives in each class council from three members to two members.
This proposal received considerable backlash from council members. There was concern that there needs to be at least three representatives to get large projects done and that looking at appointed members is more urgent. When compared to the ESC, which currently has a similar number of representatives on each class council, it was mentioned that ESC’s fewer representatives can be attributed to its lower population. Instead of reducing the number of class representatives, some suggested finding a way to hold representatives accountable for their actions, other than eliminating their positions. And of course, some members mentioned that Columbia College students should have input on the issue.
The proposal had the support of past CCSC presidents, and Class of 2014 President Conan Cassidy who stated “there are people in this room who are extremely inefficient in their roles.”
President Chen hoped to wait a week before returning to the proposal, but most of the council members wanted to vote on it. Less than a majority of the council voted in support of the proposal (a two thirds majority is needed to pass an amendment to the constitution), and the proposal was defeated.
The council returned again to the issue of fees for room lockouts. The administration’s plan is to charge a small fee for every room lockout after two or three lockouts and after a two-week grace period at the beginning of the semester. This idea received much backlash from the council, and many members wanted a complete overhaul of the key system at Columbia.
The council also discussed a “Behavioral modification/culture change” program to encourage people to take four classes a semester. Four classes a semester is the maximum at Harvard and Yale. The council is looking to see if all majors can be done through four classes a semester.
University Senator Jared Odessky has been continuing his work on Public Safety with Dean Martinez, who supports reforms to the system. Odessky said the security fund rules “need to be completely rewritten.” He gave as an example the Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs’ $1200 charge for public safety at an event.
- Tuesday, February 18th there will be an open meeting in the Satow Room about sexual assault policy. A town hall is “tentatively” scheduled for February 28th from 10am to 12pm.
- University Senators have been meeting with PrezBo to discuss a possible détente in War on Fun by refocusing its priorities to safety.
- Peter and another council member won a beer pong tournament against ESC and got a reward that included Chipotle gift cards.
- Candidates for the position of the new Dean of Student Affairs will receive interviews later this month.
- Due to collapses, all the ceilings in McBain will “likely be removed and replaced over the summer.”
- Briana Saddler, Executive Board member for Campus Life, wants to have an event with comedians and hypnotists.
- The Class of 2016 is hosting a “De-stress event” on Thursday, February 20th.
- The Class of 2017 is looking at criticisms of OurBlue and are working to improve it.
- The MilVets Ball is open to all students at Columbia and will be held on February 21th from 7pm-11pm. As of the meeting, there are only 50 tickets remaining.
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