Drama at GSSC!
Written by Bwog Staff
We don’t mean to be crude, but shit went down at the GSSC meeting last night. We sent the ebullient Joseph Milholland to check it out.
In the Tuesday March 26 General Studies Student Council Meeting, during the time the council allots to take questions from those in attendance, a GS student brought it to the attention of the council that a member of the council had violated the council’s code of conduct and was “behaving inappropriately” and “acting unethically, immorally.”
While the student did not specify who the council member was who broke the code of conduct, he did quote the GSSC constitution which states “that any violation of the GSSC Code of Conduct or the University Code of Conduct will be reported to the DOS [Dean of Students] and will be considered grounds for impeachment.” GSSC President Hannah Germond responded by saying the Executive Board has been working with the Dean of Students’ Office on this.
The issue was brought to the Executive Board’s attention a week before midterms, but because of midterms and Spring Break, dealing with the issue was slowed. Due to the “sensitivity,” as President Germond put it, of the issue, the council as a whole had not been notified at all about it.
“It originated a couple weeks ago, and I will just say on behalf of the E-board, speaking for the E-board, that we began looking into it as we chatted. I think we were, you know, we were chatting and it grew from there,” said President Germond after the meeting. “I need a formal statement so that we can begin an official investigation. We’ve been sitting down with both parties, we’ve been sitting down the Dean of Students’ Office. So we’ve been doing a lot of behind-the-scenes work to make sure this is resolved. I think we’re very close to a resolution, but because of this concern being brought up, we want a formal statement of what the concern is, so that we can move on that and go ahead and see how to resolve this,” she also said.
Other GSSC stuff that happened:
- The Columbia University Family Support Network (CUFSN) a group that works with students with children came to the council. They wanted a “mandate” in support of $1,000 stipend per child under the age of 5 per academic year for all undergraduate students with children. The university already does this for grad students. The council passed this without opposition.
- The GSSC positions that nobody is running for will be filled via either appointment or special elections before commencement.
- GSSC and CUFSN is putting on an Eggstravaganza April 19 intended for children of people affiliated with the university (GS students, grad students, professors). There will be 300 hidden eggs, sugar cookie decorating, and Fairway market catering.
- Gala 2014 will be themed around “Your GS story” (why people came to GS). It will be at Studio 60 and have a ceremony with speeches and performers. Tickets will be sold until April 4th.
- University Senator Justin Nathaniel Carter will be part of a report from the President’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing at the next University Senate meeting and expects questions that oppose investing in the private prison industry from people who he called “young idealists with nothing to lose.”
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Tags: activists aka "young idealists with nothing to lose", breach of conduct omg wuzzgoinon, eggcellent or eggscruciating, issues are always hard to deal with during midterms, stipends for kids! yes good, sugar cookies omg, we want her bangs look how curly they are