What's more important, the game or the half time show?

What’s more important, the game or the half time show?

Instead of party hopping in their dorms last night to steal Doritos and participate in “intellectual” discussions of the commercials, the dutiful members of CCSC kept on trucking with their weekly Sunday night meeting. Even more dutiful Bwog staffer Joe Milholland is here to report. 

On the afternoon of Super Bowl Sunday – or, as CCSC President Peter Bailinson also calls it, “Katy Perry Sunday” – the Columbia College Student Council had a general body meeting where they talked about a proposal to push the drop deadline back.

Currently, CC students can drop a class for five weeks after the first class. Because many students do not get substantial assignments before this date, the council wants the administration push the deadline to seven weeks after the first class.

Academic Affairs Rep Grayson Warrick has been talking to Dean of Academic Affairs Kathryn Yatrakis about this proposal and its history. Extending the drop deadline has been talked about for a long time and has often had the issue of professor opposition to it. Professors have opposed extending the drop deadline because they want as many students as possible in their classes.

An online survey by Warrick found that around 75% of those surveyed had dropped a class, with reasons including GPA concerns, health/wellness, and other academic reasons. The survey also found that 77.1% of those surveyed would be willing to trade a longer drop deadline period for a shorter pass-D-fail period, although Warrick admitted the question lacked specifics and the way it was asked was not ideal.

The council will submit first the proposal with the request of an extended drop deadline. The document the council examined at the meeting also had three possible addendums as compromises if administrators reject the initial proposal: to shorten the Pass-D-Fail period, to require a meeting with a CSA advisor if a student wants to drop a class after the add period, or to impose a small fee for dropping a class in the new two-week window.

After discussing the proposal, the council firmly rejected the idea of imposing a fee for late class dropping, although Harvard and Princeton have fees of $10 and $40 respectively for late class dropping. In a straw poll, most council members preferred negotiating with a required CSA rather than changing the P-D-F deadline.

The council also discussed whether the two week increase was arbitrary and whether a time frame with a specific justification would be a better fix.

Since the Committee on Instruction, who will look at the proposal, works slowly does not meet often, according to VP of Policy Sejal Singh, Warrick will likely have a proposal for the council vote on the proposal next week.


  • Singh and VP of Policy Abby Porter are looking at food insecurity (being unable to afford regular meals) on campus, an problem which can affect students for a number of reasons, such as the high cost of textbooks. The new EVP of University Life, Suzanne Goldberg, has expressed an interest in working in this area.
  • President Bailinson has secured more outlets at Joe’s and is looking into student group discounts with Vice President for Campus Services Scott Wright.
  • There is a new student representative on the Committee for Socially Responsible Investment.
  • The new director of CUIT will be announced soon. University Senator Jared Oddesky is excited to work with him. One thing to look forward to from CUIT in the future is a single access point to easily find administrative data.

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