Each Wednesday, Bwog brings you a brief summary of the General Studies Student Council (GSSC) meeting from the night before. In today’s update, Bwog GSSC Bureau Chief Alex Tang highlights the pizza-based drama that went down last night.
In last night’s meeting, the General Studies Student Council (GSSC) had a relatively heated talk about pizza, which, believe it or not, spiraled into a debate about the fair delegation of responsibilities among Columbia’s four undergraduate student councils. After providing updates of several upcoming events and hearing the speeches of three new nominated board members, GSSC discussed whether or not they should bail out the rest of the Columbia community in the upcoming Lerner Pub event by fronting money for the pizza budget. Detailed information about the pizza drama will be provided at the end of the article.
GSSC also heard the speeches of three nominees for vacant board positions. All three nominees were subsequently approved. The three new board members are listed below, along with memorable lines or tidbits from their speeches.
Other Updates from GSSC:
And now for the pizza drama…
Lerner Pub is a social event geared towards seniors at all four of Columbia’s undergraduate schools (Columbia College, SEAS, Barnard, and GS), which provides free food and beverages (including booze for those lucky seniors who are 21+). The first Lerner Pub event of the year will be happening this Thursday, September 28, from 9pm-12am in the Lerner party space.
The Engineering Student Council (ESC) was originally supposed to pay for the pizzas for the September Lerner Pub, but is now unable to do so due to internal budget issues. GS Senior Class President Roya Hegdahl mentioned that ESC had (kindly) asked GSSC to front the pizza money instead. Before you start judging this as trivial, note that it takes a lot of pizza (100+ pizzas and $1,000+) to feed Columbia’s senior population.
While most of GSSC originally had no apparent issue with this proposal, GS Senator Ramond Curtis questioned whether or not it was fair for GSSC to pay for the pizzas, considering that GS senior attendance at the September Lerner Pub will predictably be much lower than the attendance of seniors from CC, SEAS, or Barnard. Curtis’s main concern was that a sizable portion of the GSSC senior budget would be going toward giving out free pizza to seniors from other schools.
Senior President Hegdahl mentioned that Lerner Pub costs are split amongst the four undergraduate schools based on the ratio of students within the undergraduate community. For example, since GS students represent roughly 20% of undergraduates, GSSC would pay for the same ratio amount of cost (roughly 20%). Furthermore, Hegdahl confidently stated that the other student councils would either reimburse GSSC for the pizza money, or cover GSSC’s contributions for future Lerner Pub events.
In response, Curtis brought up the fact that the Columbia College Student Council was not fronting the pizza money, stating that CCSC now had rules against fronting money for interschool events, going so far as to punish officers if the money due wasn’t paid back from other councils. Curtis’s main interest was that GSSC not be taken advantage of by the other student councils. To that end, he suggested the amendment that while GSSC would front the pizza money for the September Lerner Pub, the council would only contribute to future Lerner Pub events if the money due to GSSC was paid back by the end of the fall. Doing so would make GSSC’s future contributions to Lerner Pub contingent upon CCSC, ESC, and SGA’s ability to keep their word.
Before the conversation could get more heated, VP of Campus Life Dennis Zhao stressed that he didn’t want GSSC to “set a precedence of distrust” within the four undergraduate student councils.
In the end, the voting members of GSSC passed Curtis’s amendment (10 to 5), and then unanimously approved Hegdahl’s original motion to front the pizza money. To all of you seniors going to September Lerner Pub, just remember that GSSC paid for the pizzas when no one else could.
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