Howdy y’all! This week, the councils prepared for elections and discussed upcoming events.

This week in CCSC:

  • Election season continues! All ballot submissions have been collected so keep an eye out for updates from candidates as voting approaches!
  • President Joon Baek (CC ’21) in addition to VP Finance Sophia Adeghe (CC ’22), VP Communications Krishna Menon (CC ’22), and VP Policy Mehta met with Deantini last week to review the work of CCSC this year so far and to discuss the possibility of institutionalizing academic policies put in place in light of COVID. 
  • Class of 2022 Representative Brandon Shi presented his proposal to use the rest of this year’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion fund (approximately $500) in supporting Asian and Pacific Islander identity and culture groups on campus planning for Asian and Pacific Islander heritage month. This proposal passed! 

This week in GSSC:

  • President Jeong (GS ’22) went over election information, adding that additional details could be found in the GSSC newsletter. The intent-to-run submission deadline is this upcoming Thursday, March 25th at 11:59 pm EST. Next week the Council will be hosting two GSSC rules meetings for all those who plan on running. These meetings will happen on Monday, March 29th and Wednesday, March 31st at 8 pm EST and the link can be found in the GSSC newsletter. Additionally, candidate platforms are due on Friday, April 2nd to the GSSC Election Commission. GSSC debates are going to be held on Tuesday, April 6th at 8:15 pm EST in lieu of the last Council meeting of the year.
  • VP of Campus Life Liam McGrane (GS ’24) announced many upcoming events. Over the next month there will be a women’s poetry reading at the end of the month on Discord, a mental health check-in at the end of the month, a town hall with ODS on April 5th, an Interfaith panel on April 6th, and a Food Pantry event sometime in April.
  • A motion was passed to allocate $200 to the Elections Commission. This $200 would allow the few candidates who want to create candidacy materials to submit reimbursement forms. Commissioner Tyler Franklin also clarified that GSSC would get the money back if it isn’t used.

This week in SGA:

  • VP for Communications Jasmin Torres Piñón (BC ’22) encouraged students to apply for the Fireside Chat with Provost Bell on April 6. Students can apply here
  • Representative for Food and Dining Bannon Beall (BC ’22) advocated for students observing Ramadan to fill out this form.
  • VP for Campus Life Flosha Liyana (BC ’21) told students to fill out the Dinner After Dark (DAD) survey that aims to collect feedback on campus issues. It closes this Friday. 
  • Representative for Wellness Carmela Casaburi (BC ’23) promoted an event offering inside access to mental health resources on and off-campus, happening on March 25 from 6 to 8 pm. Students can register here
  • University Senator Vivian Todd (BC ’21) encouraged students to vote in the 2021 SGA elections. 
  • Professor and Director of Campus Sustainability and Climate Action Sandra Goldmark spoke with SGA about the steps Barnard needs to take to enact significant change.  

This week in ESC:

  • This week, Emily Eget (‘22) joined ESC’s meeting to talk about the University Life Events Council and encourage members of ESC to participate. The council helps plan and facilitate events for students in all of Columbia’s schools. Eget is its current Chair of Outreach.
  • Student Body President Estevan Mesa (‘22) reported back on a meeting he had with Vice President for Campus Services Scott Wright. Wright noted that student usage of the Via service was at its highest with 350 users the night after last week’s reported robbery.
  • ESC is considering a joint collaboration with GSSC on a tuition freeze for the upcoming school year.

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