This week in CCSC: Space, money, and bagels in bed
Last night, the Columbia College Student Council passed its first resolutions of the semester. The News Desk’s Rakhi Agrawal reports:
- Events, events, events: Each class council gave an update on its initiatives. Class of 2013 President Ryan Mandelbaum proudly reported that the first two senior class events, Lerner Pub and a concert, were largely successful, and that two more senior events are planned, including an upcoming talk by SIPA professor Gary Okihiro and another Lerner Pub. Class of 2014 President Conan Cassidy said that the junior class’s “Breakfast in Bed” bagel deliveries also went off without a hitch.
- More money on the way: The council unanimously passed resolutions approving two new funds for student groups—the Travel Fund and the Capital Investment Fund, both of which the council had discussed last week. The Travel Fund, which is being capped at $8,000, will allow recognized student groups to apply to the Joint Council Co-Sponsorship Committee for traveling costs that might otherwise “be prohibitively high due to transportation, hotel, and registration fees.” The $15,000 approved for the Capital Investment Fund will be allocated every October by the JCCC, and will be distributed to groups who are “unable to finance necessary purchases due to the high-cost nature of their activities.”
- Space is everywhere: CCSC President Karishma Habbu, CC ’13, and Vice President for Policy, Will Hughes, CC ’13, made a presentation on unused space around the Morningside Heights campus, noting that they ran for CCSC Executive Board on a platform of improving undergraduate space. Habbu said that she and Engineering Student Council President Tim Qin, SEAS ’13, hold bi-weekly meetings with Scott Wright, the student services administrator responsible for undergraduate dorms and Lerner Hall, and that lately these conversations have centered around the possibility of renovating certain unused or underused spaces on campus.
- Show me around: Habbu and other council members plan to take a tour of underused spaces on campus, including the basements in Ruggles, Wien, Claremont, River, and Woodbridge, and the Schapiro dance rooms, just to name a few. They will specifically be looking at spaces that might need renovations so that various student groups, including performance groups, FeelGood CU and 4Local, would be able to use them.
- Who says you’re not PERFect?: CCSC Vice President for Campus Life Yanyi Luo, CC’13, unveiled a new form she created to help student groups document their programs, so that their success could be evaluated more effectively. Other council members were receptive to the form, with some even suggesting that it be compulsory for events sponsored by student council.
Correction: A previous version of this post stated that CCSC members discussed making the form described above compulsory for all student groups. Spectator regrets the error.
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