This week in ESC: Fountains and honor codes
In case you were bogged down with studying for midterms and missed last night’s Engineering Student Council meeting, don’t worry. Eitan Neugut brings you the highlights.
What They’ve Done
- Fountain of Life: ESC president Siddhant Bhatt, SEAS ’14, met with Scott Wright, vice president of campus services, who agreed to install water fountains in all the residence halls.
- On Call: Laundry machines will have the phone number of the RA on duty to help students in case they are broken. Also, Carleton Arms, the residence hall for 3-2 students, cannot have WiFi installed in all the rooms because of infrastructural wiring problems. The administration is looking into at least installing Wi-Fi in some common areas.
- Let Me In: Bhatt and University Senator Akshay Shah, SEAS ’14, met with representatives from the Law and Business Schools student councils to discuss undergraduate students using the law library and Uris Library during midterm and finals seasons. They are currently analyzing data from ID card swipes at the libraries. Bhatt noted that the law library may be restricted from opening to all students because of bar association laws. However, Uris is generally underutilized during the evenings, and Bhatt said he hopes to get undergrads access to Uris past 6pm.
- Honor Code: ESC is meeting with Engineering Graduate Student Council and administrators in preparation for drafting an honor code. Also, ESC members will use the MIT, Caltech, Cornell, Princeton, and Harvard honor codes as examples and meet with student council representatives from those colleges as well. Tanya Shah, SEAS ’14 and vice president of policy, hopes to draft and put the honor code to an ESC vote in late November.
- 150th Anniversary: The anniversary subcommittee is creating a shortlist of about five student gifts, including a hammer and screwdriver, to be voted on by students in honor of the anniversary.
- Infinity and Beyond: ESC is co-hosting an event with guest speaker NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, SEAS ’84, on Oct. 15. About 20 tickets will be raffled off for undergraduate students according to ESC vice president of student life Rushal Rege, SEAS ’14.
- Homecoming Weekend: Oct. 17 will be Spirit Day, and a Pep Rally will be held on Oct. 18. The student councils will distribute 500 t-shirts to the senior classes across all colleges in addition to scarves for SEAS seniors.
- TEDx: TEDxColumbia Engineering will take place on Oct. 25 in Miller Theatre with a reception at Havana Central from 6:30-8:30pm. ESC hopes to create a two-tier ticket price system according to whether the student is below or above 21 and legally able to consume alcohol at Havana.
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