This week in GSSC: All kinds of planning
General Studies Student Council correspondent Sarah Linden relays the highlights from the first General Studies Student Council meeting of the year.
What they’ve done
- In their first meeting of the semester, GSSC members voted to pass the 2013-2014 budget. $168,231 comprises the discretionary budget, which will include $64,797.81 for the annual GS Gala, $35,722.37 for student events, and $34,810.82 for the senior class. They voted to allocate $81,135 to Funding at Columbia University (F@CU), which supports student groups.
- The Policy Committee began a peer advising initiative over the summer. Through this program, the committee hopes to better understand students’ concerns and communicate these concerns to the school administration.
- The council voted to allocate money left by the class of 2013 to assemble a flag and flagpole. Students will have the opportunity to vote on flag designs. The School of General Studies is currently the only undergraduate school without a flag.
- The council approved Senior-First Year Luncheon this Thursday, Sept. 12. The committee hopes that seniors and first-years will be able to connect and discuss questions regarding academics and experiences.
What to expect
- The Finance Committee plans to poll GS students to determine the student groups with which GS are most involved. Results will help the committee to allocate funds in order to best benefit the GS student body.
- The Communications Committee is developing a new GSSC website. They plan to include an exportable event calendar in the redesign.
- The Events Committee is making arrangements for future gatherings, including a rooftop party and The General Studies Gala.
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