This Week in SGA: funding and professor bonding
Barnard Student Government Association correspondent Emma Goss brings you the highlights from Monday night’s Barnard SGA representative council meeting.
What They’ve Done:
- Julie Tauber, BC ’15 and VP for finance, presented the recommendations from the Joint Council Co-sponsorships Committee to fund two student groups. The representatives voted to approve funding for Ivy Council, a student group that requested a total of $1,000 from all four student councils to finance their transportation costs to Brown University for an Ivy Council leadership conference. No Barnard students will be attending the conference, so the SGA representatives agreed to help fund the group, but stipulated that the Ivy Council must present a report about the conference at an SGA representative council meeting and advertise their group on Barnard’s campus.
- The representatives also voted to approve funding for the Columbia Democrats’ mayoral race viewing parties in the Lerner Piano Lounge on Oct. 27 and 29. The $196 request will go toward providing refreshments at the two events. Additionally, to maintain their bipartisanship, SGA is asking that the Columbia Democrats advertise their viewing parties to the Columbia University College Republicans.
What To Expect:
- During SGA’s Desserts After Dark food delivery last Wednesday night, the representatives collected feedback from students about what SGA should focus on this year. At the representative council meeting, several representatives shared the comments they received from the students to whom they delivered dessert. Some of the most common suggestions were for more inter-college events with Columbia’s four undergraduate schools, amending the guest limit policy introduced earlier this year, and extending the hours and adding healthier food options at Hewitt dining hall. Other students said they wanted swipe access to Columbia housing, access to Flex points, more student art on campus, more events focused on public sector careers, and student involvement in the curriculum review.
- The Student Academic Advisory Committee is holding a “Bond with a Professor” event on Oct. 29, inviting five Barnard students who RSVP to spend an hour chatting with Professor Vandenburg in the English department. The event is from 1:00-2:00 p.m. at the second floor Diana Cafe, and pizza will be provided.
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