This week in SGA: Hear our pleas
The Barnard Student Government Association’s meeting on Monday was “refreshingly productive,” as SGA member Rachel Ferrari, BC ’13, put it. Emma Goss reports on three of the issues SGA discussed on Monday—the impending closure of Barnard’s swimming pool, student outrage over Barnard’s new fliering policy, and the college’s lack of administrative transparency:
- All hands on deck: SGA is supporting a student campaign to save the Barnard pool, which is set to close in May 2013. Several representatives said that the administration has inaccurate data on the number of students who use the pool, something they hope is corrected. SGA members also acknowledged that it is expensive for Barnard to maintain the pool, but several representatives said they want the administration to make its reasons for closing the pool public.
- Posting policy panic: Last week, Barnard Residential Life and Housing notified students that all fliers must now be stamped and approved by Barnard Student Life before being posted, and that fliers are now prohibited from elevators. Students on both sides of Broadway took issue with this new policy, particularly clubs that are dually recognized at Barnard and Columbia. Mica Spicka, BC ’13 and SGA’s senior representative to the board of trustees, and Sakina Rasha, BC ’13 and SGA’s representative for university programming, said that the new policy seems pointless and unenforceable. SGA is considering collecting student feedback on the new policy, and representatives also discussed using the electronic screens around campus for fliering or creating a fliering website.
- Poised for action: SGA members spent a good deal of time discussing ways to improve the administration’s transparency in making policy decisions. Representatives argued that students should be more involved in discussions regarding space planning, citing the closure of the Barnard pool and the planned renovation of Wollman Library as two instances where student input would be valuable. SGA members also expressed frustration that the Diana Center was built without significant student input, saying that it feels more like a hushed library than a student center and that they want to make it more spirited, crowded, and vibrant.
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