Spectrum | Dec. 21 8:50 am EST

CCSC releases Fall 2013 Report

Photo courtesy of CCSC website

“The goal for CCSC this year was very simple and perhaps a little creepy—to touch people.” This is how Columbia College Student Council President Daphne Chen, CC ’14 and a former Spectator news contributor, starts the council’s Fall 2013 Report.

The 17-page, 124-megabyte report, released yesterday, reminds us what CCSC has done this semester—everything from the honor code rollout to changes to Health Services scheduling procedures to class council events are presented with colorful graphics and plenty of photos of Columbia students smiling and laughing and not being stressed.

There’s also lots of pretty graphs about CCSC’s budgets and an attendance sheet for all of the members.

You can find the report here.

A few things that stuck out to us:

  • CCSC’s fall 2013 budget was $850,194; $118,000 of that was spent on the “Facilities and Securities Fund.”
  • The tree-lighting ceremony cost CCSC $4,266.
  • The class of 2016 had the smallest budget, at just $650. The class of 2014 had the largest, with $10,185.
  • Out of the 33 CCSC members, 15 were absent for at least one meeting.

Of CCSC’s $850,194 fall budget:

What would you do if you had $850,000?

What would you do if you had $850,000?  (And what’s the Facilities & Securities Fund?) Image by Zan Gilani, CC’15.


  • $30,525 (74.2 percent) went to club governing board allocations.
  • $118,000 (13.9 percent) went to a “Facilities and Securities Fund.”
  • $52,645 (6.2 percent) were for “Co-Sponsorships, Miscellaneous, and Undecided.”
  • $39,024 (4.6 percent) was for internal CCSC budgets.
  • $10,000 (1.1 percent) went to the Student Government Office.

List of other CCSC class council events that cost more than the class of 2016’s entire budget ($650):

  • One Lerner Pub ($690-$1,000)
  • 2014’s “Apply for the Degree” event ($1,580)
  • Oktoberfest ($1,312)
  • 2014’s class sweaters ($1,423)
  • 2015’s Winter Formal ($1,119)
  • 2017’s Lit Hum Study Break ($650)

And a few more pie charts for your viewing pleasure:

When life gives you a budget, buy bagels and bubble wrap

When life gives you a budget, buy bagels and bubble wrap


CCSC 2014.1

The richest – the class of 2014


Class of 2015

Class of 2015


The poor class of 2016

The poor class of 2016

The Class of 2017

The class of 2017. This is looking like class disparity.

All financial graphics in this report were created by Zan Gilani, CC ’15.





  1. CC 14 • December 21, 2013 at 10:00 am • Reply

    thanks Christian, this is interesting.

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    • CC 14 • December 21, 2013 at 10:00 am • Reply

      you know, you could ask CCSC what the facilities and security fund is, though.

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      • Anon • December 22, 2013 at 10:17 pm •

        It pays for all the security guards Columbia requires at some events.

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  2. yzeeuqd • December 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm • Reply

    Nice article. I wonder what Ramis Wadood has to say about this.

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    • CC 14 • December 22, 2013 at 11:18 am • Reply

      what does this mean?

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  3. Anon • December 22, 2013 at 10:16 pm • Reply

    $630,525 went to the governing boards. Not $30,525.

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  4. Doge • December 23, 2013 at 3:07 am • Reply

    Very CCSC. What colors. Such cps.

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  5. Doge • December 23, 2013 at 3:11 am • Reply

    Such CCSC. Very colors. What cps.

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  6. Michael Li CCSC 15 • December 24, 2013 at 11:22 am • Reply

    Just to clarify, the numbers for each CCSC year reflect the amount of money that they spent in the fall semester, not their actual “budget”. Speaking for 2015, the $1,802 spend number is less than our budget for the semester, and we chose to underspend in order to allocate the remainder towards spring programming, similar to what other student groups do. And as another commentor noted, the Facilities and Securities Fund is to pay for additional service and security people that Lerner requires for large events held by student groups.

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