There’s always more housing news
Wondering what those new rooms in the 113th Street convent will look like? Curious about how Columbia’s administration works? Ben Gittelson reports from Columbia College Student Council’s penultimate meeting of the academic year:
- Assessing the advisers: A team of advisers from the Center for Student Advising presented the results of their two-and-a-half year review process. Check out the full story here.
- Valuable real estate: Dean of Community Development and Multicultural Affairs Terry Martinez presented the floor plans for the new brownstone housing on 113th Street. The brownstone will include a multipurpose room, a bike room, and a work room, among other common spaces.
- Martinez said that she’d like to see the brownstones’ residents have a common meal in the multipurpose room every week. “What are the important things for you to have in that space?” Martinez said. “My understanding so far is a place for folks to gather and have common meals, a place for people to hang out and do some studying. Those are the things that keep resonating over and over.” She added that she’ll spend time sitting on the Lerner ramps to solicit input from students and will post the floor plans outside of her office.
- The black box: CCSC President-elect Karishma Habbu, CC ’13, made a presentation about Columbia’s governance structures, much of which focused on the role of Executive Vice President for Arts and Sciences Nicholas Dirks. Habbu said administrators are ultimately well intentioned but that there is “undeniably a huge gap in communication between the administration and faculty and students.”
- #HousingProblems: The council passed two housing resolutions—one proposing to move the housing lottery for seniors in the 3-2 engineering program to the fall, another expressing support for a housing policy that would require rising sophomores to form even-numbered groups in Suite Selection.
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