This week in SGA: A dramatic conclusion
At the Barnard Student Government Association’s final meeting of the year, SGA representatives unleashed their true colors and graduating seniors got in their last hurrahs. Emma Goss reports on the heated meeting that went into overtime:
- Trouble communicating: Joanne Kwong, Barnard’s vice president of communications, was the administrative guest of the evening. She talked about the role of the communications department in shaping Barnard’s image and her involvement in preparing for President Barack Obama’s commencement address, but she kept all of her statements off the record.
- Extremely loud and incredibly chaotic: The atmosphere of the meeting was far from business as usual. SGA members engaged in debates and disputes, frequently talked over and interrupted each other, held side conversations, and had difficulty reaching agreements when things came to a vote. As a result, the meeting ran 30 minutes overtime. Check after the jump to find out what caused all the commotion.
- ABC, not as easy as 123: The outgoing and incoming presidents of the Activities Board at Columbia requested funding from SGA for the upcoming Funding at Columbia University process. They proposed giving SGA an equal stake in ABC and eliminating the distinction between clubs that are dually recognized by ABC and SGA, allowing those to be recognized by ABC only. In turn, Barnard students would be allowed to serve on the ABC board, and the 110 ABC-recognized clubs would have access to space on Barnard’s campus for meetings and events. A drawback is that Barnard would not have the same jurisdiction that it now has over the 40 dually-recognized clubs.
- Running out of time: SGA members held a lengthy debate on the ABC proposal, with some members frustrated that they didn’t have more time to make a decision. Ultimately, they decided that they needed more time to reach a decision. They hope to do so before the year is out.
- Welcome aboard: SGA spent a large portion of the meeting debating which applicants should be appointed to SGA’s representative council for next year. Votes were cast, and here are the new additions to next year’s representative council:
- Rep for community development: Winn Periyasamy, BC ’13
- Rep for campus policy: Deborah Robertson, BC ’13
- Rep for college relations Rachel Ferrari, BC ’13
- Junior class vice president: Colleen Mulvihill, BC ’14
- Rep for University programming: Sakina Pasha, BC ’13
Correction: An earlier version of this post stated that Colleen Mulvihill was a member of the class of 2013, and has since been updated to reflect that she is a member of the class of 2014. Spectrum regrets the error.
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