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The student councils of Columbia College, Barnard, and SEAS have released a joint statement affirming their support for the graduating seniors of GS, and offering $2,012 (get it?) to help pay for the alternate reception being held for students on the original class day, May 14.
Read the full statement below:
In Support of the Students of the School of General Studies
The Columbia College Student Council, Engineering Student Council, and Student Government Association of Barnard College would like voice our collective support for the students of the School of General Studies. We are disappointed that President Obama’s visit will prevent some graduates, and their friends and families, from attending General Studies Class Day.
As a sign of our support, we offer $2,012 towards the alternate reception on May 14 for those graduates and their families who were not able to change their travel plans, pending further decisions about its funding from the administration. We hope that President Bollinger, as well as Dean Awn, Dean Rodgers, and Dean Limardo, will continue to look for ways to help those affected.
Columbia College Student Council
Engineering Student Council
Student Government Association
Stay tuned for updates!
Update 9:59 p.m.: The Couch Exchange is live.
Update 5:23 p.m.: The site is currently “under construction.”
Through petitions and statements by their student councils, all of Columbia’s undergraduate schools have expressed disappointment with the University’s handling of GS Class Day. But SEAS, it seems, wasn’t content to stop at mere words. Instead, ESC has come up with a nifty “Couch Exchange” website.
The program, created by SEAS seniors Mailing Wu and James Huang, is a modification of ESC’s Commencement Ticket Exchange website and allows students to offer up a couch (or other sleeping area) for GS families to stay during GS Class Day. According to the site’s FAQ, the project is “an effort to alleviate housing issues some GS students may have for their guests.”
Anyone — from any school — can offer up a couch. GS students can go to the site to find a place for their loved ones to spend the night. So if you want to help, or if you’re a GSer with guests who could use a couch, check out the website and sign up!
UPDATE: In other (related) news, incoming GSSC president Jennifer Wisdom and incoming CCSC president Karishma Habbu have thrown some updates out on Facebook. The gist of these: There is no chance of changing the date of Class Day, but the administration is working on creating an additional reception for seniors on Monday afternoon.
Also, the councils are looking at the possibility of donating to the Travel Fund. Full updates from Wisdom and Habbu after the jump.
It’s late! You’re up! There’s not much actual news today, so we’re just going straight into Columbia news! I don’t know what we’re yelling about!
We’re famous: Today, the GS debacle made it on Channel 1 News. Who knew commencement ceremonies could cause so much drama?
Location, location: At a public hearing of The City Planning Commission, President Bollinger spoke out in favor of the NYU expansion.