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News | Apr. 29 11:49 am EST
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This week in SGA: Updates from Debora Spar

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Did you miss the Barnard Student Government Association representative council meeting on Monday night? Barnard beat chief Emma Goss brings you the four things you need to know from the final meeting of the semester.

  1. Having Fun Isn’t Hard When You’ve Got a Library Card: Barnard College president Debora Spar spoke to the representatives about plans for the new Teaching and Learning Center, changes to convocation, and efforts to bring more students from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds to Barnard. Spar said administrators “are moving fast and furious” on planning. She added that the College has already raised the bulk of the funds needed to build the building. Plans for the building are still being worked out, and both Barnard and the architecture firm—Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP—are seeking student input through visioning sessions and surveys distributed to people waiting in line at Liz’s Place. Spar noted that a computational science center will be a main part of the building, as part of an effort to increase computer science at Barnard. Spar also said that increasing classroom, library, and study space is a higher priority than finding additional housing for students and housing. “We have enough beds for the number of students we have. Whereas we don’t have enough classroom space for the student we have. So that’s the priority,” Spar said. Spar said that currently most late-night studying and work is done across the street on Columbia’s campus, but she wants the new building to allow students the ease of staying on Barnard’s campus.
  2. Happy Birthday, Barnard! Spar also said that plans for Barnard’s 125th anniversary are in progress, including a large-scale founder’s day celebration and a restructured convocation. Instead of being exclusively for incoming first-years, next year’s convocation will bring all current students to a kind of “coming home,” event, Spar said. She also noted that they are running the numbers for the class of 2018 yield, and anticipated to be large. More »
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News | Apr. 22 11:03 am EST
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This week in SGA: All about student health

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Did you miss the Barnard Student Government Association representative council meeting on Monday night? Barnard beat chief Emma Goss brings you the four things you need to know:

  1. Health care reform: With its new online appointment-scheduler that launched earlier this semester, Barnard’s Primary Care Health Services offers students specific types of appointments to be booked in advance from a dropdown menu of options online. Mary Joan Murphy, the executive director of student health and wellness programs and one of the administrative guests in attendance at the meeting, said the next step for PCHS is to form a team of in-clinic medical practitioners who can insert intrauterine devices at PCHS, instead of having to refer students to off-campus practitioners. Murphy hopes that this will be possible by the fall semester, and is a result of the Affordable Care Act’s provision insuring contraceptives.

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News | Apr. 21 5:39 pm EST
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SGA election results

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After almost a week of voting, the results for this year’s Student Government Association elections are in. Julia Qian, BC ’15, was elected president. Four positions weren’t filled, and applications for those positions are due on Friday. Check out the rest of the results—including class councils, representatives, and junior representative to the Board of Trustees—after the jump and a story from the news desk later tonight.

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News | Apr. 14 12:24 pm EST
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Update from Elections Commission regarding SGA elections

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According to an email from the Elections Commission, SGA voting has been “experiencing glitches and constitutional changes,” and therefore, in the spirit of fairness, all votes cast today have been nullified. Voting will start again tomorrow at 9 a.m. For any queries, contact sgaelections@barnard.edu.

Read the full email after the jump:

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News | Apr. 9 9:45 pm EST
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SGA candidates announced

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Updated, 10:07 p.m.

The candidates for next year’s Student Government Association executive board and class councils were announced in an email on Wednesday night. Three students—Claudia Flores, Hannah Rosenwein, and Julia Qian—are running for SGA president. There will be a forum to meet the candidates and hear about their platforms tomorrow from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Ella Weed Room in Milbank Hall. Voting begins April 14 and ends on April 15. And, for the first time ever, graduating Barnard seniors will be able to vote. Check back for a full profile of the candidates in Friday’s paper.

Check out the full list of candidates after the jump:

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News | Apr. 8 11:03 am EST
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This week in SGA: Banners and credit unions

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Did you miss the Barnard Student Government Association representative council meeting on Monday night? Barnard beat chief Emma Goss brings you the four things you need to know:

1. Hinkston responds to SJP: SGA President Maddy Popkin, BC ’14, read an email from Barnard College Dean Avis Hinkson, BC ’84, TC ’87, responding to SGA’s statement regarding the removal of the Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine banner in March. Hinkson thanked SGA for their statement and said she is actively working to come up with revised procedures for student groups to display banners on campus, but that Barnard will still no longer allow students to hang banners on Barnard Hall—a point mentioned in the SGA statement. Hinkon asked SGA to collaborate in developing a proposal for possible alternative locations to hang banners and a set of revised guidelines for hanging banners.

2. Continuing the sexual assault policy conversation: Four representatives from the Sexual Assault and Gender-based Misconduct committee spoke to representatives about their plans for continuing to reform sexual assault policy beyond this semester. They said they are working on creating a more user-friendly and easily-navigable website for students to find resources about sexual assault and gender-based misconduct. The committee representatives will also continue to meet weekly with Amy Zavadil, Barnard’s Title IX coordinator and associate dean for equality, to discuss reforms to the sexual assault policy. The committee is holding open hours to seek student input in the Diana Center room 304 on April 10 from 1-2:30pm and on April 23 from 12-1:00pm.

3. Getting credit: A representative from the Lion Credit Union Initiative presented to the association and proposed that SGA formally partner and support LCUI when they start working with administrators, the University Senate, and the National Credit Union Association. The policy committee presented data collected from a survey of 175 Barnard students, revealing that a majority of students both support the creation of a credit union and are interested in joining. LCUI currently has only one Barnard student in its 25-member union, but plans to actively recruit Barnard students in the fall. SGA representatives voted unanimously in favor of supporting LCUI’s proposal, and is the first undergraduate student council to formally support the initiative after CC voters approved it.

4. Spending the surplus: Julie Tauber, BC ’15 and SGA’s VP of finance, presented a summary of the allocations Barnard has approved from its budget this year, which showed that SGA still has over $11,000 of extra funds. The representatives voted in favor of reviewing proposals for ways to spend some of the money.

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News | Apr. 2 9:10 am EST
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SGA releases statement on SJP banner

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Update, 9:24 a.m.

This morning, Barnard’s SGA released their comprehensive assessment of what Barnard’s administration should do about the Students for Justice in Palestine Banner, previously hung at Barnard Hall, and removed by administration. SGA released this statement because SJP came to them for assistance in their initiatives, and SGA had a public Google form about the SJP banner in which more than 180 respondents voiced their opinions.

SGA came up with the following consensus about the banner:

1. Re-hang C-SJP’s banner in an equally prominent and visible space on campus.
2. Allow student banners to hang on Barnard Hall. Bannering on Barnard Hall is an important communications outlet for the student body and a valued tradition that should be allowed to continue.
3. Additionally, for as long as Barnard Hall is not a space for student event advertisement, we strongly support the creation of alternative prominent spaces for student group event advertising on campus.
4. SGA would like to work with the college administration on the creation of a set of community bannering and posting guidelines that will delineate an honor code for student group advertisement on campus.

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News | Apr. 1 12:19 pm EST
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This week in SGA: Answering questions about financial aid

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Did you miss this week’s meeting of Barnard’s Student Government Association? Council correspondent Elizabeth Sedran brings you the top four things you need to know:
  1. Finance: Nanette DiLauro, Barnard’s director of financial aid and Jennifer Fondiller, dean of enrollment management and admissions, came to talk about financial aid for domestic and international students, and answered student questions about language inclusivity on the financial aid and admissions page of the website for students without English-speaking parents.
  2. The conflict continues: SGA analyzed the results of a survey sent to students about what SGA should do in response to the removal of Social Justice for Palestine’s banner from Barnard Hall. Of the 176 students who responded, 64 percent said that they think Barnard Hall should remain open to student banners, and 29 percent said that they felt the banner should be re-hung. SGA voted anonymously about how to respond as a council.
  3. Town hall: Dean Spade, BC ’97, will be attending SGA’s town hall on April 9th.
  4. Barnard Blue too: The Our Blue committee met on Sunday to discuss Our Blue apparel, which will include multiple shades to include both Barnard and Columbia Blue.
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News | Mar. 25 10:50 am EST
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This week in SGA: A discussion on the removal of the SJP banner

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Did you miss the Student Government Assocation on Monday night? Barnard beat chief Emma Goss brings you the five things you need to know:

  1. SJP asks for SGA’s support: Five representatives from Columbia’s Students for Justice in Palestine brought their Israeli Apartheid Week banner that was removed from Barnard Hall two weeks ago before the representative council and presented a proposal asking for SGA’s support in promoting free speech on campus and for a public apology from Barnard’s administration. SGA did not vote on the proposal on Monday.
  2. Moving forward: A pro-Palestine student in attendance suggested that SGA treat the issue as a political, non-religious issue first and foremost. A pro-Israel student also asked how to move forward from this conflict so that everyone feels safe and respected on campus.  And Ashiana Jivraj, BC ’15 and junior representative to the Board of Trustees, recommended that SGA work to find a way for students to remain calm and respectful moving forward. “How do we crest open discussion that allows everyone to have free speech about what they feel about either side of Palestine, Israel, everything that’s going on. How do we keep the emotions aside?” Jivraj asked.

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News | Mar. 10 11:09 pm EST
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This week in SGA: A discussion of the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center

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Did you miss the Barnard Student Government Association representative council meeting on Monday night? Barnard beat chief Emma Goss brings you the four things you need to know:
  1. SGA focused on campus sexual assault reporting and students being aware of their rights and resources regarding sexual misconduct. The representatives heard from Amy Zavadil, Barnard’s associate dean for equity and policy and Barnard’s Title IX coordinator, La’Shawn Rivera, the director of the University’s sexual violence response, and Veronica Green, a senior program coordinator for the Rape Crisis/Anti-Violence Support Center.
  2. Zavadil and Green reiterated that they wanted students to know about resources available to them, and that they’re available as resources to students. 
  3. Rivera said that RC/AVSC is working toward creating a streamlined process for assault survivors/victims who request temporary housing accommodations after an incident on campus. There currently is no central person to manage these requests, and Rivera said she is working on creating an easier process for students in need.
  4. Rivera also said that she has heard from many students about difficulty locating the RC/AVSC and Rosemary Furman Counseling Center. She is also looking into creating a directory and signage to help students find these campus resources.
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