Posts Tagged ‘sga’
The SGA advisory board on housing has released a late-night statement about the housing issue at Barnard, writing that they are working with the administration to resolve the issues.
In the statement, they say while 90% of students awaiting housing assignments have in fact been offered housing, there are still nine students on the Unguaranteed Wait List who have not yet received campus housing. The SGA will also be holding forums on the issue in the coming weeks, so students who were affected will have the opportunity to speak to their representatives.
You can check out the full statement after the jump. You can read Spec’s coverage of the problems here, and of the partial solution (Barnard has found space for all the transfer students awaiting housing) here. More »
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!
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. More »
Time’s up! Barnard’s Student Government Association wrapped up their penultimate meeting of the year in lass than half an hour, a record-setting time for this semester. Emma Goss reports on the mini-meeting:
- Queen bee in the hive: Due to student complaints about the aesthetics of the Altschul lounge, informally known as “The Hive,” the administration refurnished the room with more comfortable furniture, a Nintendo Wii, and other sources of entertainment. The new lounge will be unveiled within the next two weeks. At the unveiling, the administration and SGA’s executive council will face-off in a Wii-bowling competition. SGA members said they are ready to take on Dean Avis Hinkson and President Debora Spar. More »
In light of the recent news that Barnard is preparing to do major campus renovations, Barnard’s Student Government Association is generating ideas for improving how space is utilized. Emma Goss reports on last night’s SGA meeting, where representatives discussed ways to create more study spaces, fun spaces, and green spaces:
- Spacing out: Gail Beltrone, vice president for campus services, was the administrative guest of the evening. Beltrone is involved in the academic space planning project and wanted to hear from SGA about what changes they’d like to see made, particularly to Wollman Library. SGA members asked that Wollman Library be made more aesthetically appealing, suggesting that it could be modeled after the newly revamped Lewis Reading Parlor. More »
Pizza, pastries, and Pepsi: that’s what surrounded Barnard’s Student Government Association as they spoke with three members of the Barnard’s Board of Trustees and Dean Avis Hinkson. Emma Goss reports on ideas for campus renovations and new Barnard traditions:
- Solicitations: Board of Trustees chair Jolyne Caruso-Fitzgerald, BOT campus life committee chair Diana Vagelos, and BOT campus life committee member Binta Brown encouraged students to donate money to increase Barnard’s endowment. They said that the number of donors matters more to them the amount of money donated, adding that donating is a way to stay involved in the Barnard community post-graduation. More »
The candidates for Barnard’s Student Government Association’s upcoming elections have been announced. There are 40 students running, which is a major increase from last year’s 26. Elections will begin tomorrow night at 10 p.m., so take a look at your SGA candidates:
• Junghee Hyun
• Rachel Ferrari
SGA Vice President
• Julia Kennedy
Vice President of Student Activities (VPSA)
• Sarah Steinman
Vice President of Finance (VP Finance)
• Mara Wood
With no administrative or club guests at last night’s Barnard Student Government Association meeting, what did the council do? Emma Goss reports on changes to SGA’s Constitution, SGA’s efforts to improve food labeling at Barnard, and a historic Barnard tradition vying for a comeback:
- FAB food: SGA voted to approve the Food Advisory Board’s “resolution to improve the labeling of food at Barnard College” for the benefit of students with allergies, and for students with medical, religious, or other dietary restrictions. The resolution will be presented to Barnard’s administration.
What’s the best way to get Barnard students excited about coming to a long meeting? Invite the president. At last night’s Student Government Association meeting, the administrative guest was Barnard President Debora Spar, whose presence drew (non-media) student attendees to an SGA meeting for the first time all semester. Emma Goss reports:
- Barnard around the world: Spar spoke about her uplifting experience in India at the Barnard Global Symposium last week (read the News Desk’s story on the symposium here). She said the symposium made her aware of an issue she wants to tackle right away—that women are generally unwilling to take the top position in a company because they don’t want to be responsible for making unpopular decisions. More »
While our nation’s president is gearing up to come to Barnard in May, Barnard’s SGA President Jessica Blank, BC ’12, was away in DC for the AIPAC Policy Conference. Rachel Ferrari, BC ’13 and vice president of SGA, took the reins of the latest SGA Representative Council meeting. Emma Goss reports on the new dining options for Barnard students and good news for Barnard clubs old and new.
Right on the (Ara)Mark: Director of Aramark, Al Sorbera, spoke to SGA but kept his statements off the record. Goldie Juer, a Dining Services representative, gave a run-down on improvements Dining Services and Aramark have made to Hewitt this year, including the addition of smoothies on Mondays and Thursdays at late night. More »