Updates

  •  Senate
    • International Student’s Experience on Campus
      • Will be having office hours in Lerner at night during the week (ISSO)
  • 2015 Class Council
    • Yesterday wrapped up apparel sales – will consider, based on demand, separate sales
    • Oktoberfest today
  • 2016 Class Council
    • Launched apparel today. They will be doing a joint event with FeelGoodCu to help sell apparel.
    • Event with consulting club – joint info session
    • Boat Cruise is wrapping up
  • 2017 Class Council
    • Apparel sale is underway
    • Major Discovery Event is on November 21st. They will be in contact with upperclassmen who are in the same majors as first year and sophomore students.
  • 2018 Class Council
    • Lerner Party was switched to an off-campus event at Amsterdam Lounge. Will be a joint council event with ESC and SGA.
  • Finance
    • JCCC: funded CSC’s Night Market. Because there will be a high chance of rain, they will be funding a tent.
    • Capital Investment Fund: keep promoting
    • Alumni giving to student groups: found someone in Alumni development to talk to about that. After talking to people about it at alumni leaders weekend, this should be hopefully moving forward soon.
  • Policy
    • Mental Health Task Force Open Forum
    • Grayson Warrick, Academic Affairs Representative and Nicole Allicock, 2018 Class Representative met with Dean Ytrakis and Dean May about three topics:
      • Course Evaluations: will be sending out an email to students asking what questions they would like to see in the course evaluations
      • Registration: often, first year students don’t get into a lot of the classes that they need for their majors. There currently is no way to quantify the number of these classes that first years aren’t able to register for. They want to survey first years about what classes they need more of.
      • Resources Page: there is a new resources page with academic resources for students that Warrick is working on.
    • Sean Ryan, 2017 Class President, Marc Heinrich, University Senator, and Peter Bailinson, CCSC President met with Dean Henri and Dean Joyce regarding student involvement in the Dean’s Discipline Process
      • Some of the current issues are that there is no student voice, students cannot bring forward evidence to support their case, nor can they have witnesses in the room
      • Student Group Adjudication discussions are underway as well as involving more students in the Dean’s Discipline process. Ryan believes that both discussions need to happen simultaneously.
    • Charles Sanky, Student Services Representative
      • Chris George and Sanky will be meeting with CSA next Monday to see if they can standardize the practice of advisors connecting students with faculty
    • Chris Godshall, Student Services Representative
      • First CUIT advisory committee meeting coming up soon where they will be discussing printing, different email aliases and a Courseworks App
  • President, Peter Bailinson
    • Sanky and Bailinson attended the first Lerner advisory committee meeting this Friday
      • The idea behind the committee is that they will be starting on the ground floor and working their way up (i.e. beginning with Café 212 and going from there)
      • Aesthetic things will also be addressed
      • Definite things that are happening: new Ferris staircase and piano Lounge couches will be changing
    • UEM Advisory Committee meeting will be happening this Friday
  • Communications Committee
    • Has been working on polls throughout the week
    • Has also been continuing to work on Navigate Columbias
  • Campus Life
    • Homecoming
      • Saturday, October 18: screening the away game of the football team in the Piano Lounge
      • Will be doing a photo drawing throughout the week.
      • Barnard will be hosting a Field Day
      • Friday, October 24: Pep Rally on Butler Plaza
      • Game Day: giveaways on the buses
    • Basketball Mania
      • Spacejam theme – called “Slamjam”
    • Ferris Real Co-Sponsorships
      • October 23: Ghostbusters
      • October 26: Charade
      • November 2: Night of the Living Dead
    • Next Bagelpalooza is October 21 in Shapiro

 

Council Dinner with Deans

  • Coming up this Wednesday, October 15
  • Deans will most likely be from Housing, Student Engagement, Dining, OJA, CSA, and CCE
  • Priorities to bring up at the dinner
    • Students sometimes run out of meals and don’t have swipes when they need them. One of the policy priorities is to have a systematic way in which student can exchange swipes with other students.
    • Swipe access for students who live off-campus
    • Discussion on RAs and CAVA
    • Bigger conversation about Deans’ Discipline Process
    • Bringing up College Days
    • Vendor List: getting an idea about how vendors get on the vendor list. Also want to talk about the paperwork that it takes to get a vendor on the list.
    • Student space issues: Valentini at this week’s alumni leaders weekend talked about getting a space for students that was just for hanging out
    • Getting administrators to talk to and work with students who aren’t on council

 

Budget Update and Surplus Discussion

  • Surplus is up for a number of reasons
    • Enrollment in the College is up
    • Money that was allocated to Fall Bacchanal is no longer in use
    • Some of the costs that we had planned for from last year’s budget are no longer needed
  • Surplus:
    • $20,000 that is set aside for co-sponsorship fund and for overdraw of the Securities Fund
  • What do we want to do with the surplus?
    • The key question was whether the surplus should go to class council budgets or to governing boards.
    • It was fairly quickly decided that the money should go to governing boards. At this point, the question of whether this should be allocated now or at next semester’s [email protected]
    • Bailinson reminded council that any decision would be made after conversation with the governing boards.
    • A more detailed description of the debate is as follows:
      • Kareem Caryl, 2015 Class President suggested that we look at the first year budget. Another idea is a subsidy fund for clothing that class councils make so that it can be purchased at a cheaper price.
      • Andrew Ren, VP of Campus Life is more of a fan of giving it back to the governing boards
      • Saaket Pradham, 2016 Class President commented that class councils have a satisfactory budget
      • Godshall brought up the idea that there are a lot of unrecognized student groups that don’t know how to apply for funding. They can apply through JCCC and once more student groups know how to apply, they might need more money.
      • Sejal Singh, VP Policy, said that we should keep in mind that a lot of student groups are struggling to program right now. She proposed that we could hold on to it and give it back to groups next year or we could allocate it now. She was in favor of allocating it now.
      • Sameer Mishra, 2016 Class Representative wanted to clarify whether the money for Fall Bacchanal was taken from class councils
        • Michael Li, VP Finance answered that CCSC reduced Class Councils by 10%, primarily because there are no longer study breaks. The rest was from Columbia Music Festival and Student Project Grants.
      • Caryl said that he agreed with the 10% cut because it made class councils focus more on correct programming.
      • Returning to the question of whether CCSC should give out the money now or at [email protected]?
        • Ryan suggested that we should give it out now
        • Pradham said that he liked the idea of giving it out to students now, but also said that the allocation process takes a long time and worries that if there is an allocation now, it will be done hastily.
        • Li said that a lot of the governing boards are currently going through appeals so this could make the allocation process easier.
        • Ezra Gontownik, 2018 Class President noted the high price of Winter Wonderland tickets from last year and that an increase in the 2018 budget would allow for more subsidizing of tickets
        • Mishra suggested the idea of allowing governing boards and class councils to apply through the same process
        • Marshall Bozeman, 2017 Class Representative asked if there would be a potential danger in governing boards coming to expect a higher allocation
        • Singh said that she thinks that there was a series of pretty unique events which lead us to this huge surplus this year so this will hopefully not be an issue. She also brought up an idea brought up at an Executive Board Meeting of giving this to Senior Week because tickets to those events can be so costly. E-Board disagreed with that idea because it would only affect a quarter of the College’s population and would only benefit the 2015 class rather than other seniors in coming years.
        • Godshall commented that there is something to be said for the fact that student life fees are paid every year with the understanding that they will be used for this year, noting that he is in favor of them being allocated this year.
        • Ren agreed with Godshall’s point that the student life fees should be used now. However, we need to consider that this is an additional burden for the governing boards to do this unexpectedly in the middle of the year. He also commented that if we do this during [email protected], this will become more institutionalized, Bozeman’s fear.
  • Bailinson summarized that there does seem a consensus that this money should be given to governing boards and that it should be allocated this year, not through an outside fund.
    • He also brought up the idea that since the first years have had issues with their fall formal that have been out of their control, they should receive a potion of this money.
    • Godshall suggested that the freshmen class council apply to JCCC because of their issues with the fall party. There was a general consensus that this was a good idea.

 

Rules Committee Discussion presented by Jared Oddesky, University Senator

  • Rules of University Conduct are being reviewed this year. This is the first time that they have been reviewed in decades.
  • In the 1970s, the University developed an independent arbitration process in which the student or faculty member (as the rules apply to everyone in the university) hires a lawyer, and there is an open trial. The other option is that the student prosecuted under a rules violation can go through Dean’s Discipline.
    • The argument against the independent arbitration process is that it can be costly for students. However, it is an open process in which students are allowed to present evidence and have witnesses.
    • Some of the concerns with Dean’s Discipline were discussed earlier in the meeting.
  • Ryan suggested that the point about this is that we want to have a vibrant campus that discusses issues on campus, and if the rules are not formed correctly, this could threaten free speech on campus
  • Godshall suggested that an internal process is inherently more dangerous than an external on.
  • Pradham asked if there were any provisions in the external process to have probono lawyers
    • Singh brought up that some of the new rules in the Sexual Assault Adjudication process are that students can be represented by a probono lawyer, a law school professor or a law student and that something similar is possible for this external process.
  • Odessky also noted that the university, realizing the high costs associated with the external process, changed the rules so that if you go under an external process, your sanctioning options are limited to not guilty, suspension or expulsion
  • Abby Porter, VP Communications brought up a 1992 case in which students were protesting outside of one of the set of doors going into Hamilton Hall. They were only standing outside one of the doors so that students could still enter the building and go to class, but, because they went through the external adjudication process, they were suspended for a year because they were found guilty.
  • Ren noted that it is important for students to get involved in opportunities when they have a chance to speak out about these issues, so everyone should go to the Town Hall on Friday from 4:00-6:00 in Havermeyer 309.
  • Odessky has been on council for four years and to him, this is the most important change in the community since he has been here