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In exciting news from CCSC Vice President of Policy, Viv Ramakrishnan (CC ’16), seniors with financial need will be eligible to to receive subsidized Senior Ball tickets. Thanks to contributions from Dean Valentini and Dean Boyce, students with the greatest financial need will be able to receive free tickets, while other students on financial aid will be eligible for half-priced tickets.

A full copy of the announcement can be found below:

Dear Columbia College,

I’m writing with news about an exciting collaboration between Deans Valentini and Boyce, CCSC, ESC and the Senior Week Committee that will ensure this year’s Senior Week is the most financially accessible yet.
Due to the generous financial contributions of Dean Valentini and Dean Boyce, for the first time ever, CC and SEAS students with the highest need will be able to receive a free ticket to the Senior Ball. Several half-price tickets will also be made available due to the size of the deans’ contribution
Moreover, the expanded accessibility to Senior Week will impact every graduating class going forward. The deans intend to financially support subsidization in perpetuity provided that student organizers continue to use the funds responsibly.
For some background, Senior Ball is the formal event during Senior Week that brings together the senior classes from all four undergraduate schools for a final celebration just prior to graduation. However, Senior Ball tickets typically cost between $90-$100, preventing several students from attending altogether. Councils first broached the idea of subsidizing tickets for low-income students with the deans back in the fall, and then the CCSC/ESC policy committees developed a full subsidization proposal this spring. Not only were the deans receptive, they elected to provide enough funding for the best-case scenario in our proposal, a version of which I have appended for those interested. The deans also stressed that student organizers have full autonomy to deploy their contribution towards subsidization as they see fit on a year-to-year basis.
In addition to to Deans Valentini and Boyce, we would like thanks to the Senior Week Committee for working tirelessly to help us develop the proposal and ensuring the logistics are handled. Additionally, Senior Ball venues used in the past had capacities of approximately 1100, meaning not all seniors could attend the event. This year’s Senior Week Committee found a new venue that will be able to hold all seniors who want to attend. Finally, we are deeply grateful to Dean Kromm and the staff of Undergraduate Student Life for handling the application and distribution process for subsidized tickets. This truly could not be done without them.
Ticket Info for Seniors: Earlier today the Senior Week Committee released detailed ticketing info to the senior class. For your convenience, the relevant links are below.
Application for fully-subsidized/free tickets (CC/SEAS seniors only):
Link to the general ticket sales (sales start on 4/8):
Half-price tickets: If you do not qualify for a free ticket but still feel the other options pose too large of a financial burden for you, then please
Viv Ramakrishnan
VP-Policy for CCSC

In an email sent out to students earlier today, CCSC President Ben Makansi outlined new initiatives launching in the next few weeks. As noted in his message to students, starting after break Columbia will now be providing free tampons in the Health Center. Starting now though, students can request five rolls of three-ply toilet paper at the Hartley Hospitality Desk. There are also plans to offer free New York Times digital access to students in the near future thanks to work by the current VP of Finance, Sameer Misha.

The full message can be read below:

1. Free Tampons
Standard and super size tampons will be available for pick-up at Health Services in John Jay, projected to begin after spring break. Over winter break, I had this idea and reached out to women I knew on campus for feedback. Viv then contacted VP for Campus Services Scott Wright, who coordinated a meeting with me, Michael McNeil from Columbia Health and Caroline Park from ESC. Based on feedback and usage, there may be a conversation about putting dispensers elsewhere on campus, as there currently are for contraception.
2. Digital NY Times
This was an effort started by much work from last year’s VP for Finance Michael Li and CCSC President Peter Bailinson, then continued by our VP Finance Sameer Mishra. No more using different browsers, deleting cookies, going incognito and all that. Like tampons, the projected launch date is after spring break but that’s less certain for digital NY Times than it is for tampons, so we’ll keep updating you on that. Students will be able to use their UNIs to get digital access – what exactly that process looks like is another thing we’ll update you on. Funding for this is coming from the student councils and Housing.
3. Toilet Paper Update
Thank you to everyone who got behind our push for thicker toilet paper by signing our roll call. The administration has listened and we are happy to report that Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Triple-Ply toilet paper is now available for pick-up at Hartley Hospitality Desk! Each student may retrieve up to 5 rolls per day.

Lion Guides: Literature Humanities Review

We here at the Lion understand that this is a hectic week for you leading up to Fall Break. Two or three midterms? A couple of papers? We truly feel your struggle. Thus, to take a little load off your shoulders and maybe grant you an extra hour or so of sleep, we took the liberty of compiling various study guides filled with A1 content. Hopefully, this will make your cramming a breeze (like the one Iphigenia was sacrificed for). Good luck: may the odds be ever in your favor.

The Lion team would like to credit Ryan Mandelbaum for putting together this comprehensive review guide.


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The newest season of CU Now! kicks off with Shreyas navigating the marginally hospitable career fair. CU Now, originally launched last semester follows Shreyas Manohar (CC ’18) as he journeys through campus talking with students and staff about a set topic.  Come watch the newest installment of Shreyas on the Street: a CU Now production where Shreyas is on the street…mostly.

Executive Producers: Shreyas Manohar, Ally Horn, Julia Mok, and Daren Napier