Barnard President Debora Spar visited last night's SGA meeting:
- On financial aid: "We want to make sure that the smartest women can come here." That includes investing in faculty and making sure that Barnard is the place that they want to be, as well as investing in teaching and learning spaces on campus. Spar talked about plans for increased classroom space, labs, and libraries.
- "We cannot and will not raise tuition to cover financial aid, though it is the primary revenue source. Half of financial aid is coming from Barnard, half from federal gov. If federal gov cuts student loans, Barnard can’t make the math work. Very few schools can make the math work."
- Spar also talked about Dean Hinkson's new plan for Constellations. She saw the program as a platform to give transfer and visiting students a nice opportunity to be involved in a community besides the transfer community or visiting student community, and Constellations will make it easier for the alumni to become involved in the college as well.
- This year marks the fourth annual global symposium conference, held this year in Mumbai. There will be four panels focusing on women and women’s leadership in the public and private sectors. Plans to incorporate the entire campus in the symposium include an event in which we have the student fellows who are selected to attend the symposium present and talk about their experiences.
- After Spar's presentation was over, Bacchanal president Dan Weinstein asked SGA for $20,000 of funding in ratio with that of the other councils. The council made a motion to give Bacchanal the money under the stipulations that they have an event at Barnard within the next two semesters, have a delegate from SGA on the finance board for Bacchanal (as was the case last year), and that they start the official SGA recognition process.
Update: The SGA motion that required Bacchanal to hold a Barnard event and provide for SGA representation has not yet been accepted by Bacchanal student leaders.