Written by Victoria Chen
Stern’s Cantor Board Room was absolutely packed on November 10th. With lots of uproarious laughter and good company, Stern Student Council’s Third Annual Charlie Brown Thanksgiving was a phenomenal success. This year, StuCo’s programs have attracted many students, allowing students to feel like they belong and are part of the Stern community. But this leaves the rest of us to wonder: besides being glorified event planners, what else is in the works from Stern Student Council?
StuCo has always been a vital part of the Stern community. StuCo is responsible for many of the event highlights of the year, and coordinates with the Office of Student Engagement to improve the quality of the Stern student experience. This year, StuCo has started a few initiatives, such as being more active in the university-wide Senate. Stern is fortunate this year to have quite a few students on Senate leadership, and the goal is to make this level of proactiveness more sustainable, such that Stern continues to have a way to make an impact at a university-wide level. By taking policies from a school-wide level to a university-wide level, it is StuCo’s goal to set an example for other schools to do the same.
Also in the works are new programming ideas and initiatives. With an emphasis on literal “new programming,” Stern is currently collaborating with the Tandon School of Engineering in the hopes of hosting a joint-school, fintech Hackathon. Stern has also partnered with CAS to host a debate series, highlighting key issues such as free speech. These partnerships with other schools highlight another key goal of StuCo this year, which is to shift away from Stern-centric programming and collaborate with other schools to produce more large-scale events that can positively impact the student body.
Even with this new goal in mind, StuCo’s priority is still to address the needs of the Stern student body. With serious issues ranging from Stern grading guidelines to more humorous issues such as two-ply toilet paper, StuCo has specific committees dedicated to focusing on individual issues proposed by students. These committees cover a broad range of topics, including academic affairs and alumni relations. Each committee addresses the related issues, and anyone is welcome to submit additional issues.
Thus, it seems that StuCo does do more than plan events. Through partnering with other schools and continuing to address internal issues that Stern students face, StuCo definitely has much work to do in this upcoming year.