Student Union Polity
The Student Union Polity or just Polity was a student government organization umbrella organization relating to student activities. Just in case the name didn't sound weird enough, Polity also had a "Programming Ganglion." It was formed as a result of a shake-up in student activities governance which ended in the dissolution of the Fourth Floor Cabinet, and the CCCSO, and a reduction in the powers of the Board of Managers.
In October 1992, CCSC treasurer Imara Jones proposed eliminating Polity as being redundant with the Joint Budgetary and Calendaring Committee established by CCSC and ESC. Polity had been formed before two important changes in the structure of student life at Columbia occurred in 1979: the re-establishment of a student government at Columbia College after a 17 year hiatus (the Columbia College Student Council), and the institution of a student life fee whose proceeds would be doled out by the newly established CCSC. This ultimately necessitated a re-jiggering of responsibilities and authorities. Ultimately Polity and the JBCC were merged into the Union of Student Organizations in Spring 1993.
- New FBH Reorganizing Plan Considered by Student Unit, Columbia Spectator, 17 February 1976.
- College Activities Centralized, Columbia Spectator, 17 March 1976.
- The Ganglion's All Here; The Polity Throws a Party, Columbia Spectator, 17 September 1976.
- Jones proposes to eliminate Polity, 7 October 1992.