Union of Student Organizations
The Union of Student Organizations (USO) was a student organization governing board founded in Spring 1993 through the merger of the Student Union Polity and the Joint Budgetary and Calendaring Committee of the CCSC and ESC. It was treated as a sub-committee of CCSC and ESC.
Within three years the organization was being accused of micro-managing student organization expenditures, generating a profit for itself by seizing unspent group allocations, giving itself disciplinary power over student groups, and operating as a black box with little transparency.
The issues with USO came to a head in spring of 1998, when the entire USO board resigned en masse in protest over the student councils calling the head of USO and threatening him with impeachment. The following fall the Interim Governing Body was established in order to draw up a constitution for a new funding board. Their efforts would culminate with the establishment of the Activities Board at Columbia (ABC) later that semester.