The counselors are helpful for the students when they do not know what to do or where to go for help. Without them, some students will get lost in the swamp of information and may never be able to understand how to cope with and understand all of it.
Student-activities are great for allowing students to get together and do something fun. Those who participate make new friends with whom they can relate. College is a place of discovery and one of the things that need to be discovered are new friendships. A lot of students will not know many (if any) people who are going to school with them. This can make the college experience very lonely and unbearable. In my communications class, we have learned that human contact and connection is important for humans to be able to survive.
The things you mentioned getting rid of are important for helping college students to make it through college and not dread everyday of it. Relationships are important and the small activities provide fun, non-threatening ways to get to know people in ones school.