It’s late. You’re most likely up, ruminating over the semester’s end that is whirling towards you like the Star Wars opening credits. Here’s some of the best, worst, and weirdest from the cyberverse.
From the art world
Snapchat, meet Picasso: James McKenna makes the most of his daily NYC subway commutes to Snapchat other commuters, and then draw imaginary (and pretty damn imaginative) situations around them. Check him out. And next time you’re poised to send a weird face your unfortunate friend’s way, remember: this is art, and you may not be doing it right.
The semester’s flames are dying down, and the atmosphere is consequently…well, getting a lot colder. So, A few folks from your organization shivering in Low Plaza while selling freshly (?) baked cookies may not cut it over the next few weeks, let alone the first few months of the next semester. As the wind chill gives every passerby that little extra push to blaze by your standard fundraising post without second thought, you may be searching for a pitch that will (warmly) grab and reel in potential donors. Our advice to you: try to engage everyone’s inner child/shopaholic/crazy person, with these ideas.
1. Rent-a-Buddy: We’re not saying you’re lonely. Just that it’s hard sometimes.
Organization members and their volunteers subject themselves to being “reserved” for a specific night. To do what, exactly? Our top suggestions would be for the reserved “buddy” to charge a five-dollar donation for a volunteer to be “reserved” to teach an introductory guitar lesson, go on a sushi date (or just a sushi run?), tutor calculus.. whatever’s best served up!
2. Wars: Of the sort you don’t learn about in international politics.
Who said pillow fights had to be reserved for Primal Scream? Go start your own riot. A small entrance fee won’t deter people from a bit of messy, frustration-venting fun. Laser tag, dodge-ball tournaments, Nerf gun wars… no one said it was too late to unleash your inner six-year-old.
General Studies Student Council correspondent Sarah Linden brings you the latest from last night’s meeting.
What They’ve Done:
- The council unanimously passed the CU Dem’s proposed Petition to Bring Transparency to Campus Assault Policy. The petition aims to increase the information that is shared with the student body about when and what types of sexual assaults occur on and around campus. The petition also aims to protect the identity of individuals involved in assaults. The GSSC added a provision that advocates an increase in the accessibility of resources for victims. This resolution has also been passed by the Columbia College Student and the Engineering Student council.
- After a prolonged discussion over the amount in which they wished to allocate, the council voted to spend $5,000 towards funding a military ball in cooperation with the U.S. Military Veterans of Columbia University. This allocation will limit the council’s budget for the spring semester. The majority of council members, however, agreed that bringing the veteran and GS communities together is an important cause that merits the expenditure. 400 tickets will be available for sale to GS students and military veterans in the university community. More »
New York has always been a destination in my mind. The Destination.
When I was a child, New York was the definition of city to me. Skyscrapers every which way you looked; streets clogged with sneaker-wearing tourists, homeless poets, suits, the stylish, and yellow cabs; restaurants of every flavor and variety available.
A favorite in family folklore was the time when, driving through the city and passing exotic restaurants on every block, I read off the varieties as fast as I could read them: “Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Moroccan, vegetarian…” and my brother immediately retorted, “Oh, Daniela, there’s no such country as ‘Vegetaria.’” (He still feigns embarrassment, but is fully aware of how cute he was.)
My enchantment with New York is inextricably intertwined with my admiration for my mother; New York knew her before I did. My perception of New York is embedded in old New York, the New York of the ’70s I’ve inherited from her memory growing up as the daughter of immigrants in Queens, getting pinched on the subway commuting to Hunter, then matriculating at bold and beautiful Barnard and starting a career in an office where she was the only woman who wasn’t a secretary. More »
Welcome to that time of the semester when you’re not sure what’s declining faster: your productivity levels (blame it on the food after-coma) or the pages in that final paper that actually make sense. Bright side is, there’s a weekend to go, and the weather gods are feeling a little generous. So go out to play before the meteors of test days are upon us. In the spirit of such things, the Editorial Board advocates to replace competition with a little old thing we sometimes forget, compassion.
Read how professors Michelle Smith, Akeel Bilgrami, and Gary Okihiro delivered their ‘Last Lectures’ at an event yesterday, offering practical life advice to the audience, many of whom had not been in their classes.
The Canon questions whether the University should use endowments to make political statements.
The men’s basketball team will face Army today, hoping to move on from its loss to Elon. See the preview here.
Plans for a protected bike lane on Amsterdam Avenue are being considered more closely by Community Board 7, who has asked the Department of Transportation to study potentially redesigning the avenue.
It’s late. You’re up.
I don’t know about you, but finals/term papers make me want to consume all of the m&ms, pizza, and chocolate-covered pretzels in sight. But! Most of us are losing our super-fast adolescent metabolisms, and it’s time to start taking better care of ourselves. So, here’s some easy ways to keep your finals snacking relatively healthy (because, honestly, who can resist a giant pastry from Butler Cafe at 1 A.M.?).
Drink lots of water. I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but this can’t be stressed enough. Even if you’re addicted to Diet Coke, switch a can out every now and then with a bottle of water. If you’re feeling hungry at an odd hour, you’re probably just thirsty. Lots of studies point towards dehydration slowing down your brain and making you tired. The list goes on and on.
Replace pretzel sticks with carrot and/or celery sticks. Delicious, nutritious, and still wonderfully crunchy. Dip in hummus for added protein and yumminess. Slightly unrelated, but here’s an adorable video of baby bunnies promoting healthy eating:
Curious about your new Director of Technology? Want to get your hands on a pair of SEAS earmuffs? Engineering Student Council correspondent Lillian Chen brings you updates from ESC’s last meeting of 2013.
What They’ve Done:
- Tech Tycoon: ESC elected Print@CU creator Sam Aarons, SEAS ’14, as its new director of technology. “I think of myself as the guy who gets stuff done,” Aarons said. “Any crazy project that you guys can imagine, I can pull it out in a week or two.” He said one project he wants to work on is interfacing with CUIT to create a global print queue, which would allow students to print to a global printer and have their documents available at any printer, instead of a specific printer. Aarons also said he wants to give back to the school and solve any problems Columbia students have. “The precalendaring system I’ve heard is awful, I don’t know if that’s been fixed … I can fix that,” he said.
- Operation Columbia Cares: Representatives from Columbia Milvets presented to ESC about Operation Columbia Cares, a project they’re working on to send Valentines Day care packages to soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines overseas that have connections to Columbia veterans or who are Columbia alumni. Milvets Secretary Ben Vickery, GS ’15, said this is an opportunity for the Milvets to “give back to the community we’re from and build our presence at the community we’re now part of.” Vickery said the group hopes to get the entire undergraduate community involved in writing notes and helping top ack the care packages. The event is currently scheduled for February 12, and Vickery said the Milvets will provide all the actual materials for the care packages.
Orgo night is notorious for creating controversial and particularly offensive posters. Are this semester’s posters more PC? Well, kind of, actually. Administrators and football team fans might be pretty disgruntled, but CUMB has refrained from offending mass amounts of people. You go, CUMB!
Here are the posters, listed from most offensive to least offensive. First up are some jabs at our winless football program, pointing fingers at administrators like Coach Murphy and PrezBo himself.
- SGA announced its new VP of Communications, Emily Klein, BC ’15. Klein, who transferred to Barnard this year, has had experience in communications and peer leadership, and she said she’s looking forward to serving SGA and helping with communication needs.
- Claudia Flores, BC ’15 and SGA’s representative for student services, proposed converting Altschul Atrium into a smoothie bar and to-go food shop as an alternative to Liz’s place. Smoothies could include creations such as the “DSpar” or the “Millie,” and the space would include a smoothie stand and high tables. The purpose, Flores said, is to create another hang-out space for students as well as alleviate heavy traffic at the Diana Café and Liz’s Place, as well as provide healthy breakfast options and alternatives to coffee.
- Lauren Malotra-Gaudet, BC ’15, presented a proposal for a new Queer Student Union. The space would serve as a resource center and community space for queer students and allies, and it would require swipe access. Malotra-Gaudet proposed a partnership with Barnard’s zine library as well as a lending library. The space, which would be Barnard-specific, would provide an alternative to the existing Stephen Donaldson Lounge, which is in the basement of Furnald. More »
It seems as though every semester during finals, some kind of scandal breaks out. Last semester we had hate crimes and LitHum cheating. A few years back, a political science professor was charged with incest of his daughter. And let’s not even get started with Operation Ivy League. So, what’s in store for us this time? Spectrum came up with a few possibilities…
1. PrezBo fires Daphne Chen. Students break out torches and pitchforks for a proper riot.
2. Housing accidentally shuts off the heat in all of the dorms and we literally have to live in Butler (well, unless you live in the Shaft). We call dibs on one of those cozy alcoves in the Catalog Room. More »