Archive for July, 2010

Spectrum | Jul. 30 4:07 pm EST

Bollinger shares thoughts on NY Fed

Courtesy Columbia University

You probably read last week that our own Lee Bollinger was named chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York for next year. Spec news editor Alix Pianin had the chance to chat briefly with him about the appointment, which Bollinger says comes at a “time of transition” for an “evolving” organization.


Spectrum | Jul. 30 1:23 pm EST

Reporting from D.C.: Rangel taking heat

On Thursday, Representative Charles B. Rangel faced several violations brought forth by a House ethics committee. Rangel is still running for reelection this fall, though he stepped down (temporarily, he said) from his chairmanship of the House Ways and Means Committee in March. Spec news deputy Kim Kirschenbaum was in Washington reporting, and has the full story here.


Spectrum | Jul. 28 5:05 pm EST
lies, damn lies, etc.

New statistics show it really is that hard to get into college

Courtesy of the University of Texas at Tyler

Oh, students admitted to Columbia for the upcoming academic year. You few! You happy few! You 9 percent of the 26,178 who applied! Although, according to the New York Times’ 2010 Admissions Tally, only 58 percent of you enrolled. The data ran on “The Choice Blog,” under the subheading “Demystifying College Admissions and Aid.” Further demystification after the jump. More »


Spectrum | Jul. 27 12:45 pm EST

Newt Gingrich would be cool with a Muslim community center near Columbia—just not Ground Zero

Thanks for bringing us into this debate, Newt!


The Shaft | Jul. 21 8:45 pm EST

Return of The Shaft: Summer Edition

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

It’s been a long three months since the last Shaft entry, but a question in the comments of that very post has prompted an investigation into the infamous Summer Waitlist. More »


Sports | Jul. 21 9:00 am EST
going pro

Harvard’s Lin to sign with Warriors

Courtesy Harvard Crimson

Recent Harvard graduate Jeremy Lin is expected to sign a two-year deal with the Golden State Warriors, according to ESPN, making him the first Ivy League player in the NBA since 2002. Lin wasn’t picked in the draft, but he impressed during his time on the Dallas Mavericks’ summer league team, even going toe-to-toe with No. 1 overall pick John Wall. Lin hasn’t been the only Ivy player featured in this year’s summer league, though. More »


Spectrum | Jul. 19 10:57 am EST

Prezbo named chair of New York Fed’s board of directors

This is a promotion for President Bollinger, who’s been a deputy chairman since last August.


Spectrum | Jul. 19 10:23 am EST

Barnard seeks Next Top Model for its revamped website

Barnard College

Barnard, in the hopes of earning the coveted “Best Dressed Women’s College” title, is searching for its own next top model to become the face for the new Barnard website.

In a secretive, yet oddly specific email sent to Barnard students on Friday, the Residential Life & Housing Committee at Barnard announced a photo shoot to occur later this week. The email, which tells interested models what to bring and wear and stuff, has very precise instructions! (Thinking about wearing pastels? Think again.) They even ask students to bring men along to the photo shoot so that they may “show that aspect of campus life.” Full email after the jump. More »


Spectrum | Jul. 17 2:26 pm EST
shit going down

FDA investigates brain researchers at Columbia


There’s a big front-page story in today’s New York Times about a series of investigations conducted by the Food and Drugs Administration into potentially illegal research being conducted on “patients with disorders like schizophrenia and severe depression,” among others. According to the article, doctors injected patients with radioactive chemicals that contained dangerous levels of impurities. (The radioactive chemicals themselves are not dangerous, the article said.) More »


Meta | Jul. 16 4:13 pm EST
Write on

Apply to be a Spectator Opinion columnist

courtesy of the University of Alabama

Got the right stuff? No? How about the write stuff? If so, apply to be a Spectator Opinion columnist for fall 2010. Columnists write 700 to 800 words on a topic of their choosing (politics, pop culture, minutia, etc.) once every other week. They also blog on this very site about Columbia culture and the campus climate (and sometimes sandwiches). (Can you blog and not write columns? Yes! Write columns and not blog? Yes!)

Intrigued? Simply click here, good readers-turned-writers, to apply (by 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 1).

We look forward to reading your applications!