Archive for April, 2012

The Eye | Apr. 30 11:20 pm EST

Slideshow: The Shins and St. Lucia play Terminal 5

As a part of their North American tour, The Shins are playing at Terminal 5 from April 29 through May 1. They kicked off their stop in New York with last night’s show, where the opener, St. Lucia, set the contrast between the two bands with their bouncy, pop-rock beats. They warmed the crowd for The Shins, whose vibrant keyboard melodies and seemingly gravitating vocals tore the crowd to woots and cheers. Opening with their classic hits, “Caring is Creepy”(which was featured in the movie “Garden State”) and “Kissing the Lipless,” they advanced onto their newest hits off of their first album in five years, “Port of Morrow.” While James Mercer is the only original member since the band’s inception in 1996, the 5-member lineup makes clear that they’re continuing the tradition of A-grade pop-rock and electronica.

All photos by Nino Rekhviashvili. Thanks to Perri Cohen at Nasty Little Man.

Created with flickr slideshow.


Sports | Apr. 30 9:52 pm EST
Three Quick Thoughts

Lions finish the season by thrashing Penn’s pitching

Zara Castany / Spec

The Lions closed out their season with a bang, taking three out of four games from the Penn Quakers to finish with a 21-24 overall record and a 12-8 record in Ivy play. Despite having the fourth-best record of all eight Ivy teams, the Lions finished in third place in the Lou Gehrig division, behind Cornell and Princeton.

It was a good season for the Lions, overall, as they finished with 20-plus wins for the third time in the last five seasons. Of course, the team would have preferred to be playing next weekend in the Ivy League Championship Series, but with so few Ivy contests, each one is so important to determining the eventual division winners. So with that, let’s take a look back on this past weekend with the final “three quick thoughts” of the season. More »


Spectrum | Apr. 30 8:03 pm EST

Countdown to Orgo Night

It’s that time of year again! When you’re knee-deep in a pile of reading later this week, you’ll want to take a break to check out this year’s Orgo Night. If you’re already in Butler, you won’t have to look very hard—Orgo Night will take place this Thursday, May 3rd, at 11:59 p.m. in Butler 209. Space fills up really fast so if you’re aiming for a good spot to hear the jokes, plan on getting there about a half hour early.

If you already know you can’t make it out of your cave this Thursday, never fear: Spectrum will be liveblogging the event right here!

In the meantime, check out the marching band’s first teaser video, “Cumbshots.”


Spectrum | Apr. 30 6:43 pm EST
Varsity Show

Breaking: Niamh O’Brien can take a joke

Our favorite CCE director apparently  doesn’t mind being the target of a little good-humored fun. After being lampooned in this weekend’s Varsity Show, this email popped up in our inboxes today.

Did you see the Varsity Show?

What an incredible display of the talent and creativity that makes the Columbia community such a pleasure to be a part of! Congratulations to the entire cast and crew, especially Rebekah Lowin, for her flawless performance as the show’s protagonist!

Regarding the show’s story of the struggle many students face when it comes to choosing a career path: We’ve all been there and we’re here to help you uncover your passions and get to a place where you can fulfill them. Do some digging and you’ll find a very broad range of opportunities to do what you love!

Enjoy the last day of classes and good luck with final exams. And, to the students involved the 118th Annual Varsity Show, thank you for making our Friday night so witty and fun!

Neeeeeev and the rest of CCE



Spectrum | Apr. 30 3:52 pm EST
Another lottery

CC, SEAS, and GS graduating seniors can enter a lottery for BC Commencement tickets

Dean of Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger and GS Dean of Students Scott Halvorson emailed the graduating classes of General Studies, Columbia College, and Columbia Engineering with an opportunity to enter a lottery for a ticket to Barnard’s Commencement.

There is no threat of expulsion. See the full email after the jump. More »


The Eye | Apr. 30 1:50 pm EST
office concerts

Office Concerts, Episode 3: Jeffers Win

There are a lot of insanely talented musicians at Columbia, and not nearly enough opportunities to hear them. The Eye decided to invite a few of them to play little concerts in the Spectator office. (We were more than a little inspired by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts series.)

In our last installment last spring (The Eye has been busy), we hosted Jake Snider of the Jake Snider band, and this time we were lucky to get Jeffers Win.

Made up of Stephan Adamów, Cam Johnson, Henry Murphy, PJ Sauerteig, and Erika Thompson, Jeffers Win has been gaining a bit of a following around campus since they put a two-song EP up on BandCamp. Their next show will be at Live at Lerner’s Finals Study Break on May 2 at noon.

After the jump: More info about the Live at Lerner gig. More »


Spectrum | Apr. 30 11:14 am EST

What’s on Lee Bollinger’s mind?

Spec File Photo

On Friday, Spectator sat down with University President Lee Bollinger. You’ve heard what he had to say about GS Class Day; here are some more highlights from the interview:

  • Faculty members at the School of Engineering and Applied Science have expressed extreme dissatisfaction with SEAS Dean Feniosky Peña-Mora, continuing to call for his resignation despite the development of structural changes intended to alleviate their concerns. Bollinger acknowledged the problems, saying, “I know there are controversies, and we’ve been talking to Feni, and we’ve been talking to chairs and faculty and alumni.”
  • Bollinger told Spectator last semester that it was possible Columbia would reverse its no-loan financial aid policy, as was suggested in McKinsey and Company’s report on the Arts and Sciences last summer. But now, Bollinger said, a reversal of this policy is “not being actively considered.” More »

Spectrum | Apr. 30 9:34 am EST
wake-up call

You should really go to class today

skinnylawyer / flickr

Rise and shine, Columbia! It may look like just another Monday on the surface, but today’s officially the last day of classes for the semester. Soak up those “last-class-before-finals” vibes before you get sucked into reading week. Here’s what’s the latest and greatest in the Spectator today.

Read This: The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences is seeking University Senate approval for a new interdisciplinary master’s program. [News]

Sarah Ngu opens up about her experience as an anonymous Nightline peer counselor. [Opinion]

Know This: This academic year saw 47 students and alumni take home prestigious fellowships. Check out a full list here. [News]

Here’s More: Men’s golf took third in this year’s Ivy Championship, just a few strokes short of victors Dartmouth and Penn. [Sports]

Weather: Look forward to a sunny day with a high of 61 degrees!


Spectrum | Apr. 30 1:11 am EST

If God spoke, he would sound like Yoda. Unless he’s angry, then he’d sound like Jeff Bridges

It’s late. You’re up. One day more, and then it’s officially reading week. Oh well, at least puppies are coming back to campus. And to further your procrastination, check out this Tumblr featuring cats where they do not belong after the jump. But first:

Actual News:

Other Ivies Exist: But sometimes their vice deans’ degrees don’t. Doug Lynch resigned recently after officials found out that he doesn’t actually have the PhD from Columbia that he claimed he had. And we complained about Pena-Mora’s lack of credentials.

New Crisis in Sudan: Apparently Sudan has declared a state of emergency after weeks of border clashes with South Sudan.

A math formula caused the financial crisis: Something called the Black-Scholes equation, which changed the way the financial world worked may have led to its downfall. Yeah, nice try, Goldman Sachs. More »


Spectrum | Apr. 29 10:44 pm EST

The puppies are returning!


That’s right, the wildly successful study breaks with puppies will be coming back to John Jay and Furnald Lounges next Sunday from 1:00-4:00.

Organizers are promising more dogs, more drinks (Iced tea and lemonade, with umbrellas so you can make your own Arnold Palmers), and more crafts, along with Stress busters!

The breeds of the dogs that will be there will include: Standard Poodle, Boxer, Pug, Husky/Mix, Brussels Griffon, Chocolate Lab, Norwich Terrier, Husky and Toy Poodles.