Archive for April, 2012
Sure, this year has had it’s scandals, problems, and controversies, but all in all, looking back in retrospect—wait, if I write this according to the Uwriting rubric, can I submit it as my last essay?
Thesis: This year was pretty damn good.
Stakes: The fate of the universe depends on my opinion? I don’t know. I always get graded down on this part anyways.
Claim 1: There are cool people (in the world) at Columbia, and they’re doing stuff.
Claim 2: Aki Terasaki’s entertaining and highly creative emails.
Supporting evidence: Check your inbox. It’s the one @columbia.edu address that doesn’t get marked as spam and then tossed directly to my trash folder. Sorry Neee-eeeve. More »
Don’t read this unless you’ve seen the show already/aren’t planning to see it at the 2 or 8 p.m. showing today. But you should really go see it. Get tickets here.
The 118th reincarnation of the V-Show portrays the struggle of classics/philosophy major Phineas, played by Sean Walsh, CC ’14, to defend the Core Curriculum against the corporate reform efforts of Columbia Career Education Director Niamh (pronounced “Neeeeev”) O’Brien, played by Rebekah Lowin, CC ’14. O’Brien, in an effort to enhance post-graduation employment rates, institutes the “Corporate Core.”
To humanities geeks like Phineas, the regimen of classes on sleaze and business protocol is intolerable, and he forms a protest coalition under the banner of Alma’s Army.
Thematically, the show does a good job of touching on hot-button issues of the past year such as Occupy Wall Street and the McKinsey report without resorting to the tired 99 percent jokes that killed every Halloween party. More »
Although senior offensive tackle Jeff Adams didn’t get drafted this weekend, he was apparently signed by the Dallas Cowboys on Saturday night.
Based on the strength of his past workouts, which included one for the Jets at their private facility, it was thought possible that Adams could have been a late-round pick.
If Adams had been drafted, he would have been the first to do so in the NFL since Marcellus Wiley, who was selected by the Buffalo Bills in the second round in 1997. Still, getting signed by the Cowboys, even if it wasn’t during the draft?
Not a bad graduation present.
The student councils of Columbia College, Barnard, and SEAS have released a joint statement affirming their support for the graduating seniors of GS, and offering $2,012 (get it?) to help pay for the alternate reception being held for students on the original class day, May 14.
Read the full statement below:
In Support of the Students of the School of General Studies
The Columbia College Student Council, Engineering Student Council, and Student Government Association of Barnard College would like voice our collective support for the students of the School of General Studies. We are disappointed that President Obama’s visit will prevent some graduates, and their friends and families, from attending General Studies Class Day.
As a sign of our support, we offer $2,012 towards the alternate reception on May 14 for those graduates and their families who were not able to change their travel plans, pending further decisions about its funding from the administration. We hope that President Bollinger, as well as Dean Awn, Dean Rodgers, and Dean Limardo, will continue to look for ways to help those affected.
Columbia College Student Council
Engineering Student Council
Student Government Association
Stay tuned for updates!
“Payback” has a singular, expansive mission: address the concept of “debt” in all of its forms.
Through the concept of debt, the film explores and connects the many meanings of payback, which range from repayment of a loan to revenge in a blood feud.
The documentary is directed by Jennifer Baichwal and features several stories, each involving a different kind of debt. Baichwal does not search for conclusions or solutions to debt, but explores debt in all of its intricacy and variety.
Issues of environmental debt are examined through an investigation into the aftermath of BP’s oil spill in the Gulf and the story of a blood feud and longtime land dispute in Albania is particularly interesting.
According to an email from Dean Hinkson, a select number of tickets to Barnard’s 2012 Commencement are being given away in a lottery [insert Hunger Games joke here].
But don’t fret Columbia students– there’s good news ahead! It turns out you don’t even need to win a lottery ticket for the pity party going down from now until Barnard’s commencement!
Dear Barnard Student,
With all the excitement about having President Obama speak at Barnard’s 2012 Commencement, I’d like to offer you the opportunity to put your name in a lottery for a ticket to attend the Ceremony on May 14th. Please complete the survey https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/embeddedform?formkey=dEk2TFBuSTNDNzlSRk1Hck04UWpoM2c6MQ to participate. The Lottery will close on Wednesday May 2nd at 5pm. Winners will be notified via email by Monday May 7th. More »
In honor of Nickelback’s Here and Now Tour kicking off this month, the Eye has prepared a little quiz to distract you from studying real art.
Out of the following 10 quotes, six are from Nickelback songs, and four are from the poetry of T.S. Eliot.
But don’t be fooled—this is a lot harder than you think. Post your scores in the comments.
a. And would it have worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while
b. So I would have had him leave,
So I would have had her stand and grieve
It’s late, you’re up, and you’re thrilled for reading week.
Adoption: This WSJ article details adoption in of children in Ethiopia by American families.
Chen Guangcheng: This Chinese activist, who had a big role in exposing the flaws in China’s family planning laws, has escaped house arrest. Also, the US government may or may not know where he is. More »