Archive for May, 2012

Spectrum | May. 25 6:32 pm EST
Easy being green

Columbia’s plan for Manhattanville receives LEED Platinum certification

The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded Columbia’s Manhattanville plan LEED Platinum status—the highest designation that can be awarded under the program.

LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is the standard benchmark used in architecture and structural engineering to identify excellence in sustainable design practices. The Platinum certification comes in LEED’s Neighborhood Development category, a designation that recognizes environmentally friendly design of entire neighborhoods, rather than specific buildings.

From an urban planning perspective, this is a fairly significant milestone, not only for the University: The Manhattanville campus is the first LEED-ND Platinum certification in New York City and for a university campus nationally. More »


Spectrum | May. 19 11:04 am EST

Senior in the Springtime: The final countdown

Amalia Rinehart / Spec

Hello and a very warm welcome to the 16th and final installment of Senior in the Springtime. This week I continued the journey of completing the traditions that remained on my list.

Again, the numbers alongside the tradition reflect their placement in the original list. My three for the week:

33. Go to Midnight Breakfast.

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Sports | May. 18 4:06 pm EST

Lions score postseason baseball awards from Ivy League

A vote from the Ivy League coaches resulted in several postseason awards for Columbia baseball, most notably, Columbia junior outfielder Dario Pizzano receiving Player of the Year.

According to a statement from the Ivy League:

Pizzano was also a unanimous first-team All-Ivy selection at first base. He capped off an impressive season that saw the junior bat .360 (54-of-150) with 37 runs, 16 doubles, four home runs and 36 RBI. He slugged .547, walked 31 times and recorded an on-base percentage of .471. Pizzano tied for the team lead in batting average, hits, at bats, runs and home runs and led Columbia in doubles and RBI. Pizzano leads the League in on-base percentage and ranks tied for first in runs, second in walks, tied for second in hits, third in RBI and doubles, tied for third in batting average and fifth in slugging percentage.

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Spectrum | May. 16 8:18 pm EST

WKCR is fined $10,000

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No, WKCR deejays didn’t drop the f-bomb. And no, Howard Stern hasn’t made any recent special appearances.

As reported earlier today by The New York Times, WKCR, Columbia’s very own radio station, has been fined $10,000 for a lapse in record-keeping.

WKCR’s broadcasting won’t be affected by the fine until at least 2014, when their license to broadcast will end, and will not be renewed unless the fine is paid. More »


Spectrum | May. 16 1:11 am EST
The one eleven

The last one eleven of the semester

It’s late. You’re up. Congrats to all the grads! For the rest of us, at least we have summer vacation. Spectrum will continue to be updated over the summer, but the one elevens are going on hiatus until we return. So today we will skip the news (you’ve got all summer to catch up on that) and get right to the fun stuff.

Watch this awesome video
Goodbye, seniors!

Class of 2012: Class Day Video from Bwog on Vimeo.

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Spectrum | May. 15 7:46 pm EST

Bollinger on Manhattanville, Core endowment, NYPD, and the V-Show

Peter Bohnhof / Spec

Remember that time Spectator talked with University President Lee Bollinger the other week? We spent so much time talking about the rescheduling of GS Class Day that we had a follow-up meeting to talk with him about some other big issues, including funding for Manhattanville, the endowment of the Core Curriculum, spying on Muslim students by the NYPD, and attending the Varsity Show. Highlights below!

  • Although Bollinger speculated a year ago that the cost of the new Business School in Manhattanville would be about $400 million, he said in the interview that that price tag had gone up, as construction estimates often fluctuate as more details of the design are nailed down. The extra funds would not be provided by the University, though, but through additional fundraising. Recently, Leon Cooperman, Business ’67, donated $25 million to the construction.
  • We asked Bollinger if he had seen the Varsity Show this year, or if he wanted to. Although he didn’t make it, he said, “I do think about it actually and I’d like to do it. I mean, for some reason, and this is silly, but I don’t get it on my calendar, or I’m travelling, but I’d like to.” We recounted the plot and he seemed amused, so V119 creative team: get an appointment in the presidential calendar early! More »

Sports | May. 15 2:40 pm EST

Kyle Merber sets all-time collegiate record for an American

File Photo

This Monday night, while competing in the Swarthmore Last Chance Meet, senior Kyle Merber put the icing on his incredible Columbia track and field career. Merber set the all-time collegiate record for an American in the 1,500 meter run with 3:35.59. Read more about Merber’s amazing run, and watch a video after the jump. More »


Spectrum | May. 15 8:20 am EST
Columbia College

Columbia College Class Day begins at 9:30 a.m.

It’s the last of the undergraduate class days this morning, as Columbia College seniors become Columbia College alumni. The procession is due to begin at 9:30 a.m. It’ll be a lot less chaotic than yesterday’s ceremonies, but still a day of high emotions for many.

Rick MacArthur, CC ’78 and the publisher of Harper’s Magazine, will be the speaker. He is a former news editor of Spectator and a member of Spectator’s board of trustees.

We won’t be liveblogging it, but you can watch a webcast of the ceremony here.

Ironically, MacArthur has denounced new social media technologies publicly several times, so naturally we’re going to be tweeting the whole ceremony. Associate news editor Lillian Chen will be on the scene here, and you can follow Spectator’s own feed @CU_Spectator. We will be compiling tweets with the hashtag #CC2012. Follow us here!


Spectrum | May. 15 1:11 am EST
The one eleven

He came, he spoke, he conquered

It’s late. You’re up. Congratulations to all today’s graduates! For the rest of us, we’ll get there someday. At least we have summer vacation. Check out the news, and the obligatory funny video after the jump.

Actual news

The obvious lead: President Obama was here. What else do you need to read about today?

Related: Will women determine the outcome of the 2012 election? More »


Spectrum | May. 14 7:49 pm EST

Shollenberger on renovations, student debt, and peer advisers

Last week, Spectator sat down with Dean of Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger and Dean of Community Development and Multicultural Affairs Terry Martinez for an end-of-semester interview. Some highlights:

  • In with the new: The lounge in Carman Hall will be renovated over the summer, following several rounds of student input on architectural plans. Additionally, construction is getting underway on the three 113th Street brownstones that are being converted to undergraduate housing, following student feedback on furniture and other finishes for the dorms.
  • Helping hand: The Center for Student Advising has hired eight peer advisers—six from Columbia College and two from the School and Engineering and Applied Sciences, rather than four from each school as originally planned. The peer advisers are Jennifer Bai, CC ’13, Elias Boujaoude, CC ’13, Phillip Fletcher, CC ’13, Benjamin Frieling, SEAS ’14, Will Hughes, CC ’13, Steele Sternberg, CC ’13, Amanda Suarez, CC ’14, and Min Yeoh, SEAS ’13.

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