Archive for June, 2012

Spectrum | Jun. 28 3:47 pm EST

Final vote tally in District 13 primary still unclear

If Rep. Charles Rangel thought he was finished with the toughest re-election campaign of his life on Tuesday night, he may have been mistaken. As results have continued to trickle in, his margin of victory has shrunk significantly, and the possibility of a recount, however remote, has increased.

When the New York Times called the race for Rangel on Tuesday night, the congressman was beating his main challenger for the District 13 seat, State Senator Adriano Espaillat, by about 20 percentage points. Rangel finished the night with a narrower 5.4 percentage point lead, and that lead has since dipped to 2.6 percent, with many votes yet to be counted.

According to unofficial results from The Associated Press, the longtime Harlem Congressman has 16,898 votes to Espaillat’s 15,823 votes—a difference of only 1,075. That tally also doesn’t include 32 of the district’s 506 precincts, or any absentee ballots. More »


The Eye | Jun. 27 5:06 pm EST
MMMMM. Bacon

A dispatch from Bacon Bash 2012, by a bacon convert

Courtesy Wikimedia Commons

So here’s an interesting fact for you: I hate bacon. Or at least, I hated the concept of it until New York’s First Annual Bacon Bash last Saturday. Possibly a lot of it has to do with how I “got to know” bacon. Dairy Queen’s commercials were my first exposure to the sight of it. Wendy’s Baconator was my first smell of it, and American Airlines’ “hot dinners” were my first taste of it. I had no preconditions to like bacon.

Second interesting fact: I’m a bit of a masochist and like to make myself do things I will not like, which is why I signed up to go to the Bacon Bash. Four bacon tastes, one craft beer taste, and free admission. What would I get myself into? More »


Spectrum | Jun. 26 9:20 am EST

All eyes on Rangel as New Yorkers head to the polls today

At Spectator, we’ve been following the race for Congressional District 13 with interest, as incumbent Congressman Charles Rangel faces what has been by all accounts one of the toughest races of his four-decade career. But the battle for the seat representing Harlem, Washington Heights, and part of the Bronx is being closely watched across the city and the country. As there is no Republican candidate in the race, today’s Democratic primary virtually determines the next congressman.

While Rangel is still considered the favorite, he has some formidable challengers, particularly in State Senator Adriano Espaillat, who’s younger and has been very visible in Washington Heights, which he represents in Albany. Espaillat has made no secret of the fact that he would be the first Dominican-American member of the House if elected, an asset that could work to his favor, considering that Hispanics make make up the majority of the voting-age population, at 52.7 percent, in the redrawn district. More »


Spectrum | Jun. 23 2:03 pm EST

General Studies grad Jonathan Krueger dies

Jonathan Krueger, who graduated magna cum laude from the School of General Studies last month, died Wednesday after a battle with cancer. The school’s acting dean of students, Leslie Limardo, notified GS students of his death in an email Friday night.

Krueger started studying at Columbia in the fall of 2008. According to Limardo, he was inducted into the GS Honor Society in 2010 and the GS chapter of Phi Beta Kappa this spring.

A memorial service will be held in the Faculty House, at 64 Morningside Drive, next Saturday from 12-2 p.m.

Students can contact Counseling and Psychological Services at 212-854-2878. Students can also contact the Office of the University Chaplain at 212-854-1493, and the GS dean of students office at 212-854-2881.

You can read Limardo’s full email after the jump. More »


Spectrum | Jun. 23 1:25 pm EST

Suspect arrested in triple homicide case

Police have arrested a suspect in the murder of three men found dead near campus earlier this month, the New York Post reported Saturday.

Roberto Nunez, a convicted felon, was arrested at about 8 a.m. as he entered his brother’s home in the Bronx, according to the Post. An acquaintance had taken Nunez’s gun and sold it to an undercover police officer, and police were able to match it to shell casings found in the victims, leading to the arrest.

The three victims were found fatally shot in a car parked across the street from Columbia’s Knox Hall, on 122nd Street between Broadway and Claremont Avenue. The Post said that all three were marijuana traffickers, and that Nunez might have killed them for robbing rival drug dealers.

Check back for more details as we get them.


Sports | Jun. 22 9:03 am EST
Teaming Up

Two conferences known for brains and athletics team up to study head injuries

Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

A few days ago, the Big Ten Conference and the Ivy League announced that they will be banding together to study the effects of head injuries in sports. This announcement comes nearly a year after the Ivy League reduced the number of contact practices a team could hold during the season, also in an effort to combat head injuries. The move a year ago was unprecedented, and this type of study between potentially all 20 institutions is fairly uncharted waters as well.

But when it comes down to it, the study (or studies? how do you quantify something like this that could involve 20 colleges/universities?) seems to be about the B1G and Ivy schools trying to figure out ways to prevent concussions, and perhaps study their long-term effects.  More »


Spectrum | Jun. 21 6:46 pm EST

See the new J.J.’s Place

If you’re anything like me, Pinkberry and Five Guys just haven’t been cutting it. I miss the crew, the tunes, and of course the food.

Although I can’t bring you any Shamrock shakes, some pictures of the renovation taking place at J.J.’s Place, and even more importantly, renderings of where you’ll be getting all of your curly fries next year popped up on  Columbia University Dining’s Facebook page today.

One of the features people are already raving about is the Jamba Juice smoothie stand.

Courtesy of Columbia University Dining

Check out more photos after the jump! More »


Spectrum | Jun. 20 6:56 pm EST

Ronnie Myers named interim dental school dean

Ronnie Myers

We reported in March that Ira Lamster, who had been dean of the College of Dental Medicine since 2001, would step down at the end of the academic year. A little more than a month after commencement, University President Lee Bollinger has appointed Ronnie Myers, the school’s vice dean for administrative affairs, as interim dean.

Bollinger and Lee Goldman, dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine, announced Myers’ appointment in a University-wide email. According to their email, Myers has been a Columbia professor since 1982 and a dental school administrator since 1991, and he’s also vice chair of the New York State Board of Dentistry. He received his dental doctorate at Columbia and trained here as a pediatric dentist.

See Bollinger and Goldman’s full email after the jump.

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The Shaft | Jun. 20 9:05 am EST

Find out why your housing rate went up

When they weren’t busy approving a permanent dean for Columbia College earlier this month, the board of trustees made at least one decision that directly affects all undergraduates—housing costs for next year are going up. As you probably found out via email, the price of your Columbia dorm increased somewhere between $48 and $62 (or, as the email from housing put it, “approximately $25 to $35 per term”), relative to the estimate you received when you signed your occupancy agreement.

If you run the numbers, that translates to an overall revenue increase of about $299,000 for the University. (Disclaimer: A bunch of estimates went into that calculation, among them that every room is filled and that RAs are paying for housing. Also, it’s pretty much impossible to figure out how many first-years will be living in Hartley, Wallach, and Furnald, and the cost hikes are slightly different for first-years than for upperclassmen. Still, the number is in the right ballpark).

Wondering what the University plans to do with the additional funds? We asked Vice President of Student and Administrative Services Scott Wright, who told us that the increase will help fund an “aggressive project plan” for summer dorm renovations. Check after the jump to find out if your dorm is getting renovated, and to see the new and old costs for every dorm. More »


Sports | Jun. 18 5:50 pm EST

Ivy League football is getting screen time! Oh wait, just kidding, not Columbia

A little over a month ago, the Ivy League and the NBC Sports Network announced that between six and ten Ivy League football games would be televised, including ‘The Game’, the ever-famous matchup between Harvard and Yale.

Well, a few days ago, NBC released its lineup. And Columbia was nowhere to be found. Not only that, but it was the only Ivy to not have a single game televised. Check out a statement from NBC and the lineup after the jump. More »