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Spectrum | May. 15 11:12 am EST
Musical notes

Don’t you worry, String Theory’s back

You remember them as the Coldplay and Maroon 5 playing quartet/quintet, but String Theory has switched things up with a cover of Don’t You Worry Child by Swedish House Mafia. Cellos and house music?

It can be—and is—pulled off, with abundant additions of soulful glances, artsy camera shots, and broad smiles of utter musical absorption.

Check out the video below for a smoothly electrifying cover guaranteed to put a spark in what little brain cells you have left at this point, and don’t forget to listen to their incredible Game of Thrones theme song cover!


Spectrum | May. 2 1:35 pm EST

Women’s water polo heads to Nationals with Def Leppard

Courtesy Robyn Smith

On Thursday, the Columbia women’s water polo team will be Twin Cities-bound to play at the national championships at the University of Minnesota, which is hosting the 2013 Women’s National Collegiate Club Championship.

Water polo club athlete Robyn Smith talked about some unique aspects of the team, as well as its state of mind heading into the major competition.

Does the team have any quirky pre-competition superstitions?

We have a few traditions on our team… dollar beers at Lion Head is a big one! Another one is that before every game, we get our bodies ready with a dynamic warm-up designed by our physical therapist teammate. More »


Spectrum | Apr. 28 2:13 pm EST
CU Fandoms

Meet a Brony

Courtesy of Tumblr

In theory, it started like any other interview for my fandom posts. I set up a meeting at Joe’s to talk to the Columbia University Science Fiction Society President (CUSFS), Andrew Brickman (GS/JTS’13) about his fandom.

But this time everything was different. I have been a member of every fandom I’ve covered thus far, new to Superman but a dedicated follower of Doctor Who and Supernatural.

This was new. Headed into unchartered waters, I was about to interview a brony.

In case you’re confused, bronies are fans of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. That’s right. Grown men and women (who are sometimes also called pegasisters) who love My Little Pony.

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Sports | Apr. 28 11:24 am EST
true grit

An olympic tale of motivation

Courtesy Brooke Azcuy

Nothing has stopped Barnard senior Brooke Azcuy from doing what she loves and pursuing her dreams, despite an ongoing battle with illness stemming from the MRSA outbreak of 2006. Having dealt with meningitis and Lyme Disease, among other conditions, Azcuy now has her eyes set on the Olympics post-graduation.

What was your reaction after finding out you were named to the USA National Team for Modern Pentathlon?

Just before I found out, I had been looking for something exciting and intense to do. With all of the qualifier Modern Pentathlons passed- I began looking into an Ironman to register for and work towards, at the last moment in registering I thought to wait a minute and check my email- and there it was!

My invitation saying I had qualified for and been named to Team USA to compete in the World Cup for Modern Pentathlon! I was totally shocked, I thought I was hallucinating! More »


Sports | Apr. 21 10:07 pm EST
For the win

Gulati now on FIFA executive Committee


Breaking free of Columbia’s notorious reputation for lackluster athletics, everyone’s favorite Principles of Economics lecturer Sunil Gulati, who’s also the president of the United States Soccer Federation, was elected to the FIFA Executive Committee on Friday, after a vote at the CONCACAF (Confederation of North, Central American, and Caribbean Association Football) Congress in Panama.

Gulati defeated Mexican Football Federation president Justino Compean by one vote for the victory. The committee is the decision-making body of FIFA, responsible for tasks like determining final dates and locations of tournaments, and designating delegates to the IFAB (International Football Association Board).

The move from his current position on the CONCACAF Executive Committee to the FIFA Executive Committee will allow Gulati to have greater influence in soccer on the international level. Rather than solely dealing with soccer matters in the North, Central American, and Caribbean region, he will now represent this region on the most powerful board in soccer. More »


Spectrum | Apr. 11 1:11 am EST
One Eleven

What to wear to Bacchanal

It’s late. You’re up.

For a day and a half, I actually let myself think that the nice weather was here to stay. And then it pulled a total Dan Brown on me. I knew the end was coming, but I was hoping against all odds that maybe, this time, I would be proved wrong. The real villain was pretending to be their friend the whole time It got cold again.

So for those of you who just spent all week planning the perfect outfit—crop top/man tank, the shortest shorts short of denim tighty-whities that you can get away with wearing, sandals, suns out, guns out, etc., etc.—you’re probably a little disappointed.

It’s okay. I have you covered. Here’s how to keep warm in the 60-degree, partly-cloudy, invariably-windy-as-fuck weather we’ll be getting Saturday morning.


Bikinis are probably a bad idea. Wear one of these instead. (Personally, I prefer these.) More »


Spectrum | Apr. 7 4:14 pm EST
a supernatural love

Meet a fanfic writer and learn the language of fandoms

Photo by Ro

There are fans and then there are fans. Then there are people like Ro. Ro rises to heights that are just mind-blowingly amazing.

Her fandom? Supernatural. Weapons of choice? Fanfiction*, RPing*, chat-rooming*, and flailing*. Lots and lots of flailing.

Ro has a passion for Supernatural that she described gingerly as “almost like religion,” giving her an “imaginative aspect to life.” Supernatural is a CW show centered around two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, who travel the country fighting demons, ghosts, and other supernatural beings.

Ro flails a lot over the face that the brothers aren’t exactly unattractive but it’s much more than that.  She discovered the show between its first and second seasons and is still watching it in its current eighth.   More »


Spectrum | Apr. 4 11:21 am EST
losing spirit

Where’s the March Madness?

Peppy Prezbo/Spec Victoria Jones

Last year I went to University of Maryland for their big basketball showdown against Duke. For those of you who don’t know, UMD hates Duke.

No matter what happens in the game, there is almost a guarantee of a riot to follow. As I watched the game with my parents, I couldn’t help but be a little jealous of my twin sister, who was having the time of her life cheering in the student section.

As each name on the opposing team was announced, “SUCKS!” and “A$$ HOLE” cheers were not uncommon and the refs were the evil of all evils. The students all got free t-shirts and never sat down.

Now that March Madness is again underway, I am filled with the same jealousy. I wish Columbia had the school spirit that these schools have. Put aside for a moment the fact that our athletics are sub-par and imagine a life where Columbia University was filled with Lion pride.

Columbia life is fun, but imagine how much more fun your college years would be if you had a closet full of Lion swag to wear every weekend for the game! We would have huge heads of Alex Rosenberg, scream at refs, and be on ESPN. There are Division III schools that have more pride than us. More »


Spectrum | Apr. 3 9:41 pm EST

Memorial for Jessica Fingers

We recently lost a member of our community, a CC ’13 student who was on leave. Jessica was a member of the cross country team, and wanted to go into marketing and law.

There will be a memorial service for her on Sat., April 6, in Monticello, New York. Click here to leave memories, or to send flowers to her family.

Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

Support is available from Counseling and Psychological Services (854-2878), the Office of the University Chaplain (854-1493). You should also feel free to contact your RA or CSA adviser. 



Spectrum | Apr. 3 1:36 pm EST
looking for Jobs?

Ashton Kutcher wants to hire you

Steve or Ashton? We can't tell either/Tumblr

That’s right, Ashton Kutcher, better known as that guy who tried to save “Two and a Half Men,” and the Kelso to Mila’s Jackie, is looking for a Columbia English major to “work closely” with him.

Well, an “English major or equivalent,” since apparently an English degree is pretty much just three or more years of writing experience in college.

Thanks to UWriting, CC or LitHum, and stints at one or more of our million campus publications, most of you are probably eligible. Congratulations!

It’s unclear what kind of company this will be exactly, but a “consumer-oriented technology company?” Looks like someone’s been getting pretty into his method acting. Check below the jump for the full email, and don’t forget to send in your résumés! More »