Hopefully you all got some hot chocolate and/or apple cider at the Tree Lighting Ceremony, but maybe you were doing work instead in anticipation of Lerner Pub tonight. If you decided to forgo one school tradition to partake in this other event,
doing extra work for 2 points on your final Lerner Pub, or if you’re anticipating another reason to sip out of a large paper cup of wine while working on your overdue thesis go out later tonight, today may be an important anniversary for you.
On this date in 1933 Prohibition ended and a glorious morning in Depression-Era America began. According to sources Prohibition technically ended on Dec. 15, when the 21st Amendment to the U.S. Constitution officially went into effect, but the amendment was ratified 80 years ago today and President Roosevelt issued a proclamation about it and everything, so if it is your wont tonight may be a good night to celebrate responsibly.
Or you could lament how you were unable to get a free mug at the Tree Lighting.
In any case, remember that even though finals are stressful, please take care of yourself! There are resources on the Columbia Health website and Nightline peer listeners are available 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. every night.
Happy last day of Tuesday/Thursday classes! It’s foggy out, but not raining yet, if that was something you were wondering. If you were also wondering about today’s content, here are some headlines to mull over:
Read this: Lots of plays are being produced by student groups this weekend. Here is a look at some of Latenite’s offerings.
Know this: City council members are lobbying to get Citi Bike on the UWS.
Here’s more: Women’s swimming is going to nationals this weekend, after a 3-0-0 record for the season.
Today is the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s assassination, and everyone is talking about it. We at Spectrum would also humbly like to include a look back, as Spectators (italics added for pun and publication) of sorts, to these events.
Because the assassination happened after the November 22nd edition’s production, the first bit of reaction to the assassination is from November 25th, the following Monday. We learn from this issue that classes were canceled by 3 pm on Friday and that the university was closed on Saturday.
It’s late. You’re up. You think you’re hungry? You’re unsure. You may just be thirsty. It happens.
Anyway, you don’t want to work on that essay or a problem set or you’re tired of Thucydides or whoever else you’re seeing, and cooking makes stress go away, right? Like some people are into that?*
Here are some helpful questions that I at least will reflect on before I attempt to make a food happen again:
- What food are you going to cook?
I chose eggs. Then I decided I’d add pasta sauce and some vegetables to it because I thought just having eggs would be boring.
Good morning! Just letting you all know, today is November 21. As opposed to November 23. Which may or may not have been the date the professor of my 8:40 class thought it was. Here are some other bits of news:
Read this: low-income housing issues on 125th are being debated.
Know this: almost doubling its regular players in a year, the women’s ice-hockey team is chipper despite inconvenient practices and low-chances of winning against opponents. Find out why!
Here’s more: if you want to support your peers and their artistic endeavors, check out this fall dance guide and see which shows fit your finals schedule.
It’s late. You’re up. You may have noticed that some things just go together. Peanut butter and jelly. Blueberry Red Bull and finals. Violent government overthrow and tweets about how it’s shaking.
Good morning! Or, rather, sad morning if you’re still reeling from the news that one of Columbia’s silver nuggets, the great scholar Eric Foner, is teaching his famed US Reconstruction course for the last time in spring 2014. According to Bwog, he is not retiring entirely until the 2015-2016 year, and Columbia is in the process of finding another professor for Reconstruction. Still, Foner is a presence who will definitely be missed, so don’t miss the opportunities you have for this year. Here are some other things you should not miss; check these articles out:
Read this: After finishing this season with a 5-16 overall record the Volleyball team looks to regroup for next year.
Know this: There are some issues with the TC-funded afters school program on 126-127, such as a lack of a playground. The previously-free program is also now $900 per child for families that qualify for financial aid. Read the details here.
Here’s more: In the future, a young girl will learn the story of the dismantling of the Columbia football team, in this creative-writing piece in Opinion .
*There may or may not have been a draft of today’s WUC deeming Foner a “silver fox.” It was decided that Professor Foner is, instead, more of an affable grandfather figure who tells really good war stories, and by war he means the student protests in the 1960s. Also the Civil War.
It’s late. You’re up. You may or may not just be getting back from Lerner Pub right now, which I imagine was neat. I might not know, because I am writing this prior to 1:11 but during Lerner Pub and it was very silly of me to put myself in this situation. I was researching articles about the origin of
the two measly days we get off for election day Fall Break, though, so that was pretty neat. Spoiler alert: It has a lot to do with protests. Some interesting findings are below.