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Spectrum | Apr. 17 1:11 am EST
one eleven

Matzo pizza and The Heights

It’s late. You’re up. Beer is not kosher for Passover but hopefully these links will satisfy any Wednesday withdrawals for anyone suffering from mid-April maudlin.

Flashed spotlight: Adam Wilson, CC ’14

Spectrum: What is the most superb way to take your coffee?

AW: I actually can’t drink caffeine any more, but the best way is to get it for free by flirting with baristas.

Spectrum: What is your ideal Halloween costume?

AW: Dorian Gray, obviously.

Spectrum: What TV show, music video, literary work, or radio commercial would you like to live in?

AW: Right now I’d have to go with the West Wing. I’m pretty sure that’s every liberal Poli Sci major’s dream world.

Spectrum: Hobbes vs Rousseau?

AW: Hobbes, no question. I really can’t get past the whole constantly abandoning his children thing that Rousseau did.

Spectrum: What marketable skill, if any, have you learned here?

AW: Is political intrigue a marketable skill? Our campus’s bureaucracy is the perfect training ground for that.

Heard around the Ivy: Apparently there is a Heights Bar and Grill in Ithaca. According to this review inn the Cornell Sun, though, it does not seem to have any $5 margs, and that is unfortunate indeed.

Adventures in long-form journalism: This Buzzfeed article from a few weeks ago looks at online attacks against doctors and their records.

Actually useful: Need to actually get something written? Have a kitten!

How to food: Matzo pizza, by Martha Stewart.

Quizzes and games: Match your Briggs-Myers personality type to different Disney characters

The end: There’s a video series on the intertubes that imagine alternate endings for different movies—how they should have ended, as it were. Here is the video for “Frozen.”


Spectrum | Apr. 16 6:56 pm EST
winter never ends

Well, it snowed last night

As many of you might have noticed if you were outside, last night was terrible. Even if you were less foolhardy and did not leave your Netflix problem set, this morning you still might have found evidence of last night’s woe as you slipped on your icy trek out of Noco or into Pupin. Or as ice started falling off of Noco around 1 p.m.

Hopefully this was the last wheezy cough of winter, and hopefully everything’s warm and melty now, but after the jump there are some pictures of cars with snow on them as well as other things that are as sad as snow in April, the cruelest of months.

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Spectrum | Apr. 16 9:48 am EST
wake up call

Sexual misconduct townhall, Wawa, and baseball

Illustration by Karl Daum

Good morning! It was snowing last night, in case you missed it. It’s sunny right now, though, but the temperature is somewhere in the 30s or 40s. We are in the middle of an exciting April.

In Columbia news:

  • Twelve first-years were selected for the Presidential Global Fellowship program, which will allow them to intern and study in different countries this summer.
  • Spec interviews the costume designer for an upcoming play, “Passing Strange,” which opens April 24.
  • The baseball team, currently on an eight-game winning streak, will play against St. John’s today at 3:30 p.m.
File Photo

File Photo

Outside the bubble:

  • Today is the celebration for Wawa’s 50th anniversary! There will  be free coffee, in lands touched by the convenience store’s warm bosom. Which apparently reaches only as far as Elizabeth, N.J.
  • As part of a terrorist campaign in northeast Nigeria, 100 to 200 girls were taken at gunpoint from their boarding school yesterday.
  • Almost 2000 flights have been canceled or delayed today due to the inclement weather New Yorkers and others on the east coast are being treated to.

The Town Hall on Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct is also today from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in 309 Havemayer. You can submit questions here or at the town hall itself for the opportunity for administrators to listen to your stories and queries directly.


Spectrum | Apr. 10 1:11 am EST
one eleven

Fungal sex and 40s on 40

It’s late. You’re up. For some students the Bacchanal weekend starts on Wednesday, but for those of you who are not as excited to hit the 40 day mark until graduation, here are these offerings if you want to take a break from Sartre or whoever else you’re seeing:

Heard around the Ivy: Brown researchers have things to say about their studies of fungus sex, because of course.

Hobbes was right: A high school student in Pennsylvania went on a stabbing rampage Wednesday morning wounding, some critically, over 20 people.

Multimedia journalism: NPR put together an in-depth and gorgeous project on the stories of people caught between the fluid border between the United States and Mexico.

Good job, America: via the New York Times: “’For reasons known only to them, Senate Republicans don’t seem to be interested in closing wage gaps for working women,’ Senator Harry Reid of Nevada, the majority leader, said in a floor speech.”

Quizzes/Games: Here’s a neat little personality test.

The End: Crash Course Psychology! DTFBA!


Spectrum | Apr. 9 5:21 pm EST

When Bacchanal and Days on Campus collide


Earlier today Interim Dean of Student Affairs Terry Martinez sent a missive reminding students of the glorious, Western-bestern roots of Bacchanal. Also that students shouldn’t get sloppy and destroy Columbia property like last year, especially if prospective students are going to be hanging around. Because this Days on Campus is different from all other days on campus, because this year it coincides with Bacchanal.

Full letter after the jump.

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Spectrum | Apr. 9 10:55 am EST
wake up call

Baseball vs Rutgers, syllabi vs women, woman vs ketchup

Such nice. Very sun. Forty days until graduation. Wow.

Columbia news:

  • Barnard’s senior fund has determined that after the Athena Statue has been restored, any money leftover will go to financial aid.
  • The newest edition of The Canon is out, and it explores the role of women in academic courses. It is aptly titled “Syllabi Full of Women.”
  • The baseball team heads to New Jersey to play against Rutgers today.

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Outside the bubble:

  • North Korea apparently has drones and the nation apparently wants to use them to freak South Korea out.
  • A woman commits violence against glass ketchup bottles in a diner by chucking them against various other fragile objects, like mirrors and television screens. The incident was captured on video here.



Spectrum | Apr. 3 2:22 am EST
two twenty two

Why zebras have stripes and why Harvard is weird

It's not really 1:11, but we like consistency.

It’s late, and so are we. All that live blogging and free candy at Room Selection today made everything a little hazy. You know, that very specific food coma when you eat too many Reeses in quick succession? Also, senior regroup was easily the most nail-biting event since the “How I Met Your Mother” finale.

 Sciencescience: Researchers have an answer to why zebras have stripes. This bit of news is presumably being read all over.

Heard along the Ivy: In a story published a few years ago that has recently been making the rounds on various media outlets, a staff writer at the Harvard Crimson examines the practice of binding books in human skin. Because Harvard has a few books that are bound in human skin. And this article has a few puns.

Cereality check: An entry on examines the rationale behind  mascot eye contact, or lack thereof, on cereal boxes.

The End: This is a video of cats viewing videos of other cat videos.


Spectrum | Apr. 2 11:05 am EST
wake up call

Critical news regarding sandwiches

Good morning! It’s April, so it’s nice that it’s actually going to not feel like the cold underarm of an ice wight north of the wall (street).

Columbia news:

  • GS held candidate debates for a variety of positions—highlights are here. Voting for ESC, CCSC, and GSSC elections opened today, and it closes on April 5. Click here to get your political efficacy on.
  • The vacant theater on 99th Street and Broadway shall remain vacant, despite hopes to the contrary.
  •  The Lion reports that a resolution to create a sandwich ambassador will be put on a ballot at the end of the semester, proving that activism is delicious and a $10 sandwich is tyranny.

Outside the bubble:

  • Epidemiologists have discovered the true cause of President William Harrison’s death.
  • The American Museum of Natural History is putting together a new special exhibit about FLYING DINOSAURS, running from April 5 until next January.
  • SCOTUS just stuck down limitations on campaign donations.

Spectrum | Mar. 28 4:48 pm EST
archive digging

SEAS at 85

In case you haven’t checked clicked on any of the articles on the main page, there are some great pieces up about SEAS’s 150th anniversary. One of these articles discusses SEAS’s sometimes rocky shoals, such as when it almost shut down in the 1970s.

But in the 1940s the Engineering School was already over 75 years old and at that point going strong, or at least it was robust enough to disregard the dire threat cootie contagions posed, when the school decided to admit women into the program.

Spec did a bit of a retrospective on the school’s history in 1949.

constant progress

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Spectrum | Mar. 27 1:11 am EST

Did you hear about the football “teamsters” at Northwestern?

It’s late. You’re up. Maybe you’re back from senior night. Maybe you thought you were going to senior night but decided against it when the wind made your hair look like a hot mess with no sticky socialization required. Or maybe you thought it wouldn’t be that bad and you went to Insomnia Cookies or something but, to your horror, by the time you dragged your frozen shell of a body back to your room the cookies had lost their just-baked texture and were decidedly cold. Here are some links, curated for your amusement, instead of reading Marx-Engels or whoever else you’re seeing.

Heard around the college circuit: Speaking of the road to communism, football players at Northwestern can now unionize.

Beware of zombies: Did you know Washington Square Park has countless bodies of the indigent, diseased, and nameless just a few feet under your feet? Now you do. Check out how this grave site was transformed into a NYU hangout here.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the world: Students in North Korea now have the freedom to wear the same hair style as Kim Jong-Un, and by freedom they mean it’s mandatory.

Long-form journalism: This was published a while ago, but the editor from The Atlantic sat down with the guy who figured out how to make your Netflix categories so personalized. There are also graphs.

2048: Missing dat matzot? Play a Passover themed game of 2048, or customize your own game.

The End: In case you missed it, earlier this month Professor Eric Foner was on the Daily Show as part of a panel on Lincoln’s role in the Civil War.