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A few weeks ago we asked you to tell us about all of your favorite spots in Morningside Heights, from bars, to where to hook up, to even the best bathroom. You chimed in with some things we expected– a battle between 1020, Mel’s, and The Abbey for best bar (no Heights?) and some things we didn’t expect– like a movie theater being one of the best places to spot a celebrity.
Now that the nominations are in, it’s time to vote. Pick your Best of Morningside now!
Welcome to finals! Now it’s time to panic and scramble for seats in study spaces. In order to ensure you plan your move to the Columbia libraries, we have compiled a list of open study spaces for students and their hours of operation.
The list below includes the study space hours for the weeks of May 6th and 13th.
- The Diana Center and Lerner Hall will be opened 24 hours
- In order to provide Columbia Engineering students with more study space, effective immediately, the classrooms on the Second, Third and Sixth floors of Mudd will be open and available in the evening and all night during the reading period and exam weeks.
- Engineering Library M-Th: 9am-11pm. F: 9am-6pm. Sat: 11am-6pm. Sun: 11am-10pm.
- Butler Library Open 24 hours.
- Science & Engineering Library M-Th: 9am-3am. F: 9am-9pm. Sat: 11am-6:30pm. Sun: 11am-3am. *This library will also remain open until 3am on Friday, 5/10 and Saturday, 5/11.
- Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library M-Th: 9am-11pm. F: 9am-9pm. Sat: 10am-7pm. Sun: 12pm-10pm. More »
It’s late. You’re up, obviously. I know there have been many posts about how to get through finals week, but this is my own solution to surviving these harsh days and I hope they help you.
1. Built a zipline to your library of choice.
2. Keep an empty bottle next to your bed. You know what I’m talking about.
More responses to alleged hate crime: athletics, OMA, Asian American Alliance, petition, student government leaders, Coach Mangurian (UPDATED, 10:10 pm)
The first public comment from administrators responding to the alleged hate crime and offensive tweets by members of the football team came earlier today. Since then, several more administrators and groups on campus have responded:
- In an email at 12:45 p.m., the Office of Multicultural Affairs emailed some, but not all, undergraduates, urging them to reach out to the OMA or Student Affairs for support.
- In an email at 2:59 p.m., Athletic Director M. Dianne Murphy and football head coach Pete Mangurian condemned “the language and sentiment expressed online by a select few Columbia student-athletes” and said that they are addressing the behavior with the individuals involved.
- In a statement at 4:56 p.m., the Asian American Alliance, with 47 other student groups co-signing, said that the University must “see this incident as a result of broader systemic issues of racism on our campus and in our society” and urged the community “to create radical anti-oppression, anti-hate and anti-violence programs throughout the university to combat a culture which can lead to these types of incidents.”
- A petition, now with
4456 signatures, has called on Athletics to suspend or remove the players who made offensive tweets from the team’s roster.
- A petition calls for the creation of an independent commission to investigate the tweets and examine the culture of the football team and the greater athletics program, among other steps. It was started by David Fine, CC ’13 and outgoing Student Governing Board chair, Karishma Habbu, CC ’13 and outgoing CCSC president, JungHee Hyun, BC ’13 and outgoing SGA president, Saketh Kalathur, CC ’13 and outgoing Activities Board at Columbia president, Tim Qin, SEAS ’13 and outgoing ESC president, and Jennifer Wisdom, GS ’13 and outgoing GSSC president.
- Mangurian shared his own thoughts on his blog.
Check after the jump for the statements and petition.
Amid all the news about the football team, it’s worth noting that Orgo Night is going down tonight at 11:59 p.m. in 209 Butler.
The Columbia University Marching Band isn’t known to shy away from controversy—last semester, after Dean of Student Affairs Kevin Shollenberger pushed the band to take down its “Gaza Strip” fliers, the band went after the administration and made several Gaza-related jokes during its routine. Here’s a look at a flier for tonight’s show, released today:
How far the band will go tonight is anyone’s guess, but there’s a not-so-subtle hint in the flier’s football field background and the hashtag “#fuckkkkkk,” which varsity football player Tom Callahan used in response to the New York Times headline “New York’s Jewish Population is Growing Again.”
Still, the fact remains that CUMB is generally one of the team’s biggest supporters. And when CUMB publicly made fun of the team’s ninth-consecutive loss near the end of a particularly disappointing 2011 season, Athletics banned the band from the team’s final home game (although that ban was later reversed).
We’ve reached out to CUMB for comment on what they plan to do tonight, and we’ll let you know if we hear back from them. If you can’t make it to Orgo Night, you’ll find our liveblog right here, and you can also follow @CUSpectrum for updates.
Dean Kevin Shollenberger sent out an email this morning addressing the recent hate crime allegation and offensive tweets from the football team. Even though the email was sent by Shollenberger, it was not signed by him.
As educators and leaders of a diverse learning community, we are deeply concerned when racism, sexism, homophobia and incivility—whether in words, actions or posts of any kind—target individuals or groups. Such behavior violates our Community Principles: http://www.studentaffairs.columbia.edu/comdev/principles.
For all members of Columbia University, harassment, mistreatment and hateful language based on race, gender, sexual orientation, affiliation or other identities are unacceptable and hurt every one of us. We all are committed to a campus environment which values and supports each individual in an atmosphere that is caring and respectful. More »
Finals are coming… It’s day three and the last day of reading week. I hope everyone is surviving this horrible week and is feeling prepared for exams. If you need a study break, Orgo Night is being held in Butler 209 by our funny (YMMV) and controversial CUMB, so come on by for some laughs, some boos, and a much needed rest from studying.
Know this: You don’t ever need to leave your room for food. Here’s a place where you can order food online and have it delivered to your room.
In response to football player Chad Washington being charged with a hate crime, WKCR compiled a gallery of 46 tweets from Columbia football players that include disparaging remarks about various sexualities, races, and religions. WKCR distributed the gallery via its Twitter account, where it also notes that some of the players have been deleting their Twitter accounts today.
The gallery includes this tweet from Washington:
Again, you can view the full gallery here.
Day 2 of reading week proves to be damp and filled with paper assignments. Though there’s no paper out today, it’s always a good idea to poke one’s head out of the sand and glance around at the news. In lieu of a new Spec (or an old Spec), here’s some interest from the world outside.
To watch: Fox News steps on campus to interview Columbia students about the recent hire of Professor Kathy Boudin, who was convicted of killing a police officer as a member of the Weather Underground.
To read: Surprise, surprise… BBC News reports that American students are among the most sleep deprived in the world—and we start the trend young!
To make you smile: It’s pretty cute.