In case you missed it: This week in news
Spec’s new digital archive allows you to go back and search through decades of old issues, but in this week’s #icymi, we’ll just be reviewing the past week in news. Pretend we’re Ann Curry. In case you missed it, here’s a quick breakdown of this week’s top stories.
Students weren’t pleased with the way the Barnard administration handled the housing shortage, and now they’re upset about the slated closure of the pool. “I sense that students are frustrated that certain programs and core things from Barnard’s mission are being lost from decisions being made,” Student Government Association President JungHee Hyun, BC ’13, said.
New York politics continues to be a cornerstone of our city coverage, and this week, we closed out our series of profiles on candidates for the 7th City Council District with Mark Otto. Meanwhile, a Columbia College alum is running for Manhattan borough president, while her competition, Council member Gale Brewer, is considering a political compromise to bring a bill on paid sick leave to a vote. Fellow Council member Melissa Mark-Viverito is continuing participatory budgeting—in which constituents vote on projects for her to fund—for the second year.
In academics, Columbia announced a partnership with Ursinus College, a liberal arts college in Pennsylvania, to collaborate on their core curricula, and the natural science departments are looking to raise their profile—and raise some money—through a new fundraising campaign. Three students will present a proposal for a queer studies concentration, while others reflected on the study-abroad experience, both traditional and at the new Global Scholars programs. And the most important academics story ever: President Bollinger will become the longest-serving Ivy League president at the end of the academic year.
A few stories on money cropped up this week: the University has begun picking schools that can hire under the $30 million diversity initiative, with post-doctoral students being the first round of hires. Three of the four men convicted of stealing nearly $6 million from the University Finances office were sentenced this week. On not quite as large a scale, the new LionLink program is allowing student group leaders to better manage their finances and club rosters, in addition to holding them more accountable to their budgets.
There were also a few stories on 95-year-old belly dancers this week. Actually, just one, but it’s a fun read on an event that will pair up the generations of Morningside Heights.
That’s all for today. Tweet Spec stories you missed @ColumbiaSpec with the hashtag #icymi.
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