Posts Tagged ‘alums’

Spectrum | Feb. 22 1:11 am EST

Columbia alums talk porn and, obviously, Jeremy Lin

It’s late. You’re up. This one eleven looks to educate you about two alums you probably have no idea about.

Actual News

An alum in industry: Lux Alptraum, CC ’03, is the CEO of a porn blog, and talks about the way the internet is shaping the adult industry.

An alum who played against Jeremy Lin: The Knicks star is the talk of the town, and USA Today has an interview with a former Columbia basketball player who remembers taking on the Harvard guard. More »


A&E | Nov. 6 6:29 pm EST

Columbia alum to star in new AMC series

Courtesy of Columbia University

Anson Mount, SoA ’98, (that guy from “Crossroads” who drove Britney Spears and her friends across the country) will play the lead role in the new AMC TV series ‘Hell on Wheels’, premiering tonight at 10 p.m. EST. The show, set in 1865, centers around former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Mount) who is on a quest for vengeance against the Union soldiers who murdered his wife. His journey leads him to the Union Pacific Railroad’s construction of the first Transcontinental Railroad. Check out a trailer for the new Western below.


A&E | Jan. 8 7:24 pm EST

Vampire Weekend’s Rostam Batmanglij to play Le Poisson Rouge tomorrow night

Courtesy of Exclaim!

Rostam Batmanglij, CC ’06, (of Vampire Weekend and Discovery) will perform as a special guest under the moniker “Boys Like Us” with The Calder Quartet tomorrow night at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village. The new creative remix music is the pet project of Batmanglij, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist/keyboardist/producer/songwriter. This gig promises to debut new material supported by orchestra music from The Calder Quartet. Doors are at 6 pm. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased here. Look out for a round-up of the show on Monday. In the meantime, click here to listen to more of what Boys Like.


Spectrum | Jul. 16 7:35 am EST
legal woes

Vampire Weekend just got served (with legal papers)

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Columbia’s favorite band is getting sued! Kirsten Kennis, the model pictured on the cover of Vampire Weekend’s Contra, is seeking over $2 million, claiming that the band didn’t have her permission to use the 1983 photo. Whoops.

But wait! Vampire Weekend has her signature on the photographic release form. That’s not stopping Kennis from taking Ezra and co. to court, though. She’s claiming that the signature was forged and holding the band responsible for not checking its validity. Oh snap! [TMZ]


Sports | Jul. 13 11:17 am EST

Bob Sheppard, Columbia alum, passes away at 99

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Sheppard, the longtime public address announcer for both the Yankees and the Giants, passed away over the weekend at the age of 99. Known as the voice of Yankee Stadium, Sheppard received his master’s in speech from Columbia in 1933. Before debuting at Yankee Stadium in 1951, Sheppard worked as a speech teacher at John Adams High School and as a professor at St. John’s University. More »


A&E | Jun. 20 10:00 am EST
something to do

GS alum to play Nuyorican Poets Cafe tomorrow

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Bored and near the LES? Check out GS alum Ishmael Osekre (’09) performing tonight at 8 p.m. at Nuyorican Poets Cafe on Third Street between Avenue B and Avenue C. Osekre will be performing his own blend of poetry and music in a style the Facebook event describes as “African acoustic pop with mild rock and poetry/rhymes.”

Osekre’s been getting some buzz recently for his unusual rise (he arrived in New York with 30 dollars and some change before going to Columbia) and sudden success. Osekre is performing at the event to promote his new album and book, each of which launches officially tomorrow. His album, titled “No Turning Back From Here,” has nine tracks, all acoustic pop with African influences. His book, “Verses for the Masses,” also comes out tomorrow. Check out the album and book here.