Posts Tagged ‘baseball’

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.
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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. 14 9:45 am EST

#MentionMonday: 44% of Tweeple aren’t really Tweeple.

Illustration by Karl Daum

Hey Morningsiders! As the heat of summer sets in, and Columbia continues to blast the heat indoors, make sure to shed your layers and no, not in a Bacchanal kind of way. Bring out the shorts and sunglasses and most importantly, start your day with our morning roundup of news around campus and the world.

In Columbia news:

  • Remember those housing emails about that Energy Challenge? Well, looks like River Hall won it. Yay.
  • Columbia Elections Board has only just realized that abstentions are valid opinions. Well done.
  • Columbia owning Princeton at baseball. All is right in the world.

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Sports | Apr. 11 6:09 pm EST

Lions depth pitching needs to be better

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We’re at the halfway point of the Ivy League season, and the Lions sit in the cellar of the Lou Gehrig Division. To make matters worse, the next eight games for the Light Blue should be more difficult than its first eight games. They will face their tough divisional rivals—Penn, Cornell, and Princeton.

Conversely, the head-to-head games present a terrific opportunity for the Lions to make up ground on the top three teams in the conference (going by Ivy record). With some inconsistent bats this season, pitching and defense will be the key. I want to focus on the Lions’ group of hurlers today.

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Sports | Sep. 24 6:33 pm EST

Sportscast interviews CU baseball’s Joey Falcone

Last semester, Joey Falcone became the breakout star of CU baseball as the team dominated the Ivy League, ultimately winning the title. He received  quite a bit of media attention, getting his own featured articles in the New York Times and on, among many other prominent news outlets.

In this week’s Sportscast, Eli Schultz, Steve Frankoski, and Liz Malone sit down with Falcone to talk about the attention he received during the Lions’ impressive run last season, as well as how his time serving in Afghanistan and Iraq has impacted his experience.

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Sports | Jun. 7 11:04 pm EST
to the pros?

Black, Giel may be selected in MLB draft

Kiera Wood / Spec

Columbia baseball wrapped up its season last weekend, but more good news may be coming tomorrow in Day 3 of Major League Baseball’s First-Year Player Draft.

You may remember last year when Columbia had two players selected—Dario Pizzano and Pat Lowery. Well, there’s a chance that the Light Blue could have another two players drafted in senior first baseman Alex Black and senior pitcher Tim Giel.

Black, who also served as the team’s closer, was one of the best hitters in the league in 2013 and led the Lions in offensive categories including batting average (.331), hits (55), home runs (8), and RBIs (31). His home run total was good for the top spot in the Ancient Eight, and he came in fourth in RBIs.  More »


Sports | Jun. 1 10:24 am EST

Lions fall to Cal St. Fullerton, face New Mexico Saturday

Taking the field for just the second time since winning the Ivy Championship May 4, the Lions (27-19) fell 4-1 to No. 5 Cal St. Fullerton (49-8) in their first game of NCAA Regionals play. The victory gave CSU Fullerton its eighth win in a row.

Columbia received another strong start from its ace David Speer, as the junior lefty went 6 2/3 innings and gave up just three earned runs (four total). Speer struck out three and walked one. Freshman Brandon Roy came on in relief in the seventh, and got out of a bases loaded jam to keep the Light Blue’s deficit at three.

The Lions managed just three hits against the Titans’ Grahamm Wiest, who pitched a complete game. Sophomore David Vandercook homered in the second for the Lions’ only run, and Wiest never surrendered control for the rest of the game.

With the loss on Friday, Columbia faces elimination with its game against New Mexico today. The Lobos are arguably the best offensive team in the nation, as they lead the country in batting average at .336 and scoring with 8.4 runs a game.

The two teams will square off at 7 p.m.


Spectrum | Apr. 11 9:03 am EST
Wake-Up Call

A night of dancing and singing

Kiera Wood / Senior Staff Photographer

Is anyone else excited for Light in the Piazza‘s opening night? I know I am. If musicals aren’t your thing, check out The Dean’s Cup, a charity basketball game between Columbia Law School and NYU Law School. There’s so much happening today. Let’s see what else our school has to offer.

Read this: Stealin’ bases and winnin’ games. It looks like Columbia baseball is on fire!

Know this: Plans to speed up buses, including bus-only lanes, will save commuters a lot of time, but there are a few concerns about the inconveniences that will be created by these changes.

Here’s more: Rega Jha discusses the use of social media in the classroom and the merging of education with technology.

Illustration by Grace Bickers


Spectrum | Apr. 5 8:58 am EST

New day, new Spec

You might have noticed that Spectator looks different today than it did yesterday. This isn’t just a redesign—it’s a totally new Spectator, and we’re pretty excited about it. None of it would have been possible without our dedicated online editors, Doug Bienstock and Isaac White, who worked tirelessly over the past few months to build and design the site.

To find out more about what the new website can do that the old website couldn’t, see our editors’ note. If you notice any bugs—we know we haven’t found all of them yet—you can let us know here.

There’s also news today:

Read this: WTF Columbia has resulted in its first fix: email notifications when your Lerner mailbox is full.

Know this: The baseball team is playing two teams it should beat this weekend.

Here’s more: Barnard is getting its very own governing board.

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Spectrum | Mar. 27 9:10 am EST

Is it spring yet?

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We know, many of you came here looking for Spec’s new website! Our fearless online team ran into some last-minute technical hurdles, so we’ve had to hold off on showing you the new site for just a little longer. Never fear—we’ll have #NewSpec up and running in no time. Here’s some news to hold you over in the interim.

Read this: Barnard plans to have a full-scale launch of its new campus mobile app today.

Know This: Q club is attaching gender-neutral proclamations to all unisex bathrooms on Barnard’s campus.

Even More: Baseball rides a winning streak to face off against Manhattan this week.



Sports | Mar. 1 8:37 pm EST

Let’s play ball! Baseball kicks off 2013 season

With the Light Blue baseball team poised to begin its season this weekend against Lamar University in Texas, two of the baseball beat writers—Myles Simmons and Eli Schultz—sat down to discuss the prospects of this year’s team.

Watch the video above to hear sound bites from their interview with head coach Brett Boretti and see clips from one of the Lions’ recent practices.

For an in-depth look at this year’s team, pick up a copy of the Baseball Supplement or read it online.