Posts Tagged ‘donations’
Nearly two years after receiving a $50 million gift from Roy and Diana Vagelos, Columbia has unveiled the designs for the new medical school building that their donation will help fund.
The sleek, eye-catching building was designed by Diller Scofidio + Renfro, and its executive architect will be the architecture firm Gensler. DS+R’s Elizabeth Diller called the building “a vertical landscape, a vertical living room,” telling the New York Times that it was “a great opportunity to think about an educational building that had a different kind of logic and take advantage of a fantastically small footprint.”
The $68-million facility will be located on Haven Avenue and 171st Street, two and a half blocks north of the Columbia University Medical Center’s main campus, and will be used primarily for classroom and training space. (See our April story for more details about the new facilities). The designs for the building were released on Wednesday.
The Columbia University Medical Center announced today that Herbert and Florence Irving, already two of CUMC’s top donors, have made a $40 million donation toward cancer research. The money will go to the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, which Herbert Irving first established with a $10 million gift back in 1997.
The cancer center will use the funds to “recruit and retain new cancer investigators and to support its current investigators, as well as for Cancer Center operations,” according to CUMC. The Irvings have now given almost $200 million to CUMC and the Columbia-affiliated New York Presbyterian Hospital.
CUMC expects to raise more than $200 million during the current fiscal year, and it has already raised $1.8 billion in a capital campaign originally intended to raise $1 billion. More »
Good morning, Columbia! You won’t actually curse the weather every time you step out today.
Weather: Mostly mid-40s, but expect sunshine in the early afternoon and a high of 52 degrees!
Event of the day: Power Struggle Over Afghanistan
An inside look at what went wrong—and what we can do to repair the damage.
Today, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Kellogg Center on the 15th Floor of the International Affairs Building.
Comic geeks, rejoice—X-Men writer Chris Claremont has just agreed to donate his archives to our own Rare Books and Manuscript Library! Thank all-star Ancient/Medieval studies librarian Karen Green for her persuasive skills: because of her we can now add Claremont’s original art, plot notes and storylines, full works, and memoirs to Columbia’s graphic novel collection.
As a thank you to Claremont—and to spread the word about a potential new comic book research center in Butler—Green is currently planning a conference, “Comic New York,” with writer Danny Fingeroth and Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture Jeremy Dauber. It will be held in Low Library on March 24th and 25th. The conference will showcase Columbia’s graphic novel collection, which includes 2,100 titles since its launch in 2005. More »
We just pulled an all nighter, so we’re kinda sleepy, but it’s “just that time of the year” or something. Pre-break is sad and disheartening: we don’t see our old friends anymore, and those kids from class who were almost our friends have long since disappeared into Butler. Thankfully, there’s no reason to be discouraged. Today’s paper tells us it’s time to get (re)acquainted.
Uh oh, looks like someone’s hating on Ivy League schools and rich people again. In fact, rich people who donate that money to Ivy League schools are especially “loathsome,” as Gawker’s Hamilton Nolan says. Nolan tears the Kravis $100 mill donation to the B-school a new one, arguing that other people in the world are starving or homeless or something. Who knew?! More »
Today we at Spec give you a big ol’ magnifying glass and ask the same question that Linda Ellerbee once did on Nick News: What’s going on here? We peel back the veil and give you a closer look:
The Columbia Cares Forum was organized to discuss homophobic harassment in the wake of six recent suicides because, as Sean Udell (CC ’11) said at the vigil, “we’re not going to take this shit anymore.” [News]
Manhattanville is open for business, and the B-School is racing out of the blocks. Board of Overseers cochair Henry R. Kravis ’69 has put up $100M for construction of the school’s new buildings. They’ll name one of them after him. Full email from Dean Glenn Hubbard after the jump. More »
Today students, local residents, administrators, and politicians fight the good fight for morality. Ethical problems are popping up everywhere from Hewitt to the US Open to Harlem and only our CC-prepped brains are equipped to grapple with the hardest issues of our time.
- Hewitt gets rid of to-go boxes. WOAH! Stop the presses. Barnard has a mandatory meal plan and now this?! WE WON’T STAND FOR IT. [News]
- “Stop war and start tennis.” Gupta elaborates on how tennis is saving the world, one Indo-Pakistani doubles team at a time. [Sports]
- Gutterman goes where few students have gone before and traces the Columbia money trail, finds out perceptibly dirty money funds almost everything. Do we make the noble choice and deny the funding or turn a blind eye? [Opinion]
- Poster-selling drama continues. Michael Wells, our favorite 116th poster vendor, has yet again been reprimanded by the police. [News]
- Move into a new eight-story brownstone or continue living in a dilapidated building amongst drug deals? Tough choice. Harlem residents duke it out. [News]
The Washington Post reports that Kluge, who three years ago pledged $400 million to Columbia to be bequeathed following his death, has passed away. Kluge’s gift is earmarked for financial aid, with half going to Columbia College, and a large portion designated for international students. Kluge’s prior donations include a $100 million gift to establish a scholars program in his name.
“This is an amazing act of generosity with a clear intention to help young people,” President Lee Bollinger said at the time of the gift.
“Part of his [Kluge's] thinking here is, ‘I want to make this pledge now, and I want it to be known even though there are some things that will remain up for conversation in the future,’” Bollinger said.