Posts Tagged ‘finals’

A&E | May. 9 10:16 pm EST

Pregame playlist: Nostalgia and finals

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As the semester wraps up, so does this pregame playlist series. Realistically, only the bravest of us are going out during exam week, and unfortunately I’m too anxious about the end of the semester to appreciate the fact that it’s finally ice cream season. I tried to make this playlist serve two purposes: If it’s sunny, these songs feel nostalgic. If it’s nighttime, this playlist flips over and becomes pretty morose. Feel free to listen whether you’re hunched over your laptop in Butler or basking in the sun on Low.

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Spectrum | May. 6 1:11 am EST
the one eleven

PBS covers Barnard, Orgo Night teaser uncovers the gigolo

It’s late. You’re up. Reading week is upon us. You’re being unproductive, but, you know what? So are we. We’re all in this together.

Stop overusing words: This website is helpful! It helpfully counts the most frequent words and phrases you’ve been using in your papers so you can see if you’ve gone overboard with repetition. This website is so helpful!

Along the Ivy: PBS just aired a special on Barnard! Chances are that everyone you know and their roommates are in it. I, for one, show up at 15:40. So hey.

Reality check: Regardless of what privilege is, this is the absolute easiest way to check it.

A little bird tweeted: Author Salman Rushdie explained that he’s bored by Twitter because other annoying Tweeters Haroun-ed it for him. Hehe.

The end:  Not that anyone is surprised, but this wildly disturbing video about the Columbia gigolo is also the teaser for this semester’s Orgo Night on Thursday:


A&E | May. 2 9:50 pm EST

Pregame playlist: It’s almost finals edition

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Hiya everyone! This week’s playlist is a soundtrack of sorts: music that’s perfect for setting off your homemade fireworks in a trashcan in the parking lot of a K-Mart, clutching an 89-cent Taco Bell bean burrito. The goal here is unadulterated—if stupid and probably ultimately misdirected—aggression. Enjoy!

Comparatively, this track is actually a bit old—it’s from the band’s self-titled album from last year. That being said, the heavy-handedness of chanting “I drink cheap beer, so what, fuck you” is more endearing than gimmicky. The track’s got a great, unrelenting beat—it’s like being hit by a wall of noise.

Like I said, I love Death Grips, especially drummer Zach Hill, who’s just a master. In continuing with the theme of tasteful sirens, I put this song on this playlist because it’s just a testament to how great a drummer the man is. My personal favorite element of this is the unconventional trash cymbals that Hill is known for; it creates an almost primal sound that can be heard whenever he’s on a track. If you didn’t like Death Grips, I’d give this a listen anyway: it has all the industrial and experimental noise of Death Grips but without the screaming.

No sirens here, but the echo effects on the vocals in “Slaughterhouse” are basically good enough. If you’ve been following my pregame playlists, you’ll know that I’m a huge fan of Ty Segall in general, whether he’s working with Mikal Cronin or by himself.
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Spectrum | Dec. 18 5:21 pm EST
let's talk about science

What Planck can teach us about uncertainty during finals

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In this new Spectrum series, readers submit their thoughts about things across the scientific spectrum (yes indeed) as they relate to Columbia students and faculty. In the first installment, a reader talks about how scientific discovery is often a matter of chance and uncertainty—and how you don’t have to be a genius to study the sciences. So if you’re cramming hard for that orgo final tomorrow, take hope from our old friend Planck. 

Dec. 14 this year marked the 113th anniversary of Max Planck’s lecture on energy quanta to the German Physical Society, an action that would spark a radical change in the world of physics, and kick off the quantum revolution.

It’s easy to imagine Planck, with his solemn mustachioed expression and conservative air of distinction, peering through his spectacles as he analyzes complex physical concepts, postulating clever hypotheses and orchestrating insightful experiments to validate them. The reality is probably more like what Columbia neurobiologist Stuart Firestein describes as “bumbling around in a dark room, bumping into things, trying to figure out what shape this might be, what that might be.”

Planck’s discovery resulted from his analysis of blackbody radiation—he had no intention of revolutionizing physics and was a firm believer in the principles of classical physics. Yet it was his discovery that energy was quantized that would completely rock the world of his discipline. Quantization meant that energy could only be gained or lost in multiples of quantity , where, ν represents frequency and h is a specific number now called Planck’s constant. Today this equation is known to describe the energy of a photon in terms of frequency, and it can be used to understand how light interacts with electrons in a molecule.

There was no well-designed plan ironed out to pave the way for a new theory of physics. There was no hypothesis in place that assumed the necessity of energy quantization. What Planck stumbled upon was radical, almost too radical—he was even reluctant to introduce it, and after doing so spent years looking for a way to connect it back to classical principles. The years that followed saw scientists such as Bohr, Einstein, Heisenberg, and Schrödinger take Planck’s discovery and propel it forward, building upon it with new ideas that seemed to highlight a previously unrecognized characteristic of nature: uncertainty. More »


Spectrum | Dec. 13 4:07 pm EST

The puppies return!

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The finals therapy dogs will be back tomorrow, Saturday, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the John Jay and Furnald lounges. Bring a friend, have some cider, make crafts, and play with some super-cute dogs!

Can’t wait until tomorrow to see puppies? Check out adorable photos from last year’s event!




Opinion | Dec. 9 9:02 pm EST
the quick and dirty

Stop, breathe, read. Here’s how

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Quick and Dirty is an occasional series in which we ask our regular Opinion contributors their thoughts on a particular topic. This week, we asked them to share their thoughts on reading week – that twilight period between the end of classes and the beginning of finals where most Columbians are overworked, overcaffeinated and under-rested. 

Ben Rashkovich, Canon contributor:  I’ve had a tradition, once I’m done or nearly done but with lots of free time, of going into Butler with a friend and watching Netflix or just eating while everyone else studies. Last semester I brought an entire homemade cherry pie and a quart of milk and watched Breaking Bad until like 6 a.m. with my roommate.

Orli Matlow, Blogger:

To the tune of 12 Days of Christmas:

On the last day of classes my true love gave to me:
12 to 15 page paper
11 hours in Butler
10 days till freedom
9 dollars worth of coffee
8th season of Always Sunny unfortunately just released on Netflix
7 courses this semester
6 Luna Bar meals
5 final papers
4 calls from my Mom I had to ignore because I was in the library
3 books I forgot to read
2 in-class exams
And a partridge in a pear tree!

Spectrum | Dec. 9 1:11 am EST
the one eleven

Stay happy, stay healthy

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It’s late. You’re up.

You’re probably going to be up for a while. It’s finals season, after all – final papers and exams and problem sets all lined up ready to take aim.

But don’t let it get to you. Don’t let stress absorb you. Don’t let it bleed into your relationships – the most important part of your life.

Here are some friendly reminders of what is good, healthy, and beautiful about life:

1. Snow! It snowed today!

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And unless you endured the two EC fire drills today, the snow is pretty from where you are cozy and warm – Butler or not.

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Spectrum | Dec. 8 1:28 pm EST

Spectrum’s got jokes

Illustration by Darializa Avila-Chevalier

It’s a tough time of year. Papers, exams, emotional transfers of power. But put the coffee, mobile Facebook (because you blocked it on your computer), and Thai take-out away for a minute.

Laughter is the best medicine.

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Sit back, relax, and get ready to groan at (but secretly enjoy) these fun puns and jokes:

Why wouldn’t the shrimp share his treasure?

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He was a little shellfish.

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Spectrum | May. 14 1:11 am EST
One eleven


It’s late. You’re up. You may have noticed the moving and poignant nature of some posts now that the semester is winding down. This will not be one of those posts, because idk emotions wut? I DO know, however, that I should have devoted more time to writing things I need to write, and reading things I need to read, but instead, these are some articles I have read and videos I have watched. Enjoy!

Wooo academic journals!

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A&E | May. 12 2:00 pm EST
Unrested Development

Countdown to ‘Arrested Development’ and the end of finals…in GIF form

Today marks the two-week countdown to the Netflix premiere of Season 4 of “Arrested Development,” the FOX comedy that was sadly canceled before its heyday. The built-up excitement coincides with the rough patch of finals we’re about to enter (or have already entered … rough for us Lit Hum students).

With 14 days until we can binge-watch all the “AD” our hearts desire, here are 14 truths of finals period — in “Arrested Development” GIF form, no less.

What my parents think (and hope) when I tell them I’m going to the library:

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