Posts Tagged ‘graduation’

A&E | May. 21 2:47 pm EST

In honor of Commencement, here’s Morningsiders’ newest song “Graduation Bow”

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Congrats to the class of 2014! To help celebrate Commencement, Morningsiders released a new song, “Graduation Bow,” which may or may not make you tear up a little bit/a lot. Have fun, grads—we’ll miss you!


Spectrum | May. 18 11:39 am EST
Red Tape

Email asks seniors to use red tape for ‘sexual assault solidarity’ at commencement

Spectator received an email Sunday morning that was sent to students in the class of 2014, calling for students to place a piece of red tape on their caps during commencement exercises as “an act of solidarity” and to “demand justice and support for all survivors, even as a graduate of this institution.”

According to the email, there will be red tape distribution locations for students and faculty at each school’s Class Day and at the University Commencement. See the full email after the jump.

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Spectrum | May. 1 4:37 pm EST
Unheard Voices

The bleachers get bleary eyed

Rebecca Farley for Spectator

In her weekly series, series writer Rebecca Farley lends a platform to Columbia’s (literally) unheard voices. This week, she chats with the widely disliked and highly visible graduation bleachers.

In the view of the Columbia community, the graduation bleachers are exceedingly annoying. They take about a month to put in place, during which the Columbia campus loses a huge portion of its scenery. Just as Low Steps become a viable lunch spot, large metal contraptions appear on them, preventing anyone from even going near them. We have to take the long route to class, maneuvering around the bleachers like we’re back at the high school football game. In some instances, we must walk beneath them; for some (ahem, yours truly), this is the most frightening thing we must do all year. For all the joy that spring brings, the bleachers, most students would agree, are a disadvantage of the season.

However, I can attest to the fact that, despite their obnoxious placement, the bleachers have a lovely disposition. They have nothing but lovely things to say about the Columbia community and greatly regret their position among us. Erudite, calm, and eager to please, the graduation bleachers are an accommodating interview. More »


Spectrum | Apr. 23 9:34 am EST
wake up call

We’re fencing winners, but Call of Duty player is a very sore loser

Illustration by Karl Daum

Good morning, Columbia! As we engage in pre-finals craze, Spectrum would like to remind you to go to sleep, y’know, eventually. Just enough so that it makes sense for us to wish you a good morning. Today’s supposed to be around 56 degrees with a slight chance of showers. Here’s what’s going on:

In Columbia news:

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News | Apr. 21 3:52 pm EST
vals and sals

Columbia College valedictorian and salutatorian announced

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The Columbia College valedictorian and salutatorian have been announced! The class of 2014 valedictorian is Margarete Diaz Cuadros, and the salutatorian is Samuel Walker. Congratulations to both! Below is the full press release from the Columbia College website.

The Columbia College faculty Committee on Honors, Awards and Prizes has announced the names of the Class of 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian. The valedictorian is Margarete Diaz Cuadros, a biochemistry major with a concentration in evolutionary biology of the human species. The salutatorian is Samuel Walker, a comparative literature and society major with a concentration in philosophy.

Diaz, who is originally from Lima, Peru, came to New York after completing high school. As a sophomore, she started working in the laboratory of University Professor and Nobel Prize winner Martin Chalfie, and “quickly demonstrated her mastery in the field of nerve cell development and function in the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans,” according to the faculty committee. During her time in Professor Chalfie’s lab, she went on to conduct a “mutagenesis screen,” which Professor Chalfie calls, “a gold mine” for his laboratory, opening many new avenues for research.

Diaz is a recipient of the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center’s seventh annual Frank and Sara McKnight Award for Biochemistry, a national award for seniors who have conducted outstanding research in chemistry, biological chemistry, or biophysics or quantitative biology. She has also received research funding from the Columbia College Alumni and Parent Internship Fund for her research in Professor Chalfie’s Laboratory. She plans to continue her research and pursue  a Ph.D. in molecular genetics. In her free time, she enjoys preparing Peruvian cuisine and reading Latin American literature.

“Margarete has impressed Columbia and national faculty with her commitment to research, her creative thinking which allows her to identify details others might miss, and her phenomenal work ethic – all of which, combined with her gracious, generous and humble character, point to her becoming a leading scientist of her generation,” the faculty committee said.

Walker, who is from Westchester, N.Y., is a highly gifted scholar of literature, history, philosophy, according to faculty members with whom he has studied. He has also proven to be an “outstanding student” of foreign languages, mastering both French and German at a near native level, the faculty committee said. He took a year off from the College to study languages and spent a summer working with the Summer Bridge Program, tutoring rising first-year students in Columbia’s Academic Success Programs.

Walker is completing his senior thesis on perception and moral autonomy in Rousseau’s Second Discourse and Kant’s Conjectural Beginnings of Human History, in which he argues that both thinkers trace humanity’s problems to a dialectic between empirical and rational sources of motivation, but that they have different answers when it comes to how this dialectic should be resolved. The faculty members advising this work say that its scholarship is so advanced, it reads like the first draft of a doctoral thesis.

“Sam’s selection as the Salutatorian for the Columbia College Class of 2014 is a testament to his immense capacity and passion for learning,” the faculty committee said. “And it is a great tribute to Sam’s originality of thought and dedication to scholarship that he has excelled in these intersecting fields, impressing and delighting his professors across all his disciplines.”


Spectrum | May. 14 2:48 pm EST

Ezra of Vampire Weekend says he’d use Columbia degree to read at library

Today, the guys of Vampire Weekend, the loveliest of Columbia alums, did a Reddit AMA. They answered questions from Reddit users on everything from where they buy their salmon-colored shorts to some of their songs’ origins.

Ezra Koenig, lead singer and guitarist in Vampire Weekend, commented on his time at Columbia in response to a question about how their parents felt about them going into music after time at an Ivy League school.

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The Eye | Mar. 29 5:13 pm EST

Sex & Low Beach

The Eye

Now that we’re a week deep into the part of the semester that follows spring break, many of the most exciting moments of the school year are upon us. For example, we find out in just a few short days who’s playing at Bacchanal (and hopefully won’t be disappointed, though we at The Eye, in our endless Columbian cynicism, aren’t too hopeful).

For the Class of 2013, something wicked this way comes: Real life. Many of you guys are probably stressing more than ever, wishing you had just gone to vocational schools instead of sinking 240k into a liberal arts degree.

The end of the year certainly has its wonderful moments, though. You’ll be able to sit outside on the steps, soaking up the sun and laughing with your friends. Maybe you’ll even catch the eye of that special someone on Low Beach, and they’ll finally respond to your CU Admirers post…

To prepare for all the wonderful fun that will ensue, why not read The Eye’s lead this week, “Sex Talk”?

Better yet, check out the whole issue! Enjoy!


Opinion | Mar. 14 9:41 pm EST

I hate feeling post-grad nostalgia before the graduation

Illustration by Lian Plass

I’ve spent the better part of this week complaining. Or, more aptly, the past few weeks.

Monday and Tuesday nights, I groaned away in Butler 209 as I watched the movies I was supposed to watch during Intro to Film instead of falling asleep.

I groaned and hated my life so much this week that I had to listen to fart videos (of all things) to stop myself from going insane. By 2 a.m. last night, I was like, “Fuck the world, I’m going to sleep 23 hours a day during spring break.”

And then today, at 4 p.m., I saw a friend’s Facebook reminder about buying my graduation regalia. I went to the bookstore. I bought my cap, my gown, and my tassel. Shit just got real. And as much as I’m done with academics, I’m not done with Columbia.

And I’m scared as fuck.

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Opinion | Mar. 11 8:54 pm EST

Setting out and starting up

Last week I posted the first interview in the “You in a Few” series. (There’ll be a few more before the semester ends.) I’m a tech guy, so naturally my first interviewee was a startup founder. I spoke with Jared Hecht, CC ’09, who dropped a Teach for America offer at the last minute to work for Tumblr and eventually found GroupMe. He discussed the pressure to go down more traditional job routes like finance and TFA after graduation and the importance of risk-taking.

The big vs. small company debate is one many of us face when thinking of life after graduation. There are a lot of factors to consider: salary, reputation, perks, hiring, network, and most importantly, the kind of experience you’ll get. More »


Spectrum | May. 19 11:04 am EST

Senior in the Springtime: The final countdown

Amalia Rinehart / Spec

Hello and a very warm welcome to the 16th and final installment of Senior in the Springtime. This week I continued the journey of completing the traditions that remained on my list.

Again, the numbers alongside the tradition reflect their placement in the original list. My three for the week:

33. Go to Midnight Breakfast.

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