Posts Tagged ‘housing’
Student Government Association correspondent Emma Goss brings you the highlights from Monday night’s Barnard SGA representative council meeting.
What They’ve Done:
- Erin Bryk and Sarah Kim, both BC ’17, joined the representative council as the first-year class president and vice president, respectively.
- The representatives discussed Barnard’s recent change to its guest policy that limits the number of nights a guest can stay in Barnard housing. Sharon Kwong, BC ’14 and representative for campus affairs, noted that the new policy has some “kinks” that she and other members of SGA will continue to clarify and resolve with Annie Aversa, associate dean for campus and residential life. in the coming weeks. SGA is also seeking student input on the policy and its clarity among students. Rachel Chung, BC ’16 and sophomore class vice president, said that SGA should make an effort to ensure that students fully understand the housing contract and handbook, which students often sign without reading the fine print.
- The representatives voted to approve the recommendations by the Appointments Committee to fill two vacant representative council positions. Abigail Kim, BC ’16, is the new representative for information and technology and Ashley Wagner, BC ’14, is the representative for campus policy.
- Adrienne Nel, BC ’16 and representative for arts and culture, announced that the four-person rooms in Sulzberger-Reid in the Barnard quad were renovated and refurnished over the summer, converted back into their original state as study spaces for students. These lounges became 4-person rooms in 2011 and 2012 when Barnard needed to make more rooms for the incoming classes of 2015 and 2016. More »
The Shaft is back one more time to help with first-years’ questions about what to pack…with advice from real upperclassmen! We answered questions sent in by readers and asked a few Columbians who have already been through the process.
What should I not pack? –Patricia P.
You should not pack everything you own. While moving to college is a big step, you will most likely be living at home during breaks, and a dorm room is not meant to hold everything you have ever purchased or been given. And ideally you’ll be doing laundry sometimes.
A sampling of items not to bring (besides, of course, those prohibited in the Guide to Living):
- a full set of kitchen supplies. You might think you’ll do a lot of cooking in your floor’s kitchen, but chances are the convenience of the meal plan will overtake your aspiration to be your dorm’s Ina Garten. Bring a few items you know you’ll use–like a mug and a few utensils–and supplement later if you end up needing them.
- “War and Peace,” or really any large books you aspire to read in your free time. Pleasure reading is a wonderful thing…that you probably won’t have time to do very much of. Bring a few books if you’re a voracious reader, but keep in mind that Columbia’s libraries offer a huge number of volumes, should you find spare time after reading for class.
- any large instrument you won’t be using frequently. Sure, you were an all-star cellist in high school, but unless you actually plan on taking lessons or participating in an ensemble, you probably won’t have time to practice more than once in a while. And the amount of space taken up by anything larger than a piccolo is precious.
[...and also three words you never see together.]
The Shaft is back with a second installment of pre-frosh questions about dorms, roommates, and bathrooms. As always, write to us at email@example.com with your questions!
“How are the suites in Hartley set up?”
Suites in Hartley are co-ed, with a mix of first-years and upperclassmen (mostly sophomores). Some suites have two levels, while others have just one. Each suite has a bathroom, kitchen, and lounge. Read more about Hartley in our pre-frosh housing guide.
“Can you give some tips on how to get along with your roommate? How likely is it that I will be sexiled, and how can I prevent it?”
The best roommate advice I can give is to be open-minded. I got lucky and ended up becoming best friends with my roommate, and most people do get along with their roommates, but living with someone new can be tricky. More »
Excited for your John Jay single? Worried about having a roommate? Confused about how Hartley suites are set up? The Shaft is here to help! Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get your questions about freshman housing, roommates, packing, and more answered right here on Spectrum.
“There are a lot of weird terms/letters/numbers in my housing assignment…what do they mean?” -Confused in Carman
Everyone’s assignment comes with a -1 or -2 attached to it. This doesn’t necessarily indicate whether you’re in a single or double — the way to find that out is to look on the housing website and check out the floorplans. For example, one resident of Carman 708A (a double) has the assignment CAR 708A-1, and the other resident has CAR 708A-2.
“Semi-PB” stands for semi-private bathroom. This is the setup of Carman bathrooms — it means you share your bathroom with the other three people in your suite (all same-sex).
If you’re living in Carman and your assignment says “M” rather than a room number, it means you’re living on the mezzanine, a very small floor right above the lobby.
“WTD” means walk-through double. Basically, it’s a double with a door in between the two half-rooms. You and your roommate can do separate bedrooms, but some choose to put the beds in one room and make the front room a living/studying area.
“I think my roommate is bisexual or gay. I don’t really feel comfortable with that. Is it possible to switch roommates?” -Hesitant in Hartley
Update (3:35 p.m.): Only two rooms are currently available in Online Selection—two beds in McBain 229 and 525. Because Online Selection does not have Open Housing and the other beds in the doubles have been claimed by female students, only other female students can select into these rooms. The portal closes at 5 p.m. There’s a chance that those who haven’t picked will lose guaranteed housing if not all available rooms are taken.
All others unable to receive a room must fill out a Waitlist Preferences Form on the Housing Portal by 5 p.m. today to maintain guaranteed housing.
Today marks the end of Online Selection, which means this year’s Housing season is finally over. Here’s a brief review of what happened over the past month and what it means for the few who still don’t have a room as well as what’s likely to happen next year.
Because of 2011 and 2012‘s housing fiascos, where many sophomores (and even some juniors) were unable to get singles, the bulk of students took the safer route and opted for doubles and suites, registering for In-Person Selection. This trend had many consequences: More »
Welcome to Wallach! Part of the Living Learning Center (along with Hartley), Wallach will finish undergoing renovations this summer. Though the set-up is now a bit different from Hartley’s suites, Wallach residents are still invited to LLC programming, and the buildings are connected (as is John Jay). More »
The headline is a reference to this epic music video from a few years ago. (All Carman residents inevitably sing this song the day they find out their housing over the summer.) In this installment of our freshman housing preview, we’re looking at Carman Hall, the largest freshman dorm. Read our previous features on John Jay, Hartley, and Furnald. Don’t forget — housing applications for first-years are due May 1!
Known as the most social freshman dorm, Carman is a popular choice for first-years for its suite setup and semi-private bathrooms. There’s a stereotype of Carman being the “party dorm,” but having lived there this year, I can definitely say there isn’t one “type” of person who lives in Carman (or even one dominant social scene). More »
Here we are at the third post in our series profiling freshman dorms. Things that have not changed: We have pictures, opinions of real students, and many bad puns of mine (see above). Read about John Jay and Hartley, and stay tuned for more—freshman housing apps are due May 1!
There are probably two stereotypes most commonly spread about Furnald. One is that it’s the nicest dorm, facilities-wise, on campus. The other is that everyone there is an anti-social loser. One of these things is true, and the other is kind of mean.
Furnald actually used to be the most desirable senior housing—apparently there was a bar in the basement. It’s known for having a huge, beautiful lounge on the first floor (true). Home to freshmen and some lucky sophomores, Furnald is made up of mostly singles with a few doubles. More »
Hey, sophomores (and mixed-point groups)! Remember when we said to err on the side of caution since the chance of you getting a single is difficult to forecast? Well, after the senior and junior rounds, and with two days left in Online Selection, the weather report looks about as clear as it can get.
What that means is, as of right now, every sophomore up to and including 10/2339 is virtually guaranteed a single, and the earliest possible room cutoff is 10/2678, so about thirty sophomores will be on the waitlist this year.
Now, if you were a sophomore in Online Selection not within the Furnald range (like me), you were probably hoping for a nice junior- or senior-quality room on the sophomore waitlist. Unfortunately for some, it looks like Housing was more equitable this year and held out fewer rooms, leading nicer rooms to trickle down to juniors, and leaving sophomores to get… sophomore-quality housing. So if you’re looking at Harmony floor plans with a look of disgust, don’t be alarmed! You still have alternatives that I’ll cover in detail. More »
This post is the second in a series profiling first-year housing options. Read the first post on John Jay Hall here, and remember—your housing application is due May 1!
I vaguely remember my Columbia tour. If the letters “LLC” ring a bell—and not the corporation kind—you probably heard about Hartley and Wallach, the two dorms that make up Columbia’s Living Learning Center.
Before we dive into the details of Hartley, a short explanation of the LLC. Self-described on the Housing website as “the only all-class integrated residence at Columbia University,” the LLC is truthfully made up of about half first-years and half sophomores. LLC residents have the benefits—and challenges—of sharing suites (or more traditional floors, in Wallach) with upperclassmen.
LLC-ers are also invited to the many programming events put on by RAs and Faculty-in-Residence, who host events from professors talking over dinner to Central Park ice skating trips.
One thing to note: Wallach (which we’ll look at later this week) will be completely renovated by the fall, and the setup is now slightly different from Hartley’s. Hartley is assembled in one- or two-level suites that share a kitchen and co-ed bathroom, while renovated Wallach has more traditionally-arranged floors and a higher person:kitchen ratio. (We’ll get more in depth in our Wallach post—don’t worry.)
As I mentioned in our first installment, there’s no one “best” dorm at Columbia (at least for freshmen)—only what’s best for you. (And, truthfully, it’s all what you make of it.) With that
vague helpful advice, here’s our Hartley preview. More »