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Too lazy to study Columbia Housing’s website? You’re in luck—The Shaft is here to analyze your options, and today, we’re talking Broadway and Schapiro.
Singles? Doubles? Numbers are confusing?
Broadway: 300 singles, 36 doubles.
Schapiro: 245 singles, 85 doubles.
I’m a rising sophomore, what are my chances of—
Broadway: Sophomores mostly live in the smallest doubles, but keep an eye on that silver lining—it’s not out of reach.
Schapiro: Believe in your dreams—Schapiro hosts sophomores, juniors, and a few seniors.
Good morning! The weather is just barely going to crack 30 degrees today. I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve been wearing the same thing every day since January. Happy midterms. Here’s the news:
In Columbia news:
- GSSC tweaks its council election procedures.
- Everyone has something to say about housing.
- Everyone also has something to say about cultural sensitivity.
Outside the bubble:
- A guy hosting an art show in Brooklyn literally chased down a thief who tried to take off with a $10,000 painting.
- Russia continues to do things other countries do not approve of.
- Yesterday, The New York Times corrected errors in the story it ran in 1853 about Solomon Northup, the man best known from the recent Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave.
Barnard Dean Avis Hinkson announced changes to Barnard’s winter break housing policy and its structure for housing cancelation fees in an email to students sent at 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday.
The first change is that, starting next year, all residence halls except for Plimpton Hall will be closed for the first part of winter break. If Barnard students want to stay on campus during the first few weeks of winter break and do not live in Plimpton, they must secure permission to use the room of a Plimpton resident.
The other update is that housing cancellation fees will now be based on a sliding percentage of a student’s room rate (single, multiple, or studio) determined by the date of cancellation. Previously, Barnard charged a flat cancellation fee regardless of cancellation date.
See the full text of Hinkson’s email after the jump. More »
This isn’t fashion advice—it’s your grand welcome into the 2014 housing season.
For those of you new to the game, the “cutoff” is the last group that was able to pick into a particular kind of room/suite. So if your number is worse than the listed cutoff for a particular suite, it’s risky, but if you’re above the cutoff, you have a chance. See the notes on the side for some things to keep in mind, as numbers don’t always tell the entire story. (Housing’s cutoffs are here.) Check out a nifty quiz that tells you where to live, made last year by Housing Gods Emeritus Eric Feder and Mikey Zhong.
We suggest learning a bit about the process now before registering. Familiarize yourself with the housing lottery here if you’re a rising sophomore, as there’s a lot of information to take it. If you’re a rising junior or a senior, there’s some tips and extra information here.
Check out our full list of cutoffs from the 2013 Room Selection process after the jump. And send your questions our way at email@example.com.
For rising juniors and seniors, the housing lottery—though somewhat daunting in its own right—isn’t an entirely new beast. For rising sophomores, though, it can be confusing, stressful, and agonizing—not unlike a McBain fire alarm.
We’ll have advice for rising juniors and seniors next week, but for now, first-years, let’s talk about you. There are a lot of misconceptions people have about the housing process, so if your questions don’t get answered here, send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I live?
If you’re a rising sophomore who didn’t get into the LLC—and doesn’t have a friend who’s an RA—stop dreaming about a single. Year to year, availability of singles for sophomores has varied greatly. In 2012, there were only a few singles left for sophomores to pick, but last year, all sophomores who elected to go through Online Selection (more on that later) had the opportunity to pick into singles.
So yes, it’s possible to get a single as a sophomore, but it’s highly unlikely, and you shouldn’t bank on it. If you really want a single, follow our advice below about entering Group Selection in even-numbered groups, and you can drop to Online Selection if your number might be good enough to pick into a single.
Now, onto the good stuff: Which buildings do sophomores live in? The big five are Broadway, McBain, Nussbaum, Schapiro, and Wien—doubles, and for a lucky few, walk-through doubles. We’ll be doing housing reviews next week for those of you who missed the building tours or were too busy watching “Breaking Bad” on Netflix (who, me?). Harmony—yes, it’s a real building—houses a few sophomores, but it’s a pretty small population. Still worth checking out, especially if you’re a Westside fiend. And there will be approximately 40 Furnald singles available to lucky sophomores.
Last year, there were three groups of all-sophomores who got to pick into 7-person suites in 47 Claremont. Keep in mind that this was an exception, not the rule: The cutoff—the last number group who picks it—has been getting harder in past years, with the exception of last year. If you want to live in a Claremont 7, find some junior and senior friends who can take the large singles. If you’re a group of 7 sophomores, get ready to decide which of you is going to drop to Online Selection when the Claremont suites run out. More »
If you’re like me and you’re sick of your suitemates not knowing how to use a bathroom/stepping over your roommate to move around your room/people stealing your yogurt from the communal fridge, never fear: Room selection season is almost here. Traditionally a stressful and scary process, room selection at Columbia makes a lot of people nervous.
That’s why the Shaft is here to help! For the last several years, we’ve been covering the housing drama, predicting cutoffs, giving advice, and eating candy in the John Jay Lounge. For the next few weeks, check back on Spectrum to see features like building reviews, a special guide for first-years, and explanations of what all the numbers mean. We’ll also be doing some coverage of the Barnard housing process, in more depth than we have in past years.
If you’re nervous, bored, or otherwise desperate for procrastination, check out some of our coverage from last year: a recap of room selection 2013 with predictions for 2014, a buildings preview, and a slideshow of your options. We’ll have specific predictions and explanations coming at you in the next few weeks. More »
Did you miss the Columbia College Student Council meeting on Sunday night? Council correspondent Elizabeth Sedran bring you five things you need to know:
- Public Safety, public records: University Senator Jared Odessky, CC ’15, reported on the senate’s investigation into the Public Safety Fund, which relates to how many Public Safety officials are assigned to events held by student groups. He said that there is little transparency about how Public Safety determines which events require security presence and how many officers are present, though factors include media presence, events advertised beyond Columbia’s campus, the presence of alcohol, high expected attendance, security concerns for a student group or guest, and an event’s potential for significant disruption. Student groups also aren’t necessarily notified in advance but are charged regardless. Odessky called for an immediate change to Public Safety’s funding system with a longer-term goal of introducing a student-appointed security advising committee to address student concerns about paying for Public Safety presence. Check back for a full story this week.
- Take note: University Senator Marc Heinrich, CC ’16, said that the Office for Gender-Based and Sexual Misconduct will start having two investigators present at meetings where sexual assault survivors present evidence immediately as a part of a series of changes coming to the adjudication process. Read the full story here.
- Lock out: CCSC members discussed how 3,500 students are locked out of their rooms every month, and whether a fine after 3 lock-outs should be implemented so that Hartley Hospitality Desk staff will spend less time bringing students keys.
- Fly me to the moon: Daniel Liss, CC ’16, is working on a policy that would allow parents and alumni to gift frequent flier miles to students for use in emergencies, financial hardships, university trips, and study abroad.
- Party with the porpoises: Glass House Rocks is this Thursday from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Stop the presses! Housing has announced their annual photo contest winners. A hearty congratulations to Andrea Arellano, CC ’17 and John Jay resident, and Jennet Dickinson, CC’14 and East Campus resident.
The winners were selected by the Student Housing Advisory Board along with six honorable mentions. The two winners will receive a $250 Bed Bath & Beyond coupon and a free interior design consultation.
Maria Alba, Assistant Director of Student and Guest Accommodation Services, said, “We were really impressed by the ways in which residents personalize their spaces and make them home through art, photographs, and distinctive design motifs.”
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.