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Spectrum | May. 2 1:11 am EST
the one eleven

Snapchat steps it up, and getting into all eight Ivies is real

It’s late. You’re up. We’re nearing the final stretch, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be whimsical, like when we wondered if Morton Williams’ new plastic bags meant cheaper grapes, or when we had an imaginary conversation with the Commencement bleachers.

 The Snapchat Revolution: Everyone’s favorite bored-in-Butler app just stepped up its game, with the new update allowing you to chat and have live video conversations with friends. Snapchat-meets-Skype-meets-iMessage? Not sure how I feel about Snapchat growing up.

Heard along the Ivy:  This kid who is also a New York high school student, got into all eight Ivy League schools. He picked Yale after visiting the campus. And just when we were questioning our life’s worth…

From the non-Spec archives:  Back in 1976, the New York Times published a “101 Things to Love About New York City”. The list included “Being nostalgic about things in New York that never were so great,” and “New York’s proximity to Montauk”. More »


Spectrum | Jan. 28 9:45 am EST
Wake Up Call

‘Aw, we have real schedules now’: First Tuesday

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Hooray, Tuesday morning. Now’s the time to make your runs to Ferris! As of today, most of us on campus will have experienced all of our classes twice. Still shopping, you say? Now you have to be careful not to take anyone’s seat when you first walk in.

It’s serious business: I enter Lit Hum at 8:48 a.m. sharp. Until then don’t touch the seat by the waste bin.

Let’s briefly explore what you’ll be putting your shoes through today: this morning, we’re at about 17 degrees and it’ll be hitting a high of 20 degrees during the day. Cloudy skies are in store, and we’ve been gifted a 0% chance of precipitation until later tonight, where snow showers will come in.

In Columbia news:

Sheila Coronel, the next dean of academic affairs for the School of Journalism / Yue Ben / Senior Staff Photographer

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Spectrum | Jan. 27 10:07 am EST
wake up call

The first spring 2014 Monday

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Good morning Columbia! Even though it feels like the spring semester started ages ago, today is in fact the first Monday, so soak that in. Here’s a song to help you up, à la last week’s “SNL” musical guests:

Today it’ll be a balmy 38 degrees, but before you reach for that beach gear, we should warn you there’s also supposed to be rain or snow before 3 p.m. and pretty strong winds all day.

In Columbia news:

  • Joseph Ayala, CC ’94, hopes to give back as the new director of the Double Discovery Center, which helps low-income, first-generation students graduate high school and enroll in and finish college.
  • The University Senate’s Student Affairs Committee released a statement last night expressing “a lack of confidence in Columbia’s approach to handling allegations of gender-based misconduct and violence,”  calling for a town hall and a statement on the matter from President Bollinger,  and calling for the release of anonymous data of gender-based misconduct on campus.

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Spectrum | Jan. 21 9:20 am EST
wake up call

Welcome back, it’s time for a snowstorm

Illustration by Lian Plass

Good morning, and a happy first day of classes to you. Go shop a class that’s completely unrelated to your major.

Just like all good sequels, Polar Vortex Part 2 looks promising—we are awaiting what might be the winter’s biggest snowstorm so far,with 8 to 14 inches of snow on the cards, and temperatures consistently below freezing until possibly next Monday. Keep checking the subway status here, but for now there are no delays.

In Columbia news:

  • Professor Jeffrey Sachs will make his Coursera debut with his online course on sustainable development launching Tuesday, and professor of microbiology Vincent Racaniello started to teach a course on viruses on Jan 9.
  • It could be a couple of weeks to months until The Heights reopens, according to owner Feras Samad. The bar is recovering from damages sustained during the Citibank fire.
  • A Columbia grad and former hedge-fund trader published an op-ed in the New York Times about Wall Street’s addiction to getting rich.The Lion summarized it here.

Outside the bubble:

  • Broadway Week begins today, and runs through Feb 6. You can score 2-for-1 tickets to Broadway favorites including Chicago, The Lion King, and The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Next time you jaywalk, think twice: NYPD is cracking down on jaywalkers after an increase in pedestrian deaths.
  • China has decided to lift its Lady Gaga ban, allowing ARTPOP to be sold in the country. Its Ministry of Culture earlier declared her work to be “damaging to the nation’s cultural security.”

Have a frosty and fun first day of classes, and stay warm—winter is coming (again).

The 111th Street Citibank's future remains uncertain after the six-alarm fire that ravaged its interior. Read the full article in Spec today.

The 111th Street Citibank’s future remains uncertain after the six-alarm fire that ravaged its interior. Read the full article in Spec today.




A&E | Dec. 6 4:58 pm EST
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Best Of: Hot Chocolate in NYC

flickr / stephbond

As winter approaches and we brace ourselves for the cold, there is nothing more rewarding than finding that perfect way to keep warm. In a city full of treasures it can be difficult to find that one great cup of hot chocolate, but when you do, it really hits the spot.

City Bakery

This gem is located at the heart of Union Square and is known as one of the most sought-after eateries in NYC. Their famous hot chocolate, topped with a homemade marshmallows, will provide you with that cozy feeling you thought you could only get at home. And nothing will get you through February better than City Bakery’s annual Hot Chocolate Festival. Each day of the month, the bakery releases a new flavor of hot chocolate that is unparalleled by any other café. From chili pepper to lemon these savory beverages will bring your hot chocolate experience to a whole next level.

W. 18th Street and 5th Avenue

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A&E | Oct. 22 8:44 pm EST
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The Banksy tour

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When art is behind glass at the Met, it’s a masterpiece, but when it is left at the mercy of the elements, it can create a sensation. Banksy, the subversive British street artist (or woman, or illuminati, or artistically gifted mutant mouse; no one knows his true identity), has replaced the weather as the go-to conversation in downtown elevators this month. Every day, he reveals a new work in an alley or under a bridge, and hordes of tourists, rival graffiti artists, and maybe even the police, scramble to get there first.

Realizing that the combination of Homecoming and midterms would leave my allies sleep-deprived and immobile, I hopped on the 1 train on my own with one mission: Find Banksy. I got off and walked to my first stop, the post office headquarters on 26th Street. The street was ghostly silent, with blank walls all around, so I turned the corner to where his next installation was supposed to be. More »


Spectrum | Sep. 10 1:11 am EST
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The campaign

It’s the primary for the mayoral campaign and I, as an educated political science major and proud New Yorker, could not have less of a clue who I am voting for. Moreover, I know nothing about the array of Democratic candidates I have to choose from. Well, I know about Anthony Weiner, and that is definitely not in his favor.

Does this make me a bad New Yorker? A bad political scientist? A bad American? Hello, existential crisis.

To tell you the truth, I don’t really care. I love this city. I’m a New Yorker born and raised. I fully believe in exercising the right to vote and I am proud to be living in a country that stresses that right. However, after hearing the slew of garbage, trash talking, insults, and over all bad press that has stemmed from this campaign, I have turned my attention away from the election. More »


Spectrum | Apr. 25 10:08 pm EST
All Abroad!

Should I stay or should I go?

Photo Credit: Michelle Berman from her library in Florence

As Columbia students we are lucky enough to have the opportunity to study abroad. It is during this time of year that studying abroad is a common topic of conversation. The decision to go abroad has already been made for those going in the fall, but it is still in the works for those debating going in the spring, and it is reminisced about by those graduating.

Some people have known that they would be going abroad since the day they applied to Columbia, while some have no intentions of leaving this glorious city. However, for many students, making this decision is not an easy one. You don’t want to miss out, but you want to travel in a new place. This is the dilemma I face and think about more often as the decision nears. I want to go to London next spring and travel across Europe. I have never been to London before. But I love this campus and I want to go to Bacchanal. I also love my friends here, the classes, and the comfort of my family and boyfriend. But Europe… it’s so cool!

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Spectrum | Mar. 21 1:33 pm EST

Things are looking up

flickr / ivanavasilj

Walking down Broadway last week in the midst of my midterms, I did something I don’t normally do: I looked up.

Maybe the stress made me feel like acting a little crazy. Maybe I needed to stretch my neck. Maybe I suddenly became curious about what the tops of the buildings in Morningside looked like.

I don’t remember my exact reason, but all of a sudden I was seized with the desire to know what was above Koronet… so I looked up.

Many Columbians lament the fact that they never leave Morningside, and I’m constantly hearing suggestions on how to “get out of the bubble” and take advantage of New York. I’ll be honest; sometimes this kind of talk only adds to my stress.How can I possibly take the time to go past 110th street when I have so much to do?

But last week my spontaneous upward glance changed my literal perspective of New York, which forced me to reexamine my relationship with the city where I go to school.

It all started with looking up.

Once I noticed the line of apartment buildings above Tea Magic, Westside Market, and Famiglia, I looked further down the street and took in how tall the buildings are just a few blocks down on 100th St. I watched the cars drive down Manhattan towards midtown traffic, and imagined them crossing the bridge into Brooklyn way way down at the end of Manhattan or merging onto the Westside Highway a little bit closer at 96th St.

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Spectrum | Mar. 15 1:11 am EST
The One Eleven

New York, I love you

It’s late. You’re up. It’s officially spring break.

Unless you have Friday classes. Sucks to suck. Everyone else is leaving the city to go on epic adventures in Miami or Milan or Vermont.

While you’re stuck with the rando you asked to share a taxi with to JFK or you’re on the nine-hour flight to California, check out this list of songs about New York.

1. New York, I Love You But You’re Bringing Me Down — LCD Soundsystem

2. New York, New York — Frank Sinatra More »