Posts Tagged ‘orientation’

Spectrum | Jan. 31 8:48 am EST

COÖP to accept Barnard first-years?

Courtesy of Columbia University

The Columbia Outdoor Orientation Program could finally be accepting incoming Barnard students a few years down the road, an email sent to COÖP members and acquired by the Spectator on Thursday said.

The email emphasized, however, that responsibility for the program—and the final decision on whether to include Barnard students—ultimately lies with the administration. It also says that integration likely won’t come for at least a year or two.

Apparently, the reason why COÖP wasn’t integrated when all the other pre-orientation programs were was because “the COÖP community was resistant to the idea of integration because of fears of the unknown and how it may change COÖP from its current state.”

“It is now up to Barnard to decide whether it wants to participate and in what ways,” the email says, after COÖP’s administrator and Assistant Director of Student Engagement Peter Cerneka made a decision in favor of integration.

According to the email, the first and only year when Barnard students participated in COÖP was 1983, the first year of the program. Apparently, Barnard inclusion has been a topic of discussion since then.

Might we add that we’re big fans of “ballerz” vocabulary used.

Read on for the full email:

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News | Dec. 5 9:22 pm EST

This week in GSSC: Transparency and yachts

Despite a crowded agenda, the General Studies Student Council pushed through several funding allocations and discussed an innovative method for funding CUArts. Chris Meyer reports from Tuesday night’s meeting:

  • Show me the money: Administrators released a breakdown last month of how student life fees are spent in Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science, leading GSSC members to pass a resolution last night demanding the release of their school’s fee breakdown. The resolution stresses a need for administrators to be more transparent with students.
  • CUArts elegance: Although there was no vote on the issue, council members raised the possibility of a holding a yacht fundraiser for the Arts Initiative, which faced steep budget cuts during the economic downturn. According to a tentative estimate presented at the meeting, the event, which would include an open bar and food, could cost anywhere between $14,00 and $22,000 to hold, depending on the number of guests. Council members said they hoped to get funding from the other student councils as well, which would allow them to turn a profit on ticket sales.
  • Welcoming newcomers: GSSC approved funding for a number of events, including a spring semester orientation event at Amsterdam Tavern for incoming students. The funding for the event will come from the council’s student life budget.

Spectrum | Sep. 1 12:02 pm EST
Freshman Fifteen

NSOP neighborhood tours begin today

In honor of the NSOP neighborhood tours, which begin today and continue through Monday, we’re providing you a list of old posts describing some of our trips to various places in NYC. Maybe they’ll help you pick a tour — or maybe they’ll inspire you to take your own, self-guided tour of this incredible city that is now your home.

Brooklyn: One big room full of bad hipsters?
“However, if you’re looking for somewhere scenic, cool, and new to explore, Park Slope’s an awesome place.”

Some people (read: several people) didn’t find our jokes at Brooklyn’s expense amusing, and one of them even wrote the next post on offer here in response… More »


Spectrum | Aug. 31 8:29 am EST
Wake-Up Call

Donate blood and/or run for Class Council today

Happy Friday, Columbia! Enjoy your last weekend before the start of classes. Here’s what’s happening with NSOP today.

Interesting NSOP Events

  • Blood Drive: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on College Walk
  • LGBTQA New Student Mixer: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Broadway Room (Lerner)
  • CC First-Year Class Council Info Session: 5:00-6:00 p.m., Satow Room (Lerner)
  • SEAS First-Year Class Council Info Session: 5:00-6:00 p.m., 569 Lerner
  • Open Mic Night: 9:00-11:00 p.m., Roone Arledge Auditorium (Lerner)

Placement Exams:

  • Arabic: 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m., 103 Knox Hall
  • French: 12:00-5:00 p.m., 352 IAB

Not too much happening. Have a great Labor Day weekend!


Spectrum | Aug. 30 8:01 am EST
Wake-Up Call

Party at the Zoo tonight!

Good morning Columbia! Here’s what’s happening today. If you’re going to the Bronx Zoo party, tweet photos to us at @CUSpectrum or @CU_Spectator, or post them to our Facebook page!

Interesting NSOP events

  • Security Forum: 9:00-10:15 a.m. in Roone Arledge Auditorium (Lerner)
  • Fellowships & Study Abroad information: 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. in 301 Pupin
  • Mapping Your First Year w/ Health Services (Featuring Consent 101 and a play!): 3:30-6:30 p.m., Roone Arledge Auditorium (Lerner)
  • Party at the Bronx Zoo: 7:00-11:00 p.m. at the Bronx Zoo

Placement Exams

  • Chinese: 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in 413 Kent Hall
  • French: 4:00-6:00 p.m. in 352 IAB
  • Hindi-Urdu: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in 101 Knox Hall
  • Italian: 2:00-4:00 p.m. in 501 Hamilton Hall
  • Japanese: 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. in 411 Kent Hall
  • Korean: 10:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in 405 and 423 Kent Hall
  • Russian: 12:00-1:15 p.m. in 703 Hamilton Hall
  • Spanish: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in 352 IAB
  • Turkish: 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. in 104 Knox Hall

Have a great day!


Spectrum | Aug. 29 7:40 pm EST
Freshman Fifteen

Liveblogging the Community Forum

Stephen Snowder / Spec

From 8:00-10:00 p.m., new students of all Columbia’s schools will gather on Low Steps for a community forum. We’ll be liveblogging it, assuming our Internet connection holds up on the Steps.

So, interested upperclassmen (or freshmen who want to be able to convincingly claim that you attended this “mandatory event”), stay tuned. Updates will begin at around 8 p.m. and continue until it’s over — plus maybe a few more minutes to find out what this “surprise celebration” is all about.

9:28 p.m. The surprise celebration is glow sticks and music. Liveblog over.

9:26 p.m. I think it’s over. The celebration is beginning now. I am sorry for inflicting this on you guys. What a boring event to liveblog. Good lord. At least we’ll find out what the special celebration is.

9:22 p.m. People step to the mic to tell short, inter-connected personal stories about the difficult circumstances they overcame on their journeys to Columbia. More »


Spectrum | Aug. 29 7:59 am EST
Wake-up Call

Most of what you need to know about Columbia

Good morning Columbia! Welcome to the first Wake-up Call of the new school year! Normally we do this on mornings when we have a paper, but this week we’ll be doing it throughout NSOP, providing just a short list of the day’s more interesting/useful-seeming NSOP events each morning, as well as a list of each day’s placement exams.

But also, we distributed the Orientation issue of the paper on Monday — hopefully you found it under/next to/somewhere in the vicinity of your door. Here are some highlights from the issue.

Read this: At some point you are going to have to learn how to use the subway. Here’s our guide to the 1 train.

Know this: To catch you up on some of the more contentious stories you’ve missed, we have a series called “Columbia Controversies.” This article is about the problems resulting from President Obama’s visit to Barnard last spring.

Here’s more: And to fill you in on stories that are continuing to develop, we’ve got another series of articles called “Stories to Watch.” This one is about Columbia’s Global Centers.

Interesting/Useful NSOP Events Today: More »


Spectrum | Aug. 27 4:21 pm EST

Photos from Convocation 2012

Dean Shollenberger addresses the Class of 2016

Convocation took place today, with the Class of 2016 and their families in attendance to hear about what they can expect over the next four years.

More photos after the jump, and we’ll be posting still more to our Facebook page throughout the week; be sure to tag yourself and your friends and family! You can also post your own photos to our page, or tweet them to us at @CU_Spectator. Don’t forget about our photo contest! More »


Spectrum | Aug. 26 5:01 pm EST

Welcome freshmen!

Sarah Darville / Spec

Move-in has officially begun. Welcome to all the new Lions!  Be sure to check out the Orientation issue of the paper, which is out tomorrow. In addition, we’ll be posting helpful info and advice here throughout the week, and tweeting photos from our Twitter account, as well as posting them to our Facebook page — make sure to tag yourself and your friends!

But why should we be the ones taking all the pictures? You’ll probably be taking plenty of your own, and we want to see them! Check out our photo contest and take pictures of the sights around campus. Our favorite will run on Spec’s front page, and we’ll also be picking a fan favorite based on Facebook “likes.” You can post your photos to Spec’s Facebook page, tweet them to @CU_Spectator, or submit them by email to Go outside, snap a few photos, and show us your Columbia!

Check back throughout the week for the latest updates on Orientation and everything else Columbia-related.


Spectrum | Aug. 24 2:44 pm EST

Orientation schedule published

The NSOP schedule has been posted online, and it is thorough. There’s a community forum for new students of all schools on Wednesday, and the schedule notes that students should stay after it’s over for “a surprise celebration.” That is not quite how surprises work, but you have to admire Student Affairs’ commitment to making sure everything is on the agenda.

The party this year is at the Bronx Zoo.

Other highlights from the schedule: More »