Posts Tagged ‘Sara Garner’
Take a sweet photo of the Steps that looks a little bit different than the thousand that have been posted earlier that day? Find something funny late at night in Butler (no photos of people in the stacks please)? Capture an artsy angle of your drink at 1020 this weekend that probes into gender issues and class politics? When you upload it to Instagram, put #CUSpectrum in the caption and you’ll be entered into our contest.
Your photo will be posted to our Facebook page and if you get in the top five number of likes, we’ll feature your photo in a post on Spectrum, along with a quick interview with you. Get the most likes and your photo will be our cover photo until we find a cat photo that is funnier.
You’ve got until next Friday, May 3, to submit—so get hashtagging!
This is the first installation of a series in which Spectrum highlights some of the student artists here at Columbia. This week, we spoke to Runtao Yang, CC ’15 and a multimedia contributor for Spec.
Sara Garner: When did you start drawing? How did you get so interested in art?
Runtao Yang: I started drawing at the beginning of sophomore year in high school when I decided to get my visual and performing arts requirement out of the way with a basic introduction to drawing class. I did not expect that I would like it at all since before that I never had an appreciation for art or seriously considered drawing.
However, I had the most amazing drawing teacher who taught me the bare basics of visual arts. At the same time, I found art to be quite therapeutic and cathartic which really helped me get through sophomore year when academics started getting more and more difficult.
Last year I decided to throw my skepticism aside and rush for a sorority, and let me just say, it was the adventure of my life.
I belonged to a sorority for around a total of two weeks. Although being a part of this whole crazy thing was just about as close to being a member of the Spice Girls or Anna Faris in the movie House Bunny as I had imagined it would be, I quickly realized that I still was the kind of person who detested calling people my “sisters” and felt ridiculous running around campus in a hat singing songs, and thus retired my pin.
However, for those of you like last-year me who want to give this lifestyle a spin, here’s what to expect and how to score a bid.
What you’ll be doing
You’ll awkwardly walk to “parties” held in the different lounges with a pod of fifteen or so girls. Why awkwardly? You all want exactly the same thing, some of the girls will see this as a cross between a reality show and The Amazing Race, and oh, right, sororities—the only thing other than the weather you can think to talk about—are off limits.
If you don’t believe me when I say that this whole weekend turns into a beauty pageant gone extreme, read this rule from the Potential New Member Handbook: “Stay hydrated and remember to eat! You’ll be on your feet and in conversation for extended periods of time, so make sure you fuel and rest your body appropriately. Low energy makes for a dull and uncomfortable day of Recruitment.”
If you worried you were a fool for loving them, fret no more—the Morningsiders have come through with a brand new music video.
Morningsiders first hit the Columbia scene in a big way in December when they released their music video for “Empress” and it went viral—today, the video has over 24,000 views.
Morningsiders is comprised of Magnus Ferguson (guitar/lead vocals), Reid Jenkins (violin/vocals), Robert Frech (piano), Vlad Bernstein (bass/vocals), and Benjamin Kreitman (trumpet/vocals). Max Bartick, CC ’13, who shot “Empress” also filmed this video.
Check out the video after the jump!
UPDATE: A Mexican restaurant called Amigos will replace Il Cibreo, according to painters working on the new spot.
Il Cibreo, or that place you keep calling Campo, has closed, West Side Rag is reporting.
Il Cibreo tried to capture the Columbia-crazed Campo without the Campo atmosphere with no avail.
We will report further as soon as we know what’s replacing Il Cibreo’s spot in MoHi. What do you hope to see in its place– a Shake Shack or the next 1020 (call it 2888 perhaps)?
UPDATE: We recently got in contact with Scott Wright, VP of Campus Services who said that Columbia’s Housing is making rounds of students’ residence hall rooms to prepare for potential upgrades in flooring, lighting, and furniture.
According to Wright, these campus-wide surveys, conducted every 3-5 years, help determine which residence halls receive treatment.
Housing already plans to do full-scale renovations this summer of the bottom five floors of Wallach and Schapiro Halls, but is still deciding which other buildings should receive some upgrades.
Long-term plans include exchanging metal-framed beds for easier-to-raise wooden beds and replacing carpet with wood or vinyl flooring to improve cleanliness, especially for students with asthma or allergies, Wright said.
“We do that work each summer, so we need to know now if we’re prioritizing one building over another,” Wright said, adding that “it’s what we do in addition” to complete floor or building renovations. More »
Have you seen “Empress”? The first music video from Morningsiders—a band of five CC students—went viral on Facebook last night. In the less than 12 hours since it was released, it’s amassed over 2,700 views on YouTube.
What began as a collaboration between Magnus Ferguson (guitar/vocals) and Reid Jenkins (fiddle/vocals) expanded this year with the addition of Robert Frech (piano), Vladimir Bernstein (bass/vocals), and Benjamin Kreitman (trumpet/percussion/vocals), all CC ’14. The bluegrass/folk/pop group got its start on campus at Postcrypt Coffeehouse and has gained a steady following over the semester. Morningsiders was the second-to-last act at October’s Lowlapalooza.
They teamed up with filmmaker Max Bartick, CC ’13, earlier this month for their first music video. Check it out after the jump! More »
Wonder why Amir’s sign looks like this today?
According to an employee, Amir’s got a liquor license and calling it a grill helped that happen.
They said a new sign is on its way, but it just leaves us wondering: is a party space also on its way? Could Amir’s be the replacement for Campo?
Just think of the prospects– you’ll be able to have some fattoush while you check out all those ladies with an asset that sounds a lot like fattoush, or ask that lucky guy if he wants to shawarma up in your room tonight!