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The Columbia Spectator, founded in 1877, delivers news and information daily to thousands of readers around Columbia, Morningside Heights, and West Harlem. We are the second-oldest college daily paper in the country and have been financially independent from the University since 1962. The newspaper is published five days a week during the academic year and our blog network, Spectrum, offers updates on news, arts, commentary, and photos from around campus and New York City. The organization is run by undergraduates from Barnard, Columbia College, General Studies, and SEAS, with a staff totaling over 200 students. Spectator has opportunities for a wide range of interests, including reporting, writing, editing, photography, design, multimedia, and finance. Along with the daily paper and blogs, Spectator Publishing Company Inc. includes The Eye, a weekly arts and features magazine; and the business division, which manages Spectator's financial standing. If you're interested in joining or have any general questions, please contact us at [email protected]. Follow us on Twitter @ColumbiaSpec

ICYMI: In her first column, Sabina Maurer, CC ’20, speaks about her experience with religion and the importance of havin...
01/20/2020
An uncomfortable faith

ICYMI: In her first column, Sabina Maurer, CC ’20, speaks about her experience with religion and the importance of having faith in the unknown.

I was both deeply touched and confused when one of my best friends pulled me aside after rowing practice to ask if I was alright. “What?” I was in a great mood. My coach and I had exchanged a couple of classic Jesus jokes—in which my Lord and Savior makes the lightweight varsity 8+ and wins Ca...

ICYMI: The inaugural class for Columbia's new dual degree program with Tel Aviv University will start in the fall of 202...
01/19/2020
Columbia announces dual degree program with Tel Aviv University

ICYMI: The inaugural class for Columbia's new dual degree program with Tel Aviv University will start in the fall of 2020.

The School of General Studies will now offer a dual degree program with Tel Aviv University in Israel, the University announced in an email on Thursday afternoon. The program’s inaugural class of students will enter the program in fall 2020. Participants in the program will spend the first two yea...

ICYMI: In this Letter to the Editor, Thu Phuong To, GS ’21, argues that the supportiveness of Sciences Po can only be ac...
01/18/2020
Sciences Po is not “Spartan”

ICYMI: In this Letter to the Editor, Thu Phuong To, GS ’21, argues that the supportiveness of Sciences Po can only be accurately evaluated with respect to its broader educational context.

Once I left Sciences Po, gone were the days of mandatory class attendance. Yet the days of aimless ruminations born out of a need to reaffirm one’s identity in the halls of yet a new institution were near. As a fellow dual B.A. student, I empathize with the Blythe Edwards’ tenacious bemoaning of...

ICYMI: In this op-ed, Lana Awadallah, SEAS ’21, reflects on her parents’ unorthodox prioritization of independence over ...
01/17/2020
Learning to cuff

ICYMI: In this op-ed, Lana Awadallah, SEAS ’21, reflects on her parents’ unorthodox prioritization of independence over marriage and the need to normalize dating in Arab culture.

If anyone’s curious as to why I’m giddy with excitement, inquire no more: It’s cuffing szn! In case anyone’s forgotten how single they are, these next few months will serve as a humbling reminder. I’d never heard about this so-called “cuffing szn” before coming to school in the United ...

ICYMI: With a growing student body and a stagnant classroom inventory, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has been increas...
01/16/2020
With classroom space shortage, Morningside Heights campus forced to expand boundaries

ICYMI: With a growing student body and a stagnant classroom inventory, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has been increasingly compelled to look elsewhere for classroom spaces—including buildings more than a mile from Morningside Campus. Without a clear solution, the growing pressure has many to question whether Columbia must eventually abandon its historically centralized campus for one that sprawls across Morningside Heights and, more and more, into West Harlem.

With a growing student body and a stagnant classroom inventory, the Faculty of Arts and Sciences has been increasingly compelled to look elsewhere for classroom spaces.

ICYMI: Interdisciplinary work, in all its many forms, is everywhere at Columbia. But it’s pushing up against the establi...
01/15/2020
Is Columbia’s Department System Ready to Evolve?

ICYMI: Interdisciplinary work, in all its many forms, is everywhere at Columbia. But it’s pushing up against the established “natural” structure of the university: a siloed department system.

On the second floor of Chandler, a building tucked within Havemeyer, Pamela Smith shows me a bucket of sand from Toulouse, France. She is showing me how her classes make molds for portrait metal the way a 16th-century French manuscript had described it. The sand is coarse, with larger nuggets the co...

We are excited to announce that the columnist application for the spring 2020 semester is finally up!Columns give you th...
01/14/2020
SPRING 2020 COLUMNIST APPLICATION

We are excited to announce that the columnist application for the spring 2020 semester is finally up!

Columns give you the ability to write pieces every other week about a topic of your choosing and provide a wonderful platform for your voice to be heard by the larger Columbia community. We are looking for active, engaged, committed and opinionated writers.
Previous columns can be found here: https://www.columbiaspectator.com/opinion/#Columns

Applications are due by Sunday, February 2nd by 11:59 PM.
For questions, email [email protected]

PLEASE READ: Columnists will write a new piece approximately once every two weeks. They work primarily with the deputy columns editors (Haya Ghandour, SEAS ’22, and Lily Nathanson, BC ’22) and associate editors, and they also collaborate with the editorial page editor (Tamarah Wallace, CC ’22)...

ICYMI: In this op-ed, author Alexander A. Alvalade Ximenes, GS ’21, discusses how Columbia impacts the surrounding commu...
01/14/2020
We can’t afford another Seneca Village in Manhattanville

ICYMI: In this op-ed, author Alexander A. Alvalade Ximenes, GS ’21, discusses how Columbia impacts the surrounding community through discriminatory and inequitable property expansion.

Recent reports extolling Columbia for seeing Manhattanville residents as “partners and collaborators” misportray Columbia’s plan to metastasize into 133rd Street as a consensual expansion. They embellish the truth and tokenize the recruitment of Manhattanville entrepreneurs to execute the plan...

ICYMI: It’s been 100 years since the Core Curriculum was introduced and 30 years since the first student group came toge...
01/13/2020
It’s time to re-evaluate our institutional values, starting with 8 names

ICYMI: It’s been 100 years since the Core Curriculum was introduced and 30 years since the first student group came together to protest Butler Library and Columbia’s elevation of white men. The examination and reconfiguration of our institutional values are long overdue.

Thirty years ago, Laura Hotchkiss Brown, GS ’89, worked with other Columbia students to make a banner by hand that had the names of seven female writers which they hung from the top of Butler Library. Five years later, another group of students hung a similar banner. Next week, a third iteration o...

ICYMI: Amnesty International groups at New York University and Columbia had to cancel their event on Chinese government ...
01/12/2020
Cancelled panel on Chinese government human rights violations sparks concerns over pro-Beijing protesters

ICYMI: Amnesty International groups at New York University and Columbia had to cancel their event on Chinese government digital surveillance and human rights violations at Columbia due to counter-protesters posing a safety threat.

Updated 8:24 p.m. Amid planned counter-protests by Chinese students, an anti-Chinese Communist Party event at Columbia was canceled one day before the event was scheduled to occur due to operational conflicts. In response to the event’s cancellation, a number of scholars and students across social...

ICYMI: What do Columbia students actually do to practice self-care? From playing with puppies to meditating, see what th...
01/11/2020
In Focus: What does self-care look like at Columbia?

ICYMI: What do Columbia students actually do to practice self-care? From playing with puppies to meditating, see what these students have to say.

Over the past month, I asked people to show me what self-care looks like for them at Columbia. I wanted to find out how the commodified idea of “self-care” actually manifests in lives here, so I asked students what they do to de-stress and how they make time for themselves.

ICYMI: In this op-ed, Kevin Petersen, GS, took some time on Veterans Day to reflect on his inclusion on Columbia’s campu...
01/10/2020
Columbia, “Thank you for the support”

ICYMI: In this op-ed, Kevin Petersen, GS, took some time on Veterans Day to reflect on his inclusion on Columbia’s campus as a veteran.

Earlier this year, a couple of friends and I were hopelessly searching for a table in Ferris. It was the first week of the semester and prime lunch hour, so we eventually had to make do with just a third of a table we negotiated from some young first-years. Having just met on Low Steps about 15 minu...

ICYMI: In this column, Jacob Kaplan, CC ’20, discusses the way his relationship with fellow senior Maddy Harden should s...
01/09/2020
Columbia needs more friendships like mine with Maddy Harden

ICYMI: In this column, Jacob Kaplan, CC ’20, discusses the way his relationship with fellow senior Maddy Harden should serve as an example to the Columbia community on how to be nicer to each other.

I first met Maddy Harden, CC ’20, in 2016 during an NSOP pregame. Probably in Carman. We had a very nice, albeit brief, conversation. Then we didn’t speak again for three years. Between September 2016 and August 2019, my relationship with Maddy was virtually nonexistent. Maybe initially we excha...

ICYMI: At a record-breaking Alexander Hamilton Dinner held in Low Library on Thursday, award recipient George Yancopoulo...
01/08/2020
George Yancopoulos, CC ’80, announces $10 million commitment to “beginner’s mind” at annual Hamilton dinner

ICYMI: At a record-breaking Alexander Hamilton Dinner held in Low Library on Thursday, award recipient George Yancopoulos, CC ’80, GSAS ’86, PS ’87, promised in his acceptance speech to commit $10 million to found a “beginner’s mind initiative institute” at Columbia.

The Alexander Hamilton Medal is awarded to an individual for distinguished service to the College and considered the highest tribute to a member of the college community.

Amid its financial troubles, the bookseller’s Columbus Ave. landlord had allowed the store to stay open. “Suddenly, that...
01/08/2020
Book Culture location on Columbus closes after summer of financial woes

Amid its financial troubles, the bookseller’s Columbus Ave. landlord had allowed the store to stay open. “Suddenly, that is no longer the case,” owner Chris Doeblin wrote in a Facebook post.

Book Culture’s location on Columbus Avenue is temporarily closed after it was “seized today unexpectedly, by our landlord,” according to a post on the bookseller’s page. The other three stores—including the 112th Street and Broadway locations that are frequented by Columbia studen...

ICYMI: Harlem’s Little Senegal area, from Senegalese restaurants to Ivorian markets to Somalian eateries, is located onl...
01/07/2020
Little Senegal: a home for West African food and culture in Harlem

ICYMI: Harlem’s Little Senegal area, from Senegalese restaurants to Ivorian markets to Somalian eateries, is located only two blocks from Morningside Park on 116th Street. Spectator’s food writer went to dine and report on the area.

Shop signs written in both English and French, men and women dressed in traditional boubou garments, chefs cooking up fish stew while chatting with customers in Wolof —this reminds one of Dakar, the capital of Senegal. Yet, Little Senegal brings this scene to NYC—just two blocks east of Mornings...

ICYMI: In September, students interviewed said they have been spending more points for less food than in previous semest...
01/06/2020
In Chartwells’ first semester, Barnard students spending more points for less food at Diana

ICYMI: In September, students interviewed said they have been spending more points for less food than in previous semesters, running out of points and swipes more quickly, and, as a result, skipping meals to make their meal plans last.

Less than four weeks into the semester, Barnard students said that they are spending more money and receiving smaller portions than they did in the past at Diana.

ICYMI: Calls for Lederer to step down from her teaching post at the Law School first gained traction in 2013, but studen...
01/05/2020
‘Central Park Five’ prosecutor Elizabeth Lederer resigns from Law School lecturer position, citing public response

ICYMI: Calls for Lederer to step down from her teaching post at the Law School first gained traction in 2013, but students and community members received no response from the University. This time, the protests, driven by a recent Netflix series and two black student groups, led to something different.

Calls for Lederer to resign from her post at the Law School first gained traction in 2013 when a political consultant who was not affiliated with the University or the case became aware of Lederer’s employment.

ICYMI: As departments slowly shift away from a historic aim of preparing students to enter academia, they confront a ten...
01/04/2020
‘An ethical quandary’: In face of national humanities decline, English department reckons with future of graduate students

ICYMI: As departments slowly shift away from a historic aim of preparing students to enter academia, they confront a tension of the near future: whether to continue maintaining the size of cohorts and risk taking on graduate students for jobs that may not exist, or to accept fewer graduate students and risk losing resources for their departments.

As departments slowly shift away from a historic aim of preparing students to enter academia, they confront a tension of the near future.

ICYMI: Record-low Columbia acceptances were met by the Class of 2023 with reactions ranging from “expected” to “a dream ...
01/03/2020
For some of the class of 2023, Columbia was fated. For others, it was a far-off dream.

ICYMI: Record-low Columbia acceptances were met by the Class of 2023 with reactions ranging from “expected” to “a dream come true.” From Stuyvesant to Syracuse City School District, incoming first years share their different paths to Columbia.

For some, an Ivy League future is written on their high school diploma from the start. For others, it means crossing exclusive lines—even within their own zip codes—that enclose elite institutions.

While at Columbia, Charlie Noxon was studying under the department of East Asian languages and cultures, according to th...
01/02/2020
Columbia College student has died

While at Columbia, Charlie Noxon was studying under the department of East Asian languages and cultures, according to the University directory, and also served as an editor for the opinion page at Spectator.

Charlie Noxon, a junior in Columbia College, has died following a ski accident that occurred on New Year’s Eve, according to law enforcement officials and media reports. He was 20 years old. Noxon, who lived in Los Angeles, was pronounced dead following an accident on a trail in Park City, Utah, w...

ICYMI: The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, released in October by both Barnard and Columbia separately, details ...
01/02/2020
Public Safety reports show increase in reports of on-campus sexual assault, drug-related discipline

ICYMI: The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, released in October by both Barnard and Columbia separately, details statistics about crimes and fire detections around the campuses. Notably, there was an increase in reports of sexual assault and drug-related discipline.

The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, released by both Barnard and Columbia separately, details statistics about crimes and fire detections around the campuses.

ICYMI: No matter what type of Columbia student you are, Spectrum has a New Year's Resolution for you.
01/01/2020
New year’s resolutions for every Columbia student

ICYMI: No matter what type of Columbia student you are, Spectrum has a New Year's Resolution for you.

The beginning of the new year marks a fresh start. You might believe that self-improvement should be practiced year-round rather than annually or stand by the idea that the Gregorian calendar is a socially constructed metric of time with an arbitrary influence on goal-setting. Regardless, a little g...

ICYMI: The School of General Studies’ active recruiting across the nation ensures that many of the military’s most talen...
12/31/2019
Columbia Has More Veteran Students Than the Rest of the Ivy League Combined. But How Are Women Vets Getting in the Door?

ICYMI: The School of General Studies’ active recruiting across the nation ensures that many of the military’s most talented prospective students discover and apply to Columbia, but many debate whether current recruitment methods are enough in getting the increasingly growing women veteran population in the loop, too.

While the typical undergraduate can only grasp the Cold War era through textbooks, Rose Gibbs, who graduated from the School of General Studies last spring, has been to the Soviet satellite state of East Germany herself. It was there, almost 40 years ago, that she paid $3 for a full seven-course, so...

ICYMI: In this letter to the editor, Jacob Kaplan, CC '20, exposes the ugly truth: Milk shaming is real, and it’s happen...
12/30/2019
It’s time to end milk-shaming at Columbia

ICYMI: In this letter to the editor, Jacob Kaplan, CC '20, exposes the ugly truth: Milk shaming is real, and it’s happening right here at Columbia. Why shame the healthiest drink in the dining hall?

Allow me to take you back to September, 2016. Obama was president, Carman still looked like a prison, and life was good. I—a freshman desperately clinging onto his COÖP friends—was getting dinner at Ferris Booth Commons. I had my meal ready but still needed a drink. The Coke Freestyle machine.....

ICYMI: In this op-ed, Christine Piazza, CC ’23, argues that her experience being home-schooled prepared her better for c...
12/29/2019
The homeschool advantage

ICYMI: In this op-ed, Christine Piazza, CC ’23, argues that her experience being home-schooled prepared her better for college life than traditional high school ever could.

I dropped out of school in first grade. Yes, before coming to Columbia, my only memories of being enrolled in a school—repetitive lessons on the alphabet and other kids stamping on my sandcastles—were from pre-K and kindergarten, and ever since then I was proud to call myself a home-schooler. Gr...

ICYMI: In this op-ed, Marco Starger, SEAS ’19, argues that the lack of separate computer science courses for undergradua...
12/28/2019
To the comp sci department: Create separate classes for master’s students

ICYMI: In this op-ed, Marco Starger, SEAS ’19, argues that the lack of separate computer science courses for undergraduate and graduate students compromises the academic and pre-professional experiences of both student populations.

Upon arriving at Columbia four years ago, I was immediately overwhelmed by the size of my engineering classes. Coming from high school, where class sizes never surpassed 25 students, it took a while to get used to lecture halls that were often filled with hundreds of students. I was always told that...

Barnard and Columbia faculty and staff have received racist robocall messages from a white supremacist group. The messag...
12/28/2019
Racist robocalls about Tessa Majors sent to Columbia, Barnard professors

Barnard and Columbia faculty and staff have received racist robocall messages from a white supremacist group. The messages, described in the statement as “abhorrent and viciously racist,” arrived in light of the ongoing investigation of the death of Tessa Majors, a Barnard first year.

Barnard and Columbia administrators denounced the messages and said that the calls were placed to landlines at both schools, and no students were believed to have received them.

ICYMI: In this op-ed, Blythe Edwards, GS ’21, discusses the pitfalls of Columbia’s cost when its quality, compared to th...
12/27/2019
The price of a well-padded paradise

ICYMI: In this op-ed, Blythe Edwards, GS ’21, discusses the pitfalls of Columbia’s cost when its quality, compared to that of international schools, does not match its exorbitant price tag.

3 a.m. pancake runs at JJ’s Place, state-of-the-art swimming pools and squash courts, acupuncture therapy, anti-gravity yoga classes, discounted tickets for Broadway musicals, and on and on. The opportunities here seem endless. Far from a baptism by fire, college in the U.S. feels like drinking fr...

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This would be an interesting topic for the CS to explore.
Watch out for the JJ’s addiction…
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