Monthly Archive: June 2016



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Make a good first impression by not having an android.

Make a good first impression by not having an android.

We’ve heard through the grapevine (ahem… that shit is getting (and we quote) “messy” in the Class of 2020 Facebook group now that housing assignments have been released. Hopefully this piece will soothe your worries a little bit, first-years, or at least make you realize that who your freshman year roommate is won’t really matter in the long run.

As things usually go at Columbia University (in terms of Barnard getting the short end of the stick…is that too phallic?), Barnard first-years will have to wait a few weeks to find out their housing situations. And CC/SEAS students–though your roommate may look weird as fuck (God forbid you couldn’t find them on Facebook and had to reach out via LionMail), at least you don’t have to live in the Quad.

Ever since the first of May after securing your spot at Columbia (or earlier, if you really couldn’t wait to sign your life away), you’ve been eager to finalize all of the details of your future in MoHi–what you’ll be taking, how you’ll be getting there, and most permanently, who you’ll be living with. Unfortunately, the university hasn’t been as understanding, as up until today, you haven’t had the answers to almost any of these questions. This changes today, as you have finally received your housing assignment, which included who will be borrowing your toothbrush, sexiling you bi-weekly, and partially responsible for your mid-life crisis in February. That’s right Class Of 2020: your roommate assignment is here.

We’re being a little harsh–college roommates are the source of NSOP comfort, late-night Tom’s companions, and borrowed Lit Hum books. In fact, the first couple of months at CU will be the best ones you and your roommate share. When you both first arrive on campus, you guys will be excited to be at college, in New York City, and most importantly, away from your parents. For the first two weeks of school, you will have someone to consume every meal with, tag in every Instagram post, and include in your fake ID order. This is a great time, especially since you both know that you can ditch each other as soon as you start making real friends.

Some of you won’t be as lucky…



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The big man himself, repping affirmative action

Presidents set precedent

Our Arts Editor takes time off from his summer law internship to catch up on Supreme Court decisions and the continuing influence of our own PrezBo’s legal precedent from his time at the University of Michigan.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of the United States decided the case of Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin et al. and released a 4-3 decision, affirming the constitutionality of the University’s system of admissions with regard to the use of ‘race-sensitive admissions policies.’ Fisher originally brought her case before the Court in 2013, where it was remanded and sent back down to a lower court for strict scrutiny of the circumstances and application of the admissions policies.

Fisher alleged that the University of Texas disadvantaged her (a Caucasian) compared to students of racial minorities in the admissions process, positing that this discrimination against her violated the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. This decision of the Court puts to rest these allegations of bias brought against the University, with Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, and Sotomayor in concurrence with Justice Kennedy’s majority opinion. Chief Justice Roberts and Justices Thomas and Alito dissented. Justice Kagan recused herself because of her involvement with the case as Solicitor General when it was in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In both the 2013 and 2016 written decisions, the Court reference two notable cases of precedent for affirmative action, both involving Columbia’s very own Lee C. Bollinger. While serving as president of the University of Michigan, Bollinger was the named defendant in cases brought against the undergraduate school and the law school at Michigan, Gratz v. Bollinger and Grutter v. Bollinger respectively.

More on PrezBo and the Constitution after the jump



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Remnants of a once proud magnolia

Remnants of a once proud magnolia

Earlier today, the Barnard Community was deeply saddened to receive a construction update email with the news that our beloved magnolia tree (which was moved last fall in order to build Barnard’s new Teaching and Learning Center) may be on its last limbs. Despite the recent warm weather, Maggie’s leaves have still failed to emerge, which, according to Barnard’s arborists, is “not good news.” In honor of the tree (and its apparently imminent demise), Bwogger Betsy Ladyzhets has composed a eulogy.

Magnolia, Magnolia,
How it pains us to look upon you, Magnolia.
We slumbered beneath you in summer and shivered with you in winter,
Wept beneath you in autumn and cheered with you in spring.
You are the center of our campus and of our hearts,
Never faltering, never failing, always blossoming
Bold and beautiful as the women who walk past you each day.
Your branches once opened to us like the arms of our mothers,
Bright and brilliant, colorful and courageous –
A beacon of hope extending beyond campus walls.

More eulogizing (and the official message) after the jump



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Missing from the photo: sweaty football players and wrestlers

It’s official–despite a resolution by CCSC to make Cannon’s more accessible, everyone’s favorite bar (during NSOP) will be closing for good.

After hearing a rumor from a pal over at Sig Chi, we gave Tara Hill (as it’s officially known) a call earlier today. The person on the phone confirmed that they will be closing at the end of June. We also asked if the bar would be reopening soon under different management (as it did in 2004, back when it was actually called Cannon’s), but the employee said it wouldn’t be. You can read more on the restaurant/bar’s Facebook page.

Come fall, we guess the Class of 2020 will have to try their luck at Mel’s! Perhaps now there will be fewer lost coats during the winter, too.

Looking back, the news sure makes this Facebook event poignant.

Should we all go for one last hurrah? via Tara Hill’s Facebook page

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