Monthly Archive: July 2017

Jul

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This summer, filming has started for Steven Spielberg’s new movie Pentagon Papers starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks. The film is about the Washington Post and their publishing of the Pentagon papers, detailing US involvement in the Vietnam War. And, today, they were filming on campus! Check out these shots we got of Meryl struttin’ her stuff around Low. Unfortunately, we couldn’t find Tom… maybe he’s just not in this scene.

 

 

Sexy shots of Meryl from Lily Drabkin & bottom right photo of Low from Ana Jimenez

Jul

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Okay but when is the Columbia Daily Spectator going to get an office?

The Columbia Daily Spectator, Columbia and Barnard’s lovable weekly “daily newspaper” and perpetual op-ed machine, is to shortly move out from their old building at 2875 Broadway, which was located between 111th and 112th—conveniently adjacent to the Heights. According to an email sent earlier this evening to Spectator alumni, which is appended below, “the landlord has asked the University to relocate the various student organizations in the building, but made a firm decision to no longer allow students to occupy space in the building this year.” The email speaks little of the landlord’s motivation in removing Speccies from the building, but sources familiar with Spec’s now-defunct office space refer to ongoing construction within the building as perhaps the primary reason for the landlord suddenly ejecting the Spectator from their offices.

As far as what the future holds for Spec, little is certain. The announcement circulated to Spec alumni claims that while “the University has shown [Spec] a few spaces to relocate to, we have yet to find one that adequately meets our space requirements, and we are moving into a swing space at the end of this month as a permanent home for Spectator is finalized.” Nevertheless, Bwog received a tip earlier this week describing Spec’s imminent move, characterizing the relocation as “their landlord kicking them out,” and alleging that “it’s a sensitive subject for everyone working there.” However, Bwog couldn’t locate any public eviction records, implying that the move is more-or-less wholesome in nature.

While the alumni email does not deign to mention the specific location where Spec will be temporarily located, our source claims that Spec will be housed in the Nash building at 133rd and Broadway. The Nash building is located across from the Studebaker building, on the eastern side of Broadway, and Columbia’s interactive Manhattanville map identifies it as an office space which is part of the new Manhattanville campus. Whether Spec will suffer from its new location in this transition space, which some consider annoyingly far-removed from Columbia’s undergraduate population, remains to be seen.

Click Here To Read The Email Spec Sent Out

Jul

18

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This afternoon, Barnard students, faculty, and other community members received a welcome email from the college’s eighth president, Sian Leah Beilock.

Beilock expressed her enthusiasm at jumping into her new role, noting that “settling in slowly is not an option at Barnard.” She spoke highly of the college’s students, faculty, location, and alumnae, extolling Barnard’s “unique – and singular – position as a small women’s college associated with a major research university” and its commitment to “challenge assumptions, broaden awareness, and hone abilities to think critically.” Beilock also specifically spoke to the intellectual capabilities of Barnard students and the “lifelong community of women” that they form.

“I look forward to hearing from you, listening to you, and engaging with you,” Beilock wrote. “Together, we will demonstrate the power of intellectual leadership in the lives we lead, academically, professionally, and as citizens of the world.”

The email also included a video (which you can find after the jump) of President Beilock introducing herself to and talking with a few members of the Barnard community. Like the students she will soon lead, she walked through Altschul and the Diana, hung out in the quad, and tried a slice of Koronet pizza. New college presidents: they’re just like us!

Read Beilock’s full email after the break

Jul

13

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Update: The Bwog Editorial Board later received an email with the University’s statement on July 13, at 9:29 PM. We’ve appended the full text of the University statement at the end of this article, and have rectified any statements premised upon not having received this private statement.

According to the docket of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, “The parties in the above-referenced case [Paul Nungesser v. Columbia University] have filed a stipulation withdrawing this appeal pursuant to FRAP 42.” As related by the documents included below, the settlement was officially reached on Monday, July 10. Paul Nungesser, CC ’15, gained fame and notoriety two years ago in conjunction with a rape allegation against him by Emma Sulkowicz, CC ’15. Nungesser’s case, originally filed in April 2015, alleged that Columbia had committed a Title IX violation in allowing Sulkowicz to receive academic credit for her “Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight),” a performance art piece in which Sulkowicz carried her mattress with her around campus in order to call attention to Nungesser’s lack of punishment by the university. This case was initially thrown out by the court on the grounds that Nungesser’s complaint did not fulfill Title IX qualifications, but was then re-filed last spring.

Although we have included the documents relating to the withdrawal of Nungesser’s appeal below as evidence of the settlement, there is no publicly released statement regarding this settlement from either the press release archive of Columbia University, the official statements of the Office of the President, or the statements of Columbia’s law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, which has released two press releases in the past regarding the initial dismissal of Nungesser’s suit.

In a Columbia Daily Spectator article released earlier today, two official statements are included. The quotes contained are now understood to have originated in a private statement transmitted by the University. Although we can now confirm the source of these statements, our journalistic judgement at the time of publishing relied upon the Spectator’s lack of citation of the source of this statement. This led us to confirm the settlement via publicly available court documents—documents which we found journalistically prudent to reproduce as evidence of our organization’s statements.

If any new information is received, Bwog will update this article accordingly.

Read the court documents after the jump

Jul

3

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Editor’s Note: This article describes and discusses details of sexual assault. All documents provided are Public Domain and come from the docket of the Southern District Court of New York.

According to the docket of the Southern District Court of New York, Defendant Columbia University and Plaintiff Amelia Roskin-Frazee will voice their oral arguments on August 8th regarding Roskin-Frazee’s lawsuit against the school. Though scantily covered by Spec and the New York Daily News, both the physical documents of Columbia’s most recent Motion to Dismiss Roskin-Frazee’s suit as well as Roskin-Frazee’s counterarguments against Columbia’s Motion remain unprovided and underreported. In this article, we will cover the full background to this case, the recent developments, and provide copies of all documents related to the suit.

Roskin-Frazee’s Complaint Against Columbia

Roskin-Frazee first provides a background to Columbia’s history of sexual assault, wherein the plaintiff alleges that Columbia “has a history of violating Title IX when responding to reports of sexual misconduct,” pointing to the 23 students in April of 2014 “filing administrative complaints with the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (‘OCR’), alleging that COLUMBIA violated Title IX”; as well as the general history of Emma Sulkowicz and her “Carry That Weight” project; No Red Tape; and the protests against Dean Cristen Kromm in March of 2016. She further establishes the policies regarding Title IX and the University’s Gender-Based Misconduct Policy and Procedures For Students, which Columbia is alleged to have violated. These include standards of reporting any suspected incidents to the Gender Based Misconduct Office, the Office’s requirement to investigate “regardless of whether a complainant wishes to report the incident or not,” and the various accommodations intended to provide support and relief. These accommodations, specifically, include the moving of a student’s residence, the changing of a student’s schedule, the allowing of a student to withdraw from or retake a class without penalty, and the providing of tutoring or other academic assistance.

The specific incidents Roskin-Frazee’s complaint alleges to have occurred begin with an October of 2015 sexual assault in her Hartley dorm room. At the time, the doors to at least some of Hartley Hall’s suites did not automatically lock, leading Roskin-Frazee’s suite to leave their suite door unlocked. As a result, the plaintiff reports that an unidentified man gained access to her specific room and committed sexual assault against her. Roskin-Frazee claims in her complaint that she attempted to schedule an appointment with the Women’s Health department of Columbia’s Medical Services, but could neither schedule an immediate appointment online, over the phone, nor as a walk-in patient. Exasperated, Roskin-Frazee scheduled an appointment for “flu-like” symptoms, where she then claimed to be “experiencing genital pain,” only to be told that she “shouldn’t have such rough sex again.” As a result of her lack of treatment, Roskin-Frazee contacted Columbia’s Sexual Violence Response Hotline (SVR), where she claimed that the SVR representative advised her to contact the police, and commented that “even though Plaintiff is lesbian, she should have been on birth control.” The SVR Staff Advocate she was later connected to “was unaware of Plaintiff’s rights and options under Title IX or any ability to receive academic or housing accommodations.” Despite this, the Staff Advocate set up a meeting with Roskin-Frazee the next day.

Click to continue reading the details of the lawsuit

Jul

2

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With May and June behind us like a booty, some of us may have forgotten about the nice little mole at the top of the Upper West Side. Sweet Columbia, we miss you like we miss the smell of fresh mulch in April. Okay seriously, for those of you who have been wondering about the happenings of our New York City college town, here’s an update:

  • Arguably, the best thing about June is that it’s Pride Month. The city is full of rainbows and celebrating its LGBTQ+ population. Columbia celebrated by lighting up the columns on Low Library in rainbow colors, as well as by opening a new exhibit at the Rare Books and Manuscripts Library called “Pride of Lions.” The exhibit showcased the historic role that LGBTQ+ groups have played on Columbia’s campus – highlighting the fact that the very first collegiate LGBTQ+ organization actually started at Columbia, way back in 1966.
  • Columbia Law School broke the internet on June 8, the day of James Comey’s congressional hearing. During the hearing, Comey said that he had confided in a “good friend” about the going on of a shady meeting with President Trump. All Comey said about the identity of this “friend” was that he is a professor at Columbia Law School. Within minutes, the Columbia Law School faculty page had crashed. Oops.
  • Shariq Jumani’s Gofundme has reached 83% of its goal. In the last update posted by his friends and family two weeks ago, he had a tracheostomy to help with his breathing. However, he is recovering, and even woke up to interact with them.
  • Barnard has a new president (and a new Title IX Coordinator).
  • Vine closed!!!! In their voicemail, they said it’s just for renovation. Hopefully, they renovate their attitudes in addition to the countertops.
  • There is some construction happening in front of Butler. Facilities wouldn’t tell us what’s up, but we’re hoping for a moving sidewalk connecting Butler to College Walk. Updates to come.

Pictures and field notes after the jump!

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