Written by Cara Hudson-Erdman
February 03, 20185:42 pm 0 Comments
Friendworking = friendship + networking
You’ve probably seen this LinkedIn/Tinder mashup on Facebook already, but what is Coffee@CU anyway? One of ADI Labs’ spring projects, it’s meant to give CU students an outlet to meet people outside of their social circles. Its well-known perception of Columbia and Barnard campus culture tends to focus on isolation, loneliness, and stress culture, yet the school’s online presence is active with discourse as seen in various CU-associated Facebook groups and sites. Coffee@CU is one of the latest hubs of campus meetups, currently run by ADI member and PM Jimmy O’Donnell (SEAS ‘19). I sat down with Jimmy to talk about the history of Coffee@CU and why Columbia has a niche for such a site.
The Coffee@CU site is addictive but riddled with ambiguity. Its layout is simple; one can scroll through photos of CU students that list their name, school, interests, and free time. Anyone can request a coffee meetup with someone else by sending a quick, witty message. But the site is vague and doesn’t specify whether its users are looking for hookups, new friendships, or networking opportunities. According to Jimmy, the ambiguity is in part purposeful to initiate new relationships and friendships that otherwise would have never happened due to a campus social that people often find stifling.
“The culture of Columbia lives online,” says Jimmy, citing student life sites like WikiCU and CULPA, where campus commentary breeds. I’d add that often these online enclaves such as Columbia Buy Sell Memes reflect a ‘community’ built not on connection but rather commiseration and the social isolation that’s a reality for many Columbia students. “Columbia’s a fundamentally lonely place, where people have problems building a community and finding and keeping friend groups,” Jimmy says, explaining that Coffee@CU was created to target the difficulty many students encounter in making social connections on campus. The site was originally created by Parthi Loganathan (SEAS ’16) in an effort to meet new people in his last semester at Columbia. In fact, Jimmy and Parthi first got to know each other on a Coffee@CU meetup, and this spring, Jimmy takes over project manager as the site is nurtured by ADI Labs, a group of students who focus their energy on creating working sites and apps for Barnumbia students’ needs. Now, Coffee@CU is seeing a resurgence of interest as ADI coders build upon the site’s foundation built two years back.
Read more about Coffee@CU after the jump
Tags: get it... friendworking... ha ha, i honestly didn't know what coffee@cu was until this post was pitched but i'm glad i do now, this is really cool and i hope people take advantage of this opportunity to make friends, this post is really wholesome and i love it good job cara!!
Written by Bwog Staff
February 03, 20183:29 pm 0 Comments
Imagine this, but artsy
New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.
Picture via publicdomainpictures
Tags: films films and more films, foreign films!, there's really something for everyone this week, where art thou?
February 03, 20181:34 pm 2 Comments
I hope this isn’t your TA
Have you ever had that one TA who never shows up to office hours or recitations? Or the one who can never correctly answer your questions? Or the one who has to teach the class, but you’d probably learn more if they just didn’t? Fear not, we have some simple solutions.
Why is there only one person in that classroom via Pixabay
Tags: i have definitely taken a water bottle filled with alcohol to butler several times before, i love all of the 1004 tas so much they are all so amazing, i wish i knew how to knit it seems fun and stress relieving, i've never had a shitty ta tbh
Written by Ramisa Murshed
February 03, 20189:57 am 2 Comments
Venture out of the MoHi bubble and take a trip to the Brooklyn Museum!
Happening in the world: With new remote sensing technology, researchers were able to discover over 60,000 hidden Mayan ruins in Guatemala. The technology, called Lidar, allows archaeologists to find things that are invisible to the naked eye. (BBC)
Happening in the US: Russia recently developed a new nuclear-armed torpedo that could easily strike US coastal cities, prompting Trump to call for the US’s production of new nuclear arms, following his promises to strengthen the country’s nuclear arsenal. (USA Today)
Happening in NYC: A man was recently found dead in Riverside Park near W 158th Street and Riverside Drive. He was found lying on a stairwell, face-down. The cause of death is currently unknown. (NY Daily News)
Happening on Campus: The Ethiopian Eritrean Student Association is heading to Brooklyn to attend the Brooklyn Museum for Target First Saturdays: Black History Month! Check out the Facebook event here.
Overheard: “I just met you, and like, you seem so mean.” “OK, nobody tells this guy my name.”
Brooklyn Museum via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: bwoglines, does trump even know what nuclear weapons are, i forgot to write these last night so i woke up early, remote sensing is so cool i did a science olympiad event about it
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