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Daily Archive: September 28, 2018

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Robert Paul Wolff is an old and wise philosopher who taught at Columbia until 1971. He’s sort of back this year, commuting 500 miles from North Carolina every Tuesday to teach SOCI GU4600, Mystifications of Social Reality. Staff Writer Andrew Wang went to office hours to get smarter.

If Ethics is fiction, it therefore follows that all of CC is.

Do you remember 1968? Robert Paul Wolff remembers.

Back then, the Core Curriculum was younger than Lee C. Bollinger, Columbia cost $1900 to attend—$100 less than Harvard—and Buy/Sell was a farmer’s market.

More people did the reading back then, and Robert Paul Wolff was one of them. A professor of philosophy at Columbia, his life had been arguably more interesting prior to his hiring. Wolff began at Harvard at age 16, and by age 20, as a freshly-minted graduate in mathematics, he found himself in the fabled English manor of Bertrand Russell for tea. Russell had wanted information from the logic wunderkind from Harvard. Things went south, however, when Wolff replied, “Actually, I’ve been reading Kant’s Ethics lately,” to which Russell snapped back, “So you enjoy reading fiction, do you?” Office hours were do or die, and our dear Mr. Wolff did not do.

what about 1968?

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Secretary Albright speaking to the Columbia Community

On Thursday Afternoon, the Columbia community poured in to see the first female Secretary of State, Madeleine Albright, speak about anti-communist, Czech President Vaclav Havel. Ezra Lerner, Staff Writer and political junkie, went to cover and provide belated coverage.

Columbia wasted no time getting the lead out for the World Leader’s Forum finale—a commemoration of the former playwright, anti-communist revolutionary, and Czech President Vaclav Havel, featuring Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. First to speak was the Dean of SIPA, Merit Janow. Her punctuated voice, practiced at storytelling, gave brief introductions of everyone speaking.

Up next was Professor Jan Svejnar to offer compassionate words about Havel and introduce Lee Bollinger. Svejnar talked about previously working for the Columbia President at the University of Michigan. Peppering his introduction with jokes, he set the event up for President Bollinger, whose pronounced steps were loud as he strode confidently onstage. Glasses firm in hand, Bollinger relayed his successful efforts to bring Havel to Columbia for a two-month residency in 2006. Transitioning to the Secretary of State, Bollinger spoke fondly about Albright’s former work, and current stature, stressing the need for her voice during these “trying times.” Then up came the former Secretary of State.

Former Secretary Albright spoke with a booming voice, polished and practiced at the art of public speaking. She painted her friendship with the late Havel as one of honesty, humor, and respect. The first introduction between the two former public servants began with Havel getting her name wrong. “You’re Ms. Fulbright?” “No, I’m Ms. Albright,” she explained, conveying the kind, brusque tone she clearly used upon meeting the former Czech President.

True to form as an American public servant, Albright’s tales of their work together gave way to an assessment of how Havel would see the current state of American affairs. (Though she was sure to note that she had “enough memories of Havel” to continue the conference “through the night.”) Albright expressed frustration with the “hyper-nationalism” that she saw in certain political circles today. Havel, she said, would have had “had no interest in the kind of political rhetoric that divided people into one camp or another.” The current American President was among those, in her view, responsible for such vitriol. Chastising Trump as someone who “scorns American democracy and the rule of law,” Albright said that Havel “would have been disturbed” by him.

Criticisms and questions after the jump!

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Staff Writer Vivian Zhou is starting a series on the Chinese food around Morningside Heights. This week, she hiked up the Broadway hill to La Salle Dumpling Room. Here are her thoughts. 

We all get homesick. For some people home is a literal 10-minute walk away. For me, home is more than 10,000 miles away, a 15-hour flight, and at least 500 dollars. La Salle Dumpling Room may basically be in Harlem, but it’s really only an 8-block hike.

The Chinese food selection in Morningside Heights is not extensive. There are the food carts, Junzi, and a few restaurants here and there. La Salle markets itself as a dumpling room and they have soup dumplings, which is exactly what drew me in when my homesickness kicked in during my first few weeks of college.

The restaurant has a very nice ambiance– they have old pictures from China, blue and white china plates on the wall, a huge red mural that says “dumpling house” in Chinese, and little bird cages hanging from the ceiling. The menu is extensive and offers dishes beyond authentic Chinese food: kimchi fried rice, a rice bowl featuring cheese and egg, and popcorn chicken. The dishes are on the expensive side, with starters at around $10, noodles at around $12, entrées at around $15, and dumplings at around $9. Cheaper than that $500 ticket though.

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This seems much more exciting than gym field hockey.

Need to know what’s going on with Columbia Athletics? Madman have a gun to your head insisting you tell him who the field hockey team is playing this weekend? Desperate for anything to get your mind off the news? Sports Editor Abby Rubel has what you need.

Football: Columbia (2-0) will take on Princeton (2-0) today in the first Ivy game of the season and its home opener. After sustaining some critical injuries in their first game of the season, the Lions struggled against Georgetown last week, settling for field goals instead of touchdowns and struggling to keep back the Hoyas’ offense. The Yale Undergraduate Sports Analytics Group gave the Tigers a 77.9 percent chance of winning and predicted that they’d win by about 13 points. Princeton’s offense is tough, averaging 50.5 points per game and 577.5 yards of total offense. Columbia defeated Princeton last year, but this year’s matchup could be different especially because of the injuries plaguing the Lions. If you’re heading to the game, tickets are free with a CU ID and Athletics will be running free shuttle buses to Baker starting 2.5 hours before the 6:00 pm kickoff from 116th and Broadway.

Women’s Soccer: The Lions (4-4-1, 1-0 Ivy) will take on the Brown Bears in Rhode Island (4-5-1, 0-1 Ivy) on Saturday at 3:30 pm. Columbia is coming off a double overtime win against Cornell last week and looking to move up its from third place ranking. Columbia leads the Ivy League in shots on goal and shots on goal per game, with 68 and 7.56 respectively. Brown’s main scoring threat is Abby Carchio, who has five goals so far, the second most in the league. Maddie Temares leads the Columbia offense with three goals and seven points so far this season.

Field Hockey: The Light Blue (5-3, 1-0 Ivy) will take on the Big Red (2-6, 0-1 Ivy) on Sunday at 12:00 pm in a home match. Columbia is ranked third in the league along with three other 1-0 teams: Harvard, Princeton, and Penn. The Blue and White’s tough offense, led by Jennifer Trieschman, will face off against Cornell goalie Maddie Henry, who’s third in the league in saves per game with 5.86. Trieschman has 17 points on the season and seven goals. Helping her is Katharine Cavanaugh, who has four assists so far this year.

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safe sex, but with style

Happening in the World: The UN Human Rights Council decided to establish a body that would prepare evidence of human rights abuses in Myanmar for future prosecution. It suggested prosecution on charges of genocide for a campaign that forcefully pushed 750,000 Rohingya Muslims to escape to Bangladesh and crimes against humanity against other ethnic minorities. The creation of this body was co-sponsored by more than 100 countries from around the world (New York Times).

Happening in the US: The Securities and Exchange Commission has sued Tesla CEO Elon Musk for tweeting “false and misleading” statements to his investors. The SEC now seeks to bar Musk from being a director of a publicly traded company (BBC).

Happening in NYC: Today’s the first day of the 56th New York Film Festival! It will run until October 14th at Lincoln Center. Whether you’re a film fanatic or just want to catch some celebrity sightings, click here to buy tickets before they all sell out.

Happening on Campus: As a part of Voting Week 2018, the largest political event on campus running from September 28 to October 6, Columbia Political Union will be hosting Rockin’ the Vote. There will be music, voter registration/absentee ballots, and pocket constitutions, so make sure to stop by the Butler lawns today, from 5 to 7 pm!

Freebie of the Day: On my way to pick up food at Thai Market, a lady on Amsterdam Ave & W 108th St offered me a mysterious item. I was really hungry and she was very persistent, so I shoved the item into my bag without looking at it. Fast-forward to a picnic on the Butler lawns, my friends and I realized that it was a safe sex kit by Marc Jacobs. Who knew safe sex could be used as a fashion statement?

marc jacobs really knows what’s up via my subpar photography skills

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