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Apr

23

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LOOK AT THOSE PANTS!

Columbia had a rough weekend. Sports Editor Abby Rubel gives you the deets.

Men’s Golf: The Lions performed poorly this weekend, finishing in last place at the Ivy League Championships with a score of 944. Yale took first place since the first time since 2011 with a score of 880. Columbia particularly struggled in the first round, scoring 332 where the other teams scored in the low 300s. (Princeton, which came in seventh place, scored the next-highest with 319.) And because their second and third round scores were on par with the other Ancient Eight teams, they couldn’t catch up. Individually, first-year Arjun Puri lead the team with a score of 24 over par.

Women’s Golf: The women’s team had a successful weekend at the Ivy League Championships, coming in fourth thanks to a strong performance from senior Nancy Xu. Xu tied for seventh place individually and shot a 73 on Saturday, keeping Columbia’s score that day low and putting the team within range of third-place Brown. But Brown shot 303 on Sunday to Columbia’s 307—good enough to hang on to fourth place but not good enough to catch the Bruins. Princeton won the tournament after a tie-breaker hole with Harvard.

Heavyweight Rowing: Columbia lost the race for the Doc Lusins Trophy for the eighth year in a row on Saturday. The Lions came in third place in all three of the day’s races, losing to both Boston University (the current holder of the trophy) and Syracuse. In the Varsity Eight race, Boston beat out Syracuse by just half a second, while Columbia came in eight seconds later. The other two races went similarly poorly, with the Light Blue coming in third by five or more seconds each time.

Men’s Lightweight Rowing: beat Cornell and MIT, beat Dartmouth
Baseball: won 2-0, lost 10-5, lost 7-6 against Princeton
Softball: won 9-1, won 9-0, lost 9-0 against Princeton
Men’s Tennis: won 4-0 at Brown, won 4-0 at Yale
Women’s Tennis: won 5-2 against Brown, won 6-1 against Yale
Lacrosse: won 14-12 against Brown

Apr

20

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(And also rowing edition.)

Sports Editor Abby Rubel brings you this week’s sports update, before you enjoy your 4/20 too much to remember it.

Men’s Golf: The Ivy League Championships got underway this morning at 10:00. The tournament will continue tomorrow and Sunday at 9:00 am each day. The Lions won the tournament most recently in 2014, although the team came in seventh place last year. (Harvard won.) Senior Joshua Suh, sophomore Nick Brisebois, and first-years Dan Terrell, John Robertson, and Arjun Puri will compete for the Light Blue. The Lions had a tough schedule before this, which Head Coach Rich Mueller hopes will pay off in the tournament. The winning team will head to the NCAA Championships.

Women’s Golf: The women’s team is also competing at the Ivy League Championships this weekend. They teed off at 8:30 am this morning and will start at the same time on Saturday and Sunday. Last year, Princeton dominated the tournament and the Lions came in third, thanks in part to a fifth-place individual performance from then-senior Jackie Chulya. The Lions have only won one title (2007) since they started competing in 2004. Competing for Columbia will be senior Nancy Xu, junior captain Amy Ding, sophomore Emily Chu, and first-years Katie Lee, Qingyi Symba Xu, and Kim Chiang.

Heavyweight Rowing: Columbia will compete for the Doc Lusins Trophy on Saturday against Boston University, currently ranked ninth. They’ll also race against Syracuse University, currently ranked 14th, although Syracuse does not compete for the trophy. Doc Lusins was captain of Columbia’s heavyweight rowing team in 1959, and the trophy was established in 2003 by his son who rowed for Boston. Boston has beaten Columbia for the trophy seven years in a row.

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Apr

19

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List of demands.

Members of 24/7 Columbia, an organization dedicated to improving healthcare on campus, are holding a sit-in in Lerner Hall tonight to protest “the lack of in-person, accessible healthcare,” according to a statement sent to Bwog.

The group’s goals are the creation of a 24/7 rape crisis center and health center and round-the-clock access to CPS, as shown in the poster above.

Beyond constant access to mental health services and other campus healthcare providers, 24/7 Columbia is worried about the “violence and punitive discipline” students face “when attempting to access health resources on campus.”

The Lerner protesters argue that Columbia cannot be a “leading academic institutions” until it addresses their demands and provides 24/7 healthcare.

A Bwog staffer will provide updates as the situation develops.

The full statement is printed below.

Apr

16

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This image just resonates with me.

Sports Editor Abby Rubel stops tanning to bring you the latest from Athletics.

Baseball: The Lions (12-21, 8-4 Ivy) swept Brown (7-19, 3-9 Ivy) this weekend in Rhode Island. Columbia is now second in the Ivy League standings, a game behind Harvard. Brown remained in seventh place. The Lions dominated the first game 8-2. Brown attempted a comeback in the bottom of the ninth with the score 8-1, but only scored once. The second game was closer: a 5-4 win for the Lions. Brown took the lead in the bottom of the fifth partly thanks to a fielding error, making the score 4-1. But Columbia came back in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs to tie the game. A bunt from sophomore Julian Bury in the top of the ninth pushed a runner home and the Lions held the Bruins scoreless in the bottom of the inning to win the game. That trend continued through the last game, which Columbia won 2-0.

Men’s Tennis: Columbia’s undefeated streak ended Sunday with a 4-3 loss to Dartmouth, following a 4-1 victory over Harvard the day before. Columbia only lost the doubles point to Harvard, winning four of six singles matches. The other two were unfinished, including Victor Pham’s match. Pham also lost his match on Sunday in two sets, as did Jackie Tang. Columbia’s points came from doubles, where they won two of three matches, leaving the third unfinished. Junior William Matheson and first-year Austen Huang rounded out the Light Blue’s points, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Crimson.

Track and Field: The Lions were highly successful at both the Ocean State Invitational and the Metropolitan Championships. Although team scores are not available for the former, the Light Blue recorded a number of individual victories. Senior Nell Crosby came in first place in the 3000 meter steeplechase and the women had three other top finishes. Sam Ritz won the men’s mile race with a time of 4:03.45. Both the men’s and women’s team came in fifth out of a field of 13 teams. Highlights include victories in the triple jump and pole vault for the men and in the triple jump, long jump, pole vault, and high jump for the women. The triple jump and long jump wins both belong to sophomore Maryam Hassan. The Lions also took the top three spots in the women’s 100 meter hurdles.

Softball: won 8-2, 7-0, 5-3 at Brown
Men’s Golf: 10th place out of 12 teams at the Penn State Invitational
Men’s Lightweight Rowing: beat Yale and Penn
Men’s Heavyweight Rowing: beat Penn, lost to Yale
Lacrosse: lost 19-4 at Penn
Women’s Tennis: lost 4-3 at Harvard, lost 4-3 at Dartmouth

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Apr

14

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Two months ago, the Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW) announced their plan to hold a strike vote. Last night, the results of that vote were tallied: 93% voted to authorize a strike. The goal of the strike would be to force Columbia to recognize their right to unionize.

According to the GWC-UAW, 1,968 valid votes were cast; 1,832 of them were in favor of a strike. Only 136 “no” votes were cast. GWC-UAW calls this overwhelming support for a strike “a clear and decisive mandate from a majority of research and teaching assistants at Columbia.”

In January, Columbia declined to bargain with the union. Now, with finals fast approaching, graduate students hope to force its hand.

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Apr

13

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Make a wish, Timmy!

Looking for comedy that has nothing to do with making fun of Trump/Paul Ryan/politics? Look no further than Latenite’s Spring Anthology 2018. Senior Staffer Abby Rubel gives her thoughts on the production.

Latenite’s Spring Anthology is a night of sketch comedy. The shortest sketch is probably under a minute; none are longer than about 20 minutes. All are humorous (even the weaker plays have their moments), and all are written by students.

Like most student productions, it started late; but in all fairness, they warn you in the title. According to the “About Latenite” section of the program, this is because the debauchery that takes place has to wait “until after the watchful eyes of Prudence and Sensibility [have] taken their nightly repose.” (I suspect it’s so people have time to get sufficiently tipsy before the performance, but tomay-to, tomah-to.)

The production began with “Blow,” written by Henrietta Steventon (CC ’18) and directed by Hannah Kaplan (CC ’18). “Blow” set the tone for the night well: it was short, to the point, and funny. Hope Johnson, BC ’21, was particularly good as a young boy who wouldn’t look up from his gaming device. My one quibble with this play is that it was possible to see the punchline coming, a common issue throughout the night.

“Dial G For Goose” was next in the lineup, written and directed by Annie Surman (CC ’18) with an assist from Dylan Dameron, CC ’20. When a girl loses her Canada Goose jacket at a frat party, who is to blame? The detective (played by a delightful Avery Park, CC ’20) aims to find out by interrogating suspects like “The Vegan,” “The Girl Who Is Literally Always Cold,” and “The Trust Fund Kid.” “Dial G” played off Columbia stereotypes without being obvious or obnoxious about it, but the play was clearly inspired by this incident. It was also probably the most quotable sketch in the lineup, containing gems like “I’m more of an armchair vegan,” and “Why bring a Goose to a fraternity soiree?” Plus, the shitty dancing is not to be missed, especially given how accurately it parodies any EC party ever.

More debauchery after the jump!

Apr

13

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Rumor has it he can leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Sports Editor Abby Rubel brings you the latest from the far-off land of Columbia Athletics.

Baseball: Columbia (9-20, 5-4 Ivy) will take on Brown (7-16, 3-6 Ivy) this weekend in Rhode Island. The first two games of the series will take place on Friday, with the last game on Saturday. The Lions currently sit at four in the Ivy standings; the Bears are in seventh place. Although Columbia hasn’t done well in the past week, losing their series against Dartmouth and a midweek game against Monmouth, they’ve won their last 10 games against Brown, starting their streak in 2013. Brown has also struggled, going 1-2 against Princeton and losing their own midweek game.

Men’s Tennis: The Lions (13-3, 2-0 Ivy) will take on Harvard (19-3, 3-0 Ivy) and Dartmouth (16-5, 2-1 Ivy) in their final home matches of the season on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Columbia is currently ranked 15th nationally and second in the Ivies (behind only Harvard). Last year, Harvard beat Columbia in an upset, snapping a 28-game Ivy win streak. The Lions still have their 22-game win streak for home conference games to defend. Dartmouth is less of a threat to the Lions despite their 2-1 record; the Light Blue have won 16 of their last 18 matches.

Track and Field: Columbia’s track and field team will split itself between two meets this weekend: the Ocean State Invitational in Princeton and the Metropolitan Championships in East Brunswick, which both start on Friday. The women’s relays did particularly well last week, as did the men’s steeplechase.

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Apr

9

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Such concentration…

Hope you enjoyed your weekend! Sports Editor Abby Rubel tears herself away from the Calvin Trillin books she bought this weekend to bring you the latest from Columbia Athletics.

Baseball: Columbia (9-19, 5-4 Ivy) fell to fourth place in the Ivy rankings this weekend, going 1-2 against Dartmouth (7-14-1, 3-2-1 Ivy). On Saturday, the Lions lost 5-4. The Big Green scored their five runs early—one in the first inning and four in the second—to take a 5-1 lead into the third. Columbia scored twice in the fourth and once in the seventh, but couldn’t take the lead. Sunday’s first game was a tough 10-4 loss, including a seven-run Dartmouth rally in the third thanks to a poor throw home from pitcher Ben Wereski. But the Lions came back in the afternoon to win 12-3. Two home runs from junior Chandler Bengston, a three-run homer in the sixth and another in the eighth, put the game away for the Lions.

Men’s Tennis: The Lions won both matches this weekend, beating Penn 4-2 on Friday and Princeton 4-0 on Sunday. Columbia beat Penn in all three doubles matches and three singles matches to clinch the victory, although first-years Jack Lin and Rian Pandole lost their matches for the Lions’ only losses of the weekend. Columbia dominated Princeton on Sunday, winning two out of three doubles matches and three singles matches to clinch the victory. (All the other matches were unfinished.) Columbia remains tied with Harvard at the top of the Ivy League charts; both teams are undefeated.

Women’s Tennis: Columbia split the weekend’s matches, winning 4-3 against Penn but losing 6-1 at Princeton. The Lions lost two of three doubles matches, but made up for that with four singles victories, including a three-set win from junior Sarah Hu. Both Columbia and Princeton were undefeated going into Sunday’s match, but the Tigers quickly pulled ahead, winning two doubles matches (the third was unfinished) and all but one singles match. The Light Blue’s only win came from first-year Jennifer Kerr.

Women’s Golf: currently in second place at the Picciotto Invite
Men’s Golf: 10th out of 12 teams at the Princeton Invitational
Men’s Lightweight Rowing: beat Navy in WIT Cup, beat Georgetown, lost to Harvard at Boston
Men’s Heavyweight Rowing: lost to Penn and Princeton in Childs Cup
Softball: lost 5-4, won 6-1, lost 3-1 against Harvard
Women’s Rowing: fourth place in Ivy League Invite
Lacrosse: won 12-10 at Yale

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Apr

6

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I thought we said NO CAPES.

While you’re enjoying Bacchanal (or shivering your butt off), Columbia’s teams are busy taking on Ivy opponents.

Baseball: The Lions (8-18, 4-2 Ivy) head up to Hanover this weekend to take on Dartmouth (5-13, 1-1-1 Ivy) in their first conference roadtrip of the season. Columbia is currently tied with Yale for first place; the Bulldogs will take on last-place Cornell this weekend. The Lions are coming off a midweek 7-6 win against St. Johns, while the Big Green haven’t played since going 1-1-1 against Penn last weekend. Although Dartmouth swept Columbia last year, the Light Blue are in a much better position to take the series this weekend.

Men’s Tennis: Columbia travels to Penn (12-9, 1-0 Ivy) today for its first Ivy game of the season at 2 pm, then plays a home match against Princeton (15-8, 0-1 Ivy) on Sunday at 1 pm. The 11-3 Lions are ranked 15th going into the weekend and have dominated both teams in previous seasons. Penn and Princeton both opened conference play last weekend, when Penn beat Princeton 6-1.

Women’s Tennis: After a resounding victory over defending Ivy League Champion Cornell last weekend, women’s tennis (9-5, 1-0 Ivy) takes on Penn (7-9, 0-1 Ivy) today at 1 pm and travels to Princeton (13-3, 1-0 Ivy) on Sunday for another 1 pm game. Last weekend, Princeton took down Penn 5-2 in their conference openers.

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Apr

2

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Honestly can’t tell which team is Columbia.

Take a break from stressing about housing with this week’s sports recap.

Baseball: The Lions went 2-1 again this weekend against Harvard. After an 11-6 loss on Saturday morning, the Light Blue went into the afternoon game ready to prove themselves. Junior Joe Engel hit a single to the pitcher to score the Lions’ first run in the bottom of the first, but otherwise Harvard kept Columbia scoreless until the bottom of the third when Randell Kanemaru opened the inning with a home run. Columbia dominated after that, defeating the Crimson 7-1. Sunday’s game was closer, but still a 9-6 victory for the Lions. Kanemaru and teammate Liam McGill currently lead the Ivy league in slugging percentage.

Women’s Tennis: Columbia beat Cornell 6-1 on Saturday. The Lions took two of the three doubles matches (the third was unfinished), and all but one of the singles matches. Although first year Sarah Rahman dropped her match 6-4, 6-4, in the middle of the day’s match, Columbia didn’t let Cornell win another match. This is a marked improvement from last year, when Cornell beat Columbia 7-0 and went on to tie for the Ivy title.

Men’s Tennis: The Blue and White defeated Buffalo 7-0 on Friday to improve their record to 11-3 overall, with conference play starting next week. Columbia went 2-1 in the doubles matches thanks to a close victory from sophomore Adam Ambrozy and senior Michal Rolski. The singles victories included a 6-0, 6-4 win from sophomore Jackie Tang, currently ranked 44th in the nation.

Women’s Golf: lost to Princeton, beat Penn in Match Madness Tournament
Men’s Lightweight Rowing: beat Princeton by 1.1 seconds
Men’s Heavyweight Rowing: came in second out of four teams in Alumni Cup (lost to Dartmouth by six seconds)
Softball: lost 5-4, won 3-2, lost 5-4 at Dartmouth

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Mar

31

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Want to be close to Riverside Park and don’t mind walking up hills? Woodbridge has everything you need.

Location:
Nearby dorms: St. A’s, Schapiro, the 600s, River (sort of).
Stores and restaurants: Morton William’s, a halal cart, Sweetgreen, Starbucks, Shake Shack, Pret.

Cost: standardized to $9,538 per year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Sink, toilet, and bathtub, one per suite. Cleaned once a week by Facilities.
  • AC/Heating: Heating, but no AC.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite has its own kitchen. There are no floor lounges, but each suite has a large room that can be used as a common space or a second bedroom.
  • Laundry: Free; in the basement.
  • Fire Escapes: None.
  • Gym: There’s a fitness room on the first floor.
  • Bike Storage: None.
  • Intra-transportation: One slow elevator; stairs.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Linoleum in the kitchens, carpet in the rest of the suite. (Unless you’re in one of the rare renovated suites, which have hardwood floors.)

Room variety:

  • There are six singles and 78 doubles, but most residents make their common space a bedroom to create two singles.
  • Housing divides the suites into low demand, medium demand, and high demand suites for lottery purposes.
  • High demand: H, K, C lines. H and C suites face the river and have plenty of large windows. K suites face 114th and are slightly larger.
  • Low demand: G, D, I lines. G and D suites are shafted and I suites face 114th, but they’re all small.
  • Medium demand: all the others.

Numbers:

  • High demand 2017 cutoff: 30/2503
  • Medium demand 2017 cutoff: 20/157
  • Low demand 2017 cutoff: 20/2820

Bwog recommendation:

Woodbridge is a great option for rising seniors who want an apartment-style living space. You only have to share the kitchen and bathroom with one other person. There are also some amazing views from the higher floors, and if you like Riverside Park the location can’t be beat. The hill from Riverside to Broadway along 115th is not a small one and can feel interminable, especially in the winter. The suites feel quite cozy.

Resident opinions:

  • “Walk along Riverside for classes on the north end of campus. It’s beautiful and nice to be close to nature.”
  • “Facilities fixes stuff very quick, but there do seem to be chronic problems with heating.”
  • “Woodbridge is great for hosting if you live in one of the bigger suites.”
  • “Because there’s no floor lounge, it’s hard to feel a sense of community in the building.”
  • “The water pressure is really good.”
  • “I’ve heard no complaints of rats/mice/bugs.”

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Mar

30

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Why are you fraternizing with the enemy?!

Sports Editor Abby Rubel interrupts your Easter, Passover, or sleep to bring you the latest from Columbia Athletics. 

Baseball: The Lions (2-1 Ivy, 5-17 overall) will play a three-game series against Harvard this weekend following an 8-7 loss to Manhattan on Tuesday. The Crimson are 8-11 after a two-game losing streak against Furman; the series against Columbia will be their conference opener. Harvard’s number one task will be to shut down Randell Kanemaru, Columbia’s sometimes-shortstop, sometimes-third baseman, and consistently phenomenal hitter. Historically, the Lions have slightly outperformed the Bulldogs, winning nine of the last 10 games between them.

Women’s Tennis: Women’s tennis will open their Ivy season on Saturday with a 1:00 pm game against Cornell at home. The 8-5 Lions are coming off a two-game winning streak against Florida Atlantic and LIU Brooklyn. Cornell (6-7) is coming off a two-game losing streak against much tougher teams. The Big Red tied for the Ivy title last year and beat Columbia 7-0.

Men’s Tennis: The Lions are ranked at number 13 nationally this week, up from 17 last week despite a 4-0 loss to TCU two weeks ago. Buffalo dropped its last two games to Cornell and Harvard for a 7-7 overall record. Junior Victor Pham is back in action this weekend, just in time to warm up for next week’s conference opener.

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Mar

30

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Is that sign in the background a Crying of Lot 49 reference

Last night, the Graduate Workers of Columbia Union, Student-Worker Solidarity, and the International Socialist Organization held a panel in Hamilton to discuss why a graduate student union is necessary. Senior Staffer Abby Rubel brings you the details.

The night’s discussion opened with brief comments from the moderator, Fainan Lakha (CC ’17). She focused on the timeliness of the panel, coming as it did a few days before the union votes to authorize a strike and on the heels of the recent teachers strike in West Virginia. She also touched upon a common theme of the evening—that the struggle at Columbia will have implications across the country.

The panelists then gave their opening remarks. Tania Bhattacharyya, a PhD candidate in History at Columbia and member of the union’s bargaining committee, spoke first. She began by explaining how the conversation around unionization has changed in the two years she’s been organizing. At first, she was “convincing people to think of themselves as workers,” but now people are much more comfortable with the idea of a union. She also discussed how the “narrative of privilege” Columbia creates—telling students that they’re lucky to be at such a prestigious place—makes it easier for the administration to rugsweep their mistreatment of students, especially graduate student workers. “No matter how privileged you are, our labor is still exploited,” she said.

Meghan Brophy (BC ’20) and a member of Student-Worker Solidarity was next to speak. She emphasized the stake undergraduates had in the graduate students’ struggle because “teaching conditions are learning conditions.” She also decried the university’s “divide and conquer” strategy and encouraged students to talk to each other to overcome it.

Next up was Natasha Raheja, a PhD candidate at NYU who was on the bargaining committee of NYU’s graduate student union from 2014-2015. She discussed some lessons she had learned from her bargaining committee experience, including the need to prepare people to actually strike rather than seeing the authorization vote as an end unto itself. Because they “didn’t have the capacity to do an indefinite strike,” she said, the bargaining committee was forced to accept the deal NYU offered them the night before the strike began.

Finally, Columbia graduate student and International Socialist Organization member Alex Ferrena spoke. He focused on the “not-so-secret side of Columbia”—its gentrification of Harlem, mishandling of sexual assault cases, and mistreatment of graduate students. “Irresponsible would be an understatement,” he said. “Columbia has been actively malicious.” He then discussed the national importance of the struggle and ended by suggesting that the strike, if authorized, be open-ended and during finals to increase pressure on the administration, though he also acknowledged that this strategy is risky.

Lakha then opened the floor to questions and discussion from the audience. Unfortunately, she did not allow the panelists to address the questions as they came up, which created some confusion and didn’t allow for much in the way of answers.

One concern was the difference in striking power between research assistants, who bring large sums of money into the university but aren’t integral to the day-to-day functioning of the university, and teacher’s assistants, who would have a more immediate impact if they stopped working.

Another common worry was that of retaliation by the university. Because the graduate workers union has been certified by the National Labor Relations Board, the union is “allowed to strike.” Bhattacharyya said that this certification makes a big difference in reassuring people that striking is okay as well as preventing Columbia from retaliating against a striking worker. However, she and others acknowledged that relying on the federal government is risky, especially given the capriciousness of the Trump administration. Several people also mentioned that the Columbia administration is confident because they know Trump’s government will be on their side.

Undergraduates expressing support was also a major thread. One audience member suggested that undergraduates could join Student-Worker Solidarity or use their influence as future alumni and donors. A physics graduate student also suggested that undergrads could talk to graduate students they know, especially instructors, and let them know that they support a strike. “Just say it,” he said. Brophy added that undergraduates should not cross any picket lines and could show support by simply wearing a button.

The panelists then made their closing remarks, although they primarily reiterated earlier points. Bhattacharyya spoke about the need to create “a new normal,” where graduate students don’t have to fight to be recognized as workers. Brophy mentioned Student-Worker Solidarity’s photo campaign, and Raheja stressed the importance of a multi-pronged union strategy. Ferrena concluded the evening with a comment that graduate students at Columbia are “fighting like the old timeys.”

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Mar

26

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Hats off to the fencing team!

In case you blocked (or blacked) out this weekend from your memory, Sports Editor Abby Rubel brings you up to date on Columbia’s sports teams.

Fencing: Columbia took second place at the NCAA Championships this weekend. They scored 170 points, 15 behind first-place Notre Dame and 23 ahead of third-place Ohio State. Although a team championship eluded the Lions, junior Iman Blow became the third individual NCAA Champion in Columbia women’s foil history. Sophomore Sam Moelis was a runner-up champion, losing a tough final bout to Notre Dame’s Nick Itkin.

Lacrosse: Columbia improved to 1-3 in conference play with a 14-13 victory over Harvard on Sunday. After establishing a two-point lead in the first half, Columbia expanded their lead in the second. With just under 11 minutes to go in the game, the Lions led 14-8. The Bulldogs came back, scoring five points in the next nine minutes to narrow the gap to one, but the Light Blue held on to claim their first conference victory of the season.

Baseball: The Lions went 2-1 this weekend against Yale’s Bulldogs, winning their first two games 11-10 and 6-5. They lost the afternoon game on Sunday 8-2. In the first game of the set, the Lions were behind 5-4 heading into the ninth. The Bulldogs scored five runs in the top of the inning to lead 10-4, but a series of singles from the Lions coupled with a walk and a fielding error allowed them to score seven runs and claim the victory. The second game was also close, although Columbia took the lead in the fourth inning and didn’t give it up. The offense struggled in the final game of the series, recording only eight hits against senior pitcher Eric Brodkowitz, who pitched the majority of the game.

Women’s Tennis: won 4-1 against LIU Brooklyn
Men’s Heavyweight Rowing: won against Rutgers
Softball: won 8-2, 4-1, lost 8-6 against Yale

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Mar

23

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It’s not spring until it’s baseball season.

Sports Editor Abby Rubel takes a break from her knitting to bring you this weekend’s sporting preview. 

Fencing: Columbia’s fencing team heads to the NCAA Championships, which began yesterday, looking for their third title in four years. Twelve fencers from the men’s and women’s squads (the maximum number allowed at the tournament) qualified this year. After the first day, Columbia stands at second, tied with Notre Dame at 56 bouts apiece. Third place Penn State is only four bouts behind.

Lacrosse: Having dropped their first two conference games against Dartmouth and Cornell by double digits, Columbia will seek to improve their Ivy record in Sunday’s home game against Harvard. The Lions are currently at the bottom of the league—Brown is also 0-2 Ivy, but has a stronger overall record—and must dramatically improve in their last six games if they hope to rise in the rankings. Sunday’s 11:00 am game is their last game at Baker this season.

Baseball: The Light Blue will take on Yale this weekend at home for their conference opener, playing one game on Saturday at 2:30 pm and two on Sunday at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. After a tough preseason, the 3-15 Lions are in sixth place in the Ivy league. Historically, Columbia hasn’t fared particularly well against Yale, going 68-102 all-time and losing both of last season’s games against the Bulldogs. But Columbia typically comes out strong in their season opener, so don’t expect a blowout.

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