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Apr

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The University Senate adopted a resolution on Friday proposing a ban on all relationships between faculty and undergraduates. Any relationship between “officers of instruction, research, administration, and the libraries,” “graduate students with appointments as student officers of instruction and research,” and “graduate teaching assistants, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, and tutors, during any period of time they are teaching, advising or supervising an undergraduate student” must be reported to the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (EOAA). Before the resolution becomes University policy, however, it must be reviewed by the General Affairs Committee and the EEOA.

This action comes after William Harris, a professor of Greco-Roman history, retired as part of a sexual harassment lawsuit settlement. The case raised questions about what Columbia does to prevent students from being exploited by professors and the process in which the University punishes professors who exploit students romantically and/or sexually.

The resolution addresses the power imbalance, noting that: “because of the power differential, romantic and sexual relationships between faculty and students are highly susceptible to being experienced as non-consensual or coercive.” If university workers do not comply with this policy, repercussions could include “disciplinary action up to and including termination and may adversely affect decisions on promotion and tenure.”

But what does that mean for undergrad TAs?

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Sports Editor Abby Rubel supports the achievements of Columbia Athletics because they generally did well this weekend.

The faces of champions.

Men’s Tennis: The Lions (17-4, 6-1 Ivy) defeated Cornell (10-11, 3-4 Ivy) 4-0 to earn a piece of the Ivy title along with Dartmouth. Columbia took the doubles point thanks to a win from first-year Jack Lin and junior William Matheson. Three singles victories from Lin, fellow first-year Austen Huang, and sophomore Adam Ambrozy sealed the win for Columbia. Dartmouth (20-5, 6-1 Ivy) already clinched the Ivy’s automatic berth in the NCAA tournament, but Columbia could earn an at-large bid on Tuesday. This is the fifth consecutive Ivy title for men’s tennis.

Softball: Columbia (21-19, 13-8 Ivy) went 2-1 in their series against Cornell (13-23, 8-10 Ivy), but that wasn’t good enough to send them to the Ivy League Championship series. Saturday’s games were both blowouts—Columbia took them 15-10 and 15-7. Four different players hit home runs in the first game, including a two-run homer from first-year Maria Pagane that rounded out an eight-run third inning. The Lions had similar success in game two, scoring seven runs in the third and holding on for the victory. Game three was a heartbreaking 10-9 loss in the eighth inning. Cornell struck out all three Columbia players in the top of the inning before scoring a walk-off run.

Lightweight Rowing: All four varsity eight teams came in first on Saturday. The varsity eight held a commanding five second lead despite a 4-8 mile per hour headwind. The second and third varsity eights won by almost ten seconds each, and the fourth varsity eight led by four seconds. The second varsity remains undefeated, while the first varsity added to its win streak, which is now at four. Lightweight rowing has next weekend off before the EARC Sprints.

Baseball: lost 3-2, won 20-4, won 8-6 against Penn
Lacrosse: lost 22-16 against Princeton
Women’s Rowing: Varsity eight finished fourth at EAWRC Sprints
Heavyweight Rowing: Varsity eight came in fourth against George Washington, Navy, and Hobart

Much more impressive than Dartmouth via gocolumbialions.com

Apr

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Marcellus is awesome.

Shakespeare nerd and Senior Staffer Abby Rubel couldn’t resist checking out KCST’s spring production of  Hamlet

Editor’s note, 4/28 2:15 pm: One line in the review about Hamlet and Horatio’s relationship and the caption of the photo depicting these two characters have been changed; this line and caption utilized a homophobic trope.

Anyone who knows any line of Shakespeare knows at least part of Hamlet’s famous soliloquy: “To be, or not to be, that is the question,” goes the speech. As powerful as it is written on the page, it’s somehow even more compelling delivered on the steps of Earl Hall, with Hamlet, played by Bailey Coleman (BC ’19), lit dramatically from below.

Every year, the King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe puts on a production of Shakespeare using Columbia’s campus as the set. Ensemble members lead the audience from location to location. This year’s show, Hamlet, is much more well-known that last year’s As You Like It, and there’s baggage that comes with that. After all, how could you possibly deliver the same lines as Kenneth Branagh?

Hamlet is the story of a prince of Denmark whose uncle, Claudius, kills his father and marries his mother. Hamlet’s father’s ghost appears to him and asks that Hamlet revenge him. Hamlet agrees. What follows is, of course, a tragedy. Hamlet pretends to be mad and kills Polonius (the king’s advisor), which drives Ophelia (his lady-love) insane. In revenge, Ophelia’s brother, Laertes, conspires with Claudius to kill Hamlet in a fencing match. As backup, Claudius poisons a glass of wine. Unsurprisingly, the whole scheme goes wrong and everyone dies except Horatio, Hamlet’s best friend. But you already knew that.

Read more about ghosts, gays, and color theory after the jump.

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In addendum to the ongoing strike and with no clear end in sight, a petition has been drafted to extend the strike. Student workers predict, should the strike be extended, it will continue until the end of the term. 

Graduate and undergraduate students march in solidarity on Low Plaza

A petition has been circulating among graduate student workers which calls for a vote on extending the graduate students’ strike until the end of the semester.

The petition argues that the strike has gained enough momentum to continue, and that ending it on Monday “risks turning our strike into a symbolic protest.” It calls for graduate workers to instead “send the union-busting machine that is Columbia a clear message: time is up.” It cites the struggle of NYU graduate workers and the West Virginia teachers’ strike as examples that prove that an extended strike is the only way to force Columbia to the bargaining table.

The petition clearly lays out what an extended strike would mean for the university: “As TAs, that means while we will agree hand over all relevant teaching materials, we will refuse to proctor exams and refuse to grade any course materials. As RAs, we will continue to withhold twenty hours of work as we are doing right now, affirming that the quality of our research depends on our living conditions and the level of respect given to us by the administration.”

Although the petition argues vehemently in favor of extending the strike, its stated purpose is calling a vote on the matter. “In the interest of democracy and collective power, we as rank and file members call on the union to facilitate a vote on extending our strike until the end of term.”

According to a tip, a vote will be called if the petition gets 916 votes. Right now, it has 183 signatures from graduate workers, seven from professors, and 365 from “allies.”

The text of the petition is below.

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Ready for anything

Classes are almost over, the strike is (maybe) almost over, and most Columbia teams are finishing up their regular season! 

Men’s Tennis: If Columbia (16-4, 5-1 Ivy) wins at Cornell (10-10, 3-3 Ivy) on Saturday at 1 pm, they’ll split the Ivy title with Dartmouth (20-5, 6-1 Ivy). Dartmouth, however, has already clinched the Ivy’s automatic berth to the NCAA championships thanks to a victory over Columbia on April 15, which snapped the Light Blue’s 22-match conference win streak. Columbia has won the Ivy title for the past four years, although it was shared with Cornell and Harvard last year. Dartmouth hasn’t won a title since 1997 and has only ever won three titles. Columbia and Cornell both dominated last weekend, winning both matches.

Softball: The Lions (19-18, 11-7 Ivy) will face off against Cornell (12-21, 7-8 Ivy) this weekend to determine if they’ll head to the Ivy League Championship Series. Right now, the Lions are in third place behind Harvard and Dartmouth. Only the top two teams go to the series. Harvard also ends its regular season this weekend, while Dartmouth will also play a series against Brown next weekend. The Light Blue will need to have a better record than at least one of those teams to go to the series; they lose a head-to-head record tiebreaker. Regardless of what happens this weekend, the Lions are guaranteed their first winning record in program history.

Lightweight Rowing: The crew team will row its last race of the regular season on Saturday with a home race against Drexel. Following last weekend’s victory over Dartmouth, the varsity eight has won all official cup races this season for the second time ever, and the first time since 2003. Drexel’s varsity eight lost to both Temple and Saint Joseph’s last weekend in the Bergen Cup race. They also lost to Columbia last season in the first two varsity races, but were triumphant in the third.

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Apr

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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

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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

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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

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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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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!

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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

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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

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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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