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President Bollinger announced in an email today that Lisa Rosen-Metsch will be the new Dean of the School of General Studies. She is an alumna of the joint program between the School of General Studies and the Jewish Theological Seminary and currently the Chair of the Department of Sociomedical Sciences at the Mailman School of Public Health.

Rosen-Metsch’s academic concentration is HIV prevention among populations with substance use disorders. Her research has influenced national policy and she has been published more than 180 times. (All peer-reviewed, of course.) At Mailman, she has advocated for looking at public health not just as a medical issue, but also as a social, cultural, economical, and political one.

Dean Awn left big shoes to fill, and only time will tell if Rosen-Metsch will be up for the challenge.

Read President Bollinger’s email after the jump

Oct

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Columbia executes a tackle against Dartmouth

Barring brief periods in the sixties and mid-nineties, the Columbia Lions were consistently the doormat of the Ivy League, a team only a mother could love. This season, however, the team has gone 6-1, and no one is more excited for the team than the men who saw the program through some of its darkest times. Staff writer Abby Rubel spoke to four football alumni about the current team’s success and what it means for Columbia.

“Everybody used to want Columbia as their homecoming game because they were assured of a win at homecoming,” said Doug Jackson, CC ’75 and former running back for the Lions. But “it’s not going to be that way any longer.”

In his time as a Lion, Jackson set records in season rushing yards, career rushing yards, and tied the record for season rushing touchdowns. Columbia won only four games, including a spectacular win against Penn in 1975, in which Jackson scored three of Columbia’s four touchdowns to lead the team to a 28-25 victory. He spent time in the NFL with the New York Giants and the Dallas Cowboys, then turned to coaching.

John Witkowski, CC ’83 and former starting quarterback, remembered, “We were exciting to watch because we threw the ball all over the place.” The problem was that “we didn’t have a lot of depth” so “if anybody got hurt, it was hard to come up with something.”

Witkowski was one of Columbia’s greatest quarterbacks, despite winning only three games in his career. He still holds the top spots in season and career pass completions, passing yardage, and touchdown passes. Like Jackson, Witkowski went on to play professionally, becoming a Detroit Lion after graduation.

Reflections on the team’s success and why it matters after the jump

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Ronald Smith sits on the bleacher railings as he and the Columbia Football team sing a song in victory at Princeton.

Ronald Smith, king of King’s College for a day, after his game-winning TD against Princeton.

In the interest of getting people to fill the stands at Homecoming, Staff Writer Abby Rubel and Sports Editor Ross Chapman fill you in on how to pretend like you’ve been a Columbia Football fan all along.

So, you know that the Lions are 4-0 going into the Homecoming game against Penn this Saturday and you want to start rooting for them. But you’re a Columbia student, so you’ve probably never rooted for Columbia sports before, let alone the football team, so you probably don’t know how to do that. Don’t worry, though–there are a few basic things you can do to show those baby-blue boys your support this Saturday and beyond.

Actually go to games
It’s a long way to Robert K. Kraft Field at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at Baker Athletics Complex, almost as long as the name itself. But the games are free for students and Athletics runs fan buses up to the field, so you don’t have to pay subway fare either. The buses pick up at Broadway and 116th and start running about 90 minutes before the start of the game (although they’ll probably start earlier on Saturday because it’s Homecoming). Plus, if you’re a senior, they’ll give you beer before the event! The game will probably be about three hours long, so expect to spend most of your afternoon at the stadium. It’s a pretty big time commitment, but actually putting your body in the stand is the best way to show you care about the outcome of the game.

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Learn about Anders, Oren, Lord, and more after the jump!

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Legend says if you leave your underwear on the EC elevator on a Friday or Saturday night you won’t black out or get your stomach pumped.

Underwear: it’s the first thing most of us put on when getting dressed. (And to those weirdos who put on socks first: what is the point of that?) If you feel good about the underwear you have on, anecdotal evidence and your mom both suggest that you feel more confident. So the loss of underwear is particularly tragic especially because, while you might be mildly annoyed to lose a sock to the gaping void that is the washing machine, that kind of loss is expected. Losing a pair of underwear, on the other hand, is rarer and therefore more painful.

This lonely, lovely pair of underwear has been separated from its owner and doomed to travel up and down in the EC elevator, garnering strange looks from residents, until someone from maintenance gingerly picks it up and throws it away. Meanwhile, other elevator riders will be wary of it. Everyone knows that if you get too close to elevator underwear, it’ll bond with you and follow you home.

To the owner of the underwear: what happened? Did this undergarment fall out of your laundry bag? Maybe you saw it when you next took the elevator, but there were other people there and you were too embarrassed to pick it up, because how weird is that. Or did you get lucky in the elevator and just forget to grab your panties as you left? If that’s the case, was the sex worth the loss of that brightly colored underwear?

But on the bright side, just think of all that this underwear will bear witness to! From sandy seniors on their way to senior night to drunken first-years still figuring out how much alcohol they can handle, anything that spends a significant amount of time in an EC elevator is sure to experience a fascinating cross-section of Columbia. Until, that is, someone inevitably spills beer on it.

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Nixon visiting the Berlin Wall

Last night at the Deutsches Haus (German House), Paul Hockenos gave a talk on his new book, Berlin Calling, which focuses on subcultures in East and West Berlin during the Cold War. Staff Writer Abby Rubel attended this interesting, if slightly underwhelming, discussion of punk, poetry, and politics.

The event, “Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall, and the Birth,” was held in Deutsches Haus, a beautiful building across the street from the law school. Those of us who found our way there filled the small room in which the event was held. We were there to hear a talk given by Paul Hockenos about the subject of his recent book, Berlin Calling: subcultures in East and West Berlin during the Cold War and how they shaped the Berlin we know today.

The discussion was moderated by a professor from Columbia’s German department, who introduced Hockenos and mentioned that this book is the first one to discuss both East and West Berlin subcultures. Most books, she said, discuss only one or the other, but Hockenos discusses the development of subcultures, such as “punk”, in both cities. While Hockenos alluded to other subcultures, his main focus was on the punk scene.

He began his talk with David Bowie. Bowie’s arrival in West Berlin coincided with the arrival of punk, so in many ways, one can draw a line between the pre-Bowie and post-Bowie period. He clarified later that Bowie himself did not have much to do with that arrival, merely that he witnessed a dramatic shift in the city and that the city Bowie left in many ways reflected what he represented.

What else was cooking in Berlin?

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