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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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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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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

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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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Cebula at Princeton.

Anne Cebula, BC ’20, took bronze at her second-ever Epee Junior World Cup in February. She’ll join teammate Gianna Vierheller on Team USA at the Junior World Championships come April, but until then she’s focused on calming her nerves with the help of the Bee Gees.

Although many elite fencers start their careers young, Cebula didn’t learn the sport until high school. She had been enraptured by the beauty of the sport since catching it on TV during the 2008 Olympics, but “my parents looked into it for about 10 minutes and realized that it’s thousands of dollars,” she said.

Her high school, however, had a free fencing club that taught Cebula the basic moves, and after her freshman year she was able to attend a week-long summer program at Fencers Club, where she now trains. Cebula’s promise became clear when she took first place at the program’s final tournament, although she initially didn’t expect much to come of playing the sport. “I just wanted to get good. I wanted to beat everyone in the room and then the room would get bigger and the room would get harder,” she said.

Although she attended Fordham immediately after graduating high school, the school’s lack of fencing team and small size frustrated Cebula. “I thought Barnard was small,” she said, “But Fordham was tiny, and it was stiflingly so.” Her transfer to Barnard enabled her to join a collegiate team for the first time. “Now that I’m on Columbia and I’m on a team, everyone’s been so welcoming and I’m really thankful for that,” she said.

Learn why fencing is called physical chess after the jump.

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Campus just looks prettier covered in snow.

Even though snow has just barely started falling in Morningside Heights, classes are cancelled at both Columbia and Barnard, thanks to what my Music Hum teacher has referred to as an “unbelievable snow panic.” Rejoice! Sleep in! Bake eggplant parmesan! Catch up on all the homework you didn’t do over break!

Barnard bit the bullet first, sending out an email at 9:41 pm cancelling all classes, but stating that essential personnel (Facilities, Public Safety, Dining, ResLife, etc.) will be at work.

Columbia kept us in suspense a little longer, waiting a tense seven minutes before sending their email. As with Barnard, essential personnel are expected to come in, although the email added that non-essential personnel should come in if they can.

Enjoy the day off!

Full text of both emails after the jump!

Mar

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Run, Sarah, run!

While you were partying hard, catching up on sleep, or jetting off to exotic locales, Columbia’s athletes were hard at work racking up wins (and losses). 

Wrestling: Seniors Markus Scheidel, Garrett Ryan, and Tyrel White all won at least one match at the NCAA Championships last week, with Scheidel winning two. After an 8-1 triumph over his first opponent, White fell to the number six seed 6-0, then lost his match in the consolation bracket. Ryan lost his first match of the tournament 4-0, but won his first match of the consolation bracket 9-3 before losing the next match 3-2. Scheidel defeated his first opponent 6-3. The senior couldn’t overcome Big Ten Champion Micah Jordan and was sent to the consolation bracket, where he won his first match 8-0 but lost the second.

Track and Field: Senior Sarah Hardie finished 10th in the one mile race with a time of 4:51.07 at the Track and Field NCAA Championships. Although she came in sixth in her heat, she had one of the fastest two remaining times (4:40.24) to qualify for the finals. The finish gave her All-American status for the first time in her career.

Baseball: The Lions won two more games over spring break, giving them a non-conference record of 3-15 before starting their conference play against Yale this Saturday. The Lions started off strong, winning their first two games against University of Texas, San Antonio 9-3 and 11-7. They then went 0-10, including two overtime losses against University of Mexico and University of Houston.

Lacrosse: lost 17-5 at Cornell, won 18-6 at East Carolina

Softball: lost 6-1 against Boise State, lost 9-5 against UC Riverside, lost 7-1 against North Dakota State, won 7-1 against Colgate (at UC Riverside Classic), won 5-0 at Cal State Fullerton, lost 5-0 at Loyola Marymount, won 4-3 at Florida Atlantic, won 8-6, 9-7, and lost 8-5 at Penn

Men’s Tennis: lost 4-2 at Baylor, won 4-0 at SMU, won 4-1 at Texas Arlington

Women’s Tennis: won 6-1 at Marquette, lost 4-2 at FIU

Women’s Golf: 15th place out of 15 at 3M Augusta Invitational

Men’s Golf: 14th place out of 16 at Grand Canyon Invitational

Women’s Rowing: Swept FIT at Barry in the Governor’s Cup

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Let’s hope this actually intimidates the other wrestlers.

While you’re catching up on sleep over break, Columbia’s teams are traveling to exotic locations like…Cleveland! And Texas! Sports Editor Abby Rubel brings you their spring break plans.

Wrestling: Three seniors will head to the NCAA Championships on March 17 in Cleveland. Markus Scheidel and Garrett Ryan earned auto-bids at the EIWA Championships last weekend and Tyrel White earned one of the at-large bids. As a sophomore, White won two matches in the 165 weight class, but did not perform as well last year, losing his first two bouts. Ryan went 1-1 on his first day, but lost the next day to finish the season.

Track and Field: Senior Sarah Hardie is the only athlete going to the Track and Field NCAA Championships in Texas this weekend. She qualified for the one mile race with a season-best time of 4:40.69 earlier in the season, good enough to put her in the first heat of the preliminaries. She’ll race at 6:50 pm, but only the top three times in each heat and the next fastest two times will go on to the finals.

Baseball: The 1-7 Lions will finish out their non-conference schedule over spring break with a series of games in the Lone Star state. They’ll kick it off this weekend with a four-game series against 5-5 University of Texas, San Antonio, then head to 10-2 Texas A&M Corpus Christi for a single game on Tuesday. Wednesday starts a series of games in Houston, where Columbia will face off against 6-7 Rice, 5-6-1 University of New Mexico, and 6-6 University of Houston. The Lions typically struggle more in the preseason thanks to a tougher schedule, but usually do well in conference play. That said, it would be nice if they went into their Ivy schedule with more than one win.

It’s hard to look bad-ass in a wrestling singlet via gocolumbialions.com

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A close-up picture of many boxes of food, including Hamburger Helper, oats, and canned vegetables.

Share Meals is working with the Columbia food pantries to make sure they’re fully stocked.

At the end of last semester, Bwog reviewed the Share Meals app, just one part of Share Meals’ effort to end hunger on college campuses. Senior Staffer Abby Rubel talked to Share Meals founder Jonathan Chin about the app, the organization’s other initiatives, and what it’s doing to have a bigger presence at Columbia.

Our initial impression of the Share Meals app was not particularly positive. It wasn’t well publicized and there wasn’t much activity. Chin defended the app, saying that Share Meals was reluctant to publicize the app until Barnard signed onto it. After Barnard signed on in early February, however, there still wasn’t much publicity surrounding the app. Chin admitted that there hasn’t been a corresponding increase in activity. As of press time, there were only 100 downloads on the Google Play store, just a few more than when we reviewed it.

Chin explained, however, that Share Meals is only just starting to get administrative support from Columbia. It’s much more popular at NYU, where it started, because “we’ve been able to work up relationships and we have far more educational support. We’re just getting that at Columbia,” Chin said.

Share Meals has also been expanding their efforts beyond the app. The organization is partnering with food pantries at NYU, Columbia, Rutgers, and Queensborough Community College to ensure that they are fully stocked. And at NYU, they’ve started a pilot program of community cooking classes. “We’ve been hosting a series of community cooking classes,” Chin said, “So we show people how to cook for themselves, how to shop, how to keep up with their nutrition.” These classes were recently adopted as a full program by NYU, and Chin is looking to bring those uptown as well.

Right now, their main focus is the “Hunger Action Series,” which will take place at NYU, Columbia, Rutgers, and Queensborough Community College. “It’s running concurrently at NYU, Columbia University, and Rutgers, and one of the sort of crowning events for that series is a community meal packing event,” he said. The series will start on March 24 and end on April 8, and the Columbia events will be organized and promoted by FLIP.

With the Hunger Action Series coming up in less than a month, however, FLIP has not posted anything on their Facebook page about Hunger Action Series events, nor has the event been publicized in other ways. It remains to be seen if Share Meals can be as effective at Columbia as it’s been at NYU, but that can’t happen unless they strongly push to increase campus awareness.

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Is it just me or does this guy look like he’s doing the cotton-eyed joe?

Sports Editor Abby Rubel tears herself away from her reading to bring you the latest from Columbia Athletics.

Women’s Basketball: The Lions finished their season in last place with two consecutive losses against Dartmouth and Harvard, one game behind Cornell. Despite three double-digit performances (from seniors Camille Zimmerman and Paige Tippet and first-year Imani Whittington), the team fell 88-77 against Dartmouth. On Sunday, they lost 78-59 to the Crimson—the last collegiate game for Zimmerman, Tippet, and fellow senior Jillian Borreson. But Zimmerman went out with a bang, becoming Columbia’s all-time best rebounder with 938 rebounds. She also finished the season as the all-time fourth highest scorer in the Ivy League.

Wrestling: Columbia came in ninth out of 16 teams in the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships with a total of 55.5 points, 109 points behind first-place Lehigh. Seniors Garrett Ryan and Markus Scheidel both got NCAA auto-bids. Scheidel won the 157-point title, one of five podium finishes by Columbia. Ryan finished fourth in the heavyweight category, senior Tyrel White finished seventh in 174, and seventh place finishes from junior JP Ascolese (in the 141-pound weight class) and senior Jacob Macalolooy (149-pound) rounded out Columbia’s top scorers.

Track and Field: The women’s team came in fourth out of a 41-team field at the IC4A/ECAC Championships this weekend. Senior Akua Obeng-Akrofi came in first in the 400 meter race, half a second ahead of the second-place finisher, although she did not set the school record. The men’s team was less successful, placing 14th out of a 32-team field. Robert O’Brien came in seventh in pole vault. The distance medley relay team of senior Brian McGovern, first-year Jackson Storey, junior Josiah Langstaff, and senior Spencer Haik came in second, less than a tenth of a second behind first-place Providence, for the men’s top finish of the weekend.

Men’s Basketball: lost 80-78 at Dartmouth, lost 93-74 at Harvard (Rest in peace, #IvyMadness hopes)
Baseball: lost 13-1, won 4-3, lost 8-0, lost 13-6 at University of South Florida
Softball: (District Classic tournament in D.C.) won 11-8 against Virginia, won 10-4 against Georgetown, lost 5-0 against Iona, won 12-1 against Howard
Women’s Tennis: lost 4-3 against Maryland
Men’s Tennis: won 7-0 against Monmouth
Lacrosse: lost 20-10 at Dartmouth

Sick dance moves via gocolumbialions.com

Mar

2

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Doesn’t this make you want to see the show??

Intrigued by the poster (designed by Lena Kogan, CC ’19), Senior Staffer Abby Rubel ventured forth into Middletown, a CUP production directed by Bernadette Bridges and produced by Samantha Grubner and Sean Davey. What she found there was entertaining but…odd.  

The floor is lit to look like a starry sky or outer space, an image reinforced by the astronaut on the program cover. The house lights come down, and a man (Noah Harouche, CC ’21) takes the stage to welcome the audience. Effusively. It seems as if his welcome will never end. (Luckily, it’s quite hilarious.) The audience is welcomed both to the production and to Middletown, which is billed as an excessively ordinary town.

The plot of Middletown is straightforward. It primarily follows new resident Mary Swanson (Julia Dooley, BC ’20) as she gets settled in Middletown with her husband (who is never seen), becomes pregnant, and gives birth. She forms a friendship with John Dodge, played by Jack Harrist (CC ’21). There’s also an unhelpful librarian (Genevieve Henderson, CC ’19), an aggressive cop (Adam Obedian, CC ’19), a drunk mechanic (Jesse Cao, CC ’20), and a tour guide (Izzy Schettino, BC ’21), among others. Most of the cast members take on multiple roles, allowing the audience to make connections between the characters and recognize similarities and differences. The play is character-driven; the plot is minimal. The cast members all seem comfortable with one another. No one seems out of place in Middletown (except in the ways everyone seems out of place).

The acting was evenly good, but there were a few standouts. Henderson as the librarian was particularly spectacular. The way she barks her lines milk their humor for all it’s worth, and there are several delightful moments of physical comedy. I was captivated every time she was onstage. Harris is also a joy to watch, using John’s awkwardness to make him even more sympathetic. His sense of dramatic timing is particularly good—not a single line felt out of place.

Dooley, ostensibly the main character, was definitely solid. Her lines were delivered well, but at times she seemed very conscious that she was acting, which contrasted poorly with Harrist’s natural vibe. The chemistry between the two was definitely believable, however, which helped the more awkward moments in the Eno’s script coalesce.

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Mar

2

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Don’t leave us Camille!!

Want weekly Bwog Sports content? You got it! Sports Editor Abby Rubel is here with your weekend Columbia Athletics primer. 

Women’s Basketball: After finally winning their second Ivy game last weekend at Brown, women’s basketball is set to finish out their season with home games against Dartmouth and Harvard. This is your last chance to see Camille Zimmerman take the court in Levien! With a 2-10 Ivy record, the team is now competing with Cornell to not come in last. Speaking of Cornell, severe weather in Ithaca has screwed up the entire Ivy League basketball schedule, so this weekend’s games will be on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm instead of their usual time.

Wrestling: This weekend is the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships, which will determine which (if any) Columbia wrestlers will get NCAA auto-bids. Last year, Columbia came in twelfth and sent two wrestlers to the NCAA Wrestling Championships—then-juniors Tyrel White and Garrett Ryan. This year, White is pre-seeded fifth in the 174 weight class and Ryan is pre-seeded third in heavyweight. Senior Markus Scheidel is pre-seeded second in the 157 weight class.

Track and Field: After a solid performance last week at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships, the track and field teams will compete this weekend at the IC4A/ECAC Championships. Senior Akua Obeng-Akrofi will attempt to set a school record in the 400 meter race. (She already holds the indoor track record for this race.) Robert O’Brien will look to beat his previous school record in the pole vault.

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Mar

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What a team…

Sports Editor Abby Rubel and Guest Writer Gloriana Lopez are updating last year’s post about identifying men’s basketball players from a very long way away. This year, they’re identifying a whole new crop of first-years and some fan favorites!

Most Satanic Player: Nate Hickman
Nate has played a total of 666 minutes. Good thing next week’s games don’t conflict with the Columbia Satanists’ meetings.

Bad Boy: Patrick Tapé
Last year, we awarded this title based on sheer number of personal fouls. Technically, then, it should go to Lukas Meisner and his 71 personal fouls this season. But Patrick Tapé has only one fewer fouls, got into a fight with a Brown fan during their away game, and has the most blocks, so we’re giving it to him. Good job, Patrick! We highly recommend adopting this aesthetic—everyone looks good in a leather jacket.

Katy Perry Hot and Cold Award: Quinton Adlesh
He’s nationally ranked eleventh in three-point field goal completion percentage, but (in what some would say is the true spirit of Columbia Athletics) Quinton is as inconsistent as a JJs mozzarella stick. Last weekend, he made literally zero three-pointers against Yale. Earlier this season, he shot 50% from beyond the arc against the SAME TEAM. To paraphrase Katy Perry, “the shots are in, then they’re out.” We do not, however, recommend adopting this aesthetic.

But who’s most likely to be the next Conor Voss?

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What an intense look of concentration.

America’s win in curling not exciting enough for you? Maybe this weekend’s Columbia games will do it for you!

Men’s Swimming and Diving: Columbia finished the Ivy League Championships strong, coming in fourth with 1,107.5 points—523 points behind first-place Harvard and a mere 75 points ahead of Penn. First-year Jonathan Suckow won all the diving titles for the Lions, giving Columbia its third sweep in three years. Senior Michal Zyla broke his own school record in the 200 backstroke preliminaries, finishing the race in 1:43.17, then came in fourth in the race. Overall, a highly respectable weekend for the Lions to finish out their regular season.

Softball/Baseball: Softball struggled this weekend at the FAU “Strike-Out-Cancer” Tournament, dropping all of their games. First came a 6-2 loss against Texas State. First-year Maria Pagane hit a two-run homer in the top of the first inning of her Columbia debut, but Columbia failed to score any more runs against Texas’ tough defense. Later on Friday, the Lions lost to Florida Atlantic 8-6, although they came back from a seven-point deficit in the top of the second. Saturday featured a 4-0 loss to Tulsa and a close 5-4 loss to Illinois-Chicago. A 10-3 blow-out loss against Texas State finished softball’s weekend. Baseball also had a disappointing weekend. The Lions lost all four of their games against University of Nevada, Las Vegas. They started out with an 8-3 loss on Friday, and things only got worse. Saturday featured two double-digit losses—13-7 in the morning and 11-0 in the afternoon. The Light Blue finished their dismal weekend on Sunday with a 13-3 loss. However, it’s worth keeping in mind for both softball and baseball that their pre-season schedules are often much tougher than their Ivy competition.

Men’s Squash: Men’s squash finished in third place this weekend, the team’s highest-ever finish. Columbia defeated University of Rochester 6-3 to advance to the Nationals semi-finals, but lost 6-3 against Harvard. Senior Osama Khalifa, sophomore Robin Mann, and first-year Velavan Senthilkumar all defeated their opponents, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the Crimson. The Lions faced St. Lawrence today in a battle for third place and beat them 7-2, forcing St. Lawrence to claim fourth place.

Men’s Basketball: won 89-82 against Brown, lost 83-73 against Yale
Women’s Basketball: won 90-74 at Brown, lost 66-59 at Yale
Women’s Track and Field: placed fourth at Ivy League Heptagonal Championships
Men’s Track and Field: placed eighth at Ivy League Heptagonal Championships
Lacrosse: Lost 13-12 against Lehigh

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