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Vuslat Doǧan Sabanci That’s way neater than prezbo’s de

Vuslat Doǧan Sabanci, SIPA ’96 and the chairwoman of the Turkish news giant Hürriyet, came to Columbia as part of the World Leader’s Forum to discuss the connection between Islam and the media, and her personal experience as a self-proclaimed moderate Muslim.

“I am a Muslim woman,” Vuslat Doǧan Sabanci proclaimed to start her address in Low Library. After President Bollinger gave the introduction to “Fostering a Better Conversation and Understanding of Islam: The Vital Role of Media,” Doǧan Sabanci spoke about her view of the responsibilities of the East and West to combat Islamophobia and its effects. The event ended with a (relatively hostile) Q&A session with Doǧan Sabanci and Bollinger.

(Before I begin actual coverage, I would like to highlight the very first stumbling words out of PrezBo’s mouth at the event: “The Columbia Worlds Forum- World Forum… World Leaders Forum.”)

The most important thing in Doǧan Sabanci’s CV, according to her on Tuesday, was not her feminist activism or media accomplishments, but, “Of course, it is being a Columbia graduate.” When she graduated 21 years ago, she was convinced that globalism would lead to the world’s nations becoming one happy family. However, countries have instead retreated, becoming “hostile villages.” The new media led to accelerated polarization, and “attention became the new currency” for the media. Digital media did not fulfill its promise of promoting communication. Doǧan Sabanci targeted communication, between individuals and civilizations, as the key to successful Globalization. Her keys for better conversations included listening attentively, acknowledging each other, and displaying compassion.

Islamophobia and more after the jump

Feb

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A photo of Butler 209 devoid of students during Orgo Night Fall 2016

Wow, is 209 always this empty on a Thursday night?

Bwog is back with another installment of Library Reviews! Today, we take a look at a classic: Butler 209. Whether 209 is your go-to spot (*ahem* like me) or simply a relic of Orgo Nights past, join us on a journey through this age-old Butler classic. 

Location: Butler Library, Room 209. Enter Butler and turn either direction, following the hallway to the end. Accessible Library.

Hours: 209, like several other rooms in the Philip L. Milstein Family College Library, is open 24 hours a day. It is not open 24 hours a day during Spring Break. The Library’s service hours open at 9 am on school days, close 11 pm on school nights.

Contact: (212) 854-7309;[email protected];  http://library.columbia.edu/locations/undergraduate.html; @ColumbiaLib on Twitter, and gosh do they wish they were BarnLib.

Seats:

  • Total: 122 Seats
  • Tables: 86 Seats, 14 of which are at 2-seat tables.
  • Study Carrels: 14 Seats
  • Computers: 21 Seats
  • Stuffed Chairs: 1 Seat – it’s in the Southwest corner of the room.
  • Seats for Talking: 0 Seats. Take your commotion to ButCaf.

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Feb

19

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Will the Lions make it?

Bwog’s Sports Editor shares his insight on the recent losses of the Columbia Men’s Basketball team. 

So, the Columbia Men’s Basketball team has lost four games in a row. And the Penn Quakers have won four in a row.

This isn’t good.

The Lions, who two weekends ago had a two-game cushion on the teams beneath them in the League, are now 4-6, a position which can be graciously described as tied for fourth place. They are tied with the Quakers (or, according to Mike James, the #ZOMBIEQUAKERS), but Penn beat Columbia a couple weekends ago, meaning that as of this moment, Penn has the head-to-head advantage.

Some of Columbia’s losses have been predictable. After an easy first half of the season, which involved two games against Cornell, five home games, and no matchup against the undefeated Princeton Tigers, the Lions had to go on the road. The Lions did better than expected against the Tigers, but couldn’t prevail in the final moments against a great team in an obnoxious home stadium. They also had to match up against the Crimson, who have already clinched their spot in the Ivy League Postseason Tournament. Harvard jumped out to a huge lead, threw it away, and managed to eke out an advantage in the final three minutes. The Lions would have “broken serve” by winning either of those games, capturing an unexpected win against a top team. Columbia’s failure to do that was not the problem.

The Lions’ current bind comes from their losses to Penn and Dartmouth on the road. The first loss came to the resurgent Quakers, who have risen from the ashes of a 0-6 start. The Quakers are, in a sense, the anti-Columbia, since they started the season by facing Princeton twice and travelling for their games. After their dominant win at Yale today, the Quakers have the momentum to finally match their preseason hype. Then came a literal last-second heartbreaker in Overtime against Dartmouth, who took a one point lead with one second remaining against the Lions, who stayed close for the entire game. They were severely out-assisted, and Dartmouth shot a ton of three-pointers, and shot them well. Dartmouth overcoming their expectations is commendable, but it doesn’t make the Lions’ loss any less disappointing.

Looking forward, the Lions have to defeat the Quakers this weekend. In their return to Levien Gymnasium, the Lions face a must-win game. They’ll also have to “break a serve” in order to finish the season with a positive record, either by beating Princeton at home or Yale on the road, the latter of which is far from impossible. The fact that the 4-6 Lions are still energetic is a testament to the power of the new Ivy postseason tournament. Unlike in years prior, every game down the stretch will matter for the Lions and the Quakers.

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Feb

17

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    Celebrating faculty on Thursday afternoon

Barnard President Debora Spar sent an email to the community this evening informing them of the details of the contact made between Barnard College and the contingent faculty union, BCF-UAW 2110. This announcement follows an email sent on Thursday informing students that an agreement had been made while not supplying details. The announcement of the agreement came mere days before the strike deadline, and purports to tackle some serious concerns of contingent faculty. The contract is pending formal ratification by the union. Full details of the agreement are available on Barnard’s website.

The announcement from President Spar continues congratulatory assertions which Barnard has made in the past. It puts forward that Barnard negotiated “respectfully and in good faith,” and that promoted the College’s “deep respect for the union members’ significant contribution to our community.” In her email, Spar promotes wages, healthcare, and job security as the core tenets of the new agreement. Wages for contingent faculty will raise over five years, the first raise for contingent faculty in over a decade. Barnard will subsidize healthcare by 50% for full-time, “half-time,” and “third-time” contingent on the number of credits taught. The agreement also provides severance packages for contingent faculty who teach classes in seven consecutive semesters.

While the full details of the contract are not yet available, it does answer many concerns of BCF-UAW 2110. Current announcements do not state whether or not the agreement will take any steps on the issues of maternity leave or gendered wage gaps, two key components of claims of gender discrimination against the College. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for coverage on more specifics on the negotiations and the agreements reached.

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Feb

16

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Camille Zimmerman, holding the ball above her head ready to pass in a game of basketball

Move out, Maodo

Columbia Women’s Basketball has a high rising star with Camille Zimmerman, a junior from Arizona who’s looking to break team records in her last two seasons here. Sports Editor Ross Chapman writes about Zimmerman’s power on the court and her potential to become the team’s greatest player of all time. 

Camille Zimmerman (CC ’18) plays 40.4 minutes per game. A women’s basketball game only lasts 40 minutes.

Zimmerman electrified the Lions when she arrived on campus from Tempe, Arizona in 2014. She immediately asserted herself as an equal to the team’s active leader in career points, Tori Oliver (CC ’17), and has since overtaken her in nearly every statistic in the book. Today, she leads the Ivy League in rebounding and blows the rest of the Ancient Eight away with 25 points per game in Ivy play. Nationally, she ranks 7th in points scored. But while her success on the court is obvious to anyone in the stands, one important question takes a bit more analysis and history – is Camille Zimmerman, not yet done with her third year at Columbia, the greatest women’s basketball player it has ever seen?

The first thing you notice in the Levien stands is that, from the moment Zimmerman touches the ball to start the opening tip-off, she barely ever abandons her post on the hardwood. In the eight games so far played in the Ivy season, Zimmerman has only missed 17 minutes of play. This was most heavily on display during the team’s quadruple-overtime victory against Dartmouth, during which Zimmerman played a crazy 58 minutes (which accounts for her 40.4 mpg in Ivy play). Her presence on the court defines games. She blocks, she steals, and she rebounds, and she barely ever gives the opposing team a moment to take a breather from her dominant play. Zimmerman’s 37.3 minutes per game (including non-conference play) eclipses anyone’s mark at Columbia over the last four years. Zimmerman, Oliver, and Paulina Koerner (CC ’19) are the only players on the team averaging over 20 mpg, but Zimmerman is on her own shelf. Her overwhelming contribution to the team in time on the court is enough to make her one of the most important players in Columbia history.

More arguments for GOAT after the jump.

Feb

12

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A Men's Basketball Player for the Columbia Lions going up against a brown defender attempting to draw a charge foul

But really, who shoots 2-point jumpers anymore

Bwog’s sports editor and everyone’s favorite, Ross Chapman is here again, reviewing this weekend’s games against Princeton and Penn.

If you’ve seen the Columbia Lions Men’s Basketball team play this season, you would have gotten the impression that the team is very, very bad at defending against the three-point shot. In this weekend’s games against the “Killer P’s” of Princeton and Penn, that crucial weakness of the team was on full display. Of the points the Lions allowed in a 70-62 loss at Penn and a 61-59 almost-comeback against Princeton, 69 of those points (52.7%) came from beyond the arc. This is a lot. I’ve written a few times now about how Columbia’s offense ticks, but what makes them fare so poorly in three-point defense?

Two statistics describes how effectively teams use the three-point shot. The most common statistic to consider is three-point field goal percentage (3P%), which divides three-pointers made by three-pointers attempted. On any given shot, how likely is it that the team will make a basket? The average team shoots 35.2% from beyond the arc, with Ivies varying from 37.8% (Yale) to 32.4% (Cornell). But there’s a simple reason why that statistic doesn’t totally describe the situation – you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Looking at a team’s three-point field goal attempt percentage (3PA%), also called shot distribution or three-point rate, tells you how often any given shot a team takes will be from three-point range. The national median is 36%, but the Ivies are very three-point happy. Cases in point: Penn and Princeton combine to take about 45% of their shots from long range.

When Columbia went to Princeton on Saturday, they knew that they were going up against a profoundly threatening three-point team. Ranking 75th nationally in 3P% and 13th in 3PA%, the Tigers employ the trey as their primary weapon. Steven Cook led an efficient first half assault against the Lions, converting on 7 of 10 three-pointers in the frame. The Lions weren’t cold tonight, even when they were down 41-26 at halftime. They made their shots at an average clip, and they didn’t fall very behind the Tigers in the turnover margin, a part of the game where Princeton usually excels. However, Princeton slowed the game down – the Lions’ 53 shots were the fewest they’ve attempted all Ivy season. When the Tigers had the ball, they were just hot as hell in the first half (65.2 FG%), with Myles Stephens leading the charge towards the basket. Princeton regressed towards their season mean in terms of their shooting percentages during the second half, but one telling stat stayed true throughout the game – the three-point rate.

But wait, there’s another secret to the Lions’ struggles.

Feb

9

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Is a club selling these?

Nothing says Valentine’s Day like capitalizing on the emotions of young lovers. If you’re looking for a way to spend your Valentine’s weekend, or if you want to buy something for that special someone, a ton of clubs are fighting for your attention and money. Here’s our one-stop list for all of the Valentine’s opportunities around campus. If your group has one we missed, comment or send an email to [email protected]!

Send a live performance to that special someone, or use them as very loud alarm clocks:

  • Jubilation! – Jubygrams. $10-15 packages. Columbia’s Christian a cappella group will deliver a singing telegram, as well as a bag of candy.
  • Columbia Pops – Valentine’s Music-Grams. $5 packages. Columbia’s orchestra dedicated to cinematic and video game music isn’t sending cake- or lolli-pops, but they are sending chocolate and groups of musicians.
  • CU Wind Ensemble – Winds of Love. $10-25 packages. Send live brass and woodwind musicians to help the Wind Ensemble go to Carnegie Hall. (Editor’s Note: the author is a member of the CU Wind Ensemble.)

Give a lower-key gram with some of these gift deliveries:

  • Engineers Without Borders – Valentine Rose Sale. $2-22 packages. “Send roses and [Hershey’s] kisses to your friends, crushes, or lovers ;)” Delivery available to most underclassman CC/SEAS dorms.
  • Phi Iota Alpha and Lambda Pi Chi – Valentine’s Day Carnation Sale. $2-9 packages. Deliver carnations on Valentine’s Day, and be entered into a raffle for a huge teddy bear.
  • CU Informs – Engimemes V-day Grams. $2-6 packages. “~~cute & spicy~~” engimemes printed and delivered along with optional rock candy. “i will luv u until pi runs out of decimal places.”
  • CU Medfund – Valentine’s Day Balloongrams. $3-5 packages.  Send balloons to fill people’s hearts, and rooms. “All proceeds go to helping Bolivian patients access urgent medical care.”
  • GlobeMed – Secret Admirer Fortune Cookies Fundraiser. $2 packages. Send a creative fortune cookie gram to show your love of ethnically-confusing desserts.
  • CU Players – Potato-grams. $4 packages. Support CUPlayer’s first spring production, The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, by sending a message on a potato to your loved one.

Events on Valentine’s week and the weekend after beyond the jump!

Feb

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this seems like more of a panda than a grizz thing, tbh

Here’s another library review! A lesser-known, quiet study spot at Barnard. For when Butler is too mainstream (read: crowded) for you.

Location: LeFrak Center, Barnard Hall. The library is right in front of you when you walk in, but blocked by a wall. Entrances are to the left or the right along the main hallway’s West wall.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 8:30 am – 12:00 am; Friday, 8:30 am – 6:00 pm; Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm; Sunday, 10 am – 12 am. Study areas are open 24 hours a day starting the first day of reading week.

Contact: (212) 854-3953; [email protected]; https://library.barnard.edu/contacthttps://www.facebook.com/barnardlibrary; BarnLib on Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat

Seats:

  • Total: 117 Seats
  • Tables: 28 Seats
  • Study Carrels: 41 Seats
  • Audiovisual Booths: 5 Seats
  • Computers: 31 Seats (19 of which are in the Instruction Lab, Room 113)
  • Stuffed Chairs: 12 Seats (if you count a couch as 2 seats)
  • Seats for Talking: 28 Seats (the tables and chairs on the side closer to Broadway)

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Feb

5

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Luke Petrasek of the basketball team dunking the basketball

get dunked on

“Uglyball.” Two years ago, Ivy Hoops Online writer Sam Tydings (CC ’13) used that term to refer to the style of the men’s basketball team’s offense. The team played at a snail’s pace in the 2014-2015 season, and had plenty of success while doing it. They often worked to the very edge of the shot clock, trying to find the perfect 3-pointer instead of driving to the basket. It was not a “fun” team to watch, one with flashy blocks and huge dunks.

Columbia today, under first year Head Coach Jim Engles, plays fast. While the 2014-2015 team averaged 22-second possessions, meaning that, basically, the average shot occurred with eight seconds left on the shot clock (not accounting for rebounding’s effects on the “possession” statistic). This weekend, they averaged possessions under 17 seconds – the Lions are shooting the ball a lot earlier. Materially, this looks like Mike Smith and Nate Hickman trying to make a play at the basket before the opposing defense is entirely prepared, or Quinton Adlesh and Luke Petrasek experimenting with quicker catch-and-shoot 3’s.

But why does this matter? It felt to me that, during Columbia’s 87-78 loss to Yale on Friday and their 83-78 win over Brown on Saturday, the Lions were stifled when they took too long to make their shots. To test this hypothesis, I plotted the result (points scored) of each Lions’ possession against the time which that possession took during Friday’s game against Yale. A possession is every time one team has the ball until it gives the ball to the other. Possessions by either team end with a made shot, a free throw, a defensive rebound, or a turnover.

A graph showing that Columbia scored more on shorter possessions

shadowed circles represent duplicate data points

When the Lions run a quick play, or force Yale to foul them before the play even starts, they’re nearly unstoppable – their 16 possessions which lasted under 10 seconds accounted for 27 total points. Conversely, their 16 longest possessions, those which lasted 26 seconds or longer, scored only 11 points.

So should the Lions just shoot the ball really quickly?

Feb

2

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A nice fireplace burning wood

The fireplace tonight wasn’t lit like this!

In his first Fireside Chat since October, PrezBo invited lottery winners to 60 Morningside Drive to enjoy some hors d’oeuvres and hostile conversation. The usual suspects from the administration joined him in his not-so-humble abode: Deans Harford & Cromm, Ixchel Rosal playing the Undergraduate Student Life role in place of Suzanne Goldberg, VP of Campus Services Scott Wright, and University Chaplain Jewelnel Davis formed a peanut gallery of experts. Questions over the event tackled mental health and space among other topics, but the night’s most moving event was a plea from an Iranian international student.

In his opening remarks, he started by mentioning the recent deaths of four Columbia students, although he decided to save the detail for the questions. He also brought up the recent executive order on international travel, stating that “many people feel vulnerable,” due either to federal, legal action or private, non-governmental acts of hate. But Prezbo was careful also to throw out a bone to those who “can’t express their views” and who “may have voted for the administration.” Lumping together targeted Muslims and ostracized Republicans was a traditionally PrezBo-ian move of non-commitment, which often defined his responses through the evening. Before he moved on to questions, he highlighted the university’s resources for students struggling with recent events, although he made no effort to actually name any of them. In Prezbo’s opinion, the main problem with the university’s mental health resources “is getting students to use them.” We’ll have to check the wait times and diversity statistics before making a decision on that one.

The first question targeted the big news item of the day. A Chinese student (who wished to remain anonymous) described the “series of hate crimes” which had been performed against Asian students in residence halls. What concrete steps, he asked, would the University take to counteract already 15 reported instances of this behavior? Bollinger noted that this was not a case of free speech, and thought that telling people not to be racist was “what [the university] can do most of all.” Dean Kromm replied that she had not heard complaints from 15 students and only recently knew that the events were happening in multiple residence halls, and she encouraged students to report problems to her or to the EOAA. She made brief mention of using swipe access logs to determine who was in what dorms when to narrow down a perpetrator.

The moving story of an Iranian international student after the jump.

Feb

2

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That’s us!

As you may have heard, Bwog is celebrating its 11th birthday! We’ve come a long way from the first Bwoggiversary, which came with a major party at The West End. We do a little bit more journalism, and a little bit fewer Bwog portmanteaus, but we’re still the same website… or, at least, we have been since we moved from Bwog.net to Bwog.com.

What hasn’t stayed the same has been our relationship with our campus competitors, the Columbia Daily Spectator. When Bwog turned one, former Spec News Editor Josh Hirschland, CC ’08, took the opportunity to write a column. The article is a celebration, though not one without some shade thrown. It pays homage to Bwog’s breaking coverage of Minutemen, and claims, “The blog’s greatest value lies in its role as a forum for students and alumni to debate whatever controversy or happening is occurring on campus.” (See, commenters? It’s all about you.) It also refers to QuickSpec, Bwog’s pre-2010 version of Bwoglines.

What’s changed on Bwog since then?

Jan

30

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Columbia's Campus on a sunny day, looking northwest from near Hamilton Hall

A happy community is a healthy community

Last night, Bwog senior staff writer Ross Chapman sat in on the semester’s second CCSC meeting. The main discussion was one that the student body has been increasingly pushing for: productive ways to increase and sustain mental health on Columbia’s campus.

Columbia College Student Council dedicated Sunday’s general body meeting to mental health, and encouraged students to come to discuss practical policy changes that would benefit the community. Even with the lure of light refreshments from Dinosaur Bar-B-Que, few extra students came to voice their opinions—two GSSC representatives in the gallery accompanied two CC students and two administrators, including Dean Cristen Scully-Kromm. This would not deter CCSC from taking the missions of aiding student mental health and running with it. Their enthusiasm brought them 40 minutes over the allocated hour and a half, and CCSC ended the meeting with far more vague propositions than they had concrete plans to move forward.

CCSC spent about twenty minutes on updates, the full content of which is available after the jump. Most notably, Abby Porter reported that CCSC received tampons and pads last week for use in their gender-neutral menstrual health campaign, which circumvents the current process of receiving free tampons and pads in the Columbia Health offices on the third floor of John Jay. The next twenty minutes were dedicated to small breakout groups for brainstorming ways to help students with mental health. Specifically, they wanted to talk about suicide. CCSC did not shy away from the word, which rarely appears in statements from Dean Valentini or President Bollinger. When the general body reconvened, they went 70 rows deep into a spreadsheet listing possible solutions, which will be made available along with the meeting’s minutes.

Many representatives believed that increasing the availability of trained assistance would help the student body. Increased CPS and Nightline hours, additional training for RA’s and academic advisers, and the introduction of wellness advisers and peer counselors all came up as possibilities. Others wanted to eliminate stressors: reduced penalties for unexcused absences (especially in Core classes), a larger grace period than 24 hours for moving out after your final exam, and a reduction of required graduation credits were just some ideas floated at the meeting. Increasing the credit count of classes, one representative noted, would make the four-class semester a practical reality for students who did not have abundant access to AP exams, easing the course load on students who also have to work jobs to attend Columbia. None of these mentioned plans, nor any other ideas proposed Sunday night, were acted upon. Nicole Allicock referred to this as an “incubator-style meeting,” which will assist a task force in figuring out exactly what to do.

Check out more details and updates after the jump.

Jan

29

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Columbia basketball players appealing to the crowd after their win against Harvard. Mike Smith and Nate Hickman in the foreground.

We just want them to be happy

Columbia used to be ball hogs. It’s not that the Men’s Basketball players never passed to each other (they actually did a lot), but the players on the court didn’t like to come off and let the underclassmen have fun. This weekend, the Lions’ head coach made them share, and it paid dividends.

In the 2015-2016 season, the five players with the most minutes on the court for the Lions (the four seniors plus Petrasek) accounted for 69% of playing time. Former Head Coach Kyle Smith liked to depend on his stout senior class, and the statistics reflected it. While this allowed the strong players to heavily impact the games, it may have tired them out, contributing to some of the Lions’ late-game woes.

But this weekend, Head Coach Jim “Friedrich” Engels more equitably distributed his team’s resources by getting a lot of players on the court. Without a doubt, this decision was informed by the weekend’s marquee opponent: Harvard. One of the Crimson’s main strengths is their deep pool of impactful freshmen, which creates a deep rotation of players who stay fresh while playing very physically. The Lions would not be able to depend on Luke Petrasek, Mike Smith, and Nate Hickman carrying the game by themselves, something made evident by Petrasek’s cold streak in last week’s loss to Cornell.

Read on how well the changes worked after the jump.

Jan

29

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President Bollinger on a stage in Low Library

President Bollinger introducing a world leader in 2015.

Around 1 am on Sunday morning, President Bollinger sent an email to the Columbia community regarding President Trump’s executive order imposing a temporary suspension of entry to the United States from seven majority-Muslim countries. In it, he affirmed Columbia’s position against the executive order, saying, “We join with many peers in decrying this action as discriminatory, damaging to America’s leadership in higher education, and contrary to our nation’s core values and founding principles.”

Bollinger’s last statement on Trump to the whole community came via email on November 9th, and failed to mention the President by name. At that time, he preached, “We must turn to our fundamental values, among them a commitment to freedom of thought and expression, dedication to tolerance and reason, respect for diversity and differing points of view.” This new email, by comparison, is staunchly political, even if it focuses its language on the order, not the President himself. “The University, as an institution in the society,” Bollinger argued, “must step forward to object when policies and state action conflict with its fundamental values, and especially when they bespeak purposes and a mentality that are at odds with our basic mission.”

Practically speaking, Bollinger refers students to the International Students and Scholars Office website, and advises that community members from the seven targeted countries “suspend plans for international travel” – a sort of complete and total shutdown of scholars leaving the country until we can figure out what the hell is going on. The email made no mention of any concrete plans by the university to fight for its students.

Bollinger has invited world leaders from the designated countries three times to Columbia, most notably Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in 2007. As per Bollinger’s email, there are no current Columbia students or faculty in danger of being locked out of the United States.

Update: 12:52 pm: Barnard President Debora Spar has sent out “A Response to the Executive Order on Refugees and Immigration,” in which she follows up Bollinger’s email by advising affected students not to travel internationally and specifically attacking Trump’s “America First” platform. She also informed us, “Provost Bell and Dean Hinkson are working today on plans for a Town Hall to address some of the issues raised by Friday’s order.  We will be in touch shortly with details of this event.” The full text is available after the jump.

Read the full text of Bollinger’s email after the jump.

Jan

28

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Columbia students are surprisingly loyal to their halal carts. Whether there was a cart right next to your freshman dorm, or you thought the halal guy was very attractive, you may have developed a preference. But does the food stand up to the fandom? 2Girls (Timmy Wu and Ross Chapman… don’t ask) bravely subjected themselves to four $4 lamb gyros to taste the difference between Columbia’s favorite drunk food.

115th and Broadway, Hooda Halal Food

An unwrapped gyro

Those are some big pieces!

A mildly toasted pita, crisp on the outside (yet not entirely dry), a good balance of moisture and texture, rich but not heavy… Which aspects of this gastronomique euphoria could you wish for at 4 a.m. on the corners of the streets in MoHi? All, apparently! You bite into it. The rich, white sauce promptly takes over, enveloping your tongue. A sudden kick of spice penetrates, pleasantly surprising you. Then, the carrots add a fresh crunch, giving this bundle of grace more nuance to the mushiness of the meat. 1girl concerns: “After a night of debauchery, how are we, lowly beings, to deserve this grace when we are going to vomit afterwards anyway?

2Girls Rating: 4 realz out of 5

116th and Amsterdam (NE Corner), Salma’s Halal Food

According to classical economics, two halal carts right across the street from each other will create competition, forcing them to develop superior products or lower prices in order to survive. The cart in front of the law school entrance disproves that. The gyro served here was in a thin, dry pita with barely any non-lettuce vegetables. 1Girl described the meat as “kinda fatty,” which didn’t go well with its mild seasoning or the residual grease that seemed to stick with it from the grill. As compared to the other gyros we tried, it was not necessarily smaller but lighter, which is certainly a plus if you’re trying to scarf something down on your way back from EC. However, this gyro didn’t really have the best anything out of the places we tried.

an unwrapped gyro

It looks as it tastes

2Girls Rating: 2 very tiny bits of green pepper out of 5

Is your favorite Halal cart after the jump? Follow it to find out.

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