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Dec

13

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Meet my Scottish Fold, Ollie. Ollie and Livvy – get it?

I’m literally writing this after picking up my emotional support cat, Ollie, from his lavender infused aromatherapy bath in midtown. Running backwards and forwards between the pet shop, groomers, and campus has been much more exhausting than I previously thought.

A lot of people (and when I say a lot I mean A LOT) constantly come into my room and ask to spend time with the cat. The visit is followed up with “I’m really interested in getting an ESA – what’s the procedure?”

Here is a handy crib sheet on everything I’ve learnt, and everything I wish I knew earlier, from having my Scottish Fold Ollie.

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Dec

5

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I don’t know about you, but my school bag contains a myriad of really random assorted items. When unpacking them after a particularly intense Romantic Poetry class (thanks Professor Gray, you always know how to fry my brain), I was surprised to find a packet of spicy garlic infusion rub and a screw. As much as I would like to say I use those every day, it pains me to say that they are fairly useless. I’m quite ashamed that they even exist in my life.

So, what is actually essential in a Columbia student’s university kit?

Find out what you need to succeed after the jump

Dec

4

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The words my parents left me with when I got on the plane from London to the Big Apple were: “Work hard, play hard Liv. You deserve it.”

And I felt I did deserve it, as many of us college kids do. We’ve survived high school, hauled our grades up to the point that we got into Columbia, and (for many of us) have fled our hometowns for the bright lights of the concrete jungle.

It just so happens that my definition of ‘playing hard’ is very different from that of most of my contemporaries. I made the decision over three years ago to stop drinking full stop. I simply didn’t enjoy the person I became when I had had alcohol, and so it lost all recreational merit for me. While other teenagers started finding the joys of spirits, I made the conscious choice to put them down at sixteen.

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Oct

23

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It has been reported that Plimpton Hall, one of Barnard College’s residential housing locations, has an exterior foam layer containing asbestos wrapping around the building. 

Students were shocked to come back to their suites yesterday evening to find a notice on the entrance door declaring that a removal procedure will be carried out from the October 25 to November 25. No students are currently being moved out of the building while this removal takes place, subsequently causing a great deal of unrest amongst residents of Plimpton and their parents. Barnard students annually pay $10,435 for on-campus housing.

The discovery of Plimpton’s asbestos comes on the back of several housing issues at Columbia and Barnard, including Carman’s lack of hot water, ceilings collapsing, and fire alarm problems.

More information after the jump

Oct

15

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I have often been haunted by the mystery of what is going on with the woman on the left’s interesting “hat”, dominating the blow-up photograph in Lerner 510, feat. Levi. 

I am tired of mulling over it at 3 am every single night and thusly have decided to solve this great enigma. 

(Disclaimer: these are deeply scientific hypotheses backed up with years of academic research in Schapiro) 

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