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December 12, 20137:00 pm 13 Comments
Happy Thursday. For our next Actual Wisdom we bring you Robert Farrauto, who has chosen to answer in all caps.
Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: I AM A HAPPY FATHER, HUSBAND GRANDFATHER AND A TEACHER OF GREAT COLUMBIA STUDENTS.
Claim to fame: I REALLY RESPECT AND ENJOY BEING WITH THE STUDENTS AND TEACHING THEM ABOUT THE REAL INDUSTRIAL ENGINEERING WORLD.
What’s your most valuable or unexpected college experience? SHARING MY 40 YEAR INDUSTRIAL CAREER WITH SO MANY TALENTED COLUMBIA STUDENTS
Back in my day… (what has changed at Columbia?): NOW INDUSTRIAL TRAINED ENGINEERS HAVE AN IMPORTANT PLACE IN THE UNIVERSITY.
What’s the craziest student excuse/extension story you’ve heard? MY GIRL FRIEND DUMPED ME SO I WAS NOT IN THE MOOD TO FINISH YOUR TAKE HOME EXAM.
Would you rather give up tenure or cheese? I WOULD GIVE UP TENURE SINCE IT MAKES MANY PROFESSORS TOO RELAXED AS THEY AGE. SOME CHEESE AND WINE GETS BETTER WITH AGE.
Three things you learned at Columbia:
What’s your advice to students/academics/the human race in general? BE PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK AND RESPECT ALL WITH WHOM YOU INTERACT.
Tags: actual wisdom, actual wisdom 2013, break ups, breaking up is hard to do, engineers, industrial engineering, really emphatic answers, tenure
January 27, 201210:00 pm 42 Comments
It appears that our blue neighbors to the North have a serious problem: in an article published last Friday, Yale Daily News reports that Yale’s single men are “maybe-I’ll-just-eat-this-sandwich-instead” terrible at copulating! Bwog is keenly aware of the prevalent hook-up culture at Columbia, so we wondered, what about our men?
A wild commenter has already done some preliminary analysis:
The best lovers in the Ivy League are all Columbia engineering students.
So the case is settled, right?
Well, maybe not. While both Yale and CC (sorry SEAS) have a practically even male:female ratio, the addition of Barnard’s 2,300 women to the campus community could only exacerbate this issue. And it seems like Yale isn’t the only school making its gripes about hook-up culture. Maybe that commenter was won over by all the “Consent is Sexy” seminars. (After all, Columbia is ranked at the top of the list for best sex ed programs.) Maybe not.
What say you, planet Columbia?
Tags: consent is sexy and sliced meat is not, engineers, hook-ups, it's raining men, jezebel, sandwiches > oral sex?, what your mother doesn't know but reads about it in the "paper"
October 27, 20117:15 pm 13 Comments
May gain a friend soon
Bloomberg’s recent proposal that aims to lure top engineering universities around the world to New York with a pledge of $100 million to be put towards a new campus (either on Governor’s Island, Roosevelt Island, or the Brooklyn Navy Yard) has universities across the country scrambling to send in their applications. Big names that have expressed interest include Stanford, Cornell, and NYU, so it probably doesn’t come as a surprise that today, PrezBo has officially thrown Columbia’s hat into the ring. That being said, with the proposals due tomorrow, our administrators certainly didn’t leave much margin for error.
Some major points touched on within the proposal (PDF):
Noticeably, the Columbia proposal contrasts from the others in that it only adds to the current Manhattanville expansion plans, rather than utilizing any of the sites Bloomberg has proposed. The administration seems to be hoping Bloomberg will be pleased at not having to donate city land to the expansion, but we’ll have to wait and see. And given Bloomberg’s recent statements on the institute, he may end up spreading the love to multiple universities anyways.
Engineer via Wikimedia Commons
Tags: bloomberg, ch-ch-ch-changes, engineers, institute of data sciences and engineering, is it premature to have a nicknaming contest for these buildings already?, manhattanville, prezbo, science campus contest
October 15, 20101:15 pm 11 Comments
Bwog knew its networking sense was tingling. It’s that time of year again… the Engineering Consortium Career Fair! Students of CC/BC/GS, take note. This is how engineers get jobs: they dress in business formal and wait in lines.
Tags: engineers, jobs, recession, science, seas, these economic times
February 26, 200710:37 pm 19 Comments
E-Weeks, the celebration of everything Engineering at Columbia, concluded tonight with a Battle of the Bands and a Mr. and Ms. SEAS pageant, featuring performances by The Folk, Charlie Foxtrot, The Shake, Party for Mojo, and DJ Tanner. In the running for Mr. SEAS were Sumeet Shah, Nat Gale, Robert Sokola, and Robert Frawley while Tamsin Davies, Sarah Clarke (returning champion), Tani Othanoski, and Shella Bakke competed for the women’s title. Bwog reporter Steven Thomas sat through the three-hour event. His highlights follow.
And then things got a little bit weird.
And then things got a little bit weird. (more…)
Tags: competitions, e-week, engineers, esc, fun, seas
May 24, 200612:18 am 7 Comments
Watch out, Zvi G.—Harvard’s now got a SEAS of its own, having made its own Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences into a full-fledged School. Rumblings of the transition started a year ago, when DEAS Dean “Venky” resigned pending some big changes. SEAS—with an admit rate three times that of the Harvard school—just beats out DEAS in the US News rankings. But for how much longer??
Oh, Harvard. If only you knew all the social awkwardness you’re in for.
Tags: ch-ch-ch-changes, engineers, harvard, links, rankings, seas, seas drama
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