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Actual Wisdom: Robert Farrauto
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Bob Farrauto

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:

  1. STUDENTS WANT TO LEARN HOW THEIR EDUCATION APPLIES TO THE REAL WORLD
  2. TENURE IS A CURSE ON ALL LEVELS OF EDUCATION
  3. PROFESSORS NEED TO SPEND MORE TIME GETTING TO KNOW THE UNDERGRADUATES.

What’s your advice to students/academics/the human race in general? BE PASSIONATE ABOUT YOUR WORK AND RESPECT ALL WITH WHOM YOU INTERACT.

Are Engineers Bad Great in Bed?

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?

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?

PrezBo’s Proposal to Bloomberg: “Oh Look We’re Doing That Anyway”
May gain a friend soon

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):

  • Columbia will build or renovate another 3 buildings on the Manhattanville Campus, adding 1.1 million additional square feet, which will make up the new “Institute of Data Sciences and Engineering.”
  • The Institute will consist of five specialized interdisciplinary research centers: U.S. and New Media Center, Smart Cities Center, Health Analytics Center, Cybersecurity Center, and Financial Analytics Center.
  • Since Columbia already has the necessary building permits, the project is “more than shovel ready”—a boon for Columbia, given Bloomberg’s goal of having the campus open by 2015.
  • Phase I of construction: By 2020, Columbia will have completed the construction of a 443,000 sq ft facility, housing 40 new faculty and 600 grad students. By 2022, there will be a total of 72 new faculty and 1,080 new grad students.
  • Phase II will be completed by 2032, and involves renovating a 220,000 sq ft building to house 20 more faculty and 300 grad students, and building a 520,000 sq ft building for another 75 faculty and 1,125 grad students.

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.

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Suit Up!

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.

Engineers gone wild

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.

  • kjhCharlie Foxtrot’s cover of “I Want You Back” by the Jackson 5, dedicated to Zvi Galil. (The idea of begging Dean Galil, “Darling, I was blind to let you go,” is amusing).
  • Tani Othanoski’s Cow Costume/Reference to the Zvi-mail – “This is actually a dolphin.  If you see anything different, you may be under too much stress.”
  • Same contestant, when asked “Why is SEAS better than CC?” completely crashed upon being asked such an obvious question and could only come out with, “Because engineers kick ass.”
  • Shella Bakke’s reply to “If Zvi were a boyband, which would he be?”  “He’d be N*SYNC because he’s going
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  • Nat Gale’s choice of\n costume: hairnet, apron, spatula, and frying pan as a tribute to Wilma
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  • Robert Frawley’s costume\n selection: colorful balloons taped to his jacket. When asked to\n describe his outfit, he paused, collected himself, then whispered into the\n microphone, “I’m a rainbow.”
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And then things got a little bit weird.

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  • Tamsin Davies’s talent: A\n monologue from the iconic 90’s film Clueless. Total time: 20\n seconds.
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  • Tani Othanoski’s\n interpretation of the dance from Little Miss Sunshine. The hilarity\n in the movie comes from the fact that it is a 7-year-old child performing classic\n provocative dances. Somehow, not as funny when a college freshman\n does it.
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  • Shella Bakke’s confession\n after the first half of her African Dance: “Sorry guys, my feet are\n kind of sweaty.”
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  • Party for Mojo’s lead\n singer was detained due to a family emergency. But as they say, the\n show must go on! And it did, sort of. They performed a new\n song that the remaining band members only knew the chorus to, leading to\n minute-long stretches of guitar broken up by the same 2 lines repeated 3\n or 4 times. (Also the invention of a new band-position: backup lead\n singer.) “,1]
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  • Nat Gale’s choice of costume: hairnet, apron, spatula, and frying pan as a tribute to Wilma
  • Robert Frawley’s costume selection: colorful balloons taped to his jacket.  When asked to describe his outfit, he paused, collected himself, then whispered into the microphone, “I’m a rainbow.”

And then things got a little bit weird. (more…)

New Fu on the Block

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.