Wipe that crust from your eyes, Columbians. It’s the second day back from Spring Break, and jetlag is no longer an excuse (unless you’re just returning from some three-day hell of flight cancellations and missed connections, in which case…good luck!) While you suck it up and drown yourselves in coffee, here’s some more stuff we’ve picked up recently:

  • History of Human Rights professor Samuel Moyn isn’t sharing in seniors’ ill-will toward Class Day speaker Matthew Fox. In a rare use of his faculty Facebook account, he’s joined up with the group “Matthew Fox Speaks for Me” and voiced his incomprehension of the ongoing brouhaha: “As someone who attended class day last year and found John McCain less than enthralling, and as an obsessive fan of both ‘Party of Five’ and ‘Lost,’ I have only one question for those angry about the invitation of Matthew Fox this year: what is the deal?”

  • We know, we know. The word got out long ago that the erstwhile Jonathan Taylor Thomas (of pre-adolescent heartthrob “JTT” fame, now answering to “Jonathan Taylor Weiss”) has been stalking our halls as a student at GS, taking history classes and
    being spotted on the Barnard campus. We’ve tried for an interview, but, alas, the Home Improvement star has remained mum. Yesterday, however, IvyGate upped the ante by looking up Weiss’ email on the directory, from which he oddly never had himself removed, and inviting the fanmail to pour in. Head over there for details – and a photomontage that will take you back to fourth grade.

  • Finally, you Columbia homepage watchers might remember that Center for the Study of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (CASA) study that had been lingering near the top of the newswire for some time now – the one that pointed out that “half of college students binge drink, abuse prescription and illegal drugs”. Yesterday, suddenly, and for some unknown reason, the announcement disappeared. One possible theory: being masters of the obvious wasn’t enough to secure those grant applications…

UPDATE: The CASA study is still there, it’s just scrolled off the page. It’s still not much of a revelation, though. In any case, we’re resisting the temptation to edit out that line about jetlag being no excuse…