How to: Get Around Campus During Obamacain

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In the highly likely case that you don’t read your emails to COLUMBIACOMMUNITY, here at Bwog we’d like to relay some helpful tips for getting around campus tomorrow during tomorrow’s madness.  Secret Service has already been sighted at the 117 st. gates, on College Walk, and at the Med School (?), so be ready with these handy tips:
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  •  Have your University ID with you all day. Duh.
  • Avoid Lerner at all costs.  The entrance from Broadway, Mail services and Tasti-D will close at 2:00 p.m.  Get your fake yogurt fixes elsewhere (or take on a second job to eat at Pinkberry.)
  • After 2:00 p.m., you won’t be able to enter campus from John Jay or Carman gates.  After 5:00 p.m., you need an ID to get into any of the other gates.
  • Sit on the Low Steps to watch the Jumbotron.  You probably will want to get there well before the 7:00 p.m. start time if you want to actually sit, though.  Remember that 15,000 people signed up for seats and they’ll be itching to watch.
  • Otherwise just watch on CTV. According to a University spokesperson, “CUTV service is available to students in the individual rooms of 600 W 113, Broadway, Carman, Furnald, John Jay, McBain, River, Ruggles, Schapiro, Watt, Wien, Woodbridge, and the two-person flats in East Campus. In Hogan and the East Campus suites and townhouses, service is offered only in the common areas.”

For all the thrilling details about Your Safety, the complete email is after the jump. 

To all members of the Columbia community:

On Thursday, September 11, Columbia University will host a ServiceNation Summit event in Alfred Lerner Hall featuring presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama.  The purpose of this message is to provide important information about campus access and the events taking place this Thursday.

Please carry your University ID card with you on Thursday to ensure that you can access campus at all times.


Lerner Hall will be open only to University ID holders on Sept. 11.  Beginning at 2:00 p.m., the Broadway entrance to Lerner Hall will be closed, as will the Lerner Gate at 115th St. and Broadway.  After that time, please enter through the building’s campus entrance by using your University ID.  The first floor of Lerner and the 4th floor corridor near Ferris Booth Commons, including the Package Center, will also be closed at 2:00 p.m.

All other Lerner Hall offices, Café 212, the 3rd floor of Ferris Booth Commons, and the Columbia Bookstore will be open during normal business hours.  After 2:00 p.m., the Bookstore will be accessible via the Lerner campus entrance only.


114th St. between Broadway and Amsterdam Ave. will be closed to vehicular traffic from 12:01 a.m. to 11:59 p.m. on Thursday.  “No Parking” signs will also be posted.  Please do not park your car on 114th St. overnight on Wednesday or it will be towed by the Police Department.

Pedestrian traffic on 114th St. will be restricted to the south side of the street beginning at 2:00 p.m.  At that time, the Carman and John Jay gates will also close.

The east side of Broadway between 114th St. and 116th St. will be closed to pedestrians beginning at 2:00 p.m.


From 5:00 p.m. onward, the campus will be open to University ID holders only, through the following gates:

–       116th St. and Broadway (north walk only)- Note: this gate may be subject to closure depending on pedestrian traffic on Broadway

–       116th  St. & Amsterdam Ave. (north walk only)

–       Earl Hall Gate (117th St. & Broadway)

–       Chapel Gate (117th St. & Amsterdam Ave.) until 6:00 p.m.

–       Grove (119th St. & Amsterdam Ave.)

–       120th St. Gate until 6:00 p.m.

–       Mudd Building entrance on 120th St. until 6:00 p.m.

–       115th St. & Amsterdam Ave. Gate

** You must present your University ID to enter campus at any gate after 5:00 p.m. **


If you have temporary staff who do not have a University ID and who need access to campus on the afternoon of Sept. 11, you will need to make the following accommodations for them.  Please prepare a letter on University letterhead stating that the person is reporting for work, specify the campus location, and sign the letter.  Please give this letter to your temporary workers before Sept. 11, and please instruct them to carry a photo ID, such as a driver’s license, matching the name in the letter.


The ServiceNation Summit event will be simulcast on a large screen facing Low Plaza.  All University ID holders are invited to view the event here.  The simulcast will begin at 7:00 p.m.  A live feed of the event will also be accessible via CTV in all Columbia residence halls.  It is likely that the event will be broadcast live on major media networks, and we encourage schools and departments to organize screenings where possible.

A series of student-organized events, including a food drive, will run throughout the day.  Please check the Columbia homepage for updates on these plans.

Your cooperation during this busy and historic day is greatly appreciated.  We hope that you will take advantage of the events surrounding this summit and join the University in recognizing the importance of public service.


Jeffrey Scott

Executive Vice President

Student and Administrative Services

James McShane

Associate Vice President

Columbia University Public Safety

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  1. yogurt

    pinkberry is fake yogurt too

  2. Alum

    Any chance this will be on real TV, like with PrezMahmoud last year?

    I always like to see Alma Mater on TV and brag to my family and friends.

  3. flsdj

    Shame it's not a real debate. I don't think people really care that much about these forums. Still, here's hoping one/both of them say[s] something stupid.

  4. 40's on 40?  

    who else is going to game the speech with a brown bag? drink for every time you hear "change" or a vietnam war story

  5. will there be  

    a live stream online?

  6. I'm curious.

    Besides the media representatives and the 200 students who were selected by the lottery, to whom did all the seats go?

  7. bobby brown  

    Morningside always feels so calm the night before the media shit shower

  8. wondering

    how strict do you think they'll be about checking IDs? I was going to bring my friend who is not Columbia to watch the jumbotron...think she won't be able to get in?

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