Because Giving You the Day Off Would Be Silly
Written by Bwog Staff
Let’s be honest, Columbia: most of you voted for Barack Obama, and many of you would like to see the swearing in of Columbia’s first graduate to reach the Oval Office. Sadly, though, the first day of classes falls on the same day (January 20) as the inauguration, leaving you to wonder “why not give us the day – or at least the morning – off?”
The Columbia administration rejects your pathetic attempts at logic. Instead, according to an official PrezBo communiqué, they’ve decided to use the go-to method for all important university events: “a ‘Jumbo Tron’ screen will show the inauguration live on Low Library Plaza beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m.” The screening will take place “unless there are extremely severe conditions,” and hot chocolate and warm cider will be there to keep you (luke)warm.
Of course, this entire post is predicated on the belief that PrezBo’s e-mail scribe meant to write “JumboTron,” not a gigantic 1982 movie (although it would be interesting to watch the inauguration parade as one big lightbike race). Full e-mail after the jump.
Dear fellow member of the Columbia community,
I write to invite you to join together in watching the historic Presidential Inauguration of Barack Obama (CC’83) on Tuesday, January 20, 2009. While other notable Columbians Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt and Gen. Dwight Eisenhower have served in the nation’s highest office, this non-partisan event will mark the swearing-in of the first Columbia graduate as President of the United States. A “Jumbo Tron” screen will show the inauguration live on Low Library Plaza beginning at approximately 11:00 a.m. Additional information to follow.
Hot chocolate and warm cider will be served.
No tickets or registration required. Please carry your Columbia University ID with you throughout the day. Like the inaugural on the Mall in Washington, the live broadcast event on Low Plaza will take place rain, snow or shine unless there are extremely severe conditions. Please join us.
Visit <http://www.universityprograms.columbia.edu/> for event details.
Lee C. Bollinger