This evening, mere hours before lottery numbers are due to be posted online tomorrow, Columbia Undergraduate Housing threw us for another loop: there’s a new dorm!
Cozily-named Harmony Hall will be available for the 2009-2010 room selection process and offers eight floors of freshly renovated off-campus-esque housing. Harmony is located at 544 W. 110th Street between Broadway and Amsterdam and contains 76 singles and 7 doubles, allowing 90 lucky guinea pigs in total to grace Harmony’s hallways next year.
There are 8-12 rooms per floor, which are arranged corridor-style. Harmony residents will also find a full-sized fridge, sink and stove on each floor, and (of course) a flat-screen TV in their common rooms. There’s a laundry room and bicycle storage rack in the basement, and only two RA rooms, allowing for many opportunities to wash dirty clothes and do some hardcore RA-free partying, every Columbian’s favorite combination.
@harmony hunter history it started here: http://bwog.net/publicate/index.php?page=post&article_id=8288
bwog, just block this person’s IP from posting comments. please.
@atoivag are freshman allowed to live here?
@Freshmen No. Freshmen will still be in Carman, Furnald, John Jay and Hartley-Wallach (the LLC). These dorms are all on South Field (ie: close to the library, student center etc.). Harmony is off-campus, as are many upperclass dorms.
If you look at this map: http://www.columbia.edu/about_columbia/map/MorningsideCampus.pdf
The main campus extends from 114th to 120th St between Broadway and Amsterdam. Harmony is way off campus, even compared to other dorms.
@RAs It’s not entirely that it’s an RA-free or RA-lite dorm since there are actually still approximately the same number of RAs per residents; it’s just that the floors in harmony have about 10 people on them, so having an RA for each for each floor would be ludicrous.
Compare with Carman at 1 RA/~40+ residents
LLC 1 RA /~30 residents
John Jay, EC, Ruggles, etc…
The ratio in harmony actually isn’t bad at all.
@fuck my life numbers are up
@Calm down, Britney. Damn. The numbers will be posted after 5pm, for the extent at which it will change your life.
@chris leave britney alone
@Epic Fail, Housing Wow, the incompetence of Housing is astounding. They set themselves up to fail by promising lottery numbers today when they could have just said it’d be ready tomorrow. Not only that, they would have appeared to be on the top of their game by having the numbers up early.
@technophile I wish people would stop using “flat screen” and “flat panel” interchangeably.
All flat panels are flat screens but not all flat screens are flat panels (and by context we know Bwog means flat panel).
@ahhh the anticipation is killing me! It’s like the night before christmas… except for the fact that on christmas morning you don’t have a chance of getting kicked in the balls by columbia housing
@WHAT MIDNIGHT? last time i checked that was the 25th…way to blue ball us cu housing.
the incompetency is remarkable.
@lottery numbers everybody just call housing and ask where the numbers are posted. i called and they said they wouldn’t be up until around midnight, but if we keep pestering them maybe they will just put up the damn thing
@I want lottery numbers…NOW, housing!!!
@me too me too me too me too me tooooooooooo ugh
@whiners the square footage alone doesn’t determine whether your room is sucky small or not. more important is the shape and already-present furniture. I had a square 105 in claremont that seemed enormous, but my suitemate with a 90 could barely move around in her room because it was awkwardly shaped and columbia had clumsily thrown bureaus and whatnot in there. I’m withholding judgment on the awfulness of these harmony rooms until i see a floor plan.
@Broadway Wow, 76 square feet? I’ll never mope again about my 102!
@the real issue What kind of a name is Harmony Hall?
Is there a donor named Harmony or is it just a bad decision? The name makes it sound like we’d be living in a place that doesn’t allow processed sugar.
@Alum The building was named Harmony before Columbia bought it. It used to be the Harmony Hotel.
@ah ha thanks for the info kind Alumni. I take back any criticism of Harmony Hall, because quite frankly it sounds like Bob Dylan could’ve lived in the Harmony Hotel.
By the way, could you also give me a job? Isn’t that what you guys are for?
@Alum Sorry, but no.
@mmm small singles (92 sq.ft.!) and far away = no thanks
@AFAIK harmony used to be an undergrad dorm too
@Alum I don’t think that’s true. As far as I know, Marmony has been used for law students and a small number of other grad students since Columbia bought it. A friend of mine lived there when he was in law school in the mid ’80s.
@updated more to come as we can get it: http://www.wikicu.com/Harmony_Hall
@it's 12:25.. When do they post the numbers?!?
I’m guessing harmony is going to go mostly to sophomores we couldn’t get into Furnald but really wanted a single.
@ha! most of the singles in barnard’s elliot hall are 74 sq. foot. ridiculous.
@haha This is what happens when Columbia increases the undergraduate headcount of CC/SEAS by 160 students over 5 years. They slap a coat of paint on the least desirable law school building and call it news.
@corrrection that would be increasing the size of the CC student body, not CC/SEAS
@well First, the CC/SEAS student body as a whole live in the same housing stock, so increases in either are relevant. Second, I was pointing out that the combined enrollment of both schools has been slowly increasing every year anyway, such that there are 160 more students in CC/SEAS this year than there were back in 03-04. The addition of 50 in year is a bit of an anomaly though.
In case you’re wondering, the nursing “undergraduate” program is a bit of a misnomer, since you need to be a college graduate to enroll.
@Senior The real story here is that Columbia is expanding the CC freshman class by 50 student. It’s not like this place isn’t already crowded enough. I am sorry for you underclassman; your chances of finding space to work-out in Dodge, a desk in Butler, and a decent sized dorm room have just plummeted.
@50 students yeah, from the email – “Vice President Dirks has adopted a number of measures to address our budgetary concerns including increasing enrollment for Columbia College”
Does that means the 50 students wouldn’t have been accepted if not for the fact their parents are loaded?
@A Standard Prison cell in a maximum security prison is 84 square feet.
@solution go to prison!
@procrastinator 76 sq. feet? That can’t possibly be legal. Can it?
Doing a little research, I found this: http://www.housingnyc.com/html/resources/hmc/sub3/art4.html
Interesting stuff. The key part is section 27-2074, paragraph e.
Assuming I read the legalese correctly, 70sq feet is the legal minimum size for a room in a building as old as Harmony.
@ummmm …I think it was intended as a joke.
at least I hope so.
@for sophs The doubles are actually quite large…I saw one at 265 sf. Not a bad alternative to the McBain shaft.
@76 square feet Housing better not be charging $5k+ for a 76 sq. ft. room
@no$$$$ i luv being on full financial aidz becuz it is irregardless of where i stay cuz i get it all for free
@... “Irregardless?” HAVE YOU NO SHAME SIR?!
@76 square feet hey at least this beats McMathers McBain
@76 square feet are they talking about the closet? or is that where the bed goes?
@killer Well I rather get a pedicure than go shopping though
@Susannah This means more shopping!
@it's a full half mile away from Mudd.
exercise, here we come…
@WHEN DO WE FIND OUT OUR LOTTERY NUMBERS!?
@welll I think its worth the walk if you get one of the big singles. That much room + minimal RA presence would make for an excellent year.
@ugh Removing a whole bunch of Watt studio singles: DOWNGRADE
There are only 15 now, such a bummer
This new hall has some very large singles (170 ft) and some very, very, VERY small ones (88 ft????).
@boom the walk to 1020 has never been shorter
@bang This person speaks the truth…
@does anyone know exactly what time lottery numbers will be available? and how we access them?
@how the fuck did this bypass our fantastic press?
@notpress It was just announced. They like to keep everyone in the dark, like how they’re changing Ruggles, McBain and Watt as well.
@but how does it compare to other undergrad dorms? Where does it fall on the Watt-to-Wien spectrum?
@umm the singles range from 147 (nicee) -79 (o hell no) sf and its the farthest dorm from campus, excluding carleton… i’d rank it closer to a wein. praise the stars i’ll be a senior…
@actually look at room 511 – 76 whole sq ft
@yeah... those 79 sq ft singles are ridiculous. I thought my JJ single was small freshman year… And why is there only one shower in the bathrooms? Better hope no one on your floor has a similar schedule
@hm... harmony hall used to be law school housing up until last year, i wonder why its undergrads now. while it is a step up from your average undergrad housing, it is a shithole compared to lenfest, the other law dorm. not worth the walk to 110! (you can literally take the subway to school though)