Despite all appearances to the contrary, Columbia is aware that there has to be a little give and take when it comes to the Core. Yes, the classes you have to take to graduate are also the ones that are impossible to get into. You know it. And they know it.

That’s why for Music Hum, Art Hum, and (for some reason) selected chemistry classes, seats are being released over the course of a few days, so that juniors and sophomores can have a shot. Can’t get in right now? Follow Mystery’s good advice and don’t take your first rejection as the final word. Student Services recommends trying every few hours. By tomorrow, all the spots should be open.

As for the physical education requirement, that’s another story entirely.