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WikiCU Changes Hands

WikiCU announced today that there will be a change at captain’s chair, with Sam Aarons, SEAS ’14 and one of Bwog’s webmasters, taking control of WikiCU’s operations and Bwog taking a longer term advisory role. We’d link to WikiCU, but it’s still plagued by malware. Get on that, Sam.

Statement from the outgoing WikiCU team below:

Dear WikiCU readers,

We are writing today to let you know that effectively immediately, we are entrusting WikiCU to the care of Sam Aarons, SEAS ’14. You might know him as the genius/future tech titan who developed Print@CU. Sam has agreed, after implementing some long-overdue technical upgrades, to transfer the site to Bwog when he is no longer able to maintain it himself.

We started WikiCU in 2006 with a simple vision that information ought to be free, and a single-minded obsession with documenting everything interesting, irrelevant, and in-between about this great university. Alas, the last of us who were part of the founding group of authors, editors, and contributors to WikiCU graduated in 2008.

With the real world looming and physically separated from Alma Mater (for some of us, by oceans), we found less and less time to maintain the site and its content. Yet, we were flattered to know that WikiCU, despite its age, remained a resource for everyone from incoming first-years to, apparently, Columbia’s lawyers, who cited WikiCU in a trademark filing of the Columbia shield itself. (We’re not kidding. Go here for the trademark filing. Look at the “Specimen” created 18-Feb-2009.)

We ask three things: 1) that WikiCU continues to be available as a free resource, 2) that WikiCU remains freely editable by the Columbia community and indeed, by all interested contributors, and 3) that the WikiCU name and the “WikiCU Butler Facade” brand survive.

We are confident and excited at transitioning WikiCU to this next phase. We look forward to this once-unloved archive once again serving its role as a resource and as this great university’s institutional memory for all Columbians, prospective, current, and former. And we are very excited about seeing what the next generation (that’s you) can and will contribute to WikiCU.

We remain, sirs, with great respect, your most humb. obdt. svts.,

The WikiCU Team (2006-2012)

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22 Comments

  • Overly analytical CS major says:

    @Overly analytical CS major Congrats, glad that’s working out.

    Also, I clicked on the link… apparently the motto and shield are a trademark of “THE TRUSTEES OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IN”.

    Oh, COBOL, you sly string-truncating dog you.

    1. Not sure if this is just me... says:

      @Not sure if this is just me... But has anybody else noticed that more CS majors seem to be making themselves known on in Bwog comments? Don’t you all have problem sets or something?

      1. Overly analytical CS major says:

        @Overly analytical CS major Yes, but we also have Adderall.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Dammit I meant “known in” not “known on in”

  • could be paranoid but... says:

    @could be paranoid but... Sam now controls print@cu, bwog, and wikicu. Seems like a lot of unchecked power. What if he’s mining data about Columbia students?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous what do you mean he controls bwog?

      1. Don't you know? says:

        @Don't you know? Code is law.

    2. LOL says:

      @LOL Steve Jobs had a lot of “unchecked power”. So did Bill Gates. Unfortunately, democracy is neither the most efficient or most effective way to deliver cost-effective services (in this case, free), so either step up or shut up.

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous …what data? What on earth are you talking about?

    4. Libelman says:

      @Libelman He’s more likely gonna pull a Bubinski.

    5. charlie says:

      @charlie A lot of “power” because he runs several websites popular to Columbia students? I don’t see that there’s much data to be gathered from running Bwog or WikiCU, although I guess one could hijack documents from Print@CU. But people should be smart enough not to print sensitive documents through that website anyway, and he’s even put a disclaimer at the bottom.

      He has run multiple similar websites competently, therefore it makes sense to ask him to run WikiCU competently.

  • Sam Aarons says:

    @Sam Aarons is the Borg to this posts Capt. Riker.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous one of the best season finales/premieres ever.

  • Is anyone taking over CULPA? says:

    @Is anyone taking over CULPA? That site needs revamping asap.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Clever move, Bwog. Almost too clever! I would have called it but I didn’t want to give you any ideas.

    What’s the probability that Bwog planted the virus in the first place, CUCR-style?

  • lol says:

    @lol genius/future tech titan

  • columbia to barnard says:

    @columbia to barnard people are honest on the internet. it’s face to face that you can be sure we will lie to you

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Sam Aarons? the genius behind print@cu???

    …can i have your babies?

    1. genius/future tech titan says:

      @genius/future tech titan no. jewish girls only, please.

      1. Sam Aarons is racist says:

        @Sam Aarons is racist As a hot Afro-Indian-Pakistani Christian Barnard Wiccan, I’m offended!

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