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Spectator Associate Plagiarizes NYT Article

Update 2: Jade is no longer a Speccie. Spec just updated their editors’ note to add that “we have absolutely no tolerance for plagiarism, and Jade’s relationship with Spectator has been terminated.”

Update: Bonacolta’s position, according to Spec’s printed masthead, is currently Arts & Entertainment Associate, which is apparently the 3rd (and lowest) tier of editors within the Spectator hierarchy. In a statement to Bwog concerning Bonacolta’s future in that role, Sarah Darville, Spec’s Editor-in-Chief, said, “We’re still reviewing her work for Spec, and will make a decision upon completion of that review.” (Our link)

Looks like Speccies are earning quite the bad reputation for breaches of journalistic ethics. In an article published yesterday titled “Frank Lloyd Wright archives arrive at CU,” Jade Bonacolta apparently published three paragraphs under her own name that closely mirror three paragraphs written by Robin Pogrebin in the New York Times. Spec retracted the article within minutes of realizing it had been plagiarized. Poynter then examined Bonacolta’s work at another publication, and found similar results. Does this mean that we can turn Spec into a 3-story Pinkberry?

The three relevant paragraphs were conveniently collated by IvyGate (their emphasis):

The first:


Frank Lloyd Wright was notorious for saving everything, from his personal correspondence to scribbles on Plaza Hotel napkins. Since Wright’s death in 1959, these relics have been locked in storage.


The Modernist architect Frank Lloyd Wright wasn’t a hoarder. But he did save just about everything — whether a doodle on a Plaza Hotel cocktail napkin of an imagined city on Ellis Island, his earliest pencil sketch of the spiraling Guggenheim Museum or a model of Broadacre City, his utopian metropolis. Since Wright’s death in 1959 those relics have been locked in storage at his former headquarters —Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wis., and Taliesin West, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

The second:


Among the University’s future collection are the famous original drawings for Wright’s Fallingwater, a home designed amid a rushing stream in Pennsylvania, and the Robie House, a Prairie-style building on the campus of the University of Chicago.


Among the gems in that material are drawings for Wright’s Fallingwater, a home cantilevered over a stream in Mill Run, Pa.; the Robie House, a Prairie-style building on the University of Chicago campus; Unity Temple, a Unitarian Universalist church in Oak Park, Ill.; and Taliesin West.

The third:


While Wright is typically thought of as a lonely genius, you move him into the Museum of Modern Art, and he’s dialoguing with Le Corbusier in the company of Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto, and Louis Kahn,’ said Barry Bergdoll, chief curator of architecture and design at the MoMA.


While Wright is typically thought of as ‘a lonely genius,’ Mr. Bergdoll said, ‘you move him into the Museum of Modern Art, and he’s dialoguing with Le Corbusier in the company of Mies van der Rohe, Alvar Aalto and Louis Kahn.’


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  • Oh boy says:

    @Oh boy Brace yourselves. A publications war is coming.

  • really? says:

    @really? “Does this mean that we can turn Spec into a 3-story Pinkberry?”

    Bwog, don’t hide your glee—let us know how you really feel!

    And next time, do the courtesy of also pointing out that the article was retracted the same day, before the IvyGate post, and letting us know what Spec’s editors had to say.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Hi Spec office!

    2. alum says:

      @alum yeah, that’s unnecessarily cruel, bwog. please also try to remember that jade is a fellow student and human being; tragic times shouldn’t be the only times that we talk about “community” and being kind to each other.

      1. wow. says:

        @wow. way to instrumentalize a tragedy in service of your own self-esteem agenda. This girl made a serious mistake that warrants coverage.

        1. yeah says:

          @yeah But he/she is still right.

    3. J.K. Trotter says:

      @J.K. Trotter No. IvyGate wrote two posts about this yesterday; the Spectator retracted the article after we published the first:

      See either editor’s note for confirmation:

      1. CC'14 says:

        @CC'14 Trotter, I always wanted to tell you this. I think your writing is terrible and your choice of stories even worse.

        1. J.K. Trotter says:

          @J.K. Trotter How dare thee.

  • ? says:

    @? why does the headline say “spectator editor”? Is Jade an editor or one of their rando writers?

  • this says:

    @this is the most tabloidy bullshit i have ever read.

    bwog, why don’t you focus on actual news rather than becoming columbia’s gossip girl

    1. Gossip Girl says:

      @Gossip Girl I actually like this – it’s campus news and I like to keep all of you updated on your little indiscretions. You know you love me, xoxo.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I’m waiting for spec sucks guy to bombard us with comments now

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Wow, I’m impressed kids, I thought only Harvard and Yale were guilty of cheating and plagerism

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous could really use a new movie theater — the spec office is pretty big, right?

  • PrezNope says:

    @PrezNope And in typical journalism fashion, Bonacolta will go on to a prestigious internship at the Village Voice.

  • Philosoraptor says:

    @Philosoraptor If plagiarism occurs in a newspaper, and no one’s there to read it, does it make a damn bit of difference?

  • The Dark Hand says:

    @The Dark Hand They expect somebody in the wreckage…

    just one more pawn to take a fall for the spec bigwigs. OPEN YOUR EYES SHEEPLE.


  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous she’s barnard…

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous She is from Barnard. Not Columbia. There’s a fucking difference.

    2. Why is this getting downvoted? says:

      @Why is this getting downvoted? OP is making a distinction/correction to what had previously been misreported, absent any sort of negative implication that everyone seems to have placed on his comment. I don’t get this school. I understand why no one likes the condescending OMG COLUMBIA IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN BARNARD *ssholes, but why everyone gets their panties in a bunch when someone points out the simple fact that yes, Barnard is a legal affiliate so yes, there is a distinction, is beyond me.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous The problem is the tone and the implication.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous “spectator totters”

  • BwogWhore says:

    @BwogWhore In defense of the Spec, this was the first time I’ve read it this year.

    Also, shouldn’t they be more aspirational? Maybe crib the New Yorker next time? Or if you’re really feeling high brow, Harper’s.

    1. tangential conspiracy theorist says:

      @tangential conspiracy theorist Funny you should bring that up. Tons o’ ex-Speccies working at the New Yorker, and Harper’s prez is a Spec alum and on the Spec’s board. Maybe the girl wouldn’t have cribbed from the Times if Frankel were still there…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous what a nasty piece of shit bwog has become. I’m not even from spec and this is a pretty douchey move, especially for the girl. If this was CJR or CPR, Bwog wouldn’t have posted this.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous You have got to be kidding me. This is news, pulled from other publications. And anyways, Bwog has gotten much tamer than it was, objectively.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Actually it’s become a whole lot nastier than last year, objectively.

  • KJ says:

    @KJ R u f***ing kidding me. Get over it, its not a big deal. Its just Columbia Spec, who gives a shit.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Isn’t she a Barnard student and not Columbia?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous why is the distinction even necessary? it was a person writing for the paper.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous she doesnt even go here… whatever.

  • anon says:

    @anon Bwog, try and dial down the assholery a bit.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I think the three-story Pinkberry comment was highly uncalled for, but blogs, websites and publications report on other publications’ plagiarism all the time. Usually it’s higher profile stuff like Lehrer, etc., but still I don’t think this was out of line. And Bwog IS about campus gossip, to a point. I think this is fair game.

  • CC '14 says:

    @CC '14 I think we are inclined to be spiteful when someone is caught plagiarizing because those of us who work hard to present honest work in class and out of it don’t like the idea that perhaps there are people out there who don’t get caught, and get credit for work that isn’t theirs. Not saying that’s wrong or right, just observing.

    That said, the third example isn’t plagiarism if it was cited… if not, well, she was really dumb, because who’s going to believe that she got an exclusive quote from a curator at the MoMA?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous tangential, but that curator was my internship supervisor. He would have been happy to give a quote to Columbia’s newspaper. After all, he’s a columbia alum.

    2. anon says:

      @anon Yeah, but it’s a little rich coming from any publication, since Columbia is filled to the fucking brim with cheaters. The number of people (from all the undergraduate schools) I’ve seen openly cheating in class, on papers, and exams, who talk openly about having cheated in high school and continuing to do so in college, and the number of people who abuse adderall without prescriptions or get “extra help” from their friends is unbelievable. Hell, the loser who wrote this piece probably has cheated as well. I agree that Spec should have just quietly settled the situation. They fired her, replaced the article with an editorial note, and sent an email to the entire Spec staff explaining what had happened, which seems appropriate; gleefully abusing her online like Bwog is doing is straight up douchey.

  • BARNARD says:

    @BARNARD students should not be allowed to write for the COLUMBIA spectator

    1. Right. says:

      @Right. You specifically should get the fuck off our campus and out of our classes, clubs, and dining halls.

      All others still welcome.

    2. BC '15 says:

      @BC '15 The Columbia Spectator is legally independent of the university, so your argument is invalid. Even then, Barnard is part of Columbia University, so we can do everything that the people at CC, SEAS, and GS can do. It is idiotic for you to assume that the actions of one individual reflect an entire school of educated people. To generalize an entire student body from your comment, everyone at your college is a self-righteous, bigoted asshole.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous When you have to go through the COLUMBIA admissions process, then you can be a welcome memeber of the community. I didn’t work hard and sacrifice in high school to get into CC in order to be associated with people who didn’t do the same. I understand that you aren’t dumb and that Barnard is a good school. What I don’t understand is why you must cling to the edges of the Columbia umbrella? You are your own school, be proud.

        1. BC '14 says:

          @BC '14 Member*

        2. Barnard says:

          @Barnard Really doesn’t have it great here on BWOG, does it? Trolls will be trolls I guess, but the proliferation of CC trolls isn’t helping our name, simply making us all look like elitist douches…

        3. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous suck my dick.

          1. tangential conspiracy theorist says:

            @tangential conspiracy theorist It’s funny because Barnard admits people who identify as female, and would (presumably) not have (suckable) dicks. I see what you did there.

    3. Lol says:

      @Lol Barnard students make up probably a third of the Spectator staff. It’s not like SEAS is interested in stepping up to the plate, or anything.

  • BC '15 says:

    @BC '15 I am proud of my school, but I’m tired of being treated like a second class citizen. Based on the way that you treat others, I wish I didn’t have to associate with you, but that’s not my call. I applied early decision to Barnard, because I knew where I wanted to go. This animosity is ridiculous, because last I checked– you guys take our classes too.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous preach.

      their undergrads actually take more classes at Barnard than we do at Columbia.

      1. CC says:

        @CC UGH! I hate when you guys say that bc that is only true. There are just MORE Columbia students over all. Significantly more than Barnard students so of course there are going to be more Columbia students taking Barnard classes. Just like there are more Columbia students NOT taking Barnard classes than Barnard students not taking Columbia classes. We know you all taking all the Columbia classes and get to register earlier than us and all that bull shit

    2. please says:

      @please don’t pretend that if you had a choice between barnard and columbia you would actually choose barnard

      1. BC says:

        @BC Yes, I would have chosen Barnard, absolutely. Compared to Barnard’s career and advising services, Columbia’s are a joke. I didn’t even apply to Columbia College, and have no regrets about my education.

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous i actually could easily have gotten into cc and chose to apply to bc instead. not everybody wants to go to cc

    3. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous we take your classes because they’re easy as fuck

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I don’t think it was classiest move of Spec (or Bwog, really) to identify the girl’s name. She made a mistake, Spec handled it — why do we need to point any more fingers?

    1. Uh... says:

      @Uh... Two things. 1, Spec didn’t release her name, IvyGate did. 2. Second, when Spec did handle the issue, they had to retract her article — how were they supposed to do that without releasing her name? It would have been dishonest to just quietly “disappear” the article with no mention of why. I don’t think keeping her name out of the discussion was ever even a possibility, for any of the organizations that have written on this (IvyGate, Spec, or Bwog).

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous IvyGate released her name, but Spec chose again to mention it in their coverage, as did Bwog. I obviously don’t think they should’ve “quietly disappeared” the article, but they could’ve at least chosen to call her by her title — “the arts and entertainment associate” or “the article’s author”. It certainly wouldn’t have given her anonymity; but it would at least put the onus on the reader to find out who she was. She messed up and Spec handled it quickly — I don’t think there’s a need for a public shaming.

  • The Gray Fox says:

    @The Gray Fox Barnard students are not Columbia students, and this plagiarist should get expelled from Barnard for this.

    1. Ouch says:

      @Ouch Thank God you don’t work for the Barnard administration.

      One little plagiarism for a campus newspaper seems extreme for an exodus. I could understand a class assignment, but the poor girl will now be considered a plagiarist for the rest of her time at Columbia/Barnard, is expelled from any campus publication, and will end up interning for Village Voice. She has enough to deal with than being expelled from a so-so school.

  • The baselessly lengthy rebuttal, CC style says:

    @The baselessly lengthy rebuttal, CC style Umm, get real. We take Barnard classes because a) they’re easier versions of an analogous Columbia course and/or b) they’re eclectic courses with typical liberal-artsy-fartsy names like “History of Social Dancing: Dance Crazes from the Waltz to Flash Mobs” and “Body Histories: The Case of Footbinding” whose bizarre names alone often compel one to register–and which Barnard is only able to offer because Columbia is across the street making sure that classes you could actually mention in a job interview without incurring derisive laughter are being conducted. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve taken many, many Barnard classes and will continue to do so on account of my major, and I love your school very much so (especially the Vag, a bonafide campus gem!), but this is the truth.

    Furthermore, having taken many a class at Barnard, I’ve had the misfortune on several occasions of taking courses with the types of Barnard stereotypes that mar your reputation: the utterly dimwitted simpleton who’d be left to drown in her own ineptitude had she been accepted across the street instead (and who will earn a degree with Columbia’s name on it and use that little detail for the purposes of general self-aggrandizement throughout her post-graduate life), the overly self-righteous gender-fluid pansexual Native American neo-Marxist protopunk yadda-yadda-yadda from Darien, CT who views every class discussion as an opportunity to tout her worldviews through barely-veiled tangential polemics, the uber-nice and understanding professors who allow–nay, encourage!–the aforementioned stupidity and righteous indignation day in and day out despite the fact that most of the students who actually go to class feel cheated by the remarkable amount of time wasted by these hindrances to meaningful enlightenment and progress. Columbia condescends to you precisely because your school is populated (not necessarily by a majority, but at the very least by an extremely loud and visible minority) by these sorts of people, and few things are sillier to the scholar-elite than the ostentatiously simple or the baselessly and excessively indignant.

    I wouldn’t go so far as to say there’s ANIMOSITY on Columbia’s part–much like one might consider an airheaded/obnoxious/trashy/socially inept/skanky/emotionally immature little sister, we view you more with a combination of pity, a sense of superiority in regards to both mental development and overall tact, an annoyance with your incessant obnoxious behavior and unabating predilections for contrived and often vacuous displays of indignation and self-proclaimed anti-conformist uniqueness, and yet alongside all this, a real (though by no means overwhelming) appreciation of your quirkiness, eccentricity, and seemingly genuine desire for meaningful self-progression. We don’t often tell you this, though, because much like younger siblings, you already things your hottest shit this side of the Mason-Dixon, and that’s precisely the problem. And ultimately, just as said younger sister often seethes at the just thought of her patronizing elder sibling, it more likely to be the case that Barnard harbors animosity towards us….

    For what it’s worth though, there’s a conflict of interests present when one exhaustively proclaims her pride in the autonomy of her institution while simultaneously seeking the acknowledgement of an externality. If Barnard is the autonomous institution you claim it to be, then there need be no acknowledgement of Columbia or any other institution existing without; your supposed argument of having “second-class citizenship” becomes entirely untenable when you cease conceiving of Barnard as a part of a whole and start treating it as an entity in itself–something your administration makes a clear and concerted effort to do. Any indignant feelings of externally imposed inferiority that you harbor stems from the fact that you do indeed recognize that Barnard is Columbia’s sister school, that it is a part of something greater and has developed a certain relationship vis-a-vis it’s counterparts. You are the little sister with the lighter admission standards, easier classes, and higher proportion of annoying students–of course true Columbians don’t think very highly of you. Had you known Barnard as well as you say you did when you applied early, you’d have been quite aware of the Columbia-Barnard relationship, a long-standing dynamic that both preceded and will certaintly outlast your piddlingly short stint here. You’d also know that these sorts of unnecessarily emotional tirades against what are in reality rather trivial misgivings are precisely the sort of silliness on which Columbia’s condescension towards Barnard is based and propagated. The best things you could do if you really want greater respect would be to accept the schools’ already-existing dynamic from a cooly distant perspective, embracing it as just another unique charisteristic of the University culture without necessarily investing yourself emotionally in it, and to tell your dimwitted classmates to go google the basic high school material they apparently have never heard of on their own time and your inappropriately self-righteous social activist peers to shut the fuck up so we can get back to the relevant discussion. And while you’re at it, resign yourself to the fact that when a Barnard girl does something really stupid like plagiarize from arguably the most significant and widely consumed news source on the planet, your reputation as Columbia’s dumb little sister will inevitably resurface into the discourse, serve as the source for some meaningless though thoroughly entertaining deprecation, and eventually fade to insignificance. It’s like when a black person in baggy clothes mugs someone on the street–it’s simply stereotype confirmation, and you know going in that that’s the response you’re gonna get and there’s nothing you can do about it EXCEPT, if your goal is to help eliminate the stereotype, to hold yourself in a way that won’t validate it. The paradox worth understanding here: yet another Barnard girl’s fiery proclamation of discontent serves precisely to validate and propogate the treatment engendering that discontent in the first place; these polemics are just the sorts of unappealing yet totally unsurprising things that justify your disreputable intrauniversity standing; the attempted solution is part of the original problem; möbius strips of cause and effect ensue; and so on, ad nauseaum.

    That is all.

    Emotionally detached, socially observant Senior

    1. CC '14 says:

      @CC '14 First of all, clearly not emotionally detached. This comment was longer than my last final paper.

      Second, someone was really enjoying and wanting to show off his/her knowledge of keyboard ∑ymböl$.

      Third, this shit is way too long to read. TL;DR.
      TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,
      And sorry I could not travel both
      And be one traveler, long I stood
      And looked down one as far as I could
      To where it bent in the undergrowth; 5

      Then took the other, as just as fair,
      And having perhaps the better claim,
      Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
      Though as for that the passing there
      Had worn them really about the same, 10

      And both that morning equally lay
      In leaves no step had trodden black.
      Oh, I kept the first for another day!
      Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
      I doubted if I should ever come back. 15

      I shall be telling this with a sigh
      Somewhere ages and ages hence:
      Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
      I took the one less traveled by,
      And that has made all the difference.

    2. tangential conspiracy theorist says:

      @tangential conspiracy theorist That may have been a tl;dr, but having been dumb enough to ‘r,’ all I can really do is point to is this:
      “you already things your hottest shit.”
      and tell you what an amusing creature you are.

    3. The Gray Fox says:

      @The Gray Fox Brilliant. I’m glad someone finally stood up and told it like it is. Bravo, my friend!

    4. CC13 says:

      @CC13 This is REALLY embarrassing. Seriously, calm down

    5. Anon says:

      @Anon You don’t have any friends, do you?

    6. Yes says:

      @Yes PLEASE let’s fight about this again!

    7. Harry Lime says:

      @Harry Lime
      Last Revised November 2008

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      The Arts and Sciences consists of seven Faculties. The Faculty of Arts and Sciences, which is led by the Vice President for Arts and Sciences, coordinates the programs of the other six Faculties – Columbia College, the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and the Schools of General Studies, International and Public Affairs, the Arts, and Continuing Education – as well as the 30 departments in the Arts and Sciences, and addresses questions of common concern.

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      Each Faculty consists of the President, the Provost, the dean, the Vice President for Arts and Sciences or the Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences, where appropriate, and those officers of instruction and of administration who are appointed by the Trustees on the nomination of the Faculty. The specific eligibility requirements for membership in each Faculty are set forth in its stated rules. These requirements will differ from one Faculty to another, but full-time officers of instruction customarily are nominated for membership if they perform at least half of their instructional responsibilities within the Faculty. In addition, if the stated rules permit, retired faculty who are offering instruction as special lecturers may be nominated for the period of their appointments if they were members of the Faculty immediately before retirement. Part-time officers of instruction may also be eligible for nomination to a Faculty after their second consecutive year of appointment. No officer who is a candidate for a degree or certificate may simultaneously be a member of the Faculty in which it is given.

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      Five of the six professional Faculties on the Morningside Heights campus are also simultaneously departments:
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      ¦ Graduate School of Business
      ¦ Graduate School of Journalism
      ¦ School of Law
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      The sixth, The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, includes nine academic departments:
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      The Faculty of Teachers College serves as the University’s Department of Education.

      One department, Physical Education and Intercollegiate Athletics, reports directly to the President and is not part of any Faculty.

      Each department consists of the officers of instruction and administration who have been appointed to give academic service within the disciplines it covers. Most officers of instruction are members of only one department, but they may be appointed jointly in more than one on the nomination of the departments in which they will serve and with the approval of the appropriate deans and vice presidents. At the Medical Center, officers of instruction in a professorial rank who fulfill significant functions in more than one department or in a department and an institute or center may also hold interdisciplinary appointments. Such appointments are typically given to faculty with a background that qualifies them for appointment in one department but who work in another department or in an institute or center.

      Each department functions under by-laws adopted by its members and approved by the dean or vice president and the Provost. Subject to the general provisions of the University Statutes concerning departments and the stated rules of the appropriate Faculty, these by-laws define how a department conducts its internal affairs.

      Each department is headed by a chair who is responsible for directing its instructional and research programs and ensuring its smooth administrative operation. Chairs in the Arts and Sciences and in Engineering and Applied Science are nominated by election, according to the procedures specified in the by-laws of their respective departments, and appointed by the President, with the concurrence of the dean or vice president and the Provost, for a term normally of three years. In the Faculties of Medicine and Public Health, the nomination of a chair originates with a search committee appointed by the dean and is approved by the Executive Vice President for Health and Biomedical Sciences and then the Provost before it is forwarded to the President. Chairs in both Faculties serve at the pleasure of the President but are subject to periodic review. In those departments that are simultaneously Faculties, the deans, who are appointed by the Trustees on the recommendation of the President, also perform the duties of a department chair.

      The chair represents the department in discussions on academic and administrative matters with other departments and Faculties and with the administration of the University. He or she directs the negotiations with persons being considered for appointment in the department and confirms in writing the terms and conditions of each appointment subject to the approval of the appropriate vice president or dean, except in special cases where the dean, vice president, or Provost performs those functions in consultation with the chair. Other duties of the chair include ensuring that nontenured faculty are reviewed for reappointment, promotion, and tenure in a timely manner and reviewing all requests for leaves, with the exception of sabbaticals, before they are forwarded to the appropriate dean or vice president and the Provost. The chair also prepares the department’s annual budget proposal, makes recommendations to the dean or vice president on the salaries of its faculty, directs its curricular programs, assigns teaching responsibilities, oversees relations between its students and faculty, and performs such other duties as are needed to direct its programs.

      Under the provisions of the University Statutes, voting privileges on instructional matters under consideration by a department are limited to faculty in the ranks of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, and instructor. Only tenured faculty may vote on nominations to tenure.

      Institutes, Centers, Laboratories, and Interdepartmental Programs

      To manage research and instruction that cross departmental and Faculty boundaries, the University establishes institutes, centers, laboratories, and interdepartmental programs. Centers and laboratories are organized primarily to conduct research, while interdepartmental programs provide instruction. Institutes combine research and teaching.

      Institutes are established by the President on the advice of the Provost and with the concurrence of the University Senate. They are headed by a director and an administrative committee nominated by the President and appointed by the Trustees. Changes in interdepartmental programs generally require the concurrence of the University Senate since they serve as vehicles for curricular programs. The creation of a center or laboratory requires the approval of the Provost or a designee.

      Most of these units work under the supervision of a dean or vice president. In the case of those that cross Faculty lines, the Provost, or a designee, exercises that supervisory responsibility. Their members may include officers of instruction, officers of research, and such other officers as will further the objectives of their interdisciplinary programs. They may make appointments as officers of research but not as officers of instruction who can only be appointed in academic departments.

    8. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Such was their funeral of Hector, breaker of horses.

      1. The Gray Fox says:

        @The Gray Fox Bad quote…Barnard girls don’t read the Iliad…because they have no real Core curriculum…because they aren’t a part of Columbia University

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous I read like 8 books of the Iliad today for my classical tradition class at Barnard, shut the fuck up.

        2. bc 14 says:

          @bc 14 You may not realize this, but people at like, community college read the Illiad. I read it for 10th grade English.

  • Anonymous says:



  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Well, she lists Barnard on her Facebook.

  • Bwog says:

    @Bwog “We’ve updated our comment policy”.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Actually, Bwog lost all reputation as a “news source” last year during all that CUCR crap.
    And with this post, looks like they’ve solidified themselves as the Perez of Columbia. Thanks, Bwog!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous what do you mean? didn’t bwog get the story right while spec got played? and this story is being covered by other publications, so it’s not like it’s just bwog harping on it

  • errr says:

    @errr The fuck would Bwog know about journalistic integrity? Its writers post anonymously. In the instance of any Bwog writer plagiarizing, (which has definitely happened, as surely as it’s happened for every publication under the sun,) it would never be reported by other publications, nor would it be possible for your writers’ names be dragged through the mud. Bwog wouldn’t announce it either. Effing please. And didn’t the current Bwog EIC get her position only because she was the former EIC’s roommate or something?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous To all Barnard defenders:

    The articles reporting this identified her as a Columbia student, and even one headline read, “Columbia Editor Plagiarizes…”

    If you’re so proud, please email them to correct their error.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Weak, dude.

    2. uhhhhh says:

      @uhhhhh maybe she was referred to as “columbia editor” because it’s the ‘Columbia’ spectator, and columbia spectator editor is too long. either way you’re a troll, the distinction between barnard/columbia when talking about spec is shitballs boring, and we’re all just trying to graduate.

      tl;dr you’re an asshole and this girl was stupid.

      (barnard) 2013 FTW

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous talk about the issue actually at hand.

    also, who figured this out? Ivygate says a tipster alerted them- a columbia student? but who actually reads the spec? etc.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous hahaha the pinkberry line is hilarious. everyone chill out

  • Barnard '15 says:

    @Barnard '15 I agree thst someone should correct the error and make people aware that she goes to Barnard. If we’re proud of our school we are also willing to acknowledge when one of our students makes a mistake. I didn’t have time to read all the comments that came before, but I just wanted to point out that I believe (although I am not positive, correct me if I am wrong) Barnard is the only school affiliated with Columbia University that has an honor code that students must sign at the beginning of every year during online registration. We also have an honor board made up of students who work together to keep the student body accountable for plagiarism and maintain academic integrity. We take plagiarism very seriously.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous This is being a dick to another publication:

    That ^^^ is reporting on major ethical infractions.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Is that neccessary? If she were a CC student, would you use that against them?

  • BC 15 says:

    @BC 15 Bwog, was it necessary to name the offender in your article? Upon further investigation, yes, you could find out who she was. But now this poor woman has the whole Bwog troll community on her tail. Isn’t it bad enough that she has to go through this?

    If other people disagree, feel free to state your opinion. But try to keep your opinions independent from which school she goes to.

  • Van Owen says:

    @Van Owen She’s a Barnard student. Get it right.

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