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We Have Class Tomorrow :(

Update, 5:40 pm: Barnard will also have class tomorrow.

According to an email from Columbia’s Emergency Management Operations Team, we (undergrads and most grad students) have class tomorrow! The reason? “Our students will only benefit by beginning to reengage in the purposeful work that brings our University community—and our City—together each day.”

The med school, School of Public Health, School of Continuing Education, School of the Arts, UTS, and Teachers College all canceled classes. (Barnard has not announced whether classes are canceled, but it’s likely they’re not.) NYU canceled classes, there’s still no public transit, and NYC public schools and libraries are closed. And yet, we have class. But look on the bright side: in two days, it’ll be Fall Break.

Full statement:

UNIVERSITY STATEMENT REGARDING RESUMPTION OF CLASSES
FOR WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 31, 2012

As our city and region recover from the serious impact of Hurricane Sandy, the University will begin resuming classes tomorrow, Wednesday, October 31, with the following exceptions:

The Mailman School of Public Health on the Medical Center campus will not hold classes;

On the Morningside Campus, the School of Continuing Education and the School of the Arts graduate classes will not be held, but undergraduate classes in the School of the Arts will meet.

We know that transportation within the five boroughs and wider metropolitan area will remain a challenge for several days to come and that there will inevitably be some students, faculty and staff who may have special difficulty reaching our campuses. We want to emphasize that everyone whose families, homes and neighborhoods have been severely affected by the storm have our full support in attending to their needs on the home front in the days ahead.

We are fortunate to have large populations of students, faculty and staff living in, or within close walking distance of, our campus communities, which escaped significant damage from the storm. Our students will only benefit by beginning to reengage in the purposeful work that brings our University community – and our City–together each day.

Administrative and support staff should report to work on Wednesday. If that presents difficulties, please contact your supervisor. Faculty members and teaching assistants who cannot reach campus tomorrow should try to follow normal procedures to inform their students that a particular class will not be held, as they would do with other instances such as missing class due to illness. Teaching assistants should follow the same protocol in regard to recitation sections or other academic sessions. To be sure, we appreciate that because of flooding and power outages elsewhere, it may sometimes be impossible to alert students of a class cancellation.

We encourage faculty members to be flexible and creative in making provision for students who may themselves not be able to reach campus, such as providing class materials including notes from lectures and discussions. Please do not hesitate to contact your deans and department chairs for more information and guidance, if needed.

We will continue to update the University community about the status of activities and operations depending largely on decision-making by State and City about travel and transit conditions. For example, because of limited staffing, we can expect that some campus services will be reduced this week.

It is also worth note that this coming Monday and Tuesday remain scheduled University holidays.

With patience, understanding and flexibility, the University can move forward with the rest of our City and region in reestablishing our daily lives and work in the days ahead.

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57 Comments

  • lazy college senior says:

    @lazy college senior this is so not raven

    1. what says:

      @what does this comment even mean?

      1. I bet says:

        @I bet you must be a freshman

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous She’s so skinny now!

  • Yo says:

    @Yo Fuck this shit

  • CC'14 says:

    @CC'14 This is hilarious. All Columbia affiliates are closed, save for Barnard. How the hell are students and professors even supposed to make it to campus?

  • ;_; says:

    @;_; Why does my CC professor live in Harlem?

  • no says:

    @no no…they can’t make me go back…they…no…i won’t let them make me go…i can’t go back…noooooooooo

  • Pissed off P&S student says:

    @Pissed off P&S student No–the med school most definitely has classes tomorrow.

    1. Peter says:

      @Peter Yeah, we misread the line about the medical school campus. Only the public health school is off. Sorry!

  • WTF says:

    @WTF “Our students will only benefit by beginning to reengage in the purposeful work that brings our University community – and our City – together each day.” Shut the hell up.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous but actually, shut the hell up

  • hm says:

    @hm “Our students will only benefit by beginning to reengage in the purposeful work that brings our University community—and our City—together each day.”

    THE CITY IS SHUT DOWN.

    also,
    how does cramming for a cc midterm, trying to stay awake during a lecture, and freezing constitute “purposeful work” that brings me closer to new york city?!

    you are a soulless, soulless place, columbia.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous i wanted another day off also, but stop bitching, this is a school.

      1. No. says:

        @No. Columbia is a BUSINESS, associated with a school.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Scumbag Columbia. Not suffering much damage we should be given the day off to volunteer to help out if we choose to would be better instead of halfassedly attending class tomorrow.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous It’s doubtful that anyone would though.

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous This is actually a fantastic idea. Columbia could assign students locations to work at based on last name/UNI, and then rent some buses, provide lunch, etc.

        1. Anonymous with Volunteer Idea says:

          @Anonymous with Volunteer Idea This would be great but how could we get it started so that they would listen? Fucking Columbia bureaucracy

          1. Initiative says:

            @Initiative Do you really have to wait for Columbia to organize a volunteer effort? Gtfo there and make a change!

  • other lazy college senior says:

    @other lazy college senior oh hell, is my grad-level class through GSAS or the med school? This is suddenly the only important question.

    1. other lazy college senior says:

      @other lazy college senior Never mind. Both GSAS and P&S are holding classes.

      1. other lazy college senior says:

        @other lazy college senior Never mind, part 2: it got cancelled anyway haha!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous “To be sure, we appreciate that because of flooding and power outages elsewhere, it may sometimes be impossible to alert students of a class cancellation.” Don’t worry, we still might not have class. We just don’t know it yet.

  • T_T says:

    @T_T but i live off campus how am I supposed to get to class with no metro and buses only coming every 3 hours. wtf heartless. and of course my professors are e-mailing me expressing their glee to get back to work. ugh.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous wait i thought this was an extended fall break…

  • twilight zone says:

    @twilight zone and we might not even be notified…

    1. twilight zone says:

      @twilight zone UGH SORRY that was in response to anon at 5:05pm. stupid bwog redesign.

  • A Newer Hope says:

    @A Newer Hope In other news, Disney bought LucasFilms, Episode 7 of Star Wars coming out in 2015.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous According to Dean Schollenberger,classes are offish for mañana,

    1. ? says:

      @? What?

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous “offish” as in “official,” not “off-ish”

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous it’s the future I can see…

  • broken_symlink says:

    @broken_symlink At least this line is reassuring, “It is also worth note that this coming Monday and Tuesday remain scheduled University holidays.” I was half expecting them to say, “oh and about that fall break, its cancelled because you just had it!”

  • don't even joke... says:

    @don't even joke... I probably would’ve transferred if that had happened

  • C.H. says:

    @C.H. I’d like to do my best to get to classes tomorrow (my loans command me to do it), but I’ve hit a brick wall in trying to figure my route out: no subway service, no Brooklyn-to-Manhattan buses, and any safe car service will be prohibitively expensive. I would walk across the goddamn Brooklyn Bridge itself, except heavy winds are still expected for tomorrow and I would likely end up with a free aerial tour of the East River.

    Can anybody help me out? I’m in Brooklyn Heights.

    1. CC '13 says:

      @CC '13 Could you make it on a bike?

      1. C.H. says:

        @C.H. Embarrassingly, I never learned how to ride a bike (and I don’t think tomorrow is a good time to learn.) Thanks for the suggestion, though!

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Buses should be back up tomorrow, mostly. Might be awful and slow, but I think you have a shot at making it via bus…

      1. C.H. says:

        @C.H. I’m pretty sure that the B51 was the last Brooklyn-to-Manhattan bus, and that was shut down back in 2010. Are there any other lines I could take? (Thanks for your help!)

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous You can’t be the only Brooklynite trying to get to Manhattan tomorrow. There might be temporary bus routes assigned until the subways are back up… I’d keep an eye out for those to be announced. Good luck!

          1. C.H. says:

            @C.H. Thanks for the luck! I’m trying to find a carpool with some other Columbian Brooklynites (what a horrible mish-mash of demonyms), but my important graduate seminar was cancelled today due to the professor himself not being able to make it to campus. What a mess!

  • only have one class tomorrwo says:

    @only have one class tomorrwo —gym

  • TMW says:

    @TMW I just received an email from my professor that our class is cancelled due to flooding/power outages in her area. I hope everyone is staying safe.

  • Asshattery says:

    @Asshattery Purposeful work? Please. They teach us how to cut corners, speed read, and sound like academics, then pat yourselves on the back with the hand that’s not in our pockets. There are a HANDFUL of professors here who actually teach anything other than that, so let’s not pretend otherwise. It was only last fall that certain professors let people go down to OWS protests without marking them as absent. There was no fine talk like “our students will only benefit by beginning to reengage in the purposeful work that brings our University community – and our City–together each day” then. Nope. I show up to class and I play this stupid game, just like everyone else does. My money–and your money too–is sunk: might as well get the sparkly brand name and use it to jimmy open doors that might be otherwise stay closed.

    1. Asshattery says:

      @Asshattery …should have read “themselves on the back.” This commenting system sucks ass, Bwog. Jesus fucking Christ: even COLLEGE CONFIDENTIAL ALLOWS USERS TO EDIT AND ENABLES SIMPLE HTML.

      1. not a jerk says:

        @not a jerk what’s wrong with you? what’s wrong with missing class to participate in OWS? what’s wrong with a professor canceling class if her neighborhood is flooded and the MTA isn’t running? chill out?

        1. Oh Good God. says:

          @Oh Good God. Just shut the fuck up.

    2. CC'13 says:

      @CC'13 I strongly disagree with your description of a Columbia education.
      If that’s what you have decided to take from it, then so be it, but let’s not generalize that this is the state of education at Columbia. I’ve learned more, and so has everyone else that I know, than speed reading etc.

      1. Oh Good God. says:

        @Oh Good God. @CC’13: Provide an alternate description of the “state of education” here at Columbia. Maybe paint a picture. Include some unicorns. Some rainbows.

      2. Will Hunting says:

        @Will Hunting “in 50 years you’re gonna start doin’ some thinkin’ on your own and you’re going to come up with the fact that there are two certainties in life: one, don’t do that, and two, you dropped 150 grand on a fuckin’ education you could have got for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library!”

        1. 2014 says:

          @2014 you’d have to be pretty punctual returning your books. f

  • First Lutenant Kernel of the Lejun The Dark Hand says:

    @First Lutenant Kernel of the Lejun The Dark Hand A vote for Mitt Romney is a vote for world peace! Students of Columbia drop your coat hangers and hug a baby!

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