Feb

6

SIC, Townhouse, and Wallach Decisions Released

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Former St. Hilda’s House library

This morning the 11-person SIC committee announced the names of the student organizations whom they chose to live in two EC townhouses, a spiffy Wallach suite, and the Convent (“Special Interest Community House”). The lucky winners have until tomorrow at 5 pm to accept the offers. Congrats to the following groups!

Wallach 2C:

  • Writer’s House

SIC House:

  • Floor 2: Pre-Health
  • Floor 3a: Student Wellness Project
  • Floor 3b: Creative Commons
  • Floor 4: Manhattan House
  • Floor 5: ADI

EC Townhouses:

  • 1003: Alpha Epsilon Pi (AEPi)
  • 1004: Pi Kappa Alpha (Pike)

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103 Comments

  1. Seriously  

    pike with a townhouse. this should be thoroughly disastrous. but i suppose it will make it much easier for the university to monitor their every move and shut down their parties.

  2. Anonymous  

    This makes absolutely no sense.

  3. Food for Thought  

    I hope you guys sell drugs again! That's the only reason you're liked.

  4. Anonymous  

    I really would have liked for pike or aepi to get the Wallach suite. Just to see what they would do with it.

  5. EC  

    AEPi and Pike, in addition to EAB, Pi Delta Psi, Psi U, and all the other fraternities and sororities without a brownstone already have townhouses (or other spaces, such as suites in Hogan or Ruggles) through the lottery and throw parties regularly. This won't change much of anything.

  6. dean martinez  

    does not care about poor people

  7. Anonymous  

    Why do we need a "Pre-Health House"?? Isn't that just Columbia?!!?

    • Anonymous

      Either way, so glad that Student Wellness Project is just above them. The pre-health kids always forget their health is a thing too.

      • Anonymous  

        Ugh. I'm sorry, I am done with SWP. I get that they're trying to be helpful, but a bunch of popular kids telling you to cheer up and shoving a puppy in your face is not helpful. They are so far removed from the kids that actually need help, it's comical.

        • sigh

          @Anonymous: SWP had nothing to do with the puppy coalition people who brought therapy dogs to campus.

        • not a popular kid  

          @Anonymous: swp was not involved in bringing therapy dogs to campus. you're mixing them up with a different group

          • er  

            What a helpful, optimistic person you are. If you're so "done" with a group of students trying to help their peers, why don't you try and assist them in improving their goals and efficacy instead of complaining about it online?

        • Anonymous  

          and they're resume stuffers

          • why the cynicism?  

            @Anonymous: i'm more interested in understanding why it's hard to believe that a group of students could be moved by their personal struggles as well as the struggles of their friends and peers to try to make things different. what can be so self-serving about investing hours that could otherwise be spent doing homework or focusing on internship trying to do kind things for other people? there are probably better ways to build transferrable skills and pad a resume.

            SWP wasn't intended as a refuge for "unpopular" or "popular" or even necessarily "well" students. It was meant for anyone who wanted to join. Who are we to question the legitimacy of anyone's need for wellness?

        • Er  

          How many SWP members do you actually know? I know this is a cliched thing to say, but you probably don't know any of the members, or their stories, or their motivations for joining. You know better than this, so stop it.

        • Anonymous

          thank you. thank you thank you. for those of us who feel they have nobody to talk to, that group really does nothing.

        • '13

          "They are so far removed from the kids that actually need help, it's comical."

          Without giving away private details of any members' personal health, I'd just like to say, this is so fucking far from the truth, it's comical.

          • '13

            My indignant tone aside, I think this reveals a fairly dangerous perspective on your part -- it seems that the members of SWP you're familiar with seem to be in "no need of help," according to you, because they appear well-adjusted, well-liked, successful, etc. etc.

            A reminder to everyone who wants to be a friend to those of need, and considerate towards those with mental health issues -- don't EVER assume. Please. I can't tell you how many times a friend has admitted to me in close confidence that they were in fact struggling with such deep-seated problems that appeared to need professional help. This has come from friends that I've envied and admired, who epitomized the phrase "have their shit together" to all they knew, and from people whom I would have thought the last people on earth to have any problems at all. Never presume that surface appearances or A+ resumes or cheerful social media profiles are rock-hard indicators of strong wellness. And bottom line, wellness varies but everyone hurts or struggles with at least a few demons inside. Always keep your eyes, ears, and heart open for those who may desperately need someone to open up to.

  8. cc  

    There is no support for the Multicultural Greek Council whatsoever on this campus and am shocked--while I shouldn't be-- at the perpetual institutional (and blatant) racism on this piece of shit campus.

    • Wow  

      "Blantant racism on this campus"!!! An MGC was just awarded a Brownstone, and CU is the epitome of reverse discrimination.

    • yea  

      The organizations in the MGC lack the financial and institutional support that organizations such as Pike and AEPi receive due to the IFC's longstanding existence and tradition of wealth and (white) privilege. The fact that one MGC organization was given a brownstone does not justify/make up for the de facto racial injustices that occur on a daily here at Columbia( and in the United States). This decision only shows the lack of support organizations such as the MGC receive and perpetuates the institutional racism that exists strongly within our community.

      • You obviously don't know anything..  

        It's probably weird, then, that MGC organizations receive more than 500 dollars a year for funding to do programming whereas IFC chapters have to pull everything out of their own pockets..

        • Ask  

          Ask an MGC organization what our financial situation is right now. Ask us how many members we have and how "easy" it is for our members to pull out dues, even if they are much less than those of IFC and Panhell organizations. Ask us how many times a semester we get tank tops and sweaters, whether our organizations pay for our alcoholic needs during homecoming, whether we even do homecoming like IFC and Panhell orgs do, and whether our pins are made of gold and diamonds. Then go ahead and ask us how many events we throw on each semester, what our chapter dues go towards, the proportion of our money that goes towards philanthropy relative to the number of members that we have, and what are socio-economic backgrounds are.
          ASK THAT and then complain about us getting a small amount of funds from Columbia.

          • You obviously don't know anything..  

            Maybe if you didn't haze so hard, your numbers would increase, you would get more dues, and you wouldn't have to deal with a weak organization

    • Because

      their members are all Latin Kings and Gangster Disciples. Everybody knows it, and I said it.

  9. dude  

    Probably because MGC chapters are notorious for the worst kind of hazing far above and beyond anything seen from IFC/Panhell chapters.

  10. Or

    singing for your house.

  11. dude  

    @Oh really?: Yes, as are beatings, going a month without being allowed to shower, shaving heads and other such degrading tasks.

  12. lawl  

    Once upon a time there was frat row. Then shit happened, and everybody became FIJI. The end.

  13. Teacher's College '87  

    Where is the spec sucks suite?

  14. Anonymous

    Why don't the frats seek donations and buy their own houses or spaces like everywhere else? Why does Columbia offer them university space? Do their national organizations pay Columbia a fee?

  15. Keeping it real

    White privilege at its best.

  16. Disappointed  

    I'm disappointed to see MGC orgs shut out of the townhouses in the years to come. Not sure why both of the townhouses went to IFC orgs

  17. Duh

    Beacause a house that would cost $100,000 in alabama costs $10 million in Manhattan #econ

  18. Nerd  

    Congratulations, ADI!

  19. Anonymous  

    All we want is a space and to be duly represented by the faculty and administration hired to do so. Is that so hard to ask?

  20. AW SHIT  

    CONGRATS, MANHATTAN HOUSE.

  21. "White Privilege"  

    I am not sure about diversity in Pike's membership (although I know they do boast some), but from what I understand, AEPi is almost entirely comprised of Jews and Latinos. You really want to talk to these two groups about "White Privilege"? Are people ignorant of the 20th century, or do they choose to ignore it when it doesn't fit their argument?

  22. sigh

    SWP had nothing to do with the puppy coalition people who brought therapy dogs to campus.

  23. how in the hell  

    is ADI going to fill 19 beds??

  24. Anonymous

    OMG how do I get a bid from one of the shitty fraternities in EC?!?!

  25. Anon  

    Congratulations Pike and AEPi! Greek solidarity on this ridiculous campus. Amazing how full this thread is of hypocrites who preach diversity yet are not accepting of a strong, vibrant, and GROWING community. All students should be treated equally, unless of course they're Greek. Please keep whining about the ABSOLUTELY nonexistent white man's privilege at Columbia. It's really entertaining.

  26. seems like..  

    you dont understand the concept of "longstanding existence and tradition of wealth and (white) privilege." when compared to mgc orgs

  27. Anonymous  

    yo people still comment on bwog articles?

  28. Sigh  

    Guys, as someone who's not even for frats, I don't see the big deal? Why are we still rehashing this? Why has this become a conversation on racism? Did anyone think Pike would be denied a suite? I mean they already have a suite in EC, so nothing has changed. ADI, SWP, an Creative works all got suites which is cool. But no one is interested in, for example, what Creative works is all about. It's all frats, frats, frats, racism. I gave up on this discussion long ago, they will always be here and so will privilege. In the meantime, can we think about other things????

  29. someone educate me  

    what is the Creative Commons group?

  30. LOL @ IFC orgs  

    To say IFC orgs do not haze is a joke. Sorry, I would rather keep my dignity than have to clean someone's shit and pay tons of money to call someone my brother. I got it! The MGC orgs should get together and start selling drugs.. Maybe then they would generate enough revenue for Columbia to care about them. By the way, what is EAB?

    • Newsflash

      The MGC groups did (do) still sell drugs. They are no better than fraternities — in fact, they are worse as they hide behind their diversity to circumvent disciplinary action. Like fraternities, their ranks are also riddled with thugs; although, unlike the spoiled, rich, sadistic, bottom-feeding wimps that call themselves fraternity men, the MGC groups are polluted with a different form of thug closely resembling in character members of street gangs.

  31. Columbia I'm ashamed

    that you are bending over for the Greeks yet again. It's time to end the barbaric, antiquated nonsense known as Greek Life at Columbia University. The system brings nothing but pain, humiliation, and stress to members of the Columbia community. This news is especially disconcerting in light of the recent, horrifying hazing scandal that has just surfaced (which the administration is desperately attempting to sweep under the rug). We want answers and we want justice.

  32. Anonymous  

    "Like fraternities, their ranks are also riddled with thugs; although, unlike the spoiled, rich, sadistic, bottom-feeding wimps that call themselves fraternity men, the MGC groups are polluted with a different form of thug closely resembling in character members of street gangs."

    Please tell me you're not serious.

  33. The Greeks make the money

    and the donations. Why? Because we're normal -- we don't throw bitch-fits like the morons above. White privilege? Columbia bending over to Greeks? Are you idiots kidding? Listen, stop whining and stop being so fucking weird, and then maybe Columbia can reach its full potential as a school. Until then, don't worry, the Greeks will keep carrying us and will keep training Columbians to be leaders in the world beyond this strange, radicalized pit. Many of the most prominent Columbians of the past have been Greek -- Nicolas Butler, Marcellus Hartey Dodge, etc -- there's a reason for that. And that won't change.

    • I'd wager

      you were paddling a pledge's behind with your right hand while writing this paragraph with your left. You people sicken me. It's only a matter of time before Greek life is eliminated and we can look back on this period as a dark stain on Columbia's history.

      • And by "this period"

        You must mean the last 150 years? Because that's how long Greeks have been around at Columbia. Pretty sure the great strides we've taken in that time aren't a "dark stain." Moreover, the moments in history that Columbia has held the highest degree of national prestige -- now and in the 1940's, 50's, early 60's -- correspond with the highest percentage of Greek population. The school was nearly 50% Greek when we overtook our peers as a science hub with the Manhattan Project, etc in the mid-20th century.

        • Anonymous  

          We should totally go back to the 1950's. Money, power and reputation justify everything!

        • GSAS '13

          I'm not sure if the Manhattan Project ought to be a point of pride for Columbia, massive scientific accomplishment notwithstanding.

          Being a member of the very first Greek fraternity in the U.S., I can understand why you're connecting Columbia's past prestige with its Greek organizations. The problem, of course, is that Greek life at Columbia back in the 1950s was very different from what it's like now, and we can't justify the worst attitudes and actions of the fraternities by appealing to some lost Greek academic ideal. If some Greeks on campus want to change the perception of their frats for the better, they need to do more work in preventing hazing, racism, sexism, and other forms of violence within their ranks, not appeal to the past as an excuse!

          Not to mention that calling anti-Greek attitudes "strange" and not "normal" is pretty suspect, but I don't need to point that out.

      • get it right

        HAHAHA that is one of the most naive things I've ever heard. Enjoy doing whatever you do but the fact is fraternity members all across the nation in general tend to be the most successful. Why do you think all but three presidents have been in a fraternity or some kind of Greek organization (since the founding of the first fraternity of course). Greek life, as much as you may hate it, will never leave Columbia. Good luck buddy.

  34. aepibroseph

    sick bro this is absolutely sick

    can't wait to buy drugs from pike again, they had the best keys on morningside. i had to suck too much D with creeps to get my coke these past two years

  35. Everyone should join my SIC

    It's called Beyonce House. We just really like Beyonce.

  36. Hey GUISE!  

    Too late to troll?

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