Much like your peers, you may have taken a well-deserved, month-long, post-finals nap.  Perhaps you’re feeling disconnected from the Columbia community as of late.  Luckily, Bwog doesn’t sleep very much.  

Broadway Lobby gets a grassy makeover for Summer!

  • The sports season may be over for the Columbia Lions, but Lions Basketball star Brian Barbour and Baseball standout Tim Giel will keep on playing.  Barbour just signed with the Sheffield Sharks as the third signed player of the summer.  Giel signed with the New York Yankees after going un-drafted in the 2013 MLB Draft.  Congrats!
  • Recently appointed Journalism School Dean Steve Coll wrote this piece in The New Yorker about first-amendment protections of journalists.  Coll claims that “the First Amendment aspires to a fuller compact among citizens, including between journalists and confidential sources, that is premised on the self-evident truth that secrecy and concentrated power are inherently corrupting.”
  • New York Mayoral Candidate Christine Quinn is reportedly receiving some of her campaign contributions from questionable places.  Among these includes former Columbia Professor David Epstein (who was charged with attempted incest with his adult daughter in 2010).  Reportedly, a fundraiser co-hosted by Epstein raised $13,825.
  •  Columbia is welcoming a new Assistant Vice President of Environmental Stewardship, Jessica Prata.  According to Scott Wright, VP of Student Administrative Services, “in her new role, Jessica will be charged with collaborating with University leadership, departments, and student organizations to develop annual sustainability priorities, strategies, implementation plans, and performance measurement.”
  • Next up in “Columbia administration hires that you may never notice” is Columbia’s newly-appointed Dental School Dean, Christian S. Stohler.  Dr. Stohler joins Columbia from the University of Maryland’s School of Dentistry.
  • Columbia’s School of Social Work staff includes several formerly-incarcerated adjunct professors, and Fox News doesn’t seem too happy about it.  According to the report, several staff members served prison time for violent crimes.  Fox News did not comment on the school’s potential name-change to the more commonly-used “University of Havana-North.”
  • BwogWeather’s creator and SPEARS writer Pat Blute (CC ’12) has a few lessons for all of you graduates (past, present, and future).  He may have also shared them with a few hundred people at his Cape Cod high school.
  • When the New York Times attempts to find the story behind popular drugs like Molly, the paper knows to look no farther than Columbia students.