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New CC And GS Academic Policy Reduces Credit Maximum To 18

After reportedly consulting with advisors, faculty members, students, and the policies of peer institutions, the Columbia College and School of General Studies Committee has updated academic policy in the following ways to “enable all students [to pursue] deep and thoughtful engagement in their academici pursuits, adequate time for extracurricular… opportunities… and a healthy and fulfilling […]

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Early Phi Beta Kappa Announced

Earlier today, Columbia College announced the names of 23 seniors it has inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. A remaining 8% of students in the Class of 2017 will be announced in the spring. (Don’t give up hope!). Here are the new members: Michael Abolafia Paul Bloom Christie Corn Filipe de Avila […]

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Africana Studies now Department at Barnard

Filed under new developments: the Africana Studies program at Barnard was elevated to a Department this past week. The announcement on the Barnard website says, Barnard announced this week that the College is elevating its popular Africana Studies Program to a full academic department, a move that comes just months after Africana studies celebrated its […]

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These Academic Designations They Are A-Changin’

The Department of Middle Eastern and Asian Languages and Cultures (MEALAC) is now the only-slightly-less pronounceable Department of Middle East, South Asian and African Studies (MESAAS). The name changes comes with the addition of African Studies to the larger, interdisciplinary department. The Earth Institute announced a new undergraduate major in Sustainable Development. Previously students studying […]

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The Global Core… It’s Nebulous!

After picking up on the vaguely changed Major Cultures requirement last week, we inquired with the good folks at the Committee on the Core to figure out what exactly we have to do to get this one out of the way.  Profs. Patricia Grieve and Roosevelt Montas (the subject of an interesting profile here) had […]

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Making a list…

We got distracted in all the weather-related excitement, but if you did read the Times this morning, you may have noticed a full page ad headed by none other than Lee Bollinger–he became the poster child for academic freedom after protesting a British teachers union boycott of Israeli universities a few months ago, and now […]

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The Wall of Shame—Where’s My ‘A’ At?

Bwog yawns itself querulously out of hibernation for the first post of the year 2007. There’s this one bothersome blank spot on our SSOL grades report between our C+ in Principles of Economics and our B- in Music Hum. We want it filled. Call it activist Bwogging, but here’s a list of the tardiest professors […]

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CULP-Ability

You’ve heard about CULPA. It’s been recommended by most of the many people who give you advice. But like Wikipedia, the underground listing has its flaws, and shouldn’t be your only source of information. Here’s Bwog academic advisor Owain Evans on how to get the most out of CULPA—as a source of entertainment, if nothing […]

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Grads opine

Registration is just around the corner! Time to think about what you’re actually here for–making that dusty cranial cavity a little less hollow (summer camp ends soon, 2010). A few kids who’ve survived reflect on the Columbia academic experience. Cocktail chatter A C ’05 lady who wished to remain anonymous suggests that your broad cultural […]

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Why You Shouldn’t Declare A Major At All

Major Declaration time is here! And earlier this week, the B&W posted its first ever “Disillusioned Majors Guide,” advising students to avoid History, Classics, Comp. Lit, and nearly everything else. There is only one proper recourse for the liberal arts major: don’t major in anything. At all. (Note: This was not included in the upcoming […]

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School of Continuing Horticulture!

For real. Information Session Thursday, March 2, 6:30 p.m. RSVP online at The School of Continuing Education website.

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Or Just Take It for R Credit

Overheard after Columbia’s ten-point victory over Brown in Friday’s basketball game: “Too bad for them you can’t pass/fail in basketball.” –Gautam Hans–

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Grade Inflation Saves Lives

Heard outside Math, a young woman explaining to a friend how a professor just didn’t get it: “No, I was like, ‘you don’t understand the difference between a B- and a C+. If you give me a B-, my life is NOT over.”

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It’s official—We’re Bad-Ass

It’s academia’s equivalent to The 50 Most Beautiful People. And it’s put out by that most discerning of polemicists, David Horowitz. With all the appropriate pageantry, he presents us withThe 101 Most Dangerous Academics in America. Danger is sexy! And guess what? Columbia is the sexiest! Nine of the Dr. Dangers teach at Columbia. Eric […]

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Getting Your Money’s Worth

Word has it that it costs the university 15 cents in used energy every time you press the handicapped button to open the doors into John Jay or Butler. Tuition for a full year is about $40,000, which equals 266,666 door openings. If you figure that it takes the door 5 seconds to open and […]

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