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Dear readers,

This week, we’re talking about space. So many of the problems on this campus are because of a lack of space—for students to learn and play, for new buildings. We’re also thinking about intellectual space and whether there’s enough for thinkers of color at Columbia. We hope that this issue gets you thinking as well.

Our cover story this week examines the long-winded process of putting a piece of college theatre together. How long does it take to carve a place for theatre on campus? Parth Chhabra sits in on rehearsals for KCST’s Medea to find out.

Up next, writer Alex Gluckman and photographer Kali Duffy visit Columbia’s architecture studios in Lewisohn and the Diana Center: big, blank spaces that students get to make their own.

Tune into our latest episode of The Ear celebrating something that suddenly everyone cares about: football. 13,000 people—students, professors, and proud alums—filled the stands to watch the game; Lawrence A. Wien Stadium hasn’t seen this many people in years! In case you missed the nail-biting game, Jordan Allyn and Jake Arlow have got you covered.

Speaking of spaces people make their own: How well do you know the green spaces that pepper our campus? Take Lyric Bowditch’s quiz to find out.

But space problems aren’t just plaguing the Morningside campus. Arminda Downey-Mavromatis’ piece looks at the lengths students and researchers at Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory and Nevis Laboratories, two campuses far from Manhattan, have had to go to in order to bridge this physical gap.

This week, Justin Cheng follows Bri Csontos, a first-year in Columbia College, and the steps she’s taking to create the first women’s wrestling club at Columbia—thereby filling a gap that exists in club sports.

Our View From Here this week examines a recurring problem: Most students might not think much of heading to Dodge and getting a quick workout in between classes, but for Ella Koscher, strength training within our gendered gyms spaces is a constant struggle for confidence.

Finally, in our Blinks, The Eye’s staff imagines their first 15 minutes in outer space. They’re out of this world. Happy reading!

Love,

Rébecca, Parth, Ana, and Maya

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