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The Eye’s Official Quarantine Cookbook: Thought for Food in COVID-19
May 1st, 2020
Welcome to The Eye’s quarantine cookbook! In this collection of recipes, memories, and stories, staff members of The Eye have contributed dishes that they have been enjoying during the quarantine. These recipes not only result in tasty meals and treats, but also hold special meaning to each staffer. We hope these recipes below will speak to you and bring you comfort during these uncertain times...
Welcome to the Zarty
July 2nd, 2020
It’s 10 p.m. on a Friday night, do you have plans? A couple Friday nights ago, Yuval Dinoor, a Barnard College junior, threw a “PowerPoint party”—over Zoom, of course...
Move Aside, CBA. Here’s What You Need to Know About the DCR.
April 19th, 2019
Ji Hoon Ko, a Columbia College first-year, is currently in the planning phase of a project for the Roosevelt Institute. Ko, alongside Columbia College sophomore Maeve Flaherty and the Roosevelt Human Rights policy center that Flaherty directs, have been conducting research for the last two months in order to inform a campaign around the University’s obligations regarding affordable housing in Manhattanville and Morningside Heights. In tandem with his working group’s efforts and the 10th anniversary of the 2008 Community Benefits Agreement, he recently hosted a general body meeting for all of Roosevelt, in order to put the Manhattanville Expansion on the table...
Nearly a Century Ago, Columbia’s Jewish Applicants Were Sent to Brooklyn
April 19th, 2019
In the 1920s and 1930s, it looks like Columbia found a loophole. Sifting through old newspaper articles and University records from this time, I come across dozens of permits and permit applications, all to allow the University to obtain alcohol during prohibition by sending it to a college within the University—a college called Seth Low Junior College. With further research, I find that the college had a premedical program—this explained the alcohol, since science classrooms would need alcohol to clean lab equipment. The true loophole took further digging—while the college was not created to obtain illicit liquor during prohibition, it did prevent Jewish students from attending Columbia College...
Do Go Chasing Waterfalls
April 15th, 2019
For the nearly three seconds that I sailed down the world’s tallest raftable waterfall––a 40-foot curtain of water gushing over and around my arms and legs, the guide shouting at us to cover our heads, nothing but a rock-strewn river below us––I had time to think. About that TLC song, of course, and how suddenly painful its wisdom was, but also about my strange new habit of extreme adventure sports. I’d greeted the day on a rickety mountain bike, careening down a sheer cliff face the width of a shopping cart, punctuated by boulders and the occasional aggressive ram. The next weekend, I would leap from a glorified gondola off one of the highest bungee platforms in the world, plunging 440 feet into a rocky canyon. My quest for adrenaline had led me here, to this waterfall. But it had also led me here, to southern New Zealand, the unofficial capital of adventure sports and about as remote of a relatively comfy place as you can find...
Inside the Pigeon-Eat-Pigeon World of Hall Council Politics
April 15th, 2019
“THE MCBAIN FACADE IS UNSTABLE AND UNSAFE,” the poster read. Then, in bold underline: “SO AM I.”
October 30th, 2019
In Butler, everywhere I look, I see sunflowers, albums covers, iconic TV show quotes. I see cityscapes, puns, and unusual designs sprawled across the front of computers. Whenever I attempt to make some progress on my work before my next class, I look around in a sea of laptops. Columbia has it all: MacBooks, HPs, ASUSes, Surfaces, Dells, all decorated—or completely covered—with their own laptop stickers. My MacBook is also home to 10 stickers of its own, including a young Barack Obama, a Stanley quote from The Office, and a fragment of Sappho’s poetry...
Long distance language
November 29th, 2018
It’s 8:02 a.m. on a Wednesday morning as Natasha Sim, a master’s student, walks into the Language Resource Center heading to her first class of the day—Advanced Indonesian. I follow her to a room full of round orange chairs and bright white walls with two giant screens at the front of the classroom. Sim turns on the screens, and we can see her fellow classmates and professor in a room almost 200 miles away; it is similar to ours, except for the fact that the wall in the background displays “Cornell” with the university's logo written in carnelian red. Twice a week, via videoconferencing, this is how Sim learns Indonesian...