Hello, lovely Columbians! We hope you aren't drowning in midterm stress just yet. Enjoy your last days of freedom, and try to remember what the real world looks like before moving into Butler. Here are some bits of news to start your day off right.
On CampusOn Sunday, PrezBo held a fireside chat with undergraduates and several members of the administration such as Suzanne Goldberg and Tom Harford. The discussion covered topics, such as Obama’s presidential library, that have already generated a lot of conversation among students. When asked if part of Columbia’s endowment is invested to run private prisons, PrezBo stated that he is “not ready to take a position” on the debate. The MaMa Project , a campus dance group, is having its annual performance this weekend called “SPECTACLE.” The show contains a variety of circus-themed pieces that are aimed to express human identity and levels of emotion. MaMa choreographers, such as Ivy Vega, BC ’15, have worked to create a new kind of performance experience: “One of the things we are doing is not only putting on the circus, but showing backstage—people looking in the mirror, the actual interactions between the performers in their real life and not their onstage circus life.”
Outside the bubbleFor all of you “American Sniper” lovers, you’ll be glad to know that Eddie Ray Routh, the man who killed Chris Kyle, has been found guilty on the count of first-degree murder . Routh has been sentenced to a lifetime in prison for the murder of former Navy SEAL Kyle and Chad Littlefield. Who wouldn’t love Kosher Kush ? There’s a possibility that kosher medical marijuana will be on the market in New York state for those with a prescription under Governor Cuomo’s Compassionate Care Act. Don’t get too excited though, some Orthodox rabbis aren’t okay with people smoking recreationally. Head over to Tom's and give your favorite waiter a high five because starting Dec. 31, all tipped workers will receive a minimum of $7.50 an hour . Governor Cuomo is currently trying to maintain a steady increase of the state’s minimum wage. The plan is to ultimately raise it to $8.50 an hour. Last night the beloved show "Parks and Recreation" came to an end. Fans and Knope-Wyatt lovers took to Twitter to express their emotions regarding the end of a beautiful, Pawnee-filled, treat-yo-self era.
Tweet of the Day
New football coach, Al Bagnoli, has high hopes for the Lions' next season.
@BayRidgeBoy1954 I wouldn't have taken this job if I didn't believe we can win.— Columbia Football (@ColumbiaLionsFB) Feb. 24, 2015
Around the IviesStudents at Dartmouth are rallying together to begin an Asian-American studies program. Groups such as the Asian/American Students for Action have created a proposal, “Race, Colonialism and Diaspora,” to urge administration “to expand institutional support for faculty in ethnic studies programs.” Sorry seniors, but your days of drinking cheap beer and admiring PrezBo are coming to an end. Harvard seniors are also facing the reality that they will soon have to graduate, and now that day seems even closer since the school has announced its commencement speaker. Former Massachusetts Governor Deval L. Patrick, HU ’78, will speak at this year’s Harvard graduation.
What's happening todayThe time to write scathing and raving reviews about your past professors has finally come. CCSC Communications Committee is holding an event in the John Jay Lounge from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. called CULPAthon . Students are encouraged to attend and write CULPA reviews. Free Dinosaur Bar-B-Que will also be provided. Do you like bagels? Of course you like bagels. Bagelpalooza is today in Carman from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.! Come early though because the free bagels provided by CCSC Campus Life Committee might run out. If you feel the need to get some advice about all things jobs and internships, stop by Carman lounge from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. for CSA Peer Advisers’ Coffee, Cookies, and Conversation event.