Jay-Z and Jelani Cobb speak on prison reform, NFL deals, and the hope in hip-hop at inaugural lecture
Jay-Z was met with a standing ovation upon entering The Forum on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus. While Beyoncé—yes, you read that right—slipped inconspicuously into her seat in the audience, Jay-Z sat down to speak on topics ranging from his musical influences to prison reform to his controversial partnership with the National Football League to his historic role in the landscape of hip-hop....
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Like light on the Hudson River, John Jay Dining Hall changes throughout the day. Subtle shifts create distinct moods. There’s the 9 a.m. tranquility of a weekday morning, the buzz of lunchtime activity, the strange experience of a 4 p.m. post-class snack break, and the heart-pounding anxiety of navigating crowds for dinner during a theme night. Over the course of its 11 and a half hours of operation, John Jay oscillates between extremities of peace and chaos....
Whenever someone asks me the question, “What made you want to transfer to Columbia?” I answer, “The bagels.”
Everyone remembers the chaos of their first few weeks at Columbia. For me, it mostly revolved around the grand piano that lived in the John Jay lounge. The piano was a prime source of bonding; it kindled conversations among musicians and non-musicians alike. Anyone was welcome around the piano, and everyone who sat down to play had a different story to tell through their music. During these first few weeks, the John Jay lounge saw countless jazz jam sessions, impromptu classical performances, and rehearsals. Thanks to its accessibility and visibility, the John Jay piano was a forum for practice, musical expression, and cross-pollination. It allowed for the formation of a welcoming first-year music culture within the first few weeks of our time at Columbia. However, the John Jay piano was short-lived, and the story of its disappearance is a testament to Columbia’s lack of commitment to its student artists....
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At its 41st annual awards dinner and reception on Wednesday night, Columbia College honored five alumni with the John Jay Award.
The U.S. Senate confirmed William Pelham Barr, CC ’71, GSAS ’73, and a corporate lawyer, to serve as the next U.S. attorney general on Thursday.
A middle-aged man entered John Jay Dining Hall and stole the personal belongings of at least two students earlier this month, including one student’s phone and another student’s backpack with their laptop....