Red, fleshy chunks of watermelon skid off the stage into the faces of the audience.
There is something particularly ironic about watching a documentary on the 1968 Columbia protests in the sparkling new auditorium of Manhattanville’s Lenfest Center for the Arts. Sitting as a glistening reminder of Columbia’s gentrification of Morningside Heights and Harlem, Manhattanville is the modern version of the Morningside Park gymnasium plans, one of the sparks of the ’68 protests....
"Columbia University is grappling with a rare faculty revolt against the dean of its engineering school, who has helped the school grow in size and stature since his 2009 hiring, but has also been accused of ignoring professors' concerns and worsening a chronic space shortage," reports the New York Times today. Most of the school's nine department chairs signed a letter of no confidence, and a majority of the tenured faculty endorsed a letter of their own. Read the faculty letter here. We'll be posting a news story momentarily with more details. Update: See our news story here. (We'll be updating the news story with new information throughout the night.) See the full faculty letter after the jump:more...