With most classes and club meetings being held according to Columbia’s East Coast time zone, international students have been left to study or find community during the wee hours of the night. Most first-years and transfers haven’t even had the opportunity to explore campus or experience college life in daylight....
This Discourse and Debate package was scheduled to be released before the COVID-19 pandemic significantly altered campus life.
Student Groups Search for Space on a Crowded Campus. A Recently Open Brownstone is the Answer for One.
Just through the front door of the brownstone at 542 West 114th Street, strings of lights run along the walls of the room on the right, casting a warm glow through the windows and onto the sidewalk below. A print of a Gustav Klimt painting is tacked up above the fireplace, and the room is full of a hodge-podge of furniture. In this front room and throughout the brownstone, residents host club meetings and Friendsgivings, cook alongside each other in the kitchen, and chat over homework. Here, Columbia’s transfer student community has found a home. The residents trade in corridor-style living for a living room shared with neighbors who can relate to their path at Columbia. On a campus where almost every inch of space is claimed before they arrive, here is a house that has been set aside for them—but only for this year....
Casa Latina was selected to move into a highly sought out brownstone on 542 W. 114th St. for the upcoming academic year.
Besides being a much needed break from school, and for some of us, an opportunity to lounge in the warmth of home while consuming copious amounts of stuffed turkey and mashed potatoes, Thanksgiving serves as a reminder to give thanks for all the good that has come our way this year and give back to the community that has contributed to your wellbeing and success....
ABC to systematically reduce allocations for student groups, withhold rationale for funding decisions
Updated Sept. 19 at 1:46 a.m.
Nathan Farrell arrived at Columbia with a vivid picture of what his life would look like. Like many Columbia students, Farrell, now a sophomore in Columbia College, had been heavily involved in extracurriculars in high school—he founded and led an a cappella group (“The Passing Notes”), played saxophone, was a member of student government, and was a peer leadership mentor, all while maintaining his spot in the top 1 percent of the class. But still, Farrell felt like his life would only truly begin when he got to college, where he saw himself “hopping around in all of [his] passions.”...
Special Interest Communities (SICs) have been around since the 1980s—although they were then-called “Special Interest Housing,”—and have since evolved into the current branch of fourteen houses on campus. To help you through your SIC application process, Spectrum is shining the spotlight on four SICs you should keep your eye out for by interviewing students living in or involved with them....
UpLift, the recently-approved first-generation low-income special interest community, will be open for Columbia College and Engineering undergraduates starting next fall....
Even if you’ve heard of special interest communities, you may not know exactly what they are. Here’s what you need to know.