Graduation is a time for students to celebrate their accomplishments while surrounded by the friends, family, and teachers who have impacted them throughout their four years in college. But since Columbia released its plans to move the 2021 Commencement ceremony online, many seniors might feel that they are missing out on this milestone. If you are feeling down during these last few weeks of your senior year and need a pick-me-up before finals, Spectrum is here to show you that with the right mindset going into your virtual graduation, you can have an experience that is just as good or even better than an in-person ceremony....
With the semester coming to a close, there are a number of University-sponsored events that you might want to attend. . These include a discussion of the injustices related to the pandemic, a lecture on the foundations of ethical decision-making, or a conversation about queer liberalism and marginal mobility. With these options, you are likely to find something in line with your personal interests that would enrich your understanding of civic responsibility. Take a look at the event descriptions below, and consider transforming your study break into an educational experience....
Artist Liam McGrane, GS ’24, depicts students’ lack of preparation for the summer semester after a turbulent fall and spring semester.
West Harlem residents express concern over COVID-19 safety measures with New York City high school reopenings
After closing last November, New York City high schools have reopened for in-person instruction. While high schools in West Harlem have welcomed students back, many community members have expressed concern over safety measures to protect students, teachers, and their families from COVID-19....
Lit Hum texts have been scrapped. Essays in University Writing are being graded without feedback or guidance. Some professors are discussing canceling courses altogether. As Columbia’s student-workers and teaching assistants strike for a third consecutive week and negotiations remain at a standstill, many undergraduate students have seen some of their classes grind to a halt....
Liam McGrane, GS ’24, captures what remote learning really feels like in his latest cartoon.
Editor’s note: Several of the athletes were interviewed before the Ivy League made the official decision to cancel the spring sports season.
As we all have adjusted to online life, cartoonist Liam McGrane, GS ’24, predicts a “comfortable” return to in-person classes in the fall.
Virtual counseling and remote campus life present new challenges for students struggling with mental health
Editor’s note: Some students interviewed have been provided pseudonyms to protect their privacy.