From my perch in a green swivel chair on the second floor of Milstein, I could see that snow was still falling outside—even though it was past 8 o’clock in the evening—joining the white-covered ground, catching the city off-guard, and causing hours of traffic within the tri-state area. Broadway heading uptown was at a standstill, packed with vehicles steaming exhaust and glaring red lights uselessly attempting to outmaneuver each other, a spillover from the fact that the George Washington Bridge outbound was closed. My laptop battery was at seven percent, my phone 15 percent—and I was viscerally aware that I had approximately three hours to figure out a different place to situate myself before the library closed....
With the stress of midterms, the swings in weather, and a seemingly never-ending flu season, it’s no surprise that Barnumbians are falling ill. However, if you’re finding that you just can’t seem to recover from an illness or are constantly finding yourself feeling under the weather, there’s a handful of other provocateurs that are making you really sick....
Updated, Sept. 18 12:35 p.m.
A collection of award-winning haikus inspired by the marvelous, seemingly eternal season known as "winter."?
Back in 1972, a now-classic paper by biometeorologists in rainy old England called "Classroom Performance as a Function of Thermal Comfort" reached a conclusion that a lot of students know in their heart is true, but don't want to believe: The warmer a classroom gets, the harder it is to concentrate. Based on the amount of complaining about the wild weather extremes that we've all been hearing at Columbia in the last few days, you'd think that everyone here actually wished they went to Stanford, where all winter it's usually somewhere between 65 and 75 degrees and sunny and you can pluck citrus fruits off trees all over campus. Well, with all due respect to Stanford, as far as climate and academic performance is concerned, science isn't on its side. The English students, at least, were able to think most clearly when the classroom was... a nippy 62 degrees Fahrenheit, and their abilities declined with every degree above that....