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Julian Michaud / Columbia Daily Spectator

Welcome back to The Ear, The Eye’s podcast dedicated to documenting, detailing, and excavating Columbia’s history!

In this week’s episode, reporter Claudia Gohn dives into the history of Columbia’s fall break and why it coincides with Election Day each year. The Ear dives into the proposal by student senators in 1970 to create a 10-day election break and the unique circumstances that informed their debate. This episode looks at the factors that influenced the University’s decision in 1970 and then asks: What does the current 4-day election break mean for Columbia students today? Listen to find out.


William J. McGill Voice Actor: Sam Hyman

Illustration: Jules Michaud

Music (in order of appearance):

“Window Shopping” - Podington Bear

“Cirrostratus” - Chad Crouch

“Many Hands” - Podington Bear

“Encounter” - Podington Bear

“GPiano” - Podington Bear

“Black Is the Color” - Podington Bear

Enjoy leafing through our fourth issue!

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