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May 21, 2015, 10:03 AM

Paul Nungesser’s parents said a statement sent to the Washington Examiner that Columbia turned their son’s life into a nightmare and made a special exception for Emma Sulkowicz, CC ‘15, by allowing her to carry her mattress at graduation.

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May 4, 2015, 10:25 AM

This year’s Funding at Columbia (F@CU) Committee will decide how much to allocate to the Bacchanal Committee, which is no longer a group under the Activities Board at Columbia, but is rather under the oversight of the four councils.

May 21, 2015, 10:26 AM
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As University commencement came to a close Wednesday, the opening notes of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” made it official: the class of 2015 had graduated.

May 19, 2015, 3:10 PM

Shensi Ding, SEAS ’15, believes Columbia has changed over the past four years, but the changes she brought to student life have changed Columbia.

May 19, 2015, 3:16 PM

A native of Minnesota and the eldest of five, Robbie Lyman, CC ’15, dedicated four years to facilitating conversation on queer identity and trans admissions at Columbia and beyond.

Student Life

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May 21, 2015, 10:03 AM
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Paul Nungesser’s parents said a statement sent to the Washington Examiner that Columbia turned their son’s life into a nightmare and made a special exception for Emma Sulkowicz, CC ‘15, by allowing her to carry her mattress at graduation.

May 19, 2015, 3:16 PM

A native of Minnesota and the eldest of five, Robbie Lyman, CC ’15, dedicated four years to facilitating conversation on queer identity and trans admissions at Columbia and beyond.

May 19, 2015, 3:02 PM

Remi Onabanjo, CC ’15, wants to modernize the discussion about art from the African diaspora.

May 19, 2015, 3:21 PM

Valedictorian Lindsay Hadad overcame severe depression and an eating disorder before arriving at Columbia, and hopes to help others do the same as a therapist. 

Morningside Heights

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Apr 16, 2015, 8:04 AM

 According to a Spectator analysis, of the retail properties that have been vacant on Broadway, Amsterdam, and Morningside Avenues between 106th Street and 124th Street in the past five years, 64 percent were vacant for longer than a year. Forty-four percent were vacant for longer than two.

Apr 3, 2015, 10:15 AM
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The owner of Ollie’s Noodle Shop and Grille says the future of his restaurant remains uncertain as he waits for Barnard to extend his lease.

Mar 27, 2015, 8:36 AM
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Spectator confirmed Thursday that no new renters have secured the space on the corner of 112th Street and Broadway that beloved children’s bookseller Bank Street Bookstore vacated earlier this year.

Feb 27, 2015, 1:41 AM
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In an attempt to increase Columbia students’ involvement with local politics, the Roosevelt Institute hosted a participatory budgeting session last week to give students a chance to voice their opinions on what city discretionary funds should be spent on.

Administration

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May 21, 2015, 10:26 AM
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As University commencement came to a close Wednesday, the opening notes of Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York” made it official: the class of 2015 had graduated.

May 13, 2015, 1:49 PM
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Senior executive vice president Robert Kasdin will be leaving Columbia after 13 years to become the senior vice president and chief operating officer at Johns Hopkins Medicine.

May 9, 2015, 5:05 PM
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Teachers College and its office employees came to a contract agreement that preserved workers’ health care benefits and pension plans after over 3 months of negotiations on Wednesday evening. 

May 4, 2015, 10:05 AM

The first review of the Rules of University Conduct in over two decades this year resulted in the creation of a new internal disciplinary process meant to address student concerns that the current rules are unworkable. The review began largely in light of current Rules Administrator Stephen Rittenberg’s impending retirement.

West Harlem

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Apr 30, 2015, 3:24 AM

The Textbook Stipends Project, an initiative of a Harlem-based nonprofit called Project Brownstone, selects a handful of West Harlem high school seniors to receive a $250 stipend at the beginning of each semester of college. 

Apr 24, 2015, 1:42 AM

As they continue the process of distributing $76 million to the West Harlem community, representatives of the West Harlem Development Corporation said that while their current outreach has been successful, local residents need more programs that can teach them how to effectively apply for grants.

Apr 22, 2015, 8:39 PM
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Carlton Davis does more than just live in the Grant Houses. He hosts Halloween parties for its children, dreams of organizing a baseball team for its teenagers, and, as of Sunday, is the president of its tenant association.

Apr 21, 2015, 9:59 AM
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Graciela Seda recited her name, birth date, and address aloud before writing them on the sign-in sheet at the Jackie Robinson Senior Center in West Harlem. Volunteer Jean Green Dorsey held the page down and passed her a ballot.

Academics

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May 4, 2015, 9:42 PM
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Barnard administrators unveiled the final renderings for Barnard’s new Teaching & Learning Center on Monday evening.

May 4, 2015, 9:19 AM

Barnard’s new Teaching and Learning Center is slated to begin construction this December and to be completed by August 2018. But the project made noise even before demolition.

May 4, 2015, 9:23 AM

Barnard’s general education requirements—known as the Nine Ways of Knowing—will no longer be in place for the class of 2020.

May 1, 2015, 2:12 AM
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Students taking the organic chemistry laboratory next fall will only have class every other week, as the lab will be changing from a one-semester course to a yearlong course.

Upper West Side

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Feb 12, 2015, 3:27 AM
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Local cycling advocates have expressed concern that West Harlem and the Upper West Side do not have enough bike lanes to accommodate the recently announced expansion of New York City’s bike-sharing program into Upper Manhattan.

Jan 20, 2015, 3:14 AM
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As residents of the Frederick Douglass Houses await a response to their lawsuit against the New York City Housing Authority, housing lawyers say the efficacy of their action, which cited unacceptable living conditions, is uncertain.

Dec 5, 2014, 4:06 AM
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Harper’s Publisher John “Rick” MacArthur, CC ’78 and a former Spectator trustee, is investing in the new store on Columbus Avenue as part of what both sides hope will be a mutually beneficial partnership.

Nov 25, 2014, 4:01 AM
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Custom-designed to fit under Central Park’s bridges, the ambulances cost $150,000 to $175,000 apiece. Two of the unit’s three vehicles were destroyed in a fire last Thursday.

Uptown

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Feb 13, 2015, 3:07 AM
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The Jewish Theological Seminary plans to sell two of its three dormitory buildings this summer to fund campus renovations, including the construction of a new library.  

Feb 5, 2015, 2:36 AM

Three schools sharing one building on W. 123rd Street continue to work toward overcoming logistic difficulties with spatial constraints.

Oct 23, 2014, 4:26 PM
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At a press conference at Bellevue Thursday night, New York City Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said although Spencer returned to New York City on Oct. 17 and travelled on the subway, he did not develop a fever until Thursday morning.

 
Sep 10, 2014, 3:20 AM

With 99.5 percent of precincts reporting as of early Wednesday morning, Espaillat received 50.3 percent of the vote. Jackson received 42.7 percent of the vote, while Tejada received 7 percent.