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As of yesterday, the new John Jay laundry is now open. The new room, in a different location than where it was located two years ago now features air conditioning and several new washers/dryers.

The new laundry room is a relief to residents in John Jay, Wallach, and Hartley who have had to share one laundry room for over two years.

Past Updates:
Over the past few weeks, we have received a few tips about the potential opening of a new laundry room in John Jay. Currently, the residents of Wallach, Hartley, and John Jay have had to share one laundry room, a situation that has led to long lines and mounds of clothes being strewn across the small space.

In an update from Columbia Housing’s communications director, Kristina Hernandez, this system will be changing soon. Housing is currently working to build a new laundry room and plans for it to open soon.

The full response can be found below:

A major upgrade to the John Jay electrical system began in the summer of 2014. That upgrade required the laundry room to be relocated to make space for new building electrical equipment. The electrical upgrade had to advance to a certain stage before work could begin on the new laundry room.

Laundry was free to John Jay residents via the Hartley laundry room as soon as the John Jay laundry room was taken offline due to the inconvenience.

When complete, the new laundry room will be accessed directly across from the basement elevators, eliminating the circuitous route required to access the previous location.

The anticipated schedule for the reopening of the John Jay laundry is still being determined. We will continue to provide updates to the residential community as the project advances.

(12/21): Housing is currently in the process of installing machines into the new laundry room. Check out the photos below.

The new laundry machines (Photo by Cindy Liu CC '18)

The new laundry machines (Photo by Venya Gushchin CC ’18)

The entrance to the new John Jay Laundry Room

The entrance to the new John Jay Laundry Room


The new laundry room (minus the machines)

After an agonizing winter spent grading papers and freelance writing, Elizabeth Shapiro, an adjunct in the Barnard History department, was relieved to wake up today to find an email from her department head confirming that she will indeed teach this semester.

“I’m very grateful,” Professor Shapiro told us. “I think I have just enough time to prepare the syllabi.”

Shapiro will teach two classes, Survey of Jewish Literature in Greece and Modern Jewish Agrarianism, both of which she has not taught before. “They didn’t give me a sample syllabi, so I have to write them all up tonight,” she said. “Nevertheless, I’m glad to be back, maybe I’ll even have my own cubicle in Fayerweather this semester.”

Unfortunately, this type of labor practice is as common at our peer institutions as it is here at Barnard. Another adjunct, an anonymous professor in the department of English lamented that he was only paid $4,000 per course. “My credit score is shot. I can barely afford food and rent, much less pay for my Metrocard,” Shapiro tells us.

At press time, Professor Shapiro was searching Borrow Direct to see if she could acquire the textbooks she was going to assign before her students could get to them.

The author is a sophomore in Barnard College studying Urban Studies. She can be found on Twitter @Toni_Airaksinen. To comment or respond to this piece, email

(1/21/16): To clarify, this post is meant to be a satirical submission about the plight of adjunct faculty who face low wages for the amount of work they are expected to do. The Professor (“Elizabeth Shapiro”) and courses listed are in no way meant to reflect actual faculty or staff at either Barnard College or Columbia University. The Lion team regrets any confusion this may have caused.

You’ve just gotten back to school, the impending semester looms over you the way whipped cream envelops a Serendipity 3 frozen hot chocolate, and you can scarcely hear the word “homework” before wanting to collapse into a pile of mediocre sushi. But, wait! There’s hope–and it arrives in the form of glorious, relatively well-priced, foodie heaven: New York Winter 2016 Restaurant Week.

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Over break, CUIT updated it’s channel lineup adding several new channels along with the addition of increased HD availability. In order to view new channels, students will need to use their TV’s rescan feature to gain access to cable television. Along with this change, several channels have switched channel numbers.

From their website:

All televisions will need to be autoscanned on Thursday, January 14, 2016 after 8AM to pickup the new channel lineup being provided by CUtv.

New channel editions include the NFL Network (HD), France 24 (SD), and BBC America (HD).

The updated channel lineup can be found here.

Photo by Bradley Davison (CC '17)

Photo by Bradley Davison (CC ’17)

A few moments ago, President Lee Bollinger sent out an email providing details about the tragic accident that occurred in Honduras earlier today. More information can be found here.


The full message can be found below:

 I am very sorry to report that, earlier today, three members of the Columbia community died in a bus accident in Honduras.  Columbia College student Olivia Erhardt and Barnard College student Daniella Moffson lost their lives while volunteering for the Columbia chapter of Global Brigades, an organization providing medical and other support to struggling populations around the world.  Also lost in the accident was Abigail Flanagan, a nurse practitioner at Columbia University Medical Center and a General Studies student, who was a member of this humanitarian effort.  This terrible and tragic loss is all the greater because these individuals were dedicating their passion and very special talents to serving those in need.  No endeavor more proudly exemplifies the traditions and values of our University.

Other Columbia students were injured in the bus accident.  We are working to ensure that they are receiving all necessary medical attention.  Dr. Samuel Seward, Medical Director for Health Services, and other Columbia support personnel are on their way now to Honduras.  The students who were not badly injured and who are able to return to the United States are in the process of doing so.  We have contacted the families of all involved and are closely monitoring the situation to render all the help we can.

We are all deeply affected by this tragic event.  Counselors and specialists on the Columbia MorningsideBarnard, and Columbia University Medical Center campuses, as well as pastoral counseling through the Office of the University Chaplain, are available.  International students also can seek support or referrals through the International Students and Scholars Office.  Please take advantage of these services.

Our thoughts are especially with the students and their families who have suffered as a result of this accident.


UPDATED (1/14): The Undergraduate Deans have sent out an email announcing memorial services.

Dear Students,

As you read in President Bollinger’s and President Spar’s emails on Wednesday evening, Columbia College student Olivia Erhardt and Barnard College student Daniella Moffson died yesterday in a tragic bus accident in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, while on a volunteer mission organized by the humanitarian group Global Brigades. Abigail Flanagan, a General Studies student and nurse practitioner at CUMC, and the mother of Columbia College student Patrick Flanagan, was also killed.

This service trip involved students from all four of the undergraduate schools. Many of the students are still in Honduras. Columbia staff members have arrived in Tegucigalpa to provide on-the-ground support to students, and we are working collectively to ensure their safe return home.

We are all saddened by this tragedy, and we encourage you to rely on one another and your families and friends, as well as school and University offices for support. Please know that your advisers and deans, the staff at Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) and Furman Counseling Center, and members of the Office of the University Chaplain, are all available to provide you with any support you may need in dealing with this tragedy. We have listed their contact information for you below.

The University will hold a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. Tuesday, January 19, on Low Plaza, for the Columbia community to reflect and to remember Olivia, Daniella and Abigail. The University will also fly flags at half-staff that day in recognition of this great loss to our community.

The Lerner Piano Lounge will be available as a place for students to come together on Saturday, January 16, and Monday, January 18, between 2 and 4 p.m. Later in the semester, we will work with families and friends to plan additional memorial services.

Our deepest condolences go out to all who knew Olivia, Daniella and Abigail. They will be in our thoughts in the days and weeks ahead.

Peter J. Awn
School of General Studies

Mary C. Boyce
Dean of The Fu Foundation School
of Engineering and Applied Science

Avis E. Hinkson
Dean of the College
Barnard College

James J. Valentini
Dean of Columbia College and
Vice President for Undergraduate Education