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In an email sent out to students earlier today, CCSC President Ben Makansi outlined new initiatives launching in the next few weeks. As noted in his message to students, starting after break Columbia will now be providing free tampons in the Health Center. Starting now though, students can request five rolls of three-ply toilet paper at the Hartley Hospitality Desk. There are also plans to offer free New York Times digital access to students in the near future thanks to work by the current VP of Finance, Sameer Misha.

The full message can be read below:

1. Free Tampons
Standard and super size tampons will be available for pick-up at Health Services in John Jay, projected to begin after spring break. Over winter break, I had this idea and reached out to women I knew on campus for feedback. Viv then contacted VP for Campus Services Scott Wright, who coordinated a meeting with me, Michael McNeil from Columbia Health and Caroline Park from ESC. Based on feedback and usage, there may be a conversation about putting dispensers elsewhere on campus, as there currently are for contraception.
2. Digital NY Times
This was an effort started by much work from last year’s VP for Finance Michael Li and CCSC President Peter Bailinson, then continued by our VP Finance Sameer Mishra. No more using different browsers, deleting cookies, going incognito and all that. Like tampons, the projected launch date is after spring break but that’s less certain for digital NY Times than it is for tampons, so we’ll keep updating you on that. Students will be able to use their UNIs to get digital access – what exactly that process looks like is another thing we’ll update you on. Funding for this is coming from the student councils and Housing.
3. Toilet Paper Update
Thank you to everyone who got behind our push for thicker toilet paper by signing our roll call. The administration has listened and we are happy to report that Quilted Northern Ultra Plush Triple-Ply toilet paper is now available for pick-up at Hartley Hospitality Desk! Each student may retrieve up to 5 rolls per day.
Photo by Aaron Appelle (CC '18)

Photo by Aaron Appelle (SEAS ’18)

Welcome to Columbia!  On behalf of everyone here, The Lion team would like to be one of the first to congratulate you for your achievements and welcome you to the Columbia community.

As you prepare for your arrival, our team went out and polled students from a variety of academic years and backgrounds in a series of upcoming posts asking them questions about Columbia that they wish they knew before arriving on campus. Our goal for this series is to provide you with an accurate understanding of what to expect when you join us on campus.

In this community editorial, we asked students: “What are things you wished you knew about Columbia before arriving?”

*Note: We chose not to edit these quotes nor filter out “problematic” ones. The Lion does not endorse any of these, but hopes to show initial thoughts of current students and alumni.

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The Varsity Show began with a tour guide singing a catchy song about how great Columbia University is. At this point, I thought the Varsity Show would be a chipper piece about extolling the virtues of our great university.

As soon as an offstage actor threw a shoe at the tour guide and yelled, “No one gives a fuck!” I knew I was sorely mistaken.

The show loosely followed an alumni couple trying to decide if Columbia is the right school for their daughter — who hasn’t been born yet. The tour guide takes them to a typical Columbia classroom filled with stereotypical students and a drunk Professor. After an argument about why “the classics” are the classics (and if they should be considered classics after all), the class launches into dark tune called “There’s A Dead White Man Inside Us All.”

The alumni couple is fairly traumatized by the classroom discussion and discuss a world before trigger warnings, “safety spaces,” racism, and homophobia (which came about when “Ellen Degeneres invented it.”).

The couple then launches into “Greener Pastures,” a song that tells how they met each other and how the good old days are gone. This song wasn’t as strong as the first, but the faux ballet-like choreography was highly entertaining.

After the dance, a guy from Beta runs across the stage, handing out flyers for an upcoming party. The couple begs the tour guide for permission to go, and the tour guide reluctantly grants it.

Before the party, the audience sees the sisters of a sorority preparing. The preparation isn’t what you’d expect; the leader of the sisters urges them to remember the four B’s: “boobs, boos, boys, and backstabbing.” The couple goes to the party and is accepted by their respective Greek life group. When they question the slightly illegal things that are going on at the party, the entire group bursts into a rock song, “Leaders Tomorrow.” The song was about how the kids at the party are going places even though it doesn’t seem like it during their partying shenanigans. This was when the cast really showed their dancing skills. There had been dancing in “A Dead White Man Inside Us All, but it had mostly been sitting down. This dancing was fast-paced and intense, yet the cast was able to keep up their vocals and enunciation as they sang.

The show ended with the cast brandishing signs for the show’s official dates. Everyone left in a breath of exhilaration.

The Varsity Show Preview wasn’t anything like I thought it would be. Instead of the ragtag variety show I expected, it was a musical-quality show with a satirical edge. The Varsity Show wasn’t afraid to comment on uncomfortable things I realized as true. Not only did it make me think, but it made me chuckle. There’s no doubt this uncanny mix of truth and humor will delight almost everyone.

The Varsity Show runs from April 29 – May 2. You can grab your tickets here.