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Meet Bunmi. Bunmi, a first-year in Columbia Engineering, is originally from a suburb about 30 minutes outside of Atlanta, Georgia. We sat down with him to learn more about his interests in Biomedical Engineering and some of his goals while at Columbia.

What are you current passions? How do you think you’ll pursue them on campus?

I really got into Spanish in 8th grade. I want to minor in Spanish and my roommate is from Spain so I want to pursue it and practice. The language is incredibly useful especially in the Atlanta area. It came naturally to me and I love it.

I am also definitely interested in research. I want to keep trying to do that on campus once I learn how to balance my school and research. In high school, we had senior projects to help you explore careers. Since I was interested in medicine, I did a psychological study in my high school to study the factors correlated with intelligence. I used my high school as the sample size and looked at factors like race and GPA. I learned race and bilingualism didn’t play a significant factor. The main things were income and extracurricular activities. When you have more money you can do more things. Part of the project is a product, presentation, and a paper. So I wanted to see how we could improve underperforming schools. It came down to private or public funding of summer programs and extracurricular activities.

Of everything you’ve worked on, volunteered for, and studied, what are you most proud of?

I was a part of my church leadership group. It was a good way to give back to the community in a non-academic, scientific way. It was humbling to be a mentor and I’d want to do that here even if its not from a religious connotation. On campus, I want to join Peer Health Exchange and tutor program, Engineering without Borders and definitely Matriculate. I’d like to get into the city and help in low-income programs.

What are you interested in studying here? Why?

I want to study Biomedical Engineering (on the pre-med track) and Spanish. For the longest time, my friends loved Grey’s Anatomy. I originally refused to watch it, but when I did, I loved it. I love the idea of devoting your life to other people’s lives. I originally wanted to be a pilot. In 7th grade, we once did a dissection of a chicken and no one else could figure out how to do it. When I could, my teacher recommended I be a surgeon. That got me thinking maybe I should do that and pursue it. Even though its a big sacrifice, I still want to do it and help people.

In high school, I took Physics C. Even though it was super hard, it was cool to see how practical it was. BME adds another perspective to being a doctor. I hope it gives me a different perspective to being a surgeon and what I want to do.

What are you most nervous/anxious about (in regards to college, Columbia, NYC, etc)?

It’s going to be a big jump to high school. NYC is a lot more diverse. I grew up near Atlanta and thought I knew city life, but when I laded here it was NYC times 10. I don’t want to get bogged down studying or going off campus to much. I want to learn everything I need to know and learn while exploring.

I want to get into all five boroughs eventually. I want to try all the ethnic cuisine here that I never have had in Atlanta. I want to try a lot of new things.

My sister’s very very into Broadway and I want to see more shows and get into the art scene more.

What are you most excited about (in regards to college, Columbia, NYC, etc)?

I want to structure myself in new ways. Being around so many different people (international, LGBTQ, etc.) and learning all these new backgrounds. I’m excited to pursue higher education and physics and get out of my comfort zone for the first time in my life. It’ll be nice to just try something. Things are always happening here in NYC and people are open-minded compared to more conservative, traditional Atlanta. All things even, I definitely love New York a lot more than Atlanta…

Any goals you have in mind? 

I hope to be a neurosurgeon at a teaching hospital in 10-13 years. I definitely want to get into global outreach (whether with Doctors without Borders or on my own). I want to be in research wherever I am. I want to do things that helps others, not that just things that make money. I don’t have a career goal, but I want to know what is the best I can give.

Throughout the semester, we’ll be featuring interviews from new students. To recommend someone for an interview or to become an interviewer for The Lion, email

In an email to students this evening, Dean of Barnard College, Avis Hinkson, announced the rollout of the new P/D/F policy effective immediately for Barnard students. The major change of this new policy is that students will now be able to uncover grades from classes that they initially chose to Pass/Fail. This brings the new policy in line with the current standards in Columbia College.

The full email can be found below:

Dear Barnard Students,

I write to inform you that, effective Fall 2016, the College will implement a new policy regarding Pass/D/Fail.

This policy, passed by a vote of the Faculty on May 2, 2016, will replace the old policy for all students.

The major change that defines the new policy is the removal of the restriction against uncovering grades. Effective Fall 2016, all students who elect P/D/F will be able to uncover their grade until the program filing deadline of the semester following the one in which P/D/F was elected.

The new and current policy may be found at, and additional important details are outlined.

The Committee on Instruction (COI) and the Faculty are pleased with these changes and look forward to implementing the new policy.

Thank you, and have a wonderful semester.


Avis Hinkson
Dean of the College

Photo Courtesy CU Now Show

Have you seen the newest CU Now video? The video, released last night, features Shreyas Manohar (CC ’18) covering a gamut of issues alongside the Dean of Columbia College, James Valentini.

To better understand student reactions to the video, our team went out and polled students from a variety of academic years and backgrounds about their reactions to the new video. Check out what students said below.

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Photo Courtesy Columbia University/Zagster

Starting Monday April 4, Columbia University students, faculty and staff can ride around campus and beyond on brand new cruiser bikes as part of a new bike-share program through Zagster, Inc. The program is piloting with 14 Zagster cruiser bikes at three Morningside campus locations.

Following the leadership and success of the EcoReps bike-share group for undergraduate students and through Columbia’s recruitment of Zagster to campus, a bike-share program is now open to the entire University community.

“Columbia recognizes the many benefits of bicycle travel and is continuing its efforts toward growing a bike culture on campus,” says Jessica Prata, Assistant Vice President, Environmental Stewardship. “Bringing bike share to all Columbia members is part of the University’s commitment to a healthy and sustainable Columbia. Creating a more bike-friendly campus reduces traffic and parking congestion, improves the health of the University community, and offers an easy, alternative travel mode to and around Columbia.”

Zagster bike share is located on campus at:

–          Eastern entrance of Lerner Hall

–          Between Butler Library and John Jay Hall

–          Wien Courtyard

The bike share is offered through three different options, following standard guidelines of bike-share programs at other campuses: annual, monthly and one-day memberships, described below.

  1. Annual Membership

$20 membership fee billed annually

Trips under 1 hour are free; then pay $3/hour (up to $30/ride)

  1. Monthly Membership

$8 membership fee billed monthly

Trips under 1 hour are free; then pay $3/hour (up to $30/ride)

  1. 24-Hour Membership

$5 one-time fee

Trips under 1 hour are free; then pay $3/hour (up to $30/ride)

* Riders will be charged an additional $35 overtime charge for keeping a bike over 24 hours. 

In addition to Columbia, Zagster has bike-share programs at Ohio State, Yale, Princeton and more than 130 other colleges and communities across North America.

“Columbia sought out an opportunity to immediately make bike sharing available to the entire university community while Citi Bike, New York City’s largest and most recognized bike-sharing program, systematically expands northward in Manhattan,” continued Prata.  “We will monitor the usage and popularity of the Zagster bike share through this pilot initiative and look for opportunities to expand it, particularly in Manhattanville.”

The bike-share expansion to the entire Columbia community is one of several bicycle-friendly initiatives Columbia is leading.  Following the successful pilot of the bicycle parking enclosure in the Grove, a second enclosure has been installed in Wien Courtyard.  There are several workshops on bicycle street skills and traffic safety being offered to Columbia affiliates in conjunction with Bike New York.  Ride Your Bike to Campus Days are returning on April 13 at Morningside, and April 15 and a special Earth Day event on April 22 at the Columbia University Medical Center campus.  All bicycle-related information at Columbia has been centralized on the Columbia Transportation website at

The Columbia bike share features the Zagster 8, an award-winning bike known for its practical design, comfortable ride and easy handling. The bike includes a spacious basket that’s perfect for carrying groceries, takeout or personal belongings. And because rider safety is a priority, every bike includes automatic lights, a bell and full reflectors. An integrated bike lock enables riders to park and lock their bikes wherever they want during a trip, instead of being required to re-dock at a station, giving them greater flexibility to enjoy everything the city has to offer.

To join and ride, users can visit, or download the free Zagster Mobile App, available for iPhone and Android. Each bike has a unique number that riders enter into the app to obtain a single-use code to open the lockbox on the back of the bike. (Alternatively, riders can obtain unlock codes via text message.) A key in the lockbox allows the bike to be locked and unlocked throughout a ride. After the rider returns the bike to a designated Zagster bike station, the rental ends, and the bike is available for the next person to enjoy.

About Zagster 

Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Cambridge, Mass., Zagster is the largest and fastest-growing bike share provider in the United States. Zagster works directly with over 130 communities across North America to make scalable bike-sharing programs available in areas where traditional bike share providers can’t reach. The company’s goal: To make the bike the most loved form of transportation. More information about Zagster and its programs can be found at

As of today, Ollie’s has reopened at its new location at 103rd and Broadway. In an email sent to The Lion, an employee noted that there are no plans to return to their 116th and Broadway location.


The full message is attached below.


Our 103rd & Broadway location just opened today! Unfortunately we will not be returning to our 116th location.


A link to the new location’s menu can be found here. The Lion team has also reached out for word on if/when online ordering will be available at the new store.

Happy eating!