Category: Administration

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In a brief email from President Bollinger, Bollinger has announced the passing of Bill Campbell, a Columbia alumnus and former member of the Board of Trustees.

The full message can be found below:

Dear fellow members of the Columbia Community:

I cannot begin to compose a statement that fully expresses the grievous sense of loss we experienced early this morning when Bill Campbell passed away.  Bill was a beloved alumnus, football coach, Trustee, former Chair of the Board of Trustees, and, above all, a friend and source of boundless joy and counsel to everyone who knew him.  Columbia will forever remember Bill.

We extend our love to Bill’s family at this sad time.  I will write again once I have more to share.

Sincerely,

Lee C. Bollinger

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At 3PM today, Columbia’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions announced that it had admitted 6% of applicants to the Class of 2020, the lowest admissions rate in CC/SEAS history. In data released to student publications, the Admissions office noted that over 36,292 applied for admission and that only 2,193 were accepted.

The full statement from Dean Jessica Marinaccio can be found below:

“Today, my colleagues and I are thrilled to welcome the newest Lions to the Columbia Class of 2020. This year’s 2,193 admitted students, selected from the largest applicant pool in Columbia’s history, amazed and humbled us with their exceptional accomplishments in and out of the classroom, their adventurous intellectualism and their commitment to a better society.

“The students admitted today, along with those admitted Early Decision, represent an extraordinarily diverse range of backgrounds and voices that we are excited to have at Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. They come from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the territories and 85 countries around the world. As our applicant pool grows, the process of selecting next year’s class becomes increasingly challenging. But we are confident that the Class of 2020 brings that unique combination of academic ability, leadership skills and personal characteristics that have distinguished Columbians over the years, and it makes today truly one of the most rewarding days for us in the Offices of Undergraduate Admissions and Financial Aid and Educational Financing.”

 

Congratulations to the incoming Class of 2020; the entire community is so excited to welcome you in the fall!

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.

As of yesterday, the University Registrar has made course evaluations pubic on Vergil. Vergil, the University’s official course planner, has offered a “Course Evaluations” tab since it’s launch, but this is the first time it has actually had course evaluations available for viewing.

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In a surprise announcement, Columbia Dining announced on Friday that JJ’s Place will remain open during Spring Break. While it will be open, it will operate on different hours, running from 10AM to 7PM. To meet student needs, it will accept standard meal plans.

Over the past few years, students and organizations such as FLIP have asked for dining halls to remain open over break to support food insecure students. In the past, Dining has sold break packs of goods that students could purchase to make on their own while dining halls were closed.

 

From a post on the Columbia University Dining Facebook account:

Due to popular demand, JJ’s will be open during Spring Break and you can use your Meal Plan!!!

Hours: Saturday, March 12th through Sunday, March 20th from 10am to 7pm

 

We have reached out to Dining for more information.

 

Update (2/9/16):

Columbia Dining has provided an update about the new policy. We have reached out to Barnard Dining and will update this article again if we get a response.

The need for on-campus dining during academic breaks has been discussed with student leaders in the past, but has been too costly to pursue. Last summer, we completed two major infrastructure projects (Ferris Booth staircase and John Jay plumbing), which now allows us to focus resources elsewhere. JJ’s Place will open this year during spring recess on a limited schedule. We’ll assess usage and then determine the need and feasibility to continue the service for future break periods.