Nature’s Invisible Hand

A conversation with Paul E. OlsenBy Mary Elizabeth Dawson Paul E. Olsen is the Arthur D. Storke Memorial Professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Columbia. Olsen currently teaches Dinosaurs and the History of Life, but his research focuses primarily on the evolution of continental ecosystems. He is particularly interested in mass extinction events and…

Letter From the Editor, December 2018

You think you know someone until it comes time to buy them a Christmas gift. You’re frantically browsing Oprah Winfrey’s Amazon gift guide, realizing that you actually have no idea what the perfect gift would be because you actually might not know this person well at all. And though Oprah probably does not know your…

Strangers in Their Own Homes

Not all residents in 620 go to BarnardBy Ursula Murray-Bozeman When Victoria Sullivan moved into 620 W 116th St. in 1965, it was like any other residential building in Morningside Heights. But when Barnard bought the building just a year later, things started to change. “They, early on, were very aggressive in wanting people out…

SoHo’s Siltiest Spot

A look at De Maria’s perplexing Earth RoomBy Gaby Edwards A room full of dirt? Art? I asked myself as I made my way down to SoHo. My destination was the Earth Room, an interior sculpture installation by Walter de Maria that has been on the second floor of a building on Wooster Street since…

Scrambling for Funds

The culture and controversy of Columbia’s marching bandBy Grace Adee and Billie Forester The Columbia University Marching Band may sardonically call itself “the cleverest band in the world,” but lately it has become one of the most underfunded: in October, the administration announced its decision to cut $15,000 of the organization’s $25,000 budget for next…

Campus Gossip, December 2018

We approve Columbia, in its good judgement, has given the space formerly belonging to the Columbia Daily Spectator to the Alumni Development Office and the School of Professional Studies. We disapprove Someone decided to play Kerbal Space Program in the back of a Columbia lecture with an external mouse, going boldly where no student has…

Pouring over Coffee Culture

Coffee on campus was not always Joe and goBy Ryan Mohen Coffee is often a purchase made in motion, in most cases necessarily so. Endless nights and frantic mornings give way to brief gaps between classes, study sessions, and overly scheduled social plans, making spontaneous sharing of lunches and coffees next to impossible. Enter grab-and-go…