Weekly Email 1/27/2008

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From:

Brody Berg
General Studies Student Council 2007-08
Vice President of Communication
Columbia University
http://gslounge.com

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(646) 573-3735

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of General Studies,

I hope your first week of class has gone well. Already this semester there have been three great developments for General Studies students:

  • The Dean of Students Office consolidated their email messages and launched Dean's Notes
    • Bottom-line: More information, and less noise email from the Dean of Students Office
  • Both The Columbia Spectator and the Bwog have taken steps to reign in their online comment systems
    • Bottom-line: Possibly fewer commenters trashing General Studies

Online resources provided by the Student Council:

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  1. Social Event of the Year: 9th Annual General Studies Gala
  2. Giving Thanks: 1st Annual Thank-a-thon
  3. Teach-In: Earth Institute: Focus on the Nation
  4. Volunteerism: Community Impact Open House
  5. Flex: Off-Campus Use in Planning Stage
  6. Editorials: Become part of the Spectator Editorial Process
  7. Get Involved: Columbia Queer Alliance: Queer Curry
  8. Resources: US Milvets CU
  9. Get Involved: Asian American Alliance: Buffet Dinner
  10. Get Involved: The Columbia Ballet Collaborative: Call for Dancers
  11. Get Involved: Project for the Homeless
  12. New F.A.Q Item: Scorched Earth Breakup Guide

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1. Social Event of the Year: 9th Annual General Studies Gala

What: Come dance the night away with your General Studies peers, alumni, and
administrators!! Your choice of desserts, coffee, and drinks will make
this year's gala the best after dinner party in New York!!

When: March 1st, 2008 9:00pm ? 1:00am
Where: Low Rotunda, Low Library
Wear:
Black Tie Optional

Price: $35 for Students, Alumni, and Friends

Contact: Ashley Forman (Social Chair) arf2115

Learn more

2. Giving Thanks: 1st Annual Thank-a-thon

What: Come to the 1st Annual Student Letter Writing Thank-a-thon and help
show GS's most loyal donors how much students appreciate their
financial support. Students who choose to help will be asked to write
six brief letters to alumni/ae thanking them for their recent gift to
athletics. Students may sign up for any one or more of the time slots
listed above. Refreshments, t-shirts, materials and scripts will be
provided.

When:

  • Monday, January 28, 2008 5:00pm to 6:30pm or 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Tuesday, January 29, 2008 5:00pm to 6:30pm or 6:30pm to 8:00pm
  • Wednesday, January 30 11:00am to 12:30pm or 12:30pm to 2:00pm
  • Thursday, January 31 5:00pm to 6:30pm or 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Where: Dodge Physical Fitness Center, Lou Gehrig Lounge
Price: Free

Contact: mal82@columbia.edu with preferred time slot or call Meredith Loffredo at 212-851-4165

3. Teach-In: Earth Institute: Focus on the Nation

What:
Spend an evening with leading climate scientists and administrators
from Columbia University as we participate in Focus the Nation, a
campaign to raise awareness of the issues surrounding climate change.
This event will take place on Thursday, January 31st and will include
a Teach-In to be held in room 1501 of the International Affairs
building from 5:00 _ 8:30 pm. The Teach-In will include two panels, a
short play, and a reception for students to learn how to get involved
with current student efforts to mitigate the effects of climate
change, as well as to speak with other students and the panelists
about these issues.

When:
Thursday, January 31st 5:00 - 8:30 PM,
Where: 1501 International Affairs Building

Contact and RSVP: Amanda McIntosh at ajm2137@columbia.edu.

4. Volunteerism: Community Impact Open House


What:
Community Impact consists of 900 student volunteers participating in
more than 25 community service programs that serve over 8,000 people
each year in Morningside Heights, Washington Heights, Harlem and
Manhattanville. Come meet with the student leaders of each of our programs and find
which one is right for you!

When: Monday, January 28, 2008 6:00-9:00 PM
Where: Earl Hall Auditorium

Notes:

  • Free food will be provided
  • Work-study positions available


Contact:
www.columbia.edu/cu/ci or email ciexecs@columbia.edu.

5. Flex: Off-Campus Use in Planning Stage

From Michelle Nicole Diamond, President of the Colubia College Student Council:

"...Flex off campus ... will actually be coming to campus this Spring. The target date set by Housing and
Dining
is March 24, 2008). H & D is in the final stages of completing our
contract with Bb One, who will
manage the off campus flex vendor agreements on Columbia's behalf. Once
that agreement is completed they will share this survey information
with Bb One and prioritize the initial vendor list we hope to get on
the program accordingly.

For the initial foray into off campus Flex they are looking to work
with a small group of vendors this spring/summer, before expanding to
any/all interested vendors for fall 2008. Therefore they plan to
pursue those establishments that received the most student "votes" for
this spring, and try to limit the program to one vendor for each
service category. Only if proprietors are not interested would they
default to working with a less preferred vendor. Eventually they hope
to sign up multiple grocery stores, delis and pharmacies, etc but for
this spring they are keeping it small...."

6. Editorials: Become part of the Spectator Editorial Process

What: The Columbia Spectator wants your editorial thoughts.
Where: Email all submissions (700-900 words) to specopinion@columbia.edu or come to the weekly brainstorming sessions Sundays at 3:30pm

Contact: Vesal Yazdi for more information

7. Get Involved: The Columbia Queer Alliance: Queer Curry

What: The Columbia Queer Alliance invites new and returning GS students
to our Queer Curry event--a follow up to the largest and only
university-wide orientation event last September called Queer Sushi.
Come meet members of CQA, including the Vice President, Aries Dela
Cruz (GS 09) and learn about their exciting new programming for spring,
including the First Friday Dance, Community Forum and Queer Common
Meal!

When: Thursday, Jan 31st, 7pm
Where:
The Satow Room on the 5th Floor of Lerner Hall.

Contact: cqaboard@columbia.edu

8. Resources: US Milvets CU

All,
just wanted to send you all a link to this website:

www.vetjobs.com. This is one of the only resources out there devoted
to finding jobs for vets. It was founded and is run by a veteran and
supported by the VFW so it is on the level. Hope you find it useful,

Luke
US Milvets CU

9. Get Involved: Asian American Alliance: Buffet Dinner

What: Do you want to get more involved? The Columbia University Asian
American Alliance is looking for more hands on deck for a variety of
initiatives for the second semester. Whether you're Asian American or not, as long as you're interested in
helping out with planning giant parties, student conferences, political
rallies, community service initiatives, variety & fashion shows,
film festivals, or ethnic studies programs, AAA has a whole variety of
activities and interests for anyone to get involved.

This will be a FREE BUFFET DINNER in an informal, laid back mixer
format where AAA committees including Community Service, Political, and
cultureSHOCK (our annual 700-person variety show) committees will be
setting up tables for people to freely roam around and sign up!

When: Wednesday, January 30th, 8-9PM;
Where: Lerner Party Space (Basement of Lerner)

Contact: http://www.aaacolumbia.org/

10. Get Involved: The Columbia Ballet Collaborative: Call for Dancers

What: Looking for Ballet Dancers for the Spring Performance (Pointe and off Pointe)
When: February 2nd from 10:30am - 12:00pm
Where: Barnard Studio1 (basement level of Barnard Hall)

Contact & questions: Lydia Walker

11. Get Involved: Project for the Homeless

What:
Columbia University's Project for the Homeless, founded and
co-sponsored by Hillel, staffs two homeless shelters in Manhattan
during the week. Individual or pairs of volunteers, stay overnight
essentially as supervisors.

When: They need our help, especially during this inclement weather.
Without a volunteer present during the night, the shelters must shut
down according to the law. Even one night without the comfort of a bed
and roof could set these people back in their efforts to recover. You
could sign up for a single date during the entire semester, or multiple
dates if desired. Bring a friend, a movie, some music, or just plain
work to pass the night while helping change lives.

Where: The shelters are located at New York Society for
Ethical Culture (women's, 64th St. at Central Park West) and Stephen
Wise Free Synagogue ( 68th St. between Columbus and Central Park West).
They are small shelters serving 10-12 people each. These folks are
clean, most have jobs, and many are on the verge of breaking out of the
cycle of homelessness.

Contact: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/pfh/

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