2/3/2008 Weekly Update

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From:

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

http://gslounge.com/calendar

(646) 573-3735

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of General Studies,

This week brings us exciting news from our General Studies University Senator
Paige Lampkin. With her colleagues in the senate, she passed a
resolution calling for the end of the 5% annual increase in University
Apartment Housing rents. Read the resolution here. If
you are interested in telling your GS Housing stories, giving candid
feedback about your experiences with the housing system and the
services you receive click here to help Paige and the Senate out.

Also: Tuesday is Super-Tuesday, if you can vote, vote! :-)

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  1. Get Dressed Up: The 9th Annual General Studies Gala
  2. Student Groups: Activities Board Group Recognition Deadline 2/17
  3. Ruby on Rails: GS International Developer-Rockstar Paul Dix lectures 2/5
  4. Career: DE Shaw
  5. Get Involved: Community @ Large: Come Join Us!
  6. Get Involved: Community @ Large: Textbooks for Blind/Dyslexic Students
  7. Get Involved: Community @ Large: Food Drive
  8. Play: Intramural Softball
  9. Party: Glass House Rocks Call for Volunteers
  10. Talk: The Baha'i Club: Dr. Joy Leary: Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome
  11. Talk: The Baha'i Club: Food, Dessert and Discussion: Historical Trauma and CU
  12. Relax: Yoga Retreat
  13. Alumni: Annual Recent Alumni Cocktail Reception
  14. Film: Columbia Queer Alliance: The Visible Vote 2008
  15. Forum: Columbia Queer Alliance: Community Forum
  16. Be Awesome: A Short Survey

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1. Get Dressed Up: The 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)

Learn more

2. Student Groups: Activities Board Group Recognition Deadline 2/17

What:
The deadline for getting a new group recognized by the Activities Board
at Columbia (ABC) is Sunday, February 17, at 11:59pm. For more, go to http://www.columbia.edu/cu/abc/recognition.html and download an
application. 

Contact: Be sure to send one copy in electronic form to Young Yoo (youngheeyoo@gmail.com) and submit a hard copy to the ABC Mailbox on the 5th Floor of Lerner Hall in the Student Club Space. 

Questions: Any questions can be emailed to abc_exec@columbia.edu

3. Ruby on Rails: GS International Developer-Rockstar Paul Dix lectures 2/5


What: Lecture introducing Ruby on Rails + Free Pizza
Who: Paul Dix, General Studies Computer Science major, and talented software industry veteran
Where:
Computer Science Lounge, Mudd
When: 7:30pm
Price: Free

Contact: Paul Dix

4. Career: DE Shaw

What: Students can apply any time to DE Shaw directly by sending a resume and cover letter to jobs@deshaw.com

Contact: Ashwathi Venugopalan, GS Alum for details

5. Get Involved: Community @ Large: Come Join Us!


What: Community @ Large Committee first meeting - Do you want to VOLUNTEER
with other GS students?  Get INVOLVED in the community that exists
outside the Columbia Gates (Rhetorical question: it's certain that you
do)?  Whether you have ideas for service or want to see what we're
planning this semester, then please come to the first General Studies
Student Council Community @ Large Committee meeting.

Where: Room 103 (1st Floor Russell Hall) of the Teacher's College Gottesman
Library
When: 2/4/2008 at 12:00 PM (1 hour in duration). 

Contact: If you can't
make the meeting, don't worry - contact Melissa Van to find what's the haps in the community and float your brilliant ideas about how to get involved.

C@LC Website

6. Get Involved: Community @ Large Textbooks for Blind/Dyslexic Students
 
What: Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (www.rfbd.org)
is a non-profit organization that provides recordings of textbooks for
visually impaired and dyslexic individuals.  They have a constant need
for volunteers and the The General Studies Student Council Community @
Large Committee is hoping to get a group of students together to go
through the orientation & training ( 6-8 hours) process together,
to be done over two days in the next few weeks - after which students
can freely schedule as many or as few hours of recording textbooks
themselves. 

Contact: Please contact Elizabeth at ela2108@columbia.edu
for more information about joining the Community @ Large
Committee group or about completing the proccess as an individual. 
Thanks!

C@LC Website

7. Get Involved: Community @ Large: Food Drive

What: FOOD DRIVE - DONATE IN LEWISOHN

The
Community @ Large Committee is hosting a February Food Drive. 
Beginning on February 14th and ending on the last day of February,
we're hoping to well-exceed our 50-pound minimum - which will then be
taken by Community Harvest and distributed to the hungry throughout New
York.  When you run quickly (to Morton-Williams or HamDel or M2M or
wherever you shop!) for a snack-break, take a second to pick up an
extra packet of macaroni or beans on your way to studying at the Lounge!

All items to be donated must be:
* In their original, unopened packages
* Within the expiration date on the package
* In plastic or metal jars or containers, not glass

Where: Lewisohn
When:
FEBRUARY 14TH THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH

Contact: To get involved with the food drive or with C@LC in general, please go to the C@LC website or contact Elizabeth Alonso Hallifax with any questions.

8. Play: Intramural Softball

What: Softball

There
is an opportunity to play some ball this semester. The intramural
softball double elimination tournament is coming soon for spring 2008
season. The equipment, umpires, and the wonderful Baker field diamond
are provided, what needed is players. Both guys and girls of all levels
are welcome to participate (must be an undergraduate and NOT a varsity
or junior varsity ball player).

When: The tournament is expected to take place over one or two weekends in April.

Price: The equipment, umpires, and the wonderful Baker field diamond are provided.

Contact: All willing to play for Team GS please e-mail by Friday, March 14 Sergei Kuznetsov, GS '09

9. Party: Glass House Rocks Call for Volunteers

What: Call for volunteers for Glass House Rocks
When: Thursday Feb. 7th

To put on The Best Thursday Ever, we desperately need volunteers who
would like to help with the production of glass house rocks, which will
be on Thursday Feb. 7th.

Contact: If you are interested in volunteering please email <mjw2152@columbia.edu or <agp2111@columbia.edu for more information. All volunteers will receive A FREE T-SHIRT!!!!!!

10. Talk: The Baha'i Club: Dr. Joy Leary: Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome

What:
A presentation about "Post-Traumatic Slave Syndrome," pioneered by
world-renowned lecturer Dr. Joy DeGruy Leary, which addresses the
impact of slavery on the collective psyche. Her discussion focuses on
the
necessity for healing and particular emphasis will be placed on the role that spirituality can play in this process.

When: 6 Feb 2008 Time: 7pm

Where: Space: Lerner Cinema

Contact: Makini Boothe <mb2427@gmail.com>

11. Talk: The Baha'i Club: Food Dessert and Discussion: Historical Trauma and CU

What:
Members of the CU community are invited to join together to discuss
themes presented during Dr. Leary's presentation. We will speak about
the impact of historical trauma in diverse communities represented on
campus. Our goal is to encourage dialogue and understanding across
community lines, ultimately fostering a better awareness of our
commonalities and oneness.

When: Date: 7 Feb 2008 Time: 7pm
Where: Lewis Parlor (former Brooks** Living Room) -Barnard

Contact: Makini Boothe <mb2427@gmail.com>

12. Relax: Yoga Retreat

What: Yoga Retreat
When:  Sunday, February 17
Time:  12:00pm - 4:00pm sharp!
Where:  Lower East Side - 25 First Avenue (between 1st & 2nd st)
Cost:  $12*

Start off the semester with a yoga retreat. Besides a 90 minute vinyasa yoga class, we're going to look at and
discuss clips from the Matrix!

Are you going to take the red pill or the blue pill?  The retreat will
conclude with kirtan (chanting of vedic mantras with the accompaniment
of instruments) and a fantastic vegetarian lunch.

To RSVP contact Monique Long @ mal2118@columbia.edu

*includes free GS tee

13. Alumni: Annual Recent Alumni Cocktail Reception


What:
Annual Recent Alumni Cocktail Reception
When: February 13th

All donors of $50 or more to the GS Annual Fund are invited to this
event. Any donation of $5 qualifies you as a participant to the annual
fund drive, however, consider donating $50 and attend this event and
meet recent grads (years 1-4 out). A $100 donation qualifies you as an
alumni associate.

Ways of giving include:

Flex account
Pay in installments (convenient if you would like to make a larger donation)
Our new GS donors' website!: http://www.columbia.edu/cu/gs/giving/
Or come by office hours of Senior Class Prez and VP, Chikodi and Monique every Thursday at 4.

14. Film: Columbia Queer Alliance: The Visible Vote 2008

What: The Visible Vote 2008 - A Screening of the Presidential Candidates' Debate on LGBTQ Issues

Please join Everyone Allied Against Homophobia for a screening of
the Democratic presidential candidates' televised debate on LGBTQ
issues. Learn more about your favorite candidate, or finally find one
that you really
like. Enjoy free ICE CREAM SUNDAES with all the toppings your heart
could desire! Co-sponsored by the Columbia Democrats, the Progressive
Jewish Alliance, Gayava, Q, Columbia Queer Alliance, GendeRevolution,
and the Columbia Political Union.

When: Tuesday, Feb. 5th. 9pm-11pm
Where: Dodge Room in Earl Hall (1st Floor)

15. Forum: Columbia Queer Alliance: Community Forum

What: LGBTQA Community Forum

What do YOU think the issues affecting the LGBTQA community at Columbia
are? What has YOUR experience been like? How do YOU think we should
unite as a community to empower ourselves and make lasting change? Come
voice YOUR concerns, experiences, ideas, and needs as the LGBTQA
community undergoes an evening
of self-reflection as we begin, together, to build a stronger, more
united and visible campus community.  Allies very welcome. Free food
will be served.

When: Wednesday, February 6th (7-9pm) Broadway Residence Hall - Broadway Sky Lounge Entrance on 114th Street and Broadway.

Contact: Aries Dela Cruz ad2397@columbia.edu

16. Be Awesome: A Short Survey

Do
you have graphic design, marketing, communication, coding, web
development, photography, minute taking, database, common sense, or
blogging skills? Do you want to be part of the team that brought
Columbia University the number one best student run website or perhaps the most relevant and up to date calendar General Studies students have ever seen? Or maybe you want to write strange blog posts? Or perhaps you want to do something more useful during study breaks?

If the answer to any of those questions was yes - come join the team that made it all happen - The Communication Committee. Our meeting is tomorrow at 6:30pm in the Lerner Piano Lounge and we would love to see you and welcome you to our team.

Contact: Brody Berg