10/28/2007 Weekly Update

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Brody Berg
General Studies Student Council 2007-08
Vice President of Communications

(646) 573-3735

Dear Ladies and Gentlemen of General Studies,

This is the weekly update. If you have any questions or comments let me know, thanks.

* I'd like to welcome our new Student Council members, Nate Terani and Shayna Sehayik. The Student Council is very proud to have Nate and Shayna on board. For a list of all Student Council members and contact information see here.
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1. Community Principles @ Columbia Initiative
2. Do something about Housing!
3. Thanksgiving Week Volunteering
4. Blue Notebooks... Alex Ross...huh?
5. "The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" Screening
6. Pre-Law Advising
7. Columbia's Fall 2007 Blood Drive Campaign
8. Sachs for Students
9. Newt Gingrich AND Jeffrey Sachs?!?!
10. Manhattanville Open House
11. Dining Services Survey
12. Social with the Law and Medical Schools
13. Applying to Grad School?
14. Career Panel in the Arts
15. Veg Cooking Demo
16. "Office Hours" for Senior Class Reps
17. More on the Bias Incidents
18. Busy but community minded?
19. Halloween Study Break!
20. Thursday Social Mixer with Grad Schools
21. New University ID Card Distribution
22. Extended Hours in Butler

1. Community Principles Initiative

In light of the recent events of bias which have challenged our
community, the Community Principles Initiative would like to
announce these Principles to the broader Columbia family, and give
each member an opportunity to demonstrate their support of the
Statement. We will be holding an event on Wednesday, October 31st,
2007 on Low Plaza from 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM, at which time members of
the student government, the campus group governing boards and other
groups will address the community, read and discuss the Statement,
and invite all willing individuals to sign a large banner which
will bear the Principles. This banner will serve as a symbol of
Columbia's communal unity and solidarity. There will also be
various resources available for students to learn how to get
involved with the CPI and other community-building groups on

2. Do something about Housing!

The Housing Committee of the University Senate is conducting research into the efficacy of the University Apartment Housing system as it relates to General Studies and graduate students. As housing is one of the top concerns for GS students, we at the GSSC want to help! In order for us to help, we need to hear your GS housing stories-candid feedback about your experience with the housing system and the services you receive.

Email Paige at pl2174@columbia.edu. Please include the incidents that pleased/troubled you, the people involved, the dates, and your housing location. Also please let us know if you are willing to have your name submitted to the Senate, or if you prefer to remain anonymous.

For more information, please visit http://gslounge.com/senator

3. Thanksgiving Week Volunteering

Monday, Nov. 19th, Wednesday, Nov. 21st, and Thursday, Nov. 22nd (Thanksgiving Day)
anytime between 9:00 am and 7:00 pm at the Broadway Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in the
Broadway Presbyterian Church on 114th &Broadway.

On Thanksgiving Day, hundreds of homeless and hungry are served their Thanksgiving meal at the Broadway Food Pantry and Soup Kitchen in the Broadway Presbyterian Church on 114th & Broadway. The Community @ Large Committee would like to team up with other student groups and also with individuals who would like to help to prepare and serve food for any amount of time ( 1, 2, 3, etc. hours) on Monday, Nov. 19th, Wednesday, Nov. 21st, and Thursday, Nov. 22nd (Thanksgiving Day). Email ela2108@columbia.edu to respond directly with availabilities or questions and visit gslounge.com/community/thanksgiving for more information. We look forward to hearing from you!

4. Blue Notebooks... Alex Ross...huh?

The Blue Notebooks Interviews: Alex Ross of The New Yorker
Mon Oct 29 8pm - Mon Oct 29 10pm
501 Schermerhorn

Alex Ross of The New Yorker will be here, interviewed by founding member of the Blue Notebooks, Casper Mao. Ross's new book, THE REST IS NOISE, has been heralded by such diverse personalities as Louis Menand and Bjork (seriously).

Please join us as we talk to Alex Ross, the classical music critic of The New Yorker magazine. His long-anticipated history of the music in the 20th century was just released on October 16 - The Rest is Noise (FSG). Our conversation will entail the discussion of his book, as well as the interesting, hybridized state of classical music today, what it might mean in the context of the larger cultural and intellectual history.

What they are saying about The Rest is Noise:
"The Rest is Noise is cultural history the way cultural history should be written: a single strong narrative operating on many levels at once. What more do you want from a book? That it be intelligently, artfully, and lucidly written? It's those things, too."
- Louis Menand

"Fast-forwarding through so many music-makers' creative highs and lows in the company of Alex Ross's incredibly nourishing book will rekindle anyone's fire for music."
- Björk

P.S. - Alex Ross will play some great audio clips of the music he writes about at the event. We'll also have limited copies of his book for sale/autograph: so buy buy buy! A great way to support our initiative.



5. "The Ghosts of Abu Ghraib" Screening

Monday, October 29th at 6 pm
Roone-Arledge Auditorium

The familiar and disturbing pictures of torture at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison raise many troubling questions: How did torture become an accepted practice? Did U.S. government policies make it possible? How much damage has the aftermath of the Abu Ghraib scandal had on America's credibility as a defender of freedom and human rights around the world?

Acclaimed filmmaker Rory Kennedy's powerful documentary, GHOSTS OF ABU GHRAIB looks beyond the headlines to investigate the psychological and political context in which the torture occurred.

Sponsored by: The Progressive Jewish Alliance, Amnesty International, Columbia Muslims for Social Justice, SDS, and SEEJ.

6. Pre-Law Advising

Pre-Law Advising on the application process will be offered to seniors and juniors on Monday, October 29th from 12:30-1:30 in the Baer Room, 4th Floor Lewisohn Hall.

7. Columbia's Fall 2007 Blood Drive Campaign

In the coming weeks, Columbia will once again host a blood drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Center and we hope that you will participate. Blood donors are needed to address the continuing severe shortage of available blood for lifesaving treatments for cancer and surgery patients, burn and accident victims, organ and tissue transplant candidates, hemophilia, and other blood disease sufferers.

The New York Blood Center has asked the Columbia Community for blood donors, and the administration encourages your participation. Please help us increase the Columbia University community's participation in this important effort.

The University-wide Fall 2007 Blood Drive will run from Thursday, October 25 through Wednesday, December 19. During this period, blood drives will be held at several locations, which are shown below ( *** Please note walk-ins welcome!***)

Register online at https://drm.nybloodcenter.org/publicscheduler/BloodDriveLocator.aspx

Fall 2007 Schedule

Wednesday, October 31

12:00 – 8:00pm

Low Library, Rotunda

Friday, November 2

12:00 – 8:00pm

Lerner Hall – Broadway Room

Friday, November 9

11:00 – 4:30pm

Law School - Drapkin Lounge

Wednesday, December 19

9:00 – 4:00pm

CU Medical Center - Armand Hammer Building

Riverview Lounge, 4th Floor

Special Weekend Drives

Saturday, November 3

Sunday, November 11

Saturday, November 17

11:00 – 4:30pm

College Walk – Donor Bus

8. Sachs for Students

Just in case you hadn't yet heard, the Jeffrey Sachs Student Lecture: International Peace through Sustainable Development will be held on Wednesday, November 7th from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. The lecture will be held in the Roone Arledge Auditorium of Lerner Hall, and a flyer for the event is attached to this email. This is a student event, but an RSVP is required. To register for the event, please visit www.earth.columbia.edu/calendar and click on the Sachs Student Lecture box on the right. You can submit your RSVP electronically through the form that will pop up.

9. Newt Gingrich AND Jeffrey Sachs?!?!

Newt Gingrich and Jeffrey D. Sachs: A Conversation - A Contract with the Earth

Thursday, November 1, 2007 from 7:15 pm to 9:15 pm

Location: New York Public Library, Humanities and Social Sciences Library, Celeste Bartos Forum, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street New York, NY 10018-2788

Contact: New York Public Library, oas@nypl.org

General admission is $15, $10 for library donors, seniors and students with valid identification.

The New York Public Library presents "A Conversation: A Contract with the Earth," with Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House of Representatives, United States Congress and Jeffrey D. Sachs, Director, The Earth Institute at Columbia University. Open to the public.

General admission is $15, $10 for library donors, seniors and students with valid identification.
To purchase tickets visit www.smarttix.com/show.aspx?showCode=NEW125

Web Site: http://www.nypl.org/research/chss/pep/pepdesc.cfm?id=3430

10. Manhattanville Open House

As part of a variety of informational outreach sessions being
conducted this semester about the University's proposed long-term
expansion into a section of the Manhattanville area of West Harlem,
there will be an open house for students on Monday, October 29
between 5 and 8 p.m. Stop by the John Jay Lounge to learn about the
current proposal, New York City's Uniform Land Use Review Procedure,
environmental design, community benefits and other topics that may
interest you about Columbia's future in Upper Manhattan. All
students must show a valid Columbia University ID in order to be
admitted to the event. Pizza and soda will be served. For details,
contact Michael Novielli at mjn29@columbia.edu or visit

11. Dining Services Survey

The Fall 2007 Dining Services Customer Satisfaction Survey is up
and running! Go to the Columbia University Dining website at
www.columbia.edu/cu/dining and participate in the survey to let your
voice be heard!

For every survey that we receive, Dining Services will donate $.10
to "Changing the Present," a website that allows YOU to choose which
charity you want the proceeds to benefit. The more surveys you fill
out, the more money we donate to the charity of your choice, so
start filling them out today!

Don't pass up this opportunity to help improve our dining locations
AND donate to a good cause! It only takes a few minutes and you can
rate as many locations as you like.

12. Social with the Law and Medical Schools

When: Thursday, November 1 at 10pm
Where: Evelyn Lounge, 380 Columbus Avenue near 78th

GS has been invited to join the Law and Med school's mixer at this.
Take time out to enjoy a night with some grad school students and
relax after midterms. RSVP:

13. Applying to Grad School?

What: Information session on applying to graduate school
When: Tuesday, October 30 8:15
Where: Anthropology Lounge 465 Schermerhorn Extension

Professors Sarah Cole and Ezra Tawil, *along with several graduate
students from the English Department, will lead a discussion about
various issues related to graduate school: when and whether to
apply; MA and/versus Ph.D. programs; how best to respond to the various parts
of the application; what to do now while still on campus, even if you
are going to apply in future; they will also share their own
experiences, describing what graduate school is like and what kinds of choices
they faced in making their application decisions.

Refreshments will be served.

14. Career Panel in the Arts

What: Career Panel in the Arts
When: Tuesday, October 30 at 7:30
Where: Schermerhorn Hall, Room 612

Panelists include:
Jeffrey Deitch, Founder of Deitch Projects
Melissa Glauch, Internship Coordinator at Christie's
Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy, Curator and Programs Manager at Art in General
Audrey Christensen, Exit Art Archivist
Phong Biu, Curatorial Advisor at P.S.1, Publisher of Brooklyn Rail

A light dinner& live jazz reception following the panel.

Please RSVP to info@arthistoryunderground.com. You can choose to
attend only the panel/reception or both. Please indicate your

15. Veg Cooking Demo

What: Vegetarian Cooking Demonstration and Dinner brought to you by
the Bhakti Club
When: Every Wednesday eve at 7pm
Where: The Broadway Room in Lerner Hall
Please check out the Facebook group "Vegetarian Cooking Class @Columbia"

You are strongly encouraged to bring reusable tupperware or plates
and utensils.

16. "Office Hours" for Senior Class Reps

What: "Office Hours" for Chikodi and Monique
When: Every Thursday from 5 until 6
Where: GS Lounge

Come by with questions or concerns or just to say hi. We'll be
hanging out in the lounge to promote senior class events and just
to meet with you. See you then.

* Senior Class President Chikodi Chima cdc2126@columbia.edu
* Senior Class Vice President Monique Long mal2118@columbia.edu

17. More on the Bias Incidents

The Student Affairs Caucus is in the process of putting together a meeting with students interested in representing their peers in a meeting with President Bollinger about the recent bias incidents on campus. If you are an interested party, or just have thoughts you would like heard, please email Paige at pl2174@columbia.edu.

For more information, please visit http://gslounge.com/senator

18. Busy but community minded?

As some of you recall, the GSSC began a committee last year that enabled busy but community minded students to volunteer their services in convenient ways. As the founder of this committee (C@LC) I'm pleased to introduce Elizabeth Alonso-Halifax as C@LC's newest Chairperson! She is passionate, dedicated, and just plain fantastic, and as many of you know has planned several great events already this semester. We're gearing up for Thanksgiving, and are looking to expand our ever-growing family!

VOLUNTEERING: For those of you itching to start, we'll be tabling in Lerner this THURS. NOV 1st. 1pm-3pm to give info. and sign people up.

OPPORTUNITIES: If you have your own community minded project in the works and need some help getting it off the ground, visit http://gslounge.com/community/projects for some possible solutions.

LEARN MORE: about this committee that thinks globally but acts locally! Our next meeting will be on THURS. NOV 8th at 12:30 RM 309 Russel Hall (Library).
Cant' make either event? Check out http://gslounge.com/community, or email either Elizabeth at ela2108@columbia.edu, or myself at pl2174@columbia.edu.

19. Halloween Study Break!

What: Halloween Study Break!
Where: GS Lounge, Lewisohn Hall
When: Wednesday, October 31st, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Why: Why not? Stop by the lounge on Halloween for a ghoulishly good time. Grab a free lunch and some candy. Trick or Treat from the GSSC!

20. Thursday Social Mixer with Grad Schools

What: Thursday Social Mixer with Grad Schools
When: Thursday, November 1st 10: pm - ?
Where: Evelyn Lounge. 380 Columbus Avenue (off West 78th Street)
Come down to the Evelyn Lounge for a mix and mingle with Med and Law school students!

21. New University ID Card Distribution

Once ID distribution is complete, the old card will no longer be valid
for campus access. New card readers will be installed in many campus
locations, and the old card will no longer be operational at building
entrances or accepted visually as a valid form of ID. Therefore, all
members of the Columbia community must have a new card by Nov. 15, 2007.

Now it's time for the rest of the University to exchange the old ID card
for the new ID card. Over the next month, every student and employee of
the University who does not have a new card will receive one. ***Please
note that distribution methods vary by population, so please look for an
important follow-up email about when and where to get your new ID

To learn more, or to send us a question, please visit the ID Center
website (www.columbia.edu/cu/id). With the new card system, most
building access is controlled by Public Safety; to resolve access
issues, please contact them at psa-access@columbia.edu or 4-8500.

22. Extended Hours at Butler!

In honor of midterms, rooms 301 and 310 at Butler Library are open 24-hours (through Sat. 11/3 at 6pm). Happy studying!!
Extended Hours @ Butler