11/11/2007 Email Update

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

(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. Also, read this in Gmail, not Cubmail, it'll be more fun. (


  1. Spring Registration: When is your registration appointment?
  2. Health: Come to the GS Health Initiative' First Event
  3. Bollinger: Day Out Against Hate
  4. International Service:
    Interested in the Peace Corps?
  5. CU Dance Marathon: The best one night stand you'll ever have!
  6. Memorial:
    It's not about politics… it's about compassion.

  7. Black Business Students Association:
    Conference &
    Black Tie Gala
  8. Manhattanville:
    Open House
  9. Law: Justice O'Connor, live and in person
  10. Computer Science:
    Aho and The Quintessential Questions
  11. Fitness: Holiday Cubs Camp!
  12. Special Concentration: Sustainable Development
  13. CSIS: Travel to Ghana this Winter Break!
  14. Film: Lives For Sale: Screening and Q&A

  15. Film: HOLLY: Private Film Screening and Q&A

  16. Institute of African Studies:
    New Challenges for Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission in Africa
  17. Art History Underground:
    Unraveling the Art Market
  18. CUArts: Want to help with programming?
  19. University Chaplain: Co-Sponsorship Fund
  20. Senior Class: Senior Gift Fund Kick Off event at Harlem Vintage
  21. Career Education: Win a Portable DVD Player!
  22. Identification: Your old ID expires on Thursday 11/15
  23. Community @ Large: Thanksgiving Week Volunteering
  24. Food: Vegetarian Cooking Demonstration and Dinner
  25. Senior Class: Office Hours
  26. Music: It's true, The Blood Brothers Broke up

1. Spring Registration: When is your registration appointment?

Registration for Spring 2008 Classes runs from November 12-16.


To ensure the best selection of courses, sections, and times, you should register for Spring classes in November.

How do I register for classes during Registration Week?

You register on-line or by phone. To find out your individual registration times, check your Student Services On-Line (SSOL).

GS registration advising for spring term is currently on-going. To make an appointment with your advisor, call 212-854-2881.

Majors & Concentrations

The Core

CU Directory of Classes


Health: Come to the GS Health Initiative' First Event


Enjoy a copious amount of Indian food and meet representatives from the
Alice! Health Promotion Program and Health Services, in addition to the
head of Columbia's chapter of The National Alliance on Mental Illness
and Ina Tsagarakis, a nutritionist for Dining Services.

Activities: This will be a chance for students to speak with
representatives from several areas of student health and learn about
Columbia health resources, as well as how to live a healthy lifestyle.
Alice will bring a laptop and show students about all their programs,
like their online advice columns and 100 mile club. A student services
representative will talk about Columbia health benefits that interest
students. This would include topics ranging from the Morningside Dental
Clinic to just how to make a doctors appointment.

When/Where: Tuesday November 13th: 1PM-5PM

The GS Lounge (Ground Floor of Lewisohn Hall)

GS Health Initiatives' First Event

1PM Alice! Health Promotion

Ina Tsagarakis, Nutritionist

2PM Health Services Representative

3PM Yoga at Columbia Information

4PM Stressbusters!

For More Information, Contact:

Timothy Jolis
GSSC Student Health Coordinator

3. Day Out Against Hate

On the morning of November 29, the University and its affiliated

institutions will join the City Council to commence New York City's
"Day Out Against Hate." It is fitting and proper that this citywide
campaign begin here, where in recent weeks, we have witnessed

unspeakable acts of prejudice intended to intimidate members of our
communities. While we have met these incidents of hate with forceful
expressions of protest and a shared determination to defend our
deepest values of tolerance and empathy towards others, we welcome

further opportunities to do so again.

Last week I asked Nick Dirks, Vice President of Arts & Sciences, to
contact our deans of students at the College, SEAS, General Studies,
and our graduate schools to begin planning with student groups ways

that we can most effectively participate in this campaign. I encourage
each of you to join us in this important initiative that will
celebrate and preserve our longstanding commitment to diversity.
-Lee C. Bollinger


4. International Service: Interested in the Peace Corps?

Interested in the Peace Corps? Come to Alfred Lerner Hall Room 477 on Monday, November 19 at 7:00 pm.

Columbia Students for International Service (CSIS)
will be hosting a meeting with returned Peace Corps volunteers
eager to share their stories. Come and hear about volunteers'
experiences in India, China, Kyrgyzstan, and Georgia. Ask questions and
get real answers. A Peace Corps representative will available to answer questions about applying.

For more information about this event, email

Want to hear more about CSIS? Visit

CU Dance Marathon: The best one night stand you'll ever have!

Columbia University Dance Marathon (CUDM) benefiting the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation reminds you to participate!

year CUDM is on February 9-10 in Roone Arledge Auditorium in Lerner.
There is a $500 minimum to be a dancer, but we have a million ways to
help you raise the money (and the earlier you start the easier it will

Go to www.caringforkids.kintera.org/columbia to register and set up your personal fundraising website!

if you are not interested in dancing but would like to volunteer for
the event, or for the various fundraisers leading up to the event,
please let us know.

For more info contact
Gabrielle Breen
The School of General Studies
Columbia University | Class of 2008

It's not about politics… it's about compassion.

It's not about politics… it's about compassion. Come to a silent
vigil Wednesday, Nov 14th from 7:30 to 8:30 at the sundial to show
reverence for the estimated million deaths resulting from the Iraq

war. Please dress warmly and arrive quietly, light a candle and show
respect for people of all nations who have lost their lives in this
war. This event is hosted by the GSSC

Black Business Students Association Conference & Black Tie Gala

What: 26th Annual Black Business Students Association Conference &
Black Tie Gala
When: Friday, November 16, 2007 the Conference begins at 9:00am at
Lerner Hall

Saturday, November 17, 2007 the Gala will take place at Low Library

Join the BBSA at Columbia Business School for our 26th Annual
Conference and Black Tie Gala. This event is open to all. If you
are a considering applying to Columbia Business School, please be

sure to sign up for our Minority Prospective Students Day.

There are a limited number of discounted tickets available to
current business school students and CBS' Minority Prospective
Students Day attendees.

For conference details and ticket information go to the website:

Contact Monique Long if you plan on attending either the conference
or both at mal2118@columbia.edu

8. Manhattanville Open House

Where: Roone-Arledge Auditorium (Lerner)
When: Monday, November 12 from 10am - 2pm

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, Columbia University will hold an open
house in the Roone Arledge Auditorium (Lerner Hall) on Monday, November
12 from 10:00am-2:00pm. Stop by to learn about the proposal and ask
questions. Refreshments will be served. To learn more, contact Michael J.
Novielli at mjn29@columbia.edu or visit www.campusplan.columbia.edu.

Justice O'Connor on Balancing Security, Democracy, and Human Rights in an Age of Terrorism

What: The Harold Leventhal Memorial Lecture, "Balancing Security, Democracy, and Human Rights in an Age of Terrorism."
When: Monday, November 12 2007, 5 P.M. – 6 P.M.
Where: Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104-106, 1st Floor, 435
W 116 Street, between Amsterdam Ave. and Morningside Drive, New York

Honorable Sandra Day O'Connor, former Associate Justice of the United
States Supreme Court, will talk about the delicate balance of security
and human rights in the face of ongoing terrorism when she gives the
Harold Leventhal Memorial Lecture at Columbia Law School on November 12, 2007.

"We're honored to have a jurist and scholar of such eminence
deliver this year's Leventhal Lecture," said Columbia Law School Dean
David Schizer. "Justice O'Connor has had a profound impact on our legal
system, and we are fortunate to have her with us."

10. Computer Science: The Quintessential Questions

Prof. Alfred Aho

Department of Computer Science

Wednesday, November 14,
2007, 11am
Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Center (The building between Pupin and Mudd)
For further information regarding this event, please contact Rosemary Addarich by sending email to

scientific discipline can be characterized by its outstanding open problems.
This talk will examine some of the deepest and most intriguing open problems
that have shaped and are continuing to shape the science of computer science. It
is based in part on the roundtable discussion the Department of Computer Science
faculty had with Bill Gates when he visited Columbia University in October


11. Fitness: Columbia University Holiday Cubs Camp!

Registration is now underway for this year's Holiday Cubs Camp!

Join us during the
winter break at the Marcellus Hartley Dodge Physical Fitness Center for
several fun-filled days of our popular Cubs Camp.

The camp features an exciting lineup of sports, games, arts and crafts for 6 to 12 year-olds.

Feel free to register for one or
both of our sessions, which will be held December 27-28, 2007 and January 2-4, 2008.

Click here to register online!

In addition, the months
of June, July and August are packed with nine weeks of Cubs Camp, as
well as a variety of sports camps for ages 6 to 18. Sports camps
include baseball, boys and girls' basketball, field hockey, football,
lacrosse, soccer, speed and agility, wrestling, and volleyball.

The most current sports and Cubs Camp information is always available on our website, at www.gocolumbialions.com. From the home page, click on the "Camps and Clinics" link under the "Recreation" drop down menu.

12. Special Concentration: Sustainable Development

Attention Undergraduates! Are you
interested in the new Special Concentration in Sustainable Development but unsure
of how to apply this type of specialization? Would you like to learn more about
the research and career opportunities in this field?

If so, the Earth Institute would like to invite you to
our undergraduate-centered discussion panel entitled 'A Future in
Sustainable Development', to be held on Tuesday, November 13th from
6:00 – 7:00 pm. The panel will feature four third-year doctoral students
from the PhD program in Sustainable Development; the background and research
interests of these students varies tremendously, and attendees will have the
opportunity to hear about such topics as climate change and natural
catastrophes risk management, the interaction between epidemiology and poverty
(e.g. in the case of malaria), political dimensions of health equity and
exploring new approaches to the analysis of economic and environmental issues.

This event was specifically designed for undergraduates
who are interested in the new special concentration, and will provide an
opportunity for students to ask questions about research and career
opportunities in sustainable development, and to hear from doctoral students in
the only Sustainable Development program of its kind in the world. The PhD
students will be a great source of information for those interested in this
exciting new field, and we hope that you will consider joining us.

This event will be held on Tuesday, November 13th
from 6:00 – 7:00pm in room 1118 of the International Affairs building.

If you have questions or would like to RSVP, please
contact Amanda McIntosh at 212-854-8177 or ajm2137@columbia.edu.

13. CSIS: Travel to Ghana this Winter Break!

Are you dreaming about winter break? Got any plans? Want to travel to Ghana and help out the Global Autism Project?

Ola Pinney, a student in GS, spent two years living and working in
Ghana, West Africa where she founded the Global Autism Project before
her return to the US. This January, the Global Autism Project is
excited to be leading an International Service trip to Ghana, where
volunteers will spend time doing a service project, as well as
traveling and enjoying the culture and beauty of Ghana.

Dates of travel: January 2-January 16
Location: Ghana, West Africa

Please check out the website for more information:

, or email Molly at

This is really a great opportunity. Feel free to contact us at
(or Molly!) with any questions.

Film: Lives For Sale: Screening and Q&A

Learn how immigration and human trafficking impact human beings.

Lives for Sale- Film Presentation and Q&A with Producer
Date: Monday, November 12th, 2007
Time: 8:10pm
Location: IAB- Room #407 (118th and Amsterdam avenue- 1st level of

the International Building)

Contact: AM @ am2360@columbia.edu
"Documentary on Immigration and Human Trafficking." A one-hour
investigative documentary exposes the painful, rarely seen human

side of illegal immigration- including the growing black market
trade in human beings.


15. Film:
HOLLY: Private Film Screening and Q&A

Holly will
premiered at the UN last week. The Friday, November 16th, there is
going to be a private Columbia screening and a Q&A with the
filmmakers at the Clearview Theater on 62nd St. from 4:15 to 7:15.
Tickets have been highly discounted for Columbia students, faculty, and
alumni, from $50 to only $11!

The film is the
beginning of a global grassroots campaign we are launching against
child exploitation. Proceeds from the film will go to the Redlight
Children Campaign, an organization that aims to end child sexploitation.

Tickets can be purchased at https://www.ovationtix.com/trs/pe/220521 or by contacting Maria Insalaco at

Read more... http://gslounge.com/node/225


16. Institute of African Studies:
New Challenges for Prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV Transmission in Africa

Date: November 14, 2007 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Location: International Affairs Bldg, Morningside Campus Room 1118

The Institute of African Studies (IAS) presents a brown bag
lecture entitled, "New challenges for prevention of Mother-to-Child HIV
Transmission in Africa," with Louise Kuhn (Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health).
Louise Kuhn is an epidemiologist, who has developed and manages an
active research program primarily focused on aspects of the HIV/AIDS
epidemic. Her work is focused on mother-to-child HIV transmission,
particularly in the international arena

Central to her
research endeavors is focus on translation of scientific findings into
effective HIV prevention and treatment programs in low resource

For further information regarding this event, please contact Ginger Baker by sending email to gkb2104@columbia.edu


17. Art History Underground: Unraveling the Art Market

What: Art History Underground presents: Unraveling the Art Market.
When: November 13, Tuesday, 8 PM
Where: Schermerhorn 820

Discuss art as a commodity with Brooklyn artist Steve Keene (who

sells all his works for under $20) and two specialists from
Christie's Auction House (which sold the world's most expensive
painting for $135 million). We will also hear from Professor Peter
Levin, an economic sociologist who specializes in the investigation

of the appraisal of fine art. Hopefully we can gain a better
understanding of today's volatile art market by looking at it from
opposite ends of the spectrum.

A reception with live jazz to follow. No RSVP needed.

18. Want to help with CUArts programming?

The CUArts Ticket
and Information Center in Lerner launching this January is just the
beginning! We here at The Arts Initiative are committed to creating new
ways for students to connect to New York City's vast wealth of arts and
culture. Our goal is that by 2009, by enrolling at Columbia and Barnard
students. you will find yourselves fully enrolled in the artistic and
cultural life of the city. We hope to build convenient and affordable
access to a wide-range of programs and events as well as easily
accessible material to link your academic work to performances/events
around town. We're also working on a funding program/tool to make it
easier for your professors to incorporate NYC arts into the syllabus.

We're well on our way with the initial planning, but we really need student input. YOUR input.


University Chaplain: Co-Sponsorship Fund

The Office of the University Chaplain Co-Sponsorship Fund is accepting
applications for co-sponsorship from recognized student groups for
programs taking place in January and February 2008. The deadline for
application submission is Wednesday,
November 21 at 5pm. Recognized
Barnard and Columbia University undergraduate, graduate, and
professional student groups are encouraged to apply. The OUC
Co-sponsorship fund provides administrative and/or financial support
to programs that focus on religion, spirituality, race, ethnicity,
sexual identity, gender, social justice and community service. The OUC
Co-Sponsorship Fund is available for annual events, as well as
first-time innovative programs. For a copy of the application, visit
our website at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/earl/. For additional
information, contact us at commonmeal@columbia.edu or call 212.854.4194.

20. Senior Class:
Senior Gift Fund Kick Off event at Harlem Vintage Wines!!!

Fundraiser for the GS Senior Gift Fund
GS Class of 2008 Senior Gift Fund

Date: Friday November 16, 2007
Time: 6pm-9pm
Location: Harlem Vintage Wines - 2235 Frederick Douglass Blvd, NY NY
Contact: Gabrielle Breen Senior Gift Fund Co-Chair at

How to RSVP this week (11/1-11/11):
Contact Gabrielle Breen to get a ticket or come to the GS Senior
Officer Office Hours 5 until 6 in the GS Lounge to purchase a ticket,
check next week's update for more frequent hours to buy a ticket. Facebook Invite Wine Bash 5 @ Harlem Vintage

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21. Career Education: Win a Portable DVD Player!

Tell CCE (Center for
Career Education) what you did last summer, and you'll be entered in a
drawing to win a portable DVD player! So that they can better serve
you, please take five minutes to tell them about your summer internship
experience by following the link below to complete their Summer
Internship Feedback Survey. Your responses help them determine current
and future trends regarding employers, internship logistics, and
strategies involved in the internship search process. The information
is kept strictly confidential. By submitting your completed survey by
November 15, you will be eligible to be entered into a raffle to win a
portable DVD player!

Fill out the survey today:


22. Identification: Your old ID expires on Thursday 11/15

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.


Hours for I.D. pick up are 9-5, Monday, Thursday, and Friday, and 9-8 on
Tuesday and Wednesday. Please go by the East Ramp Lounge in Lerner to pick up your new Columbia

I.Ds. ***If you matriculated this fall, you already have the new student I.D. so you do not need to go to Lerner to pick up a new I.D.
The new I.Ds that are replacing the old I.Ds are for continuing students only.***

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.

23. Community @ Large: 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 Elizabeth Alonso-Hallifax at
to respond directly with availabilities or questions and visit gslounge.com/community/thanksgiving for more information.

We look forward to hearing from you!


24. Food: Vegetarian Cooking Demonstration and Dinner

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.

25. Senior Class: Office Hours

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

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.

26. Music: It's true, The Blood Brothers Broke up

Details here: http://gslounge.com/node/219