Weekly Update 12/2/2008

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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.


  1. Big Deal: World AIDS Week:
    1. Panel: The Global Patent and Access Situation
    2. Discussion:
      Dr. David Hoos talks about HIV Prevention and Treatment funding
    3. Activism: Day of Action
    4. Charity:
      Dance Marathon
    5. Panel: Identity and HIV/AIDS
    6. Charity:
      Children's AIDS Art Benefit
    7. Film & Discussion: Nomatola Mangqa
  2. Politics:
    The Maucus
  3. Holiday Party: The Fifth Night of Chanukah at Chelsea Piers
  4. Party: Columbia University Swing Dance Club Semiformal
  5. Party: Class of 09' Semi-formal
  6. Holiday Party: Yuleganda
  7. Holiday Party:
    Columbia Treelighting
  8. Art: First Mondays @ Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola
  9. Art:
    Free Opera Tickets
  10. Holiday Party: Hillel and Hanukkah
  11. Lecture: The Origins and Impact of the Containerization of Freight
  12. Holiday Party: Central Park Zoo Wild Animal Party
  13. Holiday Party: Central Park Lighting
  14. Holiday: Card to a Veteran
  15. Volunteering: Community @ Large Committee – Operation Santa
  16. Holiday: Music is My Boyfriend


1. World AIDS Week:

Monday, December 3rd
A Brighter Future: The Global Patent and Access Situation - A Panel and Discussion
speakers Prof. Bhaven Sampat of the Mailman School of Public Health,
Tahir Amin from the Initiative for Medicines, Access & Knowledge
(I-MAK) and Charles Caprariello, the Vice President of Corporate
Communications and Government Affairs for Ranbaxy, Inc. The event will
be a discussion about the issue of intellectual property and access to
medicines, specifically in the context of India. The future situation
with AIDS treatment in other countries will be addressed.

Where: the Broadway Room in Lerner Hall
When: 6:30-8:30
Samosas all around!
This event is brought to you by: Ahimsa, Global Justice, Universities Allied for Essential Medicines and the Kraft Fund
For more information, email Akash
ag2446@columbia.edu or Sumeet shs2115@columbia.edu

Tuesday, December 4th
Dinner and Discussion with Dr. David Hoos

Interested in how funding plays a role in HIV Prevention and Treatment access around the World?
Join African Students Association and Global Justice
7:30 pm for dinner-and-discussion with Dr. David Hoos from the Mailman
School of Public Health. He will speak on the subject of multilateral
and bilateral approaches to alleviating HIV in developing
countries-mainly focused in African countries. This would include the
subjects of the current role of bilateral US funded programs in
developing countries including the challenges and difficulties faced by
that and the Global Fund's approach.

Where: 407 Hamilton, 7:30pm
email bianuju@gmail.com to RSVP or for more information

Wednesday, December 5th
a. Day of Action
Action for Universal Comprehensive and Science-Based Prevention! Join
the Dems, Global Justice, Everyone Allied Against Homophobia, and Model
UN on Low Plaza to call your senators and learn more about HIV and its
effects locally, nationally, and internationally!

Email kjc2106@columbia.edu for more information or to get involved.

b. Dance for Dance Marathon
Charity: Columbia University Dance Marathon

Dec 5, 7-830p Lerner Party Space
Contact: cudmsteering@columbia.edu

Columbia University Dance Marathon is an annual 28-hour Dance Marathon
that benefits the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation. It is the
BIGGEST and LONGEST fundraiser and dance party at Columbia University.

So want to know more about this amazing event, come to Dance for Dance
Marathon (D4DM), one of the most fun & exciting events during World
AIDS Week!!

Whether you're already a registered dancer, moraler, thinking about
getting involved with CUDM or never even heard about us, this event is
for YOU!! Meet other dancers, get to know your CUDM '08 steering committee, and
receive all the information your heart desires about AIDS and the
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).

Come and get some Free Food, Free T-Shirts, Free Condoms, and enjoy some awesome entertainment!

Performances by Sabor, Onyx, Reni Laine, The Country Club Allstars,
Rhythmic Gymnast-Marina Moskalenko, Marissa Sher & her dancers, and
a Magician!

Interested in registering for this year's CUDM (February 9-10)? go to: caringforkids.kintera.org/columbia

Thursday, December 6th

a. Panel on Identity and HIV/AIDS
Prof Christine Cynn,
Kevin Huang from APICHA and Jorge, a speaker from Love Heals/The Alison
Gertz Foundation will speak from different perspectives on the
intersections of HIV and identity. Prof Cynn will speak on her work
with women living with HIV in Cote d'Ivoire on sexuality and gender,
and Kevin and Jorge will speak on experiences in their community.
Discussion will be Moderated by Daniel Chiarilli, Coordinator of theGay
Health Advocacy Project

Location: Hamilton 603 at 7:30
Cosponsored by: Columbia Queer
Alliance, Asian American Alliance and Columbia Global Justice, Gayava,
and Everyone Allied Against Homophobia
Want more information? email

b. Children's AIDS Art Benefit
us for an exciting art exhibition created in response to the AIDS
epidemic. We will be featuring art made by local artists, murals from
elementary schools, works by Columbia students, photographs taken by
children affected by AIDS in South Africa, and much more. Refreshments
will be provided. Admission is $5 and all proceeds will go to the Keep
a Child Alive organization to provide care for children affected by
AIDS in Africa.

Join us at Wien Lounge, 7pm-10pm.
There will be food!
Co-sponsored by: AMSA Public Health, AMSA Global Health

c. Film Screening and Discussion with Nomatola Mangqase from the Ubuntu Education Fund

Join Global Justice and BCUPHS for a Film Screening of "Ending
AIDS: The Search for a Vaccine" and Discussion with Nomatola Mangqase,
a speaker from the Ubuntu Education Fund.
"Ending AIDS: The Search
for a Vaccine" depicts scientists race to defeat the most defiant
biological enemy humanity has ever faced. For 20 years, they have been
making tantalizing discoveries, leading them to believe a vaccine is
imminent. But they have been proven wrong time and again. Buffeted by
the culture wars and commercial realities, they have had to battle
powerful political and economic forces in order to continue their
desperate search.

Following the film, join us for a talk with Nomatola Mangqase,
Operations Manager of the Ubuntu Education Fund, a group dedicated to
working with the people of the Eastern Cape Province to develop quality
education and healthy communities in the new South Africa.

Join us on December 6th at 7:30pm in 310 Fayerweather for this exciting event! Free Indian food will be served!
Email ssb2121@columbia.edu for more information


2. Politics: The Maucus

Dec 5, 8-10pm The James Room (4th floor Barnard Hall)

Don't know which candidate you support? Figure it out at the Maucus.
Have a favorite? Show your support at the Maucus. Like free dinner?
Come eat it at the Maucus.

In preparation for the primaries, the
CU College Democrats are preparing YOU with the Maucus. There will be
presentations from representatives for each candidate, opportunity for
questions, and then we'll caucus Iowa style. Dinner will be served.

you already have a candidate you support, check out the Maucus facebook
groups below. If you don't see your candidate there, don't despair! All
8 candidates will be represented in full force.


3. Holiday: The Fifth Night of Chanukah at Chelsea Piers


Dec 8, 9pm-1am
Chelsea Piers Brewery, Pier 59
Join Chabad for the 5th night of Chanukah!!

Delicious Buffet
Latke Bar
Live Music
Award Winning Beer Made on Premises
Cash Bar (21 and older with ID)

For tickets and more information please visit:

www.NYUJews.com or www.ChabadStudentCenter.com

$15 Advanced tickets or $20 at the door


4. Dance: Columbia University Swing Dance Club Semiformal
Dec 8, 8pm-midnight

Lerner Party Space
Price: $7 for Columbia University Swing Dance Club, $10 GA

Lve Band - DOUBLE DOWN!!!!

If you're just learning, come have some fun. Or if you're more advanced, come and strut your stuff!

If you wish to attend and you are not a Columbia University student, please email Frank Nestor fpn2102@columbia.edu your full name to be put on the guest list.


5. Party: Class of '09 SEMI FORMAL!

hosted by CCSC, ESC, GSSC, SGA
We are turning the ballroom of Havana Central into a FIESTA for the
Class of 2009! Come for some good music, dancing, delicious tapas, soft
beverages, and an overall awesome time!

Tickets on sale at Lerner Box Office:
Mon. 11/26 to Fri. 12/07
10:00am - 4/5:00pm
($10 in advance, $15 at the door).

18 to party, 21 to drink.

born before December 8, 1986 can purchase drinks at the main bar,
outside of the ballroom. But, those born after December 8, 1986 should
refrain from any covert identification operations. Havana Central will
only accept real, valid, legal, legit, scannable, and black-lightable
forms of indentification, so please act accordingly.

We hope to see you all there!


6. Holiday Party: 2nd Annual YULEGANDA BALL

dec 8 @ 7pm @ Kevin St. James 8th Avenue (at 46th Street)


Come out for a night of live performances, DJ's, dancing, raffles,
presenations on BE THE CHANGE, photo booth and much more. We are
raising funds to support our students in Uganda for the coming year and
to celebrate the holidays with YOU!

There will be a full bar and $3.50 pint specials on beer and holiday peppermint martinis.

DRESS CODE: Holiday Cocktail... Dress to Impress!
COST: $20
**Cost covers everything except for your drinks.

the Change is a non-profit organization that provides education,
mentoring and basic needs for the lives of children in Uganda. We offer
housing, medical care, a village mentor, and monthly allowances for
food and transportation. We currently support 11 children living in
Ndejje Village outside of Kampala; many of whom have lost one or both
parents to the AIDS epidemic. Our goal is to holistically care for
these children by offering a family environment for those who are
orphaned and by providing a sense of responsibility for themselves and
their community. By doing this, we hope secure their futures and help
raise up the next generation of leaders who will help better Uganda.


7. Holiday Party: Come celebrate one of Columbia's Oldest Traditions!

Dec 6th, The Tree Lighting begins at 6:00 at the Sundial, Yule Log Ceremony is at 7:00 in John Jay Lounge.

Start your holidays off right with Dean Quigley, Nuts4Nuts, snacks, and overall holiday cheer!

With performances by the CU/Juilliard Quartet, Campus Acapella Groups and a CU Jazz Ensemble Pianist.



8. Art: First Mondays at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola

Mon. 12/3 7:30 & 9:30pm
Jazz at Lincoln Center
33 W. 60th St., 11th floor
$5 cover w. CUID
RSVP, seating is limited

FIRST MONDAYS A special night of mingling and great music. FREE
food, sodas, prizes and more. Featuring Danilo Rea, piano; Roberto
Gatto, drums; Dennis Irwin, bass.


9. Art: Free Opera Tickets

Fri. 12/7 8pm;Sat. 12/8 8pm
Sun. 12/9 2pm; Tues. 12/11 7:30pm
First 20 students to visit Miller Theatre Box Office w. code 'Free from CUArts' & CUID

Theatre is proud to present the New York stage premiere of Elliott
Carter's only opera to date, What Next?. The story of six people wo
search for meaning and identity in the aftermath of their two cars
crashing into each other.

**CUArts Exclusive Offer: Be one of the first 20 CU Students
(starting Mon. 12/3) to visit the Miller Theatre Box Office with code
'Free from CUArts' and CUID and get a FREE ticket (limit: 2/ID). There
are 20 free tickets available for each performance.


10. Holiday Party: Hillel and Hanukkah:


Menorahs on sale at Hillel:

is coming! Menorahs and candles are on sale at the Hillel Office (3rd
floor of the Kraft Center) during business hours.  A m enorah by itself
is $1.50 and candles are $2.00.  A set (menorah plus candles) is only

Menorah Lighting at Kraft:

Students are welcome to
come light menorahs in the lobby of the Kraft Center at 606 W. 115th
Street each night of Hannukah starting Tuesday evening at 5:15pm
(4:00pm on Friday).

Kraft Clothing Pantry's Clothing Sort:

Sunday, December 2nd 1-4 pm
The Kraft Center, 606 W. 115th street

you are available for ten minutes or an hour we could use your help.
Every Friday people from the local community who are in need of
clothing come to the pantry. Right now the KCP is backed up with
clothing that needs to be sorted. The more we sort, the more people we
clothe. Please come and lend some of your time, and maybe your folding
abilities. Pizza will be provided.

Contact 917.324.4765, or clothingpantry@hillel.columbia.edu

First Night, First Light:

WHAT: 2 Hours of Hanukkah Fun: free food, prizes, songs, and more. Don't miss Israeli Dancing at 8:00pm!!!

Bring ANY and ALL friends for an awesome study break and kick-off to the Hanukkah season! 
WHEN: Tuesday December 4th, 7:00pm-9:00pm
WHERE: Rennert Lobby, Kraft Center (115th between Broadway and Riverside)

Contact: D'ror Chankin-Gould, jic2110@columbia.edu


11. Lecture: The Origins and Impact of the Containerization of Freight

Who: Dr. Arthur Donovan

What: The History and Philosophy of Science lecture series
Where: Room 4108, 365 Fifth Avenue at 34th Street
When: 6:00 PM, with discussion and a reception to follow from 7:00 until about 7:30

the History and Philosophy of Science lecture series to be held at the
CUNY Graduate Center on Thursday, December 6. Arthur Donovan's lecture,
THE CONTAINER REVOLUTION: The Origins and Impact of a Recent Innovation
in Global
Freight Transportation, will be given in Room 4108, 365 Fifth
Avenue at 34th Street. The lecture will begin at 6:00 PM, with
discussion and a reception to follow from 7:00 until about 7:30.

Please RSVP for the lecture to Joseph W. Dauben at
jdauben@gc.cuny.edu, so that they will know approximately how many to expect for the lecture and reception.


12. Holiday Party: Wild Holiday Party - Watch the animals receive presents at the Central Park Zoo

Holiday monkeys

Saturday/Sunday - December 8–9, 15–16, & 22–23

Come watch the animals feast on holiday fare during four special
weekend events. The polar bears will tear open peanut-buttery gifts;
snow monkeys will un-decorate edible trees; and Children's Zoo
residents will receive veggies and hay!


13. Holiday Party: Central Park Holiday Lighting

Location: Annual Holiday Lighting
Date(s): December 09, 2007
Time(s): 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Event details: This year's annual holiday lighting will be held on
Dec. 9th from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm at the Dana Discovery Center . 
Activities will include an ornament-making workshop, tree decorating,
live music, and other entertainment. 


14. Holiday: Card to a Veteran

When doing your Christmas cards this year, take
one card and send it to this address.  A simple statement like "Thank

You" will do but feel free to add more.  If we pass this on and
everyone sends one card, think of how many cards these wonderful
special people who have sacrificed so much would get.

A Recovering American Soldier

c/o Walter Reed Army Medical Center
6900 Georgia Avenue,NW
Washington , D.C. 20307-5001

Contact smm2163@columbia.edu for more information


15. Volunteering: Community @ Large Committee – Operation Santa

Operation Santa
was begun in the 1920s to respond to children's Santa letters instead
of consigning them to the trash.  Today, volunteers work at post
offices throughout the country work to respond to "Dear Santa"
letters.  This year, C@LC is joining the ranks.

On Saturday, Dec. 8, we're
heading down, leaving from the Columbia Gates on 116th & Broadway,
at 11:00 am, to travel to the main post office on 33rd and 8th, and
returning before 3:00 pm (as a group, although you may leave sooner or
stay later).

Because many of the letters come from low-income children
whose parents may not be able to provide a Christmas, many people buy
and mail gifts for the children along with 'Santa's' response.  If you
wish to do this, please bring those gifts along with you.

If you can't make that time, please feel free to go down as an
individual Monday - Friday 9:00 - 4:30 (Thursdays until 7:00 pm) and on
Saturday 9:00 - 4:00 pm.

to come with the Community @ Large Committee (guaranteed warm fuzzies that will motivate you to do well on finals!) or with any questions or comments.


16. Holiday: Music is My Boyfriend

I am burning the best songs I've heard in 2007 onto a disk.
If you want one, send me an email with your contact information and
I'll get it to you. Here are three artists of the fourteen that will be
on the disk:

  • Cansei de Ser Sexy (CSS)
  • Aesop Rock
  • Ratatat remixing the Notorious B.I.G.

Brody Berg - bcb2115@columbia.edu