[ALMA MATTERS ♔] 4.28.12
INT – EC Bedroom – Night
A boy sits on his bed, typing away on a laptop. A song is playing, Happy Ending by Mika. He pauses for a moment and looks out the window to the city below. He speaks to no one in particular, but to everyone at the same time.
AKI: My last Notes and Keys concert. My last King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe play. My last Varsity Show.
After four years at this school, I still find it difficult to understand and express how incredibly talented some of our peers are here. This weekend I have seen just a few of the wonders that they can create, and I think how fortunate we are to know them. The art, the music, the acting–it is all phenomenal and words cannot do it justice.
While I lack the ability to articulate just how moved I felt when I saw these performances (and I would probably have a bit of a breakdown if I tried), I can tell you this: your fellow students are absolutely brilliant and we would all be remiss if we did not acknowledge their contributions to this campus and to the world. Columbia has brought us together, and I, for one, am so thankful to have had the opportunity to see the product of people’s dreams, ambitions, and hours upon hours of dedicated work.
Besides, where else will you ever see a retelling of the life and times of Jesus Christ through the songs of pop-sensation Britney Spears that achieves moments of poignancy and hilarity in under an hour. Folks, it just doesn’t happen outside these gates.
Student Body President
Columbia College ♔
PS: It’s official. For the next two weeks, I will be an emotional train wreck. Plan accordingly.
1. FRIEZE | 5/2, 4pm & 7pm | Lerner Black Box Theatre
FRIEZE: A Theatrical Independent Student Production
Date/Time: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 (4-6pm—doors open at 5:30pm; 7-9pm—doors open at 6:30pm)
Location: Black Box Theatre (Lerner Hall)
· Have you been waiting for your experiences as a student of color to be reflected in the overarching narrative of Columbia University?
· Have you felt unsafe at parties, in the classroom, or even in the privacy of your own dorm room?
· Have you ever been asked to compromise your identity to fit “neatly” within a heterosexist framework?
· Remember the safe space forum?
· Do you often interrogate the names etched into the FRIEZE of Butler Library?
If any of these questions resonates with you, come see FRIEZE, a multi-media theatre production exploring the experiences of Black students at Columbia, peppered with larger socio-cultural commentaries.
Please contact Emeka Ekwelum (email@example.com) with any questions. See you soon!
2. Complex Systems Approaches to Population Health: Panel Discussion | 4/4, 9am | CU Medical Center
The Columbia student group Complex Systems Approaches to Population Health (CSAPH) at the Mailman School of Public Health is very excited to sponsor a panel discussion next week on Friday, May 4th between 9-11am in Hess Commons, Allan Rosenfield Building; 722 W 168 Street (Columbia University Medical Center).
Join CSAPH for an interdisciplinary panel discussion to promote methodological awareness and to encourage collaboration among researchers seeking to implement complex systems modeling approaches to address public health questions.
Speakers and topics are as follows:
Nathaniel Hupert, MD, MPH
Weill Cornell Medical School
“Bioterrorism Attack Simulations”
Van-Ahn Truong, PhD
Dept. of IEOR, Columbia Engineering School
“Surgical Scheduling in Healthcare Facilities”
Mark Orr, PhD
Dept. of Epidemiology, Columbia University
“Agent Simulations in Health Behavior”
Nathaniel Osgood, PhD
Dept. Comp. Sci., U. of Saskatchewan & MIT
“Sensor Informed Computational Epidemiology”
Claire Wang, MD, ScD
Dept. Health Policy & Mgmt., Columbia University
3. Tough Mudder Race | 5/1 Deadline
TOUGH MUDDER tristate race will take place this October, tentatively on either the 20 or 21st!
In order to help foster a greater understanding and sense of community among veterans and non-veterans on campus, 25 Milvets have been challenged to partner with 25 non-veteran Columbia students for the event.
You and your partner will enjoy a ticket price of $40 each ($400 value).
• Teams must register through Milvets before May 1st (no exceptions).
• Teams must submit a short bio (1 paragraph each) to TM Registration explaining why you are “tough mudder” type of person.*
• If you would like to participate with a randomly selected partner from the Columbia community, please send your bio to TM Registration* and include that in subject line.
*You and your partner may be selected as featured Mudders on the TM website and other publications.
4. SACBO Survey for Club Officers
The Student Affairs Central Business Office (SACBO) is currently undertaking important research with student leaders, and as a leader on our campus, your input is vital to our continuing efforts to enhance services in advising at Columbia University. You received a link to access the Student Group Financial Advising and Processing online survey about your experiences with SACBO sent from Elizabeth Girgis-Salib.
Responses to the survey will remain anonymous. Please respond as candidly as you are comfortable.
If you have any questions, comments, or concerns about this research, please contact SACBO at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you very much for your consideration and for all of the work you put into your organization. We look forward to hearing from you.