Your Weekly Low Down | April 22, 2016


This week, we are celebrating Earth Day and the Pulitzer Prize winners and learning about Columbia's baseball connections.

We are also remembering and honoring Bill Campbell. 


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Remembering Bill Campbell

Posted on Behalf of Columbia Alumni Association President Donna MacPhee 
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Dear fellow alumni, 

I wanted to share with you the sad news that Bill Campbell '62CC, '64TC has passed away. As an outstanding alum, a University trustee, former Chair of the Trustees, football coach, and a devoted fan and supporter of our students and athletics, Bill had a vision and tireless energy that helped shape our University. He embodied what we all should feel—that Columbia is an incredibly special place. 
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Columbia to Cooperstown

 

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Did you know that five Columbia alumni have been inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame?  

With another spring training in the books and baseball season back in the swing of things, we take a look back at the Columbia greats who made it all the way to Cooperstown.

Read on for even more hard-hitting trivia:

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Primary Special: Politics in the Media

If you've been following the 2016 presidential election, it should come as no surprise that income inequality has become a (if not the) leading issue in the race. The increased attention to this disparity and the threat it poses to the middle class, is due—at least in part—to the media. An example of the kind of light that journalists have shone on the issue is the 2014 New York Times opinion series, The Great Divide, which was entirely devoted to discussing income inequality. The series was moderated by Columbia professor and Nobel Laureate, Joseph Stiglitz, and eventually became the basis for his book of the same name in 2015. 

In the midst of this growing national conversation, the Columbia School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) held a panel discussion about the discourse around income inequality during the 2016 presidential election season, with a special focus on the media. In addition to Joseph Stiglitz, the panel also included New York Times economics reporter Patricia Cohen and New York Review of Books contributor Michael Massing. Anya Schiffrin '00JRN, director of the International Media, Advocacy and Communications Specialization at Columbia SIPA, served as the evening's moderator.

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Your Weekly Low Down | April 15, 2016

Columbia startups, data, and inventions were on our radar this week. 

 

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A Little Friendly Competition

2016-Startup-Columbia-blue.jpgFor this episode, we spoke to some of Columbia's up-and-coming entrepreneurs, all of whom were winners in the 2015 Columbia Venture Competition. 

These entrepreneurs competed for a top prize of $250,000 at the #StartupColumbia Festival. The objective? To give the judges compelling evidence of market acceptance for their value propositions. Nearly a year later, we asked each of these companies what they're doing, how placing in the competition has affected their business, and what it means to them to be Columbia entrepreneurs.

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Your Weekly Low Down | April 8, 2016

Catch up on the latest news from your Columbia alumni community this week.

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Columbia Alumni Pulitzer Prize Winners

In honor of year's Pulitzer Prize announcements on April 18 at Columbia Journalism School, we looked back at some Columbians who have won the coveted prize throughout the years.

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Stories from a Former CIA Agent

Alex Finley* '94CC, '97JRN joined the CIA in 2003, where she spent close to six years as an officer of the CIA's Directorate of Operations, serving in West Africa and Europe. Before she joined the agency, she was no stranger to Washington DC or politics. As she puts it, "she chased puffy white men around Washington DC as a member of the wild dog pack better known as the Washington media elite."

After leaving the CIA in 2009, she returned to writing and soon found that her voice lent itself well to humor. In addition to her work for Slate, Reductress, and Funny or Die, she is also about to publish a book: Victor in the Rubble: A Satire of the CIA and the War on Terror, which goes on sale April 15. The book, which was inspired by her time at the CIA and some of the bureaucratic frustrations that she had, comes out next week. In a recent interview, Alex spoke about the book, her work with the agency, and what the future of the CIA might look like. 

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5 Books Guaranteed to Unlock Your Creative Genius

By Melody J. Wilding '11SW of the Columbia Career Coaches Network

Originally published on melodywilding.com

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Why does it seem like some people can effortlessly “follow their passions,” while others can’t? What’s the secret of successful entrepreneurs and creatives who live out their dreams of dedicating their careers to inspiring, meaningful work? Why do the rest of us feel stuck in an unfulfilling funk?

Not everyone can follow their passion and make money from it. Not everyone can work on a personal project or business that lights you up and makes every day feel like retirement. Or can you?

The exciting truth is that there are small changes you can make every day to dig yourself out of burnout and inch yourself closer to creating a life and career that invigorates you, instead of draining you. The key is attuning yourself to your capacity for creativity.

Unfortunately, the systems we find ourselves in—whether that be family, schools, or—condition out of us the courage to risk. Playing it safe suits the naysayers who are scared of the sacrifice and upheaval big ideas entail, but staying small is unfulfilling. This is why, if you truly want to be exceptional, you have to nurture this skill again. You have to nurture your creative genius. Luckily, you can do that through developing habits and deliberate practice working the creative “muscles” in your brain.

Creativity is part art, and part science. In the decades since the science of creativity began to be uncovered, there have been many books written on the topic, which will help you build those muscles and achieve that illusive creativity.

These are 5 of my favorite:

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