Your Weekly Low Down | Feb. 12, 2016

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

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Your Weekly Low Down | Feb. 5, 2016

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

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Freeze Frames: A Photo History of Columbia Winters

 Spring is coming! At least, according to our nation's most famous groundhogs. 

Neither Punxsutawney Phil nor Staten Island Chuck saw his shadow as they emerged from their winter dens this morning, and legend dictates that if the groundhog does not see his shadow on Groundhog Day, there will be early spring-like weather.

But, if our experience with winters at Columbia is anything to go by, we won't be swapping our boots for flip flops any time soon.

Check out these wintry scenes of our campus during this month in history, frozen in time.

 

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Your Weekly Low Down | Jan. 29, 2016

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Your Weekly Low Down | Jan. 22, 2016

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

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Who Is the Columbia Alumni Association in 2016?

Columbia is the fifth-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States, founded 22 years before the founding fathers (including Columbia alum Alexander Hamilton) signed the Constitution. The Columbia Alumni Association, in contrast, is the youngest among the Ivies, having celebrated its first decade in 2015.

This duality brings together something that is uniquely and utterly Columbian in nature‚ÄĒa sense of tradition, gravitas, and history paired with an innovative and contemporary spirit.

Take a look at today's Columbia alumni community by the numbers:

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8 Things You May Not Know About Butler Library

You may have pulled all-nighters or stolen a kiss or two in the stacks of Butler, but here are 8 things you may not know about Columbia's preeminent library. 

1. Butler Library houses more than two million books. (That's six times the number of Columbia alumni we have on record.)

2. Butler Library was funded by Columbia Law alumnus, Edward Harkness, who also supported original portions of the Columbia University Medical Center.  In 1918, he was ranked the 6th-richest person in the United States by Forbes magazine's first "Rich List."

Photo of Edward Harkness (You can tell he enjoyed a good book.)

3. The library's facade features inscriptions of the names of 18 writers, philosophers, and thinkers, including: Homer, Herodotus, Sophocles, Plato, Aristotle, Demosthenes, Cicero, Vergil, Horace, Tacitus, St. Augustine, Dante, Cervantes, Shakespeare, Milton, Voltaire, and Goethe. Of the 18, only Demosthenes has never been required reading in the history of the undergraduate Core Curriculum. 

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4. Dan Futterman '89CC wrote¬†parts of the screenplay Capote¬†in Butler Library. He told Columbia College Today: ‚ÄúAs anyone knows, normal people in NYC can‚Äôt afford apartments with office space. Having a free office (actually, a daily choice of a few of them) up the road from our place on 105th Street was an enormous blessing. If I wanted solitude, I‚Äôd go hide at a desk in the Butler stacks. If I wanted to people-watch while I wrote (which I often do), I‚Äôd go to Avery or the East Asian Library ‚ÄĒ each attracts a different crowd."

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5. Areas of Butler remain open 24/7 during the academic year. Remember this scene?

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6. The range of collections in¬†Columbia's Rare Book & Manuscript Library, located on the 6th Floor of Butler,¬†spans more than 4,000 years,¬†500,000 books, and 14 miles of letters, records, and manuscripts, including¬†three ‚Äúnoble fragments‚ÄĚ of Gutenberg‚Äôs 42-line Bible.¬†

7. In 1934, Columbia had to move 22 miles of books from Low Library to the new Butler Library. The solution? A giant slide. 

 8. Columbia's libraries, including Butler, provide greater access to alumni than any other Ivy League institution. All Columbia University alumni who have earned an undergraduate or graduate degree are eligible for lifelong reading privileges at Butler. Take advantage!

In our humble opinion, this is the most magnificent library in town. 

 

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Your Weekly Low Down | Jan. 15, 2016

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Your Weekly Low Down | Jan. 8, 2016

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Columbia Resolutions: Strengthen your Relationship with the University in 2016

In the spirit of the new year, deepen your involvement with the Columbia alumni network. 

Join a Regional Alumni Club to find Columbians in your area and connect with people who share your passions in a Shared Interest Group. January highlights include:

You can also become an alumni leader by giving back to the University with your expertise, time, or thoughts as a volunteer. 

Many of our talented Columbia alumni leaders already have put these into practice. Read on for advice from CAA Board members on how to make the most of your relationship with the University. 

Happy New Year!

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