Columbia Seminar on Defense & Security First Meeting

Co-Chairs Nancy Walbridge Collins and Austin Long cordially invite you
to attend the 2014-15:

***Columbia Seminar on Defense & Security***

Who: Columbia Seminar on Defense & Security?
What: First Meeting?
When: Tuesday, September 30th, Brown Bag (12noon-1:00pm); Speaker Hour
Where: International Affairs Building, Seminar Room 1302?
Why: To analyze global military issues and meet individuals who
work/study these problems

We invite new and returning members to our first meeting of the
2014-2015 Academic Year on Tuesday, September 30th. Building on last
year?s series with General J.D. Johnson, General (ret) Stanley
McChrystal, and Admiral (ret) William McRaven, we look forward to
sustained analysis on global military issues, with a focus on the most
urgent problems of our time. This seminar is co-sponsored by
University Seminars and the Saltzman Institute.

Format & Logistics: Continuing our tradition, we?ll meet at lunchtime
on Tuesdays at Seminar Room 1302, International Affairs Building. We
have a few changes to our format based on members? recommendations:

1) We are adding a come-as-you-are brown bag from 12noon to 1:00pm. No
RSVP needed, come and go?it?s just informal conversation with
colleagues & friends, and an opportunity to discuss work-in-progress.

2) Our visiting speaker time will now run an hour later, from
1:00-2:00pm, to accommodate class schedules (This part is structured:
please confirm your attendance for the second hour, and to minimize
disruption to our visitor, please try to come at 1pm, or just before).

3) We will now meet weekly. (We will welcome both new members and
occasional participants. Come to the first hour, second hour, or both.)

RSVP: Please RSVP for the Speaker Hour, 1:00-2:00pm to (The room capacity is 30 individuals,
and we keep a waitlist as needed).

September 30th Speaker: Michael W. Rauhut is the U.S. Army Fellow at
the Council on Foreign Relations, 2014-2015. He is a 1989 graduate of
West Point, and earned a Master of Strategic Studies from the Navy War
College. His awards and decorations include the Bronze Star, Defense
Meritorious Service Medal, and he earned a Ranger Tab. Colonel Rauhut
deployed this past year to Afghanistan, as deputy chief of staff, and
his previous assignments include battalion command in Korea and
aide-de-camp with the Berlin Brigade. He will be discussing U.S. Army
strategy and operations in current conflicts?including Syria and
Iraq?and recommended changes for maximum effectiveness in these
rapidly shifting environments.

Thank you.

Nancy Walbridge Collins?
Saltzman Institute

Austin Long
Saltzman Institute

Columbia Seminar on Defense & Security
Columbia University
International Affairs Building
420 West 118th Street, MC 3310
New York, NY 10027


Be Careful

Police activity in the area of 116th street and Broadway. Please avoid area until cleared. - Public Safety



Garden planted by the children of the Rita Gold Center in TC’s Russell Courtyard



Help make freeganism happen in NYC! At our organizational meetings we discuss and decide on future activities and group direction. Participants are encouraged to step up and introduce new freegan projects with the support of the group or take roles such as facilitating meetings or bottom-lining events. We welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time! At 9pm, we will end our business meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism. After, we will explore the area’s wasted food and other goods. We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on the reasons for such waste. The meeting is NOT open to media, but media WILL be welcome to the tour with appointment.

When & Where? Meet at 7:30pm along The HighLine (10th Ave. between 18th & 17th Streets). We’ll meet at the 10th Avenue Square (photo / map), just below 17th Street. PLEASE NOTE: If it’s raining, we’ll meet in the covered area 2 blocks south. For the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location.


A FREE and mostly vegan community meal we make together with love using rescued food. We’ll meet new people, reconnect with old friends, tell stories and jokes, and generally unplug from the current world order as we explore creative, alternative ways of being. Plan on lending a hand in some way even if other commitments prevent you from arriving on time. Media are welcome with appointment but they will be required to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be photographed.

When and Where: Will be held out in the beautiful, beachy Rockaways - we’ll be grilling on the terrace! Come out early or stay late and enjoy the beach! RSVP to Janet at 347-724-6954 (at least one day in advance, and no texts) for the address!


Columbia University Department of Public Safety 111 Low Library 854-2797 109 Black Building 305-8100
A Message to the Columbia Community from Vice President for Public Safety James F. McShane
Dear Member of the Columbia Community,
Yesterday the NYPD and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office arrested and indicted over 100 suspected gang members in West Harlem in one of the largest gang arrests in New York City history. These indictments make our city and community safer and come as a result of a long-term collaboration between local law enforcement agencies.
Following these arrests, we are actively supporting an enhanced police presence in West Harlem and increasing our public safety personnel and patrols in and around Columbia buildings in Manhattanville. We will continue to do everything possible to keep making our campus community even safer.
Among the resources currently deployed are the following:
 Enhanced NYPD patrols, both uniformed and plain clothes, along the 125th Street/ Broadway corridor;
 Continued deployment of high visibility fixed posts, including the ‘Sky Watch’ police booth on 125th Street, as well as marked vehicles, with turret lights operating, stationed at key locations throughout the area; and
 Additional motorized patrols by Public Safety in the Manhattanville areas during the overnight hours.
Additionally, I am writing to remind you that the Department of Public Safety continues to offer many programs and services to help ensure personal safety, including:
 Morningside/Manhattanville Evening Shuttle Bus Service: that provides scheduled service during the evening hours, between 6:00 P.M. and 4:00 A.M. This service ranges as far south as 103rd Street and as far north as 135th Street.
 Uniformed Public Safety personnel stationed at fixed locations throughout our campuses. These include guard booths at the main gates on 116th Street at both Broadway and Amsterdam Avenue, which are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
These posts are supplemented by foot and motorized patrols that provide a highly visible pres- ence in the areas around our campuses. We also work very closely with neighboring institu- tions including Barnard College, Bank Street College, Jewish Theological Seminary, Manhat- tan School of Music, Teachers College, and Union Theological Seminary. We coordinate our patrols with these partners to provide for an even greater uniformed presence in the commu- nity.
 Two 24-hour emergency operations centers, one on each campus. On the Morningside/ Manhattanville campus, we can be reached in an emergency by dialing 212-854-5555 on any phone. For routine business, you can reach us by calling 212-854-2797. At the Medical Cen- ter, the emergency response number is 212-305-7979.
 An extensive system of video cameras used to investigate crimes.
 Emergency call boxes that connect directly to our 24-hour operations centers in strategic loca-
tions across both campuses and surrounding areas.
 A text messaging system to transmit emergency messages to portable devices such as cell phones.
 An escort service where trained personnel will accompany you to your door any time from 7:00 P.M. until 3:00 A.M. This service is available between 108th Street and 122nd Street. At the Medical Center, escorts are available between W. 165th Street and W. 181st Street. For either of these services, call 212-854-SAFE on the Morningside/Manhattanville Campus and 212-305-8100 at the Medical Center.
 Operation “Safe Haven” provides more than 140 storefront locations across all three cam- puses where people who may feel threatened can take refuge. The merchants will call Public Safety and/or the N.Y.P.D. who will respond immediately. Look for the “Red Lion” sticker in the window of the store.
My team and I are here to keep you safe and sound. We look forward to working together with all of you, not only to keep our environment as safe as it is, but also to make our students, faculty and staff - and their families - feel safe.
I encourage anyone with a concern to contact Public Safety at the numbers provided above, day or night. For more information about safety concerns, please also see the Public Safety Annual Secu- rity and Fire Safety Report which is available online at the Public Safety website, http://
Remember: If you see something, say something!


Pellet Strikes!

Dear Member of the Columbia Community,

On June 4, 2014 between the hours of 9:35 am and 10:20 am, three individuals were struck by a metal pellet by an unknown individual(s) in the vicinity of Broadway and Tieman Place. On June 5, 2014 at approximately 2:00 am, one individual was struck by a metal pellet by an unknown individual(s) in the vicinity of Broadway and 125th Street. The New York Police Department is investigating these incidents. Please exercise caution when traveling in this vicinity and where possible avoid lingering in this area.

Thank you,
CU Public Safety


Music: An Avenue Towards the World We Want.

If you are free tomorrow at 3pm, please join us at the United Nations for a youth-led briefing entitled,
“Music: An Avenue Towards the World We Want.” There will be a live performance and some pretty big names in the music industry! The program is attached.

Please RSVP here:

Check out our promo video for the event:

We also had a pre-briefing discussion with one of the panelists, Yusuf Muhammad, Concert Curator of Veteran Freshman. He has worked with headlining artists like Eve and The Roots and collaborates with LIveNation to organize sold out concerts for underground artists to perform. He will be an honored panelists at our briefing. Check out our discussion here:

Let me know if you have any questions.


Weijin Leow
Admissions Coordinator at InterExchange Career Training USA
Youth Representative of The Ribbon International
Public Relations Manager of DPINGO Youth-Led Briefing 3
SAT Verbal Coach at Let’s Get Ready
Cell: 917-584-7338


July Studio Sublet

Hey all- hope finals are going well,
I am currently seeking to sublet my apartment from July 1st to August 1st.. Dates can be adjusted if you want to come in or leave a few days earlier.. It is an awesome private studio in a beautiful brownstone in Harlem on 132nd.

If you are interested in getting a good deal and need a private apartment here in the city for the same price of a room in a shared apartment, [send a tumblr message.]

I can arrange for photos and showings of my apartment.

Thank you all!


  • Apologies to those who submitted posts before. I just now saw a notification. The "publish" button didn't seem to respond on my phone so I copy&pasted the job offer.
  • Many thanks to contributors!

Data Entry Position at CU Workplace Center

Workplace Center ( submitted:

Data entry (temporary position)

Salary $10.00/hour


Join our team and support an exciting project on career development and employment services for youth in the child welfare system. Primary responsibilities are to assist staff with monitoring data collection, preparing data for entry into SPSS, and entering data into the database. The student will have the opportunity to gain experience utilizing SPSS, monitoring missing data, organizing data and adhering to IRB standards for handling data in child welfare research. Training will be provided.

Minimum Degree Required

Must be a student enrolled at Columbia University.

Minimum Qualifications

Able to work during regular 9 to 5 office hours at the Workplace Center location (1255 Amsterdam Avenue, 11th floor). Must be detail oriented, able to work independently, have strong organizational skills, and be able to follow a strict confidentiality protocol.
Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with SPSS and Excel. Available 20 hours a week.
Application Procedure

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to Da Hye Kim, Research Staff Associate, at Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.


A youth delegation is being selected to go to a conference (ages 18-35) on education for sustainable development (ESD) in Japan in November 2014, with 50 attendees from all over the world, marking the last international conference on this topic for the UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development. The U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development is very involved with ESD and would like to see a full contingent of youth attend.

If selected, airfare and accommodations are paid. The application is at The application deadline is June 1st.

If you are accepted to attend the conference, please email Debra Rowe, President of the U.S. Partnership for Education for Sustainable Development at and we will provide you with information on what has been occurring in the US in response to the decade and possibilities to help increase national and international collaboration as a youth delegate.



Congressman Charles B. Rangel will be hosting the 2014 Rangel Career Fair on Thursday, May 15, 2014, at the Riverbank State Park, Cultural Theater (679 Riverside Drive at 145th Street, New York, NY 10031). Congressman Rangel is working with various employers and non-profit organizations to get his constituents back to work. This is part of his continued effort to spur economic recovery in New York’s 13th Congressional District.

What: 2014 Rangel Career Fair.
When: Thursday, May 15, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.
Where: Riverbank State Park, Cultural Theater (679 Riverside Drive at 145th Street, New York, NY 10031).

NOTE: Business attire. No backpacks or large bags are permitted. Please bring multiple copies of updated resumes.


Neuroscience & History Workshop



Title:The Science of Pain and Pleasure: What Can We Learn from its History?

When: Wednesday, May 7, 6:15 pm

Where: Heyman Center, Second Floor Common Room

A new reading and discussion group fostering interdisciplinary conversation about the promises and challenges of contemporary neuroscience.

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