Thinking about rushing? Greek out and find the best sorority for you.
Today's forecast: High of 45° with an 80% chance of rain in the late afternoon
It's inauguration day. At 12 p.m., we'll have a new president.
Today's top stories
Thanks, Obama: With the Obama era officially at its end, now would be a good time to look back and reflect on his legacy as a Columbia student and black leader. In this Scope, students reflect on how Obama’s presidency shaped their lives.
Got housing on the mind? Dreading the housing lottery? Here’s the rundown on how to apply to live in the Living Learning Center.
Presidential qualities: What do people look for in a president? According to Barnard, they should have an interest in academia and fundraising, and reflect the college’s core values. But what if the four-to-six month search period isn’t long enough?
Greekin’ out: Sorority recruitment begins next week, so first thing’s first: figuring out which sorority is your numero uno. Here’s a bit of info on each of the Panhel sororities to inform your decision.
Approaching the final dive: Our women’s swimming and diving team is pretty good—they happened to have won three meets in a row. This weekend they'll face a difficult match in Brown, a team they lost to back in December.
Forgot how to graduate? Maybe you never even knew how. Have no fear, we listed out all of the requirements for each undergraduate school. (Hopefully none of these will surprise you.)
Man vs. Machine: Can anyone predict the outcome of this weekend’s men’s b-ball game? Perhaps Spec can with its new ELO forecasting system. How does the computer’s pick compare to our Sports section’s predictions?
You’re gonna do what!? Start the new semester off right and commit to some of these resolutions. Maybe your sheets won’t actually stink this year…
The new era: And thus the Trump administration begins. How will this affect undocumented immigrants? We’re not yet sure, but this op-ed argues that students need to advocate for immigrant rights.
Bouncing (or volleying) back: We had a tough season opener for women’s tennis, partly because the team hasn't found a replacement for Ivy League Player of the Year Kanika Vaidya. Will we bounce (or ~volley~) back against Syracuse?
Running toward the competition: Dartmouth and Yale are coming to town. At its home opener, the indoor track-and-field team is facing high expectations, as it performed well in its first two meets. Will the trend continue?
Pro tip of the day
Counseling resources: In the wake of Yi-Chia "Mia" Chen's passing, don't hesitate to reach out to one of Columbia or Barnard's counseling centers. They have everything from one-on-ones to drop-in sessions to support groups.
Here at Spec, our team is made of students from all of Columbia’s undergraduate schools: reporters, software developers, photographers, designers, social media experts, data analysts, and more. Find your place at one of our open houses.
Saturday, Jan. 21, 3.00 p.m.: Journalism Open House
Saturday, Jan. 21, 4:30 p.m.: Business and Innovations Open House
Saturday, Jan. 28, 3.00 p.m.: Journalism Open House
Saturday, Jan. 28, 4:30 p.m.: Business and Innovations Open House
Sunday, Jan. 29, 3:00 p.m.: SpecTech Open House
Sunday, Jan. 29, 4:30 p.m.: Visuals Open House
Have a thought or two about recent campus discourse? Want to become an instantly recognizable voice in the Columbia community? Then you belong in Spec Opinion, which is currently accepting applications for its columnist positions. Learn more here, and submit your app here by Jan. 21 at 11:59 p.m.
Events and opportunities
Job Searching: Spring 2017 Barnard College Job and Internship Fair
11 a.m. - 3 p.m. in the Diana Center
Club Info Session: COÖP Leader Information Session
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theatre, Lerner Hall
Opera Audition: NOW Spring Auditions
Jan. 19 - 20 from 8 - 10 p.m., Jan. 21 from 12 - 3 p.m. in 715 Hamilton Hall
Opera Audition: NOW Spring Auditions
Jan. 20 from 8-10 p.m., Jan. 21 from 12-3 p.m. in 715 Hamilton Hall
Snapchat of the day
Smh, how you put our graphic design team to shame. Want to help us resolve our Comic Sans issues (or be a part of a great community with journalists, business folk, web and product developers, etc.)? Attend one of our open houses.
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