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  • Columbia Bhangra    Arts/Dance/Music

    Contact info
    bhangra@columbia.edu

    Learn more about them on
    https%//www.facebook.com/columbiabhangra/

    Type of group
    Arts/Dance/Music

    Group description and mission
    Columbia Bhangra is a competitive dance team that performs a traditional South Asian dance from the Punjab region. Our team strives to blend cultural elements of the dance’s origins with the modern and fast-paced influences of New York City. We also compete multiple times during the school year, traveling around the country to bring our set to national competitions on the competitive bhangra circuit.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    We typically have three practices per week (twice during the week, once on Sunday evenings), each practice being two hours long. These practices are used to drill basic moves, teach choreography and formations, and do run-throughs. Practices help build stamina and the muscle memory required to make an amazing set come together. We always have great music to dance to, so practice is usually a good time and a great cardio workout!

    Yearly projects
    In a single year, we typically perform in multiple on-campus gigs, but we host an annual showcase called Bhangra in the Heights, the largest bhangra showcase in the tri-state area, inviting other collegiate and professional teams from the area to perform at Columbia! We also travel and compete twice each year, and in past years some of the places we have gone include Boston Bhangra Competition (Boston), Bhangra in the Burgh (Pittsburgh), Bhangra State of Mind (Sacramento), Big Apple Bhangra (Queens), and Bhangra at the Bell (Philadelphia). Competitions include team mixers and after-parties and are weekend-long events which are both exciting and exhilarating, from performing for thousands to meeting dancers from other colleges and teams!

    New member profile
    Anyone can do bhangra! Whether you’re a lifelong dancer, or you’ve never danced a day in your life, all we’re looking for is positive energy and a willingness to learn. We’re recruiting people to be part of our amazing family of dancers and alumni, and we’ll teach you everything you need to know along the way!

    What members can expect to get out of it
    If you’re looking for a family, this is the team for you. We are incredibly close and serve as each other’s support network in every way. Joining a Bhangra team is a great way to make new friends on campus, and even around the country as we travel to competitions. Bhangra is also an excellent opportunity to get in shape, learn about a culture, and get leadership experience.

    Application process
    We hold tryouts in the fall, when prospective members can attend a 15-minute tryout slot. There are also callbacks one evening the following week.


    Time commitment
    5-8 hours per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday nights Weekend evenings

    Meeting location
    Wien lounge, Lerner Party Space, or the fifth floor of Lerner Hall.


    Management structure
    We have a board, consisting of two co-captains and four to five other administrative positions. These are elected amongst the dancers from the team and in addition to performing, they have additional responsibilities which can include choreography, publicity, managing funds, and deciding where we compete!

    Group leaders
    Co-captains: Anmolpreet Kandola and Naina Sahrawat

    Campus events
    We sometimes have on-campus gigs, and we host an annual showcase called Bhangra in the Heights (the largest bhangra showcase in the tri-state area) that is open to the public.

    Featured work
    Here is a clip from when we performed at Bhangra in the Burg. https%//youtu.be/Oi-7VTQR3m4

  • Columbia University Club Judo    Sports

    Contact info
    Madison DeLaney at mpd2142@barnard.edu

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/groups/cujudo/?ref=br_rs Judo Club website http%//www.columbia.edu/cu/judo/


    Group description and mission
    Judo, which translates to “the gentle way,” is a martial art which developed in Japan in the late 1800s but has gained a worldwide following. It was the first martial art to compete in the Olympics and today has one of the largest followings of any Olympic sport. Judo focuses on the practice of throws and the use of holds and leverage to unbalance the opponent. The goal of the Columbia Club Judo is to foster a love for and educate students in the sport while engaging and preparing for collegiate competition.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    We have practices twice per week, host events for the public, and compete in tournaments!

    Yearly projects
    We host a few seminars (self-defense, cultural, etc.) and work toward club competition!

    New member profile
    We’re looking for anyone who is interested in sports, martial arts, or judo! This is a fun and inclusive atmosphere!

    What members can expect to get out of it
    Members will learn new skills, a new sport, and meet a lot of interesting people!



    Time commitment
    1-4 hours per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday nights Weekend evenings

    Meeting location
    The Wrestling Room at Dodge Fitness Center


    Management structure
    We have an e-board of four members and hold elections once per semester.

    Group leaders
    President: Blake Woods Vice President: Robert Interanio Secretary: Madison DeLaney Treasurer: Aanand Shah

    Campus events
    Most of our self-defense, cultural, and fundraising events are open to the public!

  • Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal    Campus media/Publications

    Contact info
    ceo.cusj@gmail.com

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/thecusj/ Science Journal website http%//cusj.columbia.edu/

    Type of group
    Campus media/Publications

    Group description and mission
    The Columbia Undergraduate Science Journal is a peer-reviewed, open-access academic publication. We are committed to publishing manuscripts from significant scientific research and analysis. Each CUSJ paper undergoes a peer review process facilitated by the CUSJ student Editorial Review Board and Columbia faculty review. Publication in CUSJ is highly competitive. We also publish a journal for high school students, the Columbia Junior Science Journal, to provide high school students a platform for publishing scientific research.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    We have group meetings every week to work on publication of our undergraduate and high school journals, as well as to plan events on campus and in the community.

    Yearly projects
    We publish two scientific research journals every year: one for undergraduate research and another for high school research. We also host a research symposium in the spring and invite undergraduates in the Northeast region to present their research on campus.

    New member profile
    Students interested in joining the CUSJ board should have demonstrated interest and scholarship in a scientific field and should be interested in being at the heart of CUSJ‘s credibility.

    What members can expect to get out of it
    Members of CUSJ will learn how to edit scientific research articles and gain valuable experience in publishing academic research. They will also gain experience in organizing events on campus and in the community to help others get involved in scientific research.

    Application process
    We ask interested members to write about why they are interested in joining the editorial board and any previous experience they have in scientific research. We also hold interviews for interested members.


    Time commitment
    1-4 hours per week

    Meeting times
    Weekend evenings

    Meeting location
    Lerner Hall


    Management structure
    Our executive board consists of an editor-in-chief and vice presidents of events, finance, and communications. The editorial board also includes associate and staff editors.

    Group leaders
    Kenneth Pham, Micah Gay, Raag Agrawal, Daniel Charnis, and Alice Xue

    Campus events
    We hold panels featuring undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty about getting involved in scientific research on campus. These events will be held at the beginning of each semester. We also host a research symposium during the spring semester that is open to everyone on campus! Throughout the year, we also host study breaks.

  • Hindu Students Organization    Cultural

    Contact info
    Abhinav Seetharaman at as4759@columbia.edu

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/ColumbiaHSO/ HSO website http%//www.columbia.edu/cu/hso/


    Group description and mission
    The Hindu Students Organization at Columbia University is an Indian cultural and Hindu community. We host cultural celebrations (such as Navaratri/Garba-Raas, Diwali, and Holi) and smaller events (like an Indian classical arts showcase and weekly prayer services in St. Paul's Chapel). Beyond our official programming, we are also a tight-knit family and community of friends that last long after the HSO days are over and done.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    Members go to group meetings, plan events, and work on outside projects.

    Yearly projects
    We work on Navaratri, Diwali, Classical Night, Holi, Final Bhajans, and other discussions and workshops, such as guest speaker events and discussion circles.

    New member profile
    Members should show commitment, a genuine interest in Hinduism and culture, accountability, positivity, creativity, good communication skills, and an ability to lead and/or work effectively in teams.

    What members can expect to get out of it
    Members will find a unique, enjoyable, and enriching cultural experience at Columbia that will expose them to different traditions of India/Hinduism and to different issues of the greater South Asian community.

    Application process
    Prospective members are expected to attend the interest meeting at the beginning of the school year and sign-up for an interview for a board position.


    Time commitment
    5-8 hours per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday nights

    Meeting location
    Lerner 569


    Management structure
    There is a board and executive board. The board usually consists of 12-14 members, and the e-board consists of five members (two co-coordinators, one treasurer, one secretary, one community liaison, and one public relations officer.

    Group leaders
    Co-coordinators: Abhinav Seetharaman and Roshan Bhaskar

    Campus events
    The vast majority of our events are open to the campus community. These include Navaratri, Diwali, Classical Night, Holi, and other discussions and workshops.

  • Turath    Cultural group

    Contact info
    Email turath@columbia.edu Facebook Messenger https%//www.facebook.com/columbiaturath/

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/columbiaturath/ Turath website http%//www.columbiaturath.org/

    Type of group
    Cultural group

    Group description and mission
    Turath is a nonpartisan undergraduate student association that serves to promote Arab culture at Columbia University. Our aim is to spread educational awareness about issues pertaining to the Arab world and celebrate the heritage of the Arab community. We provide a voice for students on campus who identify as Arabs, and foster a sense of Arab unity within the larger Columbia community. We achieve these goals by sponsoring events pertaining to Arab culture and identity, in which all students are welcome to participate. Turath prides itself in both supporting Arabs on campus, and reaching out to alumni networks and other Arab communities, in the New York area and around the world.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    The Turath e-board meets once a week to plan events and activities for the Arab community at Columbia University. We typically try to host one event per month when the entire general b-body can gather and spend time together.

    Yearly projects
    Turath is very proud of our annual Arab Gala, an event where Arab students from all over the city join us for an evening of music, food, and more. Additionally, we regularly host movie screenings and lectures, as well as other monthly general body meetups.

    New member profile
    Turath is interested in friendly, creative members who are excited to engage in activities with other members of their cultural community.

    What members can expect to get out of it
    Turath seeks to provide a safe and welcoming environment for Arab students at Columbia to network with other Arabs at the Uuniversity in fun social settings.



    Time commitment
    1-4 hours per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday evenings

    Meeting location
    Meeting locations change from semester to semester, but we typically try to meet in a campus space or /building that is easily accessible to students from all four colleges.


    Management structure
    Turath has an executive board, made up of a president, vice president, treasurer, secretary, two event coordinators, two senior advisers, and a media coordinator. We also have OCM (organizational committee member) positions—; OCM's are an integral part of our community with fewer responsibilities and a smaller time commitment than e-board members have, - but no less fun!

    Group leaders
    Our 2017-2018 e-board members are Sama Sarraj, Mohamed Abedelmalik, Toqa Badran, Lana Khamash, Mallak Al Husban, Omaymah Harahsheh, Maryam Badran, Sarah Hazem and Rahma Elsiesy.

    Campus events
    All of our events are open to the campus community, including lectures, film screenings, and other excursions and activities. Our Arab Gala is open to the larger NY Arab community as well, and we typically host two a year: one in the fall and one in the spring.

  • Black Theatre Ensemble    Theatre

    Contact info
    cu.blacktheatre@gmail.com Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/CUBlackTheatreEnsemble/

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/CUBlackTheatreEnsemble/


    Group description and mission
    The Black Theatre Ensemble is an ABC-recognized student organization on Columbia University’s campus. Our mission is to provide a platform for the visibility of black theatre, art, and student artists within the African Diaspora at Columbia University.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    On a week-to-week basis, we have rehearsal and production meetings leading up to our semester production. In the fall semester, we pull from the black theatre canon. In the spring, we perform student-written work.

    Yearly projects
    Our biggest project during each year is our fall and spring productions. This fall we will be performing the musical Dreamgirls.

    New member profile
    BTE is a teaching ensemble, so we look less at experience and more at your passion for theatre and your willingness to learn and grow with us! We invite the participation of all members, regardless of identity, who believe in the mission of the Black Theatre Ensemble and the space it represents.

    What members can expect to get out of it
    Expect to be challenged, empowered, and to gain a family on campus.

    Application process
    Applications must be filled out during our auditions. Follow our Facebook page to be updated on auditions and crew calls!


    Time commitment
    13-16 hours per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday evenings Weekday nights Weekend afternoons

    Meeting location
    We meet in the Intercultural Resource Center, or classrooms on campus.


    Management structure
    The organization is lead by an executive board.

    Group leaders
    President: Onyekachi Iwu Vice president: Natasha Coleman Public liaison: Ruguru Nerima Treasurer: Iman Sule Publicity chairs: Donovan Redd and Tyler Jones Secretary: Eddie Ojo Historian: Jennell Strong

    Campus events
    Our shows usually take place at the end of each semester (December and, April).

  • Columbia Political Union    Social justice/Activism

    Contact info
    cpu@columbia.edu Facebook Messenger https%//www.facebook.com/cupolitics/

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/cupolitics/ CPU website https%//www.columbiapolitics.org/

    Type of group
    Social justice/Activism

    Group description and mission
    The Columbia Political Union is a multi-partisan organization and the umbrella of all political life on campus. The Union is composed of the various political groups on campus—the Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, and Socialists. We also partner with the Political Science Students Association for various events, and the Roosevelt Institute is one of our representative organizations. Our mission is to bring political activism, discourse, and engagement to campus in the form of debates, panels, and social events. We are a space that respects and appreciates all political voices and opinions and encourages Columbia students to find nuance in all issues.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    We have debates and panel events throughout the month that members attend, debate in, and observe. We also have an executive board that meets once a week to plan all events. Members can also attend our social mixers and the Liberty Gala, a political ball we throw once a year.

    Yearly projects
    We host a Presidential Debate where all the presidents of the various political clubs face off. We also have a Liberty Gala (a dance) and Voting Week (a week-long celebration of activism and voter engagement). In the past, our speakers have included Hillary Clinton and Ralph Nader.

    New member profile
    We’re looking for someone with a political mind, sense of humor, and love of policy and discourse.

    What members can expect to get out of it
    Members will find a venue to express political opinions and make friends!

    Application process
    None! CPU is open to any and all—you can come to one event or all of them!


    Time commitment
    1-4 hour per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday evenings Weekend evenings

    Meeting location
    Hamilton or Lerner


    Management structure
    We have an executive board comprised of CPU leadership and representatives from all of the political clubs on campus.

    Group leaders
    President: Shreya Sunderram Vice president: Gabriela Sagun Treasurer: Hannah Mitlak Debate director: Mathieu Nicolas Sabbagh PR: Kris Ahn Membership director: Joey Siegal Operations director: Rosie Moss Events director: Rafael Ortiz

    Campus events
    All of our events are open to campus.

  • Columbia University Gospel Choir (CUGC)    Arts/Dance/Music

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/pg/CUGospel/about/?ref=page_internal

    Type of group
    Arts/Dance/Music

    Group description and mission
    The purpose for the Columbia University Gospel Choir is to rejoice in the name of God through song, as well as minister to the Columbia community. We are a Christian ministry dedicated to spreading the Gospel. We seek to lead others to the wonderful love and grace of Jesus Christ. The choir consists of graduate and undergraduate students, alumni, and staff who represent eight of the University's schools.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    Members of the CUGC meet twice a week for rehearsal, fellowship, and prayer. Our rehearsals are one- and- a- half to two hours long, and we usually close in a word of prayer and inspiration for our group.

    Yearly projects
    We have two annual concerts and minister at schools, as well as at ceremonies, churches, and other organizations throughout the tri-state area.

    New member profile
    Prospective members ought to have a true passion for singing, especially in a collaborative effort! We appreciate strong, confidence voices, but a desire and a strength to blend well with everyone else is of utmost importance so that we sound our very best as a choir! Of course, we want new members to be cheerful and friendly so that rapport in the choir remains at at high! Christians and non-Christians are welcome to our family.

    What members can expect to get out of it
    The CUGC is a safe space and a family group for any and everyone who enjoys singing gospel music and offering praise to our Mighty Creator! Expect lots of laughter, incredible energy, faith, hope, and inspiration as a member of the choir.

    Application process
    Auditions and callbacks take place during the first week of the school year. We typically offer two to three days for auditions and one day for callbacks. We ask that prospective members prepare at least one minute of a song, including one verse and the bridge or chorus of the selected song.


    Time commitment
    1-4 hour per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday nights

    Meeting location
    In the basement of St. Paul's Chapel and/or in John Jay main lounge.

    Necessary equipment
    None, although we are especially seeking prospective members who play the piano.

    Management structure
    There are two main subsections of the choir: the general body and the executive board. General body members are members of the choir who do not assume extra leadership opportunities. The executive board consists of the president, vice president, treasurer, concert manager, social media chair, and the band director.

    Group leaders
    President: Maia Young Vice president: Sasha Mutchnik Social media and technology coordinator: Laetitia Butler Treasurer: Samantha Pascal Business manager: Maddie Woda

  • Columbia University College Republicans    Social justice/Activism

    Contact info
    cucr.president@gmail.com Aristotle Boosalis at a.boosalis@columbia.edu

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/ColumbiaURepublicans/ CUCR website https%//www.columbiarepublicans.org/ Join our listserv at http%//eepurl.com/cXcB61

    Type of group
    Social justice/Activism

    Group description and mission
    The College Republicans chapter at Columbia University is a political organization dedicated to promoting Republican principles at one of the most liberal institutions in America. Our mission is to promote the values of the party on Columbia's campus and return to the values and virtues of the founding fathers. We strive to make our students aware of the beneficial possibilities that economic and civil liberties can bring to regional, national, and international development.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    We host speakers and hold discussions in our weekly meetings.

    Yearly projects
    We hold speaker events, parties, a Labor Day barbecue, and we go to the shooting range. Check our website for more event types.

    New member profile
    We are looking for students who are conservative or Republican, but we do have members that are interested in politics.

    What members can expect to get out of it
    Members can expect speaker events, internship opportunities, and a community of like-minded students.

    Application process
    We do have an application process for our deputy program, but it is short. We ask applicants to answer an online form that shouldn't take more than 30 minutes. Lastly, they will come in for an interview, which will be about 15 minutes.


    Time commitment
    1-4 hour per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday evenings

    Meeting location
    Lerner 569


    Management structure
    We have an executive board and a general body. The e-board runs and executes the rules of the club, but the president leads the club and its direction.

    Group leaders
    President: Aristotle Boosalis

    Campus events
    All our events are open to the campus community. We hold our meetings on Tuesdays at 8 p.m. in Lerner 569 unless otherwise stated.

  • Columbia University Kendo Club    Sports

    Contact info
    columbiakendo@gmail.com

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/ColumbiaUniversityKendoClub/ YouTube https%//www.youtube.com/channel/UCD3_rasJE3gMUQenU9Wl8pg Kendo Club website http%//www.columbia.edu/cu/kendo/


    Group description and mission
    Kendo is a Japanese martial art that aims to improve its practitioners through a modern application of the “Way of the Sword,” which has roots in older styles of kenjutsu which were practiced by the samurai. There is a Japanese saying "Ko-ken-chi-ai,” which means “You learn more about each other by practicing together.” Through practicing kendo, we aim to not only improve ourselves through this ancient art, but also to make friends with each other and all our teachers and fellow competitors. As a club, we believe that this is the best way to become a community.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    We hold four weekly practices. You may come to practice at your convenience.

    Yearly projects
    We go to a number of tournaments during the year. On top of that, we also prepare members who are eligible for ranking tests, which are held by our local federation in October and April. We also host our own tournament, “Shishihai,” in late February.

    New member profile
    We accept anyone who wants to learn kendo and have fun! Beginners and advanced practitioners are always welcome.

    What members can expect to get out of it
    New members can expect to see self improvement through kendo, as well as becoming part of a community.

    Application process
    There is no application or training process, but newcomers must sign a waiver on the club sports website.


    Time commitment
    5-8 hours per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday nights Weekend mornings

    Meeting location
    Aerobics Rooms 3 and 4 in Dodge

    Necessary equipment
    We have enough equipment to provide to new members. However, we advise students to get their own gi (uniform), shinai (bamboo practice sword), and bogu (protective armor).

    Management structure
    We have four undergraduate student officers. Two of these officers are designated co-captains who help our instructors lead practice.

    Group leaders
    Co-captains: Miguel Martinez and Alissa Mori

    Campus events
    We hold a demonstration annually at the Columbia Japan Society Matsuri.

  • Liga Filipina    Cultural group

    Contact info
    cu.liga@gmail.com Facebook Messenger https%//www.facebook.com/CULigaFilipina/

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/CULigaFilipina/

    Type of group
    Cultural group

    Group description and mission
    We are a community of Filipinos, Filipino-Americans, and people interested in Filipino culture who strive to teach the Columbia community about that culture through many social, cultural, and leadership events.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    Members go to group meetings and club dinners.

    Yearly projects
    Members participate in Barrio (our fall cultural event and leadership summit in partnership with FIND), Filipino Intercollegiate Networking Dialogue (which brings together many other Filipino clubs in New York and New Jersey), and Taste of the Philippines (which highlights Filipino culture through food).

    New member profile
    We are looking for anyone who is Filipino or interested in Filipino culture.

    What members can expect to get out of it
    Members can expect to find a close-knit group that understands the Filipino culture's emphasis on family and coming together.

    Application process
    There is no application or training process to join.


    Time commitment
    1-4 hours per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday nights

    Meeting location
    In a classroom either in Hamilton or the Diana Center


    Management structure
    We have an executive board and general body members.

    Campus events
    All of our big events are open to the campus community. Barrio will be on Oct. 27, while the dates for other events are still TBD.

    Additional information
    As new members of FIND, we are working to not only connect our members to Filipinos in the Columbia community, but also to the broader New York and New Jersey area.

  • Columbia University Lion Dance    Cultural group

    Contact info
    Emma Lu at ell2140@columbia.edu columbiauniversityliondance@gmail.com Facebook Messenger https%//www.facebook.com/culiondance/

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/culiondance/ Columbia University Lion Dance website http%//culiondance.com/

    Type of group
    Cultural group

    Group description and mission
    Columbia University Lion Dance is a high-energy dance form based on kung fu. Lion dance is usually performed to scare away evil spirits and to summon good luck and fortune. Our goal is to promote knowledge of Chinese traditional dance for both the on-campus and off-campus communities. We combine traditional elements of lion dance with a modern flair to create a unique fusion of this ancient dance form.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    We practice the dance form (typically by drilling movements/routines), teach each other new tricks and techniques (on both the lion and the instruments), and travel throughout Manhattan to perform for companies (Google, Deloitte), weddings, and (most importantly) Lunar New Year shows.

    Yearly projects
    We are looking to ultimately revive the club. In the past, Columbia Lion Dance used to be known for its skill—we even competed in the annual intercollegiate competition (which we attended last spring for the first time in about three years)—but the group has stagnated due to members graduating and a loss of intergenerational knowledge and skill. For this year, we hope to increase our on-campus presence by doing more shows for Columbia's community and subsequently expanding our family. In the spring, we hope to prepare for next year's collegiate competition in Boston with our new team!

    New member profile
    We’re looking for people with strength—physical strength is important, but mental strength is even more so, a family/community-oriented perspective, and potential and willingness to learn. We seek people who are motivated to improve their technique and their teamwork skills with us—a lot of us are still in the process of learning the dance ourselves!

    What members can expect to get out of it
    Members will find a community that is both tight-knit and laid back, and will probably gain some extra muscle.

    Application process
    None! We have open practices—no tryouts required. The best way to find out more about us is to come to a practice (schedule TBD), or to approach any of our existing members.


    Time commitment
    5-8 hours per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday evenings Weekend afternoons

    Meeting location
    Lerner 555 and Low Steps. If it's nice outside, you might hear our drum at around 8 p.m. on Wednesday evenings.

    Necessary equipment
    Just a good heart and a strong will.

    Management structure
    We have an executive board with co-presidents, secretary, treasurer, etc., but these roles are informal. The board is concerned with logistical matters such as scheduling and booking shows, organizing practices and hangouts, and managing our budget.

    Group leaders
    Co-presidents: Bryan Lei and Emma Lu Senior advisor: Alan Cha Treasurer: Brian Yang Secretary: Allison Hung

    Campus events
    All of our practices are open to the campus community. Our next on-campus show is the NSOP showcase on Sept. 3.

  • Hong Kong Students and Scholars Society    Cultural group

    Contact info
    hksssboard@columbia.edu

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/cuhksss/ HKSSS website http%//www.columbia.edu/cu/hksss/

    Type of group
    Cultural group

    Group description and mission
    The objective of Hong Kong Students and Scholars Society is to promote different aspects of Hong Kong culture through a wide range of social events, to educate students on the various career and academic opportunities available in Hong Kong, and to unite Hong Kong students and scholars on campus at large. With these objectives in mind, HKSSS board members make their best effort to hold various on-campus and off-campus events that are in line with our objectives.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    Members plan events and get to hang out with other members of HKSSS by exploring new restaurants, playing paintball, going to Broadway shows, and trekking the city.

    Yearly projects
    Our events include our Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, Chinese New Year, Big 2 Game nights, hot pot nights, karaoke, and much more.

    New member profile
    Members should show passion, commitment, the desire to work hard, an affinity to have fun, an appreciation for good food, and an enthusiasm to learn about HK culture.

    What members can expect to get out of it
    Members will gain the ability to understand how to organize events. They’ll also find a Hong Kong community and family.

    Application process
    There is an interview process.


    Time commitment
    1-4 hours per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday evenings Weekday nights

    Meeting location
    Lerner Hall and Hamilton Hall


    Group leaders
    Matthew Quek Erica Ho Laurice Wong Alexandra Humair Haley So

    Campus events
    Our Mid-Autumn Festival celebration, Chinese New Year, and Big 2 Game night are open to the public.

  • Columbia Metrotones    Arts/Dance/Music

    Contact info
    metrotones-acappella@columbia.edu

    Learn more about them on
    Facebook https%//www.facebook.com/TheColumbiaMetrotones/ Youtube https%//www.youtube.com/user/metrotones Metrotones website http%//thecolumbiametrotones.weebly.com/

    Type of group
    Arts/Dance/Music

    Group description and mission
    The Columbia Metrotones are Columbia University’s premier all-female a cappella group. We were founded in 1983, when Columbia became a coeducational institution. We perform at a wide variety of venues and events in and outside of New York City, and our repertoire is ever-changing and eclectic, including pop, R&B, and indie music.

    What members do on a week-to-week basis
    The Metrotones hold rehearsals twice a week on Sunday and Wednesday evenings. We also perform regularly at a variety of events on- and off-campus.

    Yearly projects
    The Metrotones hold two concerts on campus each semester, as well as an extra Valentine's Day concert in the spring. We also perform at numerous events on- and off-campus, upon request. In the past, we’ve performed at every type of event from weddings and charity functions to singing backup for Vampire Weekend in Washington Square Park, and for MILCK at the Women in the World Summit. We also regularly hold joint, impromptu concerts with other college a cappella groups visiting New York, and we usually go on one trip each semester to visit another school or just for fun!

    New member profile
    We are looking for fun women who love to sing, arrange, or beatbox.

    What members can expect to get out of it
    At heart, the Metrotones are a group of friends who love a cappella and each other. We take our music very seriously, but we also love just hanging out and having a good time. Our alumna Lauren Graham once said in an interview that being in the Metrotones was “all about the music,” but it also helped her “get lucky.” We’re not going to argue with that!

    Application process
    The Metrotones hold auditions together with all of Columbia's a cappella groups in the first week of classes during both the fall and spring semesters. We ask that you prepare a verse and chorus of any song, and be ready to sing some scales. We’d also love to hear you beatbox if that’s your thing. We welcome repeat auditions—many of our members had to audition twice before they were accepted. Check our website or Facebook page at the beginning of the semester for specific details about audition times and locations.


    Time commitment
    5-8 hours per week

    Meeting times
    Weekday nights

    Meeting location
    Dodge Hall and Lerner Hall


    Management structure
    The Metrotones have two co-presidents, a business manager, two music directors, a treasurer, a publicity representative, and a social chair.

    Group leaders
    Co-Presidents: Emily Sherron and Tamsin Kantor

    Campus events
    The Metrotones hold two concerts on campus at the middle and the end of each semester, as well as an extra Valentine's Day concert in the Spring. Our concerts are free, and anyone is welcome to attend. We also perform at numerous events on campus upon request.

Indian Springs School

  • Private School
  • Indian Springs, AL
  • 8-12
  • 14

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Senior: If you're a gifted student looking for a unique and challenging educational experience, then Springs is for you. The curriculum is rigorous and the teachers have high expectations.

The class offerings are my favorite part about Springs. They have their required classes (APUSH, AP Euro, AP Lang, etc.) but they also offer courses that you just can't find at other schools. In my junior year, I took Anatomy and Physiology I and II, World War II, Civil War, African American Lit, Abstraction, etc. Teachers are passionate and will do whatever they can to help students succeed. If you're struggling in any classes, you can go to your teachers during X block, after school, to ask questions and get extra help, which is an absolute lifesaver. Springs is an international boarding school, so you get to work alongside students from all over the globe, with very different perspectives from your own. The campus is awesome. During free periods, you can go out and canoe on the lake with your friends.
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