OlivertwistWasn’t it Oliver Twist who begged the question, “Please sir, may I have some more?” Such is my philosophy for Fall 2009 Orientation. I’m like Veruca Salt in the Wonka Factory. I want it all: to meet new undergraduates and graduates, hear peoples’ interests, and get everyone engaged in the arts and culture of the campuses and the city. No short order, true…and that’s why I do it daily.

This Monday, the Arts Squad and I will begin attending all of the Orientation events at Columbia. Our itinerary will take us to Roone Arledge Auditorium in Lerner Hall, Ancell Plaza, Barnard, the Med School up on 168th, Morris-Jumel Mansion, Dodge Hall, Miller Theatre, Philosophy Lawn, Union Theological Seminary, and a Teachers College Block Party. That’s more touring in a week than I undertook in the summer, and I’ll be meeting people from all over the world…another favorite of mine.

More events means more time to hear more of your thoughts. There’s a theme here: more. We’re now here in more ways than ever for you to give us your thoughts and ideas for programs: Facebook, Twitter, online office hours, in-person appointments, CUarts blog, Lunch With The AI.

How can CUarts help you more in doing what you want to be doing…whether it’s using the arts to supplement your studies, taking a study break to plan a birthday party, or creating art for the Columbia community?

Throughout Orientation, we’ll be blogging more of our interactions with Columbians, and we invite you to post back. Tell us you agree, you disagree, or you’re wildly ambivalent.

More-ient yourself with CUarts this fall. It’s easier than the swim test…and it’s not required.


Chad Miller
Events and Outreach Coordinator

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