Monday Bulletin: Air Quality Alert, Champagne Shortage, Columbia’s Endowment

Photo by Gretchen Berger.

November 9, 2020 Weather: Sunny, with a high of 75 degrees. There’s an “air quality alert” for those with asthma and other respiratory ailments today.

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Some Upper West Siders partied so hard on Saturday following Joe Biden’s victory that there was a champagne shortage at local liquor stores, the Post reported. “On the Upper West Side, 79th Street Wine and Spirits was out of all bubbly under $50 by around 7 p.m., with a staffer saying he had ‘no cheap stuff left at all’… ‘It’s going like water,” he said. A couple of blocks away at Corks on Columbus ‘Veuve Clicquot was king,’ reported a worker named Remy, adding that “more people are keen on spending money today,” grabbing about three bottles on average.”

Columbia got a big boost to its endowment, the Spectator reports. “At the onset of COVID-19, the University braced for massive financial fallout, though Columbia’s budget has historically stayed afloat in economic downturns. Although peer institutions depend more on their endowments—35 percent of Harvard University’s operating budget relies on its endowment—Columbia’s greater reliance on tuition, private gifts, and clinical revenue has made its budget more resilient in times of crisis.

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    1. kaylord says:

      Love this photo!

    2. Ye Olde Englifhe Teechure says:

      That ain’t no pigeon! Maybe a Hawk?
      Perhaps we should ask young Prince Hamlet, for it is he who exclaims: “…. I know a hawk from a handsaw.” (Act II, scene 2)
      The bird’s beak suggests it IS some sort of Raptor…then again, the guys on the bench don’t seem too rapt by this raptor, as they are definitely NOT watching-the-birdy.

    3. m.pipik says:

      It’s a red tailed hawk.

    4. ornithologist says:

      Definitely a red tail baby hawk….

    5. Carlos says:

      Hopefully all of the celebrating was not a super spreader event. People were generally good about wearing masks and keeping some distance but it was still not the best idea. As much as I enjoyed it!

    6. trumpy & his enablers ain’t leavin till he gets throwed out but good; in the meantime it’s best to be on the lookout for heart-stopping red tails until that new day finally dawns.

    7. Gerald Sider says:

      Columbia’s endowment gain is our neighborhood’s loss. Columbia has never shown real-world caring about the African American and Latinx neighborhoods in which it builds and assaults. Nice talk is just that, nice talk. Where is its opposition to racism??? Not a few words about open admissions but real opposition to racism.

      • GG says:

        What is with this Latinx thing?? What does that even mean. I’m Hispanic and it sounds like something a wanna-be woke sociology professor came up with.

        What is the reasoning behind it? I don’t like it. It think that IT is offensive. Who gets to change the name of entire ethnicity of people?

        • good humor says:

          Latinx is a term used by white people to describe Hispanic people. We like to change such terms every 15 years or so, as a way to feel good about ourselves and avoid confronting true change.

          Don’t feel bad; we’ve done it to black people for about a century now.

        • lynn says:

          I’ve been wondering about that myself so I finally looked it up. 😉

          Latinx is a gender-neutral neologism, sometimes used to refer to people of Latin American cultural or ethnic identity in the United States. The ⟨-x⟩ suffix replaces the ⟨-o/-a⟩ ending of Latino and Latina that are typical of grammatical gender in Spanish. Its plural is Latinxs.

      • PM says:

        Define “real opposition” for us.

      • nemo paradise says:

        Columbia is ab initio racist and elitist. Their math department is a cesspool of arbitrary “postulates” and “axioms,” and shamelessly appropriates Hellenist symbols. Even its “numbers” are stolen from the Muslims, and don’t get me started on “algebra,” or, as its 9th century inventor, mathematician Al-Khwarizmi, would call it, “al-jabr.”

      • Columbia grad says:

        Since when is it a university’s mission to fight racism??

    8. Heather Hacking says:

      I’m in London, England but wish I were on the West Side and had helped to down some of that champagne. Well done and keep on partying. Heather, London