Strength Training — The Power of Camp

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Why the structure of a camp setting helps children with crucial development By Ethan Schafer, Ph.D. When I was fifteen, I was in my sixth summer at a traditional camp for boys in New Hampshire. One night after dinner, my counselor from the year before (a six-foot, five-inch English rugby player) asked me if I [&hellip
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President Emeritus Reflects on His 60 Years at Columbia

Written by Alissa Fleck on . Posted in News West Side Spirit

SOVERN1 Former Columbia President Michael I. Sovern shares his life (and memoir) with family, colleagues and friends Despite his innumerable accomplishments over the years, Michael I. Sovern, President Emeritus of Columbia University, remains remarkably humble. Sovern was president of Columbia from 1980 to 1993, during, arguably, the school’s worst financial crisis. After receiving his bachelor’s degree [&hellip
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A Reason to Keep Pushing for Pedestrian Plazas

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In a story we excerpted in this week’s paper, “Why Cars Are Killing People,” (p. 12), writer Hunter Oatman-Stanford delves into the history of vehicle-pedestrian collisions in urban areas, and reveals that they weren’t always seen as the tragic and unavoidable accidents they are often categorized as today. In the early days of automobiles, drivers [&hellip
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Out & About

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March 21 Mark Dignam Concert Irish Arts Center, 553 West 51st Street 8 p.m., $18 Mark Dignam is an Irish born, U.S. based songwriter who began as a busker on the streets of Dublin. He has opened for Billy Bragg, David Gray, Richard Thompson, Joan Armatrading, Vic Chestnut, The Frames, Paddy Casey and a host [&hellip
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Heedless Pedestrians to Blame, Too

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Drivers who kill people should be held accountable – and so should careless walkers By Anthony Bellov, West End Avenue Upper West Side This letter is motivated by reading several of your articles in the issue of March 13. While the terribly tragic deaths of Ariel Russo and Cooper Stock, both killed by totally irresponsible [&hellip
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On Pointe in New York City

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ABT’s Misty Copeland on living in a convent, Café Luxembourg, and Taye Diggs By Angela Barbuti Misty Copeland took her first ballet class in gym shorts, a t-shirt, and socks because she could not afford a leotard and tights. The 31-year-old American Ballet Theater soloist has come a long way from her 13-year-old self, and [&hellip
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Do you think potholes are a problem in your neighborhood?

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“It depends on where you look. There’s a lot of roads. You start shutting areas and people are going to get upset.” Ryan O.   “There’s always some construction. It always creates a problem. Even when I’m on my bike it’s a problem.” Marley G.   “It is a problem, my street has a lot [&hellip
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