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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:40 pm

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canarykb wrote:(3) I've got a cat dog. Am I missing any campus housing that doesn't ban pets? I'd prefer to have really close & convenient housing.



Wondering about this too. Does University-owned housing not allow pets as well?



"Pets are strictly prohibited in UAH, except for service animals and those pets kept in aquaria." Sad.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Tiago Splitter » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:44 pm

If you have roommates you aren't supposed to bring a pet, although I imagine that can be negotiated among the people living there. If you are like me and live in couples housing pets aren't a problem at all.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby kwais » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:48 pm

and yet you see pets. Not saying that you should bet on it, and certainly don't bring a 90 lb dog, but just saying.

As for the 400 block of 115th (where a ton of people live). They are plain, but some are fairly spacious. I've seen some great apartments on the 300 block of 113th. Also, for a little extra, 400 block of 116th is pretty nice and you can't beat the location

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Wed Feb 20, 2013 5:50 pm

kwais wrote:and yet you see pets. Not saying that you should bet on it, and certainly don't bring a 90 lb dog, but just saying.


Hm, good to know. I have a 50 pound dog, so I probably won't bet on it. Thanks!

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby piccolittle » Wed Feb 20, 2013 9:56 pm

People concerned about pets should look into the NYC 3-month rule (if you have a pet living openly and notoriously in your apartment for three months, the "no pet" provision of the lease is waived with respect to that pet). It's easier to do with cats, though.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Guchster » Wed Feb 20, 2013 11:33 pm

piccolittle wrote:People concerned about pets should look into the NYC 3-month rule (if you have a pet living openly and notoriously in your apartment for three months, the "no pet" provision of the lease is waived with respect to that pet). It's easier to do with cats, though.


Kitty adverse possession, are you kidding me? So awesome.

But is having a cat in one's home so that management couldn't see it "open and notorious" enough?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby kwais » Thu Feb 21, 2013 9:46 am

Also, there is a service pig who lives in the 115th area, named something like Squiggles. Pretty large pig. Owner is not a student, so not very helpful. But look out for Squiggles.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby cardinals1989 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:20 pm

Guchster wrote:
piccolittle wrote:People concerned about pets should look into the NYC 3-month rule (if you have a pet living openly and notoriously in your apartment for three months, the "no pet" provision of the lease is waived with respect to that pet). It's easier to do with cats, though.


Kitty adverse possession, are you kidding me? So awesome.

But is having a cat in one's home so that management couldn't see it "open and notorious" enough?


I would most likely interpret open and notorious to mean open and notorious should management decide to come into the apartment and check it out. I.e., don’t hide the cat and its paraphernalia in the closet when the super comes in to fix a light or a faucet or something. I don’t know how this could be enforced as a practical matter, but it isn’t like people are taking their cats for walks every day.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby moonman157 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:29 pm

kwais wrote:Also, there is a service pig who lives in the 115th area, named something like Squiggles. Pretty large pig. Owner is not a student, so not very helpful. But look out for Squiggles.


I'm sold on Columbia

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:31 pm

moonman157 wrote:
kwais wrote:Also, there is a service pig who lives in the 115th area, named something like Squiggles. Pretty large pig. Owner is not a student, so not very helpful. But look out for Squiggles.


I'm sold on Columbia


What disability does one have that they need a service pig? Whatever it is, I'm interested.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby J90 » Thu Feb 21, 2013 2:41 pm

I'm hoping for a service velociraptor of my own, someday. I could settle for a mid-sized whale for aquatic excursions.

But seriously. A service pig is awesome.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby piccolittle » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:43 pm

Also, if people are interested in registering their pets as service animals, it's pretty easy to do. Not sure how Columbia would treat that, but they're not able to ask about the nature of the disability. So your 50-pound dog could be registered as a service dog, and that would also apply to mental support IIRC.

Can you tell I'm taking animal law this semester? :P

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Thu Feb 21, 2013 3:48 pm

piccolittle wrote:Also, if people are interested in registering their pets as service animals, it's pretty easy to do. Not sure how Columbia would treat that, but they're not able to ask about the nature of the disability. So your 50-pound dog could be registered as a service dog, and that would also apply to mental support IIRC.

Can you tell I'm taking animal law this semester? :P


Hm, that's an interesting thought. I do feel like that's horrific karma though.

Register your dog as a service animal even though you're not disabled --> get your legs chopped off after being thrown onto the subway tracks.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby shock259 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 1:39 am

kwais wrote:Also, there is a service pig who lives in the 115th area, named something like Squiggles. Pretty large pig. Owner is not a student, so not very helpful. But look out for Squiggles.


This is amazing. I'm going to be on the lookout for Squiggles.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby piccolittle » Fri Feb 22, 2013 2:23 pm

shock259 wrote:
kwais wrote:Also, there is a service pig who lives in the 115th area, named something like Squiggles. Pretty large pig. Owner is not a student, so not very helpful. But look out for Squiggles.


This is amazing. I'm going to be on the lookout for Squiggles.

I first met him when I was unpacking the car outside my building with my parents (move-in day). I looked up when this lady yelled from across the street, "It's not a dog!" I hadn't even noticed her before that but of course I then had to go and pet him. <3 Squiggles.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby shock259 » Fri Feb 22, 2013 5:39 pm

This is gonna sound weird, but I don't care: I actually had a dream about Squiggles last night. He was one of those older pigs that's more white than pink. And he was covered in mud. But he was hanging out on 115th and he came up to me just like a dog would. I pet(ed?) him for a while.

I hope Squiggles is as awesome IRL as he was in my dream.

Also, I should stop TLSing late at night.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby howlery » Fri Feb 22, 2013 6:47 pm

shock259 wrote:This is gonna sound weird, but I don't care: I actually had a dream about Squiggles last night. He was one of those older pigs that's more white than pink. And he was covered in mud. But he was hanging out on 115th and he came up to me just like a dog would. I pet(ed?) him for a while.

I hope Squiggles is as awesome IRL as he was in my dream.

Also, I should stop TLSing late at night.


Whats the best time for a Squiggles sighting? I feel a strong urge to put him on Instagram. Also, its another excuse to visit CLS while I'm still in the city.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby gabriella97 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:44 am

Does anyone know Columbia's financial aid policy? Will they reduce the amount of aid if you work as an SA and earn substantial income over the summer?

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby Tiago Splitter » Sun Feb 24, 2013 11:58 am

gabriella97 wrote:Does anyone know Columbia's financial aid policy? Will they reduce the amount of aid if you work as an SA and earn substantial income over the summer?

No.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby redsoxfan2495 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:31 pm

I've been living on 115th for a year and half now and have yet to see Squiggles. I'll keep an eye out, and I'll be sure to take a picture if I find him.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby ph5354a » Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:38 pm

Anyone know how we submit our 2012 tax returns? Do they accept them via email or do we fax them? I can't find anything on the admitted students website that tells you how to submit them.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby timbs4339 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:02 pm

gabriella97 wrote:Does anyone know Columbia's financial aid policy? Will they reduce the amount of aid if you work as an SA and earn substantial income over the summer?


No, but my scholarship was 40%-40%-20% over the three years. They say it's for interest/tax reasons, but I think the bigger implication is that you'll have an extra 20K after 2L.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby J90 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 2:14 pm

ph5354a wrote:Anyone know how we submit our 2012 tax returns? Do they accept them via email or do we fax them? I can't find anything on the admitted students website that tells you how to submit them.


You can fax them guaranteed, the number's on their financial aid website.

I'm sure they'd accept email, but you might have to scan quite a lot of pages. Don't forget to sign and date them on one of the pages. If you're unsure, just go ahead and call them during business hours, and when you start getting the menu just hit 0.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby cardinals1989 » Sun Feb 24, 2013 4:23 pm

timbs4339 wrote:
gabriella97 wrote:Does anyone know Columbia's financial aid policy? Will they reduce the amount of aid if you work as an SA and earn substantial income over the summer?


No, but my scholarship was 40%-40%-20% over the three years. They say it's for interest/tax reasons, but I think the bigger implication is that you'll have an extra 20K after 2L.


This.

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Re: Columbia 1L(s) taking questions

Postby starrydreamz3 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 12:34 pm

What's parking like in Morningside Heights? Living downtown now I couldn't even fathom having a car in the city, but could you survive with on-street parking all the way uptown?

My SO may be cross commuting via the GWB if we get a place together, just wondering if it's at all feasible to have a car or if he should just look for a bus route.




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