January 29, 2018

CUCL News with February and March Events

Hoping this letter finds you warm and well during what is turning out to be a blustery, rainy new year. For those dedicated, mad, individuals braving Dry January or the even more strict Vegan-uary, may this letter provide you opportunities to indulge again at our February and March events. We look forward to our Annual Lunar New Year celebrations (Gong Hey Fat Choy!) and to crushing the competition at the Annual US Alumni Quiz Night. We have much in store this year including Columbia Professors traveling over and graciously arranging to speak for CUCL, our annual Arts Access events like Photo London and Frieze, new volunteering / mentoring opportunities, closer cooperation and mixers with other University Alumni Clubs, a freshly formed Young Alumni brand of the Club and much more. We cannot stress enough that this Club is yours, so please get in touch with ideas, feedback, or just show up

Happy New Year! At the very last moment it can be considered appropriate.

— The CUCL Board

In Memoriam

Kim Wall, Journalism School ‘13, Memorial Service


Kim lived in London while studying international relations at LSE, Class of 2011, after which she attended Columbia Journalism School, Class of 2013, to pursue her passion of telling people’s stories. She is deeply missed by all those who were lucky to share in her life.

Please join us in celebrating the life of Kim Wall in a memorial service:

Events Roundup

The Art of Sanctions: A View from the Field

With Richard Nephew, Senior Research Scholar and Program Director at the Center on Global Energy Policy, Columbia University and former Principal Deputy Coordinator for Sanctions Policy at the US State Department.

In the very appropriate setting of the RUSI library, Richard Nephew presented his latest book and shared a sanctions framework, informed by years of experience in the State Department, and in particular during the Obama administration. From historical sanctions in Latin America, or even prior to WWII, to more recent cases (Iran, Russia), sanctions have evolved to an ever more complex decision making environment that needs proper resources. This was followed by a very lively Q&A (thanks to the highly specialised audience) on current situations (North Korea, Venezuela, …) where both author and public shared very interesting points of view.

CUCL Young Alumni Happy Hour

This past weekend CUCL’s first young alumni drinks took place at The Old Queen’s Head in Angel. The evening held a great show of enthusiasm complete with new friends and long-lost friends re-surfaced. Watch this space as we plan further events in the next few months, both with even more Columbia young alumni and cooperating with other US universities. For any questions or to get involved with young alumni events specifically, get in touch with Maximilian Mancini, CC’16.

February & March Events:

Lunar New Year Happy Hour | Tuesday February 13 6pm

As tradition will have it, our February Happy Hour is Chinese New Year Happy Hour! Join us at the Burger and Lobster Bar in Leicester Square for our usual 6-8pm Happy Hour or continue the celebrations by joining us for dinner (separate RSVP link below).

  • Date: February 13, 2018
  • Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm (or beyond for those not joining dinner)
  • Location: Burger and Lobster Leicester Square (W Hotel, 10 Wardour St, London W1D 6QF)
  • RSVP for Happy Hour ONLY: HERE

Annual Lunar New Year Dinner | Tuesday February 13 8pm

Following the success of past years’ meals shared in Chinatown, we will continue the celebration. Following our Lunar New Year Happy Hour, join CUCL at a New Year Dinner at Plum Valley, just a 5 minute walk from Leicester Square. Your £30 ticket will include a selection of food and drink (incl wine - in reasonable quantities) Seats are limited and registration ends on February 9th, so book early to avoid disappointment!!

Annual All Ivy Plus Winter Reception | Friday March 9 7pm

The Cornell Club of London invites you and your guests to attend the 26th All Ivy Plus Winter Reception. Initiated in 1993, the purpose of this event is to welcome Ivy League and Seven College Conference Schools and other US college alumni to London, to make new friendships, to foster networking, and to provide a relaxed atmosphere for enjoyment by all in the center of London.

A selection of wines, soft drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served throughout the evening.

Please note that the East India Club has a strict dress code. Jacket with collar and tie are required for men; ladies should dress accordingly.

Cost: £39 per person. No tickets will be sent; there will be a guest list at the door. To book, please send a cheque, payable to “Cornell Club of London” to: Cornell Club of London, 4 Betjeman Mews, London N5 2NB. Please do not use courier or special delivery services. If you wish to pay by electronic bank transfer, send a message to Natalie ( [email protected] ) for the details. Remember that it may take several days for the payment to go through.

US Alumni Club Quiz Night | Thursday March 22 7pm

We still have spots open for the Quiz Night team (and there is no cap on the amount of cheerleaders…) when we will face other University Clubs (e.g. Boston College, Dartmouth, Duke, Northwestern etc.) in a test of wit regarding common general knowledge, sports, history, including a round of Americana. More than the cash prize, it’s our club pride on the line.

Ticket price includes 2 drinks (wine or beer), pub snacks, and booking fees. Cheerleading ticket includes 1 drink.

Save the Date:

Open Board Meeting

Following on the success from January and continues interest from volunteers (thanks!) we are holding our next Open Board meeting. For volunteers eager to get involved further with the Club (whether through donating time, resources, ideas, space) we welcome you. Come for the night to share thoughts, meet the Board and get in on the planning. While showing up to events and meeting Club leadership is the most direct way to get involved we know it’s not possible for everyone to make it so please feel free to be in touch with Club leadership with ideas, requests and feedback.

  • Date: End of March
  • Time: Early Evening
  • Location: TBD, stay tuned!

CUCL & MIT Mixer | Wednesday March 28 7pm

Our March HH will take place together with alums from MIT so we will hold it a bit later in the month. Still hammering on the details on location but save the date for an evening full with new friends!

  • Date: March 28, 2018
  • Time: 7:00pm – 11:00pm
  • Location: TBD, stay tuned!

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