July 27, 2004
Dear Columbia Students:
We are all looking forward to your arrival on campus for the fall term. As you know, the beginning of the academic year will coincide this year with New York City hosting the Republican National Convention. The influx of visitors, increases in traffic flow, and special security provisions related to the convention will create additional challenges for the city. I am writing to share information to help you plan for your arrival on campus.
The convention will be held from August 30 to September 2 at Madison Square Garden, near Penn Station in midtown Manhattan, between Seventh and Eighth avenues, from 31st to 33rd streets. It is expected to draw thousands of visitors to New York, including the President, media organizations, and convention participants. New York City has already announced some street closings and changes in midtown traffic patterns in preparation for the convention.
Because we are located in Upper Manhattan, Columbia is well-removed from activities immediately surrounding the convention site. Nevertheless, convention-related changes in traffic regulations, public transportation, and security arrangements are likely to affect travel to and from New York and within much of the city. The University has long-standing relationships with city agencies, which will help us stay abreast of developments related to the convention.
To assist you during convention week, we have posted a link to current information on convention-related changes in traffic patterns, public transportation and convention-related security measures on the University’s home page. We will update this site frequently. Information also will be available at a number that Student Services has established for convention-related developments, 877-905-4667. Please check your Columbia e-mail account for updates, too, and be alert for summer communications that may have additional school-related details. You will want to plan ahead for your arrival on campus, and checking the Columbia information sources regularly can assist in that effort.
President Bollinger joins me in hoping that your summer is going well. We look forward to seeing you in the fall.