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CUEMS in the News

Friday, February 8, 2013
Camille Baptista / Columbia Daily Spectator

CU-EMS seeks to increase accessibility

In an effort to erase the stigma of “being CAVA’d,” Columbia University Emergency Medical Service is working to educate students about its extensive services and the positive resource it wants to be.

CU-EMS members are looking to increase their accessibility to other students and—when they aren’t responding to emergencies—encouraging the community to reach out to them as peers.

Friday, February 8, 2013
Steven Lau / Columbia Spectator

CUEMS looks to change student perceptions

Ask pretty much any Columbia student, and they’ll know what it means to “be CAVA’d.”

But members of the Columbia University Emergency Medical Service (CU-EMS)—previously known as Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance (CAVA)—are hoping to do away with the stigma against calling for medical help.

Check out the video above to see what members of CU-EMS said they are hoping to do and what students think about “being CAVA’d.”

Tuesday, January 22, 2013
BWOG

Friendly Folks At CAVA Talk

Columbia EMS is looking for new recruits so Bwog got a first-hand account of what it takes to be a Columbia hero.  Izzy Cerullo, CC’13, General Rep of CU-EMS, joined in her sophomore year after being certified as an EMT in high school.

Bwog: What is the most common situation you have to take care of?

Thursday, November 8, 2012
Sophie Gamez / Columbia Daily Spectator

After Sandy: Facebook coordinates efforts like supplies drive

A nearly 2,000-member-strong Facebook group has mobilized Columbia students to organize and raise awareness about relief efforts to help the many New Yorkers hurt by Hurricane Sandy.

Over the last week, the group, Caped Columbians, was updated with hundreds of posts on new events and opportunities that students planned to attend to assist those the megastorm affected.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Kaneisha Payton / Columbia Daily Spectator

CU-EMS sees significant increase in calls

Columbia University Emergency Medical Service is getting even more popular.

CU-EMS has been dealing with a dramatic swell in call volume—an increase of 59 percent since last year, according to its director Alex Harstrick, CC ’12.

Saturday, September 17, 2011
BWOG

Checking In With the Life Savers at CAVA

During the tumultuous 1968 riots, a few dedicated Columbians organized a ragtag crew of untrained medical volunteers. When an angry suspended student shot the dean of Columbia College four years later, the small team mobilized and rushed him to St. Luke’s Hospital. The dean recovered, and the students became campus legends. CAVA was born. To transport patients, the life savers refurbished an old station wagon with a light and rotating piece of paper for a siren. Fast forward 40 years: CAVA (officially CU-EMS) owns a $150,000 ambulance.

Sunday, September 11, 2011
Leah Greebaum / Columbia Spectator

Reflecting on 9/11: CAVA members recall difficult decisions, restlessness after attacks

“Are we going?”

Joshua Marks, the captain of Columbia Area Volunteer Ambulance, or CAVA, had just woken up.

“Going where?” he asked the frantic voice on the other end of his ROLM phone line.

“Turn on your TV!”

Marks switched on his television just in time to see the second plane crash into the Twin Towers.

Minutes later, he stood at CAVA headquarters in the basement of Carman Hall, surrounded by his entire team of volunteer emergency medical technicians.

Everyone wanted to know the same thing: how could they help? How could they get down there?

Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Chelsea Lo / Columbia Spectator

After thirty years, CU-EMS in transition

On their 30th anniversary as a university-wide, student-operated medical corps, members of the Columbia University Emergency Medical Services said their recent bid for rooms 102 and 103 in Broadway is only one of many transitions the group has made since its earliest days.

Thursday, February 26, 2004
Ebecca Aronauer / Columbia Spectator

The CU EMS ("CAVA") Ambulance

The classical architecture and closely clipped greens surrounding College Walk give the pathway the ambience of a university catalogue. Even the most hardened of Columbians can't help but celebrate the quad's red brink and appreciate that a winter of dead grass is worth one weekend of Ultimate Frisbee on South Lawn in the spring.The only eyesore, besides the stream of first-years in sweatpants heading to and from the gym, is the white Columbia University Emergency Medical Service truck--the Horton Type III better known as "the CAVA ambulance"--parked on the west side of College Walk.

Monday, November 10, 2003
Risheen Maheswaran / Columbia Spectator

CAVA Toasts Arrival of New Ambulance

Current CAVA members, alumni, and administrators from Security and Health Services came together Friday afternoon to inaugurate CAVA's new ambulance and to celebrate the emergency medical squad's 40th anniversary.