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Columbia University (also known as Columbia University in the City of New York and Weaver Hall University) was the location where Dr. Stantz, Dr. Venkman, and Dr. Spengler worked before going into business for themselves.

History

Primary Canon

Ghostbusters

In the early 1980s, Egon, Ray, and Peter worked in the Department of Psychology located at Weaver Hall on the upper west side of campus.[1] However, the Board of Regents decided to terminate their grant and had them removed in 1984. Dean Yeager went to their room and waited for them while the Removal Men cleared their effects out. Peter, Ray, and Egon had returned to Columbia after their encounter with the Library ghost and walked through campus alongside the Low Library. Peter laughed and teased Ray about his plan to "get her." Ray admitted he just got overexcited. He thought about what it could mean to the university. Egon was a few steps behind them performing calculations on his PC-4 Calculator. Peter remarked it was going to be bigger than the microchip. Egon shared the news that the new readings he took verified they had an excellent chance of actually catching a ghost and holding it indefinitely. The gears turned in Peter's head and he hurried up to them. Ray hoped the ionization rate was constant for all ectoplasmic entities. Peter asked Egon if he really was serious about catching a ghost. Egon stated he was always serious. Peter got in front and stopped. He got out a Crunch bar. He told Egon he was going to take back some of the things he said about him then told him he earned it. Peter was about to hand the bar to Egon but hesitated then gave it. Ray grinned and chuckled as Egon looked at the bar.

Peter found their layoff preposterous and demanded an explanation. Yeager stated Columbia was no longer continuing any funding of any kind for their group's activities. Peter countered the kids loved them. Yeager continued that Columbia believed the purpose of science was to serve mankind but Peter seemed to regard science as some kind of dodge or hustle. He critiqued Peter's theories as the worst kind of popular tripe, told him his methods were sloppy, and thought his conclusions were highly questionable. He called Peter a poor scientist. Yeager concluded he had no place in the department or in the university. Yeager stood back up and turned away. Ray paced outside while Peter lied on stone left of the exterior of the Low Library and drank a swig from his liquor. Ray thought it was a major disgrace and uttered they should forget employment at MIT or Stanford, who wouldn't touch them with a ten-meter cattle-prod. Peter remarked he was always so concerned about his reputation and pointed out Einstein did his best stuff when he was working as a patent clerk. Ray asked Peter if he knew how much a patent clerk earned. Peter was not aware. Ray explained he liked the university because they gave them money and facilities and they didn't have to produce anything. He pointed out Peter was never out of college and didn't know what it was like out there. Ray reminded Peter he worked in the private sector and they expected results. Peter got on his feet, placed his arm on Ray, and walked him to the top of the stairs. He told Ray for whatever reasons, call it fate, call it luck, call it karma, he believed that everything happened for a reason. He believed that they were destined to get thrown out of this dump. He walked Ray over to the top of the stairs looking out at the courtyard. Ray asked for what purpose. Peter answered it was for them to go into business for themselves. He offered Ray a drink. Ray drank and calmed down. He stated the ecto-containment system that he and Egon had in mind was going to require a load of bread to capitalize. He asked Peter where they were going to get the money from. Peter drank then replied twice that he didn't know.

Ghostbusters II

Egon was back on campus in 1989 working in the Institute for Advanced Theoretical Research. In late November, Dana Barrett went to see Egon at the Institute to look into the strange incident on First Avenue involving her son Oscar.

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Real Life Location Facts

King's College was founded in 1754 by royal charter of George II, the king of Britain at the time. After the American Revolutionary War ended in 1783, King's College briefly became a state institution and was renamed Columbia College in 1784. In 1787, a charter put Columbia under the auspices of a private board of trustees, then in 1896 it was renamed again to Columbia University. It grew into a prestigious Ivy League research private university. Eventually, the campus moved from Madison Avenue to Manhattan's Morningside Heights neighborhood.

Trivia

  • Although the University is never given a name in the film, the scenes shot at the University were filmed at Columbia University in New York.
  • Although permission was granted for the production unit to shoot on the Columbia University campus, it was with the understanding that the school not be identified as such in the film.[4]
  • There is no actual Weaver Hall at Columbia University.[5]
  • The Paranormal lab scenes were also filmed at Columbia.[6][7][8]
  • Columbia is a namesake of the movie's production company, Columbia Pictures.
  • The Nobel Prize Aspirations scene was filmed on the first day of principal photography and took 17 takes. It ended up getting cut from the final version of the film anyway.[9]
  • In "The Ghostbusters Storybook", the narrative oddly refers to the University as Weaver Hall University. Weaver Hall is taken from the name of the building that the Paranormal Studies Laboratory occupies at the beginning of the movie.[10]
  • In the novelization, The University is known as Columbia University.[11]
  • In the Ghostbusters II August 5, 1988 draft, an entomologist from Columbia comments on the insect plague on the Upper East Side.[12]
  • On page 21 of Ghostbusters Volume 1 Issue #6, Rachel Unglighter's college I.D. card appears.
  • On page 18 of Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, Peter's Doctorate of Psychology is more legible and it is revealed he graduated on June 14, 1980.
  • On page 5 of Ghostbusters Year One Issue #1, in panel 4, Columbia University has an ad in the newspaper Winston reads.

Appearances

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Cryptozoic Entertainment

References

  1. Final Shooting Script p.2 via Spook Central
  2. Atari: Official Character Factsheet 3/20/09 via Spook Central See: 2009 tab
  3. Ghostbusters Volume 2 Issue #1, Page 18
  4. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 35 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Although permission was granted for the production unit to shoot on the Columbia University campus, it was with the understanding that the school not be identified as such in the film. Neither Weaver Hall nor a 'Paranormal Studies Laboratory' actually exists at Columbia."
  5. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 02:40-02:44). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "There's no Weaver Hall but this is Columbia University. "
  6. Ivan Reitman (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 02:45-02:47). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Ivan Reitman says: "Even this was at Columbia, wasn't it? "
  7. Joe Medjuck (2005). Ghostbusters- Commentary (2005) (DVD ts. 03:39-03:54). Columbia TriStar Home Video. Joe Medjuck says: "And this was actually a room at Columbia University, we should have--we were planning to shoot this on the set but were moving so fast in New York that we went to our cover sets that John De Cuir aged it but otherwise it's in the basement somewhere in Columbia. "
  8. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 35 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "Though the interiors could just as easily have been shot on a soundstage back in Los Angeles, a university building was dressed as a lab set by production designer John DeCuir as a hedge against inclement weather. Thus, if the location film crew -- was unable to shoot outdoors, they could readily proceed with the lab scenes rather than lose a day in the schedule."
  9. Shay, Don (November 1985). Making Ghostbusters, p. 35 annotation. New York Zoetrope, New York NY USA, ISBN 0918432685. Paragraph reads: "The Weaver Hall interior was shot on the first day of principal photography. Apparently, it took awhile for all concerned to hit their stride since seventeen takes were needed to get the relatively straightforward scene onto film. Ultimately, it was deleted during editing."
  10. Digby, Ann (February 1985). "The Ghostbusters Storybook", p. 2. Scholastic Inc., New York NY USA, ISBN 0590336843.
  11. Mueller, Richard (August 1985). "Ghostbusters: The Supernatural Spectacular," p. 15. Tor Books, New York NY USA, ISBN 0812585984.
  12. Aykroyd, Dan & Ramis, Harold (1988). Ghostbusters II (August 5, 1988 Draft) (Script p. 51). "Ray Stantz says: "An entomologist from Columbia estimated about ninety million insects--every known local species."
  13. Narrator (2015). Cryptozoic Entertainment- "Ghostbusters: The Board Game" (2015) (Comic p.2). Narrator says: "Molly had first heard about the book during a parapsychology class she had taken as a joke her freshman year at Columbia; the teacher had been fired before the end of the term, but his last class had mentioned the Incantatoribus, and the title had taken root in Molly's mind and made itself at home."


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