The Shaft is a blog that was set up by the Columbia Spectator for the 2007 housing lottery. Miraculously, it managed to return in 2008. So far it has been posting fairly regular updates during Group Suite Selection.
The Shaft continues to publish regular updates on residence halls and the annual housing lottery, including a live-blog with floorplans for In-Person Group Selection on Spectrum. The editors answer questions in the 'Comments' section of each post as well as at firstname.lastname@example.org.