Six degrees of Class Day
Nuriel has already commented that he likes the current rules for selecting Class Day speakers and the limited pool of possibilities they provide. So what if we kept the rules and just stretched them a little to allow for interpretation? Candidates would include:
Lady Gaga: her hit “Telephone” was obviously inspired by the digital signal processor used in cellphones and invented by electrical engineering professor Yannis Tsividis.
Levi Johnston: almost-wife Bristol’s participation on Dancing With the Stars mirrors that of alum Julia Stiles in Save the Last Dance. Of course, without all that mushy, promoting inter-racial relations stuff.
Bruce Springsteen: E-Street Band-mate Steve van Zandt played Sopranos gangster Sylvio, mobster with Tony Soprano whose daughter Meadow went to Columbia.
Steve Jobs: the outrageous amount of money Columbia students have spent on his computers and assorted products is reason enough. And Dr. Harold Frucht of the Medical Center has commented on Mr. Jobs’ pancreas.
Rod Blagojevich: reviewed a movie about Elvis at Columbia College… in Chicago.
Stephen Colbert: is from South Carolina, the capital of which is Columbia.
James Franco. Or, James Franco as Allen Ginsberg. Either way, the most legitimate option.
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