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Bloggerheads is a feature in which some of our writers sit down to debate or discuss an important issue at Columbia, or THE important issue at Columbia:
Derek: Alright, so apparently Obama is speaking at Barnard commencement.
DT: Yes, but for whom?
CB: Everyone Derek, especially Women of America, and of course, Barnardians. Although I would say its great for the entire Columbia Community as well…
DT: Well let me share my two reactions:
1) Barnard? Why not CC?
2) How much of this is politics?
I don’t want to discourage Barnard—I mean I’m its number one fan. I think it has structural benefits that CC doesn’t. But it just seems a little unusual.
CB: To which I will respond that I disagree—it doesn’t seem unusual at all—by addressing your two fine questions.
In this week’s Bloggerheads, Emily Tamkin and Angela Radulescu discuss the topic of admissions.
Emily: Hi, Angela! So everybody (a term here used to mean “you know, some people”) is all excited and/or up in arms about the all-time low acceptance rate (6.4 percent for Columbia College, and 6.9 percent overall). Personally, I’m not sure that this is a good thing. At all. But for now, I’m going to throw out a question. We were talking earlier about whether or not students care about this once they come to campus. But really, why does ANYONE care about this? Because it makes a school prestigious? Does it, really? And if you (a term here used to mean “the admissions offices”) care about seeming prestigious based on a number, why don’t they throw out median or mean grade point averages or SAT scores or something? Even the change in percent accepted from the year before? Why do schools release the percent accepted, and why, do you think, are people so hung up on it? More »
Yar: In our brave new world where populations are increasing, so too are wait times.
Back in DC, I was driving by Georgetown Cupcake, the city’s premier “cupcakery,” and subject of a TV show on TLC. The cupcake fad is a topic on its own, but what was most remarkable was the line around the block, numbering at least 80 people. This is basically a constant at the store.
I don’t consider myself an impatient person, but I am somewhat pragmatic. It baffled me that anyone would spend an hour in line to taste even a good cupcake. Which leads me to wonder, what makes the wait worthwhile? Are there any rules of thumb that can help the pragmatic (impatient) like me? More »
Today we present the sixth installment of BloggerHeads, a weekly feature in which our bloggers sit down to debate or discuss an important issue at Columbia.
It’s December, we’re still recovering from our Thanksgiving turkey comas, and finals are almost upon us. It’s time to relax for a moment. So this week, we asked Nuriel Moghavem and Neil FitzPatrick who would win Columbia Celebrity Deathmatch. More »
Today we present the fourth installment of BloggerHeads, a weekly feature in which our bloggers sit down to debate or discuss an important issue at Columbia.
In recent weeks, the question of how college students think about sexual violence has come to the fore. In mid-October, controversy struck Yale’s campus when Delta Kappa Epsilon pledges chanted “no means yes, yes means anal” outside the Yale Women’s Center. The following week, the Yale Daily News published an editorial critical of the Women’s Center’s response, which sparked an outcry of its own. And, here at Columbia, Lucha spoke out against fliers advertising for the a cappella group The Kingsmen. This week, we asked Vaidehi Joshi and Aarti Iyer if campus culture leads to sexual violence. More »
Today we present the third installment of BloggerHeads, a weekly feature in which our bloggers sit down to debate or discuss an important issue at Columbia.
On Monday, Barnard’s Student Government Association announced it will poll Barnard students to gauge their support for formal recognition of sororities. With this latest development in what has been a longstanding debate, this week, we asked Alexandra Katz and Nuriel Moghavem if Barnard should recognize sororities. More »
Today we present the second installment of BloggerHeads, a weekly feature in which our bloggers sit down to debate or discuss an important issue at Columbia.
Writing recently in Spectator, professor David Helfand argued for the end of the departmental major. In response, editorial board member Samuel Roth defended the formal curricular program as essential for a strong academic foundation. This week, we asked Amin Ghadimi and Cornelius FitzPatrick if the major has outlived its usefulness. More »