Campus Gossip, May 2018

Think Columbia elections are boring? Varun Devatha, Cornell ’19, recently survived being disqualified over a supporter’s meme containing the Cornell logo to win the presidency by 48 votes after a last minute turnover of the student government’s ruling. Now you can thank the Columbia Elections Commission for such a boring election. *** A widely denounced…

Expressing the Unexplained

A conversation with Erik Gray By Caroline Hurley Editor-in-Chief Caroline Hurley sat down with Professor of English Erik Gray for this month’s Conversation, where they discussed everything from rap music to love to mid-20s emotional indifference. Professor Gray, known for his expressive lectures on poetry, holds an esteemed gold nugget rating on CULPA and his…

Graduating Without Taking the Core Curriculum

Columbia continues age-old tradition of awarding fake degrees By Zoe Dansdill 1. Alexander Hamilton The first U.S. Secretary of the Treasury still stands in front of his namesake Hamilton Hall as one of Columbia’s most famous alumni. After entering what was then King’s College in 1774, Alexander Hamilton later worked to revive King’s College as…

The State of the Union

Graduate students hit the picket line, demand that Prezbo bargain By Mary Dawson When the Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC) gave a deadline for Columbia to start bargaining or else, they already created the hashtag CUonStrike. Months have passed since the union’s certification by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), punctuated by increasingly drastic actions…

Poker Face or Baby Face

From the Travel Desk: A freshman experiences New York’s underground poker scene On a particularly boring Wednesday afternoon I received a text from a contactless number: “Use the door halfway down the alley, take the elevator down to the basement, and tell them that Kevin sent you.” A few hours later I step up to…

Measure for Measure, May 2018

Through the scratched glass of the sky painted window,In the center of the kitchen that we all wished was a couple feet wider, There is a family and a table, a square table. Dancing blonde hair tickles eyeballs and their pupils While ketchuped lasagna is scooped into smiles and maybe even giggles. Stories are told…

Told Between Puffs, May 2018

In which our hero solidifies summer plans ‘There is something distasteful in the informality of email,’ thought Verily as he opened up his Gmail inbox for the day. Lesser men might have trays full of unread emails, but Verily kept a great deal of pride in his uncluttered inbox. But, lo! Today he had a…

Was it Worth It?

Affirmative By Saif Maqbool Stumbling bleary-eyed out of Butler as the sun begins to peer bashfully over the horizon, one often struggles to free oneself from a clenching of the mind, perhaps manifest on such an occasion as infrared flashes of panic or as languorous treacle clouds of despondence rolling across the field of consciousness.…

Campus Characters, May 2018

You might not know the following figures—but you should. In Campus Characters, The Blue & White introduces you to a handful of Columbians who are up to interesting and extraordinary things and whose stories beg to be shared. This issue, we bring you two people with interests in their Columbia class pages. If you’d like to…

Blue Notes, May 2018

During her inauguration this February, President Sian Beilock of Barnard noted, “In computer science, … there are important areas like artificial intelligence, open data, ethics and privacy where we can be out front.” All Barnard needs is a Computer Science Department. It’s not as if Barnard students don’t major in computer science at all. The…