The (likely apocryphal) tale resounds with many: a Spectator editor banned the term “Columbia community” from the paper’s pages, on the grounds that the phrase was an oxymoron. My theory about this jaded viewpoint has always been that seeing is believing. And there are essentially no instances in which we see disparate corners of our campus society together in one place. We simply don’t have the facilities. Roone Arledge holds but a thousand students, about an eighth of undergraduates.
While The Blue and White does not have a secret endowment that will let us supplant the Low administrative annex at Lerner Hall with a real student center, we can at least aspire to construct some sort of facility of our own. Under the roof of these twenty eight pages you will find an issue devoted nearly wholly to the confines of the semi-rectilinear environs of our campus.
Although our universe is geographically confined, the question on everyone’s mind is boundaries. Naomi Sharp examines the implications of administrative salaries which apparently lack upper limits, and how other salaries lack lower limits. Christian Zhang interviews George Joseph, a man who crosses lines with administrators, and does not always draw them professionally. Meanwhile, Hallie Nell Swanson discusses what transgender admissions means for Barnard—a college that defines itself as being single sex. Finally, our personals column, written in heat, self-consciously crosses all boundaries.
It is my sincere hope that in reading through the following pages, you will get a good whiff of blue air. If all these features of our Morningside world can coalesce in a 2 oz packet, I should think that perhaps “Columbia community” is less oxymoron than tautology.
— Daniel. Stone
Editor in Chief