The challenge we face today is to organize a society based on a meaningful exchange of ideas, rather than their mere promulgation.
Former Spectator staff share their experiences and thoughts before graduation.
Student movements for activism sometimes fail to take the necessary course of action.
The obscurity of local community boards is symptomatic of the partisanship and obstructionism that has taken over pragmatic community organizing.
In the aftermath of the financial crisis, the latest fashion among political thinkers in the public eye is to dismiss human behavior as irrational and unpredictable, and therefore garner any study of politics impossible.
Today’s danger lies in believing that New York has become an invincible city, one that could never return to the murder rates of the 1990s, regardless of budget and personnel cuts to police forces.
It seems that corruption among public servants, especially at state and local levels, has become the norm. To complain about the improper spending of millions of taxpayer dollars is an act of naïveté, reflecting a lack of knowledge of New York’s history and unwritten political rules. Reports of dozens of crooked public servants, rather than rallying public outcry, have desensitized us and relegated the status quo of our government to filth.
The balance tipping in favor of college community over urban interaction, while in large part due to the preferences and habits of students, is increasingly becoming a byproduct of financial necessity. A series of recent reforms will likely make off-campus engagement more unsustainable, shutting the gates between “Columbia University” and “the City of New York."
Political science has taught me that self-interest is everybody’s underlying motive and one which the city and University have acted on in recent years.
Even before I arrived at Columbia, I knew I wanted to get involved with the newspaper. After a terrific experience on my high school weekly, I couldn’t imagine going through college without being on a paper.
May 23, 11:57am
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