Oh, what a year it has been—and I can hardly believe it’s over. Running The Eye has been simultaneously the most challenging and most rewarding experience of my time at college.
Community, community, community. It’s the word plastered across every campus publication, earnestly debated in town halls, and spoken of sarcastically when we students find ourselves spending late nights in the library or having to be signed in to a Columbia or Barnard dorm. Again.
Some of our strongest lead stories have been written by individuals exploring communities in which they play or have played an integral role.
On family car trips to my cousins’ house in Pittsburgh, my four siblings and I—spanning 12 years in age—would engage in heated debates about whether J.K. Rowling would kill off Harry Potter. My eldest brother would assert that Harry’s inherent mediocrity would ultimately necessitate his demise.
Sometimes all it takes is being completely alone on Low Steps to feel like you own the place.
With the creation of each issue of The Eye, there is cause for introspection. Here are photos of us in our space. Just like the images in this week’s lead story, we will let them speak for themselves.
We could have published a piece on the injustice of unpaid internships. I’ve had one; most of us have had one. This summer, unpaid Eye writers and artists built Ikea shelves in SoHo, took out the trash in Greenpoint, and burnt their arms delivering overheated pizzas in Williamsburg.
Kirill Medvedev is a Russian poet and political activist who has forgone his copyright and denounced his position in the Moscow literary world.
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