LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR
INSIDE THE ISSUE
The Free Speech Debates at Columbia
December 5th, 2017
The first piece I wrote for The Eye was a series of profiles on the leaders of Columbia University College Republicans, Columbia University Democrats, Columbia/Barnard International Socialist Organization, and Columbia University Libertarians. Written in the months following the 2016 presidential election, the piece highlighted the growing political stratification that caused Donald Trump’s election and the way in which that stratification seemed to grow dramatically worse after the political shift—particularly amongst Columbia’s student groups. Yet while these leaders’ opinions on policy were different, they shared many core values—values that revealed a sense of common humanity across the political divides. ..
Losing My Midwesternness
December 8th, 2017
There are few spaces more transient, in between, and decidedly nowhere than airport terminals. I am sitting at my gate at Chicago O’Hare at the end of Thanksgiving break, waiting to board my flight back to New York, shifting back into a New York frame of mind. There are significant differences between the version of me that woke up in Illinois at 4:40 a.m. today and the version of me that will land at LaGuardia. Already, I am quieter, more cautious. My ears, which just a few days ago could pick out the dull Christmas music in every department store, begin to tune out the cacophony. My body makes its way to New York City. My mind curls inward...