Discourse and Debate: Columbia was allocated $12.8 million in federal aid for COVID-19 relief. Should it accept the money?
Colleges and universities across the United States have been offered federal funding in an effort to mitigate millions of dollars in lost revenue as a result of COVID-19. Columbia has yet to confirm if it will accept its $12.8 million allotment, which was the highest amount given to an Ivy League institution, alongside Cornell. The size of the allocation is likely due to the high percentage of full-time undergraduate students at the School of General Studies who receive the Pell Grant, a federal grant for students who demonstrate the highest need in the country, which was a significant factor in deciding school allocations....
Recent events have caused many of us to leave the city we may call home for most of the year. This departure allows us to reflect upon and reevaluate the impact of our presence in New York City. Are we “bad” New Yorkers? What does it mean to be a New Yorker as a college student? How do we “fit in,” and what responsibilities do we have to the city?...
This Discourse and Debate package was scheduled to be released before the COVID-19 pandemic significantly altered campus life.
Brandon Shi is a sophomore in Columbia College majoring in economics-political science and concentrating in ethnicity and race studies. He is a Leo from the San Francisco Bay Area who is still getting used to the concept of distinct seasons. On campus, he serves on the Queer Trans Advisory Board within Multicultural Affairs and is a class rep on the Columbia College Student Council. He spends way too much time in Dodge and Ref, but occasionally balances it out by getting off campus and enjoying the city. Brandon was a former Opinion deputy editor for Spectator....