I envy people who don’t like dining hall food because it means they must have grown up eating really good food. Dining hall food is delicious, but it will never be the same as whatever your mom, dad, grandparent, or other caretaker makes especially for you. And yet, out of all the love I have for my home, I’ve never felt nostalgic for a home-cooked meal. If we’re being perfectly honest, my family kinda cooks like shit. You always hear about how food is a person’s true connection to their home, culture, and family—but what if your parents aren’t very good cooks, and your grandparents live in Florida?...
It's midterm season, which means it's time for endless notifications about study breaks, RA events, and weird 4 p.m. pizza parties! It also means that it’s time I break out my cocoa butter foot massage oil and we continue to develop our interests in the necessity of self-care. During high school, I never felt the need to do more than moisturize and, you know, shower. But after coming to college, I have significantly less time on my hands—and therefore feel a great pressure to participate in fast, trendy, and often expensive self-care in order to feel like I’m taking care of myself....
I don’t do yoga, but that’s usually what I tell people if they ask. I’m not flexible, nor do I have much balance or endurance, but the real reason I don’t do yoga is because while I do it, I cry. Same with group runs, tai-chi, kickboxing, or weight lifting. My mother has witnessed me sob while doing crunches, and at my dad’s physical therapy practice, I have to take bathroom breaks so that his employees don’t see me cry while they’re telling me about my spine alignment. Yes, I exercise, but my ideal gym is a silent barge floating away on the upper Hudson with only the ghosts of oysters to keep me company. If you catch me exercising, kindly move on after I Men in Black your ass. This is a review of 47 Claremont’s basement gym: It’s surprisingly private....
By Max F. Neuman, Blythe Edwards, Nathan Santos, Liberty Martin, Milagro Chavez-Cisneros, Sam Wilcox, Lana Awadallah, Daphnie Ordoñez, Sabina Jones, Kalena Chiu, Jacob Kaplan, Emma Gometz, Venice Ohleyer, Sabina Maurer, and Yasna Vismale
DISCOURSE & DEBATE
Content Warning: This op-ed contains discussion of disordered eating.
Very soon, I will be celebrating my one-year anniversary as a member of Columbia’s Undergraduate Recruitment Committee. I’ve given over 30 tours of Columbia, and it’s time for me to admit something: I don’t know how to give a tour....