The Columbia University Marching Band recently defied direct administrative rules banning them from Butler, and the administration has yet to follow up on the infraction. Earlier in the semester, the administration dropped an investigation into protestors at a Columbia University College Republicans event. Many students believe both instances of rule breaking were justified. Are students ever justified in breaking the rules?...
By Heven Haile
When I immigrated to this country 13 years ago, I was convinced that I needed to pay the American Dream tax for an opportunity to exist in this country. Payment came in the form of passivity to racism, a selfless work ethic, and unwavering submissiveness to white authority. More specifically, I paid in the form of mastering white history and literature, and of sacrificing my blackness for proximity to whiteness. My parents paid in the form of 14-hour work shifts and the experience of xenophobic assaults. In return, we received a chance for socioeconomic mobility. After 13 years, we finally saw the fruits of our labor manifested in my acceptance letter to the prestigious Columbia University....
By Heven Haile
Every now and then, white supremacy rears its hideous head to disillusion us of the notion of a post-racial America. This summer, the manifestation of this falsehood came in the form of hundreds of armed bigoted white thugs—clad in Nazi and Confederate paraphernalia—rioting through Charlottesville. And Charlottesville was not an isolated event; Columbia University College Republicans has invited white supremacists to spread their vitriol on our campus under the guise of promoting freedom of speech....