On Ivy League campuses, student-athletes are often targeted with jokes about “deserving to be here.” However, the Ivy League was founded as a sports league, and Columbia athletes have long been an important part of our community. What does it mean when students disparage athletes as “not deserving” to be here? How does this reflect our notion of “deserving” to be here?...
Neurodiversity is a concept in which neurological differences are recognized as equally valuable in society. Columbia University tends to select students who exhibit a very particular type of cognitive function. How does the neurological composition of this campus impact our perception of the world, our education, and the community as a whole?...
Columbia's campus is known to be a very high-pressure environment in which students often have to deal with difficult course loads and demanding extracurricular activities. In many demanding majors and pre-professional tracks, students use "study drugs" like Adderall to keep them going in preparation for rigorous assignments. Is the misuse of study drugs the future of intensive education or is their presence indicative of deeper faults in our education? What might those faults be?...
On Columbia’s campus, accusations of performative activism are often thrown around. What is performative activism? Is it ever beneficial? When does it become harmful and how does this harm materialize?...
There is often conversation surrounding how tour guides present Columbia as a utopia of perfect students with thrilling city lifestyles. How do you describe Columbia to people at home? How honest are we supposed to be?...
Discourse and Debate: Whose responsibility is it to facilitate conversations on sensitive topics in the classroom?