LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR
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Online Classes Are Not New at Columbia—But Amid the Pandemic, They Look Different.
April 25th, 2020
For many students, the transition to taking classes online on Zoom has upturned what it means to be at a university. Many op-eds and columns have been written about the negative impacts of the coronavirus outbreak—be that personal loss, stress about job security, or a generalized feeling of loneliness. The pandemic has deeply impacted how students interact with each other, both in and outside the classroom...
Columbia Expects Graduate Students to Pay Rent in June. What Does This Mean for Those Who Can’t Foot The Bill?
August 4th, 2020
Tamara Hache was supposed to spend her summer researching 19th-century literature in Argentina. The third-year Ph.D. candidate in Latin American and Iberian cultures had secured a research grant and planned on subletting her Columbia-owned apartment, hopping on a plane to her hometown of Buenos Aires, and working on her dissertation while spending time with friends and family...
In the Midst of a National Debate Over ‘The Box,’ Student and University Initiatives Push for Higher Ed Accessibility for Justice-Involved Individuals
January 23rd, 2020
The Local Food Landscape Is Changing. What Does Columbia Bring To The Table?
May 11th, 2020
Home Sweet Harlem feels like chef and owner Donna Lewis’s home. The brick walls are lined with modern artwork by black artists, while the pale yellow backroom showcases old framed photographs. Lewis’ menu—which offers Southern food like homemade pancakes, fresh buttermilk biscuits, and salmon croquettes—exudes a similar sense of comfort...
Portrait of My Mother As an Arts ‘Dum Dum’
December 6th, 2019
“Oh, my God, that’s a Rembrandt!” my mom half-shouted, waving her hand close enough to the portrait of Nicolaes Ruts to get a stern look from museum security. “I love Rembrandt.”..
Punching Up: How Columbia’s Comedy Clubs Adapt to Campus Discourse
April 9th, 2019
Cue the lights. Actors dressed in all-black dart back and forth onstage as the audience members sit and watch sketch after sketch from the comedy group Chowdah. Loie Plautz, a Barnard senior and president of Chowdah, is commanding the stage, until they’re not...