LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR
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Come take a schvitz with me
November 19th, 2018
I first heard about the Dodge sauna in the second week of my first year, when a friend invited me for a late night sweat. We wore bathing suits, uncomfortable with the idea of being naked together. But as we sat there amid the heat, sweat, and bare flesh, I was quickly hooked...
In Focus: The March For Our Lives
April 8th, 2018
More than 150,000 people took to the streets of New York to advocate for gun control this Saturday as a part of the March For Our Lives. Columbia students organized the New York march, which followed the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The perpetrator of the attack, Nikolas Cruz, is a former MSD student who legally obtained the assault rifle that he used to kill 17 students on Valentine’s Day. In the weeks since the tragedy, MSD students have been the leading voices in a movement to promote gun control and ban assault rifles in the United States. ..
Furthest From the Fire
March 26th, 2018
I am now more than halfway through my second semester here at Columbia—a full seven months since I first left my home in Berkeley, California—and somehow I still find myself pulling out my Metrocard when leaving a subway station, as if I’m still riding the BART—the Bay Area’s transit system—instead of the 1. This was far from the most obvious of my Californian tendencies...
When Ken Met Sally: A Summer Working at the Pizza Garage
March 26th, 2018
The man waiting to place his order at the register taps his fingers on the counter to the beat of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side,” which is playing over the ambient din of the restaurant. He is tan and wearing a circle scarf—dad-age, but the kind of dad who knows the difference between Kobe and Wagyu beef and who has been on the receiving end of a manicure. He looks a bit like what I imagine Barbie’s boyfriend would look like at 50...
The Anti-Gentrification Street Fair
March 15th, 2018
“Enjoy your neighbors, bring out your art, music, ideas,” one speech bubble reads on a black-and-white poster. The announcement for the festival features an aerial shot of a two-way street with a fire truck passing between apartment buildings stacked on both sides. “Tenants Rights Info,” another bubble proclaims, “No biolabs #3, no displacement.”..
November 21st, 2017
It was what William Safran once called “a sort of Jewishness of defiance” that put me on that chair on Rosh Hashana evening, a yarmulke pinned to my head, surrounded by strangers in the closest synagogue I could find...