LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR
INSIDE THE ISSUE
A Shofar Blast for Justice
October 17th, 2020
My first Rosh Hashanah away from home and family was supposed to be unremarkable. I planned to be with friends, make some semblance of a holiday dinner, braid my first challah, and FaceTime my parents and brother to wish them a sweet and happy new year. Yet, it was only minutes after hearing the blast of the shofar—the signal that a new year has begun—that I heard the sounds of incoming texts, tweets, and Apple News alerts that would signal the end of an era. All these electronic blasts brought the same news: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice whose shoulders bore the weight of our country’s democracy, had died...
And the Trees Fall Down: A Hurricane Maria Story
January 31st, 2018
On Wednesday, September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria made landfall in Puerto Rico. I didn’t know the hurricane was coming until two days before when my half-brother called from the hospital my father was staying at to tell me it was coming. I wasn’t concerned. As far as I remembered, there had always been hurricane warnings in Puerto Rico but none of them had ever hit. It had only been a week since Irma and at the time they had predicted doomsday—the power would be out and when it went out, it’d be out for months, they said. No data, no wifi, zero communication with anyone outside of the island. Puerto Rico would be devastated...
Mismanaged: Columbia’s Brief History with Biosphere 2
February 24th, 2018
This story starts with Steve Bannon and ends with a lawsuit.
Inside the Rise of Columbia’s Esports Team
February 3rd, 2018
On October 21, 2016, thousands of frenzied fans flocked to Madison Square Garden to witness their favorite teams duke it out for a championship title. As the teams filed in, sporting uniforms emblazoned with corporate sponsors, the crowd that had been holding its breath in eager anticipation erupted. Commentators broke down the action play-by-play; supersized screens depicted every bead of sweat in immaculate detail; and millions of fans clamored to watch online, sending shockwaves through social media. And invariably, about three miles away at Columbia University’s Lerner Hall, a swath of Ivy League twenty-somethings assembled shoulder-to-shoulder to watch the livestream. ..
At Columbia, Yoga is a Balancing Act Between the Trendy and the Sacred
January 31st, 2018
Here I am on my mat, draped in a forward fold, rising slightly to a half lift, flinging myself upwards for a back bend. Magnified by a microphone, the teacher asks us to “open a dialogue with your bodies” and “to practice self-forgiveness,” to exhale in a “shhhhh” and to inhale until we can’t inhale anymore. She tells us to thank ourselves for “making it to your mats today.” As always, I’m torn between the urge to roll my eyes and the urge to nod emphatically. ..