LETTERS FROM THE EDITOR
INSIDE THE ISSUE
After Displacement from Manhattanville, a Community Remains Resilient
November 19th, 2018
The building at 3595 Broadway stands out from the neighborhood skyline. It was commissioned by Columbia—built to house over 100 neighborhood residents whose homes would be bulldozed by the University’s Manhattanville expansion...
Growing Together: The Student Effort to Change Barnard’s Neuroscience Program
November 15th, 2018
The neuroscience and behavior program at Barnard is no stranger to criticism. In the spring of 2017, graduating seniors from the program collaborated on a student-initiated survey about the major. The survey was thorough, asking graduating majors about their satisfaction with classes, faculty, advising, research, and community. About half of the seniors, over thirty students, responded. The quantitative responses to questions were ranked on a scale, one to five, where one and five alternated as the strongest response. The results of the survey were then analyzed and presented to the program’s director, Peter Balsam, a professor of psychology...
Marcellus Blount Loved to Dance: Reflections on his 33 Years at Columbia
November 13th, 2018
One evening in East Campus in the late 1980s, a group of students begin to dance. Illuminated by the sprawling lights of East Harlem and warmed by a home-cooked dinner, a young professor Marcellus Blount watches from the sofa. “Dance, professor Blount, dance!” one student insists. Blount, characteristically modest, replies: “No, no, no, I don’t think I’ll do that.” But now everyone is insisting. Then, “out of nowhere, all of a sudden,” one student remembers, he stands and begins to move...
Meet the rockstars on Columbia’s competition math team
November 14th, 2018
On 8 p.m. on a Monday this October, students trickle into Mathematics 509. Professor Ovidiu Savin, the director of undergraduate studies for the math department, walks in, and the room goes silent. Savin is tall and thin and somewhat wry. Today, it seems like his job is mostly to lower expectations...
Everybody Talks: The Fracturing of a Voice
November 13th, 2018
Until I made the decision to quit debate in my junior year of high school, debate was my Thing. I was thrilled when I started the ninth grade because I was finally able to join the high school team. I spent the days I had practice getting home well past dark, I hardly saw friends on the weekends because I was competing in Pennsylvania or upstate New York or a New England city I hadn’t even heard of before, and I spent most of my free time reading philosophy that I am now mature enough to admit I did not quite understand...