During a CNN town hall last month, President Joe Biden defended his proposal to cancel only $10,000 in federal student loan debt per person as opposed to the $50,000 that many Senate Democrats are advocating for in the face of the student debt crisis. Biden supported his statement by suggesting that the government should not forgive student loans for Ivy League alumni....
“Human rights” is a term often thrown around in campus discourse. Yet for the past four years, this term was perhaps used most frequently concerning the Trump administration, as many students were dismayed at its frequent and flagrant violations of human rights. Now, following Joe Biden’s inauguration, many of us are breathing a sigh of relief....
On July 10, University President Lee Bollinger announced the opening of the Columbia Climate School. He based the decision on Columbia’s commitment to public life, writing: “We are not free to ignore the issues of our age and pursue whatever we want. We are ultimately responsible to our societies and the world. To that end, we must answer the call to serve.”...
Yingjie Wang is a first-year in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and a staff illustrator.
With former President Donald Trump out of office, it’s time to focus on what we want President Joe Biden to do during his administration. He undoubtedly has a lot on his shoulders. He is inheriting a country that is going through the worst pandemic in about a century, the worst depression since the 1920s, a high point in racial tensions and wealth inequality, and a climate crisis that is worsening. There are many things that Biden could focus on first, but I am advocating for him to prioritize expanding health care access for all Americans....
After a contentious term at Columbia, former EVP of University Life Suzanne Goldberg to oversee national Title IX policy
Content Warning: This article discusses issues of sexual misconduct.
From the United States, with love: Cybersecurity as the Biden administration’s first policy priority
About six weeks after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, the United States Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency released details of a widespread computer breach of over 250 U.S. agencies and businesses worldwide on December 17. This breach has affected roughly 18,000 individuals. According to CISA, this global breach was made by “an advanced persistent threat actor beginning in at least March 2020.” Contrary to the Russian foreign ministry classifying the events as “another unfounded attempt by the U.S. media to blame Russia for cyberattacks against U.S. agencies,” cybersecurity experts who cite the “highly-sophisticated” nature of said breach believe the hacking group known as “Cozy Bear,” or ATP29, from Russia’s SVR foreign intelligence service is responsible....
President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris are inheriting the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression—though the stock market won’t tell you that. The United States’ K-shaped recovery, through which billionaires reap record profits while average families lose income, is symptomatic of an economic system that siphons money to the already wealthy at the expense of working Americans. The pandemic has only accelerated this trend....
Local residents welcome the Biden administration with both optimism and uncertainty amid the ongoing pandemic
After Joe Biden was pronounced president-elect of the United States in November, crowds of students and community residents gathered in the streets outside Columbia’s gates to celebrate. Now, with Biden officially inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States, local residents of Morningside Heights and West Harlem say they continue to look toward the future of Biden’s presidency with optimism....
Executive Vice President for University Life Suzanne Goldberg to leave Columbia, join the Biden administration
Content warning: This article deals with themes of sexual violence.