Theater of War Productions presents Sophocles’ ‘Ajax’ at Miller Theatre, wrestles with impact of war through dialogue across campus and across time
In lieu of a set and props, the horror of the scene is painted on Tecmessa’s face. Her husband, the warrior Ajax, is reeling from the death of his friend Achilles in the Trojan War. To add insult to injury, the army generals have passed him over for the honor of receiving Achilles’ armor. When his rage and grief drive him to despair, Ajax falls on his sword. After lamenting over his mangled body, Tecmessa turns to the audience, asking, “Who will lift him?” Her shift in focus is apt. The real play, after all, is in the audience....
Librarians, Scholars, and Spies: How a Trove of Chinese Ancestral Records Found Refuge on Columbia’s Shelves
My fingers run along the rice paper pages as my eyes trace the inked lines for three characters: Yan Ji Ci.
At a school as stressful as Columbia, a pill with the power to keep you focused for hours has a strong appeal. Many students at Columbia pop some Adderall before hitting Butler, study longer, stay up later, and get more words on the page at the end of the day. Some may say that Adderall makes them feel “superhuman.” Fooled by the subjective experience of enhanced concentration, many students misguidedly believe that the drug reveals a superior state of mind. Yet even as a first-year, I have seen some of my closest friends abuse Adderall as they wrongfully normalize the drug as a convenient study aid....
Updated September 7, 2018 at 2:10 p.m.
Editors’ Note: This is the first of a two-part series on special interest communities at Columbia.
Over this past break Amigos Restaurant, a longtime staple of the Morningside Heights neighborhood, shut its doors. Amigos was never anything that special. It was a cheap Mexican restaurant, known for its heavily alcoholic margaritas. Yet for many people it represented an important place in the Columbia community. On the day of its closing, Max Davidson, a server at Amigos, posted a eulogy of sorts on the Facebook page columbia buy sell memes. “It might sound convoluted to refer to a three-star Mexican bar as a cultural institution, but it is,” Davidson wrote. “Amigos was never perfect; but it was a place that people from many walks of life could join and eat well-prepared Tex-Mex while getting a buzz on cheap, overpoured margaritas.”...
On Oct. 24, 2001, Spectator published an article about WHAT Bar and its young owner, Daniel Squadron. WHAT Bar, according to the headline, was still “searching for its niche” in the campus bar scene after opening earlier in the year. WHAT Bar went the way of Cannon’s several years ago, although things worked out nicely for Squadron, who was later elected to the New York State Senate. Along with WHAT Bar’s opening, 2001 was also the year of the first Harry Potter movie, the first iPod, and the first days of George W. Bush’s presidency. WHAT Bar, and the rest of these milestones, exemplify how ancient 2001 seems now. We can easily consider that era a separate time in American history and culture....
During the Cold War, dance allowed warring political camps to find common ground onstage—something scholars and former dancers testified to during the Harriman Institute and Barnard dance department’s “Dancing the Cold War: An International Symposium” this past weekend....
Bacchanal is approaching, and with it comes a week of excitement. Midterms are long forgotten, receding more and more into the past with each new day. The tarps are pulled off of the lawns, and everyone prepares for one well-deserved day of pure fun. Part of this preparation, at least for a good segment of the population here, involves acquiring a bevy of "fun-assisting" substances....