Last semester, the crisis unleashed by the pandemic underscored how Columbia not only serves the role of educational institution and employer for its students and workers, but also functions as a landlord for over 10,000 Columbia affiliates—with all of the forms of power over students' and employees' lives that this status implies. Columbia frames its position within the New York real estate market as beneficial for the project of higher education, but in reality, it has subjected students and faculty to a particularly brutal form of landlordism while having extremely destructive consequences for the working-class communities that surround the University. Now more than ever, Columbia’s role as a landlord-University must be challenged through an interconnected fight for housing justice, one that would unite both student-tenants and community members behind a vision of accessible and affordable housing for students, workers, and longstanding residents alike....
DOJ challenges affirmative action in a lawsuit alleging Yale discriminates against white, Asian American applicants
Hot on the heels of three similar lawsuits, the Department of Justice announced on Oct. 8 a lawsuit against Yale University, alleging illegal discrimination on the grounds of race and national origin during the admissions process. The DOJ found the university in violation of Title VI of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, which prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, and national origin....
For West Harlem residents, voting is a decision between personal safety and having their voices heard
The latest challenge posed by the pandemic has made West Harlem residents reevaluate how they will vote in the 2020 presidential election.
With the upcoming presidential election and voter registration deadlines drawing near Spectrum wants to remind you to register and vote!
Incoming out-of-state students express financial and logistical concerns over New York quarantine advisory
Phillip Le, CC ’24, is moving across the country for the first time without his family, but he does not know when to book his ticket from Lawndale, California to New York City....
During the 2010s, Columbia Athletics was able to clinch 33 Ivy League championships and 12 national team titles. Under two athletic directors—M. Dianne Murphy, who served between 2004 and 2015, and current Athletic Director Peter Pilling—Columbia Athletics began a transformation, developing nationally-recognized programs such as fencing, men’s tennis, and cross country. Such teams have routinely found themselves among the top 25 in the nation....
While Columbia’s sports teams may be known more for losing than anything else, the opposite is true of the archery program under head coach Derek Davis, who took the helm in 2004....
A decade in athletics: Anderson strengthens an inconsistent men’s soccer program and creates professional players
Coming into the decade, expectations were not extremely high for the men’s soccer program. It had not earned an Ancient Eight crown in 17 years, Ivy League Player of the Year since 1993, and NCAA tournament berth since 1991....
A decade in athletics: Despite a mediocre performance, lacrosse showed flashes of becoming a possible Ivy League contender
The past decade in Columbia lacrosse has seen seven last-place finishes and zero winning seasons, but the Light Blue has still managed to exceed expectations. For the first time in program history, the Lions did not finish the season in last place or tied for last place in the Ivy League—and then proceeded to rank above the bottom of the table two more times....