“Uncertainty is a motif of my life,” Columbia College first-year Derek Ng tells me, one evening over Zoom.
Racist Fiji messages are part of a long history of sexual, anti-Black violence protected by brotherhood
Messages between members of the Columbia chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity, nicknamed Fiji, have circulated over the past week, implicating several students in racist comments targeting a Black woman photographed in The Denver Post after being tear-gassed by police. One fraternity member’s concerns were dismissed when he expressed disgust with a joke that compared the tear gas—a toxin linked to chronic respiratory diseases and miscarriages that has been used as a weapon against protests—to semen....
It was a decade of many firsts for the Columbia women’s tennis program. Led by head coach and former Lion Ilene Weintraub, CC ’02, the Light Blue notched its first-ever winning Ivy League season, claimed its first Ancient Eight title, won ECACs four times, and earned its highest ranking in program history....
This is the fourth edition of “The Season That Could Have Been,” Spectator’s series on spring 2020 sports.
Letter to the Editor: Upper-middle-class Asian Americans need greater solidarity with people of color
Julie Yao, BC ’20, writes in response to a column published last week about what the impact of 9/11 on Muslim people can teach us about the long-lasting effects of the coronavirus pandemic on Asian communities. Read the original piece here....
Black deaths lead the nation’s number of pandemic victims while the CDC has yet to publish ethnic breakdown of infection rate
When the nation’s emergency rooms were empty, low-income Black communities did not have access to nearby hospitals. When specialized doctors were still booking appointments, they did not schedule patients on Medicaid....
Jay-Z and Jelani Cobb speak on prison reform, NFL deals, and the hope in hip-hop at inaugural lecture
Jay-Z was met with a standing ovation upon entering The Forum on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus. While Beyoncé—yes, you read that right—slipped inconspicuously into her seat in the audience, Jay-Z sat down to speak on topics ranging from his musical influences to prison reform to his controversial partnership with the National Football League to his historic role in the landscape of hip-hop....
I spent this weekend in the last hurrah portion of my graduate school applications, and had to write a “commitment to diversity” statement. Because of this and the fact that I’m not going home or visiting my family for Thanksgiving this year, I’ve been trying to write about who I am in that sense....
Updated November 25th at 1:28pm.
Italian artist Caravaggio’s painting “The Incredulity of St. Thomas” features his characteristic use of chiaroscuro, or the dramatic use of light and shadow. But what is most remarkable about the image is not only the artist’s rendering of the scene but also the subject matter itself: St. Thomas leans towards Christ, poking at his flesh in disbelief of Christ’s resurrection....