‘The next chapter’: Despite history of alumni apathy, Bollinger-era initiatives drive newfound culture of engagement
Graphics by Charlotte Li, Raeedah Wahid
I spent countless hours of my four years at Columbia University sitting in a cubicle in a basement—clicking Dial, Answering Machine, Busy, Not Available, Deceased, Whereabouts Unknown, as a phone dialer rang on and on. I started calling alumni, parents, and “friends” of the University in the fall of my sophomore year. My partner recommended it to me as a workplace coveted by all her friends for the flexible schedule and reasonable wage ($12 per hour, at the time; it’s now $16 per hour)....
I am a proud alumna and name-dropper of Columbia University and its marching band, and I won't be sending my kids to this school. Not only because they have yet to exist, or because there's no way I'll be able to afford to, but because, in my opinion, this University so flagrantly doesn't care about its students....
Is it all even real? Or are we in a simulation?
Barnard administrators affirm push to increase student-alumni relations, alumni engagement at SGA in light of decrease in giving rate
Representatives from Barnard’s Student Government Association questioned administrators about low rates of alumni engagement and a lack of awareness among the student body of student-alumni networking opportunities at an SGA meeting on Monday....
Earlier this week, Shaan Pandiri published an op-ed titled “Beto Should Be Better.” I’m writing to explain that Columbia’s obsession with its identity as an alma mater is not unique nor novel. In fact, whether from students itself or supported by the administration, famous alumni (in politics, arts, science) are a marketing tool for the University and a confirmation for students that their $70k+ tuition will hopefully pay off. Look at Beto O’Rourke, Columbia can say, a former punk rock bassist who is running for president! You, nameless Columbia student with eclectic interests, can pay thousands of dollars to our school and eventually run for president too!...
One month ago, Beto O’Rourke came to Columbia’s campus to speak to a select group of students who had won the chance to see him by lottery. I counted myself as one of the lucky few who got to see O’Rourke, and even posted my picture with him on Instagram. I came away impressed by O’Rourke’s cogency, his willingness to answer questions from students, and his ability to speak extemporaneously. He seemed genuine, passionate, and above all else, extremely charismatic....
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, LAW ’82, honored at annual Black Alumni Council reception
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson, LAW ’82, was honored with the Heritage Award by the Columbia Black Alumni Council (BAC) at its annual reception Tuesday night....
The U.S. Senate confirmed William Pelham Barr, CC ’71, GSAS ’73, and a corporate lawyer, to serve as the next U.S. attorney general on Thursday.