At 15 years old, Phanésia Pharel, BC ’21, marched into the lighting booth of her high school’s black box theater and locked the door behind her. By the time she stood up and walked out, she had written her first play. The following year, she was a published playwright....
I woke up on a hospital gurney three days after Christmas. This was 2018: I was younger (a given) and dumber (another given). I had worn a black dress and heavy eye makeup to go out the night before, which was now horrifically smudged, and the state of my face suggested that I’d taken a narrow strip of sandpaper to it. I came to slowly, with a growing awareness of the heaviness of my limbs, in a ward full of people older and sicker than me. Eyes open, I didn’t move for the next hour or so. I wanted to fade back into oblivion. I knew full well what I, in my lightly blood-spattered black dress, looked like to the elderly man with the fractured arm in the bed next to me....
Unbeknownst to you, the man sitting next to you in the Hungarian Pastry Shop the other day was, in fact, writing a character based on you for his MFA creative writing thesis....
At Columbia, you’d be hard-pressed to find any woman afraid to call herself a feminist.
As a child growing up in the South, I saw KKK rallies in the local park and Confederate flags lining the roads on the way to my house. I endured the teasing of my white peers for not meeting the expectations of their racial stereotypes, for simultaneously and painfully being too black and not black enough. Where I'm from in South Carolina, it's hard to look around and not see how years of ignorance and prejudice have been manifested. My daily interactions were clouded by the prejudices built into Southern culture, and I often found it hard to navigate such a space without either compromising or conforming....
We all know that when alcohol gets involved, people get #messy. But not always in the way you might be thinking.
Hey Upper West Siders,
It's almost time to decided where you're going to be living next year. To make the process a bit easier, here's what housing your favorite TV characters would pick....
English is a spiffing language. People all over the world have come to share, and furthermore revel in, the subtleties of this fine language.