Brandon Shi is a sophomore in Columbia College majoring in economics-political science and concentrating in ethnicity and race studies. He is a Leo from the San Francisco Bay Area who is still getting used to the concept of distinct seasons. On campus, he serves on the Queer Trans Advisory Board within Multicultural Affairs and is a class rep on the Columbia College Student Council. He spends way too much time in Dodge and Ref, but occasionally balances it out by getting off campus and enjoying the city. Brandon was a former Opinion deputy editor for Spectator....
Leaving the Playground: After Running a Presidential Campaign, Henry Williams Isn’t Done With National Politics
Henry Williams, a sophomore at Columbia College, is fresh out of the shower, standing in his pajamas with a towel draped over his shoulders, as he welcomes me into the basement lounge of River Hall. There is a lot to talk about, and he does not waste time. He speaks quickly and eloquently—it’s clear that he has told this story many times before. As Williams laments the uninspiring centrism that he believes has plagued leftist politics since the end of the ’60s, a student plays violin across the room. The melancholic crooning is like a funeral march for politics as we know it....
It can be so easy to feel anonymous at this school—like just another faceless body wandering through halls filled with portraits and memorials of change-making alumni. We walk among teenagers who’ve accomplished more before their first year of college than many people accomplish in their lifetimes. We sit in classrooms with students who might someday change the world and with professors who may have done so already....
The Columbia University Center for Oral History Research, the country’s oldest and and largest oral history archive, will be one of three schools responsible for generating the official oral history of the presidency of Barack Obama, CC ‘83, the Obama Foundation and Columbia University announced Thursday morning....
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Until I made the decision to quit debate in my junior year of high school, debate was my Thing. I was thrilled when I started the ninth grade because I was finally able to join the high school team. I spent the days I had practice getting home well past dark, I hardly saw friends on the weekends because I was competing in Pennsylvania or upstate New York or a New England city I hadn’t even heard of before, and I spent most of my free time reading philosophy that I am now mature enough to admit I did not quite understand....