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....
The best triple jumper in Columbia history, senior Daniel Igbokwe, will graduate after a record-breaking career
This is the eighth edition of “The Season That Could Have Been,” Spectator’s series on spring 2020 sports.
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....
As artists struggle to make ends meet, local politicians discuss COVID-19’s economic impact on the arts
As more and more New Yorkers find themselves unemployed or desperately seeking funding to make ends meet amid the COVID-19 pandemic, New York City has struggled to support its rich arts and culture scene. As clubs, galleries, and music venues close across the city, artists and small businesses in Upper Manhattan lack access to resources, with self-employed artists and gig workers struggling the most....
Beyond all expectations: Seniors Iman Sule and Katie Wasserman break records on the track and excel in the classroom
This is the fifth edition of “The Season That Could Have Been,” Spectator’s series on spring 2020 sports.
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....
A decade in athletics: Softball prepares for a new decade of winning after 12 years under an interim coach
Softball has been one of the best-performing teams at Columbia throughout this decade. Head coach Jennifer Teague is coming off of an Ivy League Coach of the Year season during which the Lions could have received their first Ivy League championship; the team was projected to win the conference before the 2020 season was canceled....