Writing

In defense of the SAT

January 30th, 2020

Standardized exams are under attack from a united progressive left that links them to socioeconomic and racial inequality. The University of California is beginning to examine whether it should require standardized exams for admission in recognition of the inequalities they allegedly perpetuate. Yet, I believe this movement toward less testing in favor of more qualitative approaches to admission reliant on the review of essays, portfolios, and extracurriculars will inevitably result in both a dramatic loss of access for poor and underrepresented Americans to higher education and the shattering of public trust in an admission process that will only become more opaque. …

Columbia’s crisis of complicity

October 1st, 2019

Every year, children in New York City are born addicted to heroin. It’s easy to tell them apart from other newborns: They often never stop crying. They’re not calling out for their mothers, but for opioids. This local tragedy parallels the greater national opioid crisis that claimed over 45,000 lives—more than breast cancer—in 2017 alone. Columbia is responding to this tragedy by mobilizing researchers and clinicians to investigate effective treatments and implement therapies for those who are addicted. This enormous institutional effort is valiant, but to me, a farce. Because while physicians delve deep into their communities to reach those in need, Columbia seems to proudly stand by its own complicity in the crisis. …

Columbia should place less weight on athletics recruitment

April 17th, 2019

Many of us are rightfully outraged about the recent college admissions scandal roiling the nation, in which parents paid bribes to coaches to earn admission to elite schools across the country. But really, the problem isn’t that people are buying their way into colleges like Yale; that has been done from time immemorial. The main issue at hand is that we’ve given coaches so much importance in the admissions process. Today, even with record low admissions rates, roughly 20 percent of each Columbia class is recruited. …

Lack of summer financial aid contributes to low rates of studying abroad for low-income students

March 3rd, 2017

There are stark disparities in study abroad uptake rates between low-income students and the rest of the student body, according to a report on global education that was published last year. …

University updates international travel policy, requires approval for high-risk travel

February 16th, 2017

The University announced an updated international travel policy Wednesday requiring itinerary review and approval for high-risk travel affiliated with Columbia. …

Columbia professor, alumna win MacArthur “genius” grants

December 22nd, 2016

Kellie Jones, an associate professor in the department of art history and archaeology and the Institute for Research in African-American Studies, was awarded the prestigious MacArthur “genius” grant this week in recognition of her curation and scholarship on African-American artists. …

Senator Bernie Sanders releases letter supporting teaching and research assistant unionization

December 12th, 2016

Less than a week before graduate and undergraduate teaching and research assistants at Columbia are set to vote on whether to join the United Auto Workers Union, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont released a letter in favor of their unionization. …

Core seminars constrained by class size, space limitations

April 26th, 2019

The use of small seminar classes to encourage discussion and promote student engagement with faculty is a critical component of the Core Curriculum, the foundation of Columbia’s undergraduate education. …

Bollinger discusses stress culture, lack of community at undergraduate fireside chat

November 14th, 2016

During University President Lee Bollinger’s first fireside chat of the semester, he answered questions about community, stress culture, and faculty tenure from students in Columbia College, School of Engineering and Applied Science, and School of General Studies. …

Faculty, scholars discuss importance of accessible education for refugees

November 14th, 2016 In the first World Leaders Forum event of the year, a panel of faculty and scholars convened on Monday to discuss Columbia’s role in educating the world’s displaced scholars and refugees.