PowerSuites: The FemDems

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At long last, Bwog brings you the feature you’ve all been waiting for (but like, really—we’ve kept you waiting since 2009): a close look at Columbia’s best and brightest PowerSuites. In its inaugural installment, PowerSuites visits the den of four very influential juniors, through the lens of Examiner Extraordinare Alex Eynon. Join Alex as she rifles through their lair, and asks some nosy questions along the way. And remember, as Abraham Lincoln once (kind of) said, “Nearly all [wo]men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a [wo]man’s character, give him [her] power.”

It’s (not at all) rumored that each suitemate has this very crest tattooed on an undisclosed body part.

The ascent to Ruggles five—specifically to suite 520-523—is a steep one, and not just because of the dawdling elevator. Rather, it’s the lofty pursuits of the quartet of ladies that comprise said suite; together, they are one mean political machine, and are naught but a force to be reckoned with.

Janine Balekdjian, Rebecca Ehrhardt, Sarah Gitlin, and Debattama Sen (whose suite crest is a hybrid between the CU Dems Logo and an Occupy Wall Street Banner, I’m told) manage their time impressively, and are somehow able to juggle an ardent opposition of the patriarchy and the one percent with a penchant for coffee runs, parties, and plenty of late night conversation. Their greatest collective cause, they say, is the Feminist Mystique Magazine, a newly formed group for which most of the suite sits on the board.

The young women met via some hodgepodge of UWriting interactions and CU Dems meetings (three of the roommates are CU Dems members), and have since managed to coordinate their talents, interests, and styles of décor into one suite. They claim to all share housekeeping duties and cooking, and Bwog was asked to NOT refer to Janine as “the one who cleans,” so we won’t do that (nor will we refer to her as “the one with the dorkiest PJs”). Suite hobbies include coordinating events and registering voters at Occupy Wall Street—it comes as no surprise that the young women claim Rosie the Riveter as an unofficial mascot.

The only foreseeable problem amid all the activism? Finding time to plan Halloween costumes. Luckily, the suitemates already have a few ideas kicking around, including Sarah Palin, Electra, the USSR and possibly Portable Gulag, and something they describe only as, “Definitely Not A Watermelon.” Perhaps the girls’ hidden talents—Rebecca is a martial arts champion, and Janine hunts down Soviet propaganda posters—will come into play closer to the 31st.

Until then, we wish the women of Ruggles five the best of luck as they continue to balance political pursuits and party planning alike.

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  1. DM  

    Deb Sen! Way to strike that pose!

  2. fan  

    janine is amazing!

  3. Anonymous

    An awesome group of people doing great things in the word and making the most of college life. :D

  4. lulz  

    > fighting the one percent
    > students at Columbia University
    > not sure if trolling or just stupid

  5. ruggles 4  

    ahh these girls are so cool!

  6. Anonymous  

    Not surprised in the least bit to see this particular group of ladies featured. I lived in the same LIO suite as Sarah her Freshman year and she is seriously one of the most hard working, well-traveled, determined people imaginable. You go girl.

  7. Anonymous  

    These girls are a ton of ridiculously awesome crammed into one suite and it's so great to see them featured. Feminist Mystique FTW!

  8. FemDems  

    Aka Bonerkillers

  9. Dems Member  

    Janine and Sarah are two of the smartest people at Columbia. Seriously.

    (I don't know the other two girls, but I imagine they're brilliant too!)

  10. Republicans

    These cats ain't got nothing on us. I think at the very best they could be considered Bonerkillers.

  11. Anonymous

    Tilting against the 1% from dorms endowed by the 1%, with tuitions paid for, partially or entirely, by the 1% (parents, scholarship or endowment donors), with a likely future of becoming the 1%.

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