Phinal 2012 Phi Beta Kappa Crew Announced

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It's just one letter away!

We’d like to take a moment to emerge from our very bitter Butler shell to extend a genuine congratulations to the seniors who’ve been inducted to Phi Beta Kappa, aka the nation’s oldest honor society, aka a BFD. (And if you’re still wondering what PBK is, you probably don’t have to check for your name on the list. But you can still read about it here!)

The newly inducted honorees are:

A: Shreya Agarwal, Yusuf Ahmad, Lauren Alpert, B: Audrey Baker, Katherine Balkoski, Noelle Bodick, C: Ashley Chin, Dane Cook, Jackson Cooper, Jacob Coppola, Philip Crandall, D: Joseph Daly, Samuel Draxler, Katherine Duh, E: Max Ehrman, F: Daniel Flicker, Elizabeth Foydel, G: Anne Gabriel, Priya Gandhi, Emma Gebert, Jou Glasheen, Erin Glennon, Sophie Gloeckler, Elyssa Goldberg, Felipe Goncalves, H: Perry Hampilos, Mark Hay, Benjamin Henderson, J: Victoria Jackson-Hanen, Alejandro Jinich, Madeleine Joseph, K: Colin Kinniburgh, Samuel Klug, Komal Kothari, Dylan Kotliar, Rafael Krichevsky, Rebecca Kutzer-Rice, L: Jacob Lasser, Cindy Law, Jiwoo Lee, William Leonard, Daniel Leong, Scott Levin, Emelyn Lih, Soo Youn Lim, Jodie Liu, Jordan Lord, Alexandra Lotero, Yin Yin Lu, M: Emma Manson, Katherine Marshall, Keith Miao, Laura Mills, Emilia Monell, N: Siddharth Nair, Michael Newman, Chimno Nnadi, O: Kelly O’Reilly, P: Sofia Pacheco-Fores, Vir Patel, Milesh Patel, Bartlomiej Piela, Lea Pollack, Samuel Preston, R: Jacob Rice, Julian Richers, Isabel Ricker, Kimberly Rubin, S: Usha Sahay, Sara Salzbank, John Sarlitto [full disclosure: !!!], Ian Scheffler, Amanda Schiff, Samuel Schube, Adria Schulman-Eyink, Ruijie Song, Erin Stahmer, Kevin Sun, Waradon Sungnak, T: Natasha Terhorst, V: Daniel Valella, W: Laura Waelbroeck, Yinou Wang, Elaine Wang, Erica Weaver, Fan Wu, Z: Katherine Zee

Delicious misread of actual acronym via Wikimedia Commons

Winter inductees (already announced):

  • Alexander Bedrosyan
  • David Berke
  • Zachary Brill
  • Stephen Chan
  • Megan Fauci
  • Alexander Frouman
  • Mario Gabriele
  • Matt Getz
  • Amin Ghadimi
  • Alexa Goldson
  • Jonathan Huggins
  • Kazunari Inoki
  • Joon Ho Kang
  • Ashley Kummerlowe
  • Sheldon Kwok
  • Zachary Levine
  • Elizabeth Munroe
  • Erik Nook
  • Tara Pesce
  • Anthony Testa
  • Anoushka Vaswani
  • Qiurui Wang

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  1. Anonymous

    whats the gpa cutoff?

  2. Anonymous  

    A senior's name is Dane Cook? and they got PBK?


    The first time my name has ever been mentioned on the Bwog!!!!! My life is complete!!!!!!! I've waited *four* years for this!!!! Thank you thank you Bwog!! And congratz to the other inductees and congratz to all seniors for surviving!!!!

  4. Anonymous  

    Good work, Writers House.

  5. Anonymous

    Hey, two Ridgewood High School kids. That's pretty cool. Congrats all of you!

  6. Yay  

    for Jacob! Congrats man!

  7. Anonymous  

    You don't have any of the Barnard women there: Mitzi Steiner

  8. Anonymous

    Are SEAS or GS seniors eligible?

    • Yep.

      Bwog doesn't like to post all the PBK inductees. It's a shame. There's some legit GS folks.

    • CC'14

      Apparently, only students at undergraduate liberal arts colleges (what most universities would call the College of Arts & Sciences) are eligible. So CC and GS students would be eligible while SEAS students wouldn't (I believe there is a separate engineering honor society).

      • Anonymous

        that's not actually true. engineers at MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, Yale etc are all eligible for PBK

        • Anonymouse  

          I'm pretty sure that at all of the schools you listed, there is no separate engineering school, so maybe that's why?

        • CC'14

          Wrong. Engineering students get inducted into Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society), which MIT, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Stanford are all a part of. Check their website.

          From Phi Beta Kappa:

          "a bachelor's degree in these fields the liberal arts and sciences encompass the traditional disciplines of the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities."

          • Anonymous

            no, you are the one who's wrong. there's this little thing called google, you might wanna check it. engineering students at HYP/MIT/Stanford are eligible for Tau Beta Pi AND Phi Beta Kappa. For example, here's a link for Phi Beta Kappa inductees from the EE dept at MIT (which is primarily a tech school, complete with a School of Engineering)


            A little more google will tell you the same thing about Princeton and other schools. The only difference as someone said, is that undergraduate engineers at columbia are kept separated through a strictly bureaucratic line instead of a collective pool of undergraduate majors. So the distinction is only bureaucratic in nature, but SEAS counterparts do exist at all these schools, at least on the graduate level.

          • Anonymous

            Wrong. You're missing the point. I am aware that HYP/MIT/Stanford have PBK chapters. PBK does have MIT in their chapter list on their website.

            But it is impossible for an engineering major to be inducted unless you major in something like CS along with EE (like the example you showed it actually proves my point smh) because almost all of your classes on your transcript have to be in the liberal arts and sciences for you to be eligible. In fact, non-liberal arts classes are excluded from your GPA when you are considered for Phi Beta Kappa.

            At MIT, getting inducted to PBK is extremely difficult with an engineering major because you have to have enough liberal arts classes to almost major in the Arts & Sciences (which is why MIT students just double major -- biological eng has enough bio to get you in, though). There are very few exceptions.

          • Anonymous

            and you're missing my point. SEAS students who major in CS, or Applied Math/Applied Physics or any of the multiple 'non-engineering' disciplines at Columbia are not eligible for Phi Beta Kappa.

          • Anonymous

            "SEAS students who major in CS, or Applied Math/Applied Physics or any of the multiple ‘non-engineering’ disciplines at Columbia are not eligible for Phi Beta Kappa."

            My first post: "So CC and GS students would be eligible while SEAS students wouldn’t."

            Do you know how to read? That's exactly what I said. SEAS doesn't even have a PBK chapter to begin with. With that knowledge in mind, tell me, oh wise one -- do you think SEAS students can be inducted? Take a really good guess, captain obvious.

            MIT, as you pointed out, is a different story because they DO have a PBK chapter.

            Enough is enough, troll.

  9. great job!  

    go yusuf!!! you so deserve this!!

  10. Nothing like  

    reading some of these names to make you wonder what the fucking criteria are.

  11. what kind of

    sandwich do these scholars eat for lunch?

    pb and k!

  12. Anonymous

    colin k. that's my boyyyy

  13. Anonymous  

    will leonard is the best. congratssss!

  14. Anonymous  

    smart people. ugh.

  15. OoOoOo  

    OOO Vir so hot right now

  16. What about GS?

    Can we do one celebratory thing for GS this graduation season and post their inductees? If not, can we do a senior wisdom with a GSer?

    • CC'14

      Actually, you're supposed to nominate seniors for senior wisdom. If there's a particular (CC, SEAS, GS or BC) student you want to nominate, go ahead -- the link should be on Bwog's homepage.

    • Dude...  

      While Bwog represents the entirety of the Columbia community, it's fundamentally still a website for CC and SEAS (and, to a slightly lesser extent, Barnard) student readers. This is why people hate it when UChicago kids, high schoolers, and non-students post complaints about whatever in Bwog's comment sections. Furthermore, 98% of Bwog's stories are about things that 18- to 23-year-olds do, like scrounge free pizza, eat Spicy Specials at 4 am, gawk at Hawkmadinejad, and laugh at makeshift signs on Hamilton doors that say "Room Reserved for Finals Studiers. And Cute Boys." Note that there are very very few postings about Lewisohn or even Sulzberger, about things that happen in apartments off campus, about the interests of late-twentysomethings, etc.

      Essentially everything on Bwog about GS is stuff that CC and SEAS (and Barnard) students might care about. Having said this, a Senior Wisdom with a GSer or a listing of GS Phi Beta Kappa inductees would be fine, but it might also seem out of place within Bwog culture. It's not that Bwog, or the CC/SEAS students who staff it and whom it represents, dislikes GS or has a superiority complex; it's that Bwog is a magazine-style online publication that caters to a particular audience that just isn't that interested in what GS students care most about.

      Perhaps we should add another website to the undergraduate campus discourse, catered specifically toward GS readers. We could call it, maybe, the G-SPOTS (short for General Studies Perspectives on Today's Stories), or something like it.

      But Bwog will always be about the "traditional" undergrads, and it's no use fighting the tradition.

      • CC'14

        "It’s fundamentally still a website for CC and SEAS...Bwog will always be about the 'traditional' undergrads."

        Just out of curiosity, but is this something that's actually (officially) written somewhere, or are you just pulling out these "facts" out of your ass?

        The only official statement I see is,

        "The Bwog is the 24/7 blog incarnation of The Blue and White, Columbia University’s monthly undergraduate magazine...[it] is widely read in the Columbia community, a market that includes nearly 8,000 undergraduates..."

        • CC'14

          ^ I think the statement above implies that Bwog's audience is the entire undergraduate community -- not about CC and SEAS.

        • Anonymous  

          You miss the fact that the OP wrote "while Bwog represents the entirety of the Columbia community" just prior to scripting the phrase that you criticize. As well, the OP probably meant that the LANGUAGE and CONTENT of Bwog are "fundamentally" addressed to CC and SEAS students, teenagers and young twentysomethings. Furthermore, I don't understand why you put the word "facts" in quotes: the OP doesn't ever use the word, and all s/he does is cute examples of what s/he's talking about. You, on the other hand, seem interested purely in vitriol and poor analysis: the phrase "widely read in the Columbia community, a market that includes nearly 8,000 undergraduates" doesn't really "imply that Bwog's audience is the entire undergraduate community"; it merely says that the "Columbia community" is composed of this number of undergraduates, many of whom (but not all of whom) might be interested in reading its posts.

          • Anonymous

            I think it's obvious the content on here is not only for CC and SEAS. For example, their Dean of Students just resigned -- this doesn't affect any of us, but it's still on Bwog. Why? Because Bwog deems GS as being part of the audience.

            Also, you make the critical mistake of assuming "GS student" is synonymous with the term "old student." Yes, their average age is in the late twenties, but their median age is in the early 20's -- which does fit into the aforementioned "18-23 age group for Bwog," doesn't it? (You took 1-2 years off from school? You must apply to GS. Dual Degree student? GS.)

            I just found this "Bwog is for us! Don't try fighting the tradition!"attitude incredibly douchie. That's all -- no more, no less.

          • Anonymous

            Oh, and this:


            for the OP who asked about the senior wisdom.

  17. CC'14

    Not listing Barnard students I can understand -- but GS?

    C'mon, Bwog. Those folks got some impressive GPAs too.

    • CC'14

      You gotta love them Barnard chicks.

      • Aaaaand  

        the real "douchie" Bwog poster is TRACKED.

        • CC'14

          No need for tracking actually. I clearly indicated CC'14 on almost all of my posts. Should have been obvious really. Good work, though, Sherlock.

          The only reason I thought the Barnard exclusion was understandable was because it is an affiliated college. So putting the list in the same section as Columbia's might have been a little inappropriate. Barnard students automatically assumed I was attacking them when I was not -- which explains my second post.

          My initial post was a little unclear I admit, but no need to be so hyper-sensitive about this whole Barnard thing.


  18. that girl  


  19. GSer  

    Where can we find the list of GS pbks?

  20. anon

    When is the induction ceremony?

  21. Does  

    anyone have any predictions for the GPA cutoff represented?

  22. Anonymous

    What about barnard pbk?

  23. Anonymous

    ADP shoutout

  24. Anonymous  

    bwog doesn't give people pbk... lol

  25. Anonymous  

    Barnard has a Phi Beta Kappa 'section' in the Columbia University 'chapter'. Even for those of you who like to debate whether Barnard is part of CU or not..(and if you do, you seriously have no life), you have to say that if the inductees of the CC 'section' of the CU chapter are announced here, it is only fair for the new members of the BC section to also be listed. I think this just reinforces the already clear discrimination against BC students here in the CU community. Come on bwog, you've listed the CC inductees every year. Why can't you list the BC inductees? After all, bwog is supposed to cater to the whole CU undergrad community.
    And, yeah, I was one of those inductees.. whatever. Is it too much to ask to get the same recognition your peers get..?

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