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CCSC Emails 101: Midterm Grades

Few busy Columbia College students have the time to fully peruse their class presidents’ frequent and information-packed emails. Bwog is here to help. We’ve compiled and graded the best of your class and college presidents’ comments from their most recent appearances in our inbox, just in time for midterms. From the ’10s to the ’07s to Seth Flaxman, the grand-poobah of CCSC emails himself, here are selections from the bright young minds representing you:

Class of ’10

President: Mark Modesitt

Features: Appointment of about 18,000 Coordinators, plus a Historian

Choice quotes:

“Just to forewarn you, a lot of the blurbs I was given to add to this e-mail were quite lengthy, so I went ahead and summarized them.”

“Have you ever been locked out of your room in just a towel or underwear?”

Comments: Ah, the innocence of freshman year. Remember that social awkwardness that caused you to precede everything with caveats, or your surprise at seeing half-clad bodies wandering the halls? Mark, you take us back. A

Check out the rest after the jump…

Class of ’09

President: George Krebs

Features: Pop culture references, class chauvanism

Choice quotes:

“For mid-terms…I hope we all in ’09 outperform our brethren and sistren in the classes of ’07, ’08, and ’10, respectively.  And don’t forget, at the end of this dark mid-term tunnel, we all have something truly enjoyable to look forward to–your friend and mine, Diddy, is coming out with his highly anticipated new album, ‘Press Play,’ and it’s out TUESDAY!! Talk about some pleasurable tracks to study to…”

“Float like a butterfly sting like a bee you all!”

Comments: Oh George, George. Crow you may, but sophomores at this school are exiled to McBain for a reason. Though we wish you well in the first quarter of CC, it will still be some time before members of the class of ’09 are all able to spew, from the top of their heads, sentences like “the Foucaldian power-knowledge dynamic furthers the Othering paradigm in ways unparalleled by Engels’ concept of the dialectic”. That is the stuff of midterm champions. In the meantime, enjoy Diddy- and the shaft. B+

Class of ’08

President: Neda Navab

Features: Generic events, generic feel good rhetoric, generic MetroCard discounts on the first floor of Lerner that no other class got notice of…

Choice quote:

“More importantly, this week I felt the need to reassert how amazing our school is. To respect the rights of others to express their views is central to Columbia University. Our Alma Mater has always been a place where individuals can engage in debate over the most important issues of the day.  We are justifiably proud of the traditions here of intellectual inquiry, and we mustn’t forget that.”

Comments: We must not forget we are proud? We’re having crack Bwog philosophy majors look into the epistemological justification behind that one. Meanwhile, this missive has all the bravado of a focus group-tested PrezBo press release. B-

Class of ’07

President: David Chait

Features: Brevity, brusqueness, laconicism

Choice quote:

“In future Lerner Pubs (coming up later this month) look for an alcohol policy that allows YOU to chose when you consume your allotted drinks”

Comments: A bit preoccupied, David? Bwog struggled to find a hint of inspiration in your clipped, taut reports. Still, we thrill to your achievements. After last year’s CCSC victory in the epic War of the Baker Field Drinking Age Laws, you’ve now further cemented your firm commitment to alcoholic libertarianism. Cheers. A-


President: Seth Flaxman

Features: Irony, self-referentialism, irony, self-awareness, irony

Choice quotes:

“1. MIDTERM STUDY BREAKS (buckets of free food almost every day.)


3. DONATE BLOOD! (free food?!)”

“Yes, it is upon us. The Campus LiFe Committee will be pRoviding EndlEss buckets of free food to help sustain you through this difficult time.”

“NEVER SURRENDER TO MIDTERMS And never FeaR Emailing us”

Comments: When Olympian Zeus descended from the throne of the gods in the guise of a swan in order to rape unsuspecting mortals, little did he know his offspring would be the ironic wretchedry of Seth Flaxman’s random capitalization. In any case, one cannot help but admire Seth’s unimpeachable leadership skills, inspiring us to take on any rule of English grammar heretofore restraining all but ee cummings. Nor does Seth, appropriately, surrender to any of the sectarian sentiments of the sophomore class president. Seth, Bwog will fill three midterm blue books with musings on free food- in your honor. A

-Chris Szabla

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  • pfft says:

    @pfft And clearly by Hegel I meant Engels, but it still holds. Not every binary is a dialectic, kids… it would be pretty damn hard to merge with the Other…

    1. duh says:

      @duh that’s why I wrote that the othering paradigm was UNPARALLELED by engels’ dialectic.

  • pfft says:

    @pfft Hegel’s dialectic doesn’t even involve Otherization – go back to CC please. (I know, it’s crazy, these words actually have meaning! And lots of Columbia students-not me-major in figuring out what these meanings are… which is a little sad. Still, if you are going to be obnoxiously “Columbia,” get it right.)

  • barnyard says:

    @barnyard mark modesitt is a douche bag

    1. Perhaps, says:

      @Perhaps, but some of us do know what’s it’s like to be locked out of our rooms wearing nothing but a towel. I myself was locked out after COÖP had started last May. I wasn’t still supposed to be at school, but my friend had lent me her room key (a hole-punched Starbucks’ card). This was John Jay. The doors close themselves in a way that LLC doors won’t. So, it was about 1AM and I wasn’t supposed to be there and staff wasn’t either. Can you imagine the trouble one has to go through to find people and convince them that you’re not trying to break into a classmate’s room, that they key you show as evidence for the ok-ness of your temporary residence is a copy (on a Starbucks’ card, no less) for no suspicious reason, that you’re even supposed to be at Columbia still, that you’re pretty much naked for a reason, and that it’s totally normal for a guy to be using some girl’s room when she may or may not be there and can’t be reached for comment? The embarassment!

    2. columbiatch says:

      @columbiatch barnyard is a piece of shit. don’t knock our class president. who is yours? oh wait, you’re barnard, noone cares.

  • bwog says:

    @bwog is so CC-centric. where’s my representation

    1. just be glad says:

      @just be glad you don’t go to barnard…

    2. bwog says:

      @bwog we may also do a barnard and/or seas one…send in your presidential emails, and encourage your classmates from other classes.

  • forty cents says:

    @forty cents last I saw the discounted metrocards were 19.60 for twelve rides.

  • ehh says:

    @ehh The post was good but the bwog comments are long and seem forced. Let the goods speak for themselves, bwog, if you can resist the temptation.

    1. not to mention says:

      @not to mention The Eye already published their close reading of a seth flaxman e-mail roughly a month ago

      1. yes but says:

        @yes but it was completely unfunny

      2. yeah says:

        @yeah and it sucked. no, really.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous I love how there is grade inflation on this post. Of course the freshman would get an A and the lowest grade would be a B-. Artfully done.

    1. indeed says:

      @indeed this being columbia, and specifically CC, we could hardly give them Cs…

  • Flaxmail says:

    @Flaxmail also, the capitalization was not random, it was just to reinforce the singular message of the relatively Foucaldian power-knowledge dynamic of the student body email, thus furthering the Othering paradigm in ways unparalleled by Engels’ concept of the dialectic

  • Flaxmail says:

    @Flaxmail not only will the next email tell you that the MTA machine is on the first floor of Lerner

    it will tell you how you can join the student council city wide movement to take on city hall and increase the discount by more then 2%

    this may or may not involve you joining a facebook group

    stay tuned

  • Seth Flaxman says:

    @Seth Flaxman is both the most prolific and profound e-mailer since Thomas Jefferson.

  • eatsshootsandleaves says:

    @eatsshootsandleaves IF BY ZEUS-LEDA OFFSPRING YOU MEAN THE GEMINI, YOU HAVE CITED TWIN EXAMPLES OF THE “RANDOM” CAPS SPELLING A SUBLIMINAL MESSAGE IMPLANTED INTENTIONALLY BY THE BEGUILING FLAXBEASTGODMAN. p.s. there is so much more, oh so much more, to a seth flaxman email than most of you amateurs could even fathom (take that as a little mermaid reference if you will…)

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous discounted metro cards are apparently available from a machine in lerner. the discount is apparently tiny.

  • George says:

    @George George Krebs is the man! Love that kid!

  • Ummm says:

    @Ummm Discounted MetroCards?


  • btw says:

    @btw Seth Flaxman > everyone else ever

    sweetest guy in the world.

    1. ok. says:

      @ok. I’m glad you’re post on bwog somehow validates that and is useful in anyway whatsoever.

      1. That's right, says:

        @That's right, you too can try to start an online flame fight for fun – just watch this simple example! Why? Just cuz!

        1. you too says:

          @you too can write vapid ‘look at me and my group of friends’ statements anonymously on blogs!

          go back to facebook and create another inside joke group

          1. wow says:

            @wow as someone who just came into this thread, I’m sorry that you apparently live such a joyless life.

      2. DHI says:

        @DHI I am glad you are post on Bwog somehow validates [something for you] and is useful in anyhow whatsoever.

  • taut says:

    @taut not taught. get a copy editor.

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