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  1. The Metajoke  


  2. what a joke

    "The Lion's Den" article is typical poorly researched filler space.

    How about investigating why the Columbia Club of New York was forced to fold in the 1970's?

    What happened to the club house at 4 west 43rd street? (Hint- there's no traces of it left).

    Why are we stuck sharing some space in princeton's shitty 1960's building?

    Why havent we been able to build a new club in an old gorgeous building like Penn did ( in the late 80's/early 90's?

    The answers to some of these are easily reseachable online in about 15 minutes and make the article more interesting and compelling. Right now it serves no purpose but to illicit a "meh" response.

    • correction

      The World Unification Church (i.e. The Moonies) now owns 4 W. 4rd St, the old Columbia Club building which was sold to them in 1973.

      • Alum

        The Columbia Club had a similar arrangement at the 43rd Street building to the one it now has with the Princeton Club. Another organization owned the building and shared use of it with the Columbia Club, but (for reasons I do not know) decided to sell the building.

        • Googler

          Thanks for the clarification. I'd appreciate any additional details you could offer. I was basing my statements on the following bits of information:

          1) "By 1915, the Columbia University Club had outgrown its quarters on Gramercy Park and was looking for a larger clubhouse in Midtown, where many other clubs were settling. The Club purchased the old Renaissance Hotel at 4 West 43rd Street and made extensive renovations to transform it into a fine clubhouse. The Club’s new quarters included an impressive dining room, a bar and grill, lounges, a library, a billiards room, a gym, squash courts and almost seventy-five bedrooms."

          2)"The Columbia University Club began to struggle in the 1960s, an era of diminished alumni involvement, student unrest and deep problems for New York City. By 1973, the Club was no longer considered a viable institution and the clubhouse at 4 West 43rd Street was sold to the World Unification Church."

          3) "However, interest in a Columbia alumni club in New York City did not altogether disappear and began to increase in the 1980s. During this time, the Club was reconstituted and found shelter at the National Women’s Republican Club, the Williams Club and then, beginning in 1998, at the Princeton Club, just across the street from its old home."


          4) "Not long after the Columbia Club extended its hospitality during the construction of our current Clubhouse, the Princeton Club was able to return the favor. In 1973 the officers of the Columbia University Club found it necessary to dissolve their club completely. The Princeton Club invited many of the Columbia Club members to apply for Associate Membership in The Princeton Club and several hundred accepted the invitation. Now, in a similar fashion to our Brown and Dartmouth colleagues of the 1930's and 40's, the Columbia Club is in full residence at the Princeton Club of New York, sharing its facilities and adding vibrancy to our membership."

    • hmm  

      care to give us the answers here (or supply bwog with them?)

      • some answers

        1) Alumni Apath and lack of funds forced to the once-popular club to close its doors. The organization disbanded and the building sold off.

        2) The club house, formerly the Renaissance Hotel, was sold to the World Unification Church. They still own it.

        3) When Princeton decided it needed a new clubhouse in 1961 it built one on 43rd in the prevailing style of the era: ugly concrete chic. During the two years between the closure of their old club in 1961 and opening of the new building in 1963, the Columbia Club allowed the Princetonians use of their facility. Princeton returned the favor in 1973 when the Columbia Club dissolved, offering the Columbia club member associate membership, and in 1998 the re-founded Columbia Club took up full residency in the Princeton Building, i.e. they let us hang some stuff up on one of the walls.

        4) I have no idea. Rumor is that the Penn Club was bankrolled by a bunch of Wharton I-Bankers including Michael Milken, the "Junk Bond King" who was indicted on insider trading and fradu charges in 1989. It cost a shitton of money, and the value of property in that area has probably skyrocketed since. And seriosuly, if we can barely get Matthew Fox to speak at graduation, you think we'll be able to bankroll an old-school clubhouse? This would require a real journalist, not just someone who can google a lot better than the author.

  3. No Way  

    Stupidest statement of the week other than "We will serve the public better by closed door hearings so the President can get candid advice":

    Spectator editors said they were surprised about the dissatisfaction expressed regarding accuracy. "I was struck people feel so strongly about being misquoted," said Jimmy Vielkind, CC '07 and former Spectator city news editor, after the event.

  4. If you know Jimmy

    It's just JJV being JJV.

  5. spec editor  

    oh trust me, there was a meta joke. it just wasn't published.

  6. MGT  

    It's too bad that the army recruiter they interviewed didn't point this out, but the whole assumption of the piece is that military service is a bad thing. To the extent that the military is focusing its efforts on minorities, it's not because of the color of their skin, but because they are generally less likely to have better options, something for which society in general is to blame, not the military. Also, while it might be better if there were Goldman Sachs recruiters handing out jobs in Harlem, given the reality of situation, serving in the military is usually a rational choice even purely from an economic standpoint, all the more so because minorities are more likely to serve in support positions that increase their chances for later civilian job opportunities, rather than frontline combat roles.

  7. Chas Carey  

    is worth all the tits cunt cock out there.

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