1. dear josh  

    please stop writing. just focus on editing your section? everyone will be better off for it. ty.

  2. Banker  

    Two issues of Spectator, two fresh assaults against those students who choose to become Investment Bankers. Today's assault came from a likely source: Atossa Abrahamian. Discounting the fact she describes some type of college experience that is clearly not Columbia (where is this "Girls Gone Wild" experience about which she writes?), Atossa fails to understand that for many people, a career in investment banking is an informed, rational choice, not something for the academic slackers. Thus, she seems off base with the following sentence: "It’s much easier to settle with a cubicle and a generous salary if you’ve never read Marx or thought about what happiness really means." As a CC Senior who will work in banking post-graduation, AND who has read Marx and thought about happiness at length, I have a few questions for Atossa. Atossa, do you think that it would be easy to be happy with $50,000 of college debt and a low-paying job? Do you think that by following a small interest--such as writing, for me--that I would be able to achieve greater levels of happiness? In five years, where would I be? Probably working at a small newspaper still carrying a heavy amount of debt. At this point, what happens if I want to get married? Or decide to live abroad? Faced with college loan debt, both choices would be somewhat limited: limited financial resources would hamper my ability to support a family or to jet off to a foreign country.
    The reason, Atossa, that I think you fail to understand investment bankers is because of your background, which I will assume for the moment to be high-middle to upper-class. In the world where Daddy supports you in whichever endeavor you choose, it must be easy to devote time to pondering life's great questions. But for the rest of us, who have already been or will soon be cut off from the parent's coffer, we have to face more serious questions: how am I going to pay for housing, food, clothing, internet access, phone access, life insurance, etc., etc., etc? Since you are from Switzerland that means that at Columbia you likely you don't receive financial aid; likely, you come from a privileged home. Ensuring some respectable level of income post-graduation is not a necessity, as it for many of your peers here at Columbia. Taking this assumption as a given, you must be lucky, then. Unlike many Columbia students who will leave here with tens of thousands of dollars in loans, you probably will be debt-free. You will have years to ponder life's great questions, while some of your former classmates toil in financial centers. Atossa, your lot in life was different than quite a few folks on this campus. Best of luck to you as you make some of life's tough decisions. Please, however, stop deriding the ways in which we make ours.

    • Corporate Sell-out

      Glad I'm not the only one who got tired of reading Ms. Abrahamian's sickening string of judgmental over-generalizing condescending cliches. Those must've gone over real well in your CC class when discussing Marx.

      thanks for judging me.

    • nice  

      I'm one of those dumb English majors doomed to eke out a living editing somewhere, and I still applaud this post. You really should submit it to Spec's editorial pages with your name attached, it's a point of view to be proud of - pragmatism at Columbia is a rare quality.

  3. A staffer  

    Josh's staff DOES NOT hate him. A lot of people think he's a good editor and a good manager. There will always be disgruntled staffers unhappy with their editors at Spectator.

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