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All Publicity is Good Publicity: The Media’s Salute to Columbia

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How has 2007 been the year for Columbia’s prevalence within the mainsteam media? Let Bwog count thy ways…


Ahmadinejad’s remark
about homosexuality in Iran (namely lack thereof) was noted in Salon‘s Year in Sex. The same comment was also included in City Room’s 2007 synopsis under the heading “Widely noted denial of sexual identity”, as well lists of 2007’s most memorable quotes according to The Guardian, AP, and Dave Barry.

Gothamist also included Columbia in its Top News of 2007. As well as the requisite nod to Ahmadinejad, the University was also noted for its rampant hate crimes and foray into Manhattanville. Go Lions?

In brief pockets, the press also recognized Columbia for its academics and not for its Ahmadinejad. We landed the #9 spot on US News and World Report’s annual ranking of America’s Best Colleges, while a right-wing resource for matters concerning American families, the succinctly-named Family Security Matters, honored Issues Dividing America as the 8th “Most Dangerous College Course in America.” All the godless communists out there with competitive streaks take note: You’re going to need to step it up a notch in order to match DePaul University’s Islam in Global Contexts course that was honored as #1.

To the protesters, supporters, studiers, slackers, liberals and conservatives, a warm thank you from the press.

The above picture is from The New York Times’ year in pictures

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14 Comments

  1. bwog...

    that was a terrible cropping job.

  2. that isn't

    a cropping job! go to the site, that's an actual picture from nytimes!

  3. Anonymous

    Laff at the #1 Most Dangerous Course. You wouldn't want to learn about the people you're desperately trying to kill, it might actually help you make sense of why you should or should not be killing them.

    • learning...

      Have you ever stopped to think that what you are getting from some of these activist-professors is OPINION (and often short-sighted opinion at that)?

      • Anonymous

        No, I never did. But now since anonymous undergrad Columbian commenter #10 said something, I'm sure it will change my whole life.

        Go work in IB and never write here again, you objectivist human waste of thought. Or better yet, die in a fire.

  4. wow

    bulliet's islamo-christian civilization wasn't seen as threatening enough to make the list? I guess he's going to have to step it up with something like "comparative utopias: cuba v. iran"

  5. why does

    no one at butler tell the truth?

    it's a lie-brary!

  6. nyctv

    the columbia manhattanville hearings from the city council are being shown on channel 74 right now.

  7. ravez

    the author of the family security matters article is named "Jason Rantz."

    be sure to check next week's column where Jason Rantz about the woeful inadequacy of foreign made carseats.

  8. someone

    tell me about Duke, and why I should have gone there.

  9. Anonymous

    Yes, it is cropped. Look at the original, you can see the head of the person holding the sign, which you can't here.

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