Senior Wisdom: David Judd
Written by Bwog Staff
Next up in our continuing Senior Wisdom series: SEAS soon-to-be-graduate David Judd.
David Judd, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science. (Which should still be called the School of Mines, clearly.)
For now, a Java programming job in eastern Jersey. Maybe in a couple years, a computer science master’s. Someday, the victory of socialism.
Preferred swim test stroke?
None! (See here.)
What are three things you learned at Columbia?
1. Fox News personnel have a curious obsession with male genitals.
2. There is no demonstration so innocuous that it will not be controversial at Columbia, nor is there any statement so shamelessly callous that some “liberal” Columbia student will not take proud ownership of it.
3. If you share the element of bitterness expressed in (2), it is a bad idea to let it slip out in a job interview. Honesty is important, but so is tact…
Justify your existence in 30 words or less.
Engineers, who go along with too much shit, need more radicalism. Radicals, who talk too much shit, need more engineering.
What was your favorite controversy in your time at Columbia?
Despite all the backlash, not only was protesting the Minutemen a lot of fun, but more importantly I do believe that publicizing their racism and making them look impotent contributed in a small way to their subsequent organizational decline.
What Columbia memory best exemplifies your college experience?
Hmm – my college experience was marked by a fairly sharp partitioning of different elements of my life, so I’m not sure there is one. But what pops into my head as somehow characteristic is an argument with a friend one drunken late night in Lion’s Head about the need for a revolutionary party, in which I was apparently really persuasive but neither of us could remember why in the morning. Two steps forward, one step back?
Which prof do you think would be the best kisser?
Bashir Abu-Manneh, not only hot but my vote for professor most deserving of greater recognition as a brilliant teacher & scholar.
What percentage of seniors do you think are virgins?
Fuck if I know. 20?
Would you rather permanently give up oral sex or cheese?
Well, given my current diet, if I gave up cheese I’d probably starve to death, and therefore lose both…
Days on Campus memory?
I had such a positive impression of the school.
Didn’t take enough advantage of living in New York. Never took a class with Dalton, Fields, Mamdani, Massad, or Young. Failed to save the policy debate team from sliding into oblivion. Never occupied a building. Never met Lee Bollinger in a dark place with no witnesses. (Which I regret because he’s so very sexy, of course!)