Oct

19

Columbia Examined

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Examiner.com (no relation to The National Examiner as far as Bwog can tell) recently got a “feel for the current state of undergraduate education in America’s largest city.”  The website has a column about their trip to Columbia, full of delightful vagueties.  Some highlights:

“[T]here’s never been a better time to live and learn in NYC.”  Perhaps they’re referring to Hartley-Wallach.  Bwog isn’t sure why this time is any better than any other time, especially since admission rates are down and food prices are up.

New York is “getting its last kicks” before winter’s bitter coldness, much like the “frenzied squirrel[s]” we see studying in front of Butler.

Columbia has a “left-wing” “air of self-importance,” with the political views of its students becoming “increasingly militant.”  Surely, they cannot be referring to that minor episode a few years back.

Those “hot button social and political issues” are one thing that keep people away; the other are the two — count them — two required SAT II exams.  Wow.

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15 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    random, but why do all the comments from the minutemen chaos say "December 31, 1969 at 7:00 PM"?

  2. link  

    link to article doesn't work

  3. Pfft

    Back in my day, we needed THREE SAT IIs: Writing, a Math, and one of choice.

  4. COMMA SPLICE

    In the examiner article in the first paragraph talking about Columbia exclusively. I HATE comma splices! RAWR!

  5. answer.

    Those comments didn't originally have timestamps, so they have a default value of "0". And UNIX-based systems (re: the bwog webserver) tracks time based on the number of seconds since January 1, 1970. Add GMT -5 and tada.

  6. sat IIs

    wow, i had forgotten i had taken those until a few days ago.

    i was trying my hand at ap questions, and realized that i knew most subjects significantly less than i did back in the day. either that, or the essays are graded rather easily, and any college student could just bullshit their way to a five.

  7. btw  

    Bwog the tone of their article is much more pro-Columbia than your excerpts portray.

  8. Anonymous  

    "Digits"? SAT scores went from 4 digits to 4 digits, man. You can't exaggerate a change in digits when there wasn't one.

  9. yeah  

    I agree w/ #12. Bwog misrepresents the "air of self-importance" comment.

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