Your 20 Potential Class Day Speakers
Written by Bwog Staff
The list of the twenty most popular living CC alums and parents is in!
The CC 2009 Class Council has just released your top twenty choices of who you want to see as this year’s Joel “Who?” Klein. Class Day Speaker nominees include Eric Holder, Warren Buffet, Seymour Hersh, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Terrence McNally and yes, obviously Barack Obama.
Tomorrow a website will appear through which seniors and only seniors (it’s password protected) will vote for their eight favorites of the twenty. The top eight choices will then be presented to Quigley in order of popularity. Again, voting starts tomorrow and lasts for three days. We’ll be posting a link to the website as soon as one exists.
UPDATE 12/9, 4:28 PM: Bwog has just received word from the CC ’09 class council that the much-anticipated voting website has just been posted and may be found here. Seniors will be able to vote 8 times for the candidates, and while you can technically vote 8 times for the same person, the data will be checked by the council and counted as a single vote. Bwog wishes you happy voting!
Full list of all your favorites (including brief biographical sketches courtesy of CC ’09 Class Council) after the jump.
Columbia College Class Day Speaker List (in no particular order):
Warren Buffet, Columbia B-School
CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, and businessman extraordinaire. Remember when he backed Goldman Sachs earlier this year? We do.
Barack Obama, CC ‘83,
He is the President Elect of the United States. Kind of a big deal right now.
David Paterson CC ‘77
The first African American and blind man to hold the position. He has thus far illustrated incredible “vision” for the state of New York, and currently is deciding on the senate replacement Secretary of State Designate Hillary Clinton.
Benjamin Jealous CC ‘94
Now president of the NAACP, previously served at Amnesty International as the director of the US Human Rights Program.
Eric Holder CC ’73, Law 76
The first black Attorney-General Designate, Eric Holder formerly held the post of deputy Attorney-General under President Clinton.
Maggie Gyllenhall CC ‘99
Beautiful actress, she is best known for her roles in, Dark Knight, Donnie Darco, Mona Lisa Smile (alongside fellow alumna Juil Stiles), and let’s just say a whole let of other flicks.
Paul Auster CC ‘69
Renowned author, he is best known for a series of New York detective novels penned under the pseudonym, Paul Benjamin
Julius Genachowski CC ’85
Obama’s tech and finance guru, he will definitely be appointed to the incoming administrator and is rumored to be the favorite for the newly established position of Chief Technology Officer. Obama likes technology, we like Columbia, we like a Columbia alum running the country’s technology. Simple logic.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg Law ‘59
The second female to hold the position of Supreme Court Justice, she was appointed by President Clinton. Prior to serving on the Court, she was the first director of the ACLU’s Women’s Rights Project in the 1970s.
Seymour Hersh, Parent ‘04
Pulitzer Prize winning investigative journalist and author, he contributes regularly to the New Yorker. Best known for his work on Abu Ghraib
Art Garfunkel, CC 65
One half of Simon and Garfunkel and a V-Show alum.
Marcus Brauchli, CC ‘83
Managing editor of the Wall Street Journal
Marcellus Wiley, CC ‘97
Drafted to the NFL in 1997 by the Buffalo Bills, he went on to play for the Chargers, Cowboys and Jaguars. He is now an analyst for NFL Live on ESPN.
Lawrence Brilliant, M.D, Parent ‘07
He is the Executive Director of Google.org, Google INC.’s philanthropic branch. While working at the World Health Organization, he focused on eradicating small pox.
Alexandra Wallace CC ‘88
Executive producer of NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, she is the first woman to lead a nightly newscast in a decade. She has also covered Hurricane Katrina and the death of Pope John Paul II.
Fred Katayama CC ‘82
Correspondent for CNN Business News and Money Line, he received an Honorable Mention from the Asian American Journalist Association.
Terrence Mcnally CC ‘60
Phi-Beta Kappa while at Columbia, this American playwright has received 4 Tony Awards, Two Guggenheim Fellowships, and a lot more hardware than the Columbia Athletic Department.
Kenneth Cole, Parent ‘10
CEO of Kenneth Cole, this clothing designer and social promoter’s name speaks for itself. Check your shirt label.
Emanuel Ax CC ‘70
Prominent figure in the classical music scene, this pianist has 7 Grammy Awards, three of which were earned for collaborations with Yoyo Ma
Vikram Pandit, SEAS ’76, SEAS (M.S.) ’77, B-School ’80, B-School PhD ’86
Columbia Trustee and CEO of yet-to-be bankrupt Citigroup, he joined the firm when it was already in financial turmoil and has made a gallant attempt to bring about stability in these stormy economic times.