At long last, Bwog brings you the feature you’ve all been waiting for (but like, really—we’ve kept you waiting since 2009): a close look at Columbia’s best and brightest PowerSuites. In its inaugural installment, PowerSuites visits the den of four very influential juniors, through the lens of Examiner Extraordinare Alex Eynon. Join Alex as she rifles through their lair, and asks some nosy questions along the way. And remember, as Abraham Lincoln once (kind of) said, “Nearly all [wo]men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a [wo]man’s character, give
him [her] power.”
The ascent to Ruggles five—specifically to suite 520-523—is a steep one, and not just because of the dawdling elevator. Rather, it’s the lofty pursuits of the quartet of ladies that comprise said suite; together, they are one mean political machine, and are naught but a force to be reckoned with.
Janine Balekdjian, Rebecca Ehrhardt, Sarah Gitlin, and Debattama Sen (whose suite crest is a hybrid between the CU Dems Logo and an Occupy Wall Street Banner, I’m told) manage their time impressively, and are somehow able to juggle an ardent opposition of the patriarchy and the one percent with a penchant for coffee runs, parties, and plenty of late night conversation. Their greatest collective cause, they say, is the Feminist Mystique Magazine, a newly formed group for which most of the suite sits on the board.
The young women met via some hodgepodge of UWriting interactions and CU Dems meetings (three of the roommates are CU Dems members), and have since managed to coordinate their talents, interests, and styles of décor into one suite. They claim to all share housekeeping duties and cooking, and Bwog was asked to NOT refer to Janine as “the one who cleans,” so we won’t do that (nor will we refer to her as “the one with the dorkiest PJs”). Suite hobbies include coordinating events and registering voters at Occupy Wall Street—it comes as no surprise that the young women claim Rosie the Riveter as an unofficial mascot.
The only foreseeable problem amid all the activism? Finding time to plan Halloween costumes. Luckily, the suitemates already have a few ideas kicking around, including Sarah Palin, Electra, the USSR and possibly Portable Gulag, and something they describe only as, “Definitely Not A Watermelon.” Perhaps the girls’ hidden talents—Rebecca is a martial arts champion, and Janine hunts down Soviet propaganda posters—will come into play closer to the 31st.
Until then, we wish the women of Ruggles five the best of luck as they continue to balance political pursuits and party planning alike.