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Phinal 2012 Phi Beta Kappa Crew Announced

It's just one letter away!

We’d like to take a moment to emerge from our very bitter Butler shell to extend a genuine congratulations to the seniors who’ve been inducted to Phi Beta Kappa, aka the nation’s oldest honor society, aka a BFD. (And if you’re still wondering what PBK is, you probably don’t have to check for your name on the list. But you can still read about it here!)

The newly inducted honorees are:

A: Shreya Agarwal, Yusuf Ahmad, Lauren Alpert, B: Audrey Baker, Katherine Balkoski, Noelle Bodick, C: Ashley Chin, Dane Cook, Jackson Cooper, Jacob Coppola, Philip Crandall, D: Joseph Daly, Samuel Draxler, Katherine Duh, E: Max Ehrman, F: Daniel Flicker, Elizabeth Foydel, G: Anne Gabriel, Priya Gandhi, Emma Gebert, Jou Glasheen, Erin Glennon, Sophie Gloeckler, Elyssa Goldberg, Felipe Goncalves, H: Perry Hampilos, Mark Hay, Benjamin Henderson, J: Victoria Jackson-Hanen, Alejandro Jinich, Madeleine Joseph, K: Colin Kinniburgh, Samuel Klug, Komal Kothari, Dylan Kotliar, Rafael Krichevsky, Rebecca Kutzer-Rice, L: Jacob Lasser, Cindy Law, Jiwoo Lee, William Leonard, Daniel Leong, Scott Levin, Emelyn Lih, Soo Youn Lim, Jodie Liu, Jordan Lord, Alexandra Lotero, Yin Yin Lu, M: Emma Manson, Katherine Marshall, Keith Miao, Laura Mills, Emilia Monell, N: Siddharth Nair, Michael Newman, Chimno Nnadi, O: Kelly O’Reilly, P: Sofia Pacheco-Fores, Vir Patel, Milesh Patel, Bartlomiej Piela, Lea Pollack, Samuel Preston, R: Jacob Rice, Julian Richers, Isabel Ricker, Kimberly Rubin, S: Usha Sahay, Sara Salzbank, John Sarlitto [full disclosure: !!!], Ian Scheffler, Amanda Schiff, Samuel Schube, Adria Schulman-Eyink, Ruijie Song, Erin Stahmer, Kevin Sun, Waradon Sungnak, T: Natasha Terhorst, V: Daniel Valella, W: Laura Waelbroeck, Yinou Wang, Elaine Wang, Erica Weaver, Fan Wu, Z: Katherine Zee

Delicious misread of actual acronym via Wikimedia Commons

Winter inductees (already announced):

  • Alexander Bedrosyan
  • David Berke
  • Zachary Brill
  • Stephen Chan
  • Megan Fauci
  • Alexander Frouman
  • Mario Gabriele
  • Matt Getz
  • Amin Ghadimi
  • Alexa Goldson
  • Jonathan Huggins
  • Kazunari Inoki
  • Joon Ho Kang
  • Ashley Kummerlowe
  • Sheldon Kwok
  • Zachary Levine
  • Elizabeth Munroe
  • Erik Nook
  • Tara Pesce
  • Anthony Testa
  • Anoushka Vaswani
  • Qiurui Wang

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous whats the gpa cutoff?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous It’s generally top 20%, but the process isn’t that straightforward. A list is sent around each department of the graduating seniors whose GPAs make them eligible for PBK, and then a faculty member has to nominate them.

      1. Correction says:

        @Correction Actually, top 10%:

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Actually, top 10%.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous No, 10% of the class is elected, but the GPA cutoff isn’t 10%. Generally, departments pick from the top 20% of GPAs.

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous Oh okay! My mistake!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous A senior’s name is Dane Cook? and they got PBK?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous must not have any relation, then.

  • LOVE YOU BWOG says:

    @LOVE YOU BWOG The first time my name has ever been mentioned on the Bwog!!!!! My life is complete!!!!!!! I’ve waited *four* years for this!!!! Thank you thank you Bwog!! And congratz to the other inductees and congratz to all seniors for surviving!!!!

    1. pssht says:

      @pssht nobody cares troll nerd.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Good work, Writers House.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Writers House takin over da world!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Hey, two Ridgewood High School kids. That’s pretty cool. Congrats all of you!

  • Yay says:

    @Yay for Jacob! Congrats man!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous You don’t have any of the Barnard women there: Mitzi Steiner

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous if this is Mitzi, wow

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous If you’re asking, you definitely don’t know her.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous that can go either way

    2. Bwog says:

      @Bwog gee, thanks Mitzi. We’ll get that taken care of right away.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Are SEAS or GS seniors eligible?

    1. Yep. says:

      @Yep. Bwog doesn’t like to post all the PBK inductees. It’s a shame. There’s some legit GS folks.

    2. CC'14 says:

      @CC'14 Apparently, only students at undergraduate liberal arts colleges (what most universities would call the College of Arts & Sciences) are eligible. So CC and GS students would be eligible while SEAS students wouldn’t (I believe there is a separate engineering honor society).

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous that’s not actually true. engineers at MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Harvard, Yale etc are all eligible for PBK

        1. Anonymouse says:

          @Anonymouse I’m pretty sure that at all of the schools you listed, there is no separate engineering school, so maybe that’s why?

        2. CC'14 says:

          @CC'14 Wrong. Engineering students get inducted into Tau Beta Pi (the engineering honor society), which MIT, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, and Stanford are all a part of. Check their website.

          From Phi Beta Kappa:

          “a bachelor’s degree in these fields …in the liberal arts and sciences encompass the traditional disciplines of the natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, and humanities.”

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous no, you are the one who’s wrong. there’s this little thing called google, you might wanna check it. engineering students at HYP/MIT/Stanford are eligible for Tau Beta Pi AND Phi Beta Kappa. For example, here’s a link for Phi Beta Kappa inductees from the EE dept at MIT (which is primarily a tech school, complete with a School of Engineering)


            A little more google will tell you the same thing about Princeton and other schools. The only difference as someone said, is that undergraduate engineers at columbia are kept separated through a strictly bureaucratic line instead of a collective pool of undergraduate majors. So the distinction is only bureaucratic in nature, but SEAS counterparts do exist at all these schools, at least on the graduate level.

          2. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous Wrong. You’re missing the point. I am aware that HYP/MIT/Stanford have PBK chapters. PBK does have MIT in their chapter list on their website.

            But it is impossible for an engineering major to be inducted unless you major in something like CS along with EE (like the example you showed above…lol it actually proves my point smh) because almost all of your classes on your transcript have to be in the liberal arts and sciences for you to be eligible. In fact, non-liberal arts classes are excluded from your GPA when you are considered for Phi Beta Kappa.

            At MIT, getting inducted to PBK is extremely difficult with an engineering major because you have to have enough liberal arts classes to almost major in the Arts & Sciences (which is why MIT students just double major — biological eng has enough bio to get you in, though). There are very few exceptions.

          3. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous and you’re missing my point. SEAS students who major in CS, or Applied Math/Applied Physics or any of the multiple ‘non-engineering’ disciplines at Columbia are not eligible for Phi Beta Kappa.

          4. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous “SEAS students who major in CS, or Applied Math/Applied Physics or any of the multiple ‘non-engineering’ disciplines at Columbia are not eligible for Phi Beta Kappa.”

            My first post: “So CC and GS students would be eligible while SEAS students wouldn’t.”

            Do you know how to read? That’s exactly what I said. SEAS doesn’t even have a PBK chapter to begin with. With that knowledge in mind, tell me, oh wise one — do you think SEAS students can be inducted? Take a really good guess, captain obvious.

            MIT, as you pointed out, is a different story because they DO have a PBK chapter.

            Enough is enough, troll.

  • great job! says:

    @great job! go yusuf!!! you so deserve this!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous that kid’s actually one of the biggest suckups i’ve ever met

  • Nothing like says:

    @Nothing like reading some of these names to make you wonder what the fucking criteria are.

  • bad gpa says:

    @bad gpa yes jelly

  • JJ8 says:

    @JJ8 cleaning up

  • what kind of says:

    @what kind of sandwich do these scholars eat for lunch?

    pb and k!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous colin k. that’s my boyyyy

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous will leonard is the best. congratssss!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous smart people. ugh.

  • OoOoOo says:

    @OoOoOo OOO Vir so hot right now

    1. XxXxXx says:

      @XxXxXx He always so hot

  • What about GS? says:

    @What about GS? Can we do one celebratory thing for GS this graduation season and post their inductees? If not, can we do a senior wisdom with a GSer?

    1. CC'14 says:

      @CC'14 Actually, you’re supposed to nominate seniors for senior wisdom. If there’s a particular (CC, SEAS, GS or BC) student you want to nominate, go ahead — the link should be on Bwog’s homepage.

    2. Dude... says:

      @Dude... While Bwog represents the entirety of the Columbia community, it’s fundamentally still a website for CC and SEAS (and, to a slightly lesser extent, Barnard) student readers. This is why people hate it when UChicago kids, high schoolers, and non-students post complaints about whatever in Bwog’s comment sections. Furthermore, 98% of Bwog’s stories are about things that 18- to 23-year-olds do, like scrounge free pizza, eat Spicy Specials at 4 am, gawk at Hawkmadinejad, and laugh at makeshift signs on Hamilton doors that say “Room Reserved for Finals Studiers. And Cute Boys.” Note that there are very very few postings about Lewisohn or even Sulzberger, about things that happen in apartments off campus, about the interests of late-twentysomethings, etc.

      Essentially everything on Bwog about GS is stuff that CC and SEAS (and Barnard) students might care about. Having said this, a Senior Wisdom with a GSer or a listing of GS Phi Beta Kappa inductees would be fine, but it might also seem out of place within Bwog culture. It’s not that Bwog, or the CC/SEAS students who staff it and whom it represents, dislikes GS or has a superiority complex; it’s that Bwog is a magazine-style online publication that caters to a particular audience that just isn’t that interested in what GS students care most about.

      Perhaps we should add another website to the undergraduate campus discourse, catered specifically toward GS readers. We could call it, maybe, the G-SPOTS (short for General Studies Perspectives on Today’s Stories), or something like it.

      But Bwog will always be about the “traditional” undergrads, and it’s no use fighting the tradition.

      1. CC'14 says:

        @CC'14 “It’s fundamentally still a website for CC and SEAS…Bwog will always be about the ‘traditional’ undergrads.”

        Just out of curiosity, but is this something that’s actually (officially) written somewhere, or are you just pulling out these “facts” out of your ass?

        The only official statement I see is,

        “The Bwog is the 24/7 blog incarnation of The Blue and White, Columbia University’s monthly undergraduate magazine…[it] is widely read in the Columbia community, a market that includes nearly 8,000 undergraduates…”

        1. CC'14 says:

          @CC'14 ^ I think the statement above implies that Bwog’s audience is the entire undergraduate community — not about CC and SEAS.

        2. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous You miss the fact that the OP wrote “while Bwog represents the entirety of the Columbia community” just prior to scripting the phrase that you criticize. As well, the OP probably meant that the LANGUAGE and CONTENT of Bwog are “fundamentally” addressed to CC and SEAS students, teenagers and young twentysomethings. Furthermore, I don’t understand why you put the word “facts” in quotes: the OP doesn’t ever use the word, and all s/he does is cute examples of what s/he’s talking about. You, on the other hand, seem interested purely in vitriol and poor analysis: the phrase “widely read in the Columbia community, a market that includes nearly 8,000 undergraduates” doesn’t really “imply that Bwog’s audience is the entire undergraduate community”; it merely says that the “Columbia community” is composed of this number of undergraduates, many of whom (but not all of whom) might be interested in reading its posts.

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous I think it’s obvious the content on here is not only for CC and SEAS. For example, their Dean of Students just resigned — this doesn’t affect any of us, but it’s still on Bwog. Why? Because Bwog deems GS as being part of the audience.

            Also, you make the critical mistake of assuming “GS student” is synonymous with the term “old student.” Yes, their average age is in the late twenties, but their median age is in the early 20’s — which does fit into the aforementioned “18-23 age group for Bwog,” doesn’t it? (You took 1-2 years off from school? You must apply to GS. Dual Degree student? GS.)

            I just found this “Bwog is for us! Don’t try fighting the tradition!”attitude incredibly douchie. That’s all — no more, no less.

          2. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous Oh, and this:


            for the OP who asked about the senior wisdom.

  • CC'14 says:

    @CC'14 Not listing Barnard students I can understand — but GS?

    C’mon, Bwog. Those folks got some impressive GPAs too.

    1. CC'14 says:

      @CC'14 You gotta love them Barnard chicks.

      1. Aaaaand says:

        @Aaaaand the real “douchie” Bwog poster is TRACKED.

        1. CC'14 says:

          @CC'14 No need for tracking actually. I clearly indicated CC’14 on almost all of my posts. Should have been obvious really. Good work, though, Sherlock.

          The only reason I thought the Barnard exclusion was understandable was because it is an affiliated college. So putting the list in the same section as Columbia’s might have been a little inappropriate. Barnard students automatically assumed I was attacking them when I was not — which explains my second post.

          My initial post was a little unclear I admit, but no need to be so hyper-sensitive about this whole Barnard thing.


  • that girl says:


    1. Seriously says:

      @Seriously A real shortage. Our only representative, as far as I can tell from the list, is Daniel Valella. And while he’s a damn fantastic dude (a Latino, a Community Adviser, a Mellon Mays fellow, and a brilliant, congenial, articulate man going to the top-ranked English PhD program in the country), there’s still something wrong with any process that says 98% of the best and the brightest Columbians are white or Asian (American). Rep it, Dan, and help others get to where you are!

      1. CC '13 says:

        @CC '13 Daniel Valella is actually my hero. Such a boss. Leading the way for POC everywhere. Columbia is lucky to have him, and Columbia will miss him deeply after he graduates.

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous I want to know how many of these Asian Americans on this list who are not in STEM or econ. Asian American underrepresentation in humanities and social sciences exists too.

      3. Ummm.... says:

        @Ummm.... are you blind, or did you just group all the brown people on the list into the ‘Asian (American)’ category?

        Congrats all you wonderful people!

      4. ooo says:

        @ooo Oh, what scholars!

      5. true says:

        @true But not women of color. So Sad.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous Chimno Nnadi is a woman of color. There may be others.

    2. Yes, says:

      @Yes, how dare Bwog not give PBK to more students “of color” (whatever the fuck that means). Bwog is evidently a bunch of racists, since they are directly responsible for this travesty.

      1. Hmmm says:

        @Hmmm (sarcasm)

    3. Mulher_Maluca says:

      @Mulher_Maluca They’re too stupid to be inducted into ΦBK !!!

  • GSer says:

    @GSer Where can we find the list of GS pbks?

  • anon says:

    @anon When is the induction ceremony?

  • Does says:

    @Does anyone have any predictions for the GPA cutoff represented?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous What about barnard pbk?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous ADP shoutout

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Congrats to Adria, Ben & Daniel!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous bwog doesn’t give people pbk… lol

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Barnard has a Phi Beta Kappa ‘section’ in the Columbia University ‘chapter’. Even for those of you who like to debate whether Barnard is part of CU or not..(and if you do, you seriously have no life), you have to say that if the inductees of the CC ‘section’ of the CU chapter are announced here, it is only fair for the new members of the BC section to also be listed. I think this just reinforces the already clear discrimination against BC students here in the CU community. Come on bwog, you’ve listed the CC inductees every year. Why can’t you list the BC inductees? After all, bwog is supposed to cater to the whole CU undergrad community.
    And, yeah, I was one of those inductees.. whatever. Is it too much to ask to get the same recognition your peers get..?

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