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Early Phi Beta Kappa 2013 Inductees Announced

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Congratulations to the 2%! The Class of 2013 Junior Phi Beta Kappa members have just been announced by the College, with the remaining 8% of really smart people to be inducted in the spring. According to the CC website announcement, the country’s oldest academic honor society was founded for the pursuit of “friendship, morality, and literature,” but that has since then boiled down to coveted lists of people and PB&J jokes on Bwog’s part. But seriously, congratulations to the following 22 students:

  • Travis Baseler
  • Jason Bell
  • Tyler Benedict
  • Caitlin Brown
  • Woo Chang Chung
  • Peter Conroy
  • Kevin Crowley
  • Hannah Deresiewicz
  • Joel Dierbeck
  • Frederic Dulson
  • Leah Friedman
  • Matthew Gladstone
  • Cynthia Harris
  • Yuxiao Huang
  • Samuel Kohn
  • Gavin McGown
  • Gerard Ramm
  • Billy Rees
  • Rotem Rusak
  • Matthew Salant
  • Katharina Shaw
  • James Wiseman

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  • Anonymous says:


  • CC '15 says:

    @CC '15 congrats, Travis! you’re an awesome TA.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous LETS GO JAMES

    1. Evan says:

      @Evan A truly wise man

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Billy “Hunter” Rees you are AMAZING!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Congratulations! What an honor!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Are these people with the highest GPA or are there extra criteria?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous In principle there are extra criteria, but in practice GPA is the dominant factor.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Congrats to all of you!! What an amazing accomplishment!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous It’s several factors, including GPA, PBK alumni professor recommendation (anonymous), extra-curricular, course-load difficulty etc

  • Beth says:

    @Beth Congratulations, Fred! Proud of you and this great accomplishment.

    1. Cody says:

      @Cody Hi Beth!!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Congratulations, Sam!

  • carman 6 says:

    @carman 6 YEAH SAM KOHN

  • Deresiewicz? says:

    @Deresiewicz? Like William Deresiewicz? Whoa. Your dad’s cool.

    1. Anon says:

      @Anon @Deresiewicz?:

      Her Dad is cool, but his name is not William.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Yuxiao you’re a boss.

  • Shawty says:

    @Shawty CONGRATULATIONS RO! We’re so proud of you and all of your superhuman hard work! You truly deserved this! :)

  • Helen Daniell says:

    @Helen Daniell Congratulations Fred! WE are so proud of you!

  • Gavin groupie says:

    @Gavin groupie FUCK YEAH GAVIN MCGOWN

    1. Fellow Gavin Groupie says:

      @Fellow Gavin Groupie Gavin is the definition of awesomeness! Congrats Gavin!!

  • Republican says:

    @Republican Why are there no asians? Or only one, I mean?

  • dang says:

    @dang all white people + one asian… says something about the academic caliberof minorities here…

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous they should rename the list to “people with the most privilege”

      1. Hold up, hon. says:

        @Hold up, hon. Some identities, including and especially non-privileged identities, are not (immediately) visible.

        1. Person says:

          @Person @Hold up, hon.:

          Joel Dierbeck is 100% asian…Singaporean. His last name changed.

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous the asians are all in SEAS. no phi beta kappa there, just general awesomeness

    3. CC13JJ11 says:

      @CC13JJ11 that’s assuming that people with western sounding last names can’t be asian #jhood

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Let’s play a game of spot the Asian with the white name! First one to get it will be a Spring PBK inductee…

        1. CC13JJ11 says:

          @CC13JJ11 i already told y’all it’s #jhood and that’s that

  • nitpicky says:

    @nitpicky i see two asians!

    1. troll says:

      @troll There are actually three…

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Congrats, Caitlin!!!

    1. yeah! says:

      @yeah! you go, caitlin!

  • extranitpicky says:

    @extranitpicky It’s actually Gerard Ramm…

    1. And says:

      @And he’s the BEST EVER

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Congrats Joel! You deserve it!

  • Choppa says:

    @Choppa Yeah they got a high GPA, but can dey scrap doe?

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous You’re awsome Hunter!! :)

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Look at all these names! Did you follow potential PBK members to their dorms too, Bwog?

  • smoke says:

    @smoke So proud of you Fred

  • Ay Yo Fred says:

    @Ay Yo Fred $Mok2

  • The Phantom Cloak says:

    @The Phantom Cloak Notice how there are not SPECSTERS on the list

    1. The Veiled Mouth says:

      @The Veiled Mouth Thats becuz the average speccie has a gpa of 2.8

    2. The Light Hand says:

      @The Light Hand I bet the average bwoggies gpa is even lower. #bwogsucks

  • meeko says:

    @meeko CONGRATULATIONS GERARD!!!!!!!!!

  • KCR says:


  • CC13JJ11 says:


  • I know it's not there anymore but says:

    @I know it's not there anymore but gerald, gerald, Gerald, Gerald, GERALD! GERALD!! GERALD!!!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Also… a surprisingly low number of women, it seems. (I realize not everyone on that list identifies explicitly.)

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Don’t know how much GPA factors in, but the very best science majors tend to have higher GPAs than the very best humanities majors (aren’t a lot of A+’s in an English course but if five kids in physics get nothing wrong the entire semester you can’t not give it to them). For whatever reason, there’s still a big gender discrepancy in the hard sciences, so that may be part of it.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous @Anonymous: well the very best science majors are way smarter than the very best humanities majors. true story.

  • some of the people on this list says:

    @some of the people on this list are huge assholes

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous but not all of them!

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous luv ewe gerald

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous so, so proud of you Hannah!! YOU ROCK

  • CC'14 says:

    @CC'14 Is there something wrong with me for seeing this and being incredibly disheartened by the likelihood of my never receiving PBK?

    1. CC '14 says:

      @CC '14 Bueller? Anyone? No pep talk on how life is long and winding and just because you can’t afford the toll on some roads doesn’t mean you won’t get to the same place along a different path? Nope? Well alright then.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous So smart. So nice. You are the best, Hannah!

  • Paul says:

    @Paul Meow.

  • wait says:

    @wait really? tyler benedict? the orgo night guy? REALLY???

    1. Yes, really. says:

      @Yes, really. @wait: Do you even know Tyler? He’s one of the smartest people on campus. Check your shock, bro.

    2. Yes, says:

      @Yes, “the orgo night guy”. Guess what!?!? He’s actually a really sweet and intelligent guy on top of being hilarious. Whoda thunk it?

  • Gonna say it... says:

    @Gonna say it... How about Barnard? GS?

    1. BC says:

      @BC Barnard is getting announced separately, I know of at least 3 Barnard students who got picked for it. I don’t know about GS, but I’m sure they’ll be announced soon as well :)

  • Woo Chang Chung? says:

    @Woo Chang Chung? What a stupid name

  • burp says:

    @burp frederic dulson rocks my world!

  • anon says:

    @anon Right? Languages are SOOO hard! Good luck with that degree.

    1. yo says:

      @yo chill

  • need to know says:

    @need to know matt salant? straight?

    1. Taylor Swift says:

      @Taylor Swift As an arrow

  • mariaappreciater says:

    @mariaappreciater The venerable woo is probably the smartest guy in our year, and I personally find him quite attractive. Whoever mocked his name is a jackass.

  • Fuck Yeah says:

    @Fuck Yeah Kevin Crowley!

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