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Stuff That Happened In August

Some Columbia related news passed in the month of August.  We rounded it up for you:

Aditya Mukerjee, CC ’12 and the former publisher of Spec, was detained at the airport after setting off an alarm because he had bedbug spray residue on his hands. “You’ve got to understand, when someone of your background, traveling alone, comes in and sets off our alarms, people get nervous,” an FBI agent told him, after denying him food and water for hours. Eventually, he was cleared to fly by the NYPD, TSA, FBI, and Homeland Security, but JetBlue refused to let him on the flight. (People on Twitter were not amused.) When he finally returned to his apartment, he discovered it had been raided by the authorities. (Aditya’s blog/Gawker)

Huffington Post blogger and college president DSpar just wrote an article in Glamour about “Why the Woman Who ‘Has It All’ Doesn’t Really Exist.” You should check it out if you’re a fan of her Newsweek articles “Why Women Should Stop Trying To Be Perfect” and “Why Women Should Stop Trying To Do It All.”

“I have yet to enter a building in which there is not a cafe, in addition to the numerous coffee shops surrounding the campus. I wonder what students would do if Colombia ran out of coffee, and I’m not referring to the school.” (The New York Times)

Columbia researchers found that elementary students who were praised for their innate intelligence were much less willing to challenge themselves. Given how many College students are taking Astronomy to fulfill the science requirement, the same seems to be true of Columbia students. (New York Mag)

The late Edward Said‘s daughter, Najla Said, just published a memoir. And it turns out Professor Said is a lot like our dad, in that he thought his daughter was “wasting her college education” when she decided to take a class on postmodernism. (Salon)

Chad Washington, the football player who was charged with committing a hate crime last semester, may soon have those charges dismissed. (Roar Lions 2013)

Speaking of football, Athletics released a video showcasing its new football uniforms, complete with gratuitous crotch shots.

Finally, here’s a teaser trailer for Harry Potter and 1940s Columbia, the movie that was shot on campus last semester.

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  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous Your eyes really get drawn to certain areas in the football uniforms video.

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous > BBC

  • Quinton Robbins says:

    @Quinton Robbins If you had read the tumblr post by Mr. Mukerjee, he conjectured that his apartment was raided. I appreciate the call to arms against bigoted TSA policy, but if ya’ll are going to be a new source, at least stick to the Facts.

    (Text below for reference)

    “When I entered my bedroom, a chill went down my spine: the photograph on my wall had vanished. I looked around the room, but in vain. My apartment was almost completely empty; there was no wardrobe it could have slipped under, even on the off-chance it had fallen.

    To this day, that photograph has not turned up. I can’t think of any “rational” explanation for it. Maybe there is one. Maybe a burglar broke into my apartment by picking the front door lock and, finding nothing of monetary value, took only my picture. In order to preserve my peace-of-mind, I’ve tried to convince myself that that’s what happened, so I can sleep comfortably at night.

    But no matter how I’ve tried to rationalize this in the last week and a half, nothing can block out the memory of the chilling sensation I felt that first morning, lying on my air mattress, trying to forget the image of large, uniformed men invading the sanctuary of my home in my absence, wondering when they had done it, wondering why they had done it.”

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous If the cops let him off I say the university should kick him out. Think of all the interesting, hardworking, and nonviolent applicants that were rejected so that he could have their spot.

    1. exfan says:

      @exfan Also no word from athletics on punishments for him or Callahan. Anyone been at the practices?

    2. wait wait wait says:

      @wait wait wait if the legal procedure yields a drop in charges, we should automatically kick him out?

      it’s one thing to say we should have our own internal investigation, but to react immediately to a drop in charges like that would be to presume guilt to an extreme level.

      if the police/DA come to the decision to drop charges it at least behooves us to examine their reasons for doing so.

      this is all not to say that if the allegations are true that severe censure/punishment is warranted regardless of legal action, but there should be some due process regardless

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous Hmm, you’re right. I was being far too hasty.

  • wannabe typeface nerd says:

    @wannabe typeface nerd i’m digging the simpler, straightforward lettering on the jerseys

    it’s more in-line with the columbia apparel that people actually wear on campus. if someone’s wearing school clothes not straight from athletics, it seems to always be a simpler collegiate lettering or something of a more retro ilk.

    1. anon says:

      @anon I agree, really straightforward and clean. I think we need to get rid of the atrocious “CU Later” hoodies. Those are just god-awful. Also, instead of having CU on hoodies and shirts, why not just a clean baby blue “C”? Similar to the iconic harvard H or Princeton P. You dont see shirts that say HU or PU.


      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous exactly! have the confidence to assert our own brand.

        I want to say that the current athletics brand/theme is trying to be Ohio State/Michigan or another big sports school, but not even. They often have a solid, confident collegiate look. The current spread of 3d curved letters and lukewarm rah rah slogans is more like an aspiring mid-major that is trying so hard to be like one of the division I big boys.

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