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Sachems: By Your Pictures And Not By Your Names

“By your deeds and not by your words shall you be known.”

Or so reads the Sachems‘ website. Did we think to look for a website? Dammit, no. Frankly, we’re a bit over posting more lists of people who are trying to do cool things for Columbia—like to raise money for ambulances or scholarships, and to help “Columbia University in the City of New York” rival Yale’s pretentiousness. But who doesn’t love a good party?

Enter You need a login and a password to access the main site, but you can see for yourself the photo album from their “Gala Centennial Celebration,” held at the University Club in Midtown in October 2013—though WikiCU says that the Sachems were founded in 1915. As their website notes: “Password: deedsnotwords.”

We sure do see some of our favorite student leaders in the 569 photos from the party. Here’s a sampling. That alumni base, though.

Pictures via Dennis O’Claire Photography

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  • amirite? says:

    @amirite? …horribly unattractive and snoooze. this “article.”
    can they please be known neither by their faces nor their names?

  • ha says:

    @ha delete the anti-conor comments all you want. he is a terrible human for so many reasons and my sincerest hope is that he sees these comments, deleted or not, and realizes how much everyone hates him. my biggest complaint about this school is the fact that conor goes here. thank god hes graduating soon.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous So there’s a “Deeds Not Words, LLC” registered with NY State. Is this the front organization for the Sachems? Or some other random dude?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous hard to say. possibly one of their attorneys. there are also many registered LLCs with “sachem” in the name. there are also sss ones… or maybe they are some other name entirely.

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous mirror anyone?

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous this needs to happen.

  • In The Know says:

    @In The Know That’s not the real list of Sachems. Here is their membership:
    1. Wilfred Chan
    2. Wilfred Chan
    3. Wilfred Chan
    4. Wilfred Chan
    5. Wilfred Chan
    6. Wilfred Chan
    7. Wilfred Chan
    8. Wilfred Chan
    9. Wilfred Chan
    10. Wilfred Chan
    11. Wilfred Chan
    12. Wilfred Chan
    13. Wilfred Chan
    14. Wilfred Chan
    15. Wilfred Chan

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous he was a nacom silly

  • Serpent says:

    @Serpent So Columbia has secret societies, scholars programs with massive perks that the rest of us don’t get access to, and secret scholarships that nobody tells us about. I know which school I won’t be donating a dime to. Not a penny, not a sixpence.

  • I'm sorry... says:

    @I'm sorry... all this bickering and have we acknowledge who these people actually are?

  • Anon says:

    @Anon Get a life Bwog

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous yawn

  • Junius Brutus Columbianus says:

    @Junius Brutus Columbianus And this is why we don’t allow electronics at our meetings.

  • holy shit says:

    @holy shit “your deeds and not by your words” holy shit sachems get OVER yourselves you are not batman you are not the hero we need or deserve or ever fucking asked for you elitist rich kids

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous That is essentially a rephrasing of “actions speak louder than words”, not sure how that is an issue

    2. Check yourself. says:

      @Check yourself. I’m sure one of the most beautiful Columbians, Wangari, (pictured) from Nairobi, and on financial aid, is an elitist rich kid lol. Stop being silly – you go to Columbia.

      1. ... says:

        @... Love you Wangari <3

      2. yep says:

        @yep one of the people in the pictures had to drop out when columbia reduced their financial aid. you’re getting senior societies mixed up with saint a’s.

  • overall says:

    @overall I know a few of these people and they, and the rest I’m sure, are good, kind-hearted, excellent folks, but this all really is just the apotheosis of pretentious elitism. If they’re doing any “good things,” it’s probably more to counteract residual guilt about their existence than anything else. Institutions with the actual purpose of bettering things have accountability structures in place and these societies have none. So I’m really dubious that their existence is more beneficial to Columbia than it is just overall frivolous, arbitrary, and alienating. Obviously, I admit that I have no idea what I would have done had I been in their position (in all likelihood I would have been also drunk from the hype, glamorous peerage, and self-esteem boost like them!) but both the Nacoms and Sachems should really consider disbanding if they actually want to do this campus any favors. I just feel like their very existence goes against the things Columbia has tried to stand for. It’s actually pretty disillusioning to know that they’re here, really, and I don’t know if it’s made better or worse by the fact that I truly respect a lot of their members .

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous It is by the very nature of their existence that secret societies foster cultural hegemony and exclusion.

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous which is kind of what Columbia stands for…

    2. lol says:

      @lol mfw columbia goes nuts to protect theta but shits bricks over a glorified community service organization. protip, sachems: pick more attractive people.

      1. is this a joke says:

        @is this a joke …theta does more for community service/ philanthropy than almost every other campus organization.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous k hi theta

  • disappointed says:

    @disappointed maggie tapped the wrong speccie

  • sick of bwog posting non-news says:

    @sick of bwog posting non-news this says more about bwog’s (i.e. alexandra svokos’s and connor skelding’s) pathetic obsession, jealousy, and poor judgment than it does about any of these people. let’s not pretend for one second that if svokos or skelding HAD been tapped that they wouldn’t have joined these organizations willingly and happily, or that any of this would be happening. congrats to both the nacoms and the sachems for dodging that bullet, btw.

    also, p.s. skelding and svokos, if you think that this attempt at “journalism” is making either of you look good professionally, maybe you should’ve considered the hundreds of established journalist alums that you just rubbed the wrong way :) happy job hunt yall and have fun muckraking for People magazine!

      1. Wealthy, Successful, Established, Influential Sachem Alumnus says:

        @Wealthy, Successful, Established, Influential Sachem Alumnus Wonderful, Sarah! Thank you for the blacklist of people I should never hire.

        1. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous let me guess… you would be a “non-secret-society-related alum”?

        2. Sarah Faith says:

          @Sarah Faith *Sarah Faith

        3. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous Nothing like a vindictive secret society member to demonstrate the need to expose secret societies.

          1. sachem says:

            @sachem > implying that was actually written by a vindictive senior society member. Sorry to burst your bubble, babe.

          2. ~ says:

            @~ It’s a troll, dude. Track changes.

          3. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous Isn’t there a Sachem who’s known for pretending to be an alum in comment sections?

        4. Anonymous says:

          @Anonymous such vitriol, such hate. so petty.

          also there is at least one sachem on the list of bwog staff…

    1. Anon says:

      @Anon Conor skelding got recruited to row crew at columbia. Didn’t even show up to practice the first day and quit before he step foot on campus. He got athletic support to get into the school and then quits immediately

      1. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous “athletic support”

      2. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous lolololololololol that is amazing

      3. Conor Skelding says:

        @Conor Skelding Gotta address this, because it isn’t true. I was talking to the coach, but wasn’t fast enough for him to recruit me. He said I could walk on if I got in. Then I did and then I quit (after I set foot on campus, but before the first practice).

        1. ew conor says:

          @ew conor you are a sleazy journalist and obsessed with sachems.

        2. lol about Conor uses athletics- typical says:

          @lol about Conor uses athletics- typical Conor Skelding uses people for political gain for journalistic hidden purposes. Literally, one of the most basic and whack people at Columbia. And from this comment section, it’s very clear that Conor is not well liked. And we can see why.

          1. You're dumb says:

            @You're dumb I’m in high school and all you people using the word “basic” sound like the gossipy girls I overhear in the hallway. Congratulations, your insults are equal to those of a 16 year old girl.

        3. Shiyatttt says:

          @Shiyatttt Conor Skelding is the very definition of basic. I swear, he would sleep with you to get an exclusive to a story. Literally thinks the world revolves around the stories he and Svokos write. Listen, Conor and Alexandra, we’re all out here trying to get our degrees and BE some shit. Meanwhile, you two are sitting with each other 24/7 smirking and writing about petty campus shit that NO ONE cares about. Get ya lifeeeeeeeee.

          1. Anonymous says:

            @Anonymous why are you being so insensitive? speak to him in person if you are uncomfortable with him, otherwise your posting can be quite hurtful. no one on this campus should have to be embarrassed to be themselves or feel alone based on online comments like this.

          2. You're dumb says:

            @You're dumb Hey dumb ass, why are you telling him to get a life? He atleast put some effort into this while you are just sitting alone shit talking him. He is doing something he cares about while you are trying to tear him down since you are clearly threatened by his superior intelligence. So “Shiyatttt” it appears you’re the one that needs a life.

        4. CC '15 says:

          @CC '15 Skelding, just graduate already.

      4. Friend of Conor says:

        @Friend of Conor Who are you and why do you care?

      5. Anonymous says:

        @Anonymous “recruited” is not something that technically exists at columbia.

        whether or not he did do that is beside that point. since there are no merit scholarships at columbia, its completely within his rights to do that. so fuck u dickhead you are probably just jealous you didn’t realize that you could have not spent all that wasted time in the athletics program that no one in the student body actually gives a shit about.

    2. This is college, says:

      @This is college, It’s all non-news.

  • Anonymous Sachem says:

    @Anonymous Sachem OMG BWOG THIS ISN’T NEWS!!

    1. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous Saying it’s not news usually means it’s news.

      1. Anonymous Sachem says:

        @Anonymous Sachem guys, it’s satire. (not actually a sachem)

  • Anonymous says:

    @Anonymous bwog on fire

    1. i think you mean says:

      @i think you mean toasted. *clinks*

    2. Anonymous says:

      @Anonymous can we get a list of who everyone is and what they did on campus?

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