Why Students Need the #RightToRecord: One Survivor’s Story

by Brandee Blocker Content warning: This article discusses issues of sexual violence. ~ Columbia University’s Executive Vice President for University Life, Suzanne Goldberg, recently responded to No Red Tape’s Right to Record petition. The petition demands that the University repeal its new policy of forcing students to sign a contract stating that they will not record any sexual misconduct investigation, hearing, or appeal proceedings, or … Continue reading Why Students Need the #RightToRecord: One Survivor’s Story

Accent-uate

by Patricia Pou Jové ~ Editor’s Note: We’re excited to introduce Patricia Pou Jové as our new columnist. Patricia will be contributing pieces to our First Person section on a regular basis.  Sometimes, I purposely exaggerate my natural accent in English. Actually, exaggerate is far from the correct word. I let it loose, I free it from the constraints of my almost-perfect pronunciation. I shed the unnecessary … Continue reading Accent-uate

Unheard Voices: Interviews on Coping After Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence

[Content warning: This piece discusses sexual violence, dating violence, PTSD, and panic attacks.] Prevention Ed- Where Do I Fit In? The Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative (SRI) describes sexual respect as “a commitment to each of us doing what we can to create an environment where sexual and gender-based misconduct is not tolerated.” While the preventative approach is a crucial perspective on campus violence, … Continue reading Unheard Voices: Interviews on Coping After Sexual and Intimate Partner Violence

Cuomo’s Blacklist: A Quiet Honor

by Zachary Aldridge ~ The man walked into the courtroom, wearing a fine wool suit, handsome and poised. It was August 18, 1955 and the man, Pete Seeger, was testifying before the House Un-American Activities Committee, asserting that he would rather be indicted in contempt of Congress than comply with the Committee and watch his First Amendment rights stripped from him. He and others were … Continue reading Cuomo’s Blacklist: A Quiet Honor

Why I’m Occupying a Building at Columbia: Love, Power, and Climate Justice

by Iliana Salazar-Dodge ~ I am currently occupying Low Library, the administrative headquarters of Columbia University, with six other students. I have been here for eight days. We are here in the hopes that Columbia will finally agree to divest from coal, oil, and natural gas. Before I express my thoughts on what is happening here, I want to offer my sincerest gratitude to the … Continue reading Why I’m Occupying a Building at Columbia: Love, Power, and Climate Justice