Collegiate School is defined on Urban Dictionary as “a haughty, arrogant school.” When the Upper West Side boys’ academy is trailing in a basketball game and rivals start chanting “score board,” the Collegiate heckling squad has been known to chant “college board” in response.
The academy regularly lands toward the top of various publications’ rankings of secondary schools by college matriculation, and it boasts a distinguished alumni list including Cesar Romero, Peter Bogdanovich, Edgar Bronfman Jr. and John F. Kennedy Jr.
Significantly less distinguished has been its campus, a clumsy architectural hodepodge of three buildings around the intersection of Broadway and 78th Street, patched together by time and improvisation.
“Sometimes my friends and I stop each other mid-sentence and say, ‘Oh my god, you guys. We go to Harvard. This is so weird,’” Maria, a junior, said recently over Skype chat.
Harvard had been Maria’s dream school for years. (She requested a pseudonym, but not because she’s not proud of her alma mater.) A Read More
“I do a talk on Tina Turner,” Yale doctoral candidate Madison Moore told The Observer recently, “and I wear a fringed skirt and bust out some Tina moves.”
Mr. Moore is in the American studies department at Yale, and, if you must ask, he is preparing a dissertation on “fierceness.”
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The family of Antonio Calvo, the Princeton professor whose April 12 suicide was preceded by a controversial suspension, has issued a statement about the university’s silence surrounding the circumstances of Dr. Calvo’s departure from Princeton. The statement further undermines university president Shirley Tilghman’s stance that no details about his situation can be disclosed, Read More
The people of Princeton University tend to communicate in a shared code. “The Dinky” means the train. “Wawa” means the store. “The Street” is the metonym for the eating clubs that line Prospect Avenue, the mansion-lined thoroughfare that bisects the campus. Discussion sections are better known as “precepts.” And when the university suspends a popular Read More
Morningside Heights is a little less high this week. On Tuesday, police busted a five-person drug cartel at Columbia University, a student-run bonanza of coke, weed and acid that had brought in $11,000 for the kids. The undercover effort was dubbed “Operation Ivy League.”
Now, the would-be kingpins have started to speak, and not Read More
College may be a demanding environment full of soul-crushing pressure and vindictive administrators, but rarely does it descend to actual, whip-crack slave labor.
Well, it came mighty close for the scholarship students placed under the dominion of ex-dean Cecilia Chang of St. John’s University in Queens. The New York Times says that the administrator Read More
Shortly after he resigned as commander of U.S. Afghanistan forces, it was announced that Gen. Stanley McChrystal would be teaching a course at Yale next semester. The Yale Daily News recently obtained a syllabus from a research assistant for the class that grants some insight into the topics that will be covered. Read More
Screw MFA programs: maybe it would make more sense to futz with your novel under the guidance of an institution that might someday publish it.
The British publishing house Faber has begun offering courses for aspiring writers. “Faber Academy” lasts three days, costs $640, and offers lessons with Booker Prize winners and Read More