“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
BIG TROUBLE IN LITTLE IVY
In the event you haven’t heard, there’s a big hullabaloo over who’s going to be the next President of this subjectively important office, and New York Times readers are on it.
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
For everyday New York men who strive to be reasonably well dressed, it can be a daunting experience shopping for clothes that won’t make you look like an ass.
Simply traverse the labyrinthine corridors of Barneys, Bergdorf and Bloomingdale’s, where the all-over-the-place mess hanging from the men’s racks is enough to induce migraines: Are Read More
Despite the simmering town-gown tensions in Upper Manhattan, the Cuban restaurant La Floridita, is expanding into a space next-door that is also owned by Columbia University, fully knowing that the Ivy League school will eventually take over both locations. The restaurant’s owner, “seated in the shade of a plastic palm tree,” tells the Read More
On a Wednesday in December, a young black man sat glum and quiet in a courtroom in Jersey City. He had gathered, on this cool day, with a host of hustlers and murderers. They all shuffled before a judge, offering their pleas and explanations.
The young man—on charges for either peddling drugs or assault, Read More
Rep. Charlie Rangel, speaking at a Crain’s breakfast in midtown this morning, shared his thoughts on the draft and some Ivy League students.
“I spoke about the draft at Columbia, Harvard and Brown. These kids don’t even know there’s a war in Iraq.”
It doesn’t sound like he’s ready to let go of the issue Read More
A good exposé is irresistible, especially if it reveals the ugly side of something pretty and bursts some bubbles in the process. See The Devil Wears Prada, in which the glitzy world of fashion journalism is stripped of its glamour, or VH1’s Behind the Music, in which rock stars get the blues just like Read More
A good exposé is irresistible, especially if it reveals the ugly side of something pretty and bursts some bubbles in the process. See The Devil Wears Prada, in which the glitzy world of fashion journalism is stripped of its glamour, or VH1’s Behind the Music, in which rock stars get the blues just like the Read More
On my second trip to Afghanistan in 2002, I heard a lot of stories about the bad old days when the Taliban briefly controlled Mazar-i-Sharif. They were hated not only for imposing fundamentalist Islamic law, but also because they were a mixture of ethnic Pashtuns and Pakistanis come to a Persian-speaking, heavily Turkic area. One Read More