Lessons in Preemptive Mourning

My grand-family and Barnes & Noble share disasters. B&N announced its worst summer quarter ever around the same time Candy had a heart attack. She survived, and so far B&N has too, but she spent a week in the hospital and B&N condensed its Sci Fi section to fit toys.

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EssaysMaeve Flaherty
X's and O's: These Lions have horns

Throughout the year, especially after junior point guard Mike Smith went down with a torn meniscus, Columbia has integrated more horns plays into their offense. As this past weekend’s double road victories proved, those plays are helping guide the Lions to victory

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SportsJosiah Cohen
The Up&Up Playlist Update: 3/4

This week’s “New Music Mondays” playlist compiled The Up&Up’s favorite new music from the week of March 1st 2019. Numerous genres are included, from London grime-hip hop to West Coast rock to alternative folk-pop to retro disco-funk.

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CultureHenri Vrod
On The Water: Wake-up call

We try to move through the terms quickly, but we are running on 5 hours of sleep (for the second night in a row) and it's hard to concentrate. We walk across campus while discussing the material, all while also debating if we should try to sleep during the 25 minute journey to Baker Athletics Complex or just continue to study.

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EssaysDunia Habboosh
On Bloodletting

A bushel of needles prods the body repeatedly, depositing ink with each injection. The recipient of such treatment may wince, grimace, or remain stone-faced, having become familiar with or, perhaps, taking pleasure in the act of being stabbed.

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A Tale of Two Concerts

At around 9:00 pm, the bass of the background music subsided and the excited screams of the audience filled its silence. Soon, the LED screen was filled with a greyscale live feed of the spectators’ faces, some flailing their arms around for attention, others grabbing at their phones to get a photo, and still others patiently waiting for the main event.

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CultureHenri Vrod
X's and O's: Takeaways from Columbia's weekend road-trip

For a Columbia team that’s mostly suffered tough loss after tough loss, a weekend road split has to be a positive outcome. In a season where few bounces have gone Columbia’s way, the Lions engineered enough overtime luck to walk out of the famed Penn Palestra with a 79-77 win before running out of good fortune in a disheartening 79-61 loss at Princeton.

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SportsJosiah Cohen
Concentration

From New York City to Arizona, I explore the interactions between environment and the individual. I found we often rely on atmosphere and dress to differentiate individuals, not their own individual characteristics.

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PhotoViggo Blomquist
Confessions of a Consumerist

Instead, I reminded myself that her parents paid $20 per hour plus fare for a cab back to school, that her mom didn’t care how much YouTube she watched, that they were my friend’s primary babysitting gig and for her sake I couldn’t piss them off. And so I kept watching a six-year-old who had more toys than most people have skin cells watch other people unwrap cheap gifts. She had the glazed eyes of an addict numbed by her latest fix.

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EssaysAmabella Rice