Stannard Farms


By Cassidy Gabriel

Judging by his YouTube account, Ngawang Dhargay is something of a videography enthusiast. A number of his self-made films, feature upbeat background music from his native Tibet, jubilant selfies, and footage of highway-laden, albeit picturesque commutes.

But it’s one of Dhargay’s more recently-composed pieces that gives his modest following a more intimate look into his life – a video illustrating a day at his place of work, Stannard Farms.


Lending a helping hand

Profile Stories

By Jazmin Garcvia

A student from Columbia Scholastic Press Association 2015, Allie Lerner took a trip that changed her way of regarding education and made her value her education more. She vividly recalls a trip she took with fellow classmates to Guatemala to build a new school for students who lack financial resources. Nine classmates and Lerner raised $3,500 in the course of a year. She went to Guatemala through an organization called School The World.

Farm-to-Table Hipsters: Environmentally sustainable farming at Hawthorne Valley Farm delivers


By Diane Huang

An expanse of rolling green fields, waving meadows, and woodlands stretches for hundreds of acres. A herd of sturdy brown cows with their calves roams freely in a pasture. On the farm, content pigs bury their noses in whey from the on-site creamery, and children collect eggs from buxom chickens. At Hawthorne Valley Farm, the quality of living for all organisms never suffers at the hands of profitability.



By Julia Wickman

After years of similar interests, passion for their jobs and shared work ethics, the paths of three women, from different states, walks of life and occupations converge at a stone-gray marble table overlooking New York City through a massive glass wall. Their stories tell of an ambition for education, an inner compulsion to help others and motivation to do what they love. Their names are Rebecca Castillo, Jenny Dial Creech and Emerald Gearing, whose passion for journalism has driven them to unite at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association during the Summer Journalism Workshop.

The Woman on the Back of the Nametag


By Devin Pierce

From encouraging CSPA to spend more money on beds, to making herself available to phone calls during the day, Rebecca Castillo is a respected Assistant Director at the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).

Castillo has worked with CSPA for 25 years, she is currently the assistant director of the program and has organized the summer workshop for 20 years.

Ballard’s Honey, Where All the Sweetness Comes From


By Taylor Jeffries

A gift for Egyptian and Roman gods, medicine to the Greeks, source of light for early Christian church, and a regular sweetener for people during the Renaissance. Honey has served many since people could record. Ballard Honey Products continues to use honey’s benefits from selling honey to making creatively carved beeswax candles.

Brad’s Café: Serving More Than Coffee


By Jamie Lim

Nestled in a corner of Columbia University’s campus, Brad’s Café is more than just the  scrumptious sandwiches and rich coffee it serves to hundreds of customers each day. In truth, the café was established for a very specific reason.

It is easy for one to mistaken the modern look and design of this venue as a typical location on campus. However, Brad’s, a seemingly ordinary café, is actually a tribute to one student’s father. Jeremy Wladis, a previous student of Columbia, established Brad’s six years ago in honor of his father, Brad Wladis, who taught him all he needed to know about hard work and loving life.

Brad’s is the place to go


By Brooke Rawiszer

A place to eat on campus, a place to rest on campus, Brad’s, attached to the Journalism Graduate School is the place to go. It’s currently the only place to get food on campus and because of that, it’s always crowded.

Brad’s was opened by Jeremy Wladis, a previous student at Columbia, who established this restaurant as a tribute to his father, Brad Wladis, who taught him both the value of hard work and the joy of living life.