The Price We Pay: Three Voices on Cost of Living in New York City


By Willa Yonkman

New York City holds a special sort of promise for people of all ages and from all around the world: it’s the city that never sleeps, and a land full of opportunity and new beginnings. But is it worth the expensive rent, food, and competitive job market while living up to the hype?

Marcella, 24,  is a Columbia University grad student originally from Phoenix, Arizona who lives at 107th and Broadway and is studying to get her masters in economics.


Book Culture: Beating All Odds


By Susie Lloyd

Tucked away on 112th street in New York City, the cozy Book Culture bookstore welcomes customers with its purple banner that sways with the wind and its colorful array of all different genres of must reads.

Amazon, along with other online outlets for buying books, may be inexpensive and convenient, but it comes with a price: No human interaction. And for Book Culture in New York City, human connection is the reason they have been thriving for 20 years and counting.

The CSPA story behind Once on this Island


by Sonia Griffen

Antonio Rodriguez, the Administration Assistant Director at Columbia Scholastic Press Association, is the man who planned the excursion to Broadway, and chose to bring the CSPA students to Once on this Island, which won the Tony award for best musical revival this year, over Mean Girls.

Rodriguez, who has worked at CSPA for 22 years, was the faculty member who originally brought the idea of bringing students to a Broadway show during their week at CSPA. He is currently in charge of talking with a broker about which Broadway shows are contemporary, affordable, and the best to bring the students to. He then brings his list of his suggestions back to his three colleagues for them to do research, and then reach a final consensus.

Behind the scenes: The process CSPA takes to decide on a broadway show


By Siri Kanter

The Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) takes its attendants to a broadway show during its summer program each year. On the surface, the day of the play is one that embodies effervescence among students, many of whom are eager to explore the Big Apple. For those who coordinate the show, however, the day is one riddled with anxiety and stress.

Bring Big Bucks to the Big Apple


By Sasha Wayman

The cost of living amongst the organized chaos of New York City is just as expensive as everyone describes. Yet there still remains mass amounts of wide-eyed millennials that flock to the overpopulated region to purchase overpriced and underwhelming real estate.

Living in New York City is a dream for many. But the costly reality of simply existing in this playground for the super rich deters many youth from following their passion, leaving them to follow wherever their wallet will take them, instead.

Alma Mater’s popularity in the Columbia campus


By Nayoon Koh

The Alma Mater statue in the Columbia campus is well-known to the members of the Columbia community. There are different myths and stories behind the statue.

It is located in the center of the Columbia campus, eventually gaining popularity and becoming a symbol of Columbia University. Most of the Columbia students had knowledge about the hidden owl on the statue.

Mondel Chocolates Capture Hearts of Many


by Julianna Zhao

“The best in the world came from a small shop on upper Broadway called Mondel’s.”

This is how twentieth century renowned actress Katharine Hepburn lauded the tiny local store, where counters clustered with candies can be seen as soon as one steps inside. From dipped ginger to bittersweet break-up, it seems as if no chocolate in the world is absent. Now considered a landmark of Morningside Heights, Mondel Chocolates continues to be a classic in the hearts of many.

Secret Project in Columbia University


By: Anna Tsioulias

By 1939, World War II was in full swing. With Bullets flying, bombs exploding, people starving, and many dying, the whole world was a battlefield. Many felt unsafe. Even in the United States, a country that didn’t join the war until 1941, many felt uncertain of their safety, especially since Japan, their enemy, was only 10,173 kilometers away. From the beginning of the war, the United States allied with China, France, Great Britain, the Soviet Union, and Australia, and provided them with resources and soldiers.

While the war commenced in 1939, word reached Columbia researchers that 2 German scientists that bombarded uranium with neutrons and surprisingly produced barium. This sparked the interest of the researchers, who began investigating the relatively new science of atomic particles.

“A couple of Columbia professors were involved in it originally (researching atomic particles) and developed much of the theoretical work for (later named) the Manhattan Project.” said Edward Sullivan, executive director of the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.

Kenyan Baskets Weave Community Together


By Emily Stone

On the corner of 114th street and Broadway in New York City, New York a farmer’s market gives locals a taste of the Kenyan culture. Mrs. Morgan, a Kenyan native, sets up her booth every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday with one of a kind trinkets, jewelry, baskets and other miscellaneous items.

On the coast of the Indian Ocean, north of Tanzania and right next to Uganda is the authentic country of Kenya. With a population of 44 million people, Kenya possesses a culture rich with art, community and tradition

The Truth Behind the Face of Columbia


By: Macy Kwon

The Alma Mater statue, gazes proudly at Columbia’s campus, her arms welcoming toward incoming students and visitors, the scepter of wisdom in one hand and a book in her lap.

The beloved statue’s namesake is actually Latin, translating to “nourishing mother.” The ever present statue, that has existed through about a century of Columbia’s history, is the symbol of Columbia, present in many of the programs and postcards.