Yale & Harvard Will Always Have DC

This week, New York Magazine did a feature on the delicious DC summer interns, one of our favorite subsets of students. Of the 10 interns profiled, half of them (from our sleuthing) are Ivy Leaguers, hailing exclusively from Yale and Harvard — though this post in the very earnest “Yale in Washington Summer 2014” group may have had something to do with that slant:

Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s all transfer to Harvard now

According to the New York Times, ousted executive editor Jill Abramson will be returning to her alma mater (and tattoo inspiration), teaching narrative nonfiction this fall at Harvard. Nonfiction writing majors across the Ivy League collectively shrieked in jealousy. We’ve reached out to admins at Harvard and will update if we get more information.

If you make it into her class next semester, put your narrative nonfiction skills to good use and tell us all about it–and let us know if she follows that great Harvard tradition: grade inflation. Hit us up tips@ivygateblog.com

Update 1:50PM Harvard made the announcement as well, confirming Abramson will be teaching undergraduates in the fall and spring. Undergrad Program Administrator Lauren Bimmler told IvyGate that the classes “are open by application to undergraduates and graduate students” and, of course, “[w]e’re very excited to have her!”

Fake Princeton till you make it

David Brat, who shockingly beat Eric Cantor in yesterday’s primaries, notes in his campaign site that he “tested his rural values against the intellectual elite while at Princeton.” But as The Washington Post figured out, like a Barnard student who says she goes to Columbia on Facebook, Brat didn’t actually go to Princeton.

WaPo reached out to Princeton, who told them they do not have Brat on record as a student. Sure, Brat studied in the town of Princeton — at the Princeton Theological Seminary for his Master of Divinity. PTS was founded in 1812 and is a separate school from the Princeton we know and love. Per their site:

“The [Princeton] University still stands at the center of the community, but several other academic institutions known for excellence in their fields have joined it — the Westminster Choir College, the Institute for Advanced Study, the Center for Theological Inquiry, and, of course, the Seminary.”

Keep challenging those sinning intellectual elites, Brat.

[Screenshot from DaveBratForCongress]

Now Casting: Recent College Graduates Who Are Well-Educated and Underemployed

A casting associate at Leftfield Entertainment (bringing you Pawn Stars, RHONJ, etc.) reached out to us as they’re looking for highly educated, snarky, and entitled young people, and apparently we’re a good space to find them.

“If you recently graduated from a top-tier university and are working a job that’s SO beneath you, we want to hear from YOU!”

So are you a recent grad doing data entry or working retail, constantly repeating to yourself “I got an Ivy League degree for this?” ? Then you might be perfect for a new reality show in development for “a major cable network,” which is sure to boost your visibility and not get you fired from your current job.

If you’re bored doing nothing (or as we tell our parents, “freelancing”) in suburbia, send a quick description of yourself, your current job and education, and a recent picture to collegegradcasting@gmail.com. Joining the illustrious ranks of Ivy League reality stars will definitely improve your employability for the rest of your life, and we can’t wait to see the results.

[Image via Flickr]

Bloomberg doesn’t want to go to your stupid graduation

Michael R BloombergIt seems Columbia engineers have a new graduation tradition: getting rejected by former mayor Michael Bloomberg. A letter from the school’s dean, obtained by (IG contributor Skelding at) Capital extended an invitation to the former mayor to speak at graduation, which he declined. The letter details that he was asked last year, too, but couldn’t make it due to a scheduling conflict.

The day of last year’s graduation, he “hosted a Jewish heritage reception at Gracie Mansion and subsequently accepted a lifetime achievement award at the New York League of Conservation Voters’ Spring Gala,” per Capital, which is the same excuse we give when we don’t want to sit through a long ass boring ceremony wearing a polyester robe outside on a humid May afternoon.

So Bloomberg didn’t make it up to Morningside Heights, but at least he didn’t offer to speak at Barnard graduation.

[Image via Wikimedia Commons]

Harvard 2014 by the numbers

As Harvard’s Class of 2014 steps out to make their way in the world, they leave behind some priceless facts culled from the annual senior survey. In the spirit of celebration and congratulations, The Crimson faithfully reported on the senior class’ politics, porn habits, and virginity status. The email survey sent out among the graduates received over 700 responses, providing an idiosyncratic and color coded picture of the Harvard lifestyle — “extracurriculars” and all. Some of our favorite highlights below:

  • We’ll start with a real shocker: of the seniors immediately entering employment post-graduation (70% of the class), 31% will work for finance and consulting companies.
  • In another unexpected twist, nearly all employment fields showed an unequal starting salary among men and women: women going into technology or engineering report a salary of $50,000 and $69,999, while the men entering the same fields report between $90,000 and $109,999.

Sextracurriculars and more after the jump

Princeton Reunions 2014, visualized

Princeton Reunions, a carnival of bacchanalia replete with old white men singing a capella and drinking from handles, hit central Jersey this weekend. IvyGate correspondents on the ground sent in updates and photos, featured here. Highlights included a surprise concert by Flo Rida, thrown by the class of 1989 on their 25th reunion — and open to all classes. A 101-year-old alum came by for the festivities, and fireworks shot out around campus. The Class of 2014 successfully stormed the field after the P-rade and sang Old Nassau, and non-Princetonians are still terribly confused by all of this. Congratulations to all of Princeton for upholding your single greatest tradition and we urge you to get some eggs and ginger ale and sober up.

Gallery after the jump

Scout Willis, uncensored

Our old pal Scout Willis, Brown ’13, has publicly returned to Twitter and is using it to promote a good cause: nipples. Last week, Scout posted a picture of a sweatshirt that she designed with an image of topless women on her Instagram, leading Instagram to delete her account for violating community guidelines. She has since taken to Twitter (@Scout_Willis, bio “BougPunk lives“) to express her discontent with their censorship of a sweatshirt she designed women’s bodies.

Read the rest of this entry »

Dartmouth prof doesn’t hold back

Following the Isla Vista shooting this week, Jeff Sharlet, Dartmouth English prof (and author, Harper’s contributing editor, etc.) took to Twitter to discuss the tragic event. Like others, he linked Elliot Rodger’s shooting to the pervasive destructiveness of misogyny. Unlike others, he compared Rodger to sexual assailants at Dartmouth:

We followed up with Sharlet for further explanation of the tweet’s idea, and he went in on both Rodger and rapists.

Rape and murder are different crimes, of course, but rape and Rodger’s decision to kill women seem to me likely rooted in the same pervasive misogyny, a sense of some or all women as less than human. I’m distressed by those who’d dismiss Rodger as nothing but a monstrous outlier. The logic of hate he took to its most extreme end is the same of that of the rapist, and, yes, of that of those who apologize for rapists. 

Dartmouth’s attempts to change their culture appear to be working, at least for the professors.

Read the rest of this entry »

What’s written on the bathroom wall

As has been widely reported, over the past week lists of alleged sexual assailants have been written across girls’ bathrooms at Columbia University. The story was initially posted by the Columbia Lion on May 9. Yesterday morning, Bwog published the story, explaining that they had been receiving tips about it since May 7 but hesitated posting due to legal worries. Bwog was in contact with administrators and legal council about how to handle the list.

Yesterday morning, they decided to publish — but only after the story had spread around campus and been picked up by outside news outlets. As Bwog EIC Sarah Faith Thompson (full disclosure: I was EIC before her and yesterday was asked by other Bwoggers for advice on some of the matters discussed here) shot back at a questioning commenter, “[Bwog doesn't] consider one list with blurred out names to be news. Lists going viral is news.”

However, this post was published without full approval from the board or staff of Bwog– it was written on a morning of finals week, after all. The post included one highly editorialized section:

We are incredibly disturbed that people think this is a legitimate way to deal with the issue.”

Read the rest of this entry »