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Date Posted: 23:19:54 09/13/18 Thu
Greetings, BL, on the eve of kick-off weekend, when all teams are undefeated and championship hopefuls. Good luck to everybody in terms of staying injury-free all season.
Don't interpret my comments about NYU to be broader or stronger than they were intended to be. I am not endorsing NYU as a college, Washington Square as a place to spend four years, or the Princeton Review as a college handbook.
I'm merely saying that there is a ton of evidence that NYU went from near-death and near-bankruptcy in the late 1970s to being one of the very hottest colleges in America today. That speaks to how much 17-year-old high school students want to spend four years in Manhattan.
This is to put into context Columbia's own meteoric rise in popularity, almost all of which I also ascribe to the draw of Manhattan, as opposed to anything specific to Columbia.
This is in spite of my admiration for Columbia's "product," the Core Curriculum, one of the few unique offerings in American higher education and different from what is available at the other seven Ivies.
All of which is to agree with Go Green's original point that Penn and Columbia went from Ivies substantially less popular than Dartmouth to Ivies more popular than Dartmouth almost entirely because of what was happening in West Philadelphia and especially New York City over the past three-plus decades.
I do think that the draw of Manhattan means Columbia attracts, at the margin, a somewhat different mindset of student than you find at (definitely) the non-urban Ivies and (probably) all of them.
Columbia students, especially the women, think of themselves as New Yorkers in a way that I don't think, say, Cornell students think of themselves as Ithaca residents. I further believe that affects how much school spirit there is at Columbia.
They're too busy to get off campus that often but, when they do, they like to act like they're not students. My Columbian lesbian paramour is an example. Again, she's only a sample size of one, but she represents the phenomenon I'm describing.
I went to a private party downtown. My date was the young woman who eventually became my wife. The new gal was a beautiful woman with the lithe body of the ballet dancer she had been her whole life. She wore more make-up than students usually do -- you know, getting back to my 85/15 hypothesis.
After some light flirting, she declared, "I haven't had any sex since my last break-up six months ago." Because I am a compassionate human being, I innocently asked, "Why did you break up with your boyfriend?" She batted her mascara-ed eyelashes and cooed, "What makes you think it was a boyfriend?"
I gotta tell you, that kind of thing just puts me into overdrive. With all due apologies to my wife, my new friend immediately became my highest priority.
Anyway, that's how I ended up spending a lot of time in a Columbia dorm. I don't think Dartmouth women are meeting middle-aged men in downtown Hanover and bringing them back to their dorms. Because they think of themselves first and foremost as Dartmouth College students, in a way Columbia women don't. And thank goodness for that.
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