A strange man dressed in all black, a beanie and sunglasses just visited the General Studies Lounge and gave several students in the room $50 cash in an envelope along with a letter, according to Spectrum Editor Stephen Snowder. About 15 people received envelopes in total.
"He looked questionable when he came in—no one knew who he was. This was quite a nice surprise. I will use the money to pay for my friends' alcohol tonight," said Joseph Patito, a GS Political Science major and envelope recipient.
Math/Econ major Boris Beltinov was also pleasantly surprised, "I was like, who wears sunglasses at 4 p.m. in New York, indoors? I'm going to spend the money on beer. I mean, books of course, for next semester..."
Text of the letter below:
Please accept this small token as an anonymous gift to you for the holidays. While not substantial, it is meant to inspire you to take a break from finals, see a movie, or have some friends out for dinner. It is the little things, and the memories we create along the way, which are the most important.
During this time of year it is so essential to give thanks for what is most important to each of us. I have found that Columbia has served as the foundation of my personal accomplishments. This year, I am thankful for each of you and the hard work you put into each and every college and school here. I can honestly say that I am consistently humbled by all of your achievements, and all I ask is that you take a bit of time for yourself and your loved ones to remember the small things in life during this time of year. I have no doubt that you will continue to impress not only myself, but the world at large.
So go ahead, take an hour, grab a coffee, see a friend, and enjoy...
I want to wish you nothing but the happiest of holidays and the best wishes for the New Year.
Very Truly Yours,