There's a motorcade coming through campus—and it's Vice President Joe Biden. A Columbia spokesperson confirmed that Uncle Joe is on campus this afternoon for a memorial service. At around 1:30 p.m., the motorcade pulled up onto College Walk and Secret Service officers are guarding Pulitzer Hall. There is a memorial service today for Journalism School graduate Richard Cramer, who earned a master's degree in 1972. Cramer was awarded a Pulitzer Prize in 1979 for his reporting on the Middle East for the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Public safety officers blocked off the exit from Furnald Hall and spent most of the time Biden was on campus guarding Pulitzer Hall. Biden attended the Palm Sunday Mass lead by Cardinal Dolan at St. Patrick's in Midtown this morning, and a tipster told us she spotted him and the Second Lady at B. Café on Amsterdam Avenue, between 87th and 88th streets.
Cramer was an avid Yankees fan and wrote a book about Joe DiMaggio, who holds the Major League Baseball record for a 56-game hitting streak during the 1941 season.