Opinion | The Canon

Student activism

It doesn’t take long for the average Columbia student to become familiar with the University’s history of student activism. Even if we came through the 116th Street gates with no idea of what the New Left is or what Tom Hayden stood for, we are quickly introduced to one narrative of the 1968 protests or another.

Knowing about 1968 is one thing—knowing how to react to contemporary problems is another. We often boast of our proud past of student activism, but when we are confronted with today’s problems, do we really know what to do?

Lanbo Zhang
Editorial Page Editor


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Anonymous posted on

Students should study, and not cheat in that study. Only when it is clear that slacking off and cheating are exceptions and not the usual, then we can talk about any other involvement by any student.

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