In October, Carry That Weight activists — who are helping Columbia University student Emma Sulkowicz carry a mattress similar to the one on which she was raped in order to bring attention to the university’s negligence of rape victims — staged a protest in which they left 28 mattresses at the doorstep of university President Lee Bollinger, one for each of the students who had signed a Title IX complaint against the university. In a breathtaking and unintentionally meaningful move, the university promptly threw the 28 mattresses in a dumpster and fined the activists $471 for damaging the mattresses.
In response, the activists left a mattress-sized check (well, OK, it was a check painted onto a mattress) for Bollinger at his doorstep again, asking Bollinger to support the activists. The actual fine has been covered by women’s rights nonprofit Ultraviolet, who may have another few dollars to pay out, now. Keep reading »
Columbia student Emma Sulkowicz’s art performance, Carry That Weight, has topped Vulture’s list of 2014’s best art shows — beating out even Kara Walker’s widely acclaimed A Subtletly. Sulkowicz has been carrying a mattress identical to the one on which she was raped everywhere she goes, by herself or with others, since September to draw attention to Columbia’s negligence of her case. Columbia still hasn’t delivered anything even approaching justice to Sulkowicz, but she’s inspired women on campuses across the country to be vocal and visible in the fight to get universities to handle rape investigations with the respect and thoroughness they deserve. Keep reading »
Columbia University senior Emma Sulkowicz made headlines earlier this month by carrying her twin-size mattress with her everywhere, in order to draw attention to the fact that the student who raped her has not been expelled. Keep reading »
New York City police have arrested a 26-year-old woman who has been posing as a Columbia University freshman throughout orientation and the first days of school … even though she’s not even enrolled as a Columbia student.
Briva Patel pretended to be 20-year-old “Rhea Sen,” attending Columbia’s orientation events like trips to the Bronx Zoo and a music festival in Brooklyn. Even though “Rhea Sen” didn’t have a Columbia student ID, orientation leaders and fellow students saw her around the dining halls and even attending classes, The Columbia Spectator reports.
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