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Columbia University: The parents of recently-graduated Columbia University senior Paul Nungesser said in a statement that the University had made their son’s life nightmarish while giving a special exemption to Emma Sulkowicz, also a graduating senior, by allowing her to carry a mattress at graduation. Nungesser is suing the University, alleging that Columbia allowed Sulkowicz to break confidentiality agreements and supported gender-based harassment against him through Sulkowicz’s senior thesis.
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Brown University: A Brown Daily Herald poll in March asked the question “Do you feel inadequate relative to other Brown students?” The poll found that non-heterosexual students feel more inadequate compared to heterosexual students in categories such as academic abilities, social lives, sex/love lives, appearances and socioeconomic statuses. Hispanic and black students also reported greater feelings of inadequacy, whereas athletes and international students did not.
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Brown University: Players on the Brown softball team recently came forward with accusations of bullying against head coach Katie Flynn, the Brown Daily Herald reported. Players claim that Flynn made hurtful comments about players’ weights and created an aggressive and hostile environment that was emotionally exhausting for them. Since Flynn’s first season in 2013, she has lost nine of her 12 original players. Those who felt attacked have brought their concerns to athletic director Jack Hayes, who has made no action against the coach.
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Which Superhero Did Each Ivy Dress as for Halloween?

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With the passing of Halloween and the arrival of November, we find ourselves reflecting on this past weekend. With all this spandex going on, it only makes sense that we ask ourselves “If each Ivy dressed up for Halloween, what superhero would they have been?”

Harvard: Superman

Why? Because Harvard was the only Ivy that my Italian host mother had ever heard of. It only makes sense that they would dress as the prototypical superhero.

(At press time, I was still unable to confirm whether or not Doriana knew of Superman.)

Princeton: Iron Man

Why? Because Iron Man is by far my favorite superhero, and Princeton was, yeah, yeah, number one on the U.S. News and World Report rankings this year. 

Bonus, Iron Man is one of few superheroes that doesn’t actually have any real powers, and just gets them through money and connections. Oops.

 

Columbia: Spider-Man

Why? Spider-Man’s domain is New York City too, and he’s also the only superhero who went through an angsty hipster stage. 

This.

But also this.

Cornell: I was going to say Robin… 

But the cool Robin played by Joseph Gordon Levitt in the recent series. Not old Robin.

But then I remembered that Cornell is the only Ivy with a falconry program, and that definitely makes them Batman.

 

Fly, my pretties.

Yale: Captain America       

Why? Because Captain America is cool. Yale is cool. Both were established based on sort-of archaic value sets and are applying them haphazardly to a modern world they find themselves increasingly perplexed by.

Brown: The Human Torch

Why? Because he’s the only superhero I could think of that would participate in a tradition like Brown’s Naked Donut Run, in which students walk naked through the library during reading period and hand out donuts. Also because I would not mind seeing Chris Evans do this.

UPenn: Hawkeye

Why? Because Hawkeye was weirdly absent for like 85 percent of the Avengers movie, and then came back on screen and started shooting things and maybe having a romantic subplot, and we all got a little confused. But at the same time, his aim is crazy good, and I’m sure he could shoot straight through the O in his Wharton degree and slyly unbuckle the clasp on his Wall Street briefcase, all at the same time. 

Dartmouth: Mr. Incredible

Why? Because Dartmouth is about family. And also because we all know that if Mr. Incredible sneezed, HuffPost would be all up in his business.