Which Superhero Did Each Ivy Dress as for Halloween?


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. 


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.

Around the Ivies

BROWN UNIVERSITY: Vicki Colvin, a vice provost and professor at Rice University, was named Brown’s 12th provost on Tuesday, The Brown Daily Herald reported. She will replace current provost Mark Schlissel on July 1.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: A male student found responsible of sexual misconduct by administrators filed a lawsuit against Columbia University on Monday, the Daily Princetonian reported. The student claims that the university violated his Title IX rights and tried to make an example out of him.
CORNELL UNIVERSITY: A Cornell staff member found a camera in a women’s bathroom on Friday morning, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. The employee informed a supervisor, who then alerted the Cornell Police. Investigators are examining the images collected by the camera and are trying to identify a male subject who they believe was involved in its installation.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Harvard’s course and instructor evaluation system will no longer show students’ assessments of course difficulty, the Harvard Crimson reported. Students will still note course difficulty in a feedback form at the end of each semester, but these ratings will only be available to staff.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: In an email to Forbes College students on Wednesday, Forbes College master Michael Hecht announced that the current Forbes College director of studies, Patrick Caddeau, will be the next dean of the residential college. Caddeau will replace dean John Hodgson.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: Students are starting a new group for queer international students, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported. The group aims to increase the international queer community’s visibility and to create a forum to discuss the issues students face in their home countries.
YALE UNIVERSITY: Secretary of State John Kerry, a Yale alumnus, addressed the Class of 2014 on Sunday’s Class Day, challenging graduates to use their education to combat problems faced in America and globally. He suggested that their diplomas come with “rights and responsibilities,” instead of “rights and privileges,” the Yale Daily News reported.

Around the Ivies

Brown University: A Brown University student, speaking to a campus conference Tuesday, alleged she was raped and strangled by a fellow student. At the rally, she criticized the university’s disciplinary action against the accused student, who was suspended for a year and will return to campus this fall, the Brown Daily Herald reported. More than 50 students gathered at the press conference, some holding signs supporting the student and criticizing the university’s handling of the case.

Columbia University: Two students established an organization called RealityStep, last semester to assist low-income and underperforming high school students with the college application process, the Columbia Spectator reported. The organization, hoping to reach nonprofit status, has so far attracted around 50 student members.

Cornell University:  The university will launch a study abroad program in Havana, Cuba, beginning this fall, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. The program will let four students conduct scientific research on bioacoustics or proteases and attend classes at the University of Havana or Cuba Study Center.

Harvard University: Harvard hosted its first Sustainability Hackathon on Saturday at the Harvard Innovation Lab, the Crimson reported. More than 20 students from Harvard and the Boston area tried to solve a particular sustainability problem in small groups. The teams presented their proposed solutions to judges, who based their scores on  innovation, impact on sustainability, practicality and presentation style.

Princeton University: For the second consecutive year, no Princeton student received a Truman scholarship or advanced to the application process’s final round of the application process, according to The Daily Princetonian. The federal scholarship rewards students devoted to public service.

University of Pennsylvania: A new initiative will formalize a process for students to use a name that reflects their gender identities in university systems, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported. Students who wish to change their preferred name can fill out a form online and meet with an administrator to make the switch. The program is currently not available to faculty, staff or students who wish to use their middle names or Hebrew names.

Yale University: New Haven police announced Wednesday the arrest of Jeffrey Jones, 50, who they believe was responsible for falsely reporting the presence of a gunman on Yale’s campus last fall, the Yale Daily News reported. The crisis led to a seven-hour lockdown. Jones is charged with falsely reporting an incident, second-degree threatening, second-degree reckless endangerment, misuse of the emergency 911 system and a breach of peace.

Around the Ivies

BROWN UNIVERSITY: According to a recent poll, just over half of Brown undergraduates said legacy status should not be considered in admissions decisions, The Brown Daily Herald reported. Of the 1,033 students surveyed, 32.5 percent said they “somewhat disagree” with the practice, while 17.6 percent said they “strongly disagree.”
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Six Columbia professors were awarded this year’s John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowships, allowing them to pursue individual projects, the Columbia Spectator reported. The winners are among a group of 178 fellows from across the U.S. and Canada, chosen from a pool of nearly 3,000 applicants.
CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Cornell formed a council on hazing prevention, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. In addition to the Greek system, the council will focus on athletic teams, clubs and academic groups.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Harvard held a day of remembrance on Tuesday to mark the one-year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, the Harvard Crimson reported. On boards set up outside, students wrote messages to first responders and law enforcement officials who assisted in the aftermath of the bombing.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Princeton and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory received a five-year, $3.5 million grant for nuclear research, the Daily Princetonian reported. It will continue the development of a protocol for testing a warhead’s nuclear content.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: At last weekend’s annual Spring Fling, 22 students were hospitalized for alcohol-related reasons. The weekend tallied 78 “Fling-related incidents,” including criminal investigations and disturbances, loud parties, citations and alcohol transports. The total was below the 99 incidents in 2012, and a slight increase from last year’s 72 reported incidents.
YALE UNIVERSITY: Some Yale faculty positions, called “slots,” are likely to start being grouped in a common pool. A statement from the Academic Review Committee, designed to review the allocation of faculty positions across the university, also recommended forming a new committee on faculty resources and keeping the number of faculty fixed.

Around the Ivies

BROWN UNIVERSITY: International students comprise 17 percent of Brown’s applicant pool for the Class of 2018, the highest in the university’s history, the Brown Daily Herald reported. Domestically, the university also noted a jump in applicants from the West and Southwest. The Northeast, however, remains overrepresented.
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: Despite student concerns regarding a rape crisis and anti-violence support center at Columbia, administrators currently do not plan to change the center’s policies, the Columbia Spectator reported. Students have critiqued the center’s requirement that students present identification to a desk attendant and explain where they are going, which hinders confidentiality.
CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Cornell Police issued three crime alerts to the community in the past week, including an alleged rape, a knife threat and a drug-induced assault, according to the Cornell Daily Sun. Police Chief Kathy Zoner said that the police force does not have a reason for the increased number of recent violent crimes.
HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Michael Bloomberg will deliver Harvard’s Commencement address this spring, the Harvard Crimson reported. Bloomberg graduated from Harvard Business School in 1966 after earning an undergraduate degree from Johns Hopkins University.
PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: Approximately 20 students were found responsible for plagiarism in a computer science course during the 2012-13 academic year, the Daily Princetonian reported. Lead instructor David Pritchard cited an increase in enrollment over the past several years as a possible cause of the spike in plagiarism.
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: After a petition to impeach student body president Abe Sutton reportedly fell one vote short in the Undergraduate Assembly, the student government failed to release a finalized budget for the next academic year, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported. The petition claimed that Sutton was more focused on the title than the responsibility of his position. The Undergraduate Assembly usually finalizes budget decisions before spring break so as to not conflict with election season.
YALE UNIVERSITY: Members of the Alcohol Recommendations Implementation Committee began meeting with students to collect feedback on recent alcohol initiatives aimed at reducing high-risk drinking, according to the Yale Daily News. The initiatives included asking the university to sponsor alcohol-free events and improve training on alcohol-related issues.

Around the Ivies

BROWN UNIVERSITY: Brown University’s New Scientist Program is launching its Graduate-Undergraduate Mentoring Initiative this semester, the Brown Daily Herald reported. The initiative pairs junior and senior undergraduate science majors with graduate students, who will serve as peer advisors and help them prepare for graduate school. The program is currently training 25 graduate students to serve as mentors.

COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY: A student is launching a smartphone application with Columbia University dining hall information, according to the Columbia Spectator. The app, called Dine@CU, will allow students to look up location hours, menus and nutritional facts. Currently in its pilot phase, the application will soon be available through iTunes.

CORNELL UNIVERSITY: Cornell University will begin offering a cross-college minor in demography this semester, the Cornell Daily Sun reported. The minor will encompass population-related courses across 24 departments and programs. Students from each of Cornell’s undergraduate schools will be able to select the minor.

HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Harvard University received 34,295 applications for the Class of 2018, a 2 percent decrease from last year, according to the Harvard Crimson. This year, more applicants requested fee waivers, a potential sign that more students need financial aid. The percentage of non-white applications also increased.

PRINCETON UNIVERSITY: On Monday, Princeton University announced that David Dobkin will step down as dean of the faculty at the end of this academic year, the Daily Princetonian reported. Dobkin has served as dean since 2003 and joined the Princeton faculty in 1981. He will take a yearlong sabbatical before returning to his role as a computer science professor.

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA: University of Pennsylvania sophomore Elvis Hatcher died on Tuesday, the Daily Pennsylvanian reported. The cause of his death was ruled a suicide, the university’s second in three weeks.

YALE UNIVERSITY: This week, Yale University released its semi-annual report of sexual misconduct complaints, which included the highest number of complaints since the report was first published in 2011, according to Yale Daily News. The report contained 70 complaints of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and general sexual harassment, a 15 percent increase in complaints from the previous six-month period.