Archive for April, 2013

Our contribution to the student leader circuljerk

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2013 by specsucks

CONGRADULATIONS

BWOG!!

 

Alex “The Usurper” Jones and Sam “Super Powers” Aarons invented time travel. Chek it out now u don’t see their names on this dum post:

http://bwog.com/2012/12/09/specsucks-unmasked/

But now u do:

http://web.archive.org/web/20130115162338/http://bwog.com/2012/12/09/specsucks-unmasked/

They also changed history so that theindivdual in question was no longer “persunable and friendly”. Wow the skynet revolution is truly upon us. I, for one, welcome our new Bwoggie overloards. Also it looks like they took their little buddy Brian Wagner along for the ride (who the heck is he, anyways?)

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The Sisyphean spec

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 28, 2013 by specsucks

Albert Camus thinks the only question of philsophical importance is the suicide. I disagreeno that is absurd! But For example, because I know what is like for example when I am outside and I see someone reading the spec and I am getting really angry and depresed. Then I run to my room shut myself in and write on my wordpress blog.

That is why the Sisyphean narrative is me agenst the spec. But that is not even an existential question anymore because the spec is going down. That is why Camoose is wrong. #realtalk #specsucks

The Author is a Columbia College first year double majoring in Philosophy but is still really important inside specsucks.  His column runs alternating thursdays and tuesdays.

Spec indorses illegal drugs

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 25, 2013 by specsucks

Spec you are everything bad in the world we HATE you we do not COMMEND you. But we do not hate the class of 2017 who shared their essays that dum spec gave to evil Gawker who are everything bad in the world that isn’t spec which is already everything bad in the world that there is but maybe people from spec infiltrate gawker this is just a RUMOR so do not say that we said it is true it is just a rumor not a FACT like the FACT that spec sucks. Gawker you are bad, Ivygate you are also bad except when you are fighting the spec that is good like truth, apple pie and two gallon Arizona iced tea, but not when you are joining gawker and spec in the cause for evil.

FACT the class of 2017 contains new specsucks members who wrote their essays about taking down the spec that is why Gawker and Spec were trying to join forces to expose them but brave new specsucks memembers are sneakier then putting their pledges to truth and justice in a google doc and sneakier than deans who specsucks are already exposing one by one. BUT all of this is above the point because spec is doing bad stuff again today like indorsing illegal drugs:

http://www.columbiaspectator.com//2013/04/23/columbian-flake

 

http://www.columbiaspectator.com/2013/04/23/discourse-psilocybin

Specsters are so adicted to drugs that they cannot help but putting out MULTIPAL ARTICLES A DAY talking about them and flyering illegal drug parties all over campus if they are having them. Truly spec is creating a new world but it is not brave like the class of 2017 are. So do not listen to spec if you are new to Columbia unless you are talking about how much spec sucks spec not inculcated with their stress of reading spec and taking their soma.

spec is the worst of 2013

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 22, 2013 by specsucks

FACT reporter is the worst job of 2013 FACT everyone at spec is a reporter FACT spec is the worst of 2013

dont argue with the facts

spec and the hungry gaze

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 21, 2013 by specsucks

today i read an old spec article on the male gaze it was dum of course.

okay i know what it is like for example when i eat food everyone in my family says that it always looks good and they want to eat it which is annoying because it is my food!  i am a picky eater so i have to make my own food sometimes it is mine not yours do not eat it. they say that the way i eat it makes the food look good but I want them to stop looking at me so i can eat in peace.  For example if I make nachos then they want to eat well i made exactly the right amount of nachos to make me full so if you eat my nachos then i will be hungry when i am done and i need to make a whole another set of nachos which is dum because the only reason i have to is because of YOU so basically I am making a batch of nachos for YOU but you would never ask me to do that to my face because you know that is stupid so then why dont you make the nachos yourself you lazy grubbing bum!  even if i want to share my food you are still always staring at me eat and want my food i just want to hide and eat where you can not find me.  plus i am a picky eater so I do not want to eat your food that is why i made my own this is a one way street i never take your food.  this helps to understanding through shared empathy and so forth.  we can hopefully see that the issue is complex and everyone has a view point.  so there are many sorts of gazes which we should all consider to have a wide body world understand.

the author is a first year in columbia college double-majoring in philosophy.

op ed from one of our opinion columbnists

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on April 18, 2013 by specsucks

On Monday, Spectator Editor in Chief Sammy Roth announced the intention to demolish and rebuild Pinkberry, so as to build sufficient space after some period of time in excess of 20 or 30 years.

I went to Pinkberry to get a frozen yoghurt the other day. The building’s facade is pristine and yet I still felt the sign marking the entrance to the Columbia Spectator to be a massive transgression upon its integrity as a frozen yoghurt joint. No preservation society will fight to preserve the building for its worth as long as its the headquarters of a terrible campus publication. The wrecking ball can’t hit soon enough, and I’m glad that Editor in Chief Roth has the good sense to plan ahead.

Spec’s finances have been in shambles for as long as any current student cares to remember. It is telling that in the same meeting in which Roth announced his intention to replace the spec headquarters in Pinkberry, he simultaneously voiced doubt about the Spec’s ability to pay the $2 bill for the frozen yoghurt he was eating.

More importantly, as the 21st century moves along, I wonder whether Spec can continue to justify its existence as an independent undergraduate publication alongside Bwog. Meaningless rhetoric and labels aside, I wonder whether in 20 or 30 years Spec will be able to offer its readers a newspaper that is substantially or even noticeably different from anything Bwog are doing. I wonder whether it does right now.

I don’t want to compare mission statements or dwell on the merger between Spec and Bwog that almost took place a year or so ago. We are told that Spec is an independent student run publication in New York and that Bwog is the snarky rival. Yet beside the label and the rhetoric, I don’t see how the substance of a Spec article necessarily differs from a Bwog one.

While different writing style and integrity requirements exist, the articles published that supposedly fulfill those requirements are often the same ones—with the obvious exception being found in the fact that spec is still not daily. Relevancy and requirements of familiarity with the topic matter about which they are writing are, by design, flexible and lenient enough to accommodate a wide variety in just how much individual articles suck. While Spec’s publishing does not directly correspond with Bwog’s—that is to say there isn’t a Bwog equivalent for every Spec article and vice versa—the differences seem to me more administrative and arbitrary than substantive.

I understand that there are minute differences between the Bwog and the Spec mission, and that running a blog that tells people where to get free food is slightly different from a newspaper that isn’t daily. Yet, it is entirely possible that two students, one working at Bwog, another working at Spec, can graduate with similar interests in journalism, having covered many of the same stories.

Having never read any of Spec’s Arts and Entertainment, Sports, or the Eye—and to be honest, having barely read anything on Bwog except the comment sections—I can’t speak to whether tangible differences exist between the two. However, I don’t think there are necessary and essential differences between the host of administrative and journalistic services available on either of these publications. Perhaps differences exist now, but there is no reason they have to. What differences there may be do not define Spec or Bwog—they are incidental.

If Spec split its staff in half, the first half only working on certain days of the week, the second half working on the other days of the week, there might be some differences in the quality of one half compared to the other half. However, that is not to say that they would now actually be capable of producing a daily newspaper nor one that doesn’t suck. Bwog’s capabilities in providing free food might be in much better shape than Spec’s, but that difference hardly merits a separate publication.

I can’t for the life of me figure out how the social life could be so different on in one publication versus the other. Living above Pinkberry could be seen as significant, but given that specsters have the opportunity to live off-campus or in Columbia residence halls, it is hardly an unshakeable pillar of the spec experience. The fact is that both Bwog and Spec share sources, have terrible writing, go to the same networking events, and are both in the favor of corrupt administrators.

While a Spec-Bwog merger might seem logical, it is more likely to be caused by economic reasons than one of journalistic philosophy. Spec is in a rather dire situation—readers are dropping, corrupt administrators are being deposed, and opinion op-eds are being lambasted by the entire student body. Bwog, despite the shitty new site layout, will continue to view straggling spec readers as its biggest impediment toward further expansion.

Especially if they become more acute, Spec’s dire finances and Bwog’s demand for readers at any cost would make a merger mutually beneficial. If and when a merger occurs, I don’t know whether we—that is, the readers—will lose much aside from the journalistic overlap that currently exists.

And where does that overlap come from? It comes as a result of the corruption of the two publications, because at one point in time, Bwog didn’t see it fit to continue fighting the spec.

So, why isn’t a merger being seriously considered?

The author is a Columbia College junior majoring in justice. He is a former SpecSucks editorial page editor. 

To respond to this column, or to submit an op-ed, contact thecloakedmask@gmail.com.

specsucks forces deans resignation

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on April 16, 2013 by specsucks

after specsucks published a ground breaking awesome article exposing the dean  who goes under the alias “kevin schollenberger”, we knew his days were limited.  Attempts tostop the freedom of press on campus and and to support spec he was exposed.  Using top of the line forsenic technology we have shown who can bring you the best news and who brings down the most deans.  How many deans did  spec bring down this semester? oh yeah thats right they are too busy colaborating with the officials (althoguh our exposes have made it hard for spec to engage in such corruption without being watched in fact it was too much for dean “shollenburger” to take so he left and now there is balance in the force. watch out that smile is like in episode III when emporor palpatine transforms into a demon and casts out christ from his heart do not stare back at the screen. The most important question is who is the new dean? for now we are stuck with another PINKO dean in his place we are sick and tired of deans that suport spec we demand a member of specsucks to be elected so power can be fair and balanced!   This shows that we are gaining power and we will not be stopped spec is scared because we are good and they are bad.  the glorious cause marches onward!!!

oh yeah also we exposed columbias plan to cancel mackle more and cover it up, and brought justice to campus so if you got shit-faced drunk and listened puked on college walk on saturday you are automatically a specsucks supporter