Columbia student will carry her mattress until her rapist exits school
September 2, 2014

While most students at Columbia University will spend the first day of classes carrying backpacks and books, Emma Sulkowicz will start her semester on Tuesday with a far heavier burden. The senior plans on carrying an extra-long, twin-size mattress across the quad and through each New York City building – to every class, every day – until the man she says raped her moves off campus.

“I was raped in my own bed,” Sulkowicz told me the other day, as she was gearing up to head back to school in this, the year American colleges are finally, supposedly, ready to do something about sexual assault. “I could have taken my pillow, but I want people to see how it weighs down a person to be ignored by the school administration and harassed by police.”

Sulkowicz is one of three women who made complaints to Columbia against the same fellow senior, who was found “not responsible” in all three cases. She alsofiled a police report, but Sulkowicz was treated abysmally – by the cops, and by a Columbia disciplinary panel so uneducated about the scourge of campus violence that one panelist asked how it was possible to be anally raped without lubrication.

So Sulkowicz joined a federal complaint in April over Columbia’s mishandling of sexual misconduct cases, and she will will hoist that mattress on her shoulders as part savvy activism, part performance art. “The administration can end the piece, by expelling him,” she says, “or he can, by leaving campus.”

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As painful as I know the constant reminder of attending school with her rapist must be, I’m glad she won’t be the only one forced to remember. I hope the rapist drops out immediately…or better yet, I hope he faces the justice he deserves. 



hey you

yes you

is today your first day of school? tomorrow? or maybe it’s your 50th day of school?

either way

youre looking great

you are going to rock this

i believe in you

youre gonna knock em out of the park, champ

best wishes, 


thank you.



The racist response to the Spelling Bee is further proof America isn’t ready to talk about minority success

On May 29, they became co-champions of an especially hard-fought Scripps National Spelling Bee.

In the past few years, the 89-year-old competition has seen a striking pattern in which Indian-American contestants have lifted the winner’s trophy eight consecutive times and in 13 of the past 17 outings. Their streak feeds into years of conversation around race, achievement and immigrant success — all tied to problematic notions of what it means to be “American.”

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Why can’t people worry about their own mediocre selves and not hate on those who work hard and are dedicated. Petty.


Okay so the Colbert Report posted a link to the Ellen Page interview, right


And I was already happy it was a fan favorite. But THE COMMENTS







My first sitting in the library “studying” college selfie.

My first sitting in the library “studying” college selfie.

not going to sleep even when im more exhausted than ive ever been in my lifeeeeee. 

totally normal

first class in about a half an hour.

dont wannnnaaaa

A cup of tea and the view out my window on my first full day of college. (at George Washington University - Mount Vernon Campus)

A cup of tea and the view out my window on my first full day of college. (at George Washington University - Mount Vernon Campus)

First day of college, complete. Such a longggg day. My roommate is lovely and I’ve already made a few friends, so everything is good. Now if only i could fall asleep and stop thinking about things…

I almost dont want to go to sleep because when I wake up, my new life begins and everything changes.


Sloth in a bucket


Sloth in a bucket

seabrookkk replied to your post: also, i REALLY REALLY miss my friends.

Buddy I miss you too. This is weird without you

can you get on skype? I wanna hear about your day. Or text me i guess.