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With over 30,000 people in the Columbia community, it can be difficult to understand the individual struggles faced by some of our peers. Iris Washington, one of the staff members in Columbia Dining, is as risk of losing her home. As written on her GoFundMe page,

On July 29 of 2013 my mom was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.she died July 24th of 2014 leaving behind a mortgage. My disabled daughter now lives in the home on a fixed income and can’t afford the mortgage. In April 2014 my daughter was hospitalized with a blood clot to the heart. In May she went under 4 hours of surgery to receive a pacemaker and after putting the pacemaker in there were unable to hook up one side of it. Long after the storm last week the house receive more damages the basement is flooded with water. And the Bank sold the loan to a collection agency and now the collection agency just notified me of foreclosure please help.

Iris, one of the people who normally works late nights at JJ’s Place, has worked in Columbia Dining for years and is loved by many of the students who visit. She is known for her peppy, yet sassy style and is one of the amazing people that works tirelessly to ensure a positive Dining experience for all.

If you are able and willing, you can help Iris by donating to her GoFundMe page here.

The Lion team would like to thank Alexander Birkel (CC ’18) and Keenan Smith (CC ’18) for alerting us to this story.

The newest season of CU Now! kicks off with Shreyas navigating the marginally hospitable career fair. CU Now, originally launched last semester follows Shreyas Manohar (CC ’18) as he journeys through campus talking with students and staff about a set topic.  Come watch the newest installment of Shreyas on the Street: a CU Now production where Shreyas is on the street…mostly.

Executive Producers: Shreyas Manohar, Ally Horn, Julia Mok, and Daren Napier


After a two year losing streak, Columbia Football has won its first game tonight by beating Wagner 26 to 3. Over the past year, the team has experienced major changes under new leadership from Coach Al Bagnoli.

We will update this post with more information as it becomes available.

In  a recent announcement, FLIP has posted that they will be putting the Class Confessions page on hiatus. CUCC, originally launched in March 2015, was meant to “illuminates students’ experiences and struggles within socioeconomic diversity.” The page’s stories helped bring numerous socioeconomic struggles to light for the Columbia community and generated large amounts of media attention.


FLIP’s official comment on the topic can be found below.

Hi everyone. Effective immediately, Columbia University Class Confessions will go on hiatus for the temporary time being. All confessions have been posted as of today. Please feel free to redirect concerns and questions to

Submitted by Luis Rivera (SEAS ’18)

The founder of the page disaffiliated from FLIP and removed the admin privileges that the members of FLIP’s e-board originally had.

She is suspending the class confessions page because she doesn’t want to be affiliated with FLIP.

FLIP wants to keep the page.

No word on whether or not either party will start up a new page.



We will update this story with more details as they come.

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