Snarky Behavior

Looks Like I’ll Fit Right In!

August 31, 2007 · 5 Comments

Yesterday we had a reception for incoming students (beer provided! Hooray for private schools!) and I signed up to be a contributing writer for The Morningside Post. (More to come on that front as it develops.)

I didn’t get a chance to meet with the student group that puts on an end of the year production called Follies, but given its snarky irreverancy targeted toward points of authority (see my latest post on financial aid), the group seems right up my alley. From Ivygate:

This time the story is set at Columbia University’s School of International and
Public Affairs, an institution that we imagine buys red tape by the mile. These
are students training to be parts of bureaucratic machinery. Navigating the
school’s rigid hierarchy, financial aid office, and shoddy advising system –
that’s just part of your education! At the very least, a few students saw enough
similarity between their school and the existential mudpit of The Office to
write and shoot their own remarkably faithful remake. It’s got the same
characters as the NBC version, only everyone is Columbia-fied: Michael Scott
burns time surfing J Date. Dwight denies students financial aid. The deans award
fellowships by picking out the cutest applicants’ photos and throwing darts at
the finalists to determine the winner. It’s worth a gander, but you’ll have to
fill out a permission request first.

This is fantastic! Al, clearly your advice to “be myself, but not FULLY myself” was misguided.

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5 responses so far ↓

  • Megan // August 31, 2007 at 4:20 pm | Reply

    Um, this is awesome. Tell me when they are taping and I’ll come be their live laugh track.

  • prime minister chu // August 31, 2007 at 4:43 pm | Reply

    ah, so you’ve started reading ivygate. welcome to the rapid descent into elitist douchebaggery. love, your fave elitst douchebag.

  • Adosh // September 5, 2007 at 1:44 am | Reply

    there was no beer provided at my formal orientation events. Although I am trying to be a Bar Review Master, which is trashing law school in written form on a weekly basis then leading everyone to a local bar to get sloshed. It may not be The Office, but at least I can swear.

  • Serena // September 5, 2007 at 5:52 pm | Reply

    Do you get said free beer on a regular basis?! I don’t think that it has anything to do with Columbia being private though because UC Hastings provides free beer on a weekly basis to their students. If we’re on our best behavior sometimes we get free wine. :)

  • Jon // September 7, 2007 at 4:26 am | Reply

    how the hell am I supposed to know if it’s a regular thing… it’s week 1!

    I’ve done a pretty piss poor job making friends so far, you guys should all transfer here.

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