The Blue and White

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The Blue and White is a magazine written by undergraduates at Columbia University, New York City. Founded in 1890, the magazine has dedicated itself throughout its existence to providing students an outlet for intellectual and political discussion, literary publication, and general parody.

(Another magazine with a similar name,[1] exists at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Journalism and Mass Communications).


Founded in 1890, the magazine disbanded for unknown reasons in 1893. It was not until 1998 that a handful of undergraduates revived the journal based on the original format. The staff has since grown to several dozen writers and contributors. In switching to a monthly in 2005, the magazine affirmed its place as a campus fixture. Recently, the magazine has begun to focus more on pieces of "hard" journalism, in contradistinction to its former, less serious, and more literary character. The Blue and White staff meets in the crypt of St. Paul's Chapel. The magazine's current editor-in-chief is Hallie Nell Swanson.


In 2006, The Blue and White established Bwog, an online blog counterpart to the magazine. Bwog aims to bring its readership gossip and other Columbia news around the clock. It first gained national recognition for its coverage of a violent protest against the Minutemen illegal immigration group that occurred at Columbia in 2006 and for Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's controversial visit to the university in 2007.[2] Years later, in December 2010, Bwog gained national media attention again for its reactive coverage of Operation Ivy League, a notorious campus drug bust.[3]

Past editors[edit]

  • Torsten Odland
  • Conor Skelding
  • Brian Wagner
  • Mark Hay
  • Liz Naiden
  • Jon Hill
  • Juli Weiner



  1. ^ "Home - Blue & White Online". Blue & White Online. Archived from the original on 17 December 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Prezbo Vs. the Prof". The New Yorker. 8 October 2007. Retrieved 2 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Five Columbia Students Busted for Drug Dealing in 'Operation Ivy League'". Daily Intelligencer. Retrieved 2 December 2014.

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