Columbia Students Choose How to Spend Columbus Day

ICTMN Staff
10/11/11

Columbia University, in New York City, offered students options for how to spend Columbus Day.

“Columbia students didn’t have classes canceled for Columbus Day, but they did get to choose how to mark the holiday—with free food or with a history lesson,” reported the Columbia Spectator.

Students could either spend yesterday with Columbia’s Native American Council (NAC), which hosted its annual Indigenous People’s Day event, or they could check out the BBQ offered by the Columbia University College Republicans (CUCR).

NAC spent the day educating students about Native American history and on the Native perspective on Columbus.

The council is currently trying to get the university to change the name of the holiday on campus to Indigenous People’s Day and has gathered 300 signatures to help make that happen.

“People celebrate this holiday for different reasons. Some understand the indigenous side. Some celebrate Columbus. Some people are just happy to get the day off,” Louisa Harstad, NAC co-chair, told the Spectator.

In another part of campus, the College Republicans served ribs and refreshments and stressed that Columbus Day should be viewed as a part of American history.

“It’s about celebrating how our country started and who was able to help us,” Kate Christensen, CUCR social director, told the Spectator. “Columbus didn’t discover America, but he certainly played an integral role in what our country is today.”

To read the full story, visit the Columbia Spectator website.

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