Sunday, May 29, 2011

It's Never too Late...

Justin Nunez (CREDIT: Columbia Athletics)

... to compete as an Ivy athlete.

Even if you graduated years ago.

Just ask Justin Nunez '07, who is one of the favorites in "The Decathlon," the competition to find the best athlete on Wall Street.

This year's competition will be at Wien Stadium on October 22nd.

Nunez is a veteran of this event, placing third last year.

Proceeds from The Decathlon go to charity.


At Sun May 29, 05:15:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Tod Howard Hawks 66C said...

Brad Losee (SO) and Nick Mistretta (SR) are both highly regarded Columbia football players. Both have the same height and weight: 6'2" and 225. But Brad is listed as a DL, where as Nick is listed as a LB. How do you reconcile their two different positions?

At Sun May 29, 07:26:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't.

At Sun May 29, 08:08:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

In the Ivy League, the ideal height and weight for a middle linebacker is about 6'2" 225 whereas the ideal height and weight for a defensive tackle is anywhere from 6'1" to 6'5" and 245-250 and above. Obviously, a player's height and weight is important, but so are numerous other factors including speed, agility, acceleration, overall athleticism, desire and heart. Marcellous Wiley is an example of a great football player with who had all those attributes.

At Sun May 29, 10:16:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Get that kid a Meatball Sammich!!!

At Sun May 29, 06:16:00 PM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Speaking of Nick, he and fellow rising senior Ben Popeck will be interning at one of the great law firms this summer, Dewey and LeBoeuf. Another advantage of playing for the Lions, great career opportunities. You can't spend a summer in Ithaca and get those opportunities.

At Wed Jun 01, 01:25:00 AM GMT+7, Anonymous Anonymous said...

While the previous poster may have made his quip about Ithaca in jest, the most important factor in intra-Ivy League admissions dynamics over the past two decades has in fact been the sharp rise in popularity of the urban schools.

Harvard of course has always had its appeal based upon its name recognition. But in the early 1990s, hard on the heels of the crack epidemic, New Haven, West Philadelphia and especially Morningside Heights were huge turn-offs to the average high school applicant.

The greatest thing to happen to Yale, Penn and Columbia over the past two decades is the sharp drop in urban crime. Cities are now viewed by 17-year-olds has thriving, stimulating places to spend four years, whereas previously students and especially their parents viewed urban settings as a negative.

Yale, Penn and especially Columbia are much more popular today on a relative basis (compared to, say, Dartmouth, Cornell and similar non-Ivy competitors) than they were a short time ago.

Don't dismiss the urban-rural dynamic as merely a punchline. It is the driving force behind Columbia's resurgence.

At Wed Jun 01, 04:37:00 AM GMT+7, Blogger DOC said...

...besides which we own New York.


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