Ask Alma's Owl

Alexander Hamilton portrait

Dear Alma,
I'm going to see the musical
Hamilton if I can score a ticket. Can you tell me about young Alexander Hamilton’s connection to Columbia?

Charles Anthon Columbia University
Charles Anthon (CC’1815, LLD’1831) was a major American figure in the field of classics during the 19th century although his reputation has since receded into history. Learn more about why a professorship is named after him.
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How did Columbia wrestler Nat Pendleton (CC’1916) score parts in both the 1920 Olympics and the Marx Brothers movie Horse Feathers?
The 18th century ceremonial mace used at Commencement each year is just one of the items housed in the King’s College Room.

The King’s College Room in Low Library is undoubtedly one location on campus that perfectly evokes the Colonial era in which the University was founded as King’s College.

Illustration of Alma's Owl

Dear Alma,
I know several Columbians have gone on to become professional baseball players. Is it true that one of those ball players also became a spy?
—Baseball Fan

Dear Fan,

Dear Alma,
I know pipe organs are called the king of instruments, but how did St. Paul’s Chapel come by its own musical crown?
—Melody

Dear Alma,

Columbia is big in interdisciplinary neuroscience, including two Nobel laureates, but who came before them?

—Neuro Fan

 

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