Ask Alma's Owl

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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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