|Benjamin E. Apfel|
|Name:||Benjamin E. Apfel|
|Birth Date:||March 10, 1994|
|Awards and Recognition:||Nominee for King's Crown Award, WikiCU editor|
|Family:||Parents: Howard CC '85, Naomi CC '86. Spouse: Mikaella Bernstein CC '17. Father in Law: Joseph Bernstein CC '87. Sister in Law: Sara Bernstein CC '21. Uncles: Mark Apfel CC '83, Stuart Apfel CC '81.|
Benjamin Apfel, CC '18, LAW '21, was one of the founding panelists of the Columbia Daily Spectator column "Discourse and Debate"--a pioneering attempt by Spec to represent the intellectual diversity of Columbia's student body. Therein, Benjamin argued for the right of professors to engage in politicized speech in the classroom, and penned a memorable defense of the virtues of the Columbia Football program. Before arriving at Columbia, Benjamin spent several years at an Ultra-Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem where he studied talmudic texts in Yiddish. Benjamin's term at Columbia was otherwise noteworthy solely for its sustained mediocrity.