Laura Durkay

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Laura Durkay CC '04 was president of the Columbia International Socialist Organization and author of a crazy, rant-filled Spectator column, "The Socialist Alternative". Just berfore her last semester, however, Durkay was among a number of columnists fired by Spec in an attempt at an editorial page overhaul, which she and the others claimed was an attempt to purge their bold opinions.[1]

Ironically, she went on to work for D. E. Shaw, the top quant-based trading shop on Wall Street, from 2005-2008. She later pursued a Master of Fine Arts in screenwriting at the University of Southern California and runs the blog Laura on the Left Coast.