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IvyGate is a popular blog and online news source covering news and gossip from Ivy League universities.


IvyGate was founded in 2006 by Columbia University alumni Chris Beam and Nick Summers. [cite news | Publisher=Harvard Crimson | accessdate=2007-10-02 | url=http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=515624 | title=15 Questions with IvyGate | author=Sharon Wang | date = November 08, 2006] The blog covers the "follies" of Ivy League schools, such as a Princeton University class president accused of setting a squirrel on fire, a University of Pennsylvania graduate student who turned out to be in prison, and a Yale Skull and Bones member arrested for burning an American Flag. [cite news | publisher=the Harvard Crimson | title = Blogging the Ivy League’s Follies | Date = June 06, 2007 | accessdate=2008-08-29 | author=Chris Beam and Nick Summers | url = http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=519203]

IvyGate rose to prominence through its investigative reporting of the details of the "Impossible is Nothing" Internet meme, concerning an impossibly boastful video résumé produced by then Yale student Aleksey Vayner.cite news | publisher = The New Yorker | date = 2006-10-23 | url = http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/10/23/061023ta_talk_mcgrath | title = Aleksey the Great | first = Ben | last = McGrath | accessdate = 2007-07-05 ] cite news|publisher=Yale Daily News|last=Kaplan|first=Thomas |title=Vayner faces public criticism|url=http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/18566|date=2006-10-25|accessdate=2007-07-05] [cite news | publisher = New York Times | author = Michael J. de la Merced | title = the Resume Mocked Round the World | url = http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/10/19/the-resume-mocked-round-the-world-vayner-speaks | Date = October 19, 2006 | accessdate = 2007-07-05] It was a nominee for the 2006 Weblog Award for "Best Educational Blog".

A small controversy arose in December, 2006 involving Beam's father, prominent Boston Globe columnist Alex Beam. The younger Beam had covered a Brown University professor who wrote prolific letters to the editor in the New York Times. Five days later the elder Beam covered the same story in his column, without attribution, leading to humorous but well-publicized complaints of plagiarism. [cite news | url = http://www.observer.com/node/36346 | publisher = New York Observer | title = Washington Post class gets graded | date = December 3, 2006 | author = Michael Calderone | accessdate=2007-08-29]

IvyGate today

IvyGate continues to be popular with students and reports and break news stories of interest to them such as under-aged drinking. [cite news|publisher=Brown Daily Herald|url=http://media.www.browndailyherald.com/media/storage/paper472/news/2007/09/14/Columns/Nicholas.Swisher.08.Facebook.Ruins.Lives.Destroys.Families-2969261.shtml
title=Facebook ruins lives, destroys families|author=Nicholas Swisher|date=September 14, 2007|accessdate=2007-09-14
] The blog was the first to publish results of the US News and World Report 2007 college rankings. [cite web | url=http://gothamist.com/2007/08/16/good_news_bad_n_1.php | publisher=The Gothamist | author = Jen Chung | Date = August 16, 2007 | accessdate=2007-08-29 | title = Good News, Bad News for Columbia] It also recently broke the scoop on the disbanding of a Yale fraternity. [cite news | date = July 9, 2007 | accessdate=2007-08-09 | title = Beta chapter loses national affiliation | author = Thomas Kaplan | publisher = Yale Daily News | url = http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/21094]

The blog is now published by Beam, currently a reporter for online magazine "Slate", and fellow Columbia graduate Nick Summers, a reporter for "Newsweek" magazine. It has a staff of five editors and five contributors as of September, 2008. [cite web|url=http://www.ivygateblog.com/about/|publisher=IvyGate|title=About|Date=September 10, 2008|accessdate=2008-09-10] It continues to receive nationwide attention and logs more than 10,000 visitors per day. [cite news | publisher = Northwestern Current Magazine | url = http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18059096/site/newsweek/ | date = April 13, 2007 | accessdate=2007-08-29 | title=Blogging Ivy Gossips | author= Jennifer Cchen ]


External links

* [http://www.ivygateblog.com IvyGate]

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