scott benbow, Alum
School of Law 1989
In the late 1980s, New York City seemed to have more car alarms than cars. By the time I arrived in Mornignside Heights in 1986, car alarms rang with such frequency that they rarely, if ever, had their intended effect: alerting a passerby to call the police to report a crime in progress.
In my first year at Columbia Law School, I was assigned a room in a suite in East Campus. It was the room on the bottom floor, facing west, right above street level. It did not benefit from the spectacular views of the city that a lot of East Campus rooms had.
Every night during my first year of law school, car alarms would ring incessantly. While it bothered me at first, I eventually became immune to the sound and managed to work the noise into my dreams.