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The IvyGate logo
Created by Chris Beam and Nick Summers
Website www.ivygateblog.com

IvyGate is a popular blog and online news source covering news and gossip from Ivy League universities. The blog is written by students and recent graduates.[1]



IvyGate was founded in 2006 by Columbia University alumni Chris Beam and Nick Summers.[2] 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.[3]

The former IvyGate logo, designed by Kyle Jaster

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.[4][5][6] 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.[7]

IvyGate today

IvyGate continues to be popular with students and reports and break news stories of interest to them such as under-aged drinking.[8] The blog was the first to publish results of the US News and World Report 2007 college rankings.[9] It also recently broke the scoop on the disbanding of a Yale fraternity.[10]

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.[1] It continues to receive nationwide attention and logs more than 10,000 visitors per day.[11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "About". IvyGate. September 10, 2008. http://www.ivygateblog.com/about/. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 
  2. Sharon Wang (November 8, 2006). "15 Questions with IvyGate". Harvard Crimson. http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=515624. Retrieved 2007-10-02. 
  3. Chris Beam and Nick Summers (June 6, 2007). "Blogging the Ivy League’s Follies". the Harvard Crimson. http://www.thecrimson.com/article.aspx?ref=519203. Retrieved 2008-08-29. 
  4. McGrath, Ben (2006-10-23). "Aleksey the Great". The New Yorker. http://www.newyorker.com/archive/2006/10/23/061023ta_talk_mcgrath. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  5. Kaplan, Thomas (2006-10-25). "Vayner faces public criticism". Yale Daily News. http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/18566. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  6. Michael J. de la Merced (October 19, 2006). "the Resume Mocked Round the World". New York Times. http://dealbook.blogs.nytimes.com/2006/10/19/the-resume-mocked-round-the-world-vayner-speaks. Retrieved 2007-07-05. 
  7. Michael Calderone (December 3, 2006). "Washington Post class gets graded". New York Observer. http://www.observer.com/node/36346. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  8. Nicholas Swisher (September 14, 2007). "Facebook ruins lives, destroys families". Brown Daily Herald. http://media.www.browndailyherald.com/media/storage/paper472/news/2007/09/14/Columns/Nicholas.Swisher.08.Facebook.Ruins.Lives.Destroys.Families-2969261.shtml. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  9. Jen Chung (August 16, 2007). "Good News, Bad News for Columbia". The Gothamist. http://gothamist.com/2007/08/16/good_news_bad_n_1.php. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 
  10. Thomas Kaplan (July 9, 2007). "Beta chapter loses national affiliation". Yale Daily News. http://www.yaledailynews.com/articles/view/21094. Retrieved 2007-08-09. 
  11. Jennifer Cchen (April 13, 2007). "Blogging Ivy Gossips". Northwestern Current Magazine. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18059096/site/newsweek/. Retrieved 2007-08-29. 

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