Speaking of, anyone know what happened to EW? He was a postdoc at columbia for 5 years, no longer listed there.
Evan Warner was a Ritts Assistant Professor at Columbia for 5 years and didn't publish anything. In fact, there's no evidence that he even obtained PhD from Stanford. On his old webpage, he kept saying that his PhD thesis is being revised. Yet, to this day, a search at Stanford Library returns nothing. (Even Alessandro Masullo eventually submitted his thesis, which is available at Stanford Library.)
The only reason Columbia would even give the Ritts AP position to EW was the influence of Brian Conrad, who oversold his student. After the Masullo affairs, we know this is not an isolated incident.
To be fair, BC had some good students. Tong Liu is good. Zavyalov seems to be very promissing. But those are rather the exceptions.