Fiddlin’ Around: Catching Up With The Morningsiders
Illustration by Rachel Chin, CC '18

Illustration by Rachel Chin, CC ’18

A year after they graduated, Morningsiders is still a well-known and loved presence on Columbia’s campus. The Blue and White sent Culture Editor Alexander Pines, CC ’16, to the launch of Morningsiders’ latest EP, unfocus, to check in with the band.

“A surprising amount of Kant makes it into the post graduate life,” Magnus Ferguson, CC ’14, tells me toward the end of our conversation. We’re sitting with Reid Jenkins, also CC ’14, in Reid’s parents’ Upper West Side brownstone, catching up a few days after Morningsiders’ EP launch show in early March.

The band, best known on campus for opening for Macklemore at Bacchanal in 2013, is about to leave on a two-week tour of the Midwest, spanning Chicago, Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, and Nashville. While Magnus and Reid have been playing together since 2010, the lineup has shifted a few times since the band’s inception in 2012. Its latest incarnation, since August 2014, is a four-piece outfit: Magnus, Reid, David Su, CC ’14, and Cody Gibson, who is unaffiliated with Columbia.

“When we graduated, it was just the two of us [Magnus and Reid], and that was weird,” Magnus says. “That’s when we had to wake up and convince each other that the band existed. I think in the past half year, though, we’ve really gotten into this group.”

All four sing, with Magnus on guitar, Reid on the fiddle, David on drums, and Cody on the double bass. Magnus tells me that the group concentrates on “working within the parameters of our instruments.” “There’s always this voice that makes you think, if only we had an oboe or clarinet that would make the difference,” he says, “but at the end of the day there’s some really cool stuff with what basically is a string band arrangement.”

They often add a fifth or sixth instrument for recordings or shows. In particular, their EP, unfocus, featured Corey Dansereau, CC ’14, on the trumpet—before he left for India indefinitely, Reid tells me with a sigh. For the duration of the tour, the band will be traveling with Reid’s father, a professional musician (and member, along with Reid, of the Jenkins Family Band). “One thing that’s great about this band right now is that we’re modular in terms of the kind of space we play,” Reid says. “We have this very intimate setup.”

That being said, no one would complain about more horns.

“I wish I had a private horn section to follow me everywhere,” Magnus says thoughtfully.

“Don’t we all, man,” Reid adds.

More on being a musician outside of college and being compared to Vampire Weekend next.

Written, Directed, And Produced By A Student, PILL Is A Home Run
Watch it for a good lol

Watch it for a good lol

When Thursday Daily Caroline Montgomery doesn’t hit on Halal guys, she spends her time appreciating all sorts of art. She attended the recent screening of a new student film — written, directed, and produced by fellow Barnardian Amelia Arnold.  

Initially the room was quiet. Light chatter and normal niceties were exchanged among audience members. But then the lights were dimmed and the feature began.

PILL is a film written, directed, and produced by Barnard student Amelia Arnold. The short film follows a night where Leah, the protagonist, blossoms from a teen into a woman with the help of her friend Scarlett, Stoner Josh, and a bucket list compiled from an episode of Skins. Leah is a hypochondriac with anxiety, she’s just turned 20, and wants to experience the wild youth that she never had. All in one night she Tinders, goes to her first rager at Stoner Josh’s, drinks half a beer, smokes weed, skinny dips, and loses her lip virginity. It’s a wild ride, but not without some hitches.

PILL’s script is next-level funny. Every line is insightful and precisely delivered. Equally as impressive is the cinematography on show. From close-up shots of Leah shoveling cake into her mouth to naked shots filmed underwater, it’s all fresh.

After the movie, Amelia, Savannah Jones (Scarlett), and Zach Gaviria (Stoner Josh) answered a few questions about the making of PILL. When Amelia was asked what inspired PILL, she laughed and responded that she thought hypochondria is an underused comedic tool. The hardest part about filming? Covering all the genitals. PILL features a lot of butts, but nothing more. To figure out this problem, Amelia did extensive research and came to the conclusion that she would cut bikini bottoms in half and medical tape them on to the women; for the men involved, she used some socks and rubber bands. Did they use real weed? No, unfortunately. “Wizard Weed” — basically tobacco — was featured in every bong rip and bowl hit.

But what’s next for Amelia Arnold? Some Thai Market.

PILL’s next big showing is at Montclair Film Festival on May 9th. To buy tickets and support a kick ass film visit the Montclair Film Festival website.Watch the trailer for PILL here. Like PILL on Facebook to keep track on its progress.

Movie poster via Pill Facebook 

Bwoglines: Shutdown Edition
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heeeeeelp

Say goodbye to your favorite for-profit colleges!! It was announced earlier this week that the last branches of the Corinthian College system have been shut down. The change has resulted in numerous actions by debt activists and former Corinthian College students who claim that their education was not worth the money. (NPR)

Protestors in Baltimore are planning to shut down the city following the death of Freddie Gray. This call for action grew stronger after Baltimore’s Police Commissioner admitted that “police officers made mistakes in how they handled the arrest of Freddie Gray.” (NPR)

The famed Carnegie Deli was shut down this past weekend due to the possibility of an illegal gas hookup in the building. A spokesman for Con Edison revealed that utility crews discovered a diverted line following an investigation relating to a gas leak. (NY Post)

British Grime artist Skepta released a video to accompany his record, “Shutdown.” You can watch it here. (Uproxx.com)

Senior Wisdom: Abby Abrams
Abby Abrams

Abby Abrams

Today, we begin one of our favorite Bwog traditions: Senior Wisdoms from a few members of the graduating class. We will be bringing you some of your classmates’ nuggets of wisdom until the end of the semester, and we begin with the person least-related to Bwog—former Spectator EIC Abby Abrams.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Abby Abrams, Barnard, English (But really James Joyce and Spec, both of which often felt like they were not written in English), St. Louis, Missouri

Claim to fame: I took Spec digital (or cut the print, depending on your preferred interpretation). One time Rick MacArthur called me in the middle of class to yell at me. Also, I wrote about sexual assault, mental health, and greek life. I probably asked you a nosy question about your thoughts on some aspect of ~student life~ at Columbia at some point.

Where are you going? First, back to Missouri to do a little hiking/nature appreciating. Then back here, to FiveThirtyEight to do some data journalism.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2019?

  1. Be passionate about something, and work really hard for that thing. Columbia is an amazing place filled with myriad opportunities, and you’d be foolish not to take advantage of them. Whether it’s theater, activism, a campus publication, research, music, student council, or anything else, those are the kinds of places you’ll meet your best friends and where you can have an impact on this campus. You can certainly spend all four years here just hanging out and coasting through classes, but the experience will be much more rewarding if you spend your time doing something you love.
  2. Be kind. This applies to yourself and others. It’s easy to be snarky and to make fun of people all the time. But everyone here is trying to figure themselves out, and we could all use a little more support. Give people the benefit of the doubt, say hi to that person you had a class with two semesters ago when you pass them in Lerner, and take time to check in on your friends when you know they’re having a rough week. People will remember you for being kind and they’ll usually try to be kind back. Also, don’t be too hard on yourself. As hard as you might work on classes and extracurriculars, it’s just college, and taking care of yourself (and your friends) is almost always more important.
  3. Go to office hours. Go to office hours. Go to office hours. And if you can’t because you work or are busy or whatever, ask your professors to meet at another time. Form real relationships with professors. This is seriously the most basic and most real thing you need to know. Everyone told me this when I started college and I still didn’t do it for my first two years here. Professors do want to get to know you and are open to mentoring you if you ask for help. They are some of the kindest, most brilliant people you will ever meet. Academia is hard, and these people have made it through—they are the best. Let them guide you. And most of them will give you life advice in addition to academic advice. Last year, I may or may not have broken down crying in my advisor’s office because I hadn’t slept in a week, I felt like people hated me, and I couldn’t remember which chapter of James Joyce’s Ulysses was written in newspaper-style headlines. Guess what? She didn’t kick me out or laugh at me. She handed me some tissues, told me all men are stupid, and gave me some awesome feminist literary theory that ended up helping with my thesis. Go to office hours.

Hear more from Abby about cheese and things to do before graduating next.

Field Notes: Mets Vs. Yankees Edition
What divides New York state

It’s not a rivalry, we’re frenemies

Bwog rarely cares about sports (especially when it involves non-Columbia teams), but sportswear clad New York baseball fans infiltrated the MTA this weekend for the Mets-Yankees series. They were loud, pregaming in public places, vulgar, rambunctious…basically all things we are/inspire to be when Bacchanal Saturday rolls around. Since we didn’t quite get there this Bacchanal, it’s time for us to put on our baseball caps and assimilate into fanfare-inspired debauchery for a warmer April weekend. As we gear up finals, be sure to send along your weekend hits and strikes to tips@bwog.com

Mets, 8

  • “Stripped naked and ran into the ocean in the middle of the night.”
  • “Got in an argument over the Core with a stranger in a bar. Got matched with a Bwog staffer on Tinder.”
  • “Snagged the set list of a Speedy Ortiz concert where I (per the encouragement of my friends) demanded the attention of the lead singer because she went to Barnard. Luckily I don’t think she fully saw or heard me.”
  • “Snuck into the Tribeca Film Festival. Ended up in Premiere Reserved seats without a ticket. Finished a whole bottle of moscato by myself.”
  • “Went to see a short playing at Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday night because the filmmaker is an alum of a program I went on in high school. Saw the short; got coffee with its 29 year-old Israeli filmmaker after; turns out every director/writer/editor of films shown get smashed day and night; he offers me a joint and we smoke it around the World Trade Center. Some things we think are only reserved for dreams.”
  • “Growing increasingly addicted to a show titled ‘Weird Loners.'”

Yankees, 2

  • “My Metro North train from Poughkeepsie to Grand Central is stopping directly at Yankee and everyone here is sportswear clad and chugging Bid Lights…Help it is so loud and drunk here in rural New York at 1:42 on a Saturday afternoon.”
  • “Got progressively cockblocked by four different people over three hours.”
  • “Currently wearing a bandaid on every single finger.”
  • “Housed a prior hookup who lost her key to her room at 5 in the morning.”
  • “Spent my scavenger hunt money on ice cream and a pot pie (still enough left for a 12 pack).”
  • “Went to a psychic in West Village.”

It doesn’t matter because both of your stadiums are in lesser boroughs via Shutterstock

Show Up To Write Up At Wikithon Tonight!
It's time we got Barnard Bearoness on WikiCU

It’s time we got Barnard Bearoness on WikiCU

Days on Campus have passed, which only re-emerges memories of how you once spent your days anxiously awaiting to become a Columbia student. This undoubtedly included stalking our beloved WikiCU, and as a result you arrived on campus for NSOP feeling like you had all the special knowledge on the ins and outs of Morningside.

Reward your prospie self and go to the Wikithon tonight at 7:30 PM in the John Jay Lounge to ensure that WikiCU is forever relevant and up to date. It’s a great two hours to pretend like you’re a respected contributor to our campus life on a Monday night.

Bwog may or may not distribute a prize to a lucky Columbia student who assumes the responsibility to update the Bwog WikiCU page to the best of their ability. The prize will most likely follow prize trends of contests’ past, like Koronet’s pizza and some room temperature beer (both never rewarded). Write at your own risk!

See, with WikiCU anything is possible via Shutterstock

A Call For Actual Wisdoms
As much of a spiritual experience as the midnight bike ride

As much of a spiritual experience as the midnight bike ride

As the entitled undergraduates that we are, we might think that valuable wisdom rests only in the hands of our fellow classmates. They’ve successfully wafted through their time here at Columbia, they understand what it’s like to be the small species in the big university kingdom, and we one day hope to be as cool as them.

Graduating seniors are only a fraction of the readily available wisdom present on this campus, and for the rest of the whole we should look to the hardworking, sometimes underpaid, and scholarly people that make up the professors at our school.

If you have a professor that you want to honor or ensure that their message is shared with those outside of your classroom, nominate them for an Actual Wisdom to tips@bwog.com by Friday, May 1 at 11:59 pm. They, too, will enjoy being prompted with the notorious oral sex vs. cheese question, so romantic motivations for nominating a professor are not discouraged. Be sure to include a short description on why said professor is deserving of a spread on this undergraduate news site, and we plan to start contacting these (most likely) old and wise academics soon!

This must be on your CV if you want to be a (well-liked) professor via Shutterstock

PeopleHop: Eye Master
haha googles

No delays on the 1 train? Positively shocking!

A male Columbia student’s version of Their Eyes Were Watching God: taping googly eyes all over our divine campus. Ross “Four Eyes” Chapman noticed these hidden staples with his heightened prescription vision and decided to put a face (and fingers) to the mysterious all-black pupils. 

Where have you seen them? The lion reliefs in front of Butler? On the doors of Carman? On the faces of CCSC campaign posters? This semester, Columbia has been the subject of one student’s rampage of googly eyes. This student, who asked to be either anonymous or referred to as the “Eye Master,” has taken his huge collection of grade school art supplies to the streets and classrooms of Morningside Heights.

“It looked like a balloon,” he recounted, thinking back to when a yellow padded envelope arrived at the package center for him after spring break. The Eye Master, with the help of some floormates, purchased 4,000 18 millimeter googly eyes from China on eBay. After shipping, they cost him just one cent per eye. He opened his package and the first small bag of eyes within it, and decorated a paper recycling bin in Lerner as his very first act of googly vandalism.

The Eye Master really is an expert at what he does. As we ate in JJ’s, discussing the finer parts of plastic eyes, he was passively and easily preparing the adhesive on the back of the eyes. Two went on the wall, and another two on the condiments caddy of the table. When I went to get some Jamba Juice, I came back to see two on my laptop case and another two on the computer itself. He has a talent for subterfuge, and he uses it for art. The Eye Master was inspired when he came across a community on Reddit, r/eyebombing. According to the Subreddit, “Eyebombing is the art of sticking ‘googly eyes’ onto an inanimate object in the public sphere.” Popular posts on the page include googly-eyed tattoos, refrigerators, and famous pieces of art.

The Eye Master’s favorite stories and motives after the jump

Here Are The Changes To CCSC’s Constitution
And that's why we have constitutional review fun, folks

And that’s why we have constitutional review fun, folks

We know you’ve waited all week to know how CCSC’s Constitutional Review went down, and you loyal constituents now have the answers at your fingertips. Joe Milholland gets a  big-ol’ Hancock for this CCSC recap.

On Sunday night, the Columbia College Student Council voted on constitutional changes. They made the following decisions:

  1. They unanimously approved an impeachment process whereby a council member is automatically up for impeachment if they have 3 general body absences or 6 overall absences. In that case, the VP of Comms would start the impeachment process. A council member is automatically impeached if they have 4 general body absences of 7 overall absences. An appeals board made up of 5 randomly chosen council members who are not the VP of Communications can overrule an impeachment through a 3/5ths majority if the impeachment was based on faulty attendance data or if the impeached council member had extremely extenuating circumstances for their impeachment. Finally, if a council member has two absences, two other council members can bring impeachment proceedings against them. The proceedings would go forward on the next CCSC general body meeting.
  2. The council did not approve any changes to the Sandbassador. However, they approved the creation of an Inclusion and Equity Representative, a new position on CCSC that would focus on issues students face based on “marginalized identities.”
  3. The council voted not to cut down on the number of representatives in class councils.
  4. The council voted to change the duties of the pre-professional rep to focus more on a broader variety of post-graduation opportunities for students. However, the name of the position is unchanged.
  5. The council voted to give some guidelines in the constitution as to the role of appointed council members.
  6. The council voted against changing the council terms from one academic year to one calendar year.
  7. The council voted to allow the executive board to decide whether they want liaisons to other councils. The Communications Committee will in charge of appointing the liaisons.
  8. The council voted against changing the date of constitutional review.

Several of these decisions involved extensive debate amongst council members. VP of Policy Sejal Singh supported the Inclusion and Equity Rep, saying that she wants to keep its responsibilities vague and that the SGA Inclusion and Equity Rep has worked well. Class of 2015 Rep cited the Blue and White article on gender representation in CCSC as an argument against cutting down the number of class reps. Usenator Ramis Wadood brought up that if the dates of council terms were changed, members of CCSC would have to resign their positions in order to become senators.

Suprise, they also talked about things besides the Constitution

Bwoglines: Anarchy Edition
Red carpet smiles because anarchy is just a TV concept, right?

Red carpet smiles because anarchy is just a TV concept, right?

What kind of power does Obama have without the security of private email? Turns out some Russian hackers discovered an even larger trove of Obama-communication than previously thought, which brings the trouble of his BlackBerry back into the limelight. The presidential inbox hosts an eclectic array of email topics, ranging from “his golf game” to “the struggle with Congress over the Iranian nuclear negotiations.” (NY Times)

The peaceful intentions of a protest in Baltimore Saturday night spiraled into violent outcomes when some the of protestors left the main group and began to throw and vandalize things. (Reuters)

Grey’s Anatomy fans are legit up in arms about the events in last week’s episode, and this fan-made petition to the writers goes beyond the emoji-prolific statuses and tweets about how many tears have been shed courtesy of this episode. To victims of this overrated heartbreak, the damage has been done. (TIME)

Current students are left to pursue education elsewhere after last night’s closure of all its remaining campuses nationwide. These students will be compensated by the federal government if they have student loans, but money does not fulfill requirements for a completed degree. (Sacramento Bee)

Anarchy logo lurks behind the smiles… via Shutterstock

CUSS Presents: LoveBugs

Are you desperately waiting for Bachelor In Paradise? We have a quick fix for you. Be sure to check out CUSS on Facebook and Instagram—new videos coming very soon!

LoveBugs from Bwog on Vimeo.

Chopped: Italian-And-Freegan-Inspired Edition

Bwog Chopped is back after a long hiatus with Internal Editor Britt Fossum attempting to create a culinary masterpiece out of the bare cabinets of Arts Editor Joseph Powers. This week’s recipe is for those with a strong constitution and an excess of tomato soup.

Pappa al Pomodoro al Bwog

Pappa al Pomodoro al Bwog

I was told that all I would have to work with as ingredients today would be a 12 pack of Campbell’s tomato soup and some (high quality) vinegar and my wits. It turns out that my wits saved the day: I noticed an abandoned plate of deli sandwiches and a handful of ketchup packets on the table that proved to be key components of a “Pappa al Pomodoro” style soup served with cheesy toast. This is good comfort food for when you are seriously desperate, lazy, or procrastinating studying during finals week.

Ingredients and Kitchen Tools:

  • One can Campbell’s tomato soup
  • Tomato paste (if you’ve got some) or 8 ketchup packets (if you don’t)
  • One packet easy mac cheese powder
  • 2.5 abandoned deli sandwiches with cheese, tomatoes, and cold cuts
  • The dregs of a package of dry roasted edamame
  • Good olive oil and vinegar that Ina Garten would approve of
  • One spoon
  • Grater
  • Microwaveable bowl

Recipe:

  • Pick apart the sandwiches that you found laying on a table in Schapiro. Discard the meat and lettuce, keep the cheese/bread/tomatoes (ed note: this was when Joseph ducked out saying, “I can’t look at food that looks funny.” his loss.)
  • Chop the tomatoes finely and mix with some salt and vinegar to marinate.
  • Grate all three bottom halves of the sandwich rolls into your bowl and one of the top halves. Try to avoid slicing off a finger and discard any chunks of bread that are too soggy. Mix with the packet of cheese powder for depth of flavor.
  • Open one can of tomato soup and pour directly into bowl. Add olive oil by the Bwog shotglass until the mixture is smooth. Using olive oil instead of water helps disguise the MSG flavor of the canned tomato soup.
  • Microwave on high for 3 minutes, covered with a bit of paper towel to avoid splattering.
  • While the soup is heating up, turn the oven on pre-heating. Arrange the two remaining pieces of bread on a napkin and lightly brush with olive oil. Arrange the pieces of cheese salvaged from the sandwich to cover the entire surface of the bread. Place directly on oven rack.
  • Remove soup from microwave and stir. Stir in marinated tomatoes and heat for another 2 minutes until it reaches the temperature of molten lava.
  • Remove cheese toast from oven either when lightly browned on top or when you start smelling burning cheese.
  • Garnish soup with a bit of olive oil and a small handful of roasted edamame, for crunch. Artfully place cheese toast on top.
A Haiku About The Bwog Meeting Tonight
"That's a great fucking haiku"

“That’s a great fucking haiku”

A haiku about the weekly Bwog meeting that’s taking place tonight, which is open to the public, meaning that everyone should attend, especially because the semester is ending soon, and finals are coming, and you need to procrastinate more, and I need one more line otherwise the formatting on this post looks terrible:

Bwog meeting tonight,

At 7. Room 505,

Of Lerner. With snacks.

Daenerys Targaryen approves of this poem via Wikia

Bucket List: Parenting, Science and Responsive Cities
Is NYC a responsive city?

Is NYC a responsive city?

Bucket List represents the immense academic privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. Gear up for the last full week of classes with these enriching educational programs. Our recommendations are below, and you can find the rest of the list after the jump. As always, if we’ve made a mistake or left anything noteworthy off the list, please let us know in the comments. 

Recommended

  • “No-Regrets Parenting: Making the Most of the 940 Saturdays of Childhood.” Tuesday 6:00 pm, James Room (Barnard Hall). Harley Rotbart.
  • “The Responsive Cities Initiative.” Tuesday 6:30-8:00 pm, Brown Institute for Media Innovation (Pulitzer). Lev Gonick, Brett Goldstein, Elin Katz, Jim Baller, Oliver Wise. Register.
  • “Writing About Global Science for the International Media.” Thursday 6:30-8:30 pm, 516 Hamilton. Naomi Oreskes, Lesley Jane SeymourRegister.

Learn about getting saved by a martyr, among other things, below the jump

From the Issue: Lerner’s Glass Ceiling
Illustration by Leila Mgaloblishvili, CC '16

Illustration by Leila Mgaloblishvili, CC ’16

As ever, honoring our dearest Mother Magazine, Bwog presents Blue and White contributor Mariam Elnozahy’s, BC ’16, investigation into CCSC’s demographic misrepresentation.

The Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) is elected by the student body (or the 40 percent who vote) every April. Its 25 members are tasked with representing Columbia College students. They are often invited to closed University functions and meet regularly with administrators to discuss policy changes, the campus climate, and the school community. At the end of every year, the council oversees the allocation of every student’s activity fee to student groups and uses part of the allocation to put on events. CCSC, in short, structurally possesses power and influence. The granting of this power is justified through the collective ritual of elections, which purports to involve all students at Columbia.

When students vote in council elections, they hope to vote for the candidate who best represents them: demographically, ideologically, and with regard to pertinent issues. Skewed demographics prevent the council from representing students adequately in terms of ideology or issues. CCSC’s demographics and Columbia’s demographics have not mirrored each other in recent years. But this year, the disconnect is more stark than ever, and the clearest gap between council demographics and the student body at large is gender. (For the purposes of this piece, the terms “men” and “women” refer to cisgender men and women.)

On April 1st 2015, as this issue went to press, the incoming CCSC executive board was elected. It was 80 percent male (and 100 percent Greek). This is a new trend: if we look at demographics from the past decade, we see that CCSC has, generally speaking, historically been constituted nearly equally of women and men. But the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 classes’ demographic makeup looks different. Columbia College women, who constitute 51 per cent of the student population, made up a little bit more than a third of the 2014-2015 CCSC membership. While they represent 44 percent of the 2015-2016 CCSC, in neither year did CCSC have a single female class president. In 2014-2015, there was no female at-large representative; in 2015-2016, there is just one.

“Confidence and fear”

An important part of the equation is who actually runs in the first place. At an Elections Board information session for the upcoming CCSC and Engineering Student Council (ESC) elections in March, of the 28 individuals in the room, only two prospective female candidates who were new to council came to find out how to get involved. In between bites of the free pizza and cozy banter amongst the individuals in the room (who mostly seemed to know each other already), prospective candidates (all male) inquired about the “perks” of being on Council and the privileges given to those who are elected. Neither of the female prospective candidates asked questions.

According to University Senator Jared Odessky, CC ’15, who has been involved with council for four years, “Confidence and fear play a big role in who decides to run or not run.” His choice of words is telling: a 2014 article in The Atlantic, “The Confidence Gap,” surveys social scientific literature of past decade to locate trend in literature women are less likely to sign up for opportunities than men, who are less likely to doubt themselves. While less likely to independently put themselves out there, women will take on those same responsibilities when asked.

When the time to run came this Spring, 16 women and 28 men ran. What had happened to the 28 to 2 men-to-women ratio of the interest meeting? Odessky observed that there’s “definitely a tokenization factor” in CCSC party formation. Rather than women independently deciding to run for class council or executive board and then forming a party, he said, “Often the people at the helm of a class council party will be white men who have the confidence to run at the head.” They then proceed to “select a vice president who diversifies their ticket,” he says. Odessky ran as president, with a female vice president, his freshman year. For the 2015-2016 academic year, this was only true of one of three classes; for 2014-2015, it was true of nobody. In both years, all of the class presidents were men.

Odessky says that these men “usually try to incorporate at least two women on their ballot.” These women are overwhelmingly class representatives (which constitute 54 percent of positions), rather than president or vice president. The trend prevailed this year: only one of the five candidates for class president was a woman, while nine of the twelve candidates for class representative were women. Correspondingly, out of all the eight candidates for at-large representative positions (which do not run under parties), two were women.

Click here to read more after the jump!