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The poster for the event

Bwog sent staff writer Sarah Kinney and Events Editor Lexie Lehmann to Miller Theater Wednesday night to sit in on a panel discussion about race relations in Trump’s America. Stocked with intellectual powerhouses, the discussion was anything but dry. We laughed, we cried, we scribbled letters to our senators frantically in our notebooks. Read on to get the deets on this incredibly moving talk. 

On Wednesday evening, a sold out crowd shuffled into Miller Theater for a panel discussion presented by the Columbia Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) as part of their Climate of Inclusiveness discussion series. This discussion, Moving Forward: A Discussion of the 2016 Election and What’s Next, featured four speakers: award-winning author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, Columbia Professor of Journalism and writer for the New Yorker Jelani Cobb, award-winning investigative journalist for the New York Times Nikole Jones, and James L. Dohr Professor of Law here at Columbia Patricia Williams. As if the panel wasn’t stacked enough, the discussion was moderated by professor, lawyer, and IRAAS Director Samuel Roberts. Before beginning, Roberts explained that this panel discussion had been in the works since November 9, a day that will live in infamy. However, these four scholars have been digesting and developing their ideas on race relations in Trump’s America for more than just a few months. All four are prolific and widely-respected intellectuals whose investigative work dates back for decades.

What Happened at the Event?

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The cast of the 123rd Varsity Show pose with Columbia’s most famous statute (the one not by Henry Moore)

Tuesday evening, the cast of the 123rd Varsity Show presented a variety of songs and scenes in the Diana Event Oval to preview its upcoming performance. Columbia theatre veteran, theatre-connoisseur, and now Guest Writer Alexandra Warrick writes her thoughts and critiques of the preview, edited by Arts Editor Gowan Moise.

Campus theatre at Columbia can be likened to a sack of candy.  You’ve got the butterscotch of King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe’s sagas – dense, long-lasting, and your grandparents love them; you’ve got the Pop-Rocks of Columbia Musical Theatre Society productions – crackling, effervescent and sometimes a little much.  Columbia University Players is a mystery-wrapper lollipop – you really never know what you’re going to get each semester – and Latenite Theatre has to be liquor-filled bon-bons (with maybe more liquor than bon-bon).  There’s truly something for every ticket-holder’s tastes here at CU.

What about the Varsity Show?

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People, like salmon, naturally return to the locations of their forefathers.

We all remember the drama surrounding the Administration’s restriction of Orgo Night last Fall, as student outrage poured over Spectator op-ed columns and Columbia Buy/Sell Memes. Following this “act of censorship,” as some students and alumni believe, a group of alumni began cooperating upon a pro-Orgo Night pamphlet to be released under the pen name Alexander Hamiltonius. In this piece, new writer Ufon Umanah discusses his interviewer with Hamiltonius organizer and CUMB alumnus Kevin Chapman. 

Last semester, as pre-inauguration blues led into a stress-inducing reading week, the administration ordered the Columbia University Marching Band to keep their semesterly Orgo Night out of Butler. As CUMB prepared to perform outside the library in chilling weather, they declared in a statement that they, “in conjunction with our Alumni network, vow to keep fighting the good fight against the War on Fun.” At the University Senate plenary set for December 15th, the day of Orgo Night, faculty and administrators alike seemed unconcerned by the mounting student outrage. But already in the midst of the winter season, the alumni response was rising.

In the early hours of December 15th, the Columbia Daily Spectator released five op-eds relating to Orgo Night, one written by the Editorial Board, one written by this writer, and one written by Kevin G. Chapman CC ’83. One might call the Dow-Jones employee the ideal Columbia alumnus. With a son currently enrolled as a member of CUMB, Chapman at the time served as the Head of the New Jersey Alumni Representative Committee, which helps “the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by interviewing applicants, representing Columbia at local college fairs and hosting regional programs for admitted students.” In his op-ed titled “Suppression of expression does not become Columbia,” he argued “there seems to be no good explanation other than implicit censorship for the administration seeking to ban the traditional Orgo Night performance by the Columbia University Marching Band from its usual location in Butler 209.”

What else was said during this interview?

Feb

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“Sea Of Dicks I’ve Sucked” is a viable suggestion

So, it appears that we’re going to have to live with this strange John Jay-JJ’s amalgamation for a few more weeks ( perhaps longer, depending on how the repair takes). This isn’t any kind of major inconvenience – John Jay serves mozzarella sticks just fine, and we can take trading basement Foosball for more seating area – except for one small problem: we don’t know what to call this new fused dining hall.

Sure, we could just go on referring to John Jay during non-John Jay hours as John JJ’s just like most other Columbia students for the sake of sheer convenience, but it doesn’t have quite that ring, that spirit, that pizzazz that we crave in our acronyms. “John JJ’s” just does not compare to the intimidating “PrezBo” or the elusive “Deantini.”

In order to resolve this dilemma, Bwog is holding a contest: how should we refer to John Jay during JJ’s hours? Send your suggestions to [email protected] or leave them in the comments below by 11:59 pm next Tuesday, February 28th. The winner will receive one (1) swipe into John Jay during JJ’s hours.

We’ve come up with a few suggestions ourselves to get you started:

  • John Jacob Jingleheimer JJ’s
  • John Jay But Every Time It Hits 9 pm It Gets Fatter
  • John Jay’s J
  • Jay Squad
  • Smoke a (John) Jay
  • John Jayyy lmao

Where are the vaginas in this sea? via Overheard @ Barnard

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Get ready to enjoy Low Beach tomorrow!

Happening in the World: President Donald Trump’s administration stated on Wednesday that they were reversing the Obama administration’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use whichever bathroom they felt was most appropriate for them. (New York Times)

Happening in New York: Prosecutors are continuing to investigate former City College president Lisa Coico over whether or not she improperly received money during her tenure as president.

Happening on Campus: Check out the showing of “He Named Me Malala” tomorrow from 8-10pm cohosted by Columbia HeForShe and Columbia Organization of Pakistani Students in Hamilton 717.

Overheard: (about free pizza someone left in the Plimpton study lounge) A: “Is it good?” B: “It’s free!”

Animal Video: School stressing you out? Midterm season got you down? Check out this video of happy baby animals to Pharrell’s “Happy.”

Low Beach via Bwog Staff Archives 

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Lily Donaldson strutting the streets of Paris in mom jeans with slightly less tapered, straighter legs

The year is 2017. Skinny, low/mid-rise jeans are fuckin’ dead as disco. Mom jeans are coming back in a big fuckin’ way. Reminiscent of the 80’s and 90’s, mom jeans are characterized by their high waistlines, butt-hugging behinds, and tapered-but-not-tight legs. Usually (but not always) seen in a lighter wash, mom jeans accentuate your butt and thighs, elongate your crotch, and cinch your waist, for a weirdly very flattering fit. I personally prefer mom jeans that don’t have stretch, because high-waisted jeans that are too stretchy don’t give me a sense of sturdy security that stiff denim gives me.

You can find good, stiff, light-wash, tapered mom jeans at thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange or L Train Vintage for relatively cheap. I own two pairs, both of which I bought from an admittedly (sometimes) overpriced thrift shopping app called Depop. One is a pair of silver-tab Levi’s jeans that are a little looser at the thigh and therefore have have more of that carrot shape. The other is a pair of Calvin Klein jeans that are a little tighter at the thighs and (I think) flatter my legs better.

Kendall Jenner in mom jeans with a slimmer silhouette

My Calvin Klein jeans are my favorite jeans ever, although I also love my Levi’s. The CK ones are buttery soft but perfectly sturdy (although one time when things were heating up with a boy he managed to tear off a belt loop and I had to sew it on when I got back to my room at 4am) and perfectly worn in. They were rather long on me when I bought them in their original state, so I cut the legs a bit to fit me better because I don’t have a sewing machine and am too lazy to take them to a tailor.

More about the intricate art of mom jeans

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Self-proclaimed “liberal snowflake” tackles the case for Trump.

Dinesh D’Souza, conservative writer, scholar, public intellectual, and filmmaker, spoke at Columbia on Tuesday. During this talk, he emphasized the dark history of the Democratic Party and worked to delegitimize the oft-repeated comparisons between Donald Trump and the likes of Mussolini and Hitler. Bwog sent Hillary-fanatic and proud leftist snowflake, Vivian Klotz, to cover the event. Her favorite moment of the evening was when D’Souza described Trump’s motivation as, “naked and forward thrusting.”

Dinesh D’Souza, like many of his conservative peers, seems most perturbed by the apparent lack of conservative viewpoints expressed in the media and in schools. Despite power resting in the hands of Republicans in the newly elected, unified government, he worries that the narratives expressed in schools across the country are only those of liberal academics, to the point that many students would be hard-pressed to describe what exactly conservatives are trying to conserve. This is dangerous, he warns, for if you can’t talk about these issues in an academic setting, they may never be considered appropriate to discuss and debate.

Before getting to his core argument, D’Souza laid a groundwork for his speech by examining the circumstances that led to Trump’s victory. He cited the president’s ability to court “Reagan Democrats” in a way that Republicans haven’t been able to since 1984, an issue explained by the notion that, “There is no place in the ‘liberal multicultural tent’ for white, working-class Americans.” D’Souza dismissed the idea that the popular vote is at all worth noting; the American people agreed upon the system of the electoral college, and now must abide by it, regardless of whether it fits their preferences in a given year.

So how did D’Souza defend Trump?

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A commissioned portrait of Vuslat Doǧan Sabanci at a sunny desk Turkey

Vuslat Doǧan Sabanci That’s way neater than prezbo’s de

Vuslat Doǧan Sabanci, SIPA ’96 and the chairwoman of the Turkish news giant Hürriyet, came to Columbia as part of the World Leader’s Forum to discuss the connection between Islam and the media, and her personal experience as a self-proclaimed moderate Muslim.

“I am a Muslim woman,” Vuslat Doǧan Sabanci proclaimed to start her address in Low Library. After President Bollinger gave the introduction to “Fostering a Better Conversation and Understanding of Islam: The Vital Role of Media,” Doǧan Sabanci spoke about her view of the responsibilities of the East and West to combat Islamophobia and its effects. The event ended with a (relatively hostile) Q&A session with Doǧan Sabanci and Bollinger.

(Before I begin actual coverage, I would like to highlight the very first stumbling words out of PrezBo’s mouth at the event: “The Columbia Worlds Forum- World Forum… World Leaders Forum.”)

The most important thing in Doǧan Sabanci’s CV, according to her on Tuesday, was not her feminist activism or media accomplishments, but, “Of course, it is being a Columbia graduate.” When she graduated 21 years ago, she was convinced that globalism would lead to the world’s nations becoming one happy family. However, countries have instead retreated, becoming “hostile villages.” The new media led to accelerated polarization, and “attention became the new currency” for the media. Digital media did not fulfill its promise of promoting communication. Doǧan Sabanci targeted communication, between individuals and civilizations, as the key to successful Globalization. Her keys for better conversations included listening attentively, acknowledging each other, and displaying compassion.

Islamophobia and more after the jump

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Should we be going on a cruise if we have been cruising through our last semester?

GSSC’s meeting yesterday was quite a ride! Bureau Chiefs Romane Thomas and Jennifer Nugent report on all the ups and downs.

Last night, GSSC talked food insecurity, senior cruise and appointments.

First up, GS Senator Curtis updated the council about the food bank. He praised Michael Higgins for his work to get the food bank running. Curtis explained that the food bank is looking to submit a business plan specifically as a non-profit. Concomitantly, the senate is currently working with students with disabilities. In coordination with Scott Wright and Sue Lee, Curtis has worked to include disabilities into the core curriculum through disability specific classes.

Vincente from CU FLIP appeared in front of council last night to request a partnership with GSSC. Raisa Flor introduced the FLIP app which allows individuals to share their extra meal swipes with other students in need. The app can also be used to showcase events that offer free food. Vincente pointed out that confidentiality is a crucial aspect of this initiative since food insecurity remains a very stigmatized topic. He also explained to a GSSC council member that the FLIP community regulated itself through a flagging process. After three members flag a post, it will automatically be taken down. The council approved the partnership and is also hoping to use the platform as a way of gathering data on food insecurity at Columbia.

What else happened?

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Happening in the world: Trump condemned anti-semitism during a visit to the National Museum of African-American History and Culture, noting the need to combat hatred “in all of its very ugly forms.” This was one day after 11 bomb threats were made to various Jewish community centers around the country and a Jewish cemetery in University City, Mo. was vandalized. Trump further said that these events are a “very sad reminder of the work that must still be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil.” (NYT)

Happening in NYC: A restaurant in Midtown Manhattan, Brasserie Restaurant TSQ, caught on fire around 5am Tuesday morning, closing off 7th Avenue just north of Times Square. Witnesses describe seeing “embers come up a 45-foot billboard.” Two people were injured in the fire, which also spread to two buildings. Firefighters were able to quickly subdue the fire, but two buildings were left in ruins. (ABC)

Happening on campus: Columbia University’s Undergraduate Law Review is hosting a free LSAT seminar today 8pm-9pm in Hamilton 702. Food will be provided!

Overheard: “I’m just your professor, not your shrink.”

An old celeb tweet: 

 

 

 

 

 

Relatable content via Twitter

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Too cool to keep warm

Last weekend’s weather was great. We were all excited to tan our hairy legs after seeing the sun for the first time since October. But it seems that while some of us were busting out our Chubbies shorts, others had bigger plans to cherish those 12 hours of 65 degrees.

Last night, around 8 pm, a black convertible BMW was seen parked outside of Barnard dorm 616. By then, the weather had definitely changed from South Beach to South Ferry—a chilly 46 degrees—so we totally understand why the driver was snuggled up in a cozy Canada Goose.

But all understanding goes out the window (literally) when we wonder why he had the top down. He was revving his engine pretty frequently; perhaps he broke a sweat from pressing the gas so much and needed to cool off?

Photo via Bwog Staff

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Trying so hard to just make sense of it all.

You meet a cute guy in your class. You introduce yourself, talk casually about the class, and hope that you don’t expel verbal vomit. The conversation continues as you continue to talk after class,  joke about the professor and complain about the work load. You become suspicious of your present circumstances as the universe appears to be working in your favor. Everything goes well until he drops the smallest but most crucial detail. Your first-year hopes shatter as he drops the nuke of all nukes: 

He’s a GS student. 

GS is a mixed bag. Whether they are fresh out of high school or 35 and married with three kids, there needs to be a way to figure out the only important question: How old are they? Bwog is here to help out the entire Columbia community with some hard hitting calculations!

The math stuff after the jump

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Let’s stop food insecurity together.

This week’s SGA meeting focused on food insecurity and plans to make Barnard students healthier. Changes to Barnard’s rule on “double-swiping” and the introduction of the Share Meals app have been proposed. 

This week, SGA finally took a break from it’s endless line of administrative guests and strike frenzy to focus on….nothing much. Barnard’s Rep Council had one thing on their agenda tonight, which was hearing a proposal about approval of implementing and supporting the Share Meals app at Columbia. The app, which was first created at NYU by Jon Chin, provides students who are experiencing food insecurity and students with extra meal swipes a way to connect.

More on the SGA meeting after the jump

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JJ’s 22 hours a day would be a blessing and a curse.

This week, ESC mainly touched upon ensuring the mental and physical health of Columbia students. Some changes have been proposed to benefit students such as having JJ’s open for 22 hours a day and creating mental health workshops for ESC. Due to the input in this week’s meeting, it is expected that positive change will result from the student council’s initiatives.  

A somber tone settled over the ESC meeting yesterday evening when the Representative for International Students, Pranav Arora SEAS ’19, announced his resignation to the collected council. Yet ESC, as ever, marched forward to work through a meeting very much lacking in the theatrics with which we’ve recently been accustomed.

President and Policy

Executive President Neha Jain and Executive VP for Policy Sidney Perkins worked this week towards implementing student leader “gatekeeper training” sessions. Such training aims to educate individuals—in this case student leaders, undergraduate and graduate TAs, and COÖP and NSOP leaders—of suicide prevention techniques to create a safety net, of sorts, for commonly affected swathes of the student population. These sessions would be similar to current SVR requirements in length and necessity.

Otherwise, VP Perkins met with CCE to discuss the response from the CCE Survey. In his own words, Perkins referred to the meeting in that “it was really frustrating.” The Policy representatives were questioned why they even authored the report in the first place, that CCE knew about the issues with career representation and CCE function in general but had no concrete plans to resolve them. When Perkins suggested that CCE incorporate students who already have relationships with these desired companies, the CCE administrators announced,  “wow, why haven’t we thought of that!”

What else happened?

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Who needs Low Beach when you can have the actual beach?

Happening in the world: British parliament is debating whether or not they will allow President Trump to come to the UK on a formal visit. An online petition is circulating on the web that aims to not accept Trump to prevent “embarrassment to Her Majesty the queen.” (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: Eleven passengers at JFK walked through TSA security without being properly screened. The TSA is reviewing the incident and has identified the passengers that didn’t go through the screening. The agency has ensured that this was an isolated incident. (NY Daily News)

Happening on campus: From 6:00-7:15 tonight at Low Library is a talk entitled, “Fostering a Better Conversation and Understanding of Islam: The Vital Role of Media.” Haven’t seen PrezBo in awhile? President Bollinger will have the opening remarks. Click here for more information.

Overseen/Overheard: “Stanley Tucci in The Lovely Bones is a daddy.”

Music Pick: Feel those good vibes with Oasis’ (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?

A Summer Preview via Bwogger Victoria Arancio

 

 

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