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Us after we order Chipotle

Us after we order Chipotle

Some lazy student must have been praying to the Chipotle Gods (or goddesses–we see you, DSpar) because the popular chain located on 111th St. and Broadway will deliver to Columbia dorms starting this fall. In order to get your fav Chipotle order delivered, you must use the app called Tapingo. You’ll be able to place your order from your phone and continue watching Netflix in your bed while you wait for your burrito to arrive.

We’re not so sure that Chipotle delivery is necessary considering how close it is to campus, but we’ll take any opportunity to not have to walk. Hell, we might even pay extra for guac if we don’t have to walk to the restaurant. We are curious if delivery will be an extra charge (if so, how much,) and how fast delivery will be. Regardless, we’re sure Columbia students (let’s be real–it’s just going to the same people who order Insomnia Cookies) will make use of the delivery service.

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This could (kinda) be you at the Health Expo!

Right after your RC@C floor meeting last night, you trolled your dorm for places to prove that you don’t need to alternate cups of beer and water. It was another night of adventure for our quickly maturing freshman class, but your RA probably encouraged you to wake up early to go to yet another group fitness activity. NSOP won’t stop just because you’re still on a summer internal clock. So get out there and hold fast to the spirit of youth! Make friends, make enemies, and tell us all about it at tips@bwog.com as it happens.

Today’s Highlights: 

  • Health Expo, Lerner Hall Ramps, 10:30 am-12:30 pm. Find out about all of the services Columbia Health offers, from Counseling and Psychological Services to Stressbusters, Columbia’s renegade team of back rubbers. The free prizes will probably be stress balls and condoms, and we think all freshman can use at least one of those.
  • Community Forum, Levien Gymnasium (Dodge Fitness Center), 8:00-10:00 pm. Columbia isn’t known for it’s school spirit, but that won’t stop them from trying! Fill the stands of the basketball and volleyball gym as the four undergraduate schools compete to be the loudest/least asleep. According to the Guidebook, there’s a surprise celebration afterwards! (It’s not a surprise. It’s glowsticks.)
  • Trivia Night, John Jay Lounge, 10:00 pm-12:30 am. Flex your trivia muscles – you’ll need them. No, this isn’t a studying recommendation. 1020, one of MoHi’s bars, is known for its Tuesday night trivia. Your teammates tonight might be your rivals next week.

One Thing To Do Before Graduating: Ride all the way out to the end of a subway line. It’s very easy to never stray from that stretch of the 7th Avenue subway where all three lines run in perfect parallel. Only the 3 and A lines end in Manhattan, so you’ll probably have to go a long ways. Check out Coney Island with your fresh new friends or go to South Ferry and ship off to the Statue of Liberty.

From The Archives: Read up on the history of Bwog’s unofficial mascot and everyone’s favorite bird turned world leader, Hawkmadinejad.

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Our closest (fake) friends

Our closest (fake) friends

We seem to be really into making playlists lately. Sorry bout it. However, we know y’all need a good playlist to put on during your NSOP pre-games, so we bring you our official NSOP pre-game playlist! Press play and live your truth.

  1. Hotline Bling, Drake– We all know how to feels to sit in bed at night and wait for the text saying where the party will be. Just wait for that hotline bling and the night will begin.
  2. Making the Most of the Night, Carly Rae Jepsen– Aside from this new album being perfect music to bop to before going out, this song reminds you to soak up your new freedom and make the most of your NSOP nights.
  3. That’s My Best Friend, Tokyo Vanity– This one goes out to your roommate/hallmate/person you met during move-in that you swear is your soulmate. Celebrate your new friendship and cheer on your best friend as they twerk on a Carman wall.
  4. My Way, Fetty Wap– Trap Queen was so Spring 2015. Throw on this jam and stare into the eyes of a potential bae to secure your first hook up of the year.
  5. I’m Yours, Justine Skye and Vic Mensa– This is just such a bop. Nothing much else needs to be said.
  6. What Do You Mean, Justin Bieber– Leave it to the Biebs to remind us just how important consent is during NSOP. Make sure you actually know what your partner means!
  7. Omen, Disclosure and Sam Smith– If anything, your first night out during NSOP is just an omen for the rest of the week—you’re bound to continue to stumble down Carman’s halls and make bad choices at Cannon’s.
  8. 212, Azealia Banks– One of the best parts of NSOP is being in New York! 212 never fails to get the group hype and ready to hop on the downtown 1.
  9. Energy, Drake– Drake explains how those basic girls will act at your turn-up. “I got bitches askin’ me about the code for the Wifi / so they can talk about they timeline / and show me pictures of they friends / just to tell me they ain’t really friends.”
  10. Run Away With Me (Y2K Remix), Carly Rae Jepsen– We’re just really obsessed with Carly Slay Jepsen and want to spread the queen’s sound.
  11. Tell Your Friends, The Weeknd– NSOP can be a crucial time to develop your brand/aesthetic on campus. You may have your vices, but embrace them like Abel and make sure the whole campus knows the truth about you.
  12. 7/11, Beyoncé– The number one rule of NSOP: don’t you drop that alcohol.
  13. My Neck, My Back, Khia– Perhaps the most empowering song to have going to pump you up for a night of potential hookups. Perfect when you just don’t have the words to explain what you want to do with your NSOP crush.
  14. Back Up, Dej Loaf and Big Sean– Things are bound to get rowdy during your first pregame. Just tell that fuckboy to back up if he’s trynna and it’s only 10 PM.
  15. Post To Be, Omarion, Chris Brown, and Jhene Aiko– There are going to be plenty of people who don’t end up where they post to be (their dorm room) at the end of the night.

Check out the playlist here.

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The Blue and White just came out with their NSOP edition of the magazine, and we are going to be posting some of our favorite pieces from the issue this week. To begin, we bring you an At Two Swords Length piece on going out (or staying in) during NSOP. Read through both sides to decide whether you are staying in tonight or heading out on the town.

AFFIRMATIVE
By Alex Swanson

Why yes, I will certainly, unequivocally doing something tonight–I mean, this is college. The greatest college in the greatest university in the greatest city in the universe! I’ve already read the first 12 books the the Iliad! The spears were phalluses and the shields were vaginas! Everybody died at the end! That’s exactly what college is going to be like, right? I’m so excited to be here!

I’ve heard that Greek life is big here. I’ve heard that I can get into any club downtown with my Columbia ID. I’ve heard that if I want the Trustees to draw a portrait of my ass, I need only ask. I’ve heard pretty girls will talk to me on the 1 train only if I am reading early Horkheimer and that the “swim test” is actually a cocktail party with James Wood as the only other attendee. I’ve heard that Drake lives in Hartley 6A and the bartender at Cannons plays the crooked politician from House of Cards. I’ve heard that all tunnels lead to the human resources division of Goldman Sachs. I’ve heard that if I kiss the exact spot on College Walk where Barack Obama and Gayatri Spivak crossed paths I will be the first in my class to simultaneously achieve native proficiency in Sanskrit and perish in a drone strike. I’ve heard that if I kill my roommate and dump his body into the Hudson, Columbia Housing will provide me with a two therapeutic nutella kittens and a complimentary air conditioning unit. I’ve heard that there’s a dorm where all the rooms are sinks. I’ve heard that the housing lottery is Russian Roulette with drones. I’ve heard that the work study students are unionizing and the ghost of Said haunts Uris cafe. I’ve heard that I can join the revolution, or at least Teach for America. There’s so much to do!!

After all, Allen Ginsberg, who is the man pictured in the poster on the wall behind me, has a point when he tells us “Moloch whose love is endless oil and stone! Moloch whose soul is electricity and banks! Moloch whose poverty is the specter of genius! Moloch whose fate is a cloud of sexless hydrogen!” Moloch rhymes with Wallach! It all makes sense now.

I can’t wait to try out my new fake at Cannons! (It only cost $400 which they told me is really cheap!) I can’t wait to go to a football game! (We have those, right?) I can’t wait to figure out what the good places to eat around here are! I can’t wait to learn econometrics, work a 80-hour week finance internship, get hired full time by BCG, marry Robert deNiro, break up with him because I’m sleeping with Selma Hayek, lose my job and live the life of a homeless heroin addict in LA! I can’t wait to write a Spec op-ed!

Read more about the best night out as well as choosing to stay in next.

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Wake up! You're missing Deantini's speech!

Wake up! You’re missing Deantini’s speech!

It’s been a long two days, and you’re tired. So are the RAs who helped you move in, and the OLs who walked you from Columbia to the moon and back. But get yourself up and running, or sleep in a bit and grab breakfast in John Jay—your first true taste of the Columbia dining hall experience, or whatever that means. Just be warned: If you find yourself falling asleep in your first LitHum lecture, you’ll probably get noticed, and if you do, don’t count out getting called on, or worse, laughed at. And if you manage to stay awake? Good for you! Just make sure you stay awake when Deans Boyce and Valentini speak to their respective schools (9-10:15 am; CC in Roone, SEAS in 309 Havemeyer), and send interesting things you see, hear, and do to tips@bwog.com before passing out on your bed.

Today’s Highlights: 

  • First LitHum lecture, Roone Auditorium, 11 am-12:30 pm. Most students aren’t even on campus yet, but you already have your first class. Bring your copy of the Iliad and a notebook and get to work! Remember to dress well and make a good first impression, and sit in the back so that when you fall asleep, it’s not quite as obvious.
  • Stay Active: Sculpt, Dodge Fitness Center (Aerobics Room 3), 1:00-2:00 pm. Get a head start on staving off the freshman 15, or go work off all the free food you ate and will eat throughout NSOP. You might even learn proper weight-lifting form!
  • Community Night Out, various locations, 10 pm. Take a tour throughout the city you’ll be finding yourself lost in over the next four years with your new floor mates and RA. You’ll even get to decide on your destination! Our recommendation: avoid Times Square. And if you actually do get lost? The streets are numbered.

One Thing To Do Before Graduating: New York City is a beautiful place with so much to see and do, and your CUID carries a lot of power throughout the city’s cultural roadmap. So use your time before things get really busy and run this town.

From The Archives: In 2012, NSOPers were disappointed by the lack of animal appearances at the Bronx Zoo.

We’re all tired via Shutterstock

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While we were off campus this summer, CUSS was working with Columbia to produce a new fire safety video to replace the horribly outdated video they’ve been using for years. First-years may recognize this video from NSOP events, but we wanted to share the video with the rest of Columbia to remind them the importance of fire safety. Put those marijuana cigarettes out and stay safe, folks.

Also, if you like what you see and want to join CUSS, check out the CUSS Facebook page for information on board applications and auditions!

Columbia Fire Safety from Bwog on Vimeo.

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This afternoon Barnard College sent students a summary of changes made to the Policy against Discrimination and Harassment. One update is that any case of gender-based misconduct with allegations charged against a Barnard student will now be handled through the Barnard Title IX office. The process for obtaining legal assistance and appealing a case has also been updated.

The full text of the email is included below:

Dear Members of the Barnard Community,

With the beginning of the new academic year almost upon us, we are writing with an update on two important developments from the College’s Title IX and Equity Office. As always, our aim is to maintain a respectful learning and working environment and to ensure the health and safety of every member of the Barnard community.

First, the College has updated our Policy against Discrimination and Harassment and related gender-based misconduct procedures. These updates reflect changes in New York State law, passed in early July, as well as ongoing efforts to strengthen the support that we provide to all Barnard students.

The primary procedural change is that the investigation and adjudication processes for gender-based misconduct involving Barnard students will now be managed fully by Barnard’s Title IX and Equity Office. The affiliation of the respondent (whether Barnard, Columbia University, or another institution) will determine the procedures that govern the investigation and adjudication of each matter. What this means is that for cases where the respondent (or accused) is Barnard-affiliated, Barnard’s Title IX and Equity Office will wholly manage the matter. This includes cases that occur between two Barnard students, as well as those that involve allegations against a Barnard student by another member of the University community.

For cases where a Barnard student is the complainant (or accuser) and the respondent is an affiliate of another institution, Barnard’s Title IX and Equity Office will support our student through the other institution’s process from beginning to end. It is important to note that anyone who believes they have been subjected to sex or gender-based discrimination or harassment of any kind is encouraged to report the incident to Barnard Title IX Coordinator Amy Zavadil (azavadil@barnard.edu), who will respond promptly, provide care for the affected student, and take whatever next steps are appropriate.

DSpar further explains the initiatives next.

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The balloons are up on the gates, new students have piled into their Carman and John Jay doubles, and the first day of NSOP has already come and gone. While you were busy dodging Housing carts, lost first-years, and hyper OLs, we were tweeting the entire day’s worth of hilarious scenes. Check out all that went down before you even woke up along with a few notes from the field. If you are on campus already and saw the commotion that was move-in day, send pics and quotes to tips@bwog.com or use our anonymous tip form to get in on the action!

Moving In and Exploring Morningside:

  • Apparently Secret Service was on campus and almost ran over 10 pedestrians. It certainly wasn’t for the Obama family, but what other famous person would require such high security? If you know, tell us! We want the gossip!

More on the first day (and night) next.

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You, ready for your first day as a Columbia University student!

You, ready for your first day as a Columbia University student!

Yesterday’s schedule of cart-hauling and forced social interactions is thankfully behind all of you first-years, but don’t think having your stuff all settled in Carman means that you’re free for the week — formal NSOP programming begins now. Your OLs will only up their pep, you will find yourself in more icebreakers, and you might tonight still be scrambling for some inebriated fun with loosely titled “new friends”. Happy first Monday of college, and we here at Bwog hope all of you over-eager NSOPers continue to exert yourself enough that everyone you meet sends along all the ridiculous/pretentious things you say at tips@bwog.com. And if anyone still sees a lingering dad offering the best set up for their kid’s room or running across Broadway with a fan, we want him too. 

Today’s Highlights:

  • Convocation, 2:30 – 4:00 pm, Low Plaza. Your first formal event with all 1,500 first years in the same room will consist of sweating together in Low while unfamiliar though business casual-clad people talk up Columbia and all of your possibilities on this here campus. We will be impressed if you ever see who you sit next to on campus ever again. This session is followed by more sweaty awkwardness as everyone splits into their OL groups. We will be impressed if you open GroupMe once this week.
  • Cookout Dinner, 5:30 – 7:00 pm, Hamilton Lawn. This cookout dinner kickstarts the various free outdoor meals you’ll be served this week, all of which are purposefully and significantly better than anything you’ll be served in the dining halls. Don’t get used to the seafood selection that might appear later in the week, nor an seemingly endless supply of mobile Popsicle freezers stationed across campus.
  • Class Act, 7:00 – 8:30 pm, Roone. The string of performances during Class Act have the goal of showcasing all of Columbia’s fun and funky traditions, but be mindful that that only takes an hour and a half. “We have a lot of campus traditions” is really just an exaggeration of the approximately four or five traditions that the administration prides itself on.

One Thing To Do Before Graduating: Find the mythical and surely legendary outlet that Alma Mater is rumored to boast. We think it may only exist in our dreams, but the Columbia University Admissions stats tell us that you might be just the right first-year class to solve this mystery for us.

From The Archives: Field Notes: The First Weekend, which will familiarize you with our weekly Field Notes, and make you less likely to be notoriously CAVA’d during NSOP weekend.

Thumbs up for NSOP (NSOP!) via Shutterstock

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Bwog has been all over the world but also close to home this past summer. To continue our Houses and Homes series, Managing Editor Courtney Couillard shares with us her experience living in a Carman Hall dingle as an RA for the Columbia High School Program. If you went somewhere special (or normal) and want to share your experience, email us at tips@bwog.com with a picture and description of these five senses. Cheers to the end of summer!

Where: Carman 1313A. What is usually a spacious double became my even more spacious dingle for the summer.

Sight:

Morningside from above

Morningside from above

Sound: High school students disrespectfully trying to sing along to “The Hills” and my Turkish resident laughing (which I always thought sounded like her crying.)

Smell: Lots of B.O. because high schoolers don’t know how to shower on the regular. On the other hand, far too much Axe body spray and perfume in the elevator.

Taste: Nussbaum bagels every Sunday morning, Skinny Pop, insomnia cookies (ordered by my residents every night,) and crappy iced coffee from Ferris.

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A letter from editor emeritus Taylor Grasdalen:

It is with great sadness that I tell you that I am leaving Bwog. Personal circumstances have necessitated my leaving Barnard, Columbia, and New York. Consequently, I have to forfeit my role as Editor in Chief. I knew I would join Bwog from the day I was hit in Lerner by a paper airplane which, when opened, told me the time and date of the first meeting (and included a screen shot of a nasty comment). I was intimidated but excited and Bwog quickly became my favorite thing about college. I know we’re widely criticized (and often fairly so), but that never made me love writing for — and later running — Bwog any less.

This thing is in good hands as I step down. Britt Fossum has been here as long as I have and now takes my place; Courtney Couillard is brilliant and so, so sharp, and continues as Managing Editor; Joseph Powers, one-time UVA transfer and all-around verbose arts writer, is the new Internal Editor. Most of our staff will stay this year and do even more. I’ve loved my time with them and I’ve loved my time with you. Have a great semester and say hello to the woman at the newsstand on Barnard’s side of 116th for me.

Sincerely,
Taylor Grasdalen

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NSOP is approaching, which means most first years are frantically trying to fit as much stuff as they can into the trunks of their parents’ cars. No fear, though, if you still haven’t touched your suitcases (especially if you’re an upperclassman who doesn’t have to move in until the fifth)–here’s an hour-long playlist that will get you motivated to shove all your random shit into boxes!

  1. Tell Your Friends by The Weeknd – Hype yourself up to start packing with this song (produced by Kanye!) from The Weeknd’s new album.
  2. LA Hallucinations by Carly Rae Jepsen – “There’s a little black hole in my golden cup/So you pour, and I’ll say stop”–a reminder to pack your mason jars, and that it’s okay not to drop a ton of money going downtown every weekend.
  3. Black Mambo by Glass Animals Please don’t try to keep your dog in your dorm room…
  4. Beyond Love by Beach House – A sleepy song from Beach House’s new album for when you want to lie down on your bed, but alas, it’s covered in all the clothing you still have to pack.
  5. Henry by Squirrel Flower – A tune for folding clothes and dreaming about that boy who works in your favorite room in Butler.
  6. All I Do by Majid Jordan – Zone out to the beat as you pack your whole life away.
  7. Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien by Edith Piaf – Let Edith Piaf’s resoluteness motivate you to keep shoving random shit into boxes.
  8. Breathing Underwater by Metric – “Is this my life? Am I breathing under [all the dust that is now fluttering around my bedroom because I’ve gone digging through piles of stuff that I haven’t touched all summer?]”
  9. Sparks by Beach House – “You go to school/You follow all the rules,” except for when it comes to the size of your mini fridge.
  10. Gooey Rework by Glass Animals & Chester Watson – See #6.
  11. Queen by Perfume Genius – A song with frantic energy for when you’re trying to zip up your suitcases.
  12. IT G MA REMIX (feat. A$AP Ferg, Father, Dumbfounded, Waka Flocka Flame) by Keither Ape – Check out the original version too.
  13. The Wanderlust by Metric – “I never wanted to go home/Wanderlust will carry us on”–as much as we hate the word “wanderlust,” the sentiment is there.
  14. Say My Name – Hermitude Remix by ODESZA & Zyra – “I need the coat and your jacket/And the remnants of your cigarette packet”–for when you’re trying to get clothes back that your friends from home have borrowed.
  15. Symphonia IX (My Wait Is U) by Grimes – A song for when you’re all packed and ready to leave, but your parents are taking forever.
  16. Campus by Vampire Weekend – Listen to Ezra Koenig sing about his days at Columbia (where can we nap on a balcony???) as you prepare for another semester in Morningside Heights.

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Beginning in September, laundry will be free across Columbia.  Free laundry was debuted this morning in first year dorms and EC, and will expand to the rest of CU come September 12.

The possibility of free laundry was announced last semester at CCSC, where it was said that room and board costs would be raised by $30 to account for the free laundry.  Housing has since told us that there will be no additional room and board fees to fund free laundry.

Housing even released a swanky new video to explain the laundry system to naive first-years.  Watch for yourself below—but be sure to wait until the end to hear this very special announcement.

Update, 8/28/15: After reaching out to Housing, we learned that the free laundry will not apply to Barnard students unless they live in Columbia housing.  Free laundry has also begun today—several weeks ahead of schedule—in all dorms except Nussbaum.  Housing also told us that there will be no change to housing rates as a result of this change.  See their full response below.

Free laundry will only be open to students living in Columbia undergraduate residence halls. If Barnard students live in Columbia undergraduate buildings, then yes, they will have free laundry.

As of today, August 28, all undergraduate residence halls have free laundry (ahead of original projected date) with the exception of 600 W. 113th St. and Carlton Arms. Students assigned by Columbia Housing with a contract to live in 600 W. 113th and Carlton Arms will instead receive Smart Chip Cards loaded with a laundry allowance. LaundryView will be offline until further notice as we update our system.

There will be no change to housing rates in the future to cover laundry service. This initiative is funded out of summer conference and intern housing income.

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Earlier this evening, we received an anonymous tip of a poster from the new Sexual Violence Response consent campaign. The poster says “CONSENT IS BAE #BeforeAnythingElse.” The slogan will be featured in the presentations on sexual respect that all first-years are required to attend during NSOP. In the words of the tipster, some students on campus believe “this poster both trivializes consent and appropriates African American Vernacular English.”

With first-years beginning to move in tomorrow for pre-orientation programs, these posters could likely be one of their first impressions of SVR and its attitude toward sexual violence. Last year’s campaign, which compared consent to traffic lights, was similarly criticized for its juvenile concept and disconnect from student experience. We have reached out to SVR for comment on the poster campaign. We will update this post with any response we may receive.

Update, 8/26/15: We received the following response from SVR in regards to their poster series. They also sent us another poster being used in the campaign, which can be seen below.

Sexual Violence Response (SVR) seeks to promote healthy sexuality and positive behaviors. Historically, SVR has approached its consent education campaign from a constructive, encouraging, and fun perspective. This is also consistent with the tone at the national level, most recently with the affirmative consent legislation.

The Consent is BAE poster was developed in conjunction with SVR student staff and was specifically created to speak to students in a more conversational tone, rather than a lecture. It was designed to engage students on the topic of consent and drive to SVR social media channels to learn more. It’s the first in a series of educational communications that will be used this year. We hope students will continue to think, learn and participate in discourse about this topic beyond this one message.

Check out the posters here.

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sweetgreen won't you come our waaay

sweetgreen won’t you come our waaay

We know you’ve been jonesing for a small plate from Dig Inn all summer (chicken as the protein, duh.) However, you won’t have to rely on just Dig Inn for healthy eating options in Morningside anymore. The former location of Uni Café (RIP) on 114th and Broadway is finally being filled by sweetgreen! Most people won’t know about this chain if they’re not from Boston, Philly, or DC, but sweetgreen offers a huge selection of salads and other healthy “bowls.” We all love our Milano’s salads, but sweetgreen will be a nice alternative to the normal neighborhood spots when we’re trying to not eat Ferris pizza for every meal.

Amsterdam also has its own new addition–Friedman’s is officially up and running for the fall semester between 118th and 119th St. If you’re getting sick of going to Mel’s every time you want a burger, this might be a good spot to check out. According to a friend, the prices are no worse than any other restaurant in the area. That’s always positive!

Finally, we bring a culinary miracle on our own campus. JJ’s Place will now be open until 1 AM every night. Now we can eat curly fries and drink Jamba Juice every single night post-Butler!

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