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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Written by Ross Chapman
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 email@example.com as it happens.
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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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.
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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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before passing out on your bed.
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.
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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!
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 (email@example.com), who will respond promptly, provide care for the affected student, and take whatever next steps are appropriate.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or use our anonymous tip form to get in on the action!
Moving In and Exploring Morningside:
Breaking: Secret Service is on campus pic.twitter.com/CNkp8X85ZT
— Bwog (@bwog) August 30, 2015
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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 email@example.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.
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.
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Written by Courtney Couillard
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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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Written by Taylor Grasdalen
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.
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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!
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.
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.
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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