It’s the first day of classes, and you know what that means… another year, another set of professors trying to trick you into not dropping their class. For the next few days, all professors are legally obligated to pepper their lectures and discussion comments with droll jokes, sage advice, and complete non sequiturs. They may do it to hold your interest, but we prefer to think they also do it to be featured on Bwog. So give ‘em what they want, and send those wisecracks and words of wisdom to email@example.com. Bonus points if your professor references Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda.”
In Rotherham, England, police are accused of intentionally failing to investigate several men who abused and sexually assaulted groups of teenage girls (NY Times).
In Novoazovsk, Ukraine, Russia may have sent its troops, but residents are still unsure why their town made front-page news (Al Jazeera).
In Alabama’s 26th district, Republican state legislators are in trouble after concentrating black residents there to create a 75% black district surrounded by majority-white districts (USA Today).
And in Waldo, Florida, the Florida Inspector General is investigating the large number of traffic tickets, partly due to a two-mile stretch of highway that includes six speed changes (Seattle PI).
A scandalous bird via Wikimedia.
The EcoReps Green Sale for upperclassmen is happening today until 4:00 in Wien Lounge. The EcoReps are selling gently-used items like fridges, lamps, shelves and fans that they rescued from the trash heap. It’s basically like an ASPCA for old dorm furniture, except adopting a fridge is much less responsibility than adopting a puppy, and it’s not against the law to abandon it again at the end of the year. So there’s no downside.
Also, the line is very long, so bring some water and a hat.
The guide, which can be viewed here, was made by “student activists committed to supporting a culture of dissent and politicization on Columbia’s campus” with contributions from members of groups such as Student Worker Solidarity, No Red Tape, and Columbia Prison Divest.
Similar guides have been created in 2000 and 2002. The 2014 guide includes more about history than the previous guides, several perspectives on the core curriculum, and warnings about “corporate feminism.” The 2014 guides takes a more oppositional approach to the Columbia administration and bureaucracy, warning that “Administrators are not your friends…ever…” and “[s]enators, student councilors are frivolous, their only power comes from an agitated student body.”
Yesterday we unleashed our application for daily editors upon the world. Today, we reveal another position that you should definitely apply for: Staff Writer! After all, “Bwog” is a portmanteau of “Blue and White blog,” and “blog” is a portmanteau of “web log,” and a “log” is something that people write in. Thus, we need enthusiastic, creative, funny, and/or opinionated writers to keep us going.
This position has less responsibility/power and more flexibility than that of a daily editor. Staff Writers will be expected to pitch at meetings, and write one long piece or two short pieces every two weeks. A Staff Writer might write a news piece, an event review, a defense of something, an account of an interesting experience, an interview, or pretty much anything else that interests them. They will also be expected to come to Bwog’s parties and eat our snacks.
If you love journalism, writing, reading Bwog, gossip, breaking news, free food, or squirrels, please apply! The application is meant as a way for us to get to know you and get you on board. No experience is required and anyone of any year can apply!
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your application by 12:01 a.m. on Thursday 9/11! Enlist today!
Bwog’s introductory meeting will be on September 7th at 7 p.m. in the SGO (5th floor of Lerner), and there will be free food. Mark your calendars.
- Tell us about one Bwog post you liked, one post you didn’t like, and why for both.
- Come up with five sample post ideas that you would like to see on Bwog.
- Why do you want to join Bwog?
- What experience do you have with writing?
- What, specifically, about Columbia might you be interested in writing?
- On a scale from 1-10, how interested are you in doing investigative journalism about the happenings at Columbia?
- Please provide a detailed narrative of this scene.
- Feel free to enclose samples of your writing, or links to it, in your email.
Swaggy desk via Wikimedia
For our young NSOP-ers, the academic year has already begun. Intrepid Iliad-er and Feisty Freshperson Garrett Donnelly gives us his report of the first Lit Hum lecture.
So we all walk into Roone Arledge Auditorium, each with our slightly dusty copies of The Iliad (thank God for the three-day weekend), to inaugurate our class’ entrance to Columbia’s academic life.
Let’s go freshmen.
The class was divided into two lectures (I say lectures, although each were only 20-30 minutes). The first was on “Homer and Harlem,” and focused on Harlem-based artist Romare Bearden and his paintings’ relationship with Homer’s texts. Bearden’s take on Homer’s works led the professor to place subtle hints that we are in Bearden’s position as we open our Iliad and begin our own journeys as artists. This is a theme I assume will become very Columbia. (Not to diminish the idea – it’s why we’re here, after all).
All this said, I only realized what the talk was about afterwards, and during it I kept thinking, “Wait, what? Bearden was so not in Sparknotes.” Then, of course, followed The Iliad talk itself.
Professor and Lit Hum chair Julie Crawford opened up the main lecture with a slew of intimidating PowerPoint slides filled with large passages from The Iliad. She covered several large themes with brief, in-depth looks at the passages and maintained that scholarly-but-casual attitude you just have to love.
A good amount of people brought their pen and paper and scribbled down key passages. Others watched as if at a movie. And the nappers, well…napped. The obligatory Q&A gave some lucky students the chance to understand more about the Iliad or—for that one guy whose question sounded remarkably like something out of The Iliad’s introduction—a chance to show off.
Regardless, both of the talks were introductions not only to The Iliad but to the quality of the scholarship and the professors here. Pretty cool and exciting for all of us newbies.
And yeah, let’s go freshmen.
“After Church” by Romare Bearden via Wikimedia
NSOP is basically over except for the optional neighborhood tours (we’d recommend the dessert tour of NYC), but the fun will never stop. In case you’ve been living under a rock, or in Furnald—and check out this Furnald Tumblr, by the way—here’s what’s been going on. Send info or your desire to write about your experiences to email@example.com.
Do freshmen do anything but drink?
- Pike is a fucking rager right now. And they have a consent educator as bartender. #doingitright
- While pre-gaming for Intrepid, someone was CAVA’d at 7 pm. A moment of silence for our lightweight fallen brother.
- Meanwhile, two other new students were CAVA’d while on board, but one was not alcohol-related.
Word on the street:
- “I feel like I have so many friends, but I don’t care about a lot of them.”
- First year male after 3 hour Sexual Violence seminar: “So, how does a guy protect himself from false accusations of rape?” Needless to say, the Barnard junior teaching looked as though she was going to attack the kid.
- “Freshmen pronouncing Koronets with french pronunciation (koronay). Can Chez Koronets be the new 1,020?”
- Overheard by freshman on the steps: “Omg that’s my favorite war, too! There were so many twists and turns. Like it was calm and then the French came in…like, woah!”
- About 500 extra people at each meal are taking food designated for new students and affiliated staff, and Columbia Dining is not happy about it.
- “Under1Roof has been the best part of NSOP by far. So done with being shuttled between ‘fun’ get-to-know-you activities. At least we talked about some things of substance.”
There’s a new function on SSOL, as you might have noticed when you were attempting to finalize your class schedule. Once you click on the registration tab, look below your wish list for a few more options:
Exciting! There’s a new option, titled a “registration calendar.” This seems like a rather odd name, because it’s really most useful to visualize start/end times and breaks between classes, rather than the option that “shows appointments” for registration.
Still, you can hide and show classes you’re registered for—or that are on your wish list—to better see your schedule without using ADI’s course manager. And there are some nifty colors. Between the wait list and wish list, as well as the automatic add-drop requests, SSOL’s been stepping up its game. We would suggest a redesign next, but that would be hypocritical.
The few, the brave, the snarky: day-to-day operations at Bwog are orchestrated by a small group of daily editors (dailies), who are responsible for writing Bwoglines and ensuring that the posts scheduled on their day of the week make it on to the site on schedule. Essentially, our dailies are the reason Bwog runs on any given day.
We are now looking for our next class of dailies, and you could be one of them! If you love reading Bwog, are interested in investigative journalism and what’s going on around campus, or if you’ve always wondered what it’s like to run the site, this is your chance. Dailying is a great position for freshmen or people new to campus, since the emphasis is not on producing writing but on managing posts and adding the final touches to already written articles. No experience is required, and anyone can apply.
Just email firstname.lastname@example.org with your application by 12:01 a.m. on Saturday 9/14, and don’t forget to include in your email which days of the week you’re most available to daily! Enlist today!
Bwog’s introductory meeting will be on September 7th at 7 p.m. in the SGO (5th floor of Lerner), and there will be free food. Mark your calendars. Tomorrow, we’ll be posting about another position to which you can apply.
- Tell us about one Bwog post you liked, one post you didn’t like, and why for both.
- What is your favorite tag?
- Come up with three sample post ideas that you would like to see on Bwog.
- Draw Bwog.
- Why do you want to join Bwog?
- What do you think Bwog is?
- You’re taking Bwog out on a date! What would you do? Where would you go?
- What about Columbia might you be interested in writing about?
- Send us a screenshot or list of the bookmarked Favorites on your browser.
An article published today in The Nation revealed a disdainful message which a Title IX compliance officer accidentally sent to a student activist instead of to the officer’s colleague.
The student was one of a group of college Democrats working with administrators to make a flowchart which would clarify what rights and resources survivors of sexual assault were entitled to. According to the article:
After four months of negotiation, university administrators agreed to publish the flowchart online, but when they did, students found that the administration had cut crucial information, including which academic and living accommodations survivors were entitled to and what evidence would be admissible at university sexual misconduct hearings.
The student then emailed administrators to ask that, in the future, students be allowed to have direct contact with decision makers and be included in the final decision-making process. The Nation obtained the following email, sent by Virginia Ryan, a university Title IX compliance officer, to the student, instead of to her colleague Michael Dunn, Columbia’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator and Director of Investigations:
According to the Nation:
Ryan has not replied to requests for comment. In an email to the student afterwards, Ryan apologized, claiming that “the tone and content” of her message was not meant to convey “intent to ‘handle’ students.”
The Nation also published the student’s response to Ryan’s accidental message:
This incident adds a number of clashes between the administration and Columbia’s anti-rape movement, including the recent cancellation of the Bacchanal Fall Concert.
It’s Friday, Friday, gotta wake up on Friday…Congrats freshpeople! You’ve survived most of NSOP so far and have only a few days left before those
dreaded classes. But you’re probably excited for them to start anyway. As you prepare for NSOP weekend, remember to stock up on food, condoms and anything else you think you’ll need to carry you through until Tuesday. We heard the Intrepid was a blast, so send in some notes about your fun times on a boat to email@example.com or use our anonymous tip form.
- EcoReps Green Sale: Go buy supplies for your dorm/life/class for pretty cheap. 10 am-4 pm in the Wien Lounge.
- Open Mic: Go see/hear your talented fellow students fearlessly perform while drinking coffee. Sign up between 7-8 pm at the door (first come, first serve). Roone.
- Most CC/SEAS freshmen’s registration appointments on SSOL. Don’t be too sad if you can’t get the classes you want.
- Getting a Job on Campus—12-1 p.m. in Roone.
- Native and Indigenous New Student Mixer—12:30-1:30 p.m. in Wallach Lounge.
- CC First-Year Class Council Information Session—5-6 p.m. in 569 Lerner. The SEAS info session is from 5-6 in 568 Lerner.
- Free Shabbat Dinner—8:15-10 p.m. in Low.
- Barnard’s library fair: 12-2 p.m.
One Thing To Do Before Graduating:
Have an international experience. Columbia gives you so many opportunities to do so, be it through study abroad, international internships, or student group initiatives. I spent last summer in Jordan through the CEO Amman program and had the absolute BEST experience and met some cool people; we even made it onto the CCE FB page!
From The Archives:
Operation Ivy League. Familiarize yourself with Columbia’s history, and learn why you haven’t gone to many frat parties this NSOP.
We’re never disappointed via Shutterstock
Between the glossy admissions fliers and the rowdy Facebook posts from your friends who went to state schools, you might be feeling a little confused about what NSOP is truly supposed to be. Well, here’s what we thought about our own NSOPs…
Maud, BC’15: I thought NSOP was incredibly disappointing. By the end of the mandatory presentation about how to not set your room on fire, I felt pretty over the whole thing. My expectations were probably too high. I was expecting to be welcomed into the secret Barnard sisterhood with fireworks and free alcohol and lots of swag that said BARNARD on it. And I never got over the initial shock of how ugly the entrance to Hewitt is. It cast a pallor over my whole first year, to be honest.
Claire, CC’16: The best friend I made during NSOP was the fan I purchased from Bed, Bath and Beyond. If that sounds depressing, you’ve obviously never lived in a John Jay single during the summertime. Think of the inside of an oven, then multiply that by the surface of the sun and you’ll have roughly the correct temperature. While I cannot blame the heat entirely for my shitty NSOP, I will say that making new friends is a pretty low priority when you feel like an inhuman sweat-monster. Especially when it seems like everyone already has a whole posse of new BFFs. After three days of self-explanatory safety presentations and awkward dinner conversations, I sat down in front of my fan and thought, “Well, looks like I’m going to be a friendless hermit for the rest of my life.” Two years later,
I am a friendless hermit I am beyond excited to get back to the city. Why? Because IT GETS BETTER.
Eric, CC ’16: My NSOP experience was neither good nor bad. It had its share of cringeworthy moments: for one, being the only person in my orientation group to show up to an event at Pinkberry on the second day, when desperate utterances of “I wonder where everyone is” were all that punctuated the awkward silence between my OL and me (we left after 5 minutes). But, I met one of my best friends during NSOP drunkenly bonding over Law and Order: SVU in our floor lounge. The days were somewhat dull (a week can be a really long time), and I survived largely by commiserating with my friends from high school about how bored we all were. In comparison to all I’ve experienced at Columbia in the years since—because NSOP, or even freshman year for that matter, is not the be-all end-all—NSOP was a dud.
Ridiculous NSLOP tips keep pouring in, so we thought we’d share some with you. Use our anonymous tip form or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dean Awn has lots of school spirit. We love Dean Awn (remember this?)
Slow down there:
freshman boy coming out of ruggles on Monday night with freshman girl: “that one shot really hit me so hard right now. wow, i’ve never felt like this before”
“There’s a couple nuzzling and kissing at the financial aid info session….how have these people already found each other???”
Drink responsibly, kids:
freshman boy with orange wristband in plain sight passed out alone at a table for over an hour at cannons on tues night. lots of people went over to check if he was ok, to which he responded, “oh yeah hi I’m totally fine my friends are here with me” #nslop
Glowsticks update from the rave:
Rise and shine, freshlings! There are boring NSOP events to attend and selfies to take with Alma! As you prep for your 50th trip to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, we’ll let you know what’s hip and happenin’ on this beautiful NSOP morning. As always, send anything and everything NSOP-related to email@example.com or use our anonymous tip form.
- Sexual Violence and Gender-Based Misconduct (Mandatory Session), Roone Arledge Auditorium, check with your OL for times. In light of recent coverage on Columbia’s sexual assault policies, it’s a good idea to educate yourself on the topic.
- NYC EVENT: Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, 8:00–11:00 pm, W. 46th St. and 12th Ave. A good time that many will claim was a great time. Just remember: Bwog’s NYC Event was at the zoo and there weren’t even animals. So count your blessings, frosh.
One Thing To Do Before Graduating: Today’s nugget of wisdom comes from the dynamic duo of Claire Kao and Mahima Chablani (also known as ClaireMahima ClaireMahimerson):
“Delete your Facebook for at least one semester. If you don’t have one, high five!! There’s a strange sorcery to social media, wherein everyone else’s lives look that much more **sparkly** than our own. But things always look grander on Facebook. Skip the virtual interaction in favor of good ole eye and physical contact. Text your friend. No, call your friend. No, knock on their door.”
From the Archives: Ever wonder what you would see if you spent 12 hours straight in a Tom’s booth? Wonder no more.
A picture that made more sense in an earlier version of this post via Shutterstock
We are receiving rumors that a pedestrian near 115th and Amsterdam has been struck by a car and killed. Sources say that the victim was not a Columbia student, but this has yet to be confirmed. If you have any information on the accident, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Update—A tipster writes: “The pedestrian was crossing Amsterdam during the no walk signal. The driver of the vehicle (a black Lincoln Town Car) stopped and got out immediately, and appeared to have been cooperating with NYPD.” He continues that the man was “motionless in the street with blood coming from his head,” but it was not clear whether he was badly injured or killed. This comes in the wake of new laws protecting pedestrians and the injury of Public Safety officer Lawrence Humphrey.