Monthly Archive: February 2016

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A lonely bra, abandoned on 116th and Amsterdam - just like the last shit we may have once given

A lonely bra, abandoned on 116th and Amsterdam – just like the last shit we may have once given

A couple of weeks ago, we told Columbia to get its shit together. But as February drags on longer than we thought possible and midterm season digs into our sleep schedules and self confidence, we’re starting to realize that the real culprit may not be the institution we inhabit, but our sorry asses themselves. Last weekend’s field notes reflect that trend.

We Might Be Able To Save Our Shit:

  • This weekend I finished my thesis and got accepted to grad school. Thanks, Obama!
  • My roommate went on a shitty date then brought KFC back for both of us. Bless her.
  • Learned what WYAWA means
  • Finished social world hw before the sun set (this is a big deal)
  • Unearthed my Sony Discman so I could finally listen to the Toru Takemitsu CD my roommate borrowed from WKCR. Was excited to discover that it still works.
  • Went to Butler to study. Felt like a Tru Columbia Student™.
  • Went to a MESAAS party in EC. They played fantastic music.
  • Got a sticker with a dragon and the words “fuck the gender binary” on it at Feminist Zine Fest. Felt pretty empowered as a result.
  • Felt whole again after a particularly spiritual SoulCycle class.
  • Discovered new parts of Central Park and had the best tea of my life
  • Met a cute boy on the subway who was reading Audre Lorde
  • (Literally) ran into my architecture prof on my way to Riverside Park for a run on Sunday morning. He told me I seemed to be having a “virtuous morning.”
  • Went to Long Island, walked on the most beautiful beach I’ve ever seen, pet dogs, bathed with my friends, and took group nudes.
  • Did 4 hours of exercise on a Thursday purely because I didn’t really have other plans
  • Related: went to a hip hop dance class downtown and felt aggressively white and very uncoordinated
  • Also: While at class, saw a girl who looked exactly like my best friend back home except fitter and skinnier. Fell in love a little.
  • Had a cuddle orgy with friends after getting too high to handle a French film sans soutitres.
  • My friend watched and live snap chatted the Oscars to me. All I cared about was Leo
  • Got informed by three different people that Mad Max: Fury Road won six Oscars. Really happy that this is the news my friends think is most important to me.
  • Started really fun fake Facebook drama with high school friends to make one of my friends seem more mysterious and straight than she appeared to her new classmates.
  • Thought this girl seemed cool on instagram so I approached her in Ferris and mentioned we always see each other in Brooks Study Lounge. Now we are friends.
  • Found out that the bathroom in Indus Valley (restaurant on 100th and Broadway) has really good selfie lighting. You’re welcome if you received one.
  • Ate a really good salad at Sweetgreen.

Shit becomes considerably less savable after the jump

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How Cannon's appears to most upperclassmen

How we imagine Cannon’s appears to most upperclassmen

“This is actually something that was brought to our attention by students this past weekend,” Benjamin Makansi (CCSC President) said, when asked if the last item of business the Columbia College Student Council tackled on their Sunday night meeting (making “Cannon’s accessible beyond freshmen and Manhattan College people”) was a joke.

The resolution was, apparently, far from a joke: after a few comments from Saaket Pradhan (Class of 2016 President), it passed. Congratulations, people besides freshmen and Manhattan College students. You can now access Cannon’s. Enjoy your poorly-regulated alcohol.

Read the full resolution after the jump.

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Wow much delicious

Wow much delicious

An anonymous source (presumably someone on Allsex?), just submitted a tip alerting us of free food on the 2nd floor of the Diana Center. Go get some delicious, free bake sale goodies while supplies last. Thanks, tipster!

 

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That's a lot of pressure

That’s a lot of pressure

Valiant bureau chief Joe Milholland once again reports from a CCSC meeting fraught with discussion of delicate issues. And, also, discussion of tampons and toilet paper.

“It has been really frustrating to try to work with No Red Tape in good faith,” said CCSC’s VP of Policy Vivek Ramakrishanan about NRT and CCSC working together on NRT’s set of proposals. “I really, really tried, and I’m still trying. I want that to happen, and I want us to have as informed discussion as possible both on Goldberg’s response to the petition and continued conversation with them.”

On Sunday night, the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) had a lengthy discussion about a resolution brought to the council by No Red Tape (NRT) two weeks ago. NRT wanted CCSC to pledge support for the resolution so that NRT could go to the administration with CCSC’s support, but CCSC wanted to investigate each item individually and work with the administration themselves.

By the end of their discussion, CCSC had come up with no formal plan of action going forward. CCSC President Ben Makansi is meeting with Suzanne Goldberg this week to discuss NRT’s resolution, but he will not make any decisions during that meeting.

Will CCSC make any decisions at all?

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MicroGrant application is due by Wednesday night!

MicroGrant application is due by Wednesday night!

After merging with FLIP National, FLIP Columbia is able to offer students MicroGrants for this spring.

However, the application for these MicroGrants had been open for four days before FLIP sent out the an email announcement on February 28th. This will likely pose a problem to those who could have filled out the application over the weekend.  The application is due this Wednesday, so make sure to apply ASAP.

The entire email after the jump

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So many amazing woman on one poster!

So many amazing women on one poster!

Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (B.O.S.S.) is bridging Black History Month and Woman’s History Month this week with its 46th annual celebration of black womanhood. This year, the week’s theme is “Well-Behaved Women Seldom Make History.” Events celebrate the stories of Barnard students and faculty, as well as guests such as bell hooks and Taliah Waajid.

Each day this week, B.O.S.S. is sponsoring a talk, panel, or workshop. You can find more information on the individual events here or on B.O.S.S.’s event Facebook page.

Monday: The Results Are In #BlackExcellence in Film Tabling, on the 2nd floor of the Diana Center, 12-2pm
This tabling event and bake sale celebrates the accomplishments of black artists and actors.

Tuesday: Who Inspires You?, in the Zora Neale Hurston Lounge (121 Reid), 9-10:30pm
Students are encouraged to share their personal stories of inspirational women.

More cool events after the jump

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This morning, CU Apartheid Divest has released a statement from faculty who support its action in “calling upon the University to take a moral stance against Israel’s violence in all its forms.” The statement expresses that these faculty members are “professionally, intellectually, and morally invested in [their] University” and cites a 2002 student and faculty petition that called for divestment from firms that supplied Israel’s military with arms and military hardware.

Forty faculty members from a variety of different Columbia and Barnard departments have already signed this petition. CU Apartheid Divest invites other faculty members to join the cause by signing here.

Read the full statement after the jump

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We'd think it's spring, too, from the weather yesterday - but no, it's still February

We’d think it’s spring, too, from the weather yesterday – but no, it’s still February

The Oscars were last night. People won. Other people lost. Mad Max: Fury Road reminded everyone that it’s insanely good. Chris Rock said some offensive things. A familiar meme died to thunderous applause. (USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Vanity Fair)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art is redesigning its signage. This might not seem like news, but for the people who have misunderstood the museum’s “recommended admission” (now to be relabeled “suggested admission”) policy, it could provide motivation to actually visit. (Of course, this is a moot point for all CU students; we get in for free.) (Quartz)

Donald Trump made another mistake yesterday by claiming in an interview that he “didn’t know enough to disavow former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke,” even after the interviewer asked him repeatedly if he would distance himself from the group. We’re not sure whether the fault here is in the hands of Trump or the American education system. (CNN)

People with no impending midterms to worry about (or perhaps too many impending midterms to worry about) are causing a stir over this mysterious photo an Australian woman found behind one of the walls of her home. The photo, which depicts a happy young couple, was accompanied by a bottle of “Charlotte” perfume, which only heightens the mystery.

We don’t know what to think anymore via erloteiel from Dallas, TX – I can’t believe I’d think it’s butter, CC BY 2.0, 

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This could be you but you studying.

This could be you but you studying.

In honor of the Academy Awards happening tonight, but more importantly in honor of the Red Carpet happening before (be honest, what do you care about more?), Bwog has decided to do its second round of Oscar-related Bwog Asked. We headed to Butler to see what our fellow classmates had to say.

Outside

  • “Forever 21 tbh.”
  • “I think I stole this top actually.”
  • “My mom got these [jeans] for me at a thrift store so idk.”

The Lobby

  • “Columbia, Express, Aldo, the socks are… champion.”
  • “Nike hoodie, nike sweats, and nike shoes.”
  • “Ugh…just like…items I threw together.”

ButCaf

  • “Oh, this old thing? Abercrombie kids. Boy’s fall season premier sweater. But from 2004.”
  • “A power outfit for studying for my midterm tomorrow. I might end up wearing it to my midterm, too…” [wearing Abercrombie and ripped sweatpants]

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Even Mr. Trump supports the high lifestyle

Peace out, homies

“Me, me, MEEEE!!!” Donald Trump’s granddaughter screams to me from a few feet away.  She wants to be swirled around the pool in dizzying circles like the other girl I babysat at the golf club.  Which isn’t particularly interesting except in order to get to me she has to break the grasp from two other babysitters and a circle of children.  She jumps into my arms anticipating an entertaining pool game for as long as she likes. I don’t get paid to be pool entertainment for everyone but I don’t particularly mind.  Eventually, she grows bored of the spinning, and she squanders off leaving me with burning triceps and a whole line of other children who want to experience the pool’s cool new game.

“Excuse me are you listening?” My narcissism professor snaps me out of my reverie. We were talking about the “culture of narcissism” in the West, and more specifically America, as a byproduct of the capitalist economic framework in the country.  Everyday I walked out of that class reevaluating my personally narcissistic actions, the narcissism in my family and friends, and the little mongrels I babysat at a Trump golf club over the summer, which often included the task of participating in the vast network of safekeeping over Donald’s grandchildren, as well as the specific family I looked after.  All the insanely wealthy offspring had a web of care to watch over them – parents, multiple nannies, or temporary babysitters.

These children were given the brightest spotlights from all angles in life, the very attention that my class essentially instructs not to give.  As I sit in my Narcissism seminar, which approaches this overwhelming cultural trend from a philosophical and psychological standpoint, I constantly think back to that babysitting job, wondering if I facilitated this narcissism or not.  Did I give too much attention, excuse too much, praise unrighteously, or place these kids on a pedestal when they didn’t deserve?

This is not to say that the kids at this club were the only ones who exhibited narcissistic traits of devaluing others, needing admiration, and needing to be successful in their pursuits.

Up in the club, just workin’ on my narcissism.

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An image of the entire board

An image of the entire board

We just received a tip regarding Israeli Apartheid Week – more specifically, regarding recent vandalism of the posters advertising this week’s events. IAW starts this Monday and runs from February 29th to March 4th.

We have also attached close up images below that show the writing on each section of torn poster. Messages include, “I LOVE Israel!” and, “BDS is Jew Hatred! You will never win! Israel is the Jewish homeland!”

Update: This incident happened at 3:30pm today in Butler lounge.

If you have any additional information about this incident, please send it to [email protected]

Photos via anonymous tipster

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We're not at all self-obsessed.

We’re not at all self-obsessed.

Yeah. You’re Welcome. Or, actually, Peter Sterne should take credit. Thanks to him, we now have our very own geotag. From 7-9pm tonight, in both Lerner and John Jay, you can add the filter to your cool food pics or your artsy photos of the John Jay chandeliers (they may not be the Vampire Weekend chandelier, but don’t pretend you don’t love them). Happy birthday to us!

Be sure to add us on Snapchat @thebwog for breaking news, free food, and Deantini pics!

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Why is the picture a gif? lol

Seriously, this workshop/conference seems amazing.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended

  • “God is Emancipation to You – To me, He is Oppression: Secularism, Gender and the State” Monday, 12:10-1:20 PM, 701 Jerome Greene Hall. Pascale Fournier.
  • “From SIPA to Statecraft: The Journey of an American Diplomat” Tuesday, 1:00-2:15 PM, 1501 IAB. Ambassador McEldowney, Richard K. Betts (RSVP).
  • “Editor’s Night” Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 PM, 602a Lewisohn Hall. Robert Lee Holtz, Lizzie Ratner, David Wallis, John Horgan, Shaun Randol (RSVP).
  • “Foucault 13/13: Subjectivity and Truth” Thursday, 6:15-8:45 PM, Buell Hall. Judith Butler, Stathis Gourgouris.
  • “Robotics: Law & Ethics” Friday, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM, Italian Academy. Barbara Henry, Lydia H. Liu, Ronald Sandler, John Basl (RSVP).

What else is happening this fine week?

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In case you forgot what a survey looks like

Quality of Life Survey

At Friday’s University Senate Plenary, four student senators – Marc Heinrich (Columbia College), Ramis Wadood (Columbia College), Emily Moore (SEAS Grad Students), and Grace Kelley (Nursing School) – gave an in-depth presentation on the quality of life survey sent out last year. General information has already been distributed by the Senate, but the presentation at Friday’s plenary focused on key areas of concern from the data.

Forty-one percent of the respondents to the survey were male, 58% were female, and 1% were transgender/genderqueer. Most aspects of quality of life that students rated high-priority also had high satisfaction ratings, with the major exception of funding.

Students with disabilities – The senators noted significantly lower rates of satisfaction and significantly higher rates of self-reported discrimination among disabled students. Eight percent of the survey respondents self-identified as disabled and 54% of those students said they received disability services. Kelley said these numbers mean that a lot of disabled students are not receiving disability services, and she said that disabled students had neutral satisfaction towards these services.

On average, disabled students reported around 14 days of mental health problems, whereas non-disabled students reported only around 7 days. Students with disabilities also reported higher numbers of days where they felt anxiety, experienced depression, and did not get enough sleep.

In order to help disabled students, the student senators recommended increasing accessibility within the Morningside Heights campus; improving communications between disabled students, their professors, and Disability Services; and improved accessibility information when events are advertised. The Senate has created a subcommittee focused on students with disabilities.

Moving onto the topic of mental health…

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Can you believe his glasses are... skewed?! Too cool for school, clearly.

Can you believe his glasses are… skewed?! Too cool for school, clearly.

Sup dudes. What’s going on. How’s it hangin’.What’s crack-a-lackin’. (No question marks needed because we’re too cool for those.) Anyway, we’ve been hangin’ in Lerner 505 lately, like pretty much every Sunday night. It’d be so chill if you joined us. But of course, it’s totally up to you. Catch ya in SGO at 7pm. Be there or be square.

Slick guy via Viorel Sima/Shutterstock.com

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