Monthly Archive: October 2016



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columbia_university_-_low_memorial_library-dBack in August, the Nation Labor Relations Board ruled that graduate students could legally unionize. Today, Provost Coatsworth announced that the NLRB  has scheduled an election to decide whether grad students will henceforth be represented by Local 2110 of the United Auto Workers. Polling will take place next month, December 7th and 8th, at multiple polling locations:

Morningside Heights Campus – Earl Hall
Wednesday, December 7, 2016: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2016: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Columbia University Medical Center – Alumni Auditorium Lobby
Wednesday, December 7, 2016: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2016: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Lamont-Doherty – Sutton House
Wednesday, December 7, 2016: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Nevis Laboratory, Irvington, NY – conference room at 136 South Broadway
Thursday, December 8, 2016: 10:00 AM – 12 Noon

Students are urged to visit the Provost’s website, which contains information and resources to consult before making an informed decision.

Read full email from Provost John Coatsworth after the jump



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We couldn't agree more...

We couldn’t agree more…

Since Halloween tragically fell on a Monday this year, Bwog took the necessary precautions this past weekend to take in as much of the spooky holiday’s spirit and spirits (the liquid kind) to keep the festivities alive and well. Check out what the ghoulish activities people were up to!

Dead yet undead:

  • Stole a sign from Baker Field reading “No Alcohol Beyond This Point.” It now hangs in the Bandsuite.
  • Made a mummy costume out of cheesecloth; as I fell apart throughout the night, so did my costume.
  • Had a good experience in EC?
  • Went to Bushwick for the day, came home, went downtown for Halloweekend, party was canceled, wound up in Bushwick AGAIN at a high school friend’s party, took a $60 uber home to MoHi using a $50/off coupon.
  • Went to Butler incredibly drunk at 2 am with intention to go to roof; door locked. Instead spent time rolling around on floor outside reading room and hopping the barrier to the circulation desk/pretending to scan books.
  • Accidentally bought low alcohol content wine, had a glass and a half, and got pretty tipsy anyways.
  • Texted my dad (while mildly intoxicated) and told him he needs to text me more frequently.
  • Bought a 6 foot long collapsable table for beer pong/drinking games and had it rush delivered to my dorm for use during Halloweekend; told my mom it was because “I needed a bigger desk”.
  • Hosted a bonding party for my Lit Hum class, at which 3 people had never been to Carman Hall before and 1 person had never been drunk before (this person was messiest but slayed at pong).
  • Came home from my Astronomy Lab to discover that my roommates bought a hamster.

Spirits Abound:

  • Went to a crowded Halloween party in EC dressed as a sheet ghost. Needless to say, I gave up on the ghost costume about half an hour in.
  • 12 hours of sleep didn’t cure my hangover, but A Cruel Angel’s Thesis did.
  • Didn’t go to Rocky this year, but I learned the Time Warp dance. Proudest accomplishment to date.
  • Went to a MESAAS party. The jungle juice had moroccan mint tea in it.
  • Went to ADP lit night for first time, ate so much baguette and brie.
  • Went to Sig Ep’s Halloween at Mission, dressed up as Phantom of the Opera, but the mask did not fit my Jew nose. Also, don’t remember a thing cause I was blackout, due to drinking on antibiotics (smart).
  • Went to Amity All Uptown for a costume party dressed as Dracula. Unfortunately, my fangs were not put in right so I ended up almost choking to death on them after a few overpriced Vodka Crans. I also lost my cape and almost bit shit multiple times in this poorly constructed bar.
  • Went to the Bryant Park Winter Festival and bought 4 artisan pickles for 5 dollars. They were delicious.
  • Funded an impromptu wine and cheese event during our AXO mixer

 E-card via drunk quotes



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Whoever put these out is really invested in Halloween decorations

Relatable pumpkins along Amsterdam? Yes, someone has blessed us with their existence. Which one are you?

While walking down Amsterdam, one Bwogger noticed a garden between 118th and 119th Streets with some rather curious Halloween decorations: a series of pumpkins with unique facial expressions. She was inspired by this array to create a “tag yourself” meme, equating each of the pumpkins to one of the types of friends you probably hung out with at a Halloween party this past weekend. So… which Halloween friend are you?


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What better way to celebrate Columbia history than with Snapchat?

What better way to celebrate Columbia’s history than with Snapchat?

Interested in free swag and a Snapchat filter besides the weird monster ones that are all making us think twice about Snapchat? Come to Hamilton Hall’s celebration of Charter Day!

Columbia College’s original charter was signed on this day in 1754. You know what that means? New Snapchat filters and free snacks in Hamilton Hall!

From now until 4:30 pm today, go to Hamilton to receive give-a-ways and enjoy fun treats as Hamilton showcasing Columbia’s history. In case the free food wasn’t already a nice incentive, you can take photos in a photo booth with a replica of the original charter. Who doesn’t like a good selfie with the document that founded our institution?

Run now as the free candy- because it is Halloween, in case anyone holed up in Butler didn’t know- and CC pennants run out!

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While not Panton 290 Blue, Bartenura Moscato does not disappoint.

While not Panton 290 Blue, Bartenura’s Moscato does not disappoint.

In the latest installment of Wine & Cheez, Bwog takes you through the aisles of International to pick out the greatest finds. This week’s pick, Bartenura’s Moscato, will not disappoint with its lingering fruity aftertaste and beautiful, blue bottle. Kosher never tasted so good. L’Chaim!

Who has time for a cheese tasting during midterms? Better to cool off and destress with a nice bottle of white wine. Bartenura’s Moscato delivers with its nice hints tangerine and melon among other tropical fruits. This refreshing, foreign import is a great way to kickstart your juice cleanse.

Look for this beautiful, sapphire blue bottle in the back right of International for quiet the hidden gem. If the imported from Italy sticker does not catch your eye, then the beautiful make of the bottle will. Adorned with a gorgeously painted map of Italy, the wine’s exotic qualities are displayed for all to see.

As a moscato, this aperitif is low in alcohol (5%) and sweet, which makes it perfect for a casual night in or for more classier occasions. Enjoy this delicious array of fruit without fear of being too drunk to savor its many delectable flavors.

This wine has the added bonus of being kosher, for those looking for a nice wine to bring to a Shabbat dinner or for other holidays. This reasonably priced import will make the perfect gift for any occasion. Get to International stat, time to mix up your wine Wednesday.

Photo courtesy of this swanky wine website



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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween!

Looking for a last minute Halloween costume and need some inspiration? Celebrities are your gurus then. From Kylie Jenner’s interesting skeleton ensemble to Kathy Griffin showing up just how ridiculous Snapchat looks like in real life. (Huffington Post)

In politics, the Clinton campaign was rocked this weekend with Clinton’s top aide Huma Abedin– also the estranged wife of former NY Congressman Anthony Weiner- allegedly in possession of thousands of emails that tied Clinton to some shady business earlier this year. The FBI has officially obtained a warrant to investigate, receiving much heat on both sides as the election draws near. (USA Today)

Another earthquake hit Italy on Sunday, with a high of a 6.6 magnitude shock felting Rome. The town of Norcia sat as the epicenter, recently experiencing similar tremors earlier last week. (The Guardian)

Fake news has become a hot topic among large publications, who warn their readers to double and triple check everything they read online as the trend of faking news stories becomes more common. More and more sites have misleading information that suck in viewers, meaning these companies benefit from the views and shares as the ads posted equal more money. (CNN)

Cutest pugs via some sketchy site 



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Here's to V123!

Here’s to V123!

Another year, another Veesh! Co-producers Alana Koenig (BC’18) and Rachel Andres (BC’19) recently announced the members of the creative team that will ultimately bring you the Varsity Show’s 123rd production. Hopefully, Kyle Marshall’s extensive experience with the Varsity Show will enable him to avoid the pitfalls of the past, and the new writers will hopefully be able to offer up some truly pointed satire. Best of luck, C-team:

Director: Kyle Marshall (CC’17): Actor, V120; Assistant Director, V121; Alumni Coordinator/Archivist, V122

Producers: Alana Koenig (BC’18); Rachel Andres (BC’19): Assistant Producer, V122

Writers: Amelia Arnold (BC’17); Mark Lerner (CC’18)

Composer/Lyricists: Max Gumbel (CC’18); Simon Broucke (CC’19)

Choreographer: Annie Block (CC’19)

Lead Designer: Oliver Konkel (SEAS’17): Technical Director V122

Photograph courtesy of the Varsity Show



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The sky's the limit

“Go forth, vote for me, and then I’ll leave for my vacation house.”

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.


  • “Should the “Bern” Create a Third Party?” Tuesday, 1:00-2:00 PM, IAB. Steven Nemerovski (RSVP).
  • “Drawing the Unspeakable” Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 PM, 523 Butler Library. Kerascoët, Pénélope Bagieu and Catherine Meurisse (RSVP).
  • “Alan Turing: Computing Machinery and Intelligence” Wednesday, 6:30 PM, Davis Auditorium (CEPSR), Schapiro Hall. Dermot Turing.
  • “The Cosmic Origins of the Chemicals of Life” Friday, 7:00-9:00 PM, 301 Pupin Hall. Daniel Wolf Savin.

What else does Columbia want us to think we know? And what are they really hiding?



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white coarse powder AKA sugar

white coarse powder AKA sugar

If you find yourself trick-or-treating in MoHi or some other borough of New York City for Halloween, you might want to come to Lerner 505 at 7 p.m. today for a ~spooky~ Bwog meeting, where we will be discussing all the Halloween-y stuff, such as Trump’s toupee, Hillary’s emails, and the NRA.

Okay, we are just kidding. In all seriousness, today is Sugar Addiction Awareness Day, so put down that snickers bar. Bring your pitches. Come to Bwog meeting for some fresh, juicy, organic grapes and chocolate dunkers.

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At the late night double feature (Rocky Horror) Picture Show...

At the late night double feature (Rocky Horror) Picture Show…

Last night marked CMTS’ fourth annual shadowcast production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” Senior Staffer Betsy Ladyzhets was in attendance, and writes about the show in conjunction with details of its process that she learned in an interview with its director and producer.

Last night at 8pm, the Diana Event Oval was packed. The room was full of students, many decked out in dazzling costumes, and all chattering excitedly as they waited for the show to begin. Members of the cast and crew darted back and forth, thanking their friends for coming and promoting the Participation Packets sold on the side of the room. To an outsider, this event may have looked like a gathering of some kind of strange, Halloween-related cult. That wouldn’t be far from the truth – it was, in fact, CMTS’ production of “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.”

“The Rocky Horror Picture Show” is a 1975 musical comedy/horror film based on a musical of the same name that focuses on Brad and Janet, a young, naive couple who become trapped in the mansion of Dr. Frank-n-Furter, an alien transvestite mad scientist. The movie gained popularity in the late seventies as a “midnight movie”; audience members returned to theaters for many midnight showings of Rocky Horror, often dressing up as the characters and calling out at the screen. Soon, performance groups were formed that put on “shadowcast productions”, with actors mimicking the actions and lip-syncing the lines of the characters. CMTS brought this tradition to Columbia three years ago, and its annual performances have only been getting more popular since.

On Tuesday, I spoke to Izzy Hellman, CC ‘19 and Nick Hermesman, CC ‘19, the director and producer of this year’s production, respectively. I asked them what the process of putting on a shadowcast production looks like. How is it different from rehearsing a traditional show? How did they cast the main actors?

More on shadowcasting and audience participation after the jump



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No one would ever find out.

No one would ever find out.

Very fittingly, Halloween this year lands on a Monday when most of us feel like semi-functional, hungover zombies from a weekend of regrettable revelries and moral degradation. While most people would have no problem resuming their human form, some are just not ready for real-world responsibilities and a gazillion haunting problem sets due next week. If you are one of those people who has masterfully deceived yourself into thinking you have time for any of this nonsense and wishes to extend the festivity into your classes, here are a few last-minute ~spooky~ costume suggestions that even your professor would (not) love:

  • Lit Hum: Throw on a toga and transform into the Dead White Dude that your class is currently reading. Instead of referring back to the author’s name, say “I” to assert your authorship over your classmates. Be dramatically offended whenever someone in the class calls you a misogynist, racist, or whatever-ist.
  • Principles of Econ: Dress up in a triangular cylinder. You are now dead weight loss.
  • 8:40’s : Draw realistic eyes on your eyelids, because you know you’ll be dozing off. Your professor might be tricked into believing that you are the only one awake and give you extra goodies.
  • Any cultural/language class: Don’t do it. Instead of spooking others, you will end up being spooked by how your fellow Columbians react.

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I am FAB

Get on my level.

To the rigged election: Halloween is coming, but the real spook is right after—Election Day. While we will be praying wholeheartedly to Dionysus that we would still have a nation after the election, Trump supporters might have trouble finding where they belong after November 8th. (Buzzfeed)

Down the Drain: People from Japan, Russia, Germany, Australia, Israel and Serbia have flocked to Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, North Dakota to protest the Dakota Access Pipeline. While it might seem like they are strongly united, the protesters suggest otherwise. (CNN)

Halfway through the Congress: Asia’s biggest gay pride parade gathers tens of thousands of people to the streets of Taiwan’s capital, Taipei. Under the new administration of Democratic Progressive Party, Corinne Chiang said: “The call for marriage equality feels stronger than last year.” (BBC)

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First year student Taylor Wallace passed away this weekend. Wallace was from Brookfield, Missouri, and was a resident of John Jay Hall. A vigil will be held in John Jay Lounge on Monday at 8pm, and counselors from CPS will be in attendance to speak with students. You can find out more information on the Facebook event.

The University has yet to release an official statement on Wallace’s passing.

Update 11/2/2016 at 5:10pm: Dean Kromm and some friends of Wallace’s have issued a statement regarding his passing:

Dear Students,

It is with sadness that I share the following message from friends of Taylor Wallace, a former member of the Columbia College Class of 2020 who passed away last week in Missouri. Members of our community came together to remember Taylor in John Jay on Monday evening.

Please continue to take care of yourselves and each other. Should you need support, do not hesitate to reach out to your advising dean, residential adviser, student group adviser, Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS), Office of the University Chaplain, or seek other resources, including friends or family.

Counseling and Psychological Services – (212) 854-2878
Columbia Health – (212) 854-7426
Office of the University Chaplain – (212) 854-1493
Advising Deans – (212) 854-6378
Nightline – (212) 854-7777
Residential Life staff – Look for contact information in your residence hall to connect with your RA or other Res Life staff
My heart goes out to Taylor’s friends and family.

Cristen Kromm
Dean of Undergraduate Student Life
Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science


Hello everyone,

As some of you already know, Taylor Wallace, a former Columbia College student who began this academic year with the Class of 2020, passed away last Thursday. Taylor was passionate about his community and was involved with football, track, student council, and scholar bowl at his high school. He was described by his friends as a passionate soul who wasn’t afraid to be himself — someone who could lighten the mood in any room. His family stated, “Taylor was a bright light, one that strived to shine brightly. He loved his family and friends. He was a hard worker, determined to give his very best with every endeavor. He was extremely active and engaged in his community and with activities in school. Taylor was passionate about helping others as his goal was to become a medical doctor. Although this is a devastating time for our family and friends, we know Taylor’s legacy will last forever.”

We are sorry for those impacted by his loss, and we’d like to remind everyone that Counseling and Psychological Services (CPS) offers counseling for individuals and groups for a range of issues, including grief, suicide prevention, trauma support, and stress management. Though it may not seem like it at times, taking care of your emotional well-being should be a top priority. Make time for your self-care and don’t hesitate to ask for support from friends and loved ones. Please don’t hesitate to utilize these services and help to open a dialogue to address mental health stigma and to create a caring community that looks out for each other.

A community gathering was held in Taylor’s residence hall on Monday evening. The support from the Columbia community has been overwhelming so far. We know his legacy will live on here, and we will continue to support one another in these hard times. We’re sending thoughts and prayers to Taylor’s family and to everyone impacted by his loss.

With heavy hearts,
Patrick Flanagan CC’18
Vivi Hyacinthe CC’17
Grant Pace CC’20
and other friends of Taylor



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Ezra Koenig or any literary white boy you see in Hungarian?

What’s Halloween at Columbia without a reference to Vampire Weekend? Bwog is here to inspire another last minute costume: Ezra Koenig!

You will need:

  • Sweater and oxford shirt (preferably from somewhere pseudo-prep like J. Crew or Uniqlo)
  • Sperrys
  • Ray-Bans
  • A copy of Edward Said’s Orientalism
  • Takeout from Jerusalem on 103rd and Broadway
  • Fangs


Step 1: Layer that sweater over your oxford shirt. Put on your Sperrys, and don’t wear socks.

Step 2: Swoosh your hair around. Maybe use a little bit of gel. Put on those Ray-Bans and fangs.

Step 3: Don’t forget your falafel!

Cost: Let’s be real–you all already own Ezra-like literary prep apparel. Grab some (glow in the dark?) fangs from Duane Reade for a few dollars, hit up your favorite MESAAS major for a copy of Orientalism (or some other sort of post-colonialist criticism), and take a quick jaunt down to 103rd for some $8 shawarma.

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Get to know the people behind that weird class of 2020 GroupMe from April! They are now, for the most part, well-adjusted, productive members of the Columbia community, trying to keep up with Lit Hum readings, like any other normal student. We had a frank conversation with two of the members of Lion Order [lion emoji] under the guarantee of anonymity and matched some old messages that Bwog featured with each respective person.

We don’t know what this means.

Q: What are you majoring in?
A: English.
Q: How extra are you?
A: Not particularly at all.
Q: Do you have some pretentiousness in with your extra?
A: No, not particularly.
*His friend sitting beside him interjects that yes, indeed, he is very extra.*
A: Only in UWriting.
Q: Is that because you’re an English major and you think you’re better than everyone else?
A: No, it’s because it’s UWriting, and the curriculum is dumb as shit.
Q: If you were to go back in time, would you join Lion Order again?
A: Sure, why not.

We caught up with another member of the Lion Order after the jump:

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