Monthly Archive: November 2016

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If you’re interested in SNL, or in a potential acting or directing career, this is the article for you! On Tuesday, LateNight Theater, an on-campus late-night comedy sketch group, hosted their first annual speaker series, featuring Don Roy King, the current director of Saturday Night Live. Bwog sent staff writer Lexie Lehmann to check it out. 

Don Roy King is an icon of late-night television. Currently in his 11th year as Saturday Night Live’s Director, King previously worked on Survivor, The Early Show, and The Mike Douglas Show. As a result of his directing work, King has won several Daytime and Primetime Emmy Awards, as well as awards from the Director’s Guild of America.

On Tuesday, Don Roy King sat down for a question forum led by Nathaniel Jameson, CC’18, a member of Columbia’s LateNight Theater group. Overall, King was a lively, charming, and captivating personality — wonderfully spirited even in his old age. He dressed sharply in bright blue pants and a burgundy jacket, perfectly matching the cozy *aesthetic* of Barnard 304.

During the event, King answered questions on a number of topics, beginning with how he got his start in directing. As an undergraduate at Penn State, King was interested in performing, but majored in broadcasting to satisfy his parents. During a practical broadcasting assignment in his senior year, King stumbled upon his innate talent for directing when one of his peers failed to manage their assignment correctly, and King was forced to step in. He likened the experience as turning into the “quarterback on a football team,” forced to call quick shots and move things around on a dime. King was immediately drawn to this high stakes and the fast-paced environment, and knew that directing was the right path for him to follow.

Read King’s advice for aspiring actors and directors

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we're the real blue ivy (bye yale)

we’re the real blue ivy (bye yale)

Seniors, as of now, you’ve probably survived around 7 sets of finals, umpteen papers, multiple housing-lottery-induced anxiety attacks, and dozens of hangovers and sleepless nights. Now’s your chance to get the recognition you deserve from this vast institution and to become a real adult.

If you’re graduating in May, remember to submit your degree application by tomorrow, December 1!

Send in your application as an attachment to diplomas@columbia.edu, or bring it in hard copy to the Student Service Center in 205 Kent Hall.

Congratulations, seniors, and we’ll see you all at commencement on May 17!

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this is why we can't see stars on this island

this is why we can’t see stars on this island

We were graced last night with another GSSC meeting! As usual, Romane Thomas and Jennie Nugent are here to provide us with the most important updates. GSSC covered Disabilities Awareness Day, the Tree Lighting Ceremony, and the council retreat, among other topics. 

Senator Curtis spoke about the events organized for Disabilities Awareness Day. On December 3, from 5pm to 7pm, food will be served and a panel will take place to discuss issues concerning disabilities on campus. Hot chocolate and hot tea will also be served in front of Low Library.

GSSC’s policy team spoke about “Giving Tuesday,” and said that the challenge to come up with a new, catchier name for the day would start on Monday. The winner will be announced within a week and will receive a gala ticket. Michael Higgins also updated the council about the food bank, stating that the bank is now fully stocked!

Campus life then talked about the tree lighting ceremony and reminded the council to sign up to volunteer. A Snapchat filter will be up and paid for by GSSC.

Other updates:

  • Thursday Night Holiday Sweater Party with free food
  • December 7th trivia night at Amity Hall
  • December 8th Karaoke Night at a bar on 108th

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You go, girl! Here at Bwog, we're big fans of self-expression

You go, girl! Here at Bwog, we’re big fans of self-expression

Competing chess grandmasters Magnus Carlsen and Sergey Karjakin will move on to tiebreakers today at the World Chess Championship finals, hosted in Manhattan. In the past two weeks, chess fans all over the world have been enthralled by the 12 regulation games that have left the two grandmasters in a dead tie. (The New York Times)

Miss Minnesota made history as the first Miss USA contestant to compete in a hijab and a burkini. Halima Aden, a Somali-American born in Kenya, chose to compete in traditional Muslim clothing to inspire others to embrace themselves. (NBC News)

After a dog escaped her cage and got lost at Mexico City’s airport, the Mexican airline Interjet launched a campaign called #BuscandoMika (FindMika).The airline posted flyers and photos of the search effort, and offers a 5,000 peso ($250) reward. (The Washington Post)

President-elect Donald Trump will reportedly include three women of color in his next administration, including current governor of South Carolina, Republican Nikki Haley. Learn more about them here. (CNN)

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Now if only we could change the name too.

Now if only we could change the name too.

With the business school moving to Manhattanville, Uris Hall will soon be vacant. With no formal announcements on what the space will be used for (except that it will go to the “Arts and Sciences”), Bwog came up with some suggestions.

  • Asian fusion dining hall
  • Municipal airport
  • Nordstrom
  • Bar (to replace Cannon’s)
  • Water park
  • Cinema
  • Hotel
  • A pool named “Uris” in Uris Hall
  • A big gender neutral bathroom
  • Adult ball pit
  • Spa
  • Equinox
  • Whole Foods
  • Rehearsal space
  • Studios
  • A real theater
  • A real Jamba Juice
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Shake Shack
  • Costco
  • Cat cafe

 

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Thanksgiving has passed, which means it’s time to get in the Holiday state of mind! This special edition of Bwog’s RoomHop features a room open to all, the Carman 7 Lounge.

Residents of Carman 7 celebrated the beginning of Christmastime by transforming their lounge into a full out holiday party. The room is complete with a christmas tree, lights, and handmade stockings for each hall-member. To achieve this festive look, residents of Carman 7 chipped in a couple bucks each to fund a fully-sized tree and white and colored stringed lights.

On the festive, likely not fire-safe Christmas tree, the residents strung white lights and hung red felt stockings, each personalized with the name of a floor 7 member. On top of the 6 foot tree — how did they get it up to Carman 7 in the first place ?? — sits a cute white star. To darken the room and emphasize the lights, Floor 7 duct-taped a garbage bag over the lounge’s overhead light.

White lights behind the tree are, appropriately, arranged in the shape of a 7. On Sunday night, many residents gathered to decorate their stockings and make paper snowflakes. Once the decorations were complete, the residents settled down and watched Harry Potter together.

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“Quiet study only, Please!”

Staff Writer and Butlerite Nikki Shaner-Bradford is so grateful for all the friendly faces she sees on a regular basis from her Butler 8 cubicle! Here’s to all of you!

  1. The various wrestling match/football game viewers. Thank you for always making me feel like I am the most productive person in Butler. If it weren’t for you, my second hour on Facebook would seem like a waste, but turning around to see you leaning your sweatshirt-clad body back like those mass-order grey Butler 8 desk chairs are leather recliners while you take in another segment of masculine violence in the name of sportsmanship really makes me feel good about myself. At least when we both walk out of here at 2am, I’ll know I made the most of my time judging my friends online rather than watching arbitrary muscle masses lunge at each other.
  2. The couple whispering within my cubicle. You really restrained yourself this time by limiting your PDA to only a brief peck, and half an hour of hushed giggling. I’m so glad I got to share this five foot space with you while I finished my paper on Wordsworth’s poetry about the loneliness of death! You really helped me add some life to my description of my ongoing existential crisis. I hope the power of your love gave you the endurance to finish the CC essay you’ve been struggling with all day.
  3. The guy pacing the hallway all night. Honestly, if it weren’t for you, I’d confuse the fluorescent light and glorious silence of Butler 8 with my own dorm room. Thank you for reminding me to have some self awareness. Because of you, I keep my halloween candy out of sight while I stress eat my way through the next problem set.
  4. The Napper. I have the utmost respect for you, fellow Napper, passed out over your textbooks. Thank you for offering me quiet company in the late hours. We are one, you and I, and solidarity is a currency on the eighth floor.
  5. The Roof Goer. You know who you are, you know what you did. I won’t rat you out to Public Safety in this very public forum. Thank you for making the floor a more exciting adventure for all of us.
  6. The MIA Grad Student. Your book pile on the heater, your locked cabinet door. These are the things that leave me wondering late into the night. You are an enigma, a symbol of ambition and intellect. I am but a mere borrower of your desk. You are never here (I assume you are busy drinking black coffee and growing a beard while writing your dissertation in Hungarian) and this absence does not go unappreciated. Thank you, leftover books, for reminding me of your reader. And thank you, Grad Student, for relinquishing your post to me every night.

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Barnard plays the long game when it comes to collecting the dough.

Barnard plays the long game when it comes to collecting the dough.

This week, Barnard’s Student Government Association met to discuss finances, fundraising, and the new Student Leadership Collective charter. Slideshow projectors were forgotten, two members were online shopping, and the meeting neither started nor ended on time. All in all, a pretty exciting evening with SGA.

COO Goldberg and VP Silver joined SGA to discuss how Barnard organizes its finances and its current fundraising projects. Goldberg went first, presenting Barnard’s budget and revenue using some nifty pie charts. He explained that it takes about $200 million to run Barnard each year. $74 million goes to pay salaries and wages, with an additional $26 million for employee benefits. Another $46 million is spent on non-personnel expenses, which he explained is “all the other stuff” (i.e. furniture, equipment, office supplies, and everything else it takes to run a college). About 5%, $9 million of the budget, is used for debt service, paying off loans Barnard used for larger projects in the past, like building Sulzberger Tower and building the dorms at Cathedral Gardens. These loans are essentially mortgages, Goldberg explained, and is put in place so that Barnard spends as little money as necessary to finance these projects. $44 million, 22% of the budget, goes towards financial aid. Because Barnard is need-blind in its acceptances, financial aid is not a fixed percentage of the budget. Goldberg remarked that over the years financial aid usually comes to use about 25% of the budget. Goldberg also described Barnard’s sources of revenue–the source of the $200 million. 80% comes from tuition and other student fees. The college’s endowment is used for 7% and fundraising makes up another 7%. The rest comes from a combination of government grants and “auxiliary enterprises,” such as rent on Barnard’s commercial holdings.

More about the meeting after the jump…

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Terrorizing children can be fun too.

Who said terrorizing children couldn’t be fun. Isn’t the holidays all about cheer?

Niall Horan told a British outlet that the on-hiatus group, One Direction, will reunite in the near future. The extended hiatus that began earlier this year allowed individual band members to pursue solo careers. (Yahoo)

Beyoncé has released a line of Christmas-themed merch. Unfortunately, the design depicting the pile of coal filling Jay Z’s stocking stuffer did not make the cut. (Fader)

In other news, central European Christmas traditions continue to traumatize children. ‘Krampus Runs’, which takes place in Hollabrunn’s market square in Austria, consists of adults impersonating demons and running around the square whilst terrorizing children. (Huffington Post)

Giving Tuesday, which started in the summer of 2012 to raise money and resources for local charities, is today. Last year $117 million was raised for charities in more than 70 countries! (NY Times)

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Show your appreciation, people.

Show your appreciation, people.

Yes, the time for thankfulness is over (but never truly over). We are officially back to ride out the rest of the semester on auto-pilot as most of us just want it to be over by this point. By while away, many fought off family political discussions and awkward encounters in favor of celebrating the good times before those millions of papers are due. So check out what Bwog did to counteract the end-of-the-semester-blues. 

Awkward Encounters:

  • Fell asleep in my grammy’s bed at 4:30pm after drinking many a glass of wine at Thanksgiving dinner.
  • Was told by my dad that I have to get an A in organic chemistry next semester, “or else.”
  • Had an ethnic mauritian thanksgiving which means the turkey was actually chicken but also had hella lobster tails so i am NOT complaining.
  • Realized 15 year olds wear a lot more makeup than I recalled and in an effort to be down with the time went to buy extra makeup at sephora and got matched with foundation 7 tones lighter than my actual skin.
  • Got the 999th text from this guy who once sold me coke. His euphemism this time: “I suggest u get your turkey or stuffing early for thanksgiving bc its gonna be hectic for me.”
  • After mom went home, pregamed with friend on 1 bottle of “risqué rosé;” friend fell asleep in my bed at 9 pm and didn’t wake up until 11 am. No party.
  • Went to the dentist he hates me it’s fine.
  • Got na$ty with some chicken fingers at a Knicks game interpret that how you want.
  • Sat behind Lea DeLaria on my flight back to school. She really likes Heineken.
  • Hosted Friendsgiving for 20-25 people in a cramped Nussbaum double.
  • Went to long island to stay with my friend and watched almost the entire death note series with her brother and cousin.
  • Accidentally flirted with a 16-year-old.
  • Didn’t drink a drop over the weekend for the first time since probably May.

Dealing with the fam after the jump:

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Plasmate Caeles

Plasmate Caeles

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

  • “The Alternative Folklore of the Region – Hard Mountain Rap, Vintage Feminism and Filthy Karpaty Hip Hop” Tuesday, 12:00-1:30 PM, 1219 IAB. Lucia Nimcova.
  • “Salvaging Syria: A Talk with Ambassador Ghadbian (of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces)” Tuesday, 8:00-9:30 PM, 501 Schermerhorn Hall. Dr. Najib Ghadbian, Special Representative to the United Nations and the United States for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces.
  • “Citizen Subject: A Conversation with Etienne Balibar” Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 PM, 2nd Floor Common Room, Heyman Center for the Humanities. Etienne Balibar.
  • “Sounding China in the World: A Workshop on Musical Circulations to and from China from the Qing Dynasty Through the Present” Friday, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, 701C Dodge Hall. (Speakers).
  • “Coupling of Atmospheric Regions by Transient Plasmas” Friday, 2:00-3:00 PM, 214 Mudd Hall. Dr. Caitano L. da Silva.

Full list after the jump

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Earlier this afternoon, Tom Harford, Dean of General Studies, sent an email to the GS student body on the passing of student Nicole Orrtung. Nicole was a fourth-year student in the dual BA program between Columbia and Sciences Po. She studied Euro-American relations and political science. Details on a memorial service and making donations in Nicole’s honor can be found in her obituary, in the Washington Post.

The email lists contact information for Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of the University Champlain, and the GS Dean of Studies Office. CPS will be hosting a walk-in group counseling session tomorrow (November 29), from 6 to 8pm in Fairholm Lounge.

Read Dean Harford’s full email after the jump

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Does it look like we care about those papers right now?

Does it look like we care about those papers right now?

Unfortunately, the cheerful times of another holiday break are well behind us now as we crawl through these final weeks between the bliss of Winter Break and a holiday where most of us stuffed ourselves enough to hibernate. Sometimes it’s rough, sometimes those 10,000 papers you’re expected to write by mis-December are enough to drive you mad. We understand and have the solution before you fall into the insane routine of cranking out one paper after another on topics no one will ever need to recall again.

Tackling such feats requires an army; nay, a squad. A squad of resilient, dedicated, hungry students looking to share their woes and turn them into stories about woes. So come join the fun at 8 p.m. in Lerner 505 to share your own battle stories and grievances  as we all try overcome the food-comas together.

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A couple of seniors filling out their senior wisdoms!

A couple of seniors filling out their senior wisdoms!

Know any interesting and wise seniors graduating this semester? We want to hear from them! Please nominate any cool or fascinating people you know (who are graduating this December) to write a senior wisdom for us.

Shoot us an email at tips@bwog.com with all their info–name, school, UNI–and a short description of why you think this person deserves a senior wisdom. Send in your nominations soon, though–we’ll be choosing people by the end of the week.

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HawkMa reminds Columbia students who's boss

HawkMa reminds Columbia students who’s boss

HawkMa struck again this past weekend as a student on Columbia’s campus captured the predator devouring a pigeon on Saturday. The hawk ripped its prey to shreds as feathers were strewn across the lawn with HawkMa fearlessly towering above, amid the awestruck crowd. (Daily Mail)

In more Trump news, the president-elect has recently claimed he actually won the popular vote due to millions voting “illegally”. Some claim it is the media’s fault for poorly portraying his words and leaving out key phrases and not calling out Trump’s false arguments. (Huffington Post)

By now, news of Fidel Castro’s death has prompted world leaders to take sides on the infamous former-dictator’s legacy as many Cubans and Cuban-Americans coming to terms with what Castro’s reign meant to them. For some, he was a leader demanding progressivism, to others, he was a monster. (CNN)

Today is Cyber Monday, which means everyone can shop within the comforts of their own home as online deals open to the public. Check out some of the best deals available and what some people say are worth a look. (USA Today)

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