Daily Archive: December 4, 2016

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The end of the semester is approaching, and that means it’s almost time for everyone’s favorite opportunity to laugh at jokes they’d be too uncomfortable to make in front of their friends: Orgo Night. This year, as in all years, Orgo Night will be held the last night of reading week (not the night before the organic chemistry exam, contrary to popular belief.) You can see all the flyers below, and take part in pseudo-intellectual discourse about the flyers on the official Orgo Night Facebook page.

Whether you love these flyers or think they represent everything wrong with Columbia as a community, you can rest assured that the Band will find some way to laugh at you – as evidenced by their new promo (released earlier this afternoon), in which bandies read and react to mean comments.

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Come see this loser talk about how he's not really wrong when he was actually completely, 100% wrong.

Come see this loser talk about how he’s not really wrong when he was completely 100% wrong.

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

  • “Data, Polling, the Media and Democracy: A panel discussion of Election 2016” Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 PM, Rotunda, Low Library. Nate Silver, Emily Bell, Robert Shapiro (RSVP).
  • “#bringbackourgirls: A discourse in Islamist militancy in Africa” Tuesday, 6:00-7:00 PM, 607B Pulitzer Hall. Helon Habila, Brian Larkin, Shobana Shankar, Nicholas Lemann (RSVP).
  • “The Gendered Road to STEM Engagement: Psychosocial factors contributing to academic and social engagement among women in STEM fields” Wednesday, 4:10-5:10 PM, 614 Schermerhorn. Bonita London.
  • “Sanctuary: Social, Legal, and Historical Perspectives on an Activist Category” Thursday, 6:00-8:00 PM, Held Lecture Hall, Barnard College. Alexandra Délano Alonso, Eric Foner, Alyshia Gálvez, Elora Mukherjee, JC Salyer (RSVP).

Full list here->

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Is this you too?

Is this you too?

It feels like Thanksgiving has just passed, and now, school is ending in eight days. The reality of imminent finals is finally dawning upon us, and we could not decide whether to feel #blessed or #fucked. On one hand, winter break is approaching. We could finally stop sleeping in the stacks. On the other, our GPA is not high enough to feed into our overachieving standards and most important of all, there are only three Bwog meetings left for this semester.

So, join us in Lerner 505 at 7 p.m. Bring your pitches, and become one of the worn-out Bwoggers, who, amidst all trepidation, still tries to be funny.

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These doors will never open on a Sunday night again...

These doors will never open on a Sunday night again…

This semester, Barnard’s late night dining moved from Hewitt Dining Hall to Diana Cafe. Many of the students who visit the dining halls between 8:30 and 11pm are the same, but has the very nature of late night become intrinsically different while they were celebrating the new uses of their meal swipes? Senior staffer Betsy Ladyzhets reflects on the changes she’s seen.

Once, in a bygone era (i.e. last year), you could always find me in the same place on Sunday nights: Hewitt late night.

Sundays were often the most stressful days of my week; I would wake up panicked about how much homework I had to do, procrastinate on that homework by taking an extremely long time to eat breakfast, attempt to get through a lot of it (and fail miserably), go to a string of evening club meetings, then find myself exhausted, overwhelmed, and above all else – hungry. That hunger would without fail take me to Hewitt for a late dinner, at which I would tear through three or four pieces of pizza while getting very slightly less behind on reading.

The dining hall, with its trapezoidal trays and piss-colored tables, always seemed to me like an oasis of comfort within a school that was often too much for me to handle. Hewitt has almost a homey atmosphere – maybe it’s the small tables, or maybe it’s the friendly staff, or maybe it’s the vaguely yellowish haze that always seems to hang over the place, like a nostalgic filter in a romantic movie. And if you’re a Barnard student, especially a first-year, there’s a very high chance that you’ll run into someone you know there – especially during late night, when it seems as though everyone wants to delay doing their difficult reading just a little longer.

Delay doing your difficult reading with the rest of this post?

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Gambia's freshest president, Adama Barrow

Gambia’s freshest president, Adama Barrow

Signal, an encrypted message app has skyrocketed by 400% in downloads since Donald Trump was elected president. Interpreting such incident, Moxie Marlinspike, the founder of Open Whisper Systems, said: “People are maybe a little bit uncomfortable with him.” (Buzzfeed)

In a letter that Apple sent to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Apple hints at the possibility of developing a self-driving car. (Mashable)

With a single phone call with Taiwan, president-elect, Donald Trump has managed to break a long-time protocol established since President Richard M. Nixon. Jon M. Huntsman who was an ambassador to China noted: “Taiwan is about to become a more prominent feature of the overall U.S.-China relationship”. (The New York Times)

Gambians rejoiced after 22 years of oppressive administration under President Yahya Jammeh, as they voted him out of office. To many people’s surprise, the authoritarian president calmly turned his presidency over to the winner, Adama Barrow, following his unexpected defeat. (The New York Times)

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Look at those freshly pie-d faces

Look at those freshly pie-d faces

There is no other mail we would rather receive at 3:24 a.m. than the cast of the 123rd annual Varsity Show. Find the list we’ve been refreshing our inbox all night for below:

Francisco Alvidrez CC ’19
India Beer BC ’20
Bernadette Bridges CC ’19
Xander Browne CC ’19 (V122)
Julia Dooley BC ’20
Harrison Gale BC ’20
Rachel Greenfeld BC ’19 (V122)
Jacob Kaplan CC ’20
Joel-Isaac Musoki CC ’20
Gus O’Connor CC ’20
Jamie Gore Pawlik BC ’17
Tom Phelan CC ’20
Lauren Wilmore BC ’20

There’s lots of ~fresh meat~ on this cast, as it is comprised of mostly freshman and sophomores. That’s fine. We just want to laugh. Make it funny, or else we’ll become vegetarians!

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