Daily Archive: December 5, 2016

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This is Sharon. Sharon ls screaming inside.

This is Sharon. Sharon ls screaming inside.

Isn’t early December just the greatest? Thanksgiving sweeps you off your feet, feeds you, pampers you, and unceremoniously drops you back into reality. You’re left disoriented in the calm before the storm – the ultimate finals storm. It’s not like you’re actually doing your finals, but you will be very soon, and it’s almost as if sitting with that knowledge is worse than actually experiencing it. Overwhelmed? That’s okay. Today’s field notes will show you that we’re all on the same boat.

Giving Up In Academia:

  • A bottle of Jameson was passed around the seminar.
  • Went to philosophy club. Got three glasses of free wine because no one wanted to drink it. Someone had dropped their pen in the bottle, but I know the material world isn’t real!
  • Made $50 from psych studies and spent $40 of it as of Monday morning.
  • Spent the week high on Vicodin from a wisdom tooth surgery, didn’t attend one single lecture, and somehow ended up the only one in my class who was granted an extension for the essay that was due.
  • Had my third midterm for a class. The fourth one is next week, just two days before the final. Why.
  • Got discounts for seven people to attend a conference and only two (including me) showed up.

So much more after the jump:

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The face of wokeness

The face of wokeness

On Sunday evening, the Broadway Advocacy Coalition, in collaboration with Columbia Law School, presented an event in their political and social activism series titled “The Invitation”. This installment of the series, “The American Hangover”, featured several segments of ‘artivism’ — a fusion of art and activist performances. Bwogger Lexie Lehmann shares her thoughts on the event below.

When my friends asked me what I was doing on Sunday night, instead of attending the weekly Bwog meeting, I had trouble answering. A few weeks ago, I reserved tickets for the Broadway Advocacy Coalition’s event “The American Hangover”; the event promised to feature performances and speeches in response to the election. Additionally, the event boasted big appearances from Brandon Dixon CC ‘03, who recently received flack for calling out VP-elect Mike Pence during a performance of the musical Hamilton, as well as Tony award winner Ben Vereen and Tony nominee Condola Rashad. The described content of the event was intentionally vague: “artistic collaborations between dialogue, panel discussions and performance to educate and empower the public to continue creating the world we imagine in spite of the disappointment of this election”. I was intrigued, but I honestly didn’t know what to expect.

As I walked into the event, I was unsure of whether or not it had already started. In the front of the room, two young women were reading letters on their post-election thoughts while loud, upbeat jazz music played in the background. On a chalkboard behind the women, an artist was drawing large, pastel-chalk pictures of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. In the back of the room, a camera crew was setting up video-cameras and microphones for the event’s live stream. After the two women completed reading their letters, the room was silent as a woman clad in black began a contemporary dance performance in the center of the room. She was joined by 4 other dancers, all moving to a strong drum beat. Their dance was fluid and clean, providing a striking juxtaposition to the first act’s disorganization.

After the dance finished, Kendall Thomas, Nash Professor and director of the Center for the Study of Law and Culture at Columbia Law School, and Jeanine Tesori, a Tony-winning composer, came onstage to introduce the event. Thomas talked about the intersection of art and law in his life; how he began his career as a performer but shifted gears to pursue law because he saw a capacity for both art and legal studies to practice justice. The inspiration for this event came out of that ideal: using art as an outlet for healing after Donald Trump’s win. He likened the experience of post-election America to waking up with a hangover: feelings of fatigue, regret, and discomfort — hence the title of the showcase: “The American Hangover”.

Read about the calamity that ensued after the jump!

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Exhibit A: Wise Professor

Exhibit A: Wise Professor

The semester is slowly wrapping up, and we all know what that means: wisdom in bulk from our favorite departing seniors. That being said, there’s a whole other demographic of wise people to tap into on campus – and no, we’re not talking about the Diana Center pizza ladies. We’re talking about your professors.

Do you have a professor you could listen to forever? A professor you just wish could read your Goldman Sachs cover letter? A cute young (or old – we don’t judge) professor you want to… get to know better? Look no further. Nominate your icons/mentors/crushes for an Actual Wisdom by submitting a short description of what makes them so irresistible to [email protected] by Friday, December 9th at 11:59pm.

Nominations can be submitted anonymously, so what could you possibly have to lose?

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"Marcia look, future president Donald Trump retweeted my poorly constructed personal breakdown about how much I hate everyone around me!"

“Marcia look, future president Donald Trump retweeted my poorly constructed personal breakdown about how much I hate everyone around me!”

The long-troubled relationship between Donald Trump and Saturday Night Live reached a whole new level of meta this weekend when the president-elect sent angry reckless tweets in response to the show’s mockery of his angry reckless tweeting. Alec Baldwin responded with – yes, you guessed it – yet another tweet, saying that he’d agree to put an end to his impression if Trump ever released his tax returns. (The New York Times)

Uber’s latest update, an addition which allows the app to track a user’s location for five minutes after a journey has ended, has started raising questions about privacy and spreading panic around various social media sites.  (Digital Trends)

Sunday saw the resignation of two influential world leaders at the same time. Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has resigned over the Italian referendum loss, while John Key has announced that he “owes it to his family to step aside after ten years”. We get it – we wouldn’t want to be a politician in 2016 either. (CNN)

Sony Pictures reports that actress Amy Schumer is currently in negations to play the titular role in the upcoming live-action film adaptation of Barbie. Many have pointed out that Schumer comes across as an interesting pick for young audiences, considering her usual style of sexually-charged satire. Sony is eyeing a summer 2018 opening. (Breitbart)

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