Daily Archive: December 7, 2016

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This afternoon, Robert Goldberg, Barnard’s Chief Operating Officer, wrote an email to the Barnard community announcing that the Presidential Task Force to Examine Divestment submitted its full report on fossil fuel divestment to the Board of Trustees. This task force was created last semester as a result of Divest Barnard’s campaign encouraging Barnard to divest from all fossil fuel companies; it includes trustees, faculty, staff, and students.

The task force recommends that Barnard “divest from all fossil fuel companies that deny climate science or otherwise seek to thwart efforts to mitigate the impact of climate change.” Goldberg’s email goes on to state that this recommendation “would align the College’s investments with its core mission”, and that “the Task Force recommends that the College undertake a robust climate action program to reduce its carbon footprint.” It is unclear exactly to which companies this statement refers, and how much divestment will actually occur as a result of the task force’s recommendation.

The email concludes by announcing that the Committee on Investments will discuss this report and recommendation at its next meeting in March. Community forums on the issue of divestment will be held in the meantime.

You can read the task force’s full report here.

See Goldberg’s full email after the jump

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have you seen one of these around?

have you seen one of these around?

It’s 3 o’ clock in the afternoon and you’re stuck on God knows what floor of Schermerhorn, about to piss your pants. Where do you go? Where do you turn? You have no fucking clue because trying to figure out on which floor the damn bathrooms are is near impossible. Well, worry no more, because Bwog is here to the rescue. We sent junior staff writer Sarah Kinney to walk the halls of (nearly) every building on campus to locate every last elusive toilet. Here are her findings.

BWOG PRESENTS: THE DEFINITIVE GUIDE TO WHERE TF ALL THE BATHROOMS ARE IN (NEARLY) EVERY BUILDING YOU HAVE CLASS IN ON CAMPUS

Schermerhorn
Ground Floor: 4
Men: 3, 6, 9
Women: 3, 8

Havemeyer
Ground Floor: 3
Men: 3, 6, 7
Women: 2, 4, 7

Pupin
Ground Floor: 5
Men: 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12
Women: 3, 5, 6, 8, 13
Gender Neutral: 5

Hamilton
Ground Floor: 2
Men: 1, 3, 7
Women: 1, 3, 5

Mathematics
Ground Floor: 3
Men: 2, 5
Women: 2, 6, 4

Lerner
Ground Floor: 2 (campus entrance)
Men: every floor
Women: every floor
Gender Neutral: 5

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Thinking about status

Thinking about status

Earlier today, Columbia College announced the names of 23 seniors it has inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa national honor society. A remaining 8% of students in the Class of 2017 will be announced in the spring. (Don’t give up hope!). Here are the new members:

Michael Abolafia
Paul Bloom
Christie Corn
Filipe de Avila Belbute Peres
Megan Felder
Jeffrey Gortmaker
Lauren Greenberg
Yubo Han
Zachary Heinemann
Emma Iaconetti
Weston Jackson
Mengzhou Jiang
Andrew Ling
Maria Mavrommatis
Kalina Misiolek
Dayalan Rajaratnam
Sarah Ricklan
Niklas Schwalb
Kate Seidel
Jacob Seidman
Carol Shou
Avinoam Stillman
Sophie Wilkowske

You can read the College’s statement after the jump:

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Alma Mater wants YOU to vote

Alma Mater wants YOU to vote

Columbia’s long-awaited unionization election is happening today and tomorrow (December 7-8)! In this election scheduled by the National Labor Relations Board, eligible voters will decide whether Columbia student research and teaching assistants will henceforth be represented by Local 2110 of the United Auto Workers.

If you’re an undergraduate or graduate TA, Research Assistant, Course Assistant, or any other student employee who provides instructional services to Columbia University, you are eligible to vote (click here for the full list of eligible voters).

Voters are expected to cast their ballots at the polling place on the campus where they are appointed or have been appointed in the past. If you’re voting on the Morningside Campus, you should vote in Earl Hall on the 2nd floor auditorium between 10am-8pm both today and tomorrow. If you’re voting from CUMC, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, or Nevis Laboratory, click here for your voting location and time.

Your voice matters in this issue, and will have a lasting legacy on Columbia’s campus! Happy voting!

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Nate Silver, king of the polls

Nate Silver, king of the polls

Curious about what went wrong with the polls this election season? On Tuesday evening, Bwog Staff Writer Lexie Lehmann attended Columbia Data and Society Task Force’s event, “Data, Polling, the Media and Democracy: A Panel Discussion of Election 2016”. Here are the highlights from the forum.

On Tuesday, Columbia’s Data and Society Task Force, sponsored by the Data Science Institute, presented a panel discussion of this year’s election in the Rotunda of Low Library. In the days leading up to the event, my Facebook buzzed with posts by people trying to snag tickets and weasel their way in. For those who, like myself, kept up obsessively and painstakingly with this year’s election, the event boasted a big name: Nate Silver, founder and Editor in Chief of FiveThirtyEight. If you haven’t heard of it, FiveThirtyEight is a website that provides data-driven and polling-based coverage of politics, sports, economics, and other popular topics. Since correctly predicting the 2008 presidential election results in 49 of the 50 states, FiveThirtyEight’s coverage has been lauded as one of the most accurate and comprehensive polling resources available. Yet, on that that fateful day of November 8, 2016, Nate’s estimate that Hillary Clinton had a 71.4% chance of winning let the entire country down. The polls, it seemed, had failed us.

Read what Silver had to say after the jump…

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Beyoncé's our lead Bacchanal artist! (just kidding lol)

Beyoncé is our lead Bacchanal artist! (just kidding lol)

Last night, Bwog GSSC Bureau Chiefs Jennie Nugent & Romane Thomas attended GSSC’s last meeting of the semester. We’ll be back with more GSSC updates after break!

The General Studies Student Council has been working on several projects throughout the semester, and the final meeting of 2016 was a celebration of all that the council had accomplished, as well as a chance to look at improvements and new initiatives for the spring semester.

  • The subcommittee for students with disabilities hosted their awareness event last Saturday. Students reported that the event was a great way to open up the conversation about addressing disabilities on campus, and to increase awareness of the resources Columbia provides to its students. There was also a panel discussion to facilitate understanding. The subcommittee hopes to make this a semesterly event, so expect another event in the spring!
  • In GS Food Bank news, Michael Higgins reported that council has reached out to the community to aid food insecurity, and that progress is being made on making this a school-wide initiative.
  • Finance revealed that the first female lead artist at Bacchanal this year is lined up. While names cannot be released until all of the details are ironed out, GSSC did reveal that the artist is not, in fact, Beyoncé.
  • Next, President Julian LaRosa mentioned that next semester would see work on the food bank (contact Michael Higgins at mh3218@columbia.edu for more information) and a constitutional review to update the rules and regulations governing our esteemed council. If only Mike Neier could be here to see/edit/memorize it…

More on finals stress relief and free tampons/pads

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we slay (finals)

we slay (finals)

Beyoncé scored more Grammy nominations than any other artist this year. Some of her nine nominations this year include “Formation” for “Song of the Year” and Lemonade for “Album of the Year.” (The Guardian)

While visiting an LGBTQ homeless shelter in Harlem, Lady Gaga revealed her personal experiences with PTSD. The artist stressed the value of everyday compassion, emphasizing that the kindness exhibited by her friends, family, and doctors “really saved [her] life.” (Today)

Annoyed by the ever-present scaffolding you see on New York streets? A newly proposed bill in City Council aims to set a six-month deadline for scaffolding removal when no construction work is being done. (The New York Times)

On his next visit to America, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe plans to visit Pearl Harbor with President Obama. As the first Japanese leader to ever visit the site, Abe stated that the visit aims to “soothe the souls of the victims.” (CNN)

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