Daily Archive: December 9, 2016

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"what is a clio?"

“what is a clio?

Someone once said that the books in Butler were like candles during sex; they didn’t do much, but they set the ambiance. These books remain, largely, an untapped treasure trove of knowledge. Bwog Senior Staffer Nikki Shaner-Bradford interviews Columbia’s librarians about what they do and the resources they keep watch over. 

The organization of academic life at Columbia arguably revolves around the vast network of libraries at our disposal, especially as we enter into the final weeks of the semester. At this point in the year, the demand for library seats is at an all time high, with some students resorting to their bi-yearly visit to the Butler stacks, and others taking the opportunity to discover an entirely new place to skim over a semester’s worth of readings. But how much work goes unnoticed throughout the year in these houses of knowledge? What is the true significance of the library at a major research university? (And with all of the significance placed on research, why were only 0.11% of Giving Day Donations made to the libraries?)

Over the course of two weeks, I set out to ask various people who run our libraries to tell me a bit more about what they do, and how they believe the access to a renowned reference collection alters the academic experience at this university.

So what do librarians do?

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almaGraduate Workers of Columbia University-UAW has announced that votes are counted and graduate students at Columbia have voted to unionize. This comes after the National Labor Relations Board ruled this summer that graduate students at universities throughout the United States should be able to unionize, overturning a 2004 precedent-setting case involving Brown University.

This year’s case involved specifically Columbia University graduate students, after they pushed for unionization for two years. After the ruling this summer, Columbia University Media Relations Director Caroline Adelman made a statement disagreeing with the NLRB’s decision, stating “While we are reviewing the ruling, Columbia — along with many of our peer institutions — disagrees with this outcome because we believe the academic relationship students have with faculty members and departments as part of their studies is not the same as between employer and employee.” Keep in mind this is the statement regarding this summers allowing of a vote, rather than the newly announced vote outcome to utilize the ruling and unionize at Columbia. However, Columbia has advertised (through promoted social media posts) a website advocating to vote against unionization.

Update 12/9/16 6:00pm: Columbia has released their official statement on the vote in an email from the provost.

You can read it after the jump.

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the guests of honor

the guests of honor

Thursday night, Columbia Organization of Rising Entrepreneurs hosted Arianna Huffington and DJ Khaled in a discussion of his new book, The KeysThe book provides readers with DJ Khaled’s modern philosophy on success. Deputy Editor Mia Lindheimer covers the event.

Let me be clear: I didn’t follow DJ Khaled on Snapchat until I was standing in line for this event, freezing my ass off in the wind tunnel that was the area between Havemeyer and Math. I managed to suffer the few seconds it took to pull my hands out of my pockets and follow him, so that I could get some early eyes into the event. Those few seconds weren’t for nothing– I was immediately presented with a once-over of Arianna Huffington’s dress and signature inspirational messages from DJ Khaled himself. The excitement of knowing they were inside helped with the wait, but having to spend half an hour out in the cold when doors were originally supposed to be at 9:00pm? I didn’t need that.

Once we finally got inside, CORE members were running around everywhere trying to get everyone seated as quickly as possible. We wondered what the hold up was on the entry in the first place. We also noticed that they kindly gave each speaker two water bottles– one mini and one regular sized, which was strange. As we waited in our seats, a bunch of anonymous members of Khaled’s crew came through the door, and everyone in the audience raised their phones to get the perfect snap of Khaled’s entrance. They were continuously disappointed until in walked not Khaled, but his partner, Nicole, and their baby Asahd. The crowd went crazy– Khaled’s son is a recurring character on his endlessly popular Snapchat stories, though definitely a new character (he was born October 23rd).

Once the guests of honor, DJ Khaled and Arianna Huffington, walked in, CORE President Sara Sakowitz introduced the event. She waxed on about entrepreneurship and the inspiration we can take from both Khaled and Huffington, after which she handed the mic over to Sahir Jaggi and and Gary Lin to introduce the speakers. They went over what you’d expect– Huffington’s accomplishments, from launching The Huffington Post to publishing too many books to count, as while as Khaled’s accomplishments, from his successes in music production to his Snapchat fame. Finally, they gave the floor over to Huffington to lead the discussion with Khaled.

So what are the keys

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OUCH... just got #ZAPPED by this #LIGHTNING

OUCH… just got #ZAPPED by this #LIGHTNING

One should always exercise some wariness when approaching the Twitter of an institution, particularly a sports-related one—after all, who knows what lurks underneath those repeated mannequin challenges, hyper-edited photos, and “The Brotherhood” utterances of the various CU Athletics Twitter accounts? Bwog Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman gives us a glimpse into the cringeworthy cyberlife of CU Athletics. 

Mundane Pictures on Weird Backgrounds

Last I checked, Columbia has nothing to do with lightning. Don’t tell that to the graphics designer for the basketball team, because he is all over that lightning background. Look at it very roughly align with the contour of Davis’s body! This is not the only photo with a nonsensical electric backing. But don’t think that Athletics has some special affinity for thunder. For instance, look at this football player kneeling in a stadium (not ours) in front of a pair of celestial Lions. For those of you looking for an older gentleman, consider this basketball coach in a vague action pose in front of New York City!

Demotivational Images

I’m sorry, does that compare athletes to eggs? See more past the jump

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youth... THIS is the face of the man who wants to take your e-cigaretté away

youth… THIS is the face of the man who wants to take your e-cigaretté away

Of the president: Today, after a national scandal that incited nationwide protests, President Park Geun-hye was voted for impeachment by South Korea’s Parliament. (New York Times)

Of the vape: Or the so-called “e-cigarette,” which is one of the most commonly used tobacco products by the Youth of today, has been found to pose developmental risks to adolescents as well as a risk equivalent to secondhand smoke. (The Columbus Dispatch)

Of the corporate model on buying/selling shoes: Benjamin Kapelushnik, that dude you saw in DJ Khaled’s Snapchats, runs a shoe business that has profited from nearly $1 million. He’s still in high school. (Great Big Story)

Of Santa: Santa has received some flak lately for fat shaming a 9-year-old boy in Forest City, N.C. Santa: cancelled. (The Washington Post)

vivek murthy stunting via Jason Reed/Reuters

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