Daily Archive: December 12, 2016

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While shelving books in the library, a student worker came across what initially appeared to be a regular novel in the section near nation-states and the Anglosphere. Its title claimed to be Tess of the d’Urbervilles, written by Thomas Hardy – but when the student opened up the book, he found it to be a pageless and  hollowed-out fake.

Instead, the fake book served as a box containing a small stack of manila envelopes. Inside the envelopes were forms asking users to indicate their availability, objectives (the options were: discussion, spread messaging, projects, and brotherhood), interest in leadership positions, and topics of concern (the options were: post-democracy, nationalism, HBD, alternative right, cultural marxism, “The Cathedral,” and economic systems). The front of this form featured a design similar to the German Reichsadler, and the back read “DarkEn” – short for “Dark Enlightenment.”

What connections might there be between Columbia and the “Dark Enlightenment”? It has been brought to our attention that this term, as well as the eagle symbol on the front of this box and the terms “HBD” and “the Cathedral”, bear significant resemblances to Nazi imagery. Furthermore, the eagle as depicted by “DarkEn” might contain fascist symbols and imagery, with the eagle’s head and central line forming a fasces, and the “wings” forming a bundle of sticks.  The terms found on this form are listed on a Dark Enlightenment reading list, which aims to introduce its readers to the movement. This reading list includes the writer Mencius Moldbug (a pseudonym of Curtis Yarvin), who is cited as one of the most influential neo-reactionaires.

More information on this insidious group at Columbia

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At the panel on Monday

Who can ever fully replace her?

This afternoon, Jolyne Caruso-FitzGerald, BC ’81 and the chair of the Barnard Board of Trustees, sent an email to the student body about the process of replacing Barnard president Debora Spar, who is stepping down in March. The email announced that Rob Goldberg, Barnard’s current Chief Operating Officer, will serve as Barnard’s Interim President during the transition period. Caruso-FitzGerald cited Goldberg’s “expertise and his level of familiarity with the inner workings of the College” as reasons that he will be a good fit for this position.

In addition, the email described the committee that has been formed to search for a replacement president for Barnard. This committee will be led by Cheryl Glicker Milstein, BC ’82, P ’14, vice chair of the Board, and Ina Drew, trustee and P’13. Other members include trustees Diana Vagelos, BC ’55 and vice chair of the Board, and Frances Sadler, BC ’72; alumnae leaders, Jyoti Menon, BC ’01 and Merryl Tisch, BC ’77; Professors Peter Balsam (Psychology), Alexander Cooley (Political Science), Karen Fairbanks (Architecture), and Monica L. Miller (English and Africana Studies); Dean Nikki Youngblood-Giles; and current students Angela Beam, BC ’18 and Jocelyn Chang, BC ’18. The search coordinator of this committee will be DiAnn Pierce, Special Assistant to the President. The Spencer Stuart firm will assist in the search as well.

Students are invited to submit nominations for Barnard’s next president, which will be taken into consideration during the search. We here at Bwog have a pretty good idea whom we’re going to nominate already.

Read the full announcement email after the jump

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Columbia University, ft. you!

Columbia University, ft. you!

After hours of poring over applications, we get our first (sort of) glimpses at the class of 2021. Today, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions released their first round of letters to early decision applicants– as well as some statistics about them.

This year, Undergraduate Admissions received 4,086 Early Decision applications to Columbia College and The Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, which was a 16 percent increase over last year (2016) and is the largest Early Decision applicant pool in Columbia history.

Decisions have been released to students online at 6 PM EST.

 

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Yea, we see you. Keep your dignity, people and just rest.

Yea, we see you. Keep your dignity and just rest.

With the last day of classes finally here, it is a time for reflection on the good, the bad and the bizarre here at Columbia. Bwog shares some of those recent moments as we all gear up for a finals season no one is prepared for and Reading Days no one actually uses. 

Respect the process:

  • Friend brought a very cute boy to ferris earlier this week, met him at 1020 on Friday night after the marching band party baked out of his mind, took him to Koronets and let him crash on my bed for like an hour but then he literally went back to NYU at 4 in the morning on the subway wasted as hell despite my concerns.
  • Same very cute boy was supposed to crash on my roommate’s bed last night but i got too hammered at beta so i passed out and didn’t hear him call and knock, so i felt bad and let him come nap and we ended up cuddling and napping for like 4 hours, we were both unshowered and very gross.
  • Really hot dude invited me to his unfurnished 6 bedroom apartment.
  • Went to karaoke and had a sober great time tbh.
  • Unintentionally became eskimo siblings with my gay friend.
  • Did first walk of shame from schapiro at 8:30 am sunday morning, stopped for disheveled starbucks on the way.
  • Kissed a boy I have had a crush on since NSOP at beta.
  • Had an existential panic attack about the meaning of life when I needed to be writing an english paper.
  • Got new oils for my diffuser am I 40 yet?
  • Chickened out of playing pool at 1020 because the guys were really good.
  • Had my first all nighter, not because I had work but because I was too anxious to sleep and Butler makes me feel calm.

Happy accidents:

  • Cava’d someone for the first time last night, but it wasn’t because of alcohol, he was actually sick
  • Peed in men’s room at 1020. Can’t believe they don’t have doors on the stalls! Good thing no one caught me.
  • Accidentally fell asleep fully clothed in a sleeping bag on top of my bed at 10 pm after one ill-timed ativan, was woken up at 1 am by friends stealing my spare mattress and sheets. I should really lock my door at night.
  • Wrote 10 pages on Thursday, then felt like I was on a runner’s high the entire night. But I also got high that night so idk.
  • Met PussyWeed and got free apparel because they’re even cooler than ya thought.
  • Had a nose hangover this weekend.
  • Was in a rush to get to ktown so i didn’t miss my karaoke reservation and some drunk guy tried to get in our way by shuffling back and forth on the sidewalk and so my friend yelled “no” at him until he backed off then when we heard him mocking us from behind we both flipped him off over our shoulder. long story but felt powerful.
  • Made 3 separate plans for coffee with 3 separate friends that i haven’t seen in a while; apologetically flaked on all of them for various last minute conflicts.
  • Discovered that my roommate and my mother have been covertly Facebook messaging each other about what to get me for Christmas!
  • Pretended I didn’t know the name of a Kid Cudi song to get a better look at a guy my friend thought was cute (really Beta Bros, u don’t think I know what Pursuit of Happiness is?)
  • Died.

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Does the blade hurt less if the knife is pink camo?

Does the blade hurt less if the knife is pink camo?

Classes have ended for the fall 2016 semester, but the scars they have left behind may very well last forever. For one junior staff writer, this is true quite literally; all events transcribed in this nightmarish escapade are true. Read on, if you dare.

It’s the last day of classes before reading week, and you sit up in bed in a breathless start. You look at the clock. It’s fucking 1:45 in the afternoon, and you have lit hum at 2:10. Your last class of the semester. You can’t miss it. C’mon, get up.
You frantically brush your teeth and throw on some jeans that were tossed in the grimy corner of your Carman double. Your roommate asks why you’re in such a rush and she laughs when you tell her, mockingly. She sits at her desk checking her email.
It’s now 2:01 and you’re finally dressed. But wait, what’s that you see? That new gorgeous and shiny set of rings you got on Black Friday, still virgins in their zip-tie-and-cardstock wrapping, yet to be felt and shown off on your winter pale fingers. If I could roll up to class sporting these beauties, you think, I’d actually look put together. You grab your pocket knife and open up the half-size blade so you can slice off those stubborn plastic zip ties with ease.

Read on (if you can handle blood)

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Turkey mourns its fallen after two bombings shocked Istanbul

Turkey declares day of mourning for the fallen after two bombings rocked Istanbul

Amidst the controversy of Trump’s cabinet, rumors are swirling over the president-elect’s potential Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson. Who might that be? Only ExxonMobil’s CEO who also has alleged ties to Russia, in case the story wasn’t juicy enough for the man who has never worked for the government before. (NBC News)

On Sunday, two explosions went off in Turkey’s capital near the Besiktas stadium, killing 38 and wounding more than 160 others. The nation declared a day of mourning as 13 suspects have been detained in Istanbul. (Aljazeera)

Doctors in London have gathered to officially stand against diesel cars in the metropolis. Estimating around 6,400 people die of the toxic fumes, London doctors now stand with cities like Athens and Madrid which have committed to ban diesel vehicles by 2025. Another environmental (and health) victory looks imminent as the campaign gains traction. (BBC)

The president of Italy has chosen Paolo Gentiloni to replace Matteo Renzi as Prime Minister, suggesting continuity of the centre-left politics will persevere following the country’s referendum on constitutional reforms. Gentiloni is said to have “no political agenda” and therefore is an appropriate fit- Italy will have to wait and see. (The Guardian)

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