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The Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life is home to many different Jewish communities on campus.

The Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life is home to many different Jewish communities on campus.

It’s no secret that Columbia has a significant Jewish community, but many students outside of that community are unaware of the customs associated with it. Daily Editor Elana Rebitzer describes how Jewish holidays can create conflicts for the students who observe them, and the tension this creates between the Jewish community and aspects of life at Columbia.

Walk past the Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life on a Friday night or Saturday morning, and you will see hundreds of Jewish students gathered together to pray and observe Shabbat, the seventh day of the week and a day of rest in observant Judaism. Many of those students identify as shomer Shabbos, meaning that they observe a certain set of laws and customs from sundown on Friday night to late on Saturday evening.

“On a physical level, it means that I don’t use electricity and I can’t write,” says Barnard first-year Noa Rubin. “So, if I need to do homework, I won’t use my computer but I might print out readings in advance or read books. It means that I have specified times that I have to pray.”

Instead of doing homework or browsing the internet, most shomer Shabbos Jews spend the day praying in synagogue, spending time with other observant friends, and reading books or catching up on much-needed sleep. Often, given the hustle and bustle of New York City, having a day free from distractions or academic obligations can be a freeing or healing time.

“I think that having a day that’s separate from the rest of my week brings me closer to my friends and makes me feel centered,” Rubin says.

How does religious observance create challenges for these students?

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buy sell memes

Bwog’s personal favorite meme from the group

Former Editor in Chief Rachel Deal sat down with sophomores Christina Hill, Sam Nussenzweig, and Evan de Lara, three of the admins of the the Facebook group columbia buy sell memes, to talk about meme-making, procrastination, and campus culture. This interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

Bwog: How and when did this Facebook group first start?

Christina Hill: It started on Monday of this past week on December 5th. It happened super randomly. Lauren Beltrone [another admin who was not present for the interview] was the first one who was like, “Let’s just make a meme group,” and so she made it and added us as admins.

Bwog: How do you all know each other?

CH: I knew Lauren from high school, and then the three of us here knew each other because we lived on the same Carman floor last year. So we all, in our group chat, we’d always send memes.

Bwog: Why the buy/sell format?

Evan de Lara: I think that was an accident.

Sam Nussenzweig: Well, no, it was based off of Barnard Buy Sell Trade, right?

CH: I told Lauren that it should be buy/sell because I had seen some other meme Facebook groups that were buy/sell. I think it’s funny. I think it adds more options for people to, like, write descriptions or whatever.

Bwog: I was wondering if it was related to the idea of meme-making as “meme production” and how some people talk about that in terms of Marxist theory.

EDL: We definitely didn’t think about that.

SN: Yeah, we haven’t learned Marx in CC yet.

More about the admins’ moderating philosophy and their favorite memes after the jump.

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likes abstract expressionism, grungy 90s rock, and long walks in solitude

likes abstract expressionism, grungy 90s rock, and long walks in solitude

Bwog is back with its newest series: Tinder Archetypes. See if you can recognize today’s sensitive, despairing sadboy from your Tinder dating life.

It’s more than an aesthetic; it’s a way of life. Part of the Sadboy Lifestyle is a deep, unfillable loneliness which manifests itself in the form of sad Tinder profiles. There is Sadness practically radiating from the Sadboy’s profile – his Spotify is definitely connected, and his theme song can vary from Drake to Arctic Monkeys to Hipster Band You’ve Never Heard Of™. He either has a man bun or a David Beckham haircut, or some mixture of both. His pictures may include one of him on the guitar, performing with his band at some Hipster Underground Club™, an artsy picture of him in front of a pastel™ pink wall, a candid of him at MoMA, the Whitney or some similarly Hipster art museum, a picture of him taking a picture on a Nikon or a Canon (photoception!), or even just of him staring sadly at the camera. He might also have a picture with a dog or a cat (more dogs than cats, for some reason). And there definitely is some grunge element picture in there somewhere as well; one that evokes a 90s Johnny Depp/Winona Ryder/Kate Moss vibe. Think grungy filters or polaroids. A nude is rare but not unheard of: think full frontal view, various tattoos visible, crotch covered with hands, with graffiti or modern art in the background.

Their bios are too diverse to really generalize, but it probably seeps of desperation either ironically or unironically. He might beg you to swipe right but in a more clever way (ex. “If you swipe right you’ll be the hotter one”), make some ironically clichéd joke (“my name is So-and-so but you can call me tonight”), post a link to his Soundcloud, say that he’s a photographer looking for models, talk about whatever artwork he’s working on, or mention that he’s a model or an actor, or even a philosophy major. Bonus points if Alma or Butler is in his photos: you’ve stumbled upon a Columbia Sadboy!

sadboy via Nikki Shaner-Bradford

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grindr users say the darndest things

grindr users say the darndest things

Bwogline: The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is rushing to open its 2nd Avenue subway line (extension of the Q Train) by December 31. The newest line will serve the Upper East Side with stations at East 72nd, 86th, and 96th Streets. (The New York Times)

Study Tip: Stick with a pre-planned break schedule to maximize efficiency! If you need to “take a break (aka spend time on Columbia Buy Sell Memes),” set yourself a time limit beforehand! Try to give yourself around 15 minutes of downtime for every hour of work (the ideal scientific ratio is actually 17 minutes of break for every 52 minutes of work). That way, you’ll be able to prevent yourself from indulging in a 3-hour Netflix/meme/Facebook procrastination session.

Music: Instead of complaining about how stressed you are about that essay, Just Dance (it’ll be ok)! We bet that it’s been a while since you’ve heard this glamorous 2008 classic by Lady Gaga. A 4-minute rock-out sesh with Mother Monster will be good for your soul.

Procrastinate: Everybody loves a good thriller! Check out Buzzfeed’s “Unsolved Mysteries” series, which introduces extremely sus murder cases. You can start with the chilling video about Elisa Lam, who was found in the water tank of a Los Angeles hotel in 2013. This video will definitely keep you awake in Butler at three in the morning.

Overheard: “I think my professor was using Grindr. I definitely recognized the yellow, black, and blue chat color scheme before he turned off his phone.”

grindr via fashionweekdaily.com

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