Daily Archive: December 17, 2016



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You can tell through that shades that he's eager to meet "exciting people"

You can tell through the shades that he’s eager to meet “exciting people”

Following our new series of tinder archetypes, we bring you…International Student Seeking Connections! The author would like to remain anonymous because, well, you never know who might be reading…

You match immediately, because he already swiped right. Poor dude, he’s lonely. Tinder gives him hope. (These pitying thoughts come later–in the moment, you’re psyched because he’s wearing a scarf and sunglasses and standing in front of a cathedral in his pro pic).

His bio is worded slightly weirdly. It’s clear that English is his second language, and that’s a big turn-on. His profile says something like, “I call myself Rolf/Pierre/Kristoff/Antonio/Jin/Hans, a grad student from Berlin/Cannes/Buenos Aires/Seoul/Oslo. I am new to city, exciting to meet people and have great times, make connects, enjoy the cafés, bars, and New York fun. Enjoy skiing and cooking and techno/house/EDM.”

So what does a conversation with this guy look like?



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We’re continuing our series of fall Senior Wisdoms with Jacqueline Basulto, well-known for her work with Alpha Chi Omega and on the NSOP committee. Her advice ranges from getting involved to making friends outside the Columbia bubble.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Jacqueline Basulto, Columbia College, Political Science, Staten Island, NY

Claim to fame: 2016 Alpha Chi Omega President, 2015 NSOP Coordinator, 2015 Christmas Tree Lighting Soloist

Where are you going? I’m staying in NYC and starting a tech company that is focusing on making cool shit that should exist already. We’re launching GeoPlay, a mobile app, in January. Join the team and become a beta tester.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2020?

1. Figuring out and then coming to terms with who you are, the kind of people you want to surround yourself with, and what goals really matter to you is the most difficult journey of college, but it is the most worthwhile and rewarding.

More advice after the jump!



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Kimberly Arkind squatting down to talk to some children in the audience

Talking up the future astronomers

NASA’s Kimberly Arkand headlined this semester’s last event in the Astronomy Department’s Public Outreach series. In her lecture, she tackled the question of how we visualize something as humongous and invisible as a supernova.

In Pupin 301, Arkand began her speech by telling us a bit about herself. While she started out interested in biology, she now works for NASA as a “data storyteller,” meaning she takes astronomical data and turns it into something understandable and/or pretty. For example, Arkand creates images like this one, which comes from the Chandra X-Ray Observatory at which she works. Not only do scientists have to convert x-ray data into 2-dimensional images, they also have to color them with an eye towards their audience. While blue generally indicates heat in a scientific context, images often assign red to heat and high energy due to cultural associations.

The tone of the lecture was light and focused on the children in the audience. There were, however, only half a dozen children in the hall. Arkand did not assume any specific astronomical knowledge of the crowd, which did indirectly reveal how much work Frontiers of Science does to set a scientific baseline in the Columbia community. Astronomical phenomena were described vividly – supernovas were stars “vomiting their guts out all over the universe.” Kimberly Arkand’s friendly vibe gave the whole event a Leslie Knope sort of feeling.

Check out how they really held the stars after the jump



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confusion at every twist and turn

confusion at every twist and turn

Junior Bwog Staffer Timmy Wu couldn’t tell Bwog the difference between Hewitt and Diana, so we knew we had to change that. Timmy’s mission was simple: to eat dinner at the Diana Cafe. It quickly escalated into a horror story. 

They say that your first semester at Columbia will be a very steep, exponential learning curve. Indeed, coming to Columbia is confusing – and, as an international student, is depression-inducing and mind-numbing. Just when you thought sentences are formed by words and English has grammar, self-absorbed Columbians and Judith Butler would prove you wrong. The former would pepper their daily conversations with just enough Columbia specific abbreviations to confuse you. The latter just doesn’t make sense. (I actually love you, Butler.)

Yet, thinking to myself that after three months of pretending to understand the things people are talking about when I am actually thinking about a specific kind of food or food in general, I thought that I have mastered the art of negative capability. But I was too naïve. Cultural shock was only sophomoric. Everything came crashing down, reality disintegrated, and the bubble popped that night when I ventured into the uncharted realm that is the Diana Center Café.

The Diana Center Café hosts a great salad bar, an amazing smoothie station with chopped-up berries and tropical fruits waiting for a blast in the blender, thin-crust pizza baked in a modern kiln (!), sandwiches, and other miscellaneous eats. Compared to the sticky and tartarus-esque JJ’s place or the quaint but over-crowded John Jay Dining Hall, it fashions a cleaner, more minimalistic interior. Every option looks delectable under the mild white  hue. I could feel it in the air – the testosterone level is lower. Everyone seems to be happy.

But no – this wasn’t love. This was a perfect illusion.

Perhaps more Lady Gaga references after the jump…



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A three-week-old white-tailed deer fawn, Odocoileus virginianus, at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

Bwogline: A deer by the name of Jackie Robinson was on death row after the office of Mayor Bill de Blasio captured the deer that was roaming the streets of Harlem. He was about to be euthanised when Governor Andrew M. Cuomo stopped the euthanization, demanding that the deer be released. Although the laws are unclear, the city plans to move the deer to a more natural location.

Study Tip: Whether you’re proofreading a paper or memorizing facts, talk it out! It’s the best way to catch awkward sentences or find holes in your argument. Your brain will learn through hearing and reading the information!

Music: If you need to focus on studying and want to drown out the sound of despair from Butler, turn to film scores! Through a dynamic range of music, you’ll get the perfect balance of upbeat and slower-paced music that won’t make you want to sing out in the library. Also, there’s no lyrics to get you distracted.

Procrastination: Feel bad about not doing anything useful? Donate some of your time to answer questions that will feed the hungry. Not only will you be making a difference, you will be making yourself feel really smart after answering easy questions.

Overheard: “We should play Sorry because my life is full of apologies.”

J.R. via the New York Times 

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