Monthly Archive: February 2017

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This is what a little’s bed should look like.

Living in a quad presents some challenges. You love your roommates, but noise complaints from hallmates seem to happen at least once a week. Your roommates have just joined sororities and their bigs are popping in your room to leave gifts on their beds. Everything seems great: but what happens when the your insane hallmate stops by instead?

‘Twas the day before a midterm, when all through CU
Not a student was happy, forgetting all that they knew;
The dorms were clean and beds made with care,
In hopes that their big would soon would be there;
The littles were stressed, remembering what they haven’t read;
While gifts like clothing and chocolate danced in their heads;
And with sorority girls in Butler, and I in my bed,
I’d just settled my brain for a five-minute nap,
When in my dorm there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Towards the other bedroom I flew like a flash,
Tore open the door and heard something crash.
On my roommate’s bed from her “mystery big,”
I gazed in surprise as I realized what she did,
When hate mail, voodoo dolls, and used condoms did appear,
With a pile of shit and an empty six-pack of beer.
With a small note from that crazy across the hall read,
“Remember to lock your door and keep the noise down. Enjoy the shit in your bed.”

 

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Give ’em the old razzle dazzle

This past weekend, the United States has celebrated Hollywood and film at the 89th Academy Awards. Moonlight, La La Land, Hidden Figures, Lion, and other films were celebrated by the Academy. This year, Hollywood celebrated diversity through thought, creativity, and color. Hollywood still has to make significant changes in order to make creative opportunities more accessible for minorities. There was one group that was explicitly forgotten at the Oscars last night: we celebrated the large budget successes, but what about the cringe-worthy flops? Don’t they deserve to be recognized too?

With the Oscars finally over, many would assume that awards season has ended, but they’re wrong! We can’t forget the Razzies, or according to CUCR, the “37th Golden Raspberry Awards!” Bwog wanted to finally see if Batman vs. Superman would get every horrible award it truly deserved: when we were honestly disappointed that it didn’t sweep, we were about to shut our laptops, filled with sadness, when Dinesh D’Souza popped up at the end of the video with members of CUCR.

You might have been like us, wondering how in the hell this all came together. Apparently, Dinesh D’Souza stopped by Columbia University and asked Columbia students to join him in a video for the Razzies. Dinesh wanted his audience, members of CUCR, to celebrate the fact that the Razzies hated him. At the end of the Razzies video, D’Souza and CU students came together and were featured at the end of the video.

Confused? If you’ve seen his documentary, you might not be. Watch the video below. We skipped to the good part for you.

 

Razzie Dazzie Doo! via Petr Kratochvil 

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Barnard often displaces international students and others travelling long distances because of their strict housing policies.

There’s always something that needs to be fixed at Barnard, and once again our fearless SGA is trying to get things done. At this week’s blessedly brief Rep Council meeting, the Student Government Association discussed what can be done about winter housing.

Unlike at Columbia Housing, where dorms are open throughout winter break for whichever students may want to stay there, Barnard dorms close their doors the day after finals. Limited housing is available in Plimpton, Barnard’s isolated dorm on 120th and Amsterdam, for select student athletes, essential student workers, and students with other undefined extenuating circumstances. Students with unsafe family situations, international students, and others for whom going home over break is not a viable solution have expressed frustration with the application and acceptance process for winter housing. Additionally, students have voiced concerns over the winter housing fee, which is $400, and the requirement that students must be in good academic standing to qualify.

More on winter housing after the jump

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B&W’s February 2017 cover

Nightlife sociologist Victor P. Corona has traveled past the velvet ropes of New York’s wildest clubs, cocktail spots and cabarets, contributing to his field in an irresistibly idiosyncratic–and iridescent–way. In pivoting his academic focus from the military to the world of drag queens and glam scenes, Corona seeks to dissect their hold on our national imagination. As a Columbia professor, he has also sought to bring his interviewees into the classroom to trip the light fluorescent, as it were. To fête the upcoming release of his star-studded book, Night Class: A Downtown Memoir, contributor Alexandra Warrick, CC ’17, welcomed him back from a trip to Los Angeles with a conversation about its flipside–New York City–and its complex underworld.

This piece is our second from the most recent issue from our sister publication The Blue and White – Columbia University’s undergraduate magazine, founded in 1890. It publishes three issues a semester. Meetings are held on Monday nights at 8:00pm in the Choir Room of St. Paul’s chapel. If you would like to write for the Blue and White, or if you would like information about the magazine, please email dds2148@columbia.edu.

The Blue and White: Congratulations on the upcoming release of your book Night Class: A Downtown Memoir – the title of which is an apt triple entendre. You’ve taught at Columbia, the fulcrum of your courses being the world of nightlife; you focus on the class divides inherent in the scene; and you’ve experienced your own series of “night classes,” learning all about the fame game from exploring the club kid jungle. Tell me a little about the inception of this project.

Victor Corona: I did my PhD in sociology at Columbia about a very different subject – about the U.S. Army – and I spent a year in Washington D.C. collecting dissertation data for that project. Since it was a study of an organizational labor market, I foresaw eventually looking at cultural careers where the very rigid stratification system that exists for army officers doesn’t exist – obviously a much more volatile career system. I had the misfortune of finishing my dissertation during the year that the recession hit the academy the hardest. And so, when I was looking for a job and eventually started doing some courses at Columbia, that’s when I really started to explore my interest in pop culture and urban culture.

What else does Corona have to say about night life?

Feb

28

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Share a bottle, make a friend.

Happening in the world: With the continuation of climate change, Arctic plants are beginning to grow. With the increase in temperature and less continental ice coverage, plants are growing nearly a month in advance. This is the biggest “shift in spring-bloom timing” ever recorded by scientists in the Arctic region. (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: A full bottle of wine was discovered under a subway seat on the 6 train. Two random strangers came together and shared the bottle together. See? New Yorkers can be nice! (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Do you like math and basketball? Check out Anatomy of the NBA System tonight from 7-8 pm in Lerner! You must RSVP.

Overheard: Bikers riding through Columbia looking at the college walk trees: “It’s always Christmas at an Ivy League.”

Reminder: You still have time to enter our contest to win a free meal swipe into John Jay during JJ’s hours! If you have a nickname for our displaced JJ’s, let us know by midnight tonight.

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Remember in third grade when neon rubber earrings from Claire’s were, like, the coolest thing, like, ever?

I don’t even think it bears repeating, but let’s just say that this weekend was weird. Like, weird. Random, drunk, and weird. Check out this weekend’s field notes. 

Spur of the moment: 

  • Went to Claire’s to get an impromptu ear piercing and realized I didn’t have my real state ID to prove I was over 18… so I used my fake.
  • Danced to an impromptu samba set-up in the 14th street subway station.
  • Took the bus from Columbia to Washington Heights and made friends with a Yeshiva University student on the bus.
  • Pulled a wild all nighter on thursday night during which I brought a coffee machine to Butler and Ubered to the Apple store on 5th ave.
  • Happened across the cutest pizza place on the upper west side with my bestest friend (during happy hour!) and enjoyed the greatest early dinner and drinks.
  • Entered Beta for the first time since freshman year. It was still classic Beta, which is both impressive and disconcerting.
  • Sprinted through Riverside Park at 2 am while loudly (and drunkenly) singing along to Neil Cicierega music.
  • Left my number for the waiter on Mel’s on my dinner receipt. He texted me inviting me to come back later that night for a free drink. I never went.
  • Hooked up with a cute boy I met at Beta who turned out to be a grad student. He also gave me his number and a very nice goodbye hug (even though I said bye very awkwardly).

Alcohol is weird:

  • Created a mixed drink with Belvedere and Bai5 in my swell water bottle and reached peak whiteness.
  • Found a half empty handle of Fireball in the Carman service elevator. Proceeded to take shots straight from the bottle and pass it around with other people in the elevator. First thought this morning was not “Where did that come from and why did I drink it” but “Wow lit, can’t wait to finish it.”
  • Coined the term “Beta juice.”
  • Drank a whole bottle of cheap white wine and spent an hour in John JJ’s eating pasta and mozzarella sticks.
  • Spent enough on alcohol at Amigos to get free tequila shots at the end of the “meal.” Also wasn’t that worth it.
  • Borrowed my suitemate’s water bottle with the express purpose of day drinking.
  • Got drunk off of one cocktail at 6 pm.

 

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Feb

27

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Bwog hearts math

Midterms are here, so why not check out a new library? New staff writer Bella Tincher continues our library review series with the Mathematics Library. 

Location: Math Building 303
Hours: Monday- Thursday, 9 am to 11 pm
Friday, 9 am to 7 pm
Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm
Contact: (212) 854-4712
math@library.columbia.edu
Seats:

  • Total: ~80 seats
  • Main Floor: 60 seats
  • Stacks 1st Floor: 10
  • Stacks 2nd Floor: 10
  • Computers: 14 seats

But is there a spa

Feb

27

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The sea of chairs is coming in handy

The sea of chairs is coming in handy

For once, reporters weren’t the only audience members in the room—join Bwogger Nadra Rahman in the Satow Room, where CCSC got a little heated last night. 

Last night’s meeting of the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) was “the most populated student council meeting” seen by USenator Jay Rappaport in two years—for once, the audience seats were packed. The audience was mostly motivated by the proposal that CCSC co-sponsor Israeli Apartheid Week at Columbia (described by its organizers as “a week of programming meant to educate about Palestine, its history and struggles, as well as how it intersects with other indigenous struggles around the world”). The audience, which included members of Columbia/Barnard Hillel and Aryeh, were against any CCSC involvement in the controversial event series. The other main event of the night was the brief question and answer session with Deantini and Dean Kromm, which addressed the usual themes: student wellness and space.

“Zionists are Racist” or “Complete Content Neutrality”?
Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD) had asked CCSC to cosponsor Israeli Apartheid Week, which is to take place from Monday, February 27 to Friday, March 3. This cosponsorship could be nominal only or financial ($10-30) and could be for the entire week or a single event.

How did they vote?

Feb

27

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Columbia is home to many different perspectives regarding the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Besides the demonstration that will take place on Low Plaza between 11 am to 4 pm, a few events will be happening every day this week relating to Israel and Palestine. Check them out to hear the voices of Columbia students and prominent activists on both sides of the issue. 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • 7:30 to 9:30 pm: 50 Years of Occupation: The 1967 Naksa with Prof. Rashid Khalidi (Roone Arledge Cinema, Lerner Hall) ~ CU Apartheid Divest

Thursday

  • “Demystifying the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict” ~ Aryeh (Details and Facebook Event to come)
  • 6 to 9 pm: Natives & Colonists: Pasts & Futures of Palestine with Prof. Joseph Massad (Broadway Room, Lerner Hall)
  • 8 to 10 pm: Trump & Israel at 50 Days: Taking Stock of U.S.-Israel Relations (614 Schermerhorn) ~ Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies

Friday

  • 3 to 5 pm: Teaching Palestine: Scholarship and Resistance (Hamilton 702) ~ CU Apartheid Divest

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Good morning, Columbia! Only two more weeks until Spring Break! We can do it! Just keep pushing on!

Happening in the nation: In case you didn’t notice, the Oscars were last night… And there was one hell of a Steve Harvey moment. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty got caught in an envelope mix-up and accidentally announced La La Land as Best Picture, when the real winner was Moonlight. A day that will live in infamy.

Happening in NYC: If you’re anything like me, you spent this beautiful weekend looking to get cocktails and grub from everyone’s favorite upper west side joint, Jacob’s Pickles. But alas! A fire on Saturday in the apartment buildings above has left Jacob’s Pickles closed indefinitely for repairs. I know, I know, we’re heartbroken too.

Happening on campus: Tonight, Columbia University Women in Law and Politics is hosting New York City Councilman Corey Johnson for a discussion on minority rights under the Trump administration. They’ll be in Lerner 569 tonight from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.

Overseen/Overheard: We found a little ode to the Bwog Slackbot on Saturday night at Beta on the DJ table.

Hey man, rush Beta.

 

Unexpected Party Playlist: Looking to shake up your go-to party playlist? No worries, Bwog is here with some suggestions. Check out these unexpected party classics that will get your pregame rockin’ at a whole new level.

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Feb

26

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artist's rendition of Ivy playoff scenarios

artist’s rendition of Ivy playoff scenarios

If you haven’t heard, this year is the inaugural Ivy League Basketball Tournament, in which four teams will compete in a bracket to determine who will represent the Ivy League in the NCAA tournament. Since the regular season now has a responsibility to assign the top four seeds, instead of just the top one, there are a lot of new tiebreaker scenarios which the Ivy League has to keep track of, especially on the men’s side.

Some of these edge scenarios are downright terrifying.

This morning, the @Ivy_Basketball Twitter account clarified a ruling on tiebreaker rules, sending the league’s team of analysts into a frenzy. Basically, the tweet says that one parameter for breaking ties, the tied teams’ records against other Ivy teams, will refer not just to teams in the tournament, but all eight teams in the league. However, most statistical models were imagining that only the teams who made it into the tournament would matter, so those models became wrong. The league’s tiebreaker incompetence, for its devoted followers, is nothing new.

Here are the rules, per the Ivy League, on who wins a tiebreaker if, for instance, Penn and Columbia end the season tied at 6-8:

  1. Compare the head-to-head record between the tied teams. If one team swept the other, they win.
  2. If still tied, compare the record of each team against the top-ranked team in the league. If that is tied, continue down the list of teams in the league, all the way down to the very last team in the league. Whoever has the better record wins.
  3. If still tied, compare an average of the rankings given to the tied teams by several analytical systems (BPI, RPI, KenPom, Sagarin). Whoever has the better record wins.
  4. If still tied, go to a coin flip.

This new ruling opens up some outs for Columbia. Because of Columbia’s weak out-of-conference performance, they don’t stand a chance to win Tiebreaker 3. But there are scenarios in which Columbia can make the 4-seed, or even the 3-seed, thanks to the new rules. For instance, if the Lions and Penn Quakers both go 2-0 next weekend, and the Yale Bulldogs secure the 3-seed, then Columbia can make the tournament with a Brown win against Cornell. (If you don’t trust me, I encourage you to check out my horrifyingly complex (and poorly formatted) chart of how every scenario works out.)

Here are the basic playoff scenarios that matter to Columbia. For playoff odds not accounting for slightly undefined edge cases, refer to @YaleSportsGroup’s odds:

  • If Columbia does better than Penn this weekend, they’re in the tournament.
  • If Columbia goes 2-0, Penn does not go 2-0, and Yale goes 0-2, the Lions will lock in the 3 seed thanks to their Tiebreaker 2 against Harvard.
  • If Columbia goes 2-0, Penn goes 2-0, and Yale goes 1-1, Penn gets the 4 seed with a Cornell win over Brown, and Columbia gets the 4 seed with a Brown win over Cornell.
  • If Columbia goes 2-0, Penn goes 2-0, and Yale goes 0-2, both Columbia and Penn make the tournament, while Yale falls out. Penn gets the 3 seed unless Dartmouth beats Princeton and Brown beats Cornell (very unlikely).
  • If Columbia beats Brown and loses to Yale, they secure the 4 seed if Penn loses to Harvard, but do not make the tournament if Penn beats Harvard.
  • If Columbia beats Yale and loses to Brown, they secure the 4 seed if Penn loses to Harvard. If Penn defeats Harvard while losing to Dartmouth, things get complicated. Penn gets the 4 if Cornell goes 2-0, and Columbia gets the 4 if Cornell goes 0-2. If Cornell goes 1-1 in this scenario, Penn gets if Princeton beats Dartmouth (likely), and Columbia gets in if Dartmouth beats Princeton.
  • If Columbia and Penn both go 0-2, Dartmouth can secure the 4 seed by beating Princeton. Otherwise, Columbia gets the 4 seed, unless Cornell goes 2-0.

tl;dr – Neither Columbia nor Penn truly control their own destiny. Columbia should try to win, obviously. Beyond that, they want Yale and Penn to lose, they want Brown to beat Cornell, and they want Dartmouth to do well.

But what about some even more confusing scenarios?

Feb

26

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Sick pics.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.

Recommended

  • “Anatomy of the NBA Ecosystem” Tuesday, February 28, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Lerner Hall. Evan Wasch.
  • “Other Russias: Victoria Lomasko’s Graphic Journalism” Tuesday, February 28, 6:30 – 8:00 pm. IAB. Victoria Lomasko.
  • “Nietzsche 13/13: Irigaray and Nietzsche” Thursday, March 2, 6:15 – 9:15 pm. Jerome Greene Annex. Penelope Deutscher, Marianne Hirsch, Kelly Oliver.
  • “POWER TALK with Loretta J. Mester ’80” Thursday, March 2, 7:00 pm. Sulzberger Parlor. Loretta Mester.

More events after the jump!

Feb

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Not a castle, but close

In the interest of contrasting her industrial-modern experience from the other day, Bwog Bagel Amara Banks visited The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary. Below are some useful stats as well as her opinion of the library. 

Location: 3041 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027. Right on the corner of 121st and Broadway

Hours: Typically 9am-10pm on weekdays; 10am-5pm on Saturdays; 2pm-10pm on Sundays; check the full schedule here

Contact: (212) 851-5606; burke@library.columbia.edu; Twitter @BurkeLibraryUTS

Seats: ~200 seats total, ~20 computers, 20 comfy chairs, 0 seats for talking

Amenities: 

  • Printers: 2 black & white Paw-Print stations
  • Scanners: 3 scanners
  • Chairs: Classic wooden chairs
  • Computers: multiple computer locations throughout the library’s three levels
  • Bathrooms: single-use, gender-neutral bathrooms are located on the first floor
  • Windows: The library’s walls are filled with windows, filling the study spaces with lots of natural light
  • Smoking: The library is located out of Columbia’s main gates so you don’t have to worry about finding a designated smoking area; just go like 20 feet away from the building
  • Books: This is one of the largest Theological libraries in North America. It houses includes the Bonhoeffer Collection, the Gillett Collection of American History and Theology, the Missionary Research Collection, the Sacred Music Collection, and more.

more about Burke Library after the jump

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Ceelo as Oscar golden man at the Grammy’s

The Oscars are important, yes. But, not as important as Bwog, amirite? Who needs the red carpet when you can stomp the zigzagging ramps of Lerner to 505 and meet all the A-listed, definitely-relevant superstars that are Bwog staffers?

Come to Lerner 505 at 7 pm tonight, wear a Valentino full gown, Paul Smith tuxedo or a Givenchy potato sack, and, most importantly, bring your pitches!

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Happening in the world: Long Zhengyang, former assistant chief editor of the Hong Kong Commercial Daily revealed that he was “persecuted” for being supportive of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. (BBC)

Happening in the city (or the state): Rockland County sheriff’s bomb squad removed 2 WWII-era grenades from Tappan Zee Manor Nursing Home. (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Taiwanese American Student Association and Outreach for Taiwan is holding an interactive workshop on the topic of cross-strait relations under the Trump and Tsai presidencies tomorrow at 2:00 pm in Lerner Broadway Room.

Overheard: *At 116th bus station* “Yeah, it was a good weekend, I’m just glad I don’t go to school here.” *looked up and realized that she was surrounded by Columbia students* “Sorry…”

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