Daily Archive: February 23, 2017

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The poster for the event

Bwog sent staff writer Sarah Kinney and Events Editor Lexie Lehmann to Miller Theater Wednesday night to sit in on a panel discussion about race relations in Trump’s America. Stocked with intellectual powerhouses, the discussion was anything but dry. We laughed, we cried, we scribbled letters to our senators frantically in our notebooks. Read on to get the deets on this incredibly moving talk. 

On Wednesday evening, a sold out crowd shuffled into Miller Theater for a panel discussion presented by the Columbia Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) as part of their Climate of Inclusiveness discussion series. This discussion, Moving Forward: A Discussion of the 2016 Election and What’s Next, featured four speakers: award-winning author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, Columbia Professor of Journalism and writer for the New Yorker Jelani Cobb, award-winning investigative journalist for the New York Times Nikole Jones, and James L. Dohr Professor of Law here at Columbia Patricia Williams. As if the panel wasn’t stacked enough, the discussion was moderated by professor, lawyer, and IRAAS Director Samuel Roberts. Before beginning, Roberts explained that this panel discussion had been in the works since November 9, a day that will live in infamy. However, these four scholars have been digesting and developing their ideas on race relations in Trump’s America for more than just a few months. All four are prolific and widely-respected intellectuals whose investigative work dates back for decades.

What Happened at the Event?

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The cast of the 123rd Varsity Show pose with Columbia’s most famous statute (the one not by Henry Moore)

Tuesday evening, the cast of the 123rd Varsity Show presented a variety of songs and scenes in the Diana Event Oval to preview its upcoming performance. Columbia theatre veteran, theatre-connoisseur, and now Guest Writer Alexandra Warrick writes her thoughts and critiques of the preview, edited by Arts Editor Gowan Moise.

Campus theatre at Columbia can be likened to a sack of candy.  You’ve got the butterscotch of King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe’s sagas – dense, long-lasting, and your grandparents love them; you’ve got the Pop-Rocks of Columbia Musical Theatre Society productions – crackling, effervescent and sometimes a little much.  Columbia University Players is a mystery-wrapper lollipop – you really never know what you’re going to get each semester – and Latenite Theatre has to be liquor-filled bon-bons (with maybe more liquor than bon-bon).  There’s truly something for every ticket-holder’s tastes here at CU.

What about the Varsity Show?

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People, like salmon, naturally return to the locations of their forefathers.

We all remember the drama surrounding the Administration’s restriction of Orgo Night last Fall, as student outrage poured over Spectator op-ed columns and Columbia Buy/Sell Memes. Following this “act of censorship,” as some students and alumni believe, a group of alumni began cooperating upon a pro-Orgo Night pamphlet to be released under the pen name Alexander Hamiltonius. In this piece, new writer Ufon Umanah discusses his interviewer with Hamiltonius organizer and CUMB alumnus Kevin Chapman. 

Last semester, as pre-inauguration blues led into a stress-inducing reading week, the administration ordered the Columbia University Marching Band to keep their semesterly Orgo Night out of Butler. As CUMB prepared to perform outside the library in chilling weather, they declared in a statement that they, “in conjunction with our Alumni network, vow to keep fighting the good fight against the War on Fun.” At the University Senate plenary set for December 15th, the day of Orgo Night, faculty and administrators alike seemed unconcerned by the mounting student outrage. But already in the midst of the winter season, the alumni response was rising.

In the early hours of December 15th, the Columbia Daily Spectator released five op-eds relating to Orgo Night, one written by the Editorial Board, one written by this writer, and one written by Kevin G. Chapman CC ’83. One might call the Dow-Jones employee the ideal Columbia alumnus. With a son currently enrolled as a member of CUMB, Chapman at the time served as the Head of the New Jersey Alumni Representative Committee, which helps “the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by interviewing applicants, representing Columbia at local college fairs and hosting regional programs for admitted students.” In his op-ed titled “Suppression of expression does not become Columbia,” he argued “there seems to be no good explanation other than implicit censorship for the administration seeking to ban the traditional Orgo Night performance by the Columbia University Marching Band from its usual location in Butler 209.”

What else was said during this interview?

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“Sea Of Dicks I’ve Sucked” is a viable suggestion

So, it appears that we’re going to have to live with this strange John Jay-JJ’s amalgamation for a few more weeks ( perhaps longer, depending on how the repair takes). This isn’t any kind of major inconvenience – John Jay serves mozzarella sticks just fine, and we can take trading basement Foosball for more seating area – except for one small problem: we don’t know what to call this new fused dining hall.

Sure, we could just go on referring to John Jay during non-John Jay hours as John JJ’s just like most other Columbia students for the sake of sheer convenience, but it doesn’t have quite that ring, that spirit, that pizzazz that we crave in our acronyms. “John JJ’s” just does not compare to the intimidating “PrezBo” or the elusive “Deantini.”

In order to resolve this dilemma, Bwog is holding a contest: how should we refer to John Jay during JJ’s hours? Send your suggestions to [email protected] or leave them in the comments below by 11:59 pm next Tuesday, February 28th. The winner will receive one (1) swipe into John Jay during JJ’s hours.

We’ve come up with a few suggestions ourselves to get you started:

  • John Jacob Jingleheimer JJ’s
  • John Jay But Every Time It Hits 9 pm It Gets Fatter
  • John Jay’s J
  • Jay Squad
  • Smoke a (John) Jay
  • John Jayyy lmao

Where are the vaginas in this sea? via Overheard @ Barnard

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Get ready to enjoy Low Beach tomorrow!

Happening in the World: President Donald Trump’s administration stated on Wednesday that they were reversing the Obama administration’s recommendation that transgender students be allowed to use whichever bathroom they felt was most appropriate for them. (New York Times)

Happening in New York: Prosecutors are continuing to investigate former City College president Lisa Coico over whether or not she improperly received money during her tenure as president.

Happening on Campus: Check out the showing of “He Named Me Malala” tomorrow from 8-10pm cohosted by Columbia HeForShe and Columbia Organization of Pakistani Students in Hamilton 717.

Overheard: (about free pizza someone left in the Plimpton study lounge) A: “Is it good?” B: “It’s free!”

Animal Video: School stressing you out? Midterm season got you down? Check out this video of happy baby animals to Pharrell’s “Happy.”

Low Beach via Bwog Staff Archives 

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Lily Donaldson strutting the streets of Paris in mom jeans with slightly less tapered, straighter legs

The year is 2017. Skinny, low/mid-rise jeans are fuckin’ dead as disco. Mom jeans are coming back in a big fuckin’ way. Reminiscent of the 80’s and 90’s, mom jeans are characterized by their high waistlines, butt-hugging behinds, and tapered-but-not-tight legs. Usually (but not always) seen in a lighter wash, mom jeans accentuate your butt and thighs, elongate your crotch, and cinch your waist, for a weirdly very flattering fit. I personally prefer mom jeans that don’t have stretch, because high-waisted jeans that are too stretchy don’t give me a sense of sturdy security that stiff denim gives me.

You can find good, stiff, light-wash, tapered mom jeans at thrift stores like Buffalo Exchange or L Train Vintage for relatively cheap. I own two pairs, both of which I bought from an admittedly (sometimes) overpriced thrift shopping app called Depop. One is a pair of silver-tab Levi’s jeans that are a little looser at the thigh and therefore have have more of that carrot shape. The other is a pair of Calvin Klein jeans that are a little tighter at the thighs and (I think) flatter my legs better.

Kendall Jenner in mom jeans with a slimmer silhouette

My Calvin Klein jeans are my favorite jeans ever, although I also love my Levi’s. The CK ones are buttery soft but perfectly sturdy (although one time when things were heating up with a boy he managed to tear off a belt loop and I had to sew it on when I got back to my room at 4am) and perfectly worn in. They were rather long on me when I bought them in their original state, so I cut the legs a bit to fit me better because I don’t have a sewing machine and am too lazy to take them to a tailor.

More about the intricate art of mom jeans

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