Monthly Archive: March 2017

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Who will you be flashing from the crowd this year

UPDATE, 12:20 am, 4/1/17: We have confirmation that this year’s Bacchanal lineup will include D.R.A.M., Mykki Blanco, and Alunageorge. More tickets will be on sale tomorrow (technically today, at this point) for the event!

Tonight is the Bacchanal Release Party! Starting at 10pm in the Lerner Party Space, you can catch a live performance and “some hints” about the headliner. Information and tickets are available through the Facebook event. In terms of the show itself, Bacchanal has previously announced the student act Thou Shalt Not will open the concert on Saturday, April 8, 2017. While we’re fairly confident the headliner isn’t Kanye West, this year’s concert theme will be “The College Bacchout.”

As before, all Bacchanal attendees will be required to have a ticket. While they are free, only Columbia students will be able to acquire tickets, and all students will be limited to one student ticket and one guest ticket (while tickets last). The first round of tickets were released yesterday (and sold out in 20 seconds…); your next shot and getting them will be tomorrow morning at 11:30am online. Here is the full ticket release schedule, taken from their Facebook Page:

Saturday April 1st 11:30 a.m. (1,000 tickets)
Monday April 3rd 8:00 p.m. (1,000 tickets)
Tuesday April 4th 2:30 p.m. (1,000 tickets)
Wednesday April 5th 8:00 a.m. (1,500 tickets)

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The performance kinda matches this art style in retrospect.

Although he doesn’t often review theatrical performances, Editor Finn Klauber felt it his responsibility to release a measured review of a recent performance of Seneca’s Troades, which will have two final showings tomorrow afternoon and evening. 

Syncretizing the performance of a Classical tragedy with artistic elements reminiscent of modernity is no small challenge. As key imagery from the Classical world appears strange, at best, or unplaceable and alien, at worst, director Yujhán Claros of the Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama Group would struggle to construct any performance drawn from Greek or Latin drama. These issues are compounded doubly given the source material for Claros’ tragedy—that is, Seneca’s Troades, or Trojan Women in English, offers little concrete textual support for stage direction or characterization. Whether Seneca’s Trojan Women was even written with explicit performance in mind remains an unanswered question. Entering the Minor Latham Playhouse, my mind fluttered with the artistic possibilities which the Trojan Women presented, hoping Claros’ vision would offer new methods of envisioning the characters whom appear in Columbia’s Core and have been transformed into cultural archetypes.

Seneca’s Trojan Women deserves a word of caution for any viewers unfamiliar with the tale of the victorious Greeks and downtrodden Trojans between the Iliad and Odyssey of Homer and the Aeneid of Vergil. Following the brutal sacking of Troy utilizing the infamous Trojan Horse, all that remains of the city are burning buildings and dejected women and children. The heroes of old—Achilles, Hector, Priam, and Ajax—are all dead or, in the case of Ulysses, Pyrrhus, and Agamemnon, disgraced with the brutal rape of “the pillar of Asia.” The remnants of the once great people are a crowd of mourning women and children, deprived of their husbands, fathers, and birthright. This is especially apparent in the case of Hector’s remaining family, as Hecuba, Priam’s wife, and Andromache, Hector’s wife, must see to a depressed throng of Trojan women as they await their division among the Greeks for enslavement, which is often sexual in nature. This final enslavement is slow and painful, though, as the Greeks are marooned in the Troad until the winds pick up again—a familiar issue for the Greeks, and one which Agamemnon will especially suffer for. This situation intensifies once the ghost of Achilles (supposedly) appears, demanding the sacrifice of Polyxena, a surviving daughter of Priam and Hecuba, and Astyanax, the young child of Hector and Andromache. If you expect the Greek “heroes” to do anything except viciously murder a defenseless boy and girl, to nominally appease the shades of Achilles and dissolve the bonds holding the Greek fleet at bay, then this is the wrong drama for you.

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Rising seniors, this is one of the dorms you have been waiting for. In preparation for in-person selection this Monday, we present the only building that houses only seniors: Hogan!

Location: 566 W. 114th Street, but if you want to order food use the Broadway address (556 W. 114th Street)

This is Hogan.

Nearby dorms: Broadway, Ruggles, Carman, Furnald, John Jay, Frat Row, Schapiro (if you think that is close)

Stores and Restaurants: International, Bernheim and Schwartz, Häagen Dazs, Strokos, Book Culture, Amir’s, basically anything you want.

Cost: $9,292/year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Private Shower and toilet room per suite, the shower and the toilet are in separate rooms (revolutionary!)
  • AC/Heating: No AC
  • Kitchen: One kitchen per suite with a dishwasher
  • Lounges: A study lounge, TV lounge, and computer lab in the lobby.
  • Laundry: Available in 7th floor
  • Gym: no gym in the Hogan building but you can use Broadway’s gym in the 4th floor
  • Intra-transportation: 1 elevator
  • Hardwood/Carpet: No carpet, except in the hallways
  • Bike storage: Available in 1st floor but honestly who needs one when you live this close to campus?

Click here for more information on Hogan

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Or are they bushes

Two trees, like guards.

Continuing Bwog’s hunt for housing, we now present Harmony Hall, in all of it’s far-off mystery.

Location: 544 W. 110 St, between Amsterdam and Broadway

  • Nearby dorms: Carlton Arms, 110.
  • Stores and restaurants: Rite Aid, Westside Market, Duane Reade, V&T’s, Chipotle, Five Guys, Koronet, Mel’s Burger Bar, Insomnia Cookies, 1020.

Cost:

  • The cost for upperclassman housing is now standard: $9,292. The dorm was priced at $9,108 last year.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Generally two per floor (~11 residents per floor), one men’s and one women’s. The spaces are somewhat cramped, but compensate for it with intermediate stalls between the showers and the main room. Water pressure seems strong. Fifth and six floors also have gender-neutral, handicap-accessible bathrooms. The first floor and mezzanine (5 residents each) have one bathroom each.
  • AC/Heating: No A/C, but the heating feels pretty comfortable.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each floor Mezz through 8, with the exception of 2, has spacious kitchens with a dining space/lounge attached. These kitchens have communal fridges and plenty of cabinet space, and many of them seemed like they went mostly unused. Floor 2 has a separate kitchen and lounge, and the kitchen itself is cramped. All lounges/kitchens have TV’s. There is a lobby lounge which is overlooked by the mezzanine with nice chairs.
  • Laundry: Four washers and four dryers in the basement, which residents remark is a good ratio.
  • Fire escapes: No good access.
  • Bike storage: There’s a handy room for storing bikes in the basement.
  • Computer/printers: One printer and one computer in the lobby lounge.
  • Gym: In what used to be room 203, there are two treadmills and a nice-looking arc trainer.
  • Intra-transportation: One slow and small elevator, with a carpeted floor and some semi-exposed wiring. Not a big plus. There are two staircases, one of which is steep and spiraling, the other of which looks like a normal staircase.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Hardwood floors in the rooms.

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Me arriving at the function to deny scientific research like Scotty

Happening in the world: Scott Pruitt, head of the Environmental Protection Agency, rejected the recommendation of researchers (from this here university, by the way) to ban a harmful insecticide from farms. (NPR)

Happening in Nick(???): Just north of the Bronx in New Rochelle, every school nurse has the usual fare — EpiPens and Tylenol — but recently, they’ve come to stock up on nalaxone, an antidote for those overdosing on heroin and other opioids. (New York Times)

Happening on campus: The Columbia Space Initiative and CU Blueshift will be hosting two space-related exhibitions. Arts and Astro will be held in the Lerner Broadway Room from 4 to 7 pm and will feature artwork and space research; Spaceposium will be held in Lerner 555 from 3 to 5 pm and will feature technical space projects and hardware.

Overheard: “There’s no essence, it’s just a bunch of turtles below” (referring, of course, to Sartre).

Health goth tip: Need to exercise but short on time? Try high intensity interval training (known as HIIT). In HIIT, you would perform a certain workout at around 80% your maximum heart rate for a short period of time, followed by a resting interval. The ratio of work to rest will vary, as well as the duration of the workout interval; personally, I do 20-second workout intervals followed by 10-second rest intervals. A HIIT workout in all would amount, for me, to about 15-20 minutes.

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The weather this week has reflected our mood…

Midterms are almost done, but you’re probably feeling even more done. As a little motivation to get you through the final stretch, Bwogger Sarah Dahl has a playlist to conquer your midterm blues. 

This playlist doesn’t actually contain any blues songs because I don’t feel qualified to recommend blues songs. Instead, it’s a mix of slow/sadgirl softrock and some more inspiring/hopeful ballads, plus Big Sean. You can get through midterms, you just have to believe.

  1. Fifteen, Goldroom ft. Chela- I shazamed this song when I heard it at the hotel pool over break, and it’s kind of a jam. Plus, don’t midterms lowkey-highkey feel like being 15 again (or worse??)?
  2. Cool Blue, Japanese House- You can at least imagine/simulate that you are calm with this one.
  3. HELP, The Front Bottoms- Because you need it.
  4. Constant Headache, Joyce Manor- If you haven’t had a constant headache this week, can you tell me what you’re eating/taking? Thanks.
  5. Fool, Frankie Cosmos- No better time than midterms to question your major…
  6. Fast Car, Tracy Chapman- …or wish  you had a fast car to get tf out of the city.
  7. So Good at Being in Trouble, Unknown Mortal Orchestra- A favorite of Bwog EIC Amara Banks.
  8. Always on My Mind, Marbert Rocel- There’s gotta be something on your mind besides your studies. (Another song I shazamed at the hotel. That playlist was on fire).
  9. Pure Comedy, Father John Misty- Donald Trump, or your life?
  10. LES, Childish  Gambino- Lower East Side (NYU). Wishing you were there.
  11. Twin Peaks Theme – Instrumental, Angelo Badalamenti- This is kind of a classic. And super sad. Without words.
  12. Avril 14th, Aphex Twin- Another wordless song, because we needed some Aphex Twin on this playlist.
  13. Liability, Lorde- If you haven’t heard it yet, the new Lorde song is really depressing and also really good.
  14. Big Beautiful Day, PWR BTTM- This banger from their new album will get you back on a positive track!
  15. Bounce Back, Big Sean- You may have taken some Ls, but you will bounce back (especially with this playlist).

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Sending out the admissions decisions!

This year, Columbia College and the School of Engineering and Applied Science received 37,389 applications. This is the largest applicant pool in Columbia’s history. Of this number, 2,185 students were admitted, dropping the school’s admission rate to 5.8%.

Barnard continues to grow more competitive as well; about a week ago, the college announced a 14.8% acceptance rate for its class of 2021. Newly admitted students can also take heart in the knowledge that they’re getting letters from CC or SEAS, not the school of public health – which sent out 277 acceptance emails to the wrong students last month.

As is the tradition, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions staff congregated on College Walk at 3 pm to mail out the official admissions letters.

Congratulations to the CC and SEAS RD class of 2021! We look forward to reading all the weird shit you put in your Facebook group.

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Barnard’s doing some good things.

Yesterday, Barnard announced a new scholarship that will completely fund the education of a student whose education has been interrupted as a result of result of war, persecution, conflict, natural disaster, or crisis. Called the Ann and Andrew Tisch Scholarship for Refugee Women, the scholarship generously covers all academic expenses a student would encounter during their time in college, including tuition, housing, meals, books, travel, and even stipends for internships and other co-curricular activities.

Barnard parents Ann and Andrew Tisch are excited to fund this scholarship, as they both have notable involvement in educating girls and  young women. Ann founded and currently presides over Young Women’s Leadership Network, while her husband is currently writing a book about immigration. The idea came from Barnard senior Maia Bix, who felt frustrated that Barnard hadn’t done more about the Syrian refugee crisis. After approaching President Spar in 2016, she was encouraged to draft a proposal advising the College on what it could do. Ultimately, she settled on a scholarship because she believes “it’s a concrete, impactful response.” Her peers are on board as well, as the Class of 2017 plans on donating 25% of the money raised through the Senior Fund to the scholarship program. Read more about it here.

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Outside of Plimpton, where you could end up!

Two out of three Barnard Housing Selection Days have passed, and only the class of 2020’s fates are still left undecided. Once again, Bwog is here with a thorough roundup of what went down on Tuesday, and to help the last struggling groups breathe a little more deeply.

620, 616, Cathedral Gardens, Sulz Tower: All completely gone, except for a few doubles in suites that you can pick into (two in 620 and eight in 616). Those last options will likely be gone soon as well – but hey, you still have two more years to try for these higher-end dorms.

110:

  • Currently remaining: A decent amount of suites are still left, although no studio doubles. Mostly four person suites left, but some for every group size but singles.
  • Bwog’s recommendation: If you don’t mind being far-ish from your friends in Plimpton and want to feel a little less attached to campus, go for it!
  • How long will this dorm last? Maybe an hour or two into the day, but it’ll go pretty fast once Plimpton fills up.

600:

  • Currently remaining: A lot of doubles in suites and one full, 6 person suite.
  • Bwog’s recommendation: If you’ve got the best lottery number, go for it, but otherwise, don’t even bother putting it on your list.
  • How long will this dorm last? 30 seconds.

More dorms and more predictions after the jump

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As we prepare to say goodbye to the dorms that so lovingly housed us in 2015-16, emotions flare up. Bwogger Youngweon Lee tells her emotions in this Ode to Carman Hall.

Tell me, Columbia Housing, is there a dorm on campus
Quite as disgusting as Carman Hall?
What other dorm has bathroom air vents smelling of cannabis
and do such ugly cinder blocks make up any other wall?

Tell me, in what other Columbia dorm can I hear
sex noises from all directions, at all hours?
What other dorm has such smelly elevators
and disgusting stairwells as ours?

No other dorm is nearer to Ferris Booth
or to Beta house’s colorful gate of Hell;
if, as a freshman, you chose Carman as your abode
I can tell you confidently that you have chosen well.

Floor activities include…

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Today is Ivy Day; get ready for buy sell memes to be flooded by tons of prospies!

Happening in the World: President Trump’s hotel company is looking into buying a second hotel in Washington, D.C. This hotel would be more affordable than the luxurious Trump International Hotel already there. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: On Wednesday, Bridget Anne Kelly and Bill Baroni, two allies of New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, were sentenced to a year and a half and two years, respectively, in prison after they played a role in the Christie’s Bridgegate Scandal. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Hillel Interfaith Council and the Hindu Students Organization are putting on an interfaith event with free vegetarian/kosher Indian food and a capella! You don’t need to be Jewish or Hindu to enjoy the event, which will be from 7:30-9 in the basement of the Kraft Center.

Overheard: (re: Shakespearean times) “Did they have steriods back then?”

Bad Joke: What do you call the Association of Blood Donors? The IV League.

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There’s a pretty good chance your hookup will start (and end) here

We’ve explained frat rush. We’ve explained srat rush. Now, we’re explaining another painfully confusing and time-consuming process that forms part of the backbone of Columbia student life: the hookup culture. This post is a satirical explanation of that culture, as understood by a second-semester sophomore who is on the asexual spectrum, just got out of a serious long-distance relationship, and has yet to hook up with anyone at Columbia.

Barney Stinson once said that a relationship is like a freeway; once you get on, there are designated exits at carefully predetermined periodic intervals. This analogy seems a little simplistic and a little arbitrary for the real world – which means that it’s perfect for Columbia. Here, I present the seven exits of the Columbia hookup highway.

1. One night: You meet someone at a party, or match with them on Tinder, or have a moment of intensely romantic eye contact across Ferris during peak dinner hour (the first two options are much more likely). You engage in some kind of sexual intercourse (definitions depend on the person). You extricate yourself immediately afterwards and grab some halal, then casually start walking faster whenever you see them on campus. About 65% of potential couples – the vast majority – only survive this long.

2. Three days: After the party/Tinder/Ferris pasta experience, you stay the night and exchange phone numbers. You go out for coffee a couple of days later, then you or they decide that’s enough of a relationship for at least the next month. You never text each other again, then purposefully sit on opposite sides of the room when you unavoidably end up in a seminar together senior year. About 12% of potential couples survive this long.

But some relationships don’t end there…

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Me and a piece of art at MoMA

In a too often negative world, Bwog Love rises heroically to shine a warm and gentle light on the simple joys that we Columbia students often overlook. In this edition, staff writer Jack Treanor tells of his love for Columbia’s Passport to Museums.

I love museums and New York has the best museums. We all said we’d go to them when we decided to come to the city for college. Columbia surprisingly isn’t neglectful when it comes to our desire for museums. Our Columbia IDs gets us into a pretty substantial list of free museums. From the Intrepid Sea Air and Space Museum to MoMA there is something for everyone.

An important thing to note is that compared to other NYC schools our list of free museums is very extensive. Our list is about three to four times as long as NYU’s list of free museums. Last weekend I was hanging out with a friend from the New School and we decided to go to the Met Breuer, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s museum in the Whitney’s old building. My friend and I both showed our ID to the ticket cashier. She nodded knowingly at mine before turning to my friend and asking, “How much would you like to pay?” It was totally free for me. While the Met is a pay-as-you-wish institution, and in theory I could pay one cent even without a Columbia ID, with it I don’t have to make my stinginess quite so obvious. This same scenario has repeated itself multiple times. There is something truly amazing about watching your friend from Princeton fork over five dollars at MoMA PS1 when you have to pay nothing. There is a unique power in a Columbia ID and that power happens to be to go to free museums.

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Who will lead GSSC next? The suspense is killing us

The list of GSSC candidates are here! Who will bring puppies and lit galas to GS next year? Who will fight ESC to gain access to Columbia undergrad dorms? Here are the people that you can vote for to make things happen in GSSC:

Student Body President

  • Dennis Zhao
  • Samantha Demezieux

Vice President of Policy

  • Raisa Flor
  • Yona Kornsgold

Vice President of Finance

  • Eren Villa
  • Daniel Gromis
  • Tanvir Hossain
  • Chris Jackson
  • Vance Hu

Vice President of Communications

  • Nicole Rodgers
  • Piragathesh Subramanian
  • Vladyslav Bobrovnyk

Senior Class President

  • Roya Hegdahl
  • Jonathan Harper

Veteran Students Representative

  • Joseph Jackson
  • Louie Terrazas
  • Jenna Znak

JTS Students Representative

  • Hannah Weiss
  • Kayla Pollak

International Students Representative

  • Georgi Beradze
  • Sophie Neilson

Voting will begin on Monday and continue through Wednesday at 5pm.

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Stop and Frisk and Broken Windows go hand in hand, per MJP

In a presentation on Tuesday night to a packed room at the School of Social Work, the Morris Justice Project presented findings and methodology in a talk called “Stop and Frisk?” The Morris Justice Project is a community initiative from the South Bronx in a very heavily-policed community. The project was created in 2011, when NYPD officers conducted nearly 700,000 stops.

As opposed to most graduate school talks, this event made no pretensions of high academia – the Project prides itself on performing and presenting its research for its community, not for scientific publication. Tuesday’s talk took that element to heart, detailing how the Project centered itself on the community.

The Morris Justice Project began in a public library from the lived experiences of members of a community. Members at the talk described a vibrant community that was “bullied and harassed” by police officers. One speaker described how he didn’t want to go outside for fear of being stopped, and another told a story of a client who was arrested for robbery, even though he had just spent the last hour meeting with the speaker. Several members were horrified by how regular police stoppages seemed to their children. The existing statistics, even those that came from the government, corroborated the story that neighborhoods like this one in the South Bronx were disproportionately targeted by the police as compared to white and wealthy communities.

Read on for how the MJP turned their vision into “street science.”

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