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Call it VaJJ now

Well, folks, here it is, the much-anticipated announcement for the winner of the Name A Dining Hall Contest! A round of applause for the winning name, “VaJJ”!  Whoever submitted this moniker for the John-JJ’s hybrid dining hall can come to our meeting this Sunday at 7pm in Lerner 505 to claim the prize, a swipe to this very dining hall. Congratulations!

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Canada Goose Jacket Found Orgo Night Poster From Fall 2015

more than just Canada Goose was “lost” here…

For the first-years who don’t know, Cannon’s was a Columbia bar at 108th and Broadway. While the business hadn’t actually been called Cannon’s since 2004 (it turned into O’Connell’s, and then into Tara Hill), the venerated bar was a well-attended watering hole since the 1930’s. Last June, Cannon’s announced that it would be shutting its doors, much to the dismay of many a social drinker. But one thing we won’t miss about Cannon’s was how much stuff went mysteriously missing there.

The bar had a knack for taking people’s coats and hiding them away in that same abyss where all of your sharp pencils go. Records of coats disappearing at Cannon’s go back to Spring 2011, and reports of jacket theft and loss went on until the bar’s closing. Spring 2015 was a particularly disastrous semester for North Faces and Canada Gooses – the Class of 2018 Facebook group alone reported 22 instances of loss or theft at Cannon’s. And this brings up the question: just how much stuff did Columbia students lose at Cannon’s?

Using this data from the Class of 2018, we decided to make a back of the envelope calculation for how many dollars worth of clothing and accessories vanished at 108th Street. While this article will make no claim as to whether or not Cannon’s was simply a front for reselling Canada Goose jackets, it will make several assumptions.

  • Assume that first-years are twice as likely to go to Cannon’s as other students, as evidenced by the the need for a CCSC resolution to make Cannon’s more accessible to non-Freshmen; ignore the graduate school population, as they mostly frequented other bars.
  • Assume that theft has occured at least since Spring 2011 at a relatively constant level. However, treat Fall 2015 as a particularly bad semester, with 50% more theft than the average semester.
  • Assume that 25% of losses at Columbia go unreported, at least among the underclassmen, due to embarassment.

Now, we examined each report from the first-years of Fall 2015 and estimated the dollar value of items lost.

Get the real numbers after the jump.

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‘Where can I get a machine gun to shoot Putin?’

Yesterday evening, Russian graphic artist Victoria Lomasko spoke at the Harriman Institute about her new book, Other Russias, an anthology of her work documenting protesters and disenfranchised, “invisible” social groups in Moscow. Managing Editor Betsy Ladyzhets was the youngest, the most inspired, and the most likely to take advantage of the fancy cheese person in attendance.

I go to IAB pretty frequently – by which I mean, I use its elevator to take a shortcut from EC back to Plimpton at least once a weekend. Last night became a nice change in this routine, as I took the elevator up rather than down; I ascended to the Harriman Institute on the twelfth floor, where a small reception room awaited the presentation of one Victoria Lomasko. That elevator ride would soon prove to be symbolic ascension as well as literal, as I heard Lomasko describe her work and became inspired to join her legacy.

Lomasko is a Russian graphic artist, and/or journalist, and/or activist. Her work draws on a traditional Russian style of graphic reporting, yet focuses on parts of Russian society that would never have been considered appropriate subject material in any older regime: protests, sex workers, children in juvenile detention centers, and other people occupying unconventional societies. Yesterday’s talk focused on her new book, Other Russias, and advertised a solo show of her work downtown, opening this Saturday. She spoke with the help of a translator, but easily commanded her audience – the majority of which appeared to be fluent in both Russian and English.

Other Russias has two major sections: “invisible,” which includes portraits Lomasko did before 2012, and “angry,” which includes sketches of the 2012 rallies in Moscow protesting Vladimir Putin’s reelection. Lomasko explained her motivation for beginning to go into the city and seek out interesting people to draw as one of widening her worldview. People from her circle did not know how people of other circles lived, she said. To this end, she sketched in public places, then began to write down what she heard people saying as well.

More about Russias after the jump

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Youngweon Lee, Daily Editor and self-described “Carman hall coffee fairy” brought her coffee machine to Butler 209 last weekend. Here’s what happened.

We’ve all been there. We all knows what it feels like to know damn well at midnight that you’re not leaving Butler until 9am. You’re feeling kind of fresh now, out of desperation and procrastination, but you only have 2 more hours until the Butler Café closes, and you know you’re going to want to die around 4 or 5am without some form of caffeine. If you’re a normal person and don’t have caffeine pills or something, and just want plain old coffee, you might be in an annoying, coffee-less conundrum.

I have a very simple solution for you; bring your coffee machine to Butler. Trust me, I’ve done it. I know what your immediate reaction is; you’re probably wondering if I’m crazy, who I am, why I’m writing for Bwog, why Bwog lets me write for them, who runs Bwog these days, etc. I will explain what happened, but I first want to say that I can’t actually find a rule that says you can’t bring a coffee machine to the library. I mean, maybe it’s one of those common sense things, or maybe I’m just bad at looking through the library.columbia.edu website, but I can’t find it written anywhere that you can’t have a coffee machine in Butler, like it’s written all over the dorms. It says at the entrance of Butler that you can’t bring food in the building, but people do it all the time anyway. It doesn’t even say there not to bring coffee machines, but no one does it.

Deets about coffee machines and Butler after the jump

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GSSC is back with Romane Thomas! They covered the integration of Dual BAers, CUFSN, GS week, and more during this week’s meeting. 

Last night GSSC gave us co-sponsorships and promises meditation sessions and insomnia cookies.

President Larosa started off the meeting by reminding the council that election season was starting today with the information session in Hamilton 401 at 8pm. The positions available for elections are President, VP of Policy, VP of Finance, VP of Campus Life, VP of Communications, International Students Representatives, Veterans Representatives and Family & Working Students Representative.

The VP of Policy announced their progress on intergrating Dual BAers in the GS community. They are currently working on a Facebook group to spread information about events. Raisa Flor also stated that the sign-up form for the Dual BA Focus groups have been circulating but she still hopes that more City U Joint Degree students will sign up. Only 20 responses have been received so far.

CUFSN, funds, and more after the jump

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Lee Jae-Yong crying hypothetical tears

Happening in the world: Lee Jae-Yong, the de facto leader of the Samsung conglomerate, one of the largest corporations in the world, was indicted of bribery and embezzlement charges. This is part of the whirlwind of a political drama that has swept the country for the past year or so, and part of an effort to end ties between the government and chaebols that dominate and control the South Korean economy. (NYT)

Happening in NYC: New York’s tourism marketing agency, NYC & Company, forecasts that the number of international tourists visiting the city will decrease for the first time in seven years. The agency’s chief executive, Fred Dixon, said that after Trump was elected as president, ideas about American hospitality changed negatively because of his statements and actions. New York is expected to draw 300,000 less tourists than last year, resulting in a loss of at least $600 million in sales for New York businesses. (NYT)

Happening on campus: Columbia Multicultural Business Association is hosting a panel discussion with BNY Mellon, an investment company today at 8pm in Lerner 569. Current and former participants of the company’s Summer Analyst Company will participate in the panel, and there will be a networking session afterwards. Pizza and soda will be provided.

Overseen: Both Carman elevators are finally functional, after more or less a full month of there being either zero or one working elevator. Yay!

Old celeb tweet:

No, Shaq, you are beautiful!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lee Jae-Yong via Wikimedia

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