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The Gottesman Library at Teachers College, unique for its treadmill desks.

Over the last month, Bwog has compiled 17 reviews of Columbia libraries around campus with the goal of promoting spaces other than Butler to the student body. With our project complete and midterms underway, we’d like to present one post with information from and links to every library review. Take a look at the specific pros and cons, or just pick a time to study (standard hours sourced from the Libraries website) and a random place that’s open!

The libraries are listed roughly in descending size order, but first, some preliminary suggestions:

  • Prettiest libraries: Burke/UTS, East Asian, Avery
  • Best libraries for collaboration: Science and Engineering, Business, Barnard
  • Most unique libraries: Teachers College, Journalism, Music and Arts
  • Best libraries for cracking down: Butler, Social Work, Science and Engineering

200-400 Seat Libraries:

Business, 130 Uris Hall.

  • This crowded library is one of the largest spaces for collaboration on campus, featuring a dense main area of circular tables and a mezzanine of group study rooms.
  • Bwog recommendation: “This library has a very unique feel. It allows you to chit chat, yet compels you to do work. Come here to feel inspired to get your life together.”
  • Quote from the review: “If you like doing work in a high school cafeteria this is the library for you.”

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When it’s 3am and that person next to you in Butler won’t shut up…

Columbia University’s HeForShe and King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe (KCST) brings Antigone into the twenty first century. Antigone highlights the significance of gender roles and morality in the play that provides a new and fascinating experience for all. 

In the past century or so, Sophocles’ tragedy Antigone—arguably his greatest work—has gained an entirely new thematic aura. That is, it is only since the rise of the Nazi Party that Antigone has been performed entirely under the penumbra of resistance to imperial injustice. Yet Sophocles’ tragedy contains few references to the state of the original Athenian audience, instead dedicating itself to thematic and character development. This means that any adaptation of Antigone must do away with the heavy-handed and holier-than-thou political commentary with which we are so accustomed to in this era of American politics—a fact which director Talley Murphy, BC ’17, understands impeccably.

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Ann Thornton can’t screw around with this library at least.

Yesterday’s meeting of Engineering Student Council only entertained about half of the voting representatives, as the other half were, presumably, intensely studying for midterms this week. As such, Engineering Student Council Bureau Chief Finn Klauber only covers the few scant topics that were touched upon last night.

New NoCo Study Space

The discussion topic of the night consisted entirely of Representative for Technology Vinay Mehta, SEAS ’18, explaining the preliminary results of a seemingly ad hoc NoCo library space tribunal, in which Mehta represented undergraduate engineers. Supported by mock ups of the new space—pictures which are not published here as ESC has not made meeting notes or minutes public since their January 30th meeting, contrary to their promises—Mehta explained that the area up the stairs from the main library space is to be redone to make it less of a transient study space. Tables for group work will be added, as well as an area with stools (whether cushioned or high-back, the NoCo tribunal has not decided), and new lounge chairs, one of which will cost $1500.

The area is aimed to be more collaborative, as the library’s rules against food has prevented areas of study from being created which can accommodate multiple “study spaces” for laptops, work documents, etc. When asked why this is to be a study space and not a “lounge space,” Mehta responded that the tribunal first wanted to revamp the sixth floor of the library into a “cool student lounge area,” but that “fire codes” forced the team to instead create this “half in between compromise.” While looking to be expensive, Mehta clarified that the money for the upgrades come from Columbia, and would be applied to NoCo regardless later this year, as much of the furniture needs to be replaced. Furthermore, when questioned regarding the quality of the frameworks used in engineering spaces—according to VP for Communications Anthony Kim the tables in Mudd Lounge wobble annoyingly—Mehta responded that the pieces used will be slightly different and more expensive than those in Mudd Lounge, though they both come from the same manufacturer.


  • ESC is encouraging the completion of this Swipes Access Survey about whether GS students should have swipes access to more Columbia buildings. Over 225 responses have been logged so far, but VP for Policy Sidney Perkins desires more SEAS responses.
  • The Student Affairs Committee of the University Senate is preparing a presentation regarding proposals for Student Space™ at Columbia. In what must be an effort to rework her horrific image, Librarian to the Stars Ann Thornton has responded to calls for improvement of student mental health by putting self care reminders around the library and “increasing the amount of fun activities.” We seriously doubt her true loyalty to the mental health cause.

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Zora Neale Hurston was a true boss.

Once again, SGA revealed its capacity to get things done. Despite starting late and running long, members at this week’s Rep Council meeting heard from two student groups, voted on election guidelines and endowment proposals, and–our favorite–discussed the most recent Desserts After Dark results.

First, members of the Black, Latinx, and Indigenous Constituencies under the Activities Board at Columbia (ABC) requested SGA support in their recent effort to split up under three different representatives on ABC. As three distinct communities, the presenters felt that being lumped together minimizes their representative’s efficacy at supporting and advocating for their needs. At a recent ABC meeting, the board declined to vote on the matter. In its current organization, each ABC representative represents a wide range of groups in a cultural, identity, or topical category, such as Pre-Professional, East Asian, and the wide-ranging Special Interest. Each of these categories contain many different kinds of groups with overlapping interested. SGA decided to save discussion on support of this division for a later time.

Next, SGA welcomed student group Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (BOSS). BOSS is an organization of black female leaders who work to empower and support black women on campus. The group requested more active SGA support, as well as help to encourage members of minority groups to get involved in student government. SGA members readily agreed that this was a necessary step to pursue. BOSS members also spoke about encouraging instructors to include more people of color in their lectures. “In every single discipline, it is possible,” pointed out one BOSS member, who then suggested professors turn to Google if they need more ideas. BOSS also presented ideas for new initiatives, such as racial sensitivity training during NSOP, and hiring more professors of color.

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The darkest moment of your day.

Happening in the nation:  The Endangered Species Act was implemented during Nixon’s presidency to protect more than a thousand threatened or endangered species of plants and animals. Congressional Republicans have introduced 11 pieces of legislation that might put endangered species at risk. (Scientific American)

Happening in NYC: It appears that spring has arrived in Brooklyn and will soon be here in Manhattan. Due to climate change, the early spring began in the South and made its way to New York. (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Today from 4:30 to 6 pm in IAB there will be a presentation called, How Can Art Fight Back? Refugee Artists and the Ukrainian Crisis.

Overseen/Overheard: When you discover that you aren’t as slick as you thought… (see image)

Music Pick: The Chainsmoker’s Closer. On repeat. Get ready for Spring Break.

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