Daily Archive: March 10, 2017

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Midterms are over. Papers are done. You’re either getting as far from campus as possible, hankering down in your dorm room for an extended nap, or already wildly drunk. Whatever you’re doing this spring break, you need to get a ton of sleep – and we’ve created this handy quiz to help you figure out how much. This is our last post of the week, so catch some z’s, Columbia, and we’ll see you next Monday.

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Candidates looking imposing in Low

While the country gets daily news updates on the consequences of last Election Day via Donald Trump’s Twitter, New Yorkers will go to the polls next Election Day for the mayoral election. And while De Blasio faces federal inquiries on the path to reelection, the Columbia University College Republicans hosted the Republican Mayoral Debate on Thursday, featuring the three announced candidates for the Republican primary September and one councilman who hasn’t made his mind yet and was invited. Since everyone just survived midterms, Guest Writer Ufon Umanah provides a recap.

The first candidate to speak was Darren Dione Aquino, who introduced himself as an advocate for the disabled through Advocates for Disabled Americans, Veterans, Police, & Firemen, of which he is CEO. He also played a disabled police officer on Law and Order SVU, though he emphasized that the role was not explicitly for a disabled police officer, he was simply a disabled actor. He also has dyslexia, for which he was given an accommodation for the debate. (It might seem weird to point this out, but this is how he introduces himself.)

Next was Michel Faulkner, an African-American Republican who after playing for the Jets went into academia. He boasts that he traded that academic life to help the crime-ridden community in 1980’s Times Square. (Of course, he could have had both if he taught at Columbia.) There he served as a reverend in a small ministry and did community service before starting his political career losing in a landslide to Charlie Rangel.

Who were the other candidates?

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I feel like this heart

After years of writing posts complaining about the things we can’t stand about this school, Bwog editor Amara Banks realized there is also some good at CU. Bwog Love stands opposite to our Call Out series, where we share how much we appreciate something about campus. Is this cute or corny? 

There are countless departments on this campus that affect me every day–Administration, Philosophy, Library, Facilities, etc. But I’ve felt a special warmth from CU Dining. Every time I walk into Ferris, the staff is so friendly and sweet. Multiple people ask about my day, my weekend plans, if I’m okay (because I look a little tired), and even roast me a little bit when I burn my waffle (which honestly happens 1/3 times I use that grill).

I also believe CU Dining is one of the departments on campus that is most sensitive to our requests and complaints. They were extremely apologetic about JJ’s death, and communicated its plan for recovery in an email sent to all students. They asked students what they would like to name the new smoothie bar, the winner being JJ’s Cool Zone. CU Dining even restocked their banana supply in response to a conspiracy post we wrote when we hadn’t seen our yellow friends in John Jay after a while.

This post is nothing more than me sharing how positive my experience has been. I love you, CU Dining. That is all. ♥

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Students and Faculty Line Up Outside of Low Library, Demanding Negotiation

“What do we want?” “Negotiation!”

On Tuesday morning, the National Labor Relations Board ruled in favor of the Graduate Workers of Columbia University. The union, represented by UAW 2110 (the same group responsible for Barnard Contingent Faculty, among others), now has no legal barriers between themselves and the University which can delay the negotiating process.

Columbia University had previously appealed to NLRB on multiple grounds. While they challenged the union’s ability to unionize in the first place (which was controversially confirmed by the board in August), they also alleged that the union had engaged in electioneering, improperly pressuring voters by keeping surveillance, stationing union members near polling places, and not requiring consistent voter identification. However, the board ruled twofold against the University. First, they struck down several of the University’s individual claims about electioneering. For example, for a claim about stationed union members, interviews revealed that the mere presence of union members at tables in front of Earl Hall was not sufficiently deleterious to the election process. On the second point, the NLRB determined that the University failed to prove that its objections would have been enough to swing the nearly 1,000 vote victory earned by the union.

On Thursday afternoon, GWC-UAW 2110 took to in front of Low Library to demand action from the University. In its negotiations with BCF, union members felt that Columbia intentionally dragged its feet in order to prevent the union from performing effectively. Thursday’s protest involved representatives standing all around Low Library, holding a roll of paper showing the names of signatories requesting immediate action from the University. It also featured a symbolic “negotiating table,” a holding table at the base of Low Steps. The demonstration lasted approximately an hour, and ended with an emphatic, “We’ll be back!”

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It’s almost here! The long-awaited break we’ve all been suffering to reach. If you’re spending it in warm weather, here’s a playlist for your beaching and sunbathing and swimming and dancing and drinking and all other spring break shenanigans. If you’re not spending it somewhere warm, here’s a playlist to pretend you are!

  1. Motel Pool, Travis Garland: So you got yourself to Florida or wherever, but you ended up staying in a motel for the week. Make the best of it! They’ve probably got a pool, right?
  2. Drugs You Should Try It, Travi$ Scott: Spring break is for letting loose and experimenting. Try new things!
  3. Everything is Embarrassing, Sky Ferreira: This will be applicable soon if it isn’t already.
  4. We Are The Tide, Blind Pilot: A feel good song for road tripping with friends, hopefully toward somewhere with waves.
  5. Trainwreck, Banks: See #3.
  6. Help Me Run Away, St. Lucia: Escape campus! Escape NYC! Wherever you end up traveling, even if it’s just a day trip.
  7. Same Ol’ Mistakes, Rihanna: See #5.
  8. T-Shirt Weather, Circa Waves: Fingers crossed for a week of sunny skies.
  9. Champagne Coast, Blood Orange: Maybe a slow(er) jam, but the message is still there. And this song is groovy af.
  10. Swimming Pools, Kendrick Lamar: Again, with the pools, my goodness. This is just an objectively good throwback, though.

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You define your own truth.

Happening in the world: It has recently been discovered by the All-Knowing that Neanderthals may have used plants to treat pain long before the advent of pills. (CNN)

Happening in the Granny Smith: Declines in federal funding to NYC for programs that assist the city’s poorest are beginning to show. Two city agencies that provide subsidized housing predict a total of $58 million in losses by the end of the year. (The New York Times)

Happening on campus: Well, it’s probably going to snow. Storm Reggie, who seems like a delightful person, is coming to town. Stay warm and donate blankets or money to shelters if you can. (Weather.com)

Overheard: See inset picture. a Bwogger’s LitHum class put up a fake sign reserving space in Hartley.

Health goth tip: Neither macronutrient is more harmful or beneficial than the others; you need a balance of all three — carbohydrates, proteins, and fats. There are several macronutrient calculators around the calculate your needs based on height, weight, and amount of physical activity.

Thanks fellow Bwogger and Daily Timmy Wu for image

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