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View from the living room – it’s no highrise, but it’s pretty nice!

Housing selection starts tomorrow for Columbia seniors, and the EC townhouses will be some of the first suites to go. Here’s a Bwog review of them, for those of you deciding between a townhouse and a highrise suite.

Location: 70 Morningside Dr.

  • Nearby dorms: EC tower, Wien, Prezbo’s house.
  • Stores and restaurants: Hamilton Deli, Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, Subsconscious, Flat Top, Friedman’s, Appletree Market, a couple of halal carts.

Cost: standardized to $9,292/year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: One in each suite, with a counter and sink, toilet, and shower. Both the toilet and shower are separated off with doors, which makes sharing with a few other people pretty easy.
  • AC/Heating: Yes! Both are pretty intense, but you can turn the radiator on and off.
  • Kitchen: One in each townhouse; really big, tons of counter space, and includes a microwave!
  • Lounge: Also one in each townhouse, possibly the largest individual suite living rooms/common rooms of any dorm.
  • Laundry: In the basement of the highrise building – aka FAR.
  • Computers/Printers: In the lobby of the highrise building – also far.
  • Fire escapes: Nope.
  • Bike Storage: There are a few bike racks in the courtyard.
  • Gym: The tower has two cardio rooms, on floors 8 and 16.
  • Intra-Transportation: It’s stairs all the way down.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood in the lounge; carpet in bedrooms of some suites and hardwood in others.
  • Wifi: The usual CUIT wifi.
  • Bonus: The courtyard is both a blessing and a curse – it’s nice when the weather is warm, and shitty when the weather is less than warm.

Numbers and tons of pictures after the jump!

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This weekend, Bwog Writer Gabrielle Kloppers took a break from her usual weekend debaucheries to attend the annual Diplomatic Ball, hosted by Georgetown University. As the event featured multiple Ambassadors from various countries, here she will recount her experiences as the Ambassador of Columbia University.

Becoming the Ambassador of Columbia University was a rather large step up for me. I wasn’t sure I was up to the task, especially when I missed my morning bus. This meant I would only arrive at 6.30pm, cutting my timing extremely close. With this in mind, I got dressed in my formalwear (stolen from my roommate) in the bus station bathroom, knowing I wouldn’t have time to get properly dressed later. Suffering from motion sickness, I nearly threw up on my lovely jumpsuit. It was a rough start for the Ambassador of Columbia University, I lamented as I attempted to create a smoky eye look in the back of a taxi using only liquid eyeliner.

My thoughts of a disaster were ill founded. I would be the best representative Columbia University has ever known! Arriving at the illustrious Organization of American States building, I felt dwarfed by the immense size of the imposing neo-Classical structure. Nevertheless, imbued with the power and prestige of my role as Ambassador for Columbia University. I would not feel intimidated by this monolith!

At first, I spent my time hovering gingerly at the snack table, sometimes rotating to another snack table, in an effort to avoid the schmoozing and small talks I knew was inevitable. I needed to get out there and represent Columbia effectively. I did so by dancing raucously to ‘Bad and Bougie’. Some students approached me in a casual manner, impressed I am sure by my VIP status.

However, my true interaction as Ambassador of Columbia University came in the line for the photo booth. As I was getting down to ‘Uptown Funk’, an actual ambassador starting dancing with me. I had achieved true diplomatic ideals. I, however, did not reach the true heights of diplomatic interaction that evening. This was left to a vague acquaintance who was spotted being grinded on by an extremely intoxicated VIP, clutching a bottle of clear liquor.

I represented Columbia University admirably; my only wish is that ‘Ambassador for Columbia University’ was an actual position so I could’ve had my $70 ticket comped.

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Today is the annual Reconciliation Day. It is time to make up with those exes that break up with you through text messages, with those friends that stabbed you at the back, with those friends at whose back you stabbed, with that special someone who faded out your life, with whom you shared a complicated, un-labelable relationship. This is a day when even Speccies could come to a Bwamily meeting, where the evil meet the good, where we could come together, share pitches, and eat groceries.

Come to Bwog meeting in Lerner 505, at 7 pm, love will be provided.

 

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Thank you, facilities, for helping us banish mice like this one.

As a student body, we spend a lot of time hating on our school. The administration, social structures, and other problematic things on our campus often put us in a negative rut. Today, Bwog wants to switch perspective and focus on the pure greatness around us. Specifically, can we just talk about how amazing our facilities and other building staff members staff are?

Let me tell you a story about seven girls and nine mice living together in a 600 suite. These girls returned to their suite after winter break, settled back into their rooms, and called George, the building superintendent. There was not one, but a family, of mice making the gap between their pantry and the floor a nice little mouse nest for the winter. But not for long, since George immediately came to the rescue.

George responded to their call like lightning, laying dozens mouse traps around the apartment as if it were his regular business hours. It was probably like 11pm or something like that. Nonetheless, he came to their rescue. Not only did George set the traps, but offered to return to the suite every time a mouse was caught to help dispose of it. Seriously– what a hero.

Sqeak squeak after the jump

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Look how nice!

The place that actually lets you feel like you’re an adult with your own studio apartment, where you can imagine having cute smokes on the fire escape and getting in arguments with your landlord: Watt! 

Location: 549 W. 113th St.

  • Nearby Dorms: McBain, the brownstones
  • Stores and restaurants: Symposium, Amigos, Tom’s, Community, and Bernheim & Schwartz

Cost: The cost has been standardized to $9,292

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: It’s apartment style, so each dorm is equipped with their own personal bathroom
  • AC/Heating: No AC available, but the large windows bring in a nice breeze, and the heating is nice and cozy
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each apartment has their own fully functional kitchen, making any Columbia student able to feel like their living in their own off-campus studio (what’s not to love). Sadly the downside to feeling like you live off-campus is that you have to clean it yourself. Also no common lounge, just a long dark hallway with doors to each studio.
  • Laundry: Available on each floor, no need to use the rickety elevator to cart around your delicates.
  • Fire escapes: You can actually travel from room to room through the fire escapes (though we don’t endorse it, it is possible)
  • Bike Storage: None
  • Gym: None, but McBain is right across the street if you’re desperate.
  • Intra-transportation: One sketchy elevator, but the building is only six stories high so stair are always an option. The only flaw is that there’s no access to the basement by stairs so the elevator is a must in that case.
  • Hardwood/Carpeting: Hardwood in every studio

Click here for more information on Watt

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In light of the numerous tragedies, a fellow Columbia student Alexandra Bass will be leading an event today at 1 pm, where people could “come together outside on campus to create a mural composed of drawings, words, and images that answer the question “what makes you happy?” Celebrating our differences and recognize our similarities, this art project is a great way people can gather and connect.

Location: Butler Lawn (In case of rain, Furnald Hall Lounge)
Time: 1 pm to 4 pm, Today!

 

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Happening in the worldHeavy rain brought mud and rocks to the city of Mocoa, Colombia, causing at least 400 injuries and 200 people missing. (BBC)

Happening in the nation: Famous Fox News personality, Bill O’Reilly, was said to have paid 5 women a total of 13 million dollars over the years for agreeing not to pursue litigation or publicize their accusations against him. (The NY Times)

Happening in NYC: A car burst into flame on a busy street in the Meatpacking District at around 4 pm yesterday.

Happening on campus: Former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navanethem “Navi” Pillay, will visit Columbia on April 5 to discuss “Human Rights, Rule of Law and the Challenges of Civil Society Activism“.

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