Daily Archive: April 3, 2017

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How much absinthe did YOU drink this weekend? Too much? Not enough?

This weekend was, quite frankly, just plain weird. I’m honestly struggling to find any cohesive theme from all these field notes except that they’re all just. plain. weird. Anyways, check ’em out. Y’all were up to some wacky shit. 

Weird shit:

  • Took a picture of a middle-aged Asian man in front of an out of order men’s bathroom in Fort Washington Park. I have no idea why he asked me to do this, but it seemed very important to him.
  • Went to the Cooper Hewitt and honestly it was very boring and not worth the trip back in which I had to chase down an M4 bus in the freezing rain.
  • Thought I was gonna die on Friday but it was just a bad cold. Was taken care of and kissed. Gonna get sick more, if possible.
  • Met friend’s friend’s 40 year old boyfriend in Bronxville. Dude smoked a cig in his living room while watching Transformers. Goals.
  • Have had the hiccups for the past two days.
  • Threw up in a bus toilet wearing a silk formal dress and 6 inch heels. Was not even hungover/drunk just get bad bus sickness.
  • Smoked a bong with my older brother and listened to him reminisce on his undergrad days. Sibling bonding.
  • Went to the opera. Got coughed/farted on by a lot of old people.
  • Ate some dope xiaolongbao (soup dumplings) in Flushing. 10/10 worth the hour long subway ride.
  • Blacked out at the Sigma Nu semiformal and got carried back to Carman barefoot. Almost got CAVAd for the first time (but didn’t).
  • Got exceedingly wine drunk with my brother at a Michelin Star restaurant downtown (while my mother picked up the tab).

Pretty regular shit:

  • Made a Tinder.
  • Spilled Beta juice on my silk pj shirt which was NOT cool.
  • Tried absinthe. Had too much absinthe.
  • Was initiated into a srat.
  • Went to my first frat party! Now know to be way more drunk next time.
  • Threw a surprise birthday party for a friend.
  • Got a summer internship that is actually paid!
  • Subsisted solely on free pizza for the entirety of Friday.
  • Cried over the Walking Dead finale instead of doing my homework.
  • Bought my first ever bottle of alcohol.
  • Got a bottle of rum from someone as an apology for knocking on my door at 6 in the morning on Saturday.
  • Walked across the Brooklyn Bridge with my mom!
  • Finally got a backpack. It’s April.
  • Quit my sorority.

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The famed Schapiro Skylounge™.

With an almost flawless location and unique amenities, Schapiro deserves consideration from all Columbia Students. Bwog gives you a detailed account of this gentle giant lurking on 115th.

Location: 605-615 W 115th Street.

Nearby dorms: Furnald, Woodbridge

Stores and restaurants: The UPS Store, the 115th halal cart, Morton Williams, M2M, Vine, Starbucks, Ferris

Cost: Now standard upperclass dorm price of $9,292. The dorm was priced at $7,640 last year. (sorry)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Communal bathrooms. One for men and two for women. Also one ADA single occupancy gender neutral bathroom per floor.
  • AC/Heating: Air conditioning, sometimes with temperature control. Decent heat.
  • Kitchen: Combined kitchen and lounge area. Two ovens, stoves, and microwaves per kitchen. Dark wood cabinetry.
  • Lounge: One on every floor, has a table, sofas, and a television.
  • Laundry: Laundry room in the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: Computer lab with paw print printer located on the first floor.
  • Gym: Gym with cardio machines located on first floor
  • Floor transportation: Three fast elevators (rare specimen at Columbia)
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood
  • Wi-Fi: Yes

Numbers & pics after the jump

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This could be you.

Location: 508 W 114th St. (between Broadway and Amsterdam, right next to Amsterdam)

  • Nearby dorms: John Jay, Carman, Frat Row
  • Stores and restaurants: Hamilton Deli, Strokos, Artopolis, 1020, Hungarian

Cost: standardized to $9,292/year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: One or two in each suite, with a counter and sink, toilet, and shower.
  • AC/Heating: There is heating, but no AC.
  • Kitchen: One in each suite, but it’s not very big.
  • Lounge: There is a basement lounge and a study room.
  • Laundry: In the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: There is a printer in the lobby.
  • Fire escapes: There are fire escapes, but you aren’t allowed to go on them, and this rule seems to be enforced.
  • Bike Storage: There is bike storage in the basement.
  • Gym: There is work out equipment in the basement.
  • Intra-Transportation: There are treacherously spiraling stairs and one elevator.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: No carpet. The rooms have hardwood floors and there are tiles and linoleum in the rest of the building.
  • Wifi: The usual CUIT wifi.
  • Bonus: The proximity to JJ’s (and the rest of campus) is a plus.

Enough space for a ru?

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Footage of the first ever Columbia housing selection

Today is the first day of Columbia’s most cutthroat competition: housing selection. Salty juniors and naive freshmen alike will battle it out to determine who gets the party suites and who’s left stuck in the shaft. And, of course, Bwog will be there to document the action.

As we’ve done in previous years, we’re providing a spreadsheet detailing how many rooms/suites are still available in each dorm, and a liveblog with updates on which lottery number just picked, where that group is living, and if anyone cried. You can find both below.

A duel to the death (or, for an EC townhouse) via Wikimedia Commons

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Hella stairs

Looking for a nice, quiet living space on Riverside Drive that isn’t St. A’s? Look no further than Woodbridge. 

Location: 431 Riverside Dr.

  • Nearby dorms: St. A’s, Schapiro, the 600s
  • Stores and restaurants: M2M, Morton William’s, Vine, a halal cart

Cost: standardized to $9,292/year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: One in each suite/apartment/whatever you wanna call it, with a sink, toilet, and a bathtub.
  • AC/Heating: There is heating, but no AC.
  • Kitchen: One in each suite.
  • Lounge: There isn’t a lounge that serves as a common space for the building, but each suite has a common area that may be turned into a second bedroom of sorts.
  • Laundry: In the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: There is a printer in the lobby.
  • Fire escapes: None.
  • Bike Storage: None.
  • Gym: There is a fitness room on the first floor.
  • Intra-Transportation: There are stairs, and one very slow elevator.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: The kitchens have linoleum floors, and the rest of the suite has that ugly dorm carpet. Some renovated suites have hardwood floors.
  • Wifi: The usual CUIT wifi.
  • Bonus: It’s right next to Riverside Park, which means lots of puppers around.

Check out the rest of Woodbridge.

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An image that comes up when I search “stress”.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.

Recommended

  • “Are You Stressed? A free educational talk on overcoming stress” Monday, April 3, 5:30 – 7:00 pm. 390 Ft. Washington Ave, Ground Floor. Sandra Alvarado.
  • “Historians and Abortion Rights at the Supreme Court: The Texas Abortion Clinics Case” Wednesday, April 5, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Butler Library. Alice Kessler-Harris, Reva Siegel, Kevin Fong, Christine Scheuneman.
  • “Creative Writing Lecture: Eileen Myles” Wednesday, April 5, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Dodge Hall. Eileen Myles.
  • “Young Voices New Dreams: Discussion with Director followed by film screening” Thursday, April 6, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. IAB. Menen Hailu.

Monday, April 3

  • “The day after Mahmoud Abbas: Security Challenges, Cooperation, Successors” 12:15 – 2:00 pm. IAB. Eitan Dangot.
  • “Clearing up the Haze: New Research on Southeast Asian Pollution” 4:15 – 5:30 pm. IAB. Ruth DeFries, Miriam Marlier, Tianjia Liu, Duncan McCargo.
  • “Is There Still a European Social Model?” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. IAB.

Tuesday, April 4

  • “The Role of Europe in the Global Energy Transition” 9:30 – 11:00 am. Faculty House. Natasha Udensiva, Jonathan Elkind, Vijay Modi, Tim Boersma.
  • “Ardis Publishers, Joseph Brodsky, and the Cold War” 12:00 – 2:00 pm. IAB. Ellendea Proffer Teasley.
  • “The Irish and the Jews” 4:00 – 8:00 pm. Butler Library. P.I. Dochartaigh.
  • “The End of Europe: A Conversation with Anne Applebaum and James Kirchick” 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Bohemian National Hall. Anne Applebaum, James Kirchick.
  • “The Business of Handloom Fashion: The Future of Sustainable Dyeing and Weaving Workshops in India and Japan” 6:00 – 7:30 pm. IAB. Annapurna Mamidipudi, Amanda Mayer Stinchecum.
  • “From Heaven to Hell: The Drama of the French Baroque: A performance by Mango Baroque with spoken commentary” 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Buell Hall. Mango Baroque.
  • “The Transformative Potential of Indigenous Rights” 7:30 – 9:00 pm. Faculty House. Sheryl Lightfoot, Audra Simpson.

Wednesday, April 5

  • “Aesthetics as East Ethics: Norman Manea between Romanian Culture, Biopics and World Literature” 12:00 – 1:30 pm. IAB. Claudiu Turcu.
  • “Small Spaces – How to Live in One!” 12:00 – 1:00 pm. Alice Lesman.
    Book Talk: “The Despot’s Guide to Wealth Management: On the International Campaign against Grand Corruption, by Jason Sharman” 12:00 – 2:00 pm. IAB. Jason Sharman.
  • “The Elephant in the Room: U.S. Tax Reform” 2:10 – 3:00 pm. IAB. David Woo.
  • “Strategic Communication Workshop: Building a Global Brand from the Inside Out During Times of Change” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Kate James.
  • “Human Rights, Rule of Law and the Challenges of Civil Society Activism” 6:00 – 8:00 am. IAB. Navanethem Pillay.
  • “Follow the Money: Offshore Finance, Russia and Beyond” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Pulitzer Hall Brown Institute.
  • ““Narrative Medicine Rounds: A Screening and Talk about “Extremis”: an Academy Award-nominated documentary exploring end-of-life decision making in the ICU. A conversation with Shoshana Ungerleider, MD and Jessica Nutik Zitter, MD” 5:00 – 7:00 pm. College of Physicians and Surgeons. Dr. Shoshana Ungerleider, Dr. Jessica Nutik Zitter.

Thursday, April 6

  • “Harriet Zuckerman Conference at the Mellon Biennial” 8:15 am – 4:30 pm. Columbia Law School.
  • “Radicalism in the Middle East: Perspectives from Egypt” 12:15 – 2:15 pm. IAB. Ambassador Ahmed Farouk, Stuart Gottleib, Dr. Mona El-Kouedi.
  • “Gender Inequality in China: New Evidence and Policy Directions: 12:15 – 1:45 pm. School of Social Work. Qin Gao, Xiao-yuan Dong, Terry Sicular.
  • “In the Skin of the City: Reconceptualizing Urban Luanda Through the Work of Angolan Painter Antonio Ole” 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Knox Hall. Antonio Tomas.
  • “Book History Colloquium: A Global Iberian Printing Hub; A Monarchy Recomposed” 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Butler Library. Rachel Stein.
  • “Masters of the Graphic Novel: Blutch and Charles Burns, in conversation with Francoise Mouly” 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Buell Hall. Francois Mouly.

Friday, April 7

  • “RACE | VIOLENCE | JUSTICE: THE NEED FOR NARRATIVE, A Basic Narrative Medicine Workshop” All-day. Hammer Health Sciences Center. Mindy Fullilove, George Yancy, Topher Sanders.
  • “6th Annual Sustainable Perspective Symposium: Impacting Behavior for a Sustainable Society” 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Low Library.
  • “Film Screening- “Spotlight”: Media And The Intersection Of Sexual Violence Justice” 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Jerome Greene Hall.

Saturday, April 8

  • “More than How Old? Understanding Climate Changes from Tree Rings” 9:30 am – 3:30 pm. Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory.

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That is one high rise

So you’re finally a senior. Ready to move back on campus? Ready to relive some of those Carman vibes? Well, with a highrise suite in East Campus, you can. Check out these views. 

Location: 70 Morningside Drive – Accessible through the Wien Courtyard or via Revson Plaza.

  • Nearby dorms: Wien. Also, Plimpton, if you squint your eyes.
  • Stores and restaurants: HamDel, two halal carts, Appletree Market, SubsConscious, Che Bella, University Stationers, Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, Friedman’s.

Cost:

  • The cost for upperclassman housing is now standard: $9,292. The dorm was priced at $10,120 last year, in the most expensive tier.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Every setup gets a bathroom. Two-person flats have 38 sq. ft. bathrooms, while 5- and 6- person suites are a bit bigger to accomodate a second sink and a stalled-off toilet. Even the 6th floor has bathrooms! They all get cleaned weekly. Public second floor bathrooms are pretty gross. Suite bathrooms feel a bit better, but they would take some effort on the part of the residents to look clean.
  • AC/Heating: It has A/C, which is a predictably a huge plus in the early months/during NSOP ragers.
  • Lounge: Floor and building lounges exist, and can be described mostly as “just fine.” Floor Lounges are on the 12th, 14th, and 20th floors, and they have microwaves. Large, lounge-y living spaces define EC – they’re normally well-lit in the days and lit at night. Living spaces are on separate floors from suite bedrooms and the same floor as two-person flat and double rooms.
  • Kitchen: Suites and flats get kitchens. Kitchens come with dishwashers (not super powerful), fridges, ovens, and stoves. Microwaves not provided, but they exist in floor lounges. They’re cramped if you want to have multiple people cooking in them.
  • Laundry: Takes place in the basement. There’s a lot of machines. Like, 30 washers and dryers.
  • Fire escapes: No good access.
  • Bike storage: Bike storage is available underneath EC in the Wien Courtyard.
  • Computer/printers: Available on floors 10 and 18. One printer and a half-dozen computers per lounge. There is also a printer in the lobby.
  • Gym: Floors 8 and 16 have cardio rooms with treadmills/ellipticals.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators are pretty fast, but they often have to make a lot of stops. Occasionally, maintenance takes one over, and then there’s one elevator for the whole place. Two stairwells, one on the elevator side of the floor and one exit-only staircase on the far side.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Carpeted hallways, hardwood suite common areas. Doubles are carpeted. Bedrooms are hardwood. If you look close, you can find some linoleum in some of the kitchens.
  • Bonus: Relatively large music practice rooms on three odd-numbered floors. Par-tays.

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Hottest club in town, after Ref

Hottest club in town, after Ref

Bwogger Nadra Rahman reports from a tense and stuffy Satow Room on overflow rooms, fascist symbols, anti-Semitism, “democracy and discourse,” a “painfully white” student council, and more, as CUAD pushes to include a question on the ballot for the upcoming student council elections.  

Last night’s meeting of the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) was the most packed since, well, the last time that Israel was mentioned. Most of the students who came—from organizations like Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD), Aryeh, J Street, Students Supporting Israel (SSI), Columbia Divest for Climate Justice (CDCJ), and still more groups—could not fit into the room and were either funnelled into overflow rooms to hear the livestream, or turned away. Chaos reigned for the first half hour of the meeting, with VP Nathan Rosin doing the bulk of the bouncing for the precariously crammed Satow Room.

The impetus for all this was CUAD’s proposal to include a referendum in the ballot for the upcoming general elections, which would read as follows: “Do you support Columbia University Apartheid Divest’s campaign as part of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement?” Though the Israel-Palestine issue consistently draws impassioned crowds to CCSC meetings, the intention of last night’s meeting was to vote not on the content of the issue, but on the language of the question and whether it deserved inclusion on the ballot.

And it lasted four hours

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Time to wake the fuck up, friends. It’s Monday.

Good morning, Columbia! Will this be the week? Has spring finally sprung? We sure hope so. One more day of cold cloudy rain and I’ll be ready to move to Cabo. But until then, check out today’s Bwoglines. 

Happening in the nation: Violent weather is taking over the south right now—tornadoes, flooding, you name it. We’re lucky to be in NYC right now.

Happening in NYC: Finally, some good news! Trader Joe’s is set to open two new stores in Manhattan this year! One will be down in SoHo on the corner of Spring and Sixth Ave, and the other will be on the Upper West Side (!) on 93rd and and Columbus.

Happening on campus: Today is the first day of Columbia College Days! Today from 7 to 9 pm in Roone Auditorium CCSC will be hosting a cake decorating competition! Stop by if you love judging other people’s surgery masterpieces.

Time to get your groove on, Columbia. 

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