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Wien’s stately exterior hides its interior – stressed out and isolated sophomores/juniors.

Did you have a terrible experience with your roommate and are desperately searching for a single? Don’t worry, you’ve want plenty of options. Bwog takes you through Wien Hall in this Housing Review. 

Location: 411 West 116th Street, between Amsterdam and Morningside

  • Nearby dorms: East Campus
  • Stores and restaurants: Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, Hamilton Deli, Strokos Deli, Artopolis, Friedman’s, and the 116th & Amsterdam halal cart

Cost: standardized to $9,292/year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Standard dorm bathrooms on each floor, separated by gender and with three stall-style showers each. Also: a gender-neutral, wheelchair accessible, private bathroom on each floor.
  • AC/Heating: No AC at all. The radiators, which were supposedly renovated recently, either run much too hot or not at all. You’ll definitely want a fan or an (illegal) AC unit of your own to counteract the heat.
  • Kitchen: There’s a general kitchen on the second floor with two stovetops, two ovens, two microwaves, and a sink, which is not particularly kept up. However, some of the floors have recently renovated lounges with half-kitchens: a stovetop, microwave, and sink, but unfortunately no oven.
  • Lounge: Columbia actually put some money into updating the lounges, so now each floor has at least some form of a lounge. These usually feature a standard square table with chairs, as well as a coffee table, a number of armchair-style seats, and a TV. It’s not the height of luxury, but it’s something.
  • Laundry: There’s a free laundry room on the 2nd floor that’s always full and crowded; this includes piles of wet laundry sitting around or strewn across the floor.
  • Computers/Printers: There’s a computer lab on the 2nd floor with a printer that’s usually fairly consistent. The ground-floor printer is usually a bit more temperamental about when it works, but at least it’s there for when you forget to print and don’t want to swipe back in.
  • Fire escapes: Nope.
  • Bike storage: There’s a Zagster bike rack for bike rental outside, but no officially designated student bike storage for Wien.
  • Gym: Enjoy the hike to Dodge! Not available.
  • Intra-transportation: The two elevators are generally quick, when operational. One of the elevators was not functional for a bit over a week this semester, and they occasionally will get stuck on floors / experience door jams.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Neither! While the halls are carpeted, single rooms have lovely color linoleum tiles. Some double have updated to hardwood, however.
  • Wifi: Yes, thankfully.
  • Bonus: By this point, you’re probably aware of the biggest benefit of Wien: your own personal sink! However, with great power (brushing your teeth without leaving your room) comes great responsibility (like not pissing in your sink).

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Choose wisely…

Hogan is gone. EC is almost gone. Sophomores are beginning to despair. But don’t lose hope yet – there are still plenty of suites left! Sure, Ruggles, Woodbridge, or Claremont might seem subpar right now, but in many ways, those dorms pale in comparison to their EC counterparts. Good luck, juniors! Choose wisely!

Below, you can find today’s liveblog and running Google doc. To clarify after a couple of questions on yesterday’s post: the document updates regularly, and all numbers are numbers of suites/rooms remaining in each dorm.

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A nice view from Broadway of the 114th street brownstone backyards.

Worrying about where you’re gonna live next semester as beautiful dorms are slowly taken from you? Don’t fret, Bwog has got you covered with another Housing Review: Broadway Hall!

Location: 556 West 114th Street

Nearby dorms: Hogan, Carman, Ruggles, 114th Brownstones

Stores and restaurants: Amir’s, M2M, Sweetgreen, Nussbaum and Wu, anything on Broadway pretty much.

Cost: Now following the standard upperclass dorm price of $9,292. The dorm was priced at $$8,166/year last year.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Shared bathrooms, two for men and two for women, on each floor. Multiple single-use bathrooms on ground floor past the lobby.
  • AC/Heating: Air conditioning and heating. Heating is infamous for being too hot when unneeded, not hot enough when required.
  • Kitchen: Shared kitchens on each floor. Kitchen is pretty sparse, though, with a stove, microwave, and sink.
  • Lounge: There’s a lounge on each floor, with a TV. Two large lounges, including a “sky lounge,” on 14th floor. Also an open lounge with adjacent seating (looking over 114th Brownstone backyards) on ground level.
  • Laundry: There’s a medium-sized laundry room in the basement.
  • Computers/Printers: A PawPrint printer is located on the ground level outside the building lounge.
  • Gym: Gym newly renovated on 4th floor of building.
  • Floor transportation: Two fast elevators in the Broadway portion of the Hogan-Broadway complex.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: No carpeting in building.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes.
  • Miscellaneous: There are 4 music practice rooms in Broadway, and a seminar room on the ground floor. The Residential Life offices for West Campus and The Block are located in Broadway as well.

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Nothing beats free ice cream.

Need a break from a crazy and intense day, filled with midterms or due assignments? Take some time out of your day today to get some free ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s. We know that the cloudy, cold and gray day might be bringing you down, but nothing turns a day around like free stuff and ice cream! Ben and Jerry’s is located on 104 and Broadway, so take a few friends and catch up on life while licking an ice cream cone. They’ll be giving out free cones up until 8 pm. Columbia, we know that you’re stressed, tired, and hungry: get some fresh air and exercise by walking down to Ben and Jerry’s. Trust us, you’ll be happy that you went.

Want to learn more about Free Cone Day? Check out Ben and Jerry’s website here.

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The post-Spar era has already showed its true colors with the passing of Maggie.

Some student council meetings are tense and exciting, grapple with real issues faced by students on campus, and get a lot of attention. Not so this week at Barnard’s SGA meeting, where the Rep Council spent most of their time hearing about Barnard’s communication strategy.
That’s not to say that the meeting wasn’t interesting. SGA was joined by Barnard’s Vice President for Communications, Justin Harmon. Harmon joined Barnard this past January, after accepting the position in November mere days after President Debora Spar announced her plans to leave the college to take a new position at Lincoln Center. He said that his department is looking towards the future of Barnard representing itself in the “post-Spar era.” He came to the college through a string of positions in higher education, but also reminisced about his experiences as a teacher and reporter in the New Jersey statehouse. “Covering legislation can be interesting, and sometimes it can be very not interesting,” he said wryly. We heartily agree.

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Lerner spaces have been proposed to accommodate student groups.

The discussion on GS swipe access continued at this week’s ESC meeting. ESC has proposed to reconfigure several unused spaces that can be utilized by student groups on campus. 

The penultimate meeting of Engineering Student Council was punctuated by intermittent reminders of the upcoming transition in council members. The main topic of discussion at this relatively short meeting (internal transition discussion and picture-taking consumed the last 10 to 15 minutes of sessions) consisted of continued discussion regarding the reconstituted General Studies Swipe Access resolution.

General Studies Swipe Access Resolution: Part Deux
After Vice President for Policy Sidney Perkins recused himself as parliamentarian for the moderated caucus discussing this resolution—as Perkins is the primary sponsor of the resolution—two representatives from General Studies Student Council spoke in support of passing the resolution. The two representatives essentially contextualized the Swipe Access Resolution in reference to nearly 15 years of GS advocacy for more equitable swipe access, especially as the last few years have engendered a unique campus atmosphere for this issue. They explained how GS students do no automatically receive access to certain CPS offices, certain group events (which GS students subsidize in their tuition), study groups with friends, and memorial services for peer students held in residential dorms. At a larger level, they continued, GS students are “feeling otherized [sic]” in a manner which is “destructive to community.” They emphasized how ESC has focused this year on increasing student wellness, one aspect of which is increasing student space, claiming that opening up more spaces to GS students will work within the space available at Columbia to combat the lack thereof. Finally, the GS representatives referred to prior commuter student and GS polling data to point out how GS students utilize residential amenities at a lower rate than commuter students, who can obtain swipe access, thus proving that opening up these spaces to GS students will not negatively affect CC/SEAS student life.

Did this resolution pass?

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Syndergaardddddddd

Happening in the US: Democrats are planning on filibustering the Supreme Court nomination on Neil Gorsuch. Republicans have promised that Gorsuch will be confirmed on Friday, even if it means changing the rules by bypassing the filibuster. (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: Yesterday was the Mets’ Opening Day. Noah Syndergaard dominated the game as the Mets won over the Braves 6-0. (Fansided)

Happening on campus:  Today there will be a talk called, “The End of Europe: A Conversation with Anne Applebaum and James Kirchick” from 5-6:30 in the Bohemian National Hall. The speakers will discuss the issues that Europe is facing amidst international conflict.

Overheard: “I’m so Long Island, I’ll get Hurricane Sandy on your ass.”

Music Pick: With these rainy vibes, slow it down with some Ben Howard.

 

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