Daily Archive: April 6, 2017

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Classic filtered bacchanal picture

An anonymous Senior Staffer may or may not have accidentally ended up at the Big Gay Ice Cream Store on Bacchanal last year, having missed the opportunity to purchase a ticket, and having gotten a little too lit at pregame parties. She doesn’t regret it, but she’s here to describe the Bacchanal process through the lens of someone who’s never been.

Bacchanal is different from other Columbia events, because it’s something that people actually want to come to. Actually, it may be the only Columbia event attended by literally everyone (Surf and Turf close second?).

The first step in Bacchanal is getting a ticket. Usually, the first few rounds of ticket releases sell out quickly. It’s pretty f***ed up that you have to pay for tickets, but hey, this is Columbia. I’ve found that the best way of ensuring you’ll get a ticket is to purchase during the 8 am final-day release because people are either finishing their all-nighters or pressing snooze on their 8:40 alarm. No one’s thinking about tickets.

Now what?

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Renaissance garb is definitely a bad omen for your GPA.

It’s the first day of class. The professor stands at the front of the class. You’ve heard only good things about her, but there is a wild card in the room in the form of the small legion of teaching assistants. They are the ones that will be pouring over whatever garbage you turn in and ultimately decide your grade. They are mysterious people. This guide, brought to you by Bwogger Jack Treanor, will help you predict how they’ll grade based on the only thing you know about them, what they are wearing.

Scarf: A distinctly graduate student fashion choice, the scarf suggests a love of the creative and an appreciation of nuanced arguments. However, you have neither, so while your bullshit about “Pre-post-neo-colonial attitudes towards nude art” will pique their interest, it, like your eventual grade, will ultimately fall flat. Grade: B

Raggedy sneakers: Your TA is taking seven classes and hasn’t looked at the problem set yet. When they finally find the time to grade your stuff you’ll be shocked to realize they’re actually a genius and you are not. Grade: C+

“Nerd” glasses: A connoisseur of fine art and architecture. Someone in the class is going to be their muse. It unfortunately will not be you. Fear not though, they’ll appreciate you more when you’re the only one still coming to discussion section after spring break. Grade: B+

Click to see how TA fashion determines your GPA

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The marble lobby, which is both aesthetically pleasing and eco-friendly

Sometimes called Carman 2.0 and sometimes called McNasty, McBain’s short lived geotag on snapchat displaying mice pretty much sums up this fun, whimsical dorm. Its recent renovation may give a nice exterior, but its facilities are still old and ramshackle

Location: W 113th St at the corner of 113th and Broadway, New York, NY 10025

Nearby dorms: Watts, Broadway, Greek Row

Stores and restaurants: Dig Inn, Milano’s, Amigo’s, Nussbaum & Wu, Community, Korean Mill, International, and University Housewares.

Cost: Standardized to $9,292/year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Six shared, gender inclusive, private bathrooms per floor as well as a handicapped one.
  • AC/Heat: No AC; you’ll remain toasty year round unless you have a shafted room.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: One shared lounge-kitchens on every floor, complete with seating, television, oven, microwave, vacuum cleaner, and dishwasher. RA’s usually host themed nights with baked goods and DIY decorations.
  • Laundry: Located on the first floor with twelve washers/dryers, all free.
  • Computers/Printers: A computer and a Paw Print Computer and Printer is located in the lobby beneath the staircase.
  • Gym: Two treadmills, a television screen, and one elliptical make up this claustrophobic ‘fitness room.’
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and one stairwell for eight floors.
  • Wifi: Yes.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood.
  • Facilities: Bathrooms are cleaned every week day by janitorial staff, and trash/recycling is removed on a daily basis during the week.
  • Bonus: Study spaces as well as a larger lounge is found to the left of the security desk in the lobby.

Still curious about McBain?

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Carman 409B. This is a dingle, but it has nothing to do with this article. It’s just a random dingle.

Stressed about your housing for next year? Bwogger Youngweon Lee has a solution for the most screwed among you.

With most juniors and seniors having picked their housing for next year by now, as we liveblogged the whole process, we were able to witness a diverse array of emotions. Some people just wanted us to know that they’re very happy, a group of seniors were excited to go back to McBain for some godforsaken reason, and we saw a lot of happy groups who are going to live in EC, Hogan, etc. for next year. However, if the group before you took the last Watt studio double or the last EC townhouse, and you had go to your last choice dorm that has rats in it, what do you do?

Well, as usual, Bwog has the answer for you. Here is a step-by-step process on what to do if you were royally screwed over by housing. (This might especially be useful for sophomores who are about to be shafted in McBain.)

How to get the best housing.

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What many rising sophomores will look like soon…

The day of reckoning has come for Columbia class of 2020. Some groups will emerge on top with the last walk-through doubles and Carlton Arms suites, while others will end up stuck in the McBain shaft. Today is a day of stress for most and despair for the unlucky few who are abandoned by their prospective roommates for better singles. If you need a shoulder to cry on, Bwog will be in John Jay all day. (We’d probably liveblog about you, though.)

As on previous days, you can watch the action with our liveblog and running housing tallies.

Sad reacts only via public domain pictures

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Pretty marble staircase in the lobby.

Welcome to Carlton Arms, friends. The name sounds like a 19th style bar you’d find in the English countryside, and honestly, the dorm isn’t too far off from that reverie. It’s a million blocks away from the rest of civilization and everything is made of marble (well, in the lobby at least). Let’s check it out! 

Location: 362 Riverside Drive (between 108th and 109th)

Nearby dorms: Harmony is over on 110th between Broadway and Amsterdam, but other than that, you’re pretty alone.

Stores and restaurants: Rite Aid, Chipotle, West Side Market, Starbucks

Cost: Standardized to $9,292/year

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: two private bathrooms per suite (one men’s, one women’s)
  • AC/Heat: Yes heat. No AC.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Kitchen and lounge in every suite.
  • Laundry: Free in basement.
  • Computers/Printers: PawPrint station in lobby.
  • Gym: No gym. But honestly, the walk from 109th and Riverside to campus is exercise enough.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and a pretty spiral staircase.
  • Wifi: Yes ma’am.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Carpet in main suite area, linoleum in bathrooms, wood in bedrooms.
  • Facilities: Bathrooms and kitchens cleaned once weekly, trash and recycling taken out every day.
  • Bonus: Bike storage in the basement!

Read on for more about Carlton Arms!

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Do you know your Roman numerals?

Happening in the World: On Wednesday, white house chief strategist Stephen Bannon was removed from the National Security Council by President Donald Trump. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: New York City will pay Thabo Sefolosha, of the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks, 4 million dollars after Sefolosha accused five police officers of excessive force and arrest on false charges in 2015. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Orchesis, Columbia’s largest dance group, is putting on their Spring Semester showcase: Work Work Work Work Worchesis! Come out tonight at 10pm and tomorrow at 9pm!

Overheard: “Are you really trading salmon burgers for adderall?”

Bad Joke: A Roman soldier walks into a bar, holds up two fingers, and says “five beers, please.”

Alternative Facts or Alternative Numbers via Wikimedia Commons

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