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A suite of EC residents awoke on Thursday after 40s on 40 to find that a rude party pooper had entered their suite, defecated in their dishwasher, and vomited in their bathroom.

We spoke to Jac Kovarik, one of the residents of the affected suite, about what went down. She said the defecator must have entered the suite between 4:30 AM, when she fell asleep, and 5:30 AM, when one of her suitemates returned home to find the mess. “This is not the first time someone has come into our suite in the middle of the night because our door was propped open, but no one has ever, like, destroyed our home like this,” she said. “The amount of damage they did is kind of unreal, and we wonder if there were more than one person.”

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The West Harlem Piers, from Betsy’s run this morning

Spring is here for good, if the scant outfits we saw around campus during yesterday’s concert were any indication. But there are more benefits to the warm weather than just wearing shorts and sundresses: you can finally set out on a run in Riverside Park without your butt cheeks threatening to go numb. For those of you who are a sudden health kick after Bacchanal degeneracy, have never ventured outside the Hamilton stairs for exercise before, or just get lost really easily, senior staffer (and frequent runner) Betsy Ladyzhets has compiled a list of her favorite routes to run in Riverside. These work for walking or biking, too!

1. Riverside Drive (easy): There’s a pathway at the very top of the park that goes from 120th street to 96th street. This is a good starting route if your endurance is terrible or if you’re nervous that you’ll get lost if you venture further into the park. Be careful of the cobblestones here, though – it’s very easy to trip. Distance: 1 to 1.5 miles one way, depending on where you start.

2. Wide bike path in the upper level (easy): If you go down the pavement path at the 116th Street entrance, follow the path all the way down the hill, then turn left and follow the trail for a few minutes, you’ll find yourself at a wide, paved path stretching from about 110th Street to 96th street. This path is great for sprinting, as it’s completely flat and wide enough to allow for easy passing. The small dog park midway through is a great highlight. Distance: 1 to 1.5 miles one way.

Check out some more difficult routes after the jump

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We hope you’re ready to get this #lit for the arts this week!

New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.

Monday, April 10th

  • Owen Sheers: Reading of Pink Mist and Panel Discussion, 6:15 PM, Jerome Greene Annex (Law School) – “Pink Mist tells the story of three young Bristol men deployed to Afghanistan. Returning to the women in their lives who must now share the physical and psychological aftershocks of their service, Arthur, Hads and Taff find their journey home is their greatest battle.” – Free

Tuesday, April 11th

  • Jason Treuting + JACK Quartet, 6:00 PM, Miller Theatre – “A founding member of the pioneering ensemble So Percussion, Jason Treuting is no stranger to exploring new sounds and new works. His performances have been iconic, and his compositions hailed as “rich and engrossing” (Time Out New York). In his New York solo recital debut, featuring Treuting as composer and performer, he explores solo repertoire for percussion, including the premiere of a revised version of Oblique Music for Four plus (blank), for solo percussion and string quartet.” – Free

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This Thursday, we received an anonymous tip alerting us to an act of vandalism committed by GSAS student and Introduction to Experimental Physics lab TA Andrey Vlasov. This tip included a screenshot of an email sent by Vlasov to his lab class. In the email, Vlasov stated that he tore down a rainbow sticker reading, “All are welcome” in Pupin Hall, and replaced it with a paper reading, “Remember Sodom and Gomorrah”. ‘Sodom and Gomorrah‘ refers to two Biblical cities that were destroyed by an act of God as punishment for acts of sodomy.

Vlasov is under investigation for this incident, and is forbidden from entering Pupin until his hearing on Tuesday. We reached out to the Physics department for comment, and a spokesperson informed us that relevant offices at Columbia have been alerted, and that Vlasov’s TA duties have been re-assigned to alternate instructors for the time being.

“The Physics Department takes this situation and the well-being of our students very seriously,” the spokesperson wrote.

We will update this post with further developments as they occur. You can see the screenshot of Vlasov’s email below.

Vlasov’s email to his physics lab students

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Wondering what that bitter, metallic taste in your mouth is? A mix of regret and shame, a lot of alcohol and probably a small portion of leftover vomit hiding in the deep crevices of your eating hole! After a day of excessive drinking, Bwog is here to help you ease the hangover, so you can hide your pain, hide your vices and put on a big, winner smile for those admitted student class of 2021. Show them the side of Columbia that they would not see if they decided to come!

Bwog will be holding a detox session tonight at 7 pm, so we can all talk about campus news, gossips and resuscitate our livers. Students from Days of Campus are welcomed to join us! Bring your friends, last night hookups, and your pitches. We will meet you at Lerner 505, 7 pm.

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Tbh I felt like I was in outerspace yesterday, too.

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

  • “The Current Situation and Future Prospects for Europe’s Economy” Monday, April 10, 6:00 – 7:30 IAB. IAB Room 1501. Dr. Werner Hoyer.
  • “Undergraduate Committee on Global Thought (UCGT) Faculty Forum: “Who Gets to Speak? Regulated Speech in a Global Context” Monday, April 10, 7:00 – 8:00 pm. Agnes Callamard, David Schulz, Ann Cooper.
  • “Brazilian Democracy: Challenges and Perspectives” Tuesday, April 11, 5:00 – 6:30 pm. Italian Academy. Dilma Rousseff.
  • “The Potential of Human Rights for Transformative Change: Keynote Address by Ms. Kate Gilmore” Wednesday, April 12, 12:10 – 1:10 pm. Jerome Greene Hall. Kate Gilmore.
  • “HarperCollins Panel Discussion” Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Butler Library, Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Katherine Tegen, Josh Marwell, Hugh Van Dusen.
  • “Extreme Engineering: Tech-Stories from Space” April 12, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Teachers College Cowin Auditorium. Donald Pettit.

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A bigger, less cramped double

Housing selection is over, but the guaranteed housing list sure isn’t! Are you a rising Barnard sophomore worrying about where you’ll end up next year? Did you just pick into Elliot and have no clue what to expect. Bwog’s here to calm your nerves with another housing review.

Location: 49 Claremont Avenue (Claremont & 119th)

Nearby Dorms: 47 Claremont (Columbia dorm), pretty close to the Quad, less close to the 600s

Stores and Restaurants: Nothing’s all that close, but easy enough to walk to the 600s.

Cost: $11,038 Singles, $9,520 Doubles

Bathrooms: Two bathrooms per floor, one on each side. The bathrooms aren’t great, but multiple showers, toilets, and sinks in each one, and facilities cleans them.

Amenities:

  • AC/Heating: Both heating and air conditioning in every room.
  • Kitchens/Lounges: Two per floor, but only one microwave. Each floor also has a lounge, with TV and couches.
  • Laundry: All in the basement, 4 washers and 4 dryers.
  • Computers/Printers: One of each in the lobby.
  • Gym: It’s not far from the quad gym, or you could trek to Dodge…but why?
  • Intra-Transporation: One elevator, two stairwells – pretty standard.
  • WiFi: Yes! Barnard Secure
  • Hardwood or Carpet: Mostly lineoleum, with a little bit of carpet.

But are the singles spacious? Find out after the jump.

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The CMTS Senior Showcase cast stands in a line in front of the audience, singing a song from Spring Awakening in front of a brick wall.

“The weirdest shit is still to come”

Senior Staffer and Sports Editor, Ross Chapman reviewed the last performance by CMTS’s seniors. 

On Friday night, musicians and actors from the Class of 2017 gathered in front of a friendly audience in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre for one final performance at Columbia. Far from the theatrical formality of the usual CMTS show, the atmosphere Senior Showcase was one of low stakes and celebration. Eleven seniors, all of whom have participated in musical theater on campus and some of whom have come to define it, performed 17 compartmentalized numbers from their favorite shows. While the show ostensibly had no theme, it was clear that the seniors were singing and acting in reflection theatrical pasts and with anxious optimism for whatever may come next.

The show began with a company performance of “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?” the opening number to Avenue Q which introduces a protagonist exiting college and entering the “real world.” The singers substituted “English” for “Theater,” immediately signaling to the crowd that the showcase had no pretention of faithfully and sacredly reproducing every note. (For timing or symbolic purposes, the company did not perform the song’s segue into “It Sucks to Be Me.”) Following this was a series of solo and small ensemble works, performed in front of a faux-brick wall with lights strung up on top. This casual, close-knit, coffee shop atmosphere was reinforced by sparse lighting cues (save for in one number) and a cooperative audience, who cheered and laughed even when nothing too funny was happening. Both the 7 pm show was a sell-out, a testament to how much students wanted to see their friends’ final hurrahs.

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Happening in the world: Amidst growing concerns about North Korea’s missile program, the US military deploys warships to the Korean peninsula. (BBC)

Happening in the nation: After Xi left the U.S., China immediately condemned the US Strike, stating that the strike was an act of a weakened politician flexing his muscles. (The NY Times)

Happening in NYC: Man-spreading on the subway? You may want to think twice. An argument sparked by a subway rider man-spreading resulted in a brawl with hammer and a hammer-beaten victim. (NY daily news)

Happening on Campus: On Thursday from 12:00 pm to 1: 00 pm, Olivier Rabenschlag, the Head of Creative at Google, will come to the Medical Center to talk about using technology to tackle global health challenges. 

Congrats, you have survived Bacchanal, here is Mariah Carey sprinkling 24-karat gold glitter:

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