Daily Archive: April 12, 2017

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As ABC (Activities Board at Columbia) has their final meeting this Wednesday, Bwog thought that it would be helpful to give a quick guide to how to achieve recognition for any student who wishes to start an organization! Semi-literate Bwog Writer Gabrielle Kloppers is here to give you the lowdown.

This brief guide to how to achieve Activities Board at Columbia recognition is from my (jumbled) perspective only and does not reflect the actual process to a substantial extent. Or maybe it does. Apply to form a student organization and you too will know the trials and tribulations.

  1. Come to Columbia INSPIRED to start something new. You will and must leave your legacy on our great school. Let’s face it, this is the only way. You’re not the next Neal Gorsuch.
  2. Realize that to get money, or anything help at all in this quest, you will need ABC recognition. Note: ABC stands for Activities Board at Columbia, or as I prefer to call them, the Activities Bureaucratic Commission.
  3. Note: to form an organization, it will take 2 or 3 semesters to get Columbia accreditation. Yes, 2 or 3 semesters. So that wine-drinking club you want to form? You’ll actually be 21 by the time it gets off the ground!
  4. Then comes the frightening interview. They stand around watching you with suspicious eyes, certain you are trying to steal Columbia funding to buy a beer pong table.
  5. The interview: is very vague. Maybe accreditation is just a lottery?
  6. If you by chance survive the perils of the interview, you will be assigned an advisor…
  7. … Who will advise you to change everything about your original idea
  8. Final Columbia Achievement Unlocked: Complete disillusionment

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Last night, the Columbia Political Union hosted a debate on the topic of freedom of speech at Columbia. Guest writer Ufon Umanah recounts the main points of each debater, and a brief summary of the main conflicts the event touched on as a whole.

The difficulty of having a debate on freedom of speech at Columbia boils down to the fact that, as expressed by Columbia University Democrats Lead Activist Shrayan Shetty, everyone believes in freedom of speech at a fundamental level, but has different ideas of what free speech looks like. Yesterday’s audience members listened first to structured debate on how free speech should affect decisions online and then a less structured debate on free speech at Columbia. These debaters presented five visions of what freedom of speech should look like.

What did the debaters say about free speech?

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Hi Lewisohn are you as shook as we are

Last night, in a room packed with students, General Studies Student Council voted on the GS Senator’s potential impeachment and heard from students about proposals for co-sponsorships.

GSSC dove right into the addressing the proposal to impeach Ramond Curtis, Senator of GS. Although many members of GSSC were absent due to religious holiday and other various reasons, the council had the required 2/3 of members present and thereby voted on the proposal. Out of 20 members present, 12 voted for the impeachment of Curtis whist 7 voted against the impeachment. One council member, Valeria Pizzi, International Student Representative, used her unexcused absence to sit out the vote in order to manifest her belief that the vote should not be taking place on a religious holiday. In the end, a 3/4 majority is needed for an impeachment to go through. Therefore the 12 votes for the impeachment were not enough to attain the majority required.

The conversation that led up to the vote included council members, audience members and viewers of the live feed of the council (which received over 1300 views). First, President Larosa read out the impeachment report, Curtis’ rebuttal and statements from absent members, including one from Brett Krasner, VP of Campus Life. In his statement, Krasner emphasized the logistics of impeachment, stating that “I do not believe that it is pragmatic to throw council into a new round of elections”. Indeed, the mandate for senator is two years long and thus an impeachment would result in Curtis not sitting on GSSC for the entire length of his mandate.
Next Valeria Pizzi, International student representative denounced the fact that this vote was taking place on Passover. She pointed out that five council members were currently missing for religious motives and that the vote should be postponed because this was a “violation of their rights, their voting rights”. Dennis Zhao, VP of Communication clarified that he never intended for his proposal to take place on a religious holiday. This issue came up later in the evening when Pizzi announced she would not be voting to support the religious rights of the other students not present. The VP of Finance Jacob Case noted that “we are a secular institution” and as such the students who are participating on a religious holiday are excused. Nevertheless, the council had quorum and thus would be voting on this topic according to the constitution. Ramond Curtis, when asked, later agreed that this process was no fair for the students they were representing.

What’s the tea

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Barnard College is hosting a “Topping Off” ceremony today from 11am to 2:30pm on the 119th St. walkway between Milbank and Diana Center for the conclusion of the “steel superstructure” phase of the Milstein Center’s construction. You can come sign one of the beams in the building, and there will be snacks and giveaways! Interim President Goldberg and Board of Trustees Vice Chair Cheryl Milstein will be speaking around 11:15am, if you want to come early for that. Come leave your mark on a beam and grab some snacks!

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Happening in the world: Apparently, Ivanka Trump played a big role in convincing her father to authorize a missile strike in Syria against an Assad-regime airbase after a horrendous chemical gas attack, according to an interview with The Daily Telegraph and Eric Trump. (CNN)

Happening in NYC: Yellow Magnolia Café opens at Brooklyn Botanic Garden! This restaurant’s menu is focused on light, vegetable-centered plates. Get off campus this weekend and eat some fresh veggies! (NYT)

Happening on campus: Are you an art history major? The Barnard SGA is hosting an event about what you can do with a degree in art history today 6:30pm-7:30pm in 223 Milbank Hall.

Overheard: “I wanna get married in Low.” “That’s weird, what if your husband went to Cornell?” “What an awful hypothetical.”

An old celeb tweet: 

tbh, same.

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