Daily Archive: April 27, 2017

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My personal favorite.

One of the best ways Bwog gauges campus impressions of our content is by reading our comments from lovely viewers like you. And we read everything—from angry slurs, to defensive anecdotes, to half-assed praise. Here are a few of our favorites from this semester. 

 

Most Underrepresented:

Always looking to support underrepresented viewpoints on campus.

 

Best Mathematical Calculations:

…Bernard?

 

Most Helpful:

Thank you, Amanda!

 

Most Romantic: 

 

Best Mom:

Thanks from Bwog, mom. For all that you do.

 

Most Blunt: 

Good question.

 

Most Genuine: 

We smiled!

 

Most Spiteful:

 

Most Unnecessarily Salty At Spec, Too:

 

“Best” “Quotation” “Marks:”

“Thanks.”

 

Most Vague: 

???

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I spent way too much time making this

Rafael Ortiz, memer supreme, was recently elected as the Pre-Professional Representative of CCSC. We don’t know about you, but Daily Editor Youngweon Lee thinks this is…fishy. Here is her conspiracy theory.

Around the end of last semester, columbia buy sell memes was created by a group of edgy meme-y students. As it quickly became everyone’s new favorite method of procrastination, some memers started to stand out more than others, mostly for their prolific posts, sometimes funny, sometimes not. First it was Rasmi, then it was Rafael Ortiz. I don’t know why Rasmi just kinda stopped posting; he was funny. My personal opinion on Rafael’s memes is that they’re hit or miss, and mostly shitposts, but then again, that’s pretty much an exact description of my Bwog articles, so I can’t judge.

So everyone (including me) thought Rafael didn’t have a life outside of memes, but then he friended everyone in this school on Facebook and announced his CCSC campaign. I mean, like, what? Where did that come from? And he ran for pre-professional representative, of all things. Who even runs for that? Rafael Ortiz, that’s who. And he won.

What’s the conspiracy?

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Should you see the Varsity Show for 50 bucks?

Columbia’s famous musical theater tradition, the Varsity Show, is happening this weekend. Though there are a few ticket options, the most pricy are $50 “VIP” tickets, which promise “front row seats as well as VIP Treatment.” Though we don’t know what that quite entails, Bwog had some ideas as to what would make that ticket worth 50 dollars.

  •  Champagne on tap
  • A foot servant
  • A roasting from Kate McKinnon
  • An apology letter
  • An overpriced designer scarf from Barnard Buy Sell Trade
  • Ear plugs
  • A sleeping mask and melatonin
  • Free laundry while you watch the show
  • The styrofoam reclining lady from last years show
  • Your time back
  • A Canada Goose jacket
  • A paid summer internship
  • Subsidized Barnard tuition
  • Unlimited meal swipes
  • A studio single in 110

 

V123 via Varsity Show Facebook Event

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How do dictatorships and secret police connect?

Bwog Staffer and a Taiwanese student who can not wait to get the heck back to his country, Timmy Wu, shares his experience at a talk at Weatherhead Asian Institute, on the topic of dictatorship and secret police of authoritarian regimes in Taiwan and the Philippines.

Taiwan has not always been a democratic boba tea fairyland under the constant pressure of a giant authoritarian neighbor. While it has been portrayed in the medias as the first Asian “country” (if I may call it so), to ever democratized (and in a month from now, perhaps to legalize same-sex marriage), it was not without incidents of massacres, bloodshed and shady disappearances of pro-democracy activists that it finally came to be what it is today, a country more free than the land of the free. In fact, I have always considered it quite a miracle, how within the time span of thirty years, Taiwan would be able to transform from a society that was infiltrated by probably the highest density of intelligence personals from an authoritarian regime of Chiang Kai-shek, to a full-fledged democracy. In the talk today with Sheena Chestnut Greitens, Assistant Professor in the Political Science Department of the University of Missouri, on her book: Dictators and their Secret Police: Coercive Institutions and State Violence, I was able to get a fresh take on how such drastic transition from authoritarianism to democracy might have gone down.

And just how did the transition go down?

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Soon you’ll have to pay for this beautiful view!

Happening in the World: Turkey has deported four foreigners who were working with and giving aid to Syrian refugees. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: Mayor Bill DeBlasio approved a plan to potentially allow the Met to charge an entrance fee for non-New Yorkers. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Check out the lecture: “Kompromat: What It Is, and What It Means for U.S.-Russia Relations” in SIPA, Marshall Shulman Seminar Room with Professor Keith Darden, Miriam Elder, and Dr. Katy Pearce.

Overheard: “That’s why I’m a capitalist … I’m not greedy, but when you have money and want to make money…”

Bad Joke: Why did the stadium get hot after the game? All of the fans left.

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