Daily Archive: April 30, 2017

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Go female leadership!! Rock on!!

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

  • “Disrupted: Speech and Democracy in the Digital Age” Monday, May 1, 9:30 am – 4:30 pm. Casa Italiana. The Knight First Amendment Institute, the Tow Center for Digital Journalism.
  • “The Art of Translation” Tuesday, May 2, 4:30 – 6:00 pm. IAB, Room 1512. Antonina Bouis, Lisa Hayden, Thomas Kitson, Marian Schwartz.
  • “Envisioning Life after Incarceration: A Gendered Response” Tuesday, May 2, 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Schermerhorn Extension 754. Reuben Miller, Miyoshi Benton, Yolanda Johnson-Peterkin.
  • “Learning While Serving: Reflections on Five Years Working International Development and Diplomacy in the Obama Administration” Wednesday, May 3, 12:00 – 1:30 pm. IAB, Room 1219. Dr. Sarah E. Mendelson.

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So possibly cream cheese with the *vegan* cheese?

You asked, and we delivered: up next on our first day of senior wisdoms is the wonder Poke-Master Karim Nader, who tells us about Metaphysics and his EC PJ party plans.  

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Karim (Cream Cheese without the Cheese), Columbia College, Philosophy with a concentration in Math, from Beirut, Lebanon.

Claim to fame: That guy who decides how much money your group is getting, Carman mom, wrote for Spec, might have asked you about your sex life if you’ve gotten an HIV test at Health Services.

Where are you going? I’m working as a paralegal for a law firm in midtown, moving to a cute Astoria townhouse and living the suburban mom dream in NYC.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2021?

1) Learn to love Columbia: You’re spending the next few years here and it is easy to end up hating your time at Columbia by looking at everything the school does negatively. Focus on the progress the school is doing, find the administrators that want to make this place better, find classes that you will enjoy, activities that you are passionate about. You’re the one who gets to make this experience a positive one.

More wisdom from Karim Nader after the jump

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Who is transferring away from this face??

It’s everybody’s favorite time of year: Senior Wisdom season. The season when, instead of being rained on by water, you’re rained on by the witty and wise words of Columbia’s graduating class. Our first wisdom this year is from Alex Della Santina, former poet of the marching band, Spec columnist, and resident of a destroyed EC suite (yeah, that one).

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Alexandra Marie Della Santina, SEAS, Electrical Engineering, Towson, MD (same place as Michael Phelps. For a brief period between the Athens Olympics and the Phelps bong hit scandal, my high school address was 69 Michael Phelps Way.)

Claim to fame: This is a tricky one. Before Bored@Butler was deactivated, my claim to fame was that there was a whole thread devoted to whether I was really attractive or ugly enough to make people want to transfer schools. There was no in between. Now all I’ve got is while performing Orgo Night Spring 2016, a guy in a Charmander onesie holding a boombox started to heckle me and I yelled at him. Because of that, Spec referred to me as the “CUMB Queen”. Still don’t know how they learned my old summer camp nickname.

Where are you going? Moving from NY to Philadelphia as part of my goal to live Tina Fey’s life in reverse. As a side project, I’ll be building helicopters with Boeing.

More wisdom after the jump

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The dancers were leaping like gazelles!

This past Saturday night, Bwogger, Bella Tincher, decided to venture down to Riverside Theater to see the Columbia University Ballet Ensemble’ production of Sleeping Beauty. Filled with strife, drama, and comedy, the show was quite a delight.

As I filled into my seat, third row from the front, I was excited to see what waiting for the audience on the other side of the curtain. The theater had a very basement-of-the-church feel, even equipped with that musky smell that old buildings always seem to have.

The show started with an introduction from the executive director and artistic director, Elizabeth McAneny (BC ’18) and Elizabeth Neureiter (BC ’18), respectively. They spoke passionately about their show, obviously taking great pride in their work, with Neureiter having her hair slicked back in a bun and ready to perform in minutes. With that the show began, a prologue that consisted of the icon scene of whether to give Aurora (played by Clara Monk, CC ’20) a purple or pink dress. The antics of the court was funny, if not a little slapstick-y, full of overdramatized fights and gestures to get their message across to the audience of what was happening if they weren’t already familiar with the storyline. Read more about this beautiful production after the jump!

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As finals season slowly creeps in, it’s difficult to keep track of anything. Exactly how much did you sleep yesterday? Have you eaten at all? How many friends do you still have left? While we have been imparting priceless wisdom to the hopeless masses of Morningside Heights, you would think Bwog has its shit together…but we have our personal vices, too. Yes, we teach you all the necessary skills to survive college or recreationally pseudo-reproduce, but we, too, are subject to mundane affairs of the masses. If you are so inclined to find out who exactly still has the time to write for Bwog, or if you personally want to be the person who courageously writes for Bwog during finals week, come to Lerner 505, at 7 pm today. We will reward you with a Fuck Spec sticker.

 

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Happening in the world: As a result of the failed coup last year, Turkish government sacks about 4000 government officials, including “1000 justice ministry workers, a similar number of army staff and more than 100 air force pilots.” (BBC)

Happening in the nation: After spending more than two years in detention, an American businesswoman, Sandy Phan-Gillis, who was convicted of spying by China, and sentenced to three and a half years in prison on Tuesday is not back in the US. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Trump revealed in a Fox News interview that he has not returned to New York City because “going back is very expensive” and that he feels “guilty”. (NYPost)

Happening on Campus: Yuhong Li, a filmmaker of a documentary project “Family Album: 100 Chinese Family Stories Uncovered”, started by students of the University in Hong Kong will be at Columbia on May 1 to screen four films, the description of which can be found in here.

Feeling down because of finals? Here is a baby sloth to cheer you up.

 

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