Monthly Archive: May 2017



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See you next fall, President Beilock!

After a seven-month search, Barnard has a new president. Sian Leah Beilock, a former professor of Psychology and Executive Vice Provost at University of Chicago who focused on women’s success in STEM fields and performance under pressure in sports, will serve as Barnard’s eighth President beginning this fall. Beilock has won numerous accolades, including the 2017 Troland Award from the National Academy of Sciences, has published two books and over 100 publications, and has worked in education and public policy on a national level.

“Having spent my career investigating how people can perform at their best, I am thrilled at the prospect of leading a college focused on ensuring women have the tools to succeed in any path they choose,” Beilock said.

Barnard’s former president Debora Spar announced her resignation last November, and it came as a shock to many students. However, the announcement also inspired hope among students for a president more representative of the student body. Incoming President Beilock definitely falls outside of the corporate feminist classification that many students criticized Spar for, hailing from a very academic background. Still, many were hoping to see a woman of color as Barnard’s president. Maybe she’s at least intersectional? She’s also participated in a Reddit AMA, so she’s in with the millennials! See you next fall, President Beilock!

Read the full email from Barnard after the jump:



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Gonna miss these sunrises

This spring has been full of drama. From CCSC overtimes to shit in unexpected places, Columbia doesn’t seem to be able to agree on anything. Bwog has been here to cover all of the action, whether it’s debates on the value of John JJ’s (*vajj’s) or students suing their school. Here’s a recap of this semester’s highlights, before we peace out for the summer.

To kick off the semester, we stirred things up a bit by changing our Bwoglines format. Columbia stirred things up more by flooding JJ’s Place. A back-up was created by converting John Jay to John JJ’s – more seating, less fooseball. We tried to come up with a better nickname than John JJ’s, but it didn’t really stick.

Barnard dorms were infested with mice, and Barnard contingent faculty were infested with anger at the administration. They threatened to strike, but a deal was reached before the deadline hit. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet talked to Columbia students. Our basketball team played some games (well, but not well enough to make it to the Ivy League Championship). Sorority and fraternity recruitment happened, and we tried to explain them.

Spec columnist and Federalist founder Neil Gorsuch, CC ’88, was nominated (and eventually selected) for the Supreme Court. The only people at Columbia truly happy about this decision was the Fed, which briefly marketed itself as “Columbia’s Only Newspaper Founded By a Supreme Court Justice. Seriously.” Meanwhile at the more local level of government, ESC VP of Policy Sid Perkins, SEAS ’17 tried – and failed – to get Legos installed in Carleton Commons. This failure pissed him off enough to initiate a long resolution on stress culture and student government’s relationship with the administration.

While we celebrated our eleventh birthday, students protested Trump’s Muslim ban, in what was perhaps the largest rally on campus this semester. The administration also expressed anger at the ban, albeit in a quieter and more formal manner.

We also had February, March, April, and a lil bit of May



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Probably thinking about the Bachelor

For our last Senior Wisdom, we have star former Managing Editor Courtney Couillard, who knows her way around the three D’s – data, drama, and the Diana.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Courtney Couillard, Barnard College, Political Science, Dover, NH

Claim to Fame: Helped run this gossip site at Columbia as Managing Editor. Broke Bacchanal headliner news before Spec. Told Columbia it should pay for my period. Ate more Diana white pizzas in the past four years than I’m proud to admit.

Where are you going? Probably to get a Harvest Bowl at Sweetgreen and watch Great British Bakeoff.

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

1) There is a difference between solitude and loneliness. Both are perfectly ok to experience during your time here. I challenge you to seek out the former. This can be through solo walks in Riverside, going to a museum alone, spending the entire day reading a book. As for loneliness- it seems impossible that you could feel alone in New York. But loneliness has its way of tapping you on the shoulder from time to time, and it’s completely normal. Do know that loneliness is not a sign of weakness, and it’s always ok to ask for help when you can’t handle it on your own any longer.

Advice on breakfast and more after the jump



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Pondering Bwog’s next poll?

Our next Senior Wisdom comes from Joe Milholland – former CCSC Bureau Chief, wearer of excellent socks, purveyor of delicious snacks, and, let’s be honest, the patron saint of Bwog. We wish you a small apartment in a big city with many books, Joe.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Joseph Milholland; Columbia College; English and Comparative Literature; Atlanta, GA

Claim to fame: If you count this as a Bwog article, I wrote for 9 of the 17 editors in chief of Bwog, an organization that began when I was 10. For three school years, I went to and reported on every CCSC meeting for three school years straight for Bwog. Also covered Usenate, GSSC, and other student council meetings, along with the occasional Suzanne Goldberg interview.

I also sat on the executive board of the Columbia University Science Ficton Society for two years as treasurer and secretary, wrote several articles for the Blue and White and managed their Facebook page this year, am a Phull and Engorged member of the Philolexian Society, lived on Hartley 8 my first year (H8 4evah!), and, as my greatest achievement at this institution, was briefly listed as part of the “Lion Society of Friends,” along with Nicolas Biekert and Robert Hornsby.

Where are you going? Hopefully to a small apartment in a big city.

Wisdom (and wisdom, and wisdom, and wisdom) after the jump



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After reportedly consulting with advisors, faculty members, students, and the policies of peer institutions, the Columbia College and School of General Studies Committee has updated academic policy in the following ways to “enable all students [to pursue] deep and thoughtful engagement in their academici pursuits, adequate time for extracurricular… opportunities… and a healthy and fulfilling undergraduate experience”:

  • Students can only take a maximum of 18 credits per semester.
  • Students can only declare a maximum of two “programs of study” (e.g. two majors or a major and a concentration).
  • Students pursuing two programs of study can count certain courses towards both programs of study.

Students who have already declared more than two programs of study and/or have created plans for an academic schedule according to the previous policy can petition for exceptions after consulting their advisers and the Director(s) of their respective academic department(s).

The ~official~, detailed policy can be found here.

The policy will take effect this Fall 2017.



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Maddie mourning Maggie :'(

Today’s next Senior Wisdom is from Maddie Stearn, who transferred into Barnard and into our hearts. This one is short and sweet.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Maddie Stearn; Barnard College; East Asian Studies; Vienna, Virginia

Claim to fame: Bwog’s former Managing Editor

Where are you going? Back to Virginia to sleep on my parents’ couch. My dog is a jerk and won’t give up my bed.

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

1) Keep your senior wisdom short.

2) Paste in plain text.

3) Transferring schools is hard and feels like a huge deal, but it will probably be worth it in the end.

“Back in my day…” I don’t know, I didn’t go here. I’ve heard Bacchanal was good?

Cheese and regrets after the jump



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Who is he?

For our Senior Wisdoms, who else could be wiser but our very own bona fide Tech Man and WordPress extraordinaire, Kevin Chen? As someone who reports to eat prereqs for breakfast, Kevin dishes out advice on 6000-level seminars and bootlegging.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Kevin Chen; SEAS; Computer Science; Pleasanton, California

Claim to fame: Once, I calculated that there’s a 1 in 3 chance you’re running my code on your phone right now. If that’s not enough, my photo of pizza rolls is now the first picture Yelp shows for John’s of Times Square. If you ever go there, get the spinach and mozzarella. Those pizza rolls are the best thing ever.

Where are you going? Over the summer, I’ll be working on software to help people take better photos. After that, I’m coming back to Columbia to finish up a master’s in CS. Although I’m not sure how my parents talked me into another year of school, I have recently come to accept it as a fact of my life.
More on Kevin after the jump



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Summertime celebration!

Bwogline: After a year and a half, Brazil has declared an end to a national emergency declared over the Zika virus; compared to last year, the number of cases decreased 95% between January and April. (BBC News)

Study Tip: Always fidgeting and wanting to do something else other than studying? Get in with the middle-school times and get a fidget toy. You can play with these spinning babies and do tricks and thingsies while you bulldoze through your readings.

Music: Listen to Harry Styles’s Harry Styles (2017).

Procrastination: Watch skincare and make-up videos, even if you’re not into those things. There’s just something therapeutic about, say, a woman gently telling you how to cleanse your face using thermal water.

Overheard: “Mom, I want to Facetime you so that you can help me pack, and like tell me what to do.”

“Une splendide creature que j’avais aimee la veille…” by Auguste Rodin via The Met



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What first-years campaigning for CCSC next fall will be like

We know. It was reading week, now it’s finals and summer and graduation are just a few hours away. You don’t want to hear about weird quorum rules and comma splices, you want to leave! But for incoming first-years, this isn’t the last day of spring semester – it’s one day closer to starting school at Columbia. To help that incoming class prepare for a foray into student government, Guest Writer Ufon Umanah has put together an overview of CCSC politics.

Here’s the thing. CCSC is not the administration, which can do most things. But CCSC, for better or for worse, became a conduit for many issues on campus, and there are many ways their advocacy might affect you. So whether you’re waiting to graduate from high school or waiting to toss reams of notes out the window, here’s a viewing guide for the antics of CCSC next year.

The State of Health

The mental health situation has always been bad at Columbia, but after a cluster of suicides last winter, mental health took central stage in student politics. It was the topic of an ad hoc town hall this semester. Every party running for Executive Board or Class Council had something about mental health and CPS. When CCSC considered adding a mental health and wellness representative, Vice President of 2020 James Ritchie argued that because everyone elected ran to fix mental health, creating said representative would be shirking the job they ran to do themselves. In short, they’re going to try to do something on mental health. We just don’t know if the administration will be responsive.

Divestment Do-Overs

CUAD announced in February that it would circulate a petition to get a resolution on the ballot for CCSC. On what, you ask? On whether to support CUAD’s campaign against Israel, specifically companies operating in the West Bank. After not gathering the 15% necessary to force a vote, the resolution failed in a dramatic 4-hour meeting on April 2nd. Following this, CUAD pledged to return with the 15% of signatures from the student body of CC necessary to force a ballot resolution. Things are sure to get even more contentious when CCSC is forced to address this again.

More on CCSC after the jump



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This pose should inspire all of the Class of 2021.

We’re back again and better than ever: this evening we share with you some words of wisdom from Vida Biggins! 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Vida Biggins, GS, Philosophy Major, Atlanta, Georgia

Claim to fame: First Multicultural Affairs Representative for GSSC and VP of Students of Color Alliance. I’m also known for smiling too hard, giving inappropriately long hugs, and being obsessed with Beyonce.

Where are you going? Austin, Texas. I’ll be working in management consulting and bringing a gang of magical black girls to the top with me!

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

1) The moment you find yourself bragging/joking about how much sleep you didn’t get or how overwhelming your sense of existential dread has become, check yourself. Take a moment for self-care. Nothing -not even your GPA- is worth your personal health. Oh, and be nice to people. Columbia can be a huge, lonely place for many people. The more we smile at each other, the more we take care of one another, the more we show compassion to our classmates, the better this place is for all of us.

2) This next one is best summed up by a quote from the movie Poetic Justice that my grandmother likes to remind me of when I need to loosen up: “The world’s just a big place for us to go and fuck up in it.” College is the most appropriate place to make mistakes and when you stop obsessing over perfectionism and allow yourself room to mess up a little bit, you create the space you need to discover new things about yourself and learn valuable lessons. When I look at my transcript, it’s the biggest dips in my GPA that tell the most interesting, pivotal stories of my journey through Columbia.

3) You’re in Harlem (no matter what they tell you), bro! Get out of the Columbia bubble and take advantage of the rich culture around you. Do Harlem stuff! Eat you some real Caribbean/soul food, listen to you some good ol’ jazz, and support you some black theatre.

More on Vida after the jump



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Mother’s Day: if you disappoint your mother, it’s a scarier holiday than Halloween.

In the midst of packing, finishing finals, and drinking the rest of the Svedka in your fridge in order to “clean the fridge out,” you’re tired, you’re exhausted, and you can’t wait to be home. All of a sudden, it hits you: Mother’s Day looms in the near future, mocking you as for the ten-thousandth time, you have forgot this sacred holiday. Here’s some ideas that will help you throw together a last-minute present. 

The cop out: Rush over to the Columbia Bookstore and buy one of those $20 Columbia Mom T-shirts. Although not creative, if you have some cash and are rushed for time, this is a good option.

Pull out the crayons: Grab some extra markers and crayons and draw your mom a picture. Even if you’re artistic skills haven’t developed past the 5th Grade, we’re sure you’re mom would like that shit. Some things you can draw: a nice photo of a memory the two of you have shared, your future (if you think you’ll have a good one,) and your hopes and dreams. Avoid completely: trying to draw your mom (you’ll only insult her.)

More ideas after the jump



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Jennie Olson Smiling and looking down at a cup of milk(?) which she is about to drink.

Can you make that drink if you’re in CBA?

One of our most request Senior Wisdom recipients, Jennie Olson managed the Columbia Bartending Agency and has rocked the Earth Science world. Read on for her words of wisdom.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Jennie Olson. CC. Earth Science Major, Sustainable Development Concentration. Berkeley, CA.

Claim to fame: Manager of the Columbia Bartending Agency for two years. Overenthusiastic COÖP leader. Fell backwards off a bench while giving a campus tour. Also known for always being asleep.

Where are you going? Moving to DC to do environmental policy work with Environment America. Before that, road-tripping and hiking all summer.

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

1) Don’t be too hard on yourselves. Keep in mind that school is just one small part of the college experience, and not by any measure the most important. Carefully reflect on the things you think you want to take away from Columbia when you walk out in that cap and gown— Sure, you probably want to walk away with a decent GPA, a solid resume, future prospects, etc. I did, too (and still do). But please don’t, in that pursuit, forget to walk away with as many memories, friends, and experiences as possible.

Tip 2: Break out of your comfort zone.



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What a studious student.

As time runs down on another year at Columbia, Bwog is here to present some wise words to the incoming class. Today, Romane Thomas adds her two cents. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Romane (and no it’s not pronounced like the salad, do you really think my parents would have named in after a salad? It’s actually French. It’s pronounced like this: Row Mahn.). General Studies (Dual BA between SciencesPo and Columbia), Human Rights, St Etienne (France).

Claim to fame: I am GSSC’s favorite live commenter. Also, I was in Paris one time, ran into Dean Awn and he recognized me. It was maybe the most fulfilling day of my life.

Where are you going? This summer? To California, from New York, by train, for four days. And next year? To London! More precisely to the London School of Economics. So while I am supposed to study there, I am secretely planning to escape to Scotland, be taken back in time to the 18th century and meet a ruggedly handsome Scotsman. This is a reference to Outlander by the way. If you don’t know what it is, I just gave you your summer reading assignment. You’re welcome.

More on Row Mahn after the jump :)



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Smoulder, Mike, smoulder.

Accepted your fate for that final in an hour? Take some time to read our next Senior Wisdom, featuring Michael Glendinning!

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Michael Glendinning – Columbia College 2017, Neuroscience major.
I’m from New Providence, NJ.

Claim to fame: I was a lead activist for the CU Dems and was an organizer for Columbia Divest for Climate Justice! #divestnow. I also am a world champion dreamer.

Where are you going? I plan on living in NYC and working in a clinical research lab in my gap-years before med school. My friends and I are actually looking for somewhere to move in to after graduation. An affordable 4br apartment somewhere in Northern Manhattan would be convenient and awesome for us. Please let me know if you have any leads!

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

1) If you are having any legal issues, related to the school or not, go to the Ombuds office!! It is the most underappreciated resource on campus when you’re in a jam, of any kind. They saved my rear end one time and I’ll be forever grateful. And they are super duper nice.

2) I’ve learned that people here in particular have this weird thing hating on New Jersey all the time! As a proud New Jersey native, I am pissed about it and want the facts cleared up on the Internet! Sure the NJ turnpike kind of sucks, and our state politics are sometimes embarrassing. But, only from a truly incredible cultural epicenter could American heroes like Ice-T, Bruce Springsteen, and Jon Bon Jovi have been born. We have, hands down, the greatest beach towns in the entire country, and the best diners too. Where would modern life be without the light bulb, the transistor, and the laser, all of which were invented in NJ! People from New Jersey are also the best looking people in the nation! Class of 2021’ers, if you know what is good for you, you will make a friend or two from The Garden State! You won’t regret it!

3) I’d like to share the H17 with no peppers on ciabatta (+ arugula sometimes) with the Class of 2021. It’s the best sandwich nearby.

More on Mike after the jump



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Take the good memories with you.

Well Columbia, you’ve almost reached the end of another year here. Whether you had a good year or not, it’s nearly over! 

Bwogline: FBI Director James Comey has been sacked by Donald Trump. Right before Comey began expanding his investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia, President Trump wrote a letter, firing Comey. The most embarrassing part: Comey found out when he was watching the news and thought it was a joke. Ouch. (NY Times)

Study Tip: Alright Columbia, I’ll cut the shit: you’re almost done. You’re so close. If you’re still at school, struggling to memorize random facts or frantically packing to catch your plane, do what you need to do to get it all done. Bwog believes in you, Alma believes in you, so getting your life together must be possible! Just think about lying on a beach somewhere this summer, or hanging out with old friends. It will push you to the end.

Music: Here’s a playlist of songs to end your year off right!

Procrastination Tip: At this point, procrastination would just mean sleeping longer. Set like 15 alarm clocks, rise and grind, get your finals done, and get ready for the summer!

Overseen: Rando in ref giving out free 5 hour energy drinks. Was rewarded with a “fuck spec” sticker in return.

 Image via Bwogger Victoria  Arancio

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