Daily Archive: May 6, 2017



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Avinoam’s title for this photo is “my one day as a social justice warrior”

Our last Senior Wisdom of the day is from Avinoam Stillman, who lives at the Bayit, is often mistaken for a GS or grad student, and has some thoughts on the Columbia bubble. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Avinoam Stillman, Columbia College, Religion, Brookline, MA

Claim to fame: All sorts of Jewish things: second cousin once removed of Hasidic pop star and GS student Lipa Schmelzer, living at the Bayit, playing trumpet in Columbia’s klezmer band, studying Yiddish, participating in religious life at Hillel. Also, having the great distinction of living between Rachel Fifi Culp and our RA in John Jay freshman year.

Where are you going? First, on a national park/cross-country road/camping trip with my best friend from childhood, then hanging around New York for a month or so- I’ve still got a lot of issues to resolve in my love/hate (mostly love) relationship with this city. In September I hope to join several thousand Jews in the Rosh HaShanah pilgrimage to the grave of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov in Uman, Ukraine: it’s sort of like a Hasidic Burning Man held in a post-Soviet urban wasteland. After that I plan on starting an MA program in Jewish Thought in Israel for a couple of years, followed by more decisions.

Rare books, Shakespeare, and more after the jump



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Elizabeth Hiss hails from France, Boston, and a time when you could basically walk into Cannons.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Elizabeth Hiss, Dual BA Program between Columbia and Sciences Po, Economics and Political Science, Boston, MA

Claim to fame: Getting nominated for Senior Wisdom having only spent two years at Columbia?

Where are you going? Saving the world, one financial model at a time. Or rather, working in financial services in New York. Still in the market for an apartment though, so hit me up if you (or mom and dad) have a spare penthouse you aren’t using!

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

1) Everyone at Columbia is so invested in their future, what’s next, lining up internships, applying for jobs. But truly the best investment you can make is in your friendships. Nourish them, procrastinate on that paper or problem set to have dinner with them or sit on Low steps and avoid Butler with them. As graduation looms, I started to realize that while everyone will walk away from this place with a diploma, you take much more with you if you cultivated strong relationships with people here. And take a cue from your Econ classes and diversify your friendship portfolio with some wildly different characters – they’ll pay you more dividends than you can possibly know.

Should we befriend PrezBo too?



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you were just trying to get that summer bod

Disclaimer: The writer hasn’t actually tested any of her theories about Uris pool and only has a few shaky sources to confirm her theory.

It’s finals season and sickness is bound to be spreading across campus like the plague, while our immune systems are at their weakest and we’re all crammed into the same libraries, breathing the same recirculated air for hours on end. However, it seems that something else is spreading beyond the usual finals cold: mono. Infectious mononucleosis is characterized by fever, sore throats, enlarged lymph nodes, and exhaustion in most cases, but sometimes a carrier of the illness might not even have these external signs. But if you have found yourself more exhausted than usual from your run up Low Steps or find that swallowing your weekly SweetGreen is a little harder than usual, you might be infected with mono. One question you should ask yourself though: have you been to Uris Pool recently?

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This is Lucy’s senior wisdom not the onion’s

Here’s some wisdom from the CU Sad Girl, Lucy Jakub. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Lucy, Columbia College, Nonfiction, Blue Hill, ME

Claim to fame: Co-founder of the Sad Girls Club, part-time frat anthropologist

Where are you going? Back to the woods

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

1) I used to think it was annoying when people said they “did it for the story”. Now just about everything I do is for the story.

What did you learn about bedbugs



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Grant’s Tomb decked out for the 195th birthday celebration of Grant.

History is everywhere in Morningside Heights, if you choose to explore it. Today, Bwog writer Leo Bevilacqua shares his impressions of Grant’s Tomb, a national memorial dedicated to Union General and 18th President of the United States.

EDIT, 6:20 PM: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated that President Grant signed the 18th Amendment; he actually signed the 15th Amendment.

Besides Low Library, there’s another neoclassical rotunda that looms in Morningside Heights. Grant’s Tomb, which holds the remains of former president Ulysses S. Grant and his wife Julia Dent, stands despite signs of age. Constructed two years after Low Library in 1897, this structure bears a striking similarity to the architecture of the then-developing Morningside Heights campus of Columbia University.

As a general in the Civil War, Grant fought to consolidate the Union. As the 18th President, he passed the 15th Amendment, which granted the right to vote no matter “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.” It is fitting that such an impressive figure in American history would deserve such an impressive tomb.

However, the location, New York City, feels like an odd choice for an Ohio native and a resident of Wilton, NY upon his death. Julia Dent, his wife, clarified the choice by remarking:

Click here to find out why President Grant was buried in NYC



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Soon to be scholar!

Not so fast, Michael Miller. History and MESAAS have the best courses of all time, according to Saaleh Baseer. Read on to find out why. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Saaleh Baseer, General Studies, History, Fremont, CA

Claim to fame: You might me know as the guy who’s always talking about colonialism and/or Pre-Partition India, or shaking a leg at South Asian or Middle Eastern dances, or doing Adaab (a greeting common to the Mughal elite where you raise your right hand in front of your nose and bend your head) to strangers.

Where are you going? Somewhere in the Orient.

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

1) Don’t take Political Science classes. Explore the History and Mesaas departments. Most people major in Political Science because they have a strong interest in politics. But what most people don’t realize is Columbia’s Political Science department does not do justice nor acknowledge histories that extend beyond the twentieth century which is especially crucial in understanding modern politics in South Asia and the Middle East. Plus, can you really understand modern-day politics without situating Edward Said and Orientalism?

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walk into the ref room like this

Bwogline: Yesterday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art filed a proposal to charge admission for out-of-state visitors. But don’t worry, Barnumbia, you’ll be ok thanks to the Columbia Arts Initiative. (The New York Times)

Study Tip: Have a final for a language class soon? Try listening to some pop music in that language – it’s fun and it’ll be a way for you to practice! Some of my favorites include:
Cámara Lenta” by Zoé (Spanish)
后来” by 刘若英 (Chinese)
Dernière Danse” by Indila (French)

More Music (In English): Bring out that uptown pride with Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl“, about a bougie uptown girl who attracts a down-to-earth guy from downtown.

Procrastination: The Met just opened its new fashion exhibit, “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons – Art of the In-Between,” for spring/summer 2017. It’s fabulous and avant-garde, and you should definitely go see it! Read more about it here.

Overheard: “If I had a daily subway commute, I would take the F and transfer to the L.”

Commes des Garçon model via fashionising.com

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