Daily Archive: May 7, 2017

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Columbia, columbia, we scream for thee

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream–actually, we all scream because we’re stressed af! Finals aren’t done yet (soon, though). Midnight tonight outside Butler (but also, everywhere), there will be a semesterly primal scream, wherein studious members of the Columbia community gather together to scream their hearts out. Don’t be bothered. It’s natural. It’s primal!

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Menna looking majestic

Menna imparts her wisdom with her background in Under1Roof and Turath, asking us to never justify our own existence, and never second-guess whether or not we deserve to be in Columbia. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Menna Elsayed, Columbia College, Sociology Major, French & Francophone Studies Concentrator. I grew up in the Bronx, NY and Cairo, Egypt, but home is Brooklyn, NY for now.

Claim to fame: While I wish it were that I’m Queen of Tetris, it’s probably that I’m the former Turath president (non-dictator, by the way!) who got a non-partisan cultural club to take a moral stance by publicly supporting CUAD’s Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign. Also, I might have been your Under1Roof facilitator.

Where are you going? Home to my parents’ place in Brooklyn.

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

1) You really don’t need to take 5 or more classes every semester and you really don’t need to exceed the minimum number of credits to graduate. I’ve personally learned just as much–if not more–from conversations, panels, teach-ins, and performances, as from classes and academic texts. Some of the highlights of my college experience have been talking to students in different departments and hearing people talk about their experiences and work at events. Seriously, events on campus and around the city are awesome! They’re also a great way to meet and stay connected with people.

Advice on papers, speaking up, and more after the jump

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sLiving life to the fullest

In his Senior Wisdom, Caleb told us to scheme, to randomly email our professors, and to surprise everyone all the time. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Caleb Alan Oldham, Columbia College, Economics, Sapulpa, Oklahoma

Claim to fame: Introducing this campus to a man named Joe Fusco (pictured below). He’s my soulmate and the background of my phone. We’re living together after college. I’d love to introduce you if you haven’t already met.

Joe Fusco (pictured here)

Where are you going? To live with Joe Fusco in Brooklyn.

South Park references and more after the jump

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Max, looking excited – about baseball?

Once upon a time, Max Rettig was a sports writer for Bwog. Now, he’s a sports writer for bigger and better people (and, no, we don’t mean Spec).

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Max Rettig; GS/JTS (Joint Program); Creative Writing/Modern Jewish Studies; New Hope, PA

Claim to fame: I’ve interviewed Alex Rosenberg and Maodo Lo; David Speer; Matt Duran; Katie Meili, Natalie Coughlin and Cammile Adams; and Al Bagnoli.

Where are you going? To a baseball game

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

1) Take a class in the Creative Writing department. Even if only for a semester, the department becomes a home to you. Whether it’s a workshop or a seminar, you come out a better writer, reader and thinker. If University Writing teaches you to write academically, Creative Writing teaches you to write. Nothing in my academic experience has been more invaluable than the honest critique of my peers and professors in those classes.

Sports, sounds of the city, and more after the jump

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Katie, in a tree, looking wise

Can’t get enough of Senior Wisdoms? Don’t fret: we’re back to showcase yet another amazing senior, Katie Zheng!

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Katie, Columbia College, Comparative Literature & Society, Alpharetta, GA

Claim to fame: I facilitate conversations about power and privilege but probably most people would only know me as the annoying Asian girl who doesn’t shut up in class and wears too much makeup.

Where are you going? Immediately, doing a Eurotrip. Long-term, coming back to New York to work, so I’ll be around.

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

1) Never do all the readings. I swear to god I did all the readings for like, the first three and a half years of my time at Columbia and as a result, I missed out on all the actually important stuff that happens in college, like going out irresponsibly and crying about your life story to strangers on the train. Those are the things you actually grow from, not knowing whatever Rousseau has to say about the state of nature.

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Happening in the world: French voters are choosing their presidents today! By 12:00 local time, only 28.2% has voted. While the vote will not end until 19:00, the turn-out rate by far is said to be lower than previous elections, which might hurt the chances of the liberal centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron. (BBC)

Happening in the nation: Under attack for making trans-phobia comments in the past, Donald Trump’s pick for Army Secretary, Mark Green, withdrew his nomination, saying that his “life of public service and … Christian beliefs have been mischaracterized…” (BBC)

Happening in NYC: The Metropolitan Museum of Art filed a petition to the city to charge non-New Yorkers mandatory admission fee. (NBC NYC)

Happening on campus: On Wednesday, President of Ezidi Relief Fund, Lucy Usoyan, Head of Office of United Nations University, James Cockayne and other human rights specialists will come to IAB from 12 pm to 1:30 pm to discuss “Human Slavery and Trafficking in Conflict Zone“.

This video of a baby struggling to walk on ice is probably a fitting depiction of many of us: 

 

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