Daily Archive: May 8, 2017



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Yes friends, that’s @koliflower6

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Koli (no one on this campus remembers my name is actually Fatima), Barnard College, Computer Science and Urban Development with a self-declared minor in Race and Performance, from Queens, NY

Claim to fame: President of the Muslim Students Association, Co-Chair of the Muslim Protagonist, basically the girl who does all the muslim things on campus. also Phi Beta Kappa.

Where are you going? Ideally? All over the world.

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

1) Become okay with being uncomfortable. So much of what you think you know will be challenged and you can either use those opportunities to stay stubborn or you can use them to grow as a person. This doesn’t mean giving up your beliefs, it does mean being willing to listen.

On to the ish dropping



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NoCo is a place where humanities students study, apparently.

For the past few finals seasons, we’ve revealed the exciting underbelly of the Libraries’ room reservation page. Between danmemes and cries for help, it turns out Columbia’s student body is fairly active in the wee hours of the morning. Whether it’s delirium or some sort of masochistic joke on the institution we call home, something related to finals and Reading Week™ really inspires a creative edge in our academic peers. Below you’ll find some of the more interesting titles and descriptions submitted in the past two weeks for room reservations in Butler. We’ve even got a few from NoCo and Lehman!

You can find the full room reservation page here.

Shady Work

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“It’s not a graph, it’s a compass!” A typical Gadfly meeting.

Did you read about the gadfly in Plato’s Apology? Do you know the term just because you are hip? Or are you lost af? Whichever defines you, Bwog has a novel answer: become a PART of The Gadfly, a.k.a., Columbia’s undergraduate Philosophy journal, thanks to its recent revamp. Senior staffer (and Gadflyer) Sarah Dahl has the scoop.

The Gadfly is Columbia’s best new club, not only because it offers a welcoming and approachable community of young intellectuals, but also because you can see your work published, online, and soon in print.

Gadfly meetings regularly occur on Sunday nights somewhere in Kent, accompanied by Tostitos lime chips and, occasionally, wine (shhhh). Meetings are a mishmash of philosophical discussion and the nuts-and-bolts of gathering, editing, and publishing articles. Because the club/journal was so recently revived after a lengthy hiatus, current editors had to create an entire new website, as well as business model.

Editor-in-Chief Becky Novik (BC ’19) decided to revamp the journal early this year. “I just got into philosophy as a major and I wanted to see if there was any sort of outlet on campus for philosophy–be it writing or whatever” she said. “I naturally checked for a publication, and found a then-not-so-alive Gadfly magazine, and contacted their editors to ask how to get involved. They told me any which way I liked, since there wasn’t much of a publication at the time. So I made it my focus this year to revive the publication/club, reestablish connection with the philosophy department/school, and gather people who were interested.”

More Gadflying after the jump



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A cheese philosopher

Meet Sophie. She’s a stellar midwestern gal who’s about to make the leap across the pond. Read on for her wise words of wise wisdom. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Sophie Wilkowske; CC; History; Duluth, Minnesota

Claim to fame: Winning prizes for being nerdy; trying to act like a cynic and an ingenue at the same time.

Where are you going? To the Midwest for a few weeks, then New York for the summer, then to England to study at Cambridge next year.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2021?
1) Cultivate a sense of irony that will let you interact realistically with the world while preserving your capacity to idealize and dream. It’s fine and healthy and human to have different selves for different situations; try to leave it an open question which one is the “real” you.
2) Learn from your elders and betters. At the same time, maintain a standpoint that lets you ask questions.
3) Apply to jobs and internships and scholarships and schools that you think you’re way underqualified for—you’re probably not. Raise your hand in class. “The best lack all conviction, while the worst / Are full of passionate intensity.”

“Back in my day…” Back in my day everything was perfect! Nobody believed in the dangerous power of a utopian mythical past!

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: None of us need to justify our existence, at Columbia or on Earth or anywhere in between.

What was your favorite class at Columbia? Every single history class I’ve ever taken, and some true gems in English and Russian. Top prize goes to Telling About the South, taught by Barbara Fields and taken with a delightful seminar cohort.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? What does it really mean to give up cheese? If I gave up eating cheese, could my friend eat my cheese? Could I watch other people eat cheese together? Could I eat bread while thinking about eating cheese? I hope you give these questions some consideration the next time you eat… cheese. As for my answer: I’d give up cheese. Sorry mom and dad and Wisconsin!

One thing to do before graduating: Change your mind about something serious, and pay attention while it happens—in my experience, the most valuable and elusive process there is.

Any regrets? Yeah, of course! But also lots of moments of joy and comfort and marveling. It balances out.



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Meet Mark! He’s a CUMB-y who’s worked at the UN and flown all over the world. You wish you were as cool as him. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Mark Jamias, CC/SIPA, Political Science/Economic and Political Development, Suffolk, Virginia (real Virginia)

Claim to fame: Worked for an airline for three years, and developed a bad habit of flying away from my problems. Went to work at the United Nations for two semesters where I spent my time looking at flags, running late to meetings, and embarrassing my British colleagues by pointing out that their UN flag was upside-down. Around campus I babysit high-school and university students for CIRCA’s Model UN conferences, and pole dance, in a wholesome, traditional Filipino sense (tinikling), with the Liga Filipina. Last, I’m a Bandie who makes noise around campus, at other Ivies, and at Penn.

Where are you going? Nowhere apparently. I’m stuck in IAB s.o.s. please someone help me finishing my Master of International Affairs degree at SIPA.

Can you fly from Harmony to Pupin?



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Cory or Andy in the house?

Meet Andy Truelove! He was featured in Bwog his freshman year, and now he’s back. Check out what he has to say. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Andy Truelove, CC, Political Science, Grand Prairie, TX.

Claim to fame: Well I had an election scandal covered in Bwog my freshman year then that got me into Orgo Night. The next year I became President of the Columbia University College Republicans.

Where are you going? Texas!! Attending Baylor Law School in the fall!

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2021?
1) As cliché as it sounds don’t just stick to one club or friend group. The best friends I have at this school are people I literally just saw in a hallway or lounge and just started to talk to them. It’s those random interactions, which have made the last four years so exciting.

What else should they know?



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If only Swedish Fish were the real key to studying

Good morning, Columbia! It’s the first day of finals week! Just a few more days of studying and then we can all go the hell home. You can do it. I believe in you. 

Bwogline: The lineup for Meadows Music and Arts Festival is out! This year, check out Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, and more.

Study Tip: Did you know that omega-3 fatty acids can lower test anxiety? Maybe it’s time to invest in some of those weird fish gummies. No, not Swedish Fish—the vitamin ones you buy at Duane Reade.

Music: Need some high-energy jamz to keep you awake through those late night study sessions? Well you’re in luck, because LCD Soundsystem just dropped two new songs, and they’re fucking good. You’re welcome.

Procrastination: Get crafty. My latest obsession is beaded friendship bracelets. Find some lettered beads and let our your angst by spelling out phrases like “fuck finals” and “at least I’m not in SEAS.” Wear your bracelets with pride as you wither away in Butler; at least you’ll have some motivation every time you look down at your wrist.

Overseen: So, someone is trying to sell a snake on Barnard Buy Sell Trade. If you’re looking for a cute and quirky pet to adopt for the summer, you’re in luck.

Image via Candy Crate

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