Monthly Archive: August 2017

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From one bagel to another <3

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Sorry we let you down

Is it still a good morning if you’re up past McDonald’s breakfast hours? Yeah they serve all day now, but the rigid 10:30 standard they set is timeless (it’s 11am and you’re just now waking up? We’ve been eating fries for 30 min. Where have you been?). Keeping up with NSOP can be exhausting, whether you were partying in Carman or just trying to keep up with these mandatory events. We won’t judge you if you’re just now getting up. Hell, we just woke up 10 minutes ago. 

Today’s Highlights:

  • THE DAMN ECOREPS SALE IS TODAY; LITERALLY GET YOUR ASS TO WIEN BEFORE THEY RUN OUT OF REFRIGERATORS! Bring cash and a bag, and make sure you download 2048 (the line is so long you would think you were waiting to meet the President*) This is happening until 4pm in the Wien Lounge.
  • Get SAVI: SVR will inform you about the realities of sexual assault as well as the resources available to you as a student, should you ever need them. This is mandatory, and happening in the Lerner Party space until 11:30am.
  • Yankees vs. Red Sox: Want to get out of Manhattan and test the waters of your NSOP love interest? A free ball game is a great way to do both. Will they buy you some peanuts and Cracker Jacks? Or let the subway door slam on your foot because you didn’t yet know what stand clear meant? Find out tonight. You can get a ticket until 5pm at the Sundial. Here are directions from campus to the Yankee Stadium.

One Thing To Do Before Graduating: You should probably get your iconic Low/Butler Library picture done while the trees are green and the lawns are uncovered, but please only do this once before graduating.

From The Archives: Check out our campus power rankings and decide where you stand.

*Whoever you claim as your President

McTitty via Evan-Amos

Aug

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Earlier tonight, Columbia updated its Gender-based Misconduct Policy to include “threats or non-consensual disclosure of a person’s gender identity or that a person is transgender or non-binary”. In other words, outing a student as trans or gender non-conforming, or otherwise harassing a student for their gender identity or expression, is now recognized as a form of gender-based misconduct and can be punishable as such. This policy change is a significant victory for the safety and security of trans and nonbinary students at Columbia.

The change is also a victory for No Red Tape, as it was one of the demands made in the group’s Title IX demand letter last March. In a recent statement on Facebook, NRT thanked one hundred on- and off-campus groups who helped draft and sign the demand letter for their support.

Screenshot of the updated policy

 

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First years at their first Carman parties

Your new friends already sick of your sub-par pregame playlist? Play this at the next gathering in your Carman double, and remember to email us at tips@bwog.com with your NSOP stories.

  1. Mi Gente by J Balvin & Willy William – For your roommate who’s planning on taking Spanish and French in their first semester.
  2. Strip That Down by Liam Payne feat. Quavo – Just like first years during NSOP, Liam Payne is finding his wild side.
  3. Rake It Up by Yo Gotti feat. Nicki Minaj – Practice your dancing skills to this song before you head to the Beta basement.
  4. Feels by Calvin Harris feat. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean – Do be afraid to catch feels right now…it’s only NSOP.
  5. Bodak Yellow by Cardi B – You know we’ve been booty-popping to this all summer.
  6. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) by Jamie xx feat. Young Thug & Popcaan – There’s gonna be good times…until midterms hit. Enjoy college until then!
  7. Homemade Dynamite by Lorde – “I’ll give you my best side, tell you all my best lies”–yep, sounds like NSOP.
  8. Rolex by Ayo & Teo – A song for your first St. A’s party.
  9. Chantaje by Shakira feat. Maluma – Please play this instead of Despacito.
  10. DNA. by Kendrick Lamar – Blast this when all the pre-meds start talking about Gen Chem.
  11. Wild Thoughts by DJ Khaled feat. Rihanna & Bryson Tiller – A must-have for pregames, and a good song to pump you up for the actual main event of the night.

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Columbia has a lot of excellent sexual health resources if you know where to look. Just in case you don’t, we compiled a list of sexual health resources at Columbia that you can take advantage of, mostly for free, especially if you have the Columbia insurance plan. This list includes information about safer sex supplies, LGBTQ+ health, contraception, sexual assault, and more. This is not a 100% comprehensive list of resources offered at Columbia, and deals mostly with sexual health in particular. 

  • Columbia provides a variety of safer sex supplies, including condoms, internal condoms, dental dams, etc. You can find them at Medical Services (4th floor of John Jay), Sexual Violence Response (7th floor of Lerner), Alice! Health Promotion (3rd floor of John Jay), and Disability Services (1st floor of Wien). Here is also a map. Many RAs keep a stock of condoms outside of their doors as well. Pro tip: you can find condoms in the entrance to the 3rd floor of John Jay, but they are usually the cheaper, lower-quality generic brand condoms. If you walk into the waiting area, there are cabinets with Durex condoms.
  • There are also free tampons and pads in John Jay, on the 3rd and 4th floors. They are stocked in the waiting room cabinet on the 3rd floor, along with safer sex supplies, or you can ask for some at the front desk on the 4th floor. Many bathrooms around campus also have free tampons and pads, but they are not always well-stocked.
  • You can get free HIV and syphilis testing through the Gay Health Advocacy Project. It is completely confidential and available to the entire Columbia community, including all students and their partners, staff, and faculty. You can access this at Alice! Health Promotion on the 3rd floor of John Jay. It’s also a great resource for information about HIV and any other STDs in general, and GHAP arranges treatment and support for HIV-infected students.

Plan B, sexual violence, and a lot more after the jump

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A small baby first year ready for another night of drinking

Happy Wednesday of NSOP! Hope you’re not too hungover and ready to conquer another day of scheduled programming–luckily, today doesn’t seem to be too packed. Remember: if you see/hear/do anything ridiculous, send it to us at tips@bwog.com or through our anonymous tip form.

Today’s highlights:

  • Scoops with Columbia College and Columbia Engineering Staff: Let professors serve you ice cream from before they start serving you some bad grades. They’ll be scooping 2:30-4:30 on Van Am Quad (in front of Hartley).
  • Community Forum: Come together with first year students from all four undergraduate schools from 8:30-10pm in Levien Gym. It’s basically a pep rally, which probably won’t be too fun if you’re somehow still hungover from the night before, but it’s a rite of passage!
  • Remember to pick up your ticket for the Yankees vs. Red Sox game! You can get it today until 7pm.

One thing to do before graduating: Go to Brooklyn. Seriously. We know it seems far, but try taking the 2 or 3 train down and exploring some weekend. Maybe even consider living in Brooklyn some summer.

From the archives: Did you remember reading about the Columbia Wrestling Team doing something shitty last year? You can check out the full story here.

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Yesterday afternoon, the Barnard Columbia Solidarity Network (BCSN, for short), an alliance of activist groups on campus, released a welcome letter to Barnard’s new president Sian Beilock. This alliance currently includes Divest Barnard for a Just Transition, Undocumented Students Initiative, Student-Worker Solidarity, Columbia University Apartheid Divest, CU/BC Branch of the International Socialist Organization, and No Red Tape.

The letter begins by introducing BCSN as a” coalition of student groups mobilized in a common struggle for liberation” that opposes consolidation of power, wealth, and resources “in the hands of a few” at Columbia. It then goes on to list a few recent victories for activism at Barnard and Columbia, including Barnard divesting from companies that deny climate change, Columbia divesting from the coal industry and private prisons, and student workers winning a $15 minimum wage.

After this introduction, BCSN cuts to the chase in expressing their concerns about President Beilock’s appointment: “the Barnard community was effectively locked out of the presidential search process”, they write, because student and faculty representatives were appointed rather than elected, and student concerns were trivialized. Debora Spar has left what BCSN considers a troubling legacy, as she failed to address needs of low-income students, undocumented students, students of color, and other groups of marginalized identities. And it seems that BCSN is not particularly impressed with President Beilock’s history, either; they cite her work at University of Chicago taking “a leading role in the administration’s assault on graduate student workers’ right to unionize”. In addition, the writers of this letter found President Beilock’s and Provost Bell’s statement on the events in Charlottesville wanting, as that statement failed to condemn white supremacist ideology, “explicitly defend the rights of students of color”, and “state what you [Barnard] will do… to stand for racial justice”.

See BCSN’s demands and read the full letter after the jump

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Buy these balloons for your room

Have you gotten the hang of how to navigate NSOP yet? Made some friends? Bwog is here to help you figure out what activities you should go to so that you can skip all the rest of the icebreakers and make real friends. If you don’t have any friends yet, don’t worry; we will be your friend! If you see/hear/do something amusing, interesting, NSLOPpy, funny, disgusting, worrying, or otherwise noteworthy, or want to be friends with us, email us at tip@bwog.com or submit it anonymously on our website. 

Today’s highlights: 

  • Shuttle bus to Bed, Bath & Beyond: There will be free shuttles running a few times an hour from 9am to noon for you to buy any last-minute bedding, pillows, shower caddies, etc. that you have forgotten. It’s a pain in the ass to take the subway to 66th St. and carry back parts of your bedroom on the stinky subway, and Uber costs money that you could spend on shitty beer (disclaimer: Bwog does not endorse underage drinking), so take advantage of this shuttle. It leaves from 118th and Amsterdam.
  • Academic Resources Fair: Here is your chance to explore which major you will choose to replace the geography major you put down on your application. (If you’re actually planning on majoring in geography, more power to you.) You can meet faculty members from every academic department, ask questions, learn about different programs, and maybe even find out if you have to take any placement exams. This is a fantastic opportunity to get to know some of your professors before classes actually start and you are catapulted into having actual schoolwork before you can even shake off the alcohol-induced NSLOP haze. Ask questions! Talk to people! Ask for class recommendations! This event will be held in the Roone Auditorium and the Lerner Party Space from 3pm to 5pm.

One thing to do before graduating: After a wild weekend night, doing whatever fun things that the kids do these days, before you pass out from exhaustion at 3am, go to the lawn by Hartley (the one without a gate) and lie on the grass, pretending you can see actual stars in the sky. The campus may or may not be quiet, but it’s an interesting experience, and if you’re with a friend, you can have a drunken talk about the meaning of life.

From the archives: Do you ever just sit and think about rubber bands? Same.

Lovely silver balloons via Columbia College Facebook Page

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Dis Guide 2017 Cover

As the incoming class unloads their mattress toppers and shower caddies, current CU and BC students too unload a wealth of information on campus activism.

The 2017 Disorientation Guide is a zine made by student activists designed to inform and encourage new students on how to get involved. Some of its pages are familiar, such as the Timeline of Colonialist History, but other entries have been modified, like the updated spread on Manhattanville. Readers will also find a few pages covering the university’s occupation in 1968, the South Africa Apartheid Divest in 1985, the hunger strike in 2007 and last year’s Low Library occupation pulled from A Brief History of Civil Disobedience @ Columbia (another zine on campus).

One page we found particularly useful in the zine was a collection of resources and tips to ensure students get every dime’s worth of their experience out of Columbia–we’ve included it below, and you can read the full Dis Guide here.

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Fresh frosh arriving on campus

If you haven’t yet had a totally normal, non-awkward social interaction with anything on this campus, this byline can be your first one: what’s up! Welcome to Columbia, 2021! As move-in continues and you begin to settle in, you may realize that making friends can be an annoying process. Asking people their name & origin will soon get old, and instead you’ll want to know stuff like whether they’ve ever looked at their asshole in a mirror. Fear not. Until you find those people, we’ll be your people. When you see/hear/do anything ridiculous, send it over to tips@bwog.com (or use our anonymous form). (Also, yes, at least one of us has looked at their asshole in a mirror.)

Today’s Highlights:

  • Columbia College Assembly and LitHum, 9-11:30am: Deantini will throw your first LitHum class of the semester after first making you all recite an honor code that you’ll totally adhere to. While these are technically two separate events on the schedule, they will almost certainly blur together.
  • Columbia Engineering Assembly, 9-10:30am: Dean Boyce will tell you about your life for the next four years as an engineering student. This one is an hour shorter than CC’s, so just go. It’s all you’re required to do today.

One Thing To Do Before Graduating: Take some JJ’s chicken strips for the road. JJ’s has some weird rules about taking food to-go, so you’ll probably have to sneak some out at some point. Just throw them in your bag/pocket and no one will notice. There’s nothing like finding a forgotten chicken tender on your person after a long day in Brooklyn or Butler. Practice self love.

From The Archives: We’ve spent 12 hours in Toms, 1020, and hopefully, one day, we’ll spend 12 hours in Duane Reade too.

Chirp via Creative Commons <3

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This afternoon, all Columbia students received an email from Food Bank co-founders Michael Higgins, GS ’18, and Ramond Curtis, GS ’17, as well as members of the USenate Student Affairs Committee, announcing that the Food Bank at Columbia will be fully operational starting this September. This Food Bank will provide two weeks’ worth of non-perishable food to students with any level of food insecurity. In addition, it will provide food to the families of students with spouses and/or children. The Food Bank also has a permanent location, on the fifth floor of Lerner next to room 573.

This initiative “will allow students to focus their energy on their education rather than on how they are going to get their next meal”, Higgins and Curtis wrote. The Food Bank’s establishment is a great victory for members of GSSC and USenate, who have been working towards this program for semesters.

The Food Bank is currently seeking volunteers to serve on its committees for web design, communications, operations, development, and finance. Their application is here, and any questions or requests for food disbursement can be directed at cufoodbank@columbia.edu.

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Melissa Ho (CC ’19) comes to us from a less exotic locale—a charming, rodent-infested Harlem apartment with an uncommunicative super. In between her city internship and gallery hopping, this contributor is kept awake by irritants, including the animal, human, and ambient. Feel free to share in the fun (?) by sending in your own impressions of your summer home to tips@bwog.com. (And browse the tag here.)

Where: The living room of an oppressively gray building next to Chapati House.

Sight:

Sound: Most often, the steady drone of the air conditioner. At night, the teeth of the mice. About twice a week, the telltale noises of my flatmate and her boyfriend engaging in urgent after-dinner sex.

Smell: Rice, fish, incense, and soap.

Taste: The same meal I’ve made every night since converting to strict vegetarianism: a fried egg, jasmine rice mixed with eggplant spread, and romaine hearts. Salt to taste.

Images courtesy of Melissa Ho

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As the end of the summer approached, Events Editor Lexie Lehmann took some time to unplug at a contemporary Buddhist monastery in Crestone, CO for a meditation and yoga retreat. This Bwogger is a city girl at heart so it was definitely a bit of a culture shock to immerse herself in ~nature~ for a little bit. Here’s what she heard and saw!

Saw: Every night I saw a beautiful sunset setting over the tallest mountain in North America. I also saw an authentic Tibetan stupa, the dunes of Great Dunes National Park, and many legal marijuana dispensaries.

Heard: The sound of silence. But seriously. It was so quiet I really felt like I could hear myself think. Perfect for meditation.

Felt: Um, like, 25 mosquito bites. Also a killer sunburn. Oops.

Tasted: The monks at Crestone Mountain Zen Center cooked us vegetarian meals produced from the sustainable garden on the Center’s campus. It was fabulous; we had fresh sourdough bread, ripe watermelon, and helllla tea. My mouth is watering at the thought of it now.

Smelled: TreeEeeSss

Read: I actually did a lot of reading while I was there!! One book I picked up was Robert Thurman’s Inner Revolution, an introduction to Buddhist practice and thought. Thurman is also a professor at Columbia (and Uma Thurman’s father!!)

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There’s officially less than one week until NSOP 2017! Which means that all you first years out there are currently lost in a sea of suitcases, socks, and sweaters. Moving into college is definitely stressful, especially when that college is in NYC. But, it’s also one of the most exciting times of your life… so here’s a hella boppin’ playlist to help get you through the next few days. See you soon!

Good ole Frankie Sinatra pic via Discogs

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Mmmmmmmm

Surprise, surprise! We just received news from Shake Shack HQ that their Columbia location (where Ollie’s used to be on 116th and Broadway) will be opening this Wednesday, August 23rd at 11am–just in time for OL move-in. We’re already craving the cheese fries, and you know we’ll be there Wednesday night.

We do wonder how Shake Shack will fair against JJ’s–how late will they stay open? Will they take Flex dollars? Despite its obvious lower quality, JJ’s is on the meal plan and now open 24/7. Perhaps the opening of Shake Shack will evenly distribute burger-seekers between the two–those JJ’s lines can be brutal.

You can read Shake Shack’s full press release after the jump (which also details what the neighborhood-specific concretes are!!):

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