Daily Archive: August 30, 2017

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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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