Daily Archive: September 24, 2017

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In Bwog Video’s second release—or is it “Bwideo” now?—Camille Ramos (’20) and Sarah Kinney (’20) ask Columbia trivia to unsuspecting students on College Walk. We thought it was hard to trump our first video, but we sure proved ourselves wrong! Ahem…gratuitous self praise notwithstanding, check out our new video below! If you’re interested in Bwog Video/Bwideo, come to one of our meetings at 9:00 PM on Sundays in Lerner 510.

Video via Camille Ramos and Bwog

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What this writer hopes not to look like in Cell Bio tomorrow morning

It’s 8:38 on Monday morning. You roll into your 8:40 lecture, slump into a seat, and lean over your desk, a weight stronger than gravity pulling your eyelids down. It’s too early for this. It’s too early for anything. But you’re gonna be tested on this material in in a few short weeks, so you need to at least take some notes. How do you fight the urge to nap through class? Senior staffer Betsy Ladyzhets has some suggestions.

  • Make coffee the night before: This is a simple but elegant fix. Make your coffee before you go to bed, stick it in the fridge overnight, then chug it right before you head out the door the next morning. If you’re a first-year without a coffeemaker, do this with a cup of coffee taken from the dining hall. For an extra boost, add something special to the coffee.
  • Bring snacks: It’s pretty much impossible to finish a full breakfast before an 8:40, so bring your breakfast with you! Whether your sustenance of choice is granola bars, bagels, or oranges, taking a couple bites every few minutes will keep you motivated. (If you are bringing oranges, though, make sure you have some paper towels.)
  • Psychoanalyze your professor’s clothing choices, body language, etc.: Why is he wearing an orange Hawaiian shirt? Does the placement of her hands on her hips mean that this is going to be on the midterm? Are clues to his marital status hidden in his chalk handwriting? Professors are full of clues, and it could take you a full hour and fifteen minutes to decode them.
  • Challenge yourself to take the best possible notes: Maybe it’s not necessary to meticulously recreate every single diagram on the powerpoint or every word that comes out of your professor’s mouth, but trying your best to do so will help give you incentive to keep from dozing off.

More advice after the jump

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Literally us praying for our tests tomorrow.

Look, we know you think you don’t need any absolution for the various things you got up to this weekend. Whether you were drinking champagne at a frat party or blazing in Brooklyn, there are definitely things you need to get off your chest. Sorta like going to confession.

We were going to put in some nice Bible selections to emphasize just how much you need to come to Lerner 510 at 9:00 PM tonight, but that isn’t really necessary at this point. You know you need to absolve your sins in a sweet release of gossip, discussion, and Trader Joe’s snacks. Bwog can only help those who help themselves.

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We are the Uber Mensch.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.

Recommended

  • “Here/Say: Framing, Part 1 [Classification]” Monday, September 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. The Diana Center.
  • “Power Talk with Athena Distinguished Fellow Kavita Ramdas” Tuesday, September 25, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Barnard Hall, Room 304.
  • “White Nationalism and Misogyny: The Intersection of Hate” Wednesday, September 27, 6:30 pm. Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall.
  • “Berlin Calling: A Story of Anarchy, Music, the Wall, and the Birth” Thursday, September 28, 8:00 pm. Deutsches Haus.
  • “David Brown: A People-Centered Preservation Movement” Thursday, September 28, 7:00 pm. Ware Lounge, Avery Hall.

More things on Israel and other fun events

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An annotated page from The Beauty Myth, featuring two large question marks around a central passage.

“??” (Click to enlarge)

Published in 1991, The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf discusses the societal pressures women face and the drastically negative effects those pressures create. These copies, originally housed in Barnard’s library, have found a temporary home on the fourth floor of Butler. Although we can only surmise that their weathered appearance comes from years of loving use by Barnard women, we’re interested in what Columbia and Barnard students alike have been writing in them. Staff Writers Maggie Moran and Abby Rubel schlepped over to Butler on a Saturday to take a look.

The vast majority of the annotations we found were in the opening two chapters of the book. Maybe this is because teachers only tend to assign the beginning (which, based on the skimming we did, contains most of the book’s main ideas), or maybe because students only bothered to read the first little bit.

It was clear from the annotation styles, however, that some readers pushed all the way through, and it’s always refreshing to be able to follow a reader’s journey from confusion to understanding. In the book’s first chapter, the very definition of “the beauty myth” is marked with a simple “??”. But as the concept becomes clearer in the following pages, the underlining becomes more prolific, hopefully indicating that this reader found their answer.

Another reader deemed an entire paragraph to be of note; it describes the way women often size each other up, with “a quick up-and-down, curt and wary…the shoes, the muscle tone, the makeup, are noted accurately, but the eyes glance off one another.” The passage must have struck a chord by conjuring up memories of rush weeks’ past.

Next up: “Is she black? Why isn’t she in Connecticut?”

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Thanks Obama.

Happening Around The World: Germany is heading off a national election today. The main contenders are Merkel’s Christian Democrats, her coalition partner the Social Democrats, and the right-leaning Alternative for Democracy. Pray for your victor of choice. (BBC)

Happening In The US: NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell, released a statement from the NFL to President Trump regarding the comments the President has made in relation to the NFL, ESPN, and the controversy surrounding Colin Kaepernick. Regardless of your position, let’s all pray for the continued existence of American Football. (BBC)

Happening In NYC: If you happened to be looking up at the sky yesterday in solemn prayer, you may have seen a civilian drone collide with a Black Hawk military helicopter. Okay, you probably didn’t see it happen, since it happened in Staten Island, but it’s still pretty interesting. Let’s just pray for Staten Island, regardless. (Gothamist)

Happening At ColumbiaHere’s a schedule for the church services occurring today in St. Paul’s. We know you’re in desperate need of some spiritual reflection, as well as atonement for your various weekend sins.

Overseen: Two girls in a passionate embrace, kissing in the walled-off eastern end of Ref Room in Butler. While we’re all for spontaneity in romance, keep your romantic activities out of our gloomy library rooms, you dang kids!

 

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