Monthly Archive: October 2017

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Dark wings, dark words.

Each week, rain or shine, healthy or sick, snow or drought, ESC Bureau Chief Finn Klauber reports on Engineer Student Council’s activities. For the first time in multiple weeks, ESC actually had an open discussion section—and, boy, was it a doozy. 

As most people at Columbia are aware, Lerner Hall experienced a number of protests last Tuesday night due to the speech of the infamous Tommy Robinson, co-founder and previous leader of the English Defence League. While Columbia reiterated its policies that peaceful protest is entirely within the realm of acceptable behaviour, the administration also accosted protesters physically disrupting the event, collecting UNIs and serving the offending students with notices of rules violations. In the wake of the protest and drama surrounding Robinson’s speech, ESC internally wrote, voted upon, and approved their own official statement regarding the various incidents. However, as VP Policy Zoha Qamar recalled before opening this week’s discussion topic, VP Student Life Ben Barton—among others—privately told VP Qamar that he had issues with the statement. As a result, VP Qamar scrapped the entire official statement until after ESC could discuss the various incidents as a general body.

Both VP Barton and 2019 Representative Asher Goldfinger described how the discarded ESC statement lacked any significance or meaning. Specifically, Goldfinger claimed that the “main part of the statement is something that was in our constitution,” and that any ESC statement “should be something new and meaningful.” Barton, on a slightly different note, criticized the discarded statement on grounds that “it’s totally fine to take stances on an issue.” Barton advocated that “all future statements from ESC should be more divisive,” and that such statements “shouldn’t be non-partisan.” In response, VP Qamar attempted to address how these issues were actually raised in the process of writing and approving the original drafted statement—namely, that “you should publicly disagree if you want to disagree.” VP Barton answered that “maybe people didn’t want to themselves to seem to disagree with the language” of the statement, essentially claiming that nobody would stand out alone and disagree with the apparently milquetoast statement for fear of being identified as supporting or condemning the statement’s diction.

What does the class of 2019 say?

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Sometimes, life brings you lemons, and sometimes life brings you the 12:00 to 4:00 pm shift at Public Safety in East Campus during Homecoming. This unlucky Bwogger watched Columbia get rowdy from the other side of the security desk. Here are some highlights. 

Rare shot of a CUPS work-study student?

More trials and tribulations of a busy night in EC after the jump

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As I recalled my good memories from the weekend, I looked down at my Long Island Iced Tea and smiled. On Sunday, I celebrated two wins: Columbia Football winning at home and the fact that I can remember. I brought myself back to the memory of standing in the stands at during overtime, screaming with excitement that we won. I felt a subdued kind of joy as I remembered rushing the field, hearing the band play Roar, Lion, Roar over and over.

With a weekend that ended on a high note, how did I find myself at 1020 on a Monday night? The week hit pretty hard: I stayed up all night writing a paper on two books that I didn’t even finish, rolled in late to an in-class midterm for which I forgot a calculator, and still have another paper to write for by the end of the week. Reflecting on the mess that became my Monday, I felt that I could finally relate to that girl that I watched throw up on herself on Saturday; We both appeared defeated by a Higher Power. Some might blame procrastination, or alcoholism, but call it what it is: an act of God.

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Hallway filled with students who enjoy lit class

In some lectures, you need to pay close attention to every moment. In others, you need to struggle to keep from running out the door screaming. Many literature classes at this school are closer to that second one; as intelligent as our peers may be and as hard as our professors might work to keep the class discussion on track, sitting fifty Colubmia students in a dim room and asking them to discuss nineteenth-century novels is a recipe for disaster. To help you get through your lit lectures this semester, several Bwog staffers have compiled a handy survival guide.

  • Show up late. Like, really late.
  • Slowly make your way to your seat, and make sure to get your headphones caught on every chair
  • Bring a highly caffeinated beverage.
  • Sit near a window, so that you have light and possibly entertainment to help keep you awake.
  • Call people out if they don’t make any sense or are just talking in circles.
  • Sit in the back and read some of the book.
  • Start making a tally for every time someone says “essentially”, or every time ‘that girl’ (you know who we’re talking about) says something completely self-indulgent and nonsensical.
  • Take a shot of vodka every time someone mentions a prior class/writer/author in order to extend their ‘point’ – which really has no point, and rambles on like a stream as it descends into a large, onerous ocean full of compost and actual bull shit.
  • Fall asleep.
  • Guess the average age in your class.
  • Make personality quizzes for characters in the novel.
  • Take a shot every time your prof mentions some niche intellectual no one else cares about.
  • Actually call the NSA to tap the wires of that kid who is disconcertingly into Nietzche.
  • Play Fuck, Marry, Kill with the characters in the novel.
  • Write down some of the dumb ass things said by your highly pretentious, out of touch peers (and send them to Bwog?).
  • Try your hand at class A bullshitting.
  • If it’s a Barnard class: take a shot every time the one Columbia dude in the the class does some inane posturing.
  • Color code your annotations.
  • Take a shot every time you don’t know whether you’re in a literature or philosophy lecture.
  • Take a shot every time the professor has literally no idea how to work the projector, and spends 20 minutes figuring it out.
  • Take a shot every time the professor pretends to consider a classmates comment astute even when it’s trash.
  • Take a shot every time someone forces a modern context onto a text (usually by mentioning Trump)
  •  Take a lot of bathroom breaks, water breaks, crying breaks, etc.
  • Just don’t show up for Gertrude Stein classes.
  • Rate your peer’s reading of the text in class American Idol style.
  • Play devils advocate (last resort!! only if you’re bored out of your mind)
  • Leave early.

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“That’s just the way the cookie crumbles.” Did people ever say that?

This week’s SGA got BOSSY, indicating once again they are really going to try and get things done. Bwogger Dassi Karp covered the the range of issues presented, from lack of diversity within courses to dessert freedom for all. 

At this week’s meeting of the Student Government Association, the members of our fearless Barnard Rep Council showed once again that they are really going to try to get things done. This year’s established pattern of bringing in a student group and asking them about their needs continued in full force, with guests from the leadership of the Barnard Organization of Soul Sisters (BOSS), which supports black women through mentorship programs, meetings, and education and cultural events. Notably, SGA President Angela Beam took some time to review the Council’s progress on addressing the requests from last groups. This is very promising–this might be the semester when SGA really comes through.

At the start of the meeting, SGA voted to pass a motion to write a statement to support the Workers Rights Consortium, per the request of Student-Workers Solidarity last month. They plan on releasing the statement next week.

BOSS presented three issues they hoped SGA would help them address. First, they explained that they were having problems with Public Safety allowing their non-Barnard members in to their meetings, which take place in a lounge in Reid Hall. University Senator Kira Dennis pointed out that there is a form a on the Res Life website that should be filled out by whoever has problems with Public Safety or the desk attendants. I could not find this form in an admittedly non-thorough search of the Barnard website before my 8:40 this morning.

Next, BOSS requested assistance in getting funding to send members to the Black Solidarity Conference at Yale this year. VP Finance Evie McCorkle was, as always, very on top of things, and said she’ll help them figure it out, by applying to funds such as the Joint Council Co-Sponsorship Community (JCCC).

Lastly, BOSS members expressed frustration with courses, specifically in the First Year Writing and Seminar program, who’s readings are lacking diverse representation. The course Legacy of the Mediterranean, which investigates key intellectual moments in the rich literary history that originated in classical Greece and Rome and continues to inspire some of the world’s greatest masterpieces” according to the FYW writing website, was brought as an example. This caused a lot of discussion. Unlike Lit Hum, FYW and FYS classes are offered on a range of topics, many of which do not focus on the canon the same way that Legacy does. But, clarified a BOSS member, “it should not have to be that if I want diversity I have to pick a certain class.” She added, “the only class with a smidge of diversity is The Americas.” The Americas, which does boast about its “multicultural curriculium,” is one of the three options for First Year Writing, as well as one of the many options for seminar, First-Year class president Sara Morales referenced conversation that she had with Director of First-Year Writing, Wendy Schor-Haim. Morales seemed generally pleased and hopeful about the future of the department in terms of diversity, noting that Schor-Haim was very open to suggestions and ways to improve.

The Executive Board announced some new meeting rules this week, as well as reminded us of some Rep Council policies. Notably, esteemed President Angela Beam will give speakers five and ten minute warning to make sure they stay within the time limits allotted to them. Also, direct responses to statements will now be limited to two per statement. This caused some slight confusion, with Junior Class VP Aashna Singh clarifying, “so I have to raise my hand to respond to myself?” (Yes, apparently.) Angela also clarified that the open floor portion of the meetings are open to anyone who wishes to speak, regardless of their connection to Barnard or Columbia. I assume this is because I asked them if former faculty member Georgette Fleischer will be allowed to keep coming. (She can.)

The most important announcement of the night: the Desserts After Dark Survey is open! Fill it out, because, as VP Campus Life Aku Acquaye reminded us, “we have desserts for all dietary restrictions!”

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Happening in the World: Remnants of Hurricane Ophelia (which has killed three people in Ireland so far) were noticeable throughout the United Kingdom as the skies turned orange, causing a flurry of apocalyptic Instragrams. Meteorologists attribute the ‘red sun phenomenon’ to dust and debris from forest fires in Iberia. (BBC)

Whisky Tango Foxtrot

Happening in the U.S: The Governor of Florida Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in advance of white supremacist Richard Spencer’s talk at the University of Florida. Officials have said this was to help local law enforcement effectively coordinate with other agencies rather than a heightened threat. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: NFL team owners will be meeting in New York City today to discuss the issue of  ‘taking the knee’ and will hopefully be able to reach a compromise. Colin Kaepernick started his peaceful protest against racial injustice in 2016 and the protest has since divided the nation. (BBC)

Happening On Campus: When was the last time you went to Miller Theatre? Regardless you now have an excuse to go and procrastinate as artist Lina Puerta has transformed the lobby with her new installation from her ‘Botánico Series’. Additionally, Miller Theatre will be holding a creative conversation with Puerta at 5:30pm.

Food of the Day: $12 BBQ wings at Mel’s. They’re 50 cents on a Monday. Treat yourself.

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Roar, Lion, Roar!

This past weekend was unreal. Columbia won the big game, parents and students alike were in good spirits, and the celebration served as a well-needed distraction from impending midterms. Check out what Bwog was up to! 

Bwog has school spirit:

  • Went to Homecoming and got annoyed at all the drunk obnoxious people, because normally I’m the drunk obnoxious person and they were stealing my thunder.
  • Got dinner with my parents after Homecoming and almost fell asleep at the restaurant.
  • Got drunk really early into Homecoming, ended up falling asleep to Hercules in my bed at 1:30 in the afternoon.
  • Had a lovely boozy brunch in my suite the morning of Homecoming feat. frosé and pumpkin spice pancakes.
  • Lost my voice at the game.
  • Got blackout drunk on Friday because a boy flaked on me. Was subsequently too hungover on Saturday to enjoy Homecoming.
  • Was asked to go clubbing downtown by 45 year old men, back to reminisce for Homecoming.
  • Missed the last 15 minutes of the Homecoming game because I was being a responsible travel manager.

The trials and tribulations of Columbia students:

  • Wrote a 5 page take-home midterm in an hour! It’s due in a week but I just felt inspired.
  • Fell over unto my desk, with my feet hitting the wall, knocking three books off my neighbor’s shelf and giving myself a black eye.
  • Spilled water on my MacBook, just in time for midterms this week.
  • Got very inspired (possibly too inspired) by the Jhumpa Lahiri event, and wrote a short story in Russian.
  • Had fun at dwb but then subsequently spent 2 hours in Butler’s Ref room wasted, trying to study.
  • Wrote 2600 words in 3 hours and haven’t stopped bragging about it.
  • Skipped all of my responsibilities on Sunday to work on other responsibilities.
  • Got 10 hours of sleep on Saturday night instead of doing literally any studying for my midterm on Monday morning.
  • Cried for 20 mins while drunk after someone took away a Krispy Kreme donut.
  • Waited for hours to get an X-ray of my face that they ended up fucking up. Got fired from my babysitting job because the ex-ray place made me a couple minutes late even though I showed up despite having a concussion.
  • Listened to new music until my list of unheard podcasts gave me too much anxiety.
  • Saw my male floormate in the literal nude as I passed by because his door was open.

Bwog in the city: 

  • Walked the Brooklyn Bridge during sunset with my best friend from home who is visiting.
  • Spent way too much money on Uber/Lyft.
  • Had my genitals grabbed by a drag queen in broad daylight on W14th.
  • Almost got into a fight with some rude man at Mel’s but I was with an entire fraternity so he backed off.
  • Went to a jazz club with my friend and had to fight to stay awake since last week was so draining.
  • Got stopped on the street in front of the Flatiron Building to take photos for someone’s online column on Cosmo Japan.
  • Partied with artsy NYU kids, dressed as weird as possible to fit in.
  • Went to my first concert with a boy! Not my first concert ever, just my first time going with a boy.
  • Slept on the street in the rain to get SNL tickets.
  • Gave a blowjob in the shower of a dorm at a university I don’t even go to.

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Pictured: the EC elevators in a rare moment of full light.

Signing into and out of East Campus on a weekend night is a special kind of hell. The lobby is so crowded with Barnard students, NYU folk, and miscellaneous friends & family that guests can hardly move. If you do manage to get past the gates, your (pitch dark) elevator ride up to the 20th floor will make you wish you had just stayed in. How many people face this terror? We attempt to calculate, using our Frontiers of Science/Beginner’s Mind techniques, how many sign-ins EC handles on the average Saturday.

Assume that the number of sign-ins required is equal to: (Number of suites/townhouses in EC) * (Rate of parties per room) * (Number of people per party) * (Rate of sign-in need per partygoer) + Non-party sign-ins.

Number of suites/townhouses in EC
East Campus has 719 residents, split among 80 high-rise suites, 40 high-rise doubles, and 50 townhouses. There are 8 floors of suites in the high-rise. Suites and townhouses total to 130.

Rate of parties per room
Assume that on any given Saturday, there are two major parties on each high-rise floor of EC. This puts the rate of parties at 20%. (If Thursdays and Saturdays have equal party rates, then 20% implies that each suite has a major party about once every 2.5 weeks.) We can also extrapolate this 20% figure to the townhouses. Of 130 suites and townhouses, 26 would host a party on any given Saturday. Doubles, unfortunately, are not cool enough to host parties.

A lot more calculation and estimation after the jump.

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It's the House of Lords

It’s the House of Lords

CCSC gets down to business, but is still riding high from that Homecoming win. Football-averse Bwogger Nadra Rahman is here with the scoop, including the latest updates on the GWC unionization saga.

The meeting began with a rousing round of applause, honoring the Lions’ implausible, gratifying victory in their Homecoming game this weekend. After the “5-0” chants quieted down, President Nathan Rosin directed members’ attention to the main point on the agenda: discussing a potential statement of support for the Graduate Workers of Columbia, who have fought an uphill battle for the past year trying to gain recognition from the Columbia administration.

Let There Be Light…

But first: does CCSC have the power to bestow hereditary titles upon its own members, or indeed, anyone? 2020 VP James Ritchie certainly thought so, introducing to the general body a “Resolution to Rename CCSC 2018 Representative Lord Joshua Hyeamang to Officially Be a Hereditary Lord of Columbia College” (in full below). To provide some context, Hyeamang is not only part of the 2018 Council, but is also a valued member of the football team, serving as the 2017 team captain on the defensive line. The resolution noted the historic terribleness of our team, “the jealous students at other schools jealous of [us],” the fact that “Representative Hyeamang regularly parts the opposition team with the might of a true Columbia lion to create space for his teammates to win the game,” and furthermore, faithfully conveyed two Biblical verses. Ultimately, it was a stirring shitpost, both a tribute to an unlikely afternoon at Baker and a power move reminiscent of Makansi-era shenanigans.

But there are power moves upon power moves

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Happening Around the World: Dozens of individuals have died after severe fires have ravaged throughout Portugal and parts of Spain. With 145 active fires occurring throughout the region, lack of firefighters and the rising death toll (currently at 31) has provided issues to the Portuguese government. (BBC)

Looks so good you can steal $1.2 million of it!

Happening in the US: A Texas man faces felony charges after being cited for stealing over $1.2 million worth of fajitas over the last few years on county funding. Me too. (Miami Herald)

Happening in NYC: NYC politician Linda Rosenthal (D – Manhattan) has called on state government to stop providing tax breaks for companies that do not disclose sexual harassment complaints and their outcomes over the past few years. This comes after it was found that The Weinstein Company (Harvey Weinstein’s business) received over $400,000 in state tax credits, despite participating in sexual harassment. (NY Daily News)

Happening on Campus: HBO and Barnard College will be screening “Clinica De Migrantes,” a documentary regarding a volunteer health clinic that treats undocumented individuals, from 6-8 PM in 202 Altschul Hall. The documentary will be followed by a panel discussion as well as dinner. More information can be found here regarding the event.

Overseen: A girl was casually calling her parents from inside a party at EC while she was holding back her friend’s hair while she puked.

What I’m Listening To: Mala Mujer – C. Tangana

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Some students who participated in the protest last week at Lerner are being threatened by members of Columbia administration with possible disciplinary action such as expulsion and suspension. The students were protesting Columbia University College Republicans’ event for which they hosted British speaker Tommy Robinson. Robinson is known for his fascist and white supremacist ideologies and past, which sparked protest by hundreds of students on campus. The students under the threat are some of those who entered the auditorium where the event was taking place.

One student shared an email they, along with others, received from Suzanne Goldberg, the Rules Administrator and Executive Vice President of University Life at Columbia on Friday. The email asked the students to schedule a disciplinary hearing on either Monday, October 16th or Tuesday, October 17th. In the email, Goldberg said that she is “beginning an investigation” based on a “complaint regarding your involvement in an interruption of a guest speaker at Columbia on October 10, 2017.”

The students in question are under investigation for possible violation of two of the Rules of University Conduct. One of the rules, Section 443(a) (13), is a “simple” violation. It says that a “person is in violation of these Rules when such person individually or with a group, incident to a demonstration…briefly interrupts a University function.” The second rule, Section 443(a) (14), is relevant when someone “disrupts a University function,” and is considered a “serious” violation. Goldberg did not specify what any possible disciplinary action might look like, but “serious” violations as she referred to carry the possibilities of suspension and expulsion.

A petition has been formed that demands these students receive no disciplinary action from the University. The petition was posted under the name “Students Against White Supremacy,” and is signed “students of Columbia University.” It has not been affiliated with any particular students or student groups, and no student groups have come out as organizations in support of it as of yet.

Update, October 16 2017, 1:13PM

Original email from Suzanne Goldberg

The administration defended its decision to allow the event to occur despite knowing there would be resistance. They argued that free speech should be afforded to all, even those we don’t agree with.

A student who received the email threatening disciplinary action said that “free speech is a human right only until the point where it starts taking away that right from others.” The student, who got a ticket to the event before it happened, felt that “the Columbia Administration, by giving this man a platform to speak and now threatening protesters with disciplinary action, is again denying us this right [free speech].” The protesters who entered the event were planning a silent protest once inside, but quickly some back-and-forth began between the protesters and Robinson.

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Bwog sent Arts Editor Sarah Kinney and newly-appointed Bwog photographer (!!!) Aliya Schneider to cover Alpha Chi Omega’s Runway Warriors fashion show. They saw some cool fashion and got some cool photos. Yeah, you heard that right. Bwog is no longer just posting shitty iPhone photos anymore. Read on to get a glimpse at our new artistic prowess (and to read about the show, of course). 

Friday night, Alpha Chi Omega put on its fourth installment of Runway Warriors, a fashion show whose ticket sales and raffle bids raise money for three different organizations: the Joyful Heart Foundation, Womankind, and Sanctuary for Families. Alpha Chi’s national philanthropy Domestic Violence Awareness and Support, and that’s exactly what these three foundations support. This year’s event, guided by the theme Rise and the artistic direction of Sarah Lu (CC ’20), raised over $3,000.

To kick off the event, three sisters introduced speaker Gwen Wright, the Executive Director of the New York State Office for the Prevention of Domestic Violence. Wright spoke about the critical work her office does to protect women, and she even shared her own story of being a domestic violence survivor. Evoking this year’s theme of Rise, Wright discussed how important it is to lift up survivors and remind them that they have the strength to rise above it all.

After Wright’s speech, the fashion show began. Over 30 models showcased clothes from five different clothing lines—Meg, M. Martin, We Are Mortals, Grana, and Stella & Dot. Every model was a Columbia student volunteer, but that didn’t stop them from looking professional and stunning as hell as they hit the runway (in Roone Auditorium, that is). The creative and unexpected makeup design by Bailey Prado further enhanced the elegance of the show. Everything from the lighting to the music to the models’ engaging use of space truly made the show an exciting, interactive experience.

In between the three separate waves of models were two incredible student performers: Abigail Eberts on pointe and Camille Allen singing acapella. Both women owned the stage and captivated the audience with their talent. This year’s show was all about empowering women, and Eberts’ and Allen’s performances embodied that theme.

All together, this year’s Runway Warriors show was an impressive celebration of female empowerment. It was refreshing to watch my peers own the runway—people of all shapes and sizes and backgrounds. In an industry that can often be very cut-throat and exclusive, Runway Warriors turned fashion into something accessible for everybody.

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just another busy week on campus! 

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 Events

  • “Clinica de Migrantes: HBO and Barnard College Forum on Migration Screening Event and Panel Discussion” Monday, October 16, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Altschul Hall, Room 202.
  • “The Institutional as Usual with Sara Ahmed: Diversity Work as Data Collection” Tuesday, October 17, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. The Diana Center, Event Oval.
  • “An Evening with Congressman Adriano Espaillat” Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Earl Hall.
  • “Decertifying the Iran Nuclear Deal: What Does It Mean?” Wednesday, October 18, 9:30 – 10:45 am. IAB, Room 1512.
  • “Music and Meaning: Seminars in Society and Neuroscience” 4:15 – 6:15 pm. Italian Academy, Teatro.
  • “Another 100 Days: Artists Organizing Resistance” Friday, October 20, 1:00 pm. Avery Hall, Room 114.

Monday, October 16

  • “Mobilizing Without the Masses: Control and Contention in China” 12:00 – 1:30 pm. IAB, Room 918.
  • “Current LGBT Discourse in Burundi, Kenya, and Ukraine” 12:10 – 1:10 pm. Jerome Greene Hall, Room 105.
  • “Lessons from Afghanistan: The Need for a Whole Government Approach with John Sopko” 12:15 – 2:00 pm. IAB, Room 1302.
  • “Book Talk: Incitement on Trial: Prosecuting International Speech Crimes with Professor Richard Ashby Wilson” 12:30 – 1:45 pm. IAB, Room 1201.
  • “Community Mental Health: Politics, Policy, and Practice in NYC, 1979-2017” 4:00 – 5:30 pm. New York State Psychiatric Institute, Room 6601.
  • “Jesus Rodriguez-Velasco: Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Inventions of the Soul” 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Heyman Center for the Humanities.
  • “A Symposium on the Photography of Raghubir Singh: Engagements with “Modernism on the Ganges” 6:15 – 8:15 pm. Barnard Hall, Held Lecture Hall.

More events after the jump…

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This is your brain on drugs. And by drugs we mean music.

New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.

On campus:

  • This Tuesday at the Miller Theatre, check out a conversation between the Wallach Art Gallery’s director and chief curator Deborah Cullen and celebrated Colombian-American artist Lina Puerta. Puerta will be discussing her new installation in the Miller Theatre lobby which is inspired by the constant battle between humans and nature. The event is free with registration and there will be refreshments served after.
  • Wednesday night up at the Lenfest Center for the Arts is an immersive reading of the poetry of Max Ritvo. Ritvo was a Columbia alum who graduated in 2016, and the reading will feature poems from his 2016 book Four Reincarnations. 
  • Thursday afternoon starting at 4:15, the Columbia Italian Academy is hosting a panel discussion titled Music and Meaning: Seminars in Society and NeuroscienceThe panel will be discussing the powerful impact music has on both the brain and society. The event is free, but registration is required.

Off campus:

  • Currently at the New York Historical Society is an exhibit showcasing the work of Polish artist and activist Arthur Szyk. The name of the exhibit, Soldier in Art, evokes the aim of Szyk’s early-mid 20th century art: fighting the oppressive powers that be and protecting civil and human rights. Museum admission starts at $6.
  • On Wednesday from 4 to 8pm is an open house event for the Self Taught Genius Gallery at the American Folk Art Museum. The open house will feature a tour of the gallery lead by a museum curator. The gallery is meant to showcase American folk artists who have worked outside the realm of what may be considered “traditional.” The event is free with RSVP, and there will be refreshments (read: wine).

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if only we could look this serene and comfortable in a Columbia elevator

It happens to the best of us; you’re running late to a class or a meeting and you realize that you need to make a choice. Either you have to run up twelve flights of stairs or wait for the elevator and try to cram yourself into a corner between a football player and your econ professor. Which is the best option? Well, as with most things on Columbia’s Campus, it depends on where you are.

1. International Affairs Building: Despite what the astrophysics unit of Frontiers of Science might say, I’m convinced these elevators are capable of faster than light travel. Step on the elevator, blink, and you’ll find yourself where you need to be. If only the other elevators on this list could be so efficient.

2. Lerner: A perfectly fine and functional elevator that will get you where you need to go. Just be sure to budget an extra 30 seconds for when you invariably use the wrong side when trying to get to the 8th floor.

3. Butler Library: Neither the fastest nor the slowest, you’ll get to your preferred study space or crying location with plenty of time to cram for the midterm you forget to study for.

4. Any elevator when you’re trying to put away something heavy: Somehow, elevators just know when you’re trying to lug something big and awkward up the stairs and act accordingly. If you’re trying to get that oversized package your mom sent upstairs or head to the basement the laundry you let pile up for the last three weeks, give yourself a few extra minutes for this minor inconvenience to work itself out.

But wait… wait… wait… there’s more:

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