Daily Archive: October 4, 2017

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How do we look?????

We got to chill with PrezBo last night while he talked to students and answered questions at the Fireside Chat. Alma Bwogger Rachel Deal was there to tell you what he said and to get a pic with the man of the hour (who, as always, was squinting in the photo).

Last night, President Bollinger sat with students and answered questions at his semesterly Fireside Chat with the help of an array of administrators. In attendance were Vice President of University Life Suzanne Goldberg (who scuttled in late carrying a bike helmet), GS Dean of Students Tom Harford, Vice President for Campus Services Scott Wright, Dean of Undergraduate Student Life Cristen Kromm, University Chaplain Jewelnel Davis, Vice President for Public Affairs Scott Schell, and Director of Media Relations Caroline Adelman.

The first question of the evening was unexpected–a member of the Columbia Vegan Society asked about meat consumption in the dining halls, saying that they had been trying to come up with new solutions with Dining, but he claimed that the Head of Dining had threatened “retaliation” if the Vegan Society were to stage a protest. PrezBo was confused, saying that he did not think anyone in the administration would threaten to retaliate against a student, and then Scott Wright talked about Green Mondays and the addition of 200 vegetarian entrées to the dining hall menus this year.

The next question elicited a familiar response from PrezBo–a student asked him to name one trend that is cause of optimism and one for concern that he’s noticed throughout his time as an academic administrator. PrezBo said he was optimistic about a “will to take on controversial issues in your generation.” He said he was concerned, though, about students caring more about “making money” than engaging with the world in a “public service way.” He did admit, though, that such a drive to make money makes sense with the insane amount of debt with which students are faced. He then delved into a longer speech about how he doesn’t understand the current generation of students–”What the hell is going on with you?” he asked. He then asked the students in the audience to attempt to explain their “generation,” which felt kind of uncomfortable.

DACA, Manhattanville, and more controversies after the jump

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Warning: this post includes uncensored pictures of actual real-life disgusting communal bathrooms, including unflushed toilets and lots of hair. Do not scroll down or click on the jump if you’re eating or something, or just don’t want to see them.

Communal bathrooms are disgusting, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Theoretically, if every person who used a toilet and a sink just did what they’re supposed to do and flush and not make an entire mess, communal bathrooms would not be disgusting. And yet, here we are, at this Ivy League institution, Columbia University in the City of New York, founded in the year of 1754, in the current year of 2017, still not knowing how to flush a goddamn toilet, or how to pick up our own hair after a shower. Here is a guide on how to use a bathroom correctly.

Toilet:

*Please do not leave toilet paper on the floor. The floor tends to get wet from showers, which makes the toilet paper wet and gross. Why do people do this? 

  1. Pee or poo, do your thing, just try not to splash fecal matter on the seat (the part that touches other people’s butts). If you do, wipe it down. Also wipe your butt as necessary.
  2. Flush. Some toilets are automatic, but most are not. If a toilet is not automatic, there is a button or a lever you press that makes your fecal matter disappear into the pipes and into the New York City sewer system.
  3. Wipe whatever water drops or fecal matter you got on the seat (the part that touches other people’s butts).
  4. Wash your hands in the sink. With soap. Please.

More guides and pictures after the jump

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A photo of the new location of the Food Bank at Columbia, stocked with food.

A photo of the food bank, ready for more photos

Food insecurity is a pressing and prevalent concern here at Columbia and finally (why did it take so long?) we have a food bank! Bwogger, Ross Chapman, gives us an update on the new Food Bank at Columbia, as well as highlighting the university’s past food insecurity-related failures.

The Food Bank at Columbia will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 pm today at its new location, in the Southeast corner of Lerner 5. The photo opportunity and publicity event will feature members of the food bank, as well as VP of Campus Services Scott Wright, Associate VP of Student Life Ixchel Rosal, former GS Dean Peter Awn, and a host of members of the Food Bank board. Bwog sat down with one of The Food Bank’s co-founders, Ramond Curtis, to once again overview the state of food insecurity on campus.

Today’s ribbon cutting ceremony represents a major advancement for The Food Bank at Columbia, which will replace by-appointment disbursements with weekly open hours at a stable location. Their new location was previously a storage closet, but has been converted with the help of Lerner Hall and Campus Services into a proper food bank. Ramond Curtis said that all they asked from Columbia was “four walls and a door,” as they previously had no permanent location. A regular disbursement place and time (1-4 pm on Wednesdays), Curtis believes, will provide an opportunity for all students while clearing up logistical issues.

The new logistical simplicity contrasts with several food insecurity initiatives over the past two years. Swipes, an app which matched swipe-givers with swipe-receivers at campus dining halls, depended on a mobile infrastructure which stopped receiving support soon after its Columbia launch. And the Emergency Meal Fund asked students to receive one-time meal vouchers from the dining offices at JJ’s place and then present them to the dining halls for a maximum of only six meals per semester. Curtis compared the food bank, a concept which has existed successfully, to a wheel. Attempts to find alternative ways of meal disbursement (Swipes, EMF) were unnecessary if a food bank could be pursued instead. In addition, The Food Bank at Columbia can call upon infrastructure and resources of other food banks such as Feeding America and the Food Bank for New York City. Most importantly, The Food Bank could receive long-term support, while previous initiatives relied on constant and individual student support.

Further steps forward after the jump.

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This sad fucking Subway sandwich mimics the sad fucking Subway system as a whole

As the semester kicks into full gear and more and more of us begin heading downtown (or uptown) for internships and other positions, it becomes almost inevitable that you’ll be faced with a day when you need to eat on your commute. To help you choose what to grab from your cupboard on that morning when you need to run, Bwog presents a definitive guide to which foods you should and shouldn’t eat on the train.

  • A sandwich: eating a sandwich on the subway or bus is like taking 21 credits a semester – you think you can handle it, but then the lettuce is going one way and the mayo is going another and oh shit the turkey is all over your classiest pair of pants. Only do it if you’re feeling really confident.
  • Halal: similar to a sandwich, except that now you’re stinking up the whole train, and do the NYC subway tunnels really need you to add to their stench? This is likely your cheapest prepared food option, though, so there might be a day when you go with it anyway.
  • Pizza: a good option if you like feeling powerful, since everyone else traveling with you will immediately know that you’re eating it and be jealous of you the entire time. It’s the subway food equivalent of strutting into a room full of your old high school friends and telling the story of that one time you saw Beyoncé at a cafe in the East Village.
  • Apple: this might seem like a good idea in theory (it’s healthy, it fits in your pocket, it requires no previous preparation), but you’ll feel a lot less proud of yourself when you need to carry an apple core for fifty blocks. Unless you can pass a trash can while transferring, the gross factor isn’t worth the healthy factor.
  • Orange: like an apple, except worse. Peel everywhere, juice everywhere… just don’t do it.
  • Banana: similarly to apples and oranges, the cost of carrying the peel does not outweigh the benefit of your daily potassium intake. This is an especially fraught choice if you’re female-presenting, since there’s no good way to eat a banana without inviting a train full of strangers to see you in a new, wholly sexual light.
  • Salad: this is a pretty solid option, since you’d be combating the gross feeling of riding NYC public transportation with the healthy feeling of eating a whole bunch of vegetables. A bag of baby carrots has a similar effect, if you don’t have the time or money to get a nice salad before you get on the train.
  • Soup: no. Why were you even considering this?
  • Chips: they’d probably hit the spot, sure, but that crunching is just so loud – everyone around you is guaranteed to hate you after a couple of spots. You’re better off bringing peanuts or almonds or something.
  • Baked goods: an excellent move – both low in mess and high in energy. Our personal favorites are the Nussbaum muffins, which are a bit pricey, but enormous and filled with real fruit.
  • Something from the assorted candy/granola bars/trail mix sold by the guy bringing deals to the subway: it might seem sketchy, but if you forgot to grab a snack before you left home this morning, this would really hit the spot. And besides, you’re supporting a young entrepreneur.
  • Cereal: perfect – not just early in the morning, but any time of day. It’s sweet. It’s pre-made in bitesize pieces. It’s (arguably) healthy. There are literally no disadvantages. Also, there’s a certain kind of powerful feeling only associated with eating cereal on the subway that invokes the emotion of a knight heading into battle. Try this one even if you don’t have an internship to rush to.

Subalicious via Kreg Steppe on Flickr

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This speaks for itself …

Ever wonder what the weird shit people put in their Venmo description means? Well, you’re in luck! New Bwogger, Megan Wylie, has worked tirelessly to investigate what the emoji really means… what the slang really means… what the fuck it really means…

We’ve all been there: You wake up sluggishly on a Saturday morning, scarred from the events of last night. After scrolling through your respective Twitter/Instagram/Facebook feeds, you hear a familiar ‘cha-ching.’ Venmo, the helpful friend we love to hate, has a habit of hitting you when you’re down (this may be literal if you’re passed out on an EC bathroom floor or in an EC air shaft). These are the ten charges you’re begrudgingly alerted to on a weekly basis:

🍕😊

  • You went to Mel’s, and tried to hide in the bathroom. You befriended a girl who was in your lit hum class three years ago and gleefully ran to Koronet and split a jumbo slice, only to wake up to a Venmo request for $1.

Semi lol

  • Your friend brought you straight tequila to pregame with and you threw up before you even made it to take cute photos.

Uberrrr

  • You tried to escape the #bubble by going to LAVO but you regretted it as soon as you stepped into the Toyota Camry your friend requested.

Rent.

  • You’re in deep shit with your roommate that you already hate.

Dinner ($8) plus drink ($6) plus dessert ($4)

  • Your history of not repaying your friends has caught up to you.

🙈🙈

  • You’re paying your friend for drinks from a pregame that led to a fateful hookup with a guy whose tinder pic is him wearing a Vineyard Vines frocket and holding a large fish.

Drinks ;)

  • You met a GS guy at 1020 and he charmed you with his informed discussion on equal pay, but then he mansplained the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Venmo requested for the drink he bought for you.

Drugz

  • You’re not fooling anyone. It’s midterms, and this is Columbia. You went to ButCaf and in a moment of weakness, you and your study buddy bought the giant cookie.

Drugz

  • Alternatively, you actually were buying drugs.

🐝👂🏼

  • Honestly, I don’t care what this is for. Your friend probably just picked up some Pabst Blue Ribbon, but I just appreciate a really good pun.

Roll with Roti Roll via Bwogger

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As we know, this is the universal symbol of ethics…

Need something to do today from exactly 4-5pm? Interested in the ethical state of this nation? Want to gaze at a bearded man?

Nobel prize winning economist and New York Times columnist, Paul Krugman will deliver a lecture, “Does Equality Have a Future in America?”, in honour of the 10th anniversary Benrubi Lecture in the History and Ethics of Public Health. The lecture will be held at the Vagelos Education Center in Room 201 at 4-5pm. After the lecture, a reception will follow.

 

My parent’s dream jobs for me via Public Domain Pictures 

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the Welcome Back Party venue looks pretty glamorous tbh

Today is Wednesday, which means that Bwog’s General Studies Student Council (GSSC) Bureau Chief Alex Tang is here with a summary of yesterday’s meeting. If you’re interested in what goes on in General Studies and can’t make it to the weekly GSSC meetings, check back weekly for convenient updates!

GSSC held a fairly short meeting last night. Members of the council took turns giving updates about various events and initiatives related to the School of General Studies.

Most importantly, the annual GSSC-hosted Welcome Back Party is coming up tomorrow, Thursday, from 7-9pm at the Hudson Terrace, a rooftop lounge in Midtown. The Welcome Back Party is one of the biggest events that GSSC hosts each year, and is a major highlight for many GS students. A limited number of tickets are still available, so check the link above if you’re in GS and want to turn up tomorrow!

In anticipation of Homecoming, the annual Columbia Homecoming Banner Showdown is happening next week, on Thursday October 12 from 12-4pm on the Lerner Ramps. Each of Columbia’s four undergraduate schools (CC, SEAS, Barnard, and GS) will be given empty canvasses on which to propose their own version of the Homecoming banner. The banners will be posted during the pep rally, and the best banner will be voted upon by the student body. VP of Campus Life Dennis Zhao encouraged as many GS students to attend as possible. Zhao noted that other schools have been talking smack about GS, quoting that GS students are “too old” and lack the “steady hands” to make artwork. Let’s show all the haters wrong!

Here are the other updates covered during the GSSC meeting:

  • The Faculty Mentorship Program website is now live, and can be accessed here. The program is open to all juniors and seniors in CC and GS, who will be able to choose certain faculty members as personal mentors. Through the program, each faculty member will act as “an experienced ally who can provide personal and individual guidance and support on academic, professional, and social issues, helping their mentees not only achieve but also identify or clarify their goals.”
  • GSSC will be hosting monthly awareness panels geared towards different student populations within GS. In October, there will be a Dual BA/Joint Programs Students Panel. In November, in partnership with GS Alliance, GSSC will host a Transgender Students Panel.
  • There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Food Bank at Columbia today at 4:30pm at the Food Bank in Lerner. The School of General Studies played a big role in actualizing the food bank, and GSSC would like to invite any interested students to check out the ceremony.
  • Community Impact works with high schoolers in the community around Columbia, and is currently looking for GS volunteers who can dedicate an hour per week to show students what it’s like to be a college student. Contact the council for more information.

We saw several new faces at the meeting as well, as the council heard (and approved) the nominations for two previously vacant positions. GSSC’s two new council members are:

  • Lou Abramowicz (Senior Class VP): A student from the Dual BA program at Sciences Po, Abramowicz is excited to coordinate GS’s most cherished events and traditions.
  • Eren Villa (Social Chair): Villa emphasized his interest in the role as coming out of a “love for the community,” rather than as a means of gaining “social capital.”

Senator Ramond Curtis also introduced two new legislative assistants and three new administrative assistants, who will help him interface with the Columbia administration. The role of the legislative assistants, Patrick and Moth, will be to do research, draft memorandums for the University Senate, and to advocate for direct policy changes. The administrative assistants, Daniel, Alejandro, and Christopher, will meet with administrators and draft official emails. All five assistants will be working associate non-voting positions, but will be active members of the board.

Hudson Terrace via pinterest

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This face will end homophobia.

Happening Around The World: An ad in New Zealand challenges casual homophobia through “the medium of a dropped pie”. Rainbow Youth, a New Zealand-based LGBT+ charitable organisation, released the ad earlier this week on their Facebook page. Within its first three days, the video racked up 430k views and an overwhelming positive response! Watch the ad to find out how a dropped pie can move a nation to end their casual homophobia. (BBC)

Happening In The US: Animal rescue groups, like Wings of Rescue and The Sato Project, are sending volunteer pilots to fly into Puerto Rico to rescue cats and dogs. As we know, Puerto Rico has been absolutely devastated by an onslaught of hurricanes, these animal rescue groups have taken it upon themselves to evacuate the many stray animals on the island from a heavily pregnant dog to a badly injured puppy. If only Americans cared this much about the Puerto Rican people! (Today)

Happening In NYC: The 55th New York Film Festival (NYFF) is happening right now! From September 28th to October 15th, the NYFF will screen some exciting new features, documentaries, short films, and host a series of panels with filmmakers like Richard Linklater, Sean Baker, Hong sang-soo, and many more. Today, ‘Thunder Road’, ‘Til The End of Time’, and ‘Call Me By Your Name’, are slated to be screened! (NYFF)

Happening On Campus: Our very own, Joachim Frank, PhD, professor of biochemistry, molecular biophysics, and of biological sciences, has been awarded the 2017 Nobel prize for chemistry! Alongside Richard Henderson and Jacques Dubochet, Frank has been awarded in recognition “for developing cryo-electron microscopy for the high-resolution structure determination of biomolecules in solution”. What does that mean? No clue, but it sounds pretty cool. Well done, Joachim! (CUMC)

Overheard: I refuse to club to a slowed down remix of Sweater Weather.

My Happy Pie Technique by Orin Zebest via Flickr

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