Daily Archive: October 8, 2017



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Just treat them how you would treat any other human being.

This past week, Daily Editor Kiana Taghavi had the pleasure of talking to three famous Columbia students: Ken Westrick, Kenny Ridwan, and Dylan Geick. All three of them are incredibly humble and well-accomplished. This is who they are and how they are making their mark on both the Columbia community and humankind as a whole:

Ken Westrick: Photographer/YouTuber/Social Media Connoisseur

Favorite spot in Butler: “My favorite spot is against literally the entire population of Columbia.” He really likes the Stacks on Floor 5.

Favorite bathroom on campus: The “super Ivy League, super extra” bathroom downstairs of Low Library.

Pet peeve: When people are late to things – even by just a few minutes. (Relatable!)

Pupin or Hamilton kind of guy: Pupin

Major: Double concentrating in Business and in Visual Arts

Future goals: He would love to work in the media industry, so he can be “producing content and creating.” He sees social media being a huge part of his life “because of the massive influence it has on all industries.”

The story behind his YouTube Channel: He used to be a decathlete, and got recruited to Columbia for track. While he was training, his coach was a professional photographer and inspired him to pick up a camera. He realized he truly enjoyed making videos, so he made a training diary for his first decathlon. He “loves telling stories through the medium of videos.” He admits that there was a “phase where [he] made a bunch of embarrassing vlogs.” Now, he does more advanced cinematography.

Most awkward encounter with a Columbia student: “Oh, you’re Ken from YouTube?”

More famous people after the jump ;)



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if you want some gourmet cheese, Avery is the place to be!

Cheese is a versatile element of modern culinary living. It can be put on bread or crackers, inserted into a sandwich or burger, melted into a grilled cheese or quesadilla, or simply just eaten alone. Libraries are just like cheese: they have tons of uses and can foster a sense of community based on how much you hate a certain one (or love, but mostly hate). Luckily, we’ve compiled a list of libraries at Columbia as cheeses, so that you can choose your next study spot based on the cheeses you like, or so that you can choose your next cheese based on the libraries you like.

Avery (Brie): Walking into Avery, you’ll see a noticeably larger concentration of art students who are dressed better than you, diligently working on their next project. Just by looking at the people in Avery, you can tell that the mood is very sophisticated, as expected from an architectural and fine arts library. Brie, like Avery, is a sophisticated cheese (and tastes better with wine).

Butler (Sharp Cheddar): Sharp cheddar is objectively the most basic cheese. Everyone and their mother eats it. People pretend to love it, but they usually only eat it because it’s the most accessible cheese. Butler is specifically sharp cheddar because of how stressful it is, having a much harsher and distinct taste than just regular cheddar.

East Asian (Colby): Colby is physically similar to sharp cheddar, just as how the East Asian library and Butler are both physically beautiful. Colby, however, is much creamier, subtler in taste, and overall better than sharp cheddar, like how the East Asian Library is cozier, quieter, and better than Butler.

LeFrak Center/Barnard Library (Cream Cheese): LeFrak is nice and homey, and has a metaphorically creamy consistency. But just as cream cheese isn’t real cheese, LeFrak isn’t a real library.

Lehman (Swiss): Swiss cheese is good, but the holes in it remind you of how empty you feel inside, so you avoid eating too much of it. The Lehman Social Sciences Library is good for short periods of time, because staying for too long makes you realize how much you hate yourself when watching grad students laboring away at their work.

Mathematics (Blue Cheese): Everyone knows the Mathematics Library exists, but never really acknowledges it, like blue cheese. People who claim to have tried blue cheese and the mathematics library say they don’t like it, but the ones who actually have tried them know that they’re actually pretty good.

Science and Engineering (Feta): Often called the “healthier” cheese, feta is a lighter alternative to the more fatty cheeses. The glass-paneled design of NoCo allows a lot of natural light to pass through, making studying in the Science and Engineering Library during the day feel a little less stressful. The stress starts to kick in, though, when it’s late at night and you start eating feta as a midnight snack and can’t stop, cancelling out all the health benefits of it.

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Pulitzer Prize-winner Jhumpa Lahiri is the author of The Namesake and Interpreter of Maladies.

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

  • “Homes for All, Cages for None: Housing Justice in an Age of Abolition” Tuesday, October 10, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Diana Center, Event Oval.
  • “ProjectART: How We Build the Largest Art School in America, Without Owning a Single Building” Tuesday, October 10, 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Faculty House.
  • “Combatting Xenophobia and Islamophobia with Albert Cahn, Legal Director of CAIR-NY” Tuesday, October 10, 8:00 –  9:00 pm. Altschul, Room 903.
  • “Creative Writing Lecture: Lucy Corin” Wednesday, October 11, 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Dodge Hall, Room 501.
  • “In Conversation with Jhumpa Lahiri BC ‘89” Thursday, October 12, 6:30 pm. Diana Center, Event Oval.

Monday, October 9

  • “Indigenous People’s Day Celebration” All-day.
  • “Governance in an Era of Extreme Nationalism” 4:00 – 5:30 pm. IAB, Room 1512.
  • “Fighting Gerrymandering with the Blue Waters Supercomputer with Dr. Wendy Tam Cho” 6:00 – 7:30 pm. William and June Warren Hall.
  • “Smuggling Ukraine Westward” 7:00 – 9:00 pm. IAB, Room 1219.

More events after the jump…



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this could be us, but you playin’

Tonight. 9 PM. Lerner 510. Bwog will be having our weekly meeting. Bring your roommate, your significant other, your teddy bear, but most importantly, yourself, and join us as we discuss pitches and snack snack snack! We get it– it’s midterm season. But let’s be real, if we hypothetically said that we would never leave our house because we were too scared to be exposed to what the world has to offer, would that make sense? Bwog has everything to offer. Leave your room, and come on up to Lerner 510 TONIGHT, xo.


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Putin’s Birthday Gift: Protests Across 29 Russian Cities

Happening in the World: Russian police arrest 290 people from 29 cities as protests occur against President Putin on his 65th birthday. Supporters of Putin’s political opponent, Alexei Navalny, organized the marches since he is serving a 20-day jail term. “I’m not satisfied with the current situation in the country. I’m not happy with the authorities. We practically don’t have freedom of speech. We have strict censorship on television, and the only contender opposed to Putin isn’t allowed in any way to take part in the elections,” says a woman from the St. Petersburg rally (CNN).

Happening in the US: Charlottesville mayor, Mike Signer, condemns a group of 50 white supremacists, including Richard Spencer, who held another rally in Charlottesville last night. Spencer and his supporters expressed that Charlottesville was repressing their speech and said that the city should “get used to the alt-right. You’re going to have to get used to white identity” (CNN). Mayor Signer tweeted: “Another despicable visit by neo-Nazi cowards. You’re not welcome here! Go home! Meantime we’re looking at all our legal options. Stay tuned.”

Happening in NYC: Robert Caro, the pulitzer-winning author of The Power Broker — “arguably the greatest tale of New York architecture out there” — will be at the New Yorker Festival today in the Upper West Side partnered with Colm Tóibín, author of the novel Brooklyn, which has now become a major motion picture (Thrillist).

Happening on campus: Classics Club is hosting a study break today from 1:00-3:00 PM in Lefrak 113 (ground floor of Barnard Hall). Come “critique” Disney’s Hercules!

Overseen: Word on the street is that a legitimate photoshoot took place by Dodge. A man in a suit posed on the Columbia lion.

Midterm Tip: Sleep.

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