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At 8 pm tonight, the Tommy Robinson talk organized by CUCR began in Roone Arledge Auditorium. Tommy Robinson is the founder of the right-wing English Defense League, and is widely considered to be a white supremacist. He was expected to speak about “Europe and mass immigration.”

Protests began over an hour before the event started, with students marching from 125th Street and Broadway towards Lerner Hall. They congregated around the entrance to Lerner, chanted, and read out tweets from Tommy Robinson, as well as Mike Cernovich, who will be a CUCR speaker later this month. Speakers at the protest have included the President of the Columbia MSA, President of Black Lives Matter of Greater NY, and several other students and organizers.

When the event started at 8 pm, protesters pushed into Lerner. Students inside at the event also caused disruptions. One student was livestreaming on Instagram @yosangrl; according to her stream and according to sources we’ve talked to outside Roone, students inside are being detained until they give administrators their IDs. Protesters inside Lerner (outside Roone) are now calling for those inside to be released without having to fork over their IDs, and are calling for other students to join them in Lerner.

We will update this post with further developments as they occur. Please email us at tips@bwog.com for any corrections or any information we missed.

Update, 9:20 pm: Protesters inside of Lerner are offering conflicting reports as to whether or not those within Roone can leave without presenting their IDs. Confusion about the event grows as more students gather around Lerner.

Update, 9:45 pm: Protesters were released as of about fifteen minutes ago; their IDs were not taken.

Bwog has been livetweeting this protest since about 6:30 pm. See a selection of our tweets below:

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I might come back and add a SEAS logo somewhere in the picture.

As every week, Bureau Chief (and Internal Editor) Finn Klauber reports on the activities and goings-on of the Engineering Student Council. Not much has changed since last week, so get ready for Update Mania 2: ESC Boogaloo.

Just as in last week’s ESC meeting, the discussion section of last night’s ESC session was deemed “off the record”—though it may have had something to do with President Aida Lu’s meeting with the Committee on Instruction. Regardless, this week’s post will, once again, take the form of updates.

President Aida Lu

President Lu attended a meeting with Deans Kachani and Kromm, CUIT, and various graduate school reps regarding “Third Level Domains for Pan University Reps.” In essence, instituting a “third level domain” will allow recognized student groups to request and maintain a website, supported and run by CUIT. This issue rose to prominence because “[there was] no one clear path for any new student group requesting a website from Columbia,” according to President Lu. ESC will apparently take advantage of this, so as to not spend student activities fees  on website maintenance.

President Lu also discussed the new student group adjudication process, a new panel which will oversee student group violations under the Student Conduct and Community Standards. This was originally an “admin driven process,” but will be implemented in the same manner as the Greek Judicial Board. That means the board will not review internal violations of group constitutions. As for ESC’s representative, the council elected VP Policy Zoha Qamar to sit on the new board.

Read about Task Forces, AXO, and Orgo Night here

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Maggie 2 proudly standing in her sister’s place on planting day last spring

Bwog has done lecturehops, peoplehops, clubhops, and roomhops, but this is our first time “hopping” an entity far greater than ourselves: the Barnard magnolia tree. But wait, you might ask – didn’t that tree die last year? In fact, while Maggie’s main body may be gone, her spirit and her genetic material live on. Senior staffer Betsy Ladyzhets talked to Greenhouse manager Nick Gershberg, who gave her all of the leafy details.

Almost two years ago, the Barnard campus stood still as Maggie, our beloved magnolia tree, was uprooted from her home in front of Lehman Hall, hoisted into the air with a forklift, and moved 30 feet to the left. Although administrators and horticulturists alike were optimistic that the tree would survive the move, the ensuing winter proved fatal. Maggie was pronounced dead that following summer, and the campus mourned the loss of one of its greatest hallmarks (and best crying spot).

However, what many Barnard students don’t know is, the magnolia was never entirely dead. Before the move took place, student workers at the Arthur Ross Greenhouse, led by Greenhouse Manager Nick Gershberg, took five cuttings of the tree. Two of those cuttings grew into saplings that are full clones of Maggie; one of them was planted on the Diana lawn last spring, and the other lives in the greenhouse.

“Whenever you move a large tree, even a tree substantially stronger than [the Barnard magnolia], there’s always a chance that it might not make it,” Nick explained to me yesterday. “The administrators who were responsible for its move decided that it might be a good idea to take some cuttings as a fail-safe.”

What does Maggie’s future look like?

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Update, 4:23 pm: Executive Vice President for Student Life Suzanne Goldberg released a statement via email to the Columbia community outlining that the University must, as a matter of learning and teaching, host speakers “whose views conflict so directly with our institutional values.” The full text is available beneath the jump.

Tonight at 8 pm in the Roone Arledge Cinema, Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon, better known by his pseudonym Tommy Robinson, will address the Columbia University College Republicans about “Europe and mass immigration,” according to CUCR’s Facebook event.

This event is one of four planned speaker events for October; other invited speakers include Herman Cain, Mike Cernovich, and a panel of undisclosed individuals. The speakers plan to discuss topics such as “the disasters of ObamaCare and the American Dream” and “the rise of the new media.”

Several student activist groups have already shown an interest in resisting these speakers. For instance, Heven Haile, CC ‘21, previously helped organize a group of students from the class to write a statement in response to the Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville that occurred earlier this summer. Now, in response to Tommy Robinson’s planned speech, Haile and other members of the class have met several times in order to coordinate protests against his Islamophobic values.

You can read more about tonight’s protests after the jump, as well as Suzanne Goldberg’s statement:

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So much drama

This weeks SGA meeting was rather eventful and it looks like change is actually on the horizon. Whilst the highlight of the evening was the unanimous secret ballot in support of the Grader Workers of Columbia Union, bwogger Dassi Karp also covered the drama of an unplanned visitor, environmental issues and more! 

Barnard’s Student Government Association is really stepping up its game. This week’s Rep Council meeting featured student guests, an administrative guest, a vote (!), a resolution, and a minor protest.Though they had a slow start this semester, it looks like SGA is really going to get things done.

Starting with an unplanned visitor. During the meeting’s open floor session, former Barnard adjunct Georgette Fleischer showed up with a poster and a complaint. Fleischer, who was released from Barnard last spring, believes that she was fired due to her involvement and leadership in Barnard’s contingent faculty union. This is Fleischer’s second time visiting an SGA meeting this semester, hoping to appeal to students to support her against the administration. Her current demand is to switch from the union-approved arbitrator she to whom she is currently assigned to move the process along more quickly. I doubt this is the last time she’ll visit open floor.

Next, the vote. SGA President Angela Beam introduced a drafted statement in support of the Graduate Workers of Columbia union. The council voted through a unanimous secret ballot to approve the statement, which was released to the student body last night. I voted that we should all spend less of our collective time watching Angela silently count secret ballots.

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“Work Work Work Work Work Work” – Rihanna sold us a sad truth

This is a PSA! Today is the last day in which you can drop courses from your ridiculously busy schedules. Remember that class you registered for but have never actually been to? Or the class you signed up for just because the TA was cute? Well you have until 9:30pm tonight to drop it before you’re stuck with it for the entire semester.
So if you’re one of the overly ambitious earthlings here at Columbia (and let’s be honest, that’s everyone here besides me) now is your last chance to do so. Seriously, stress culture is real, save yourselves.

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Gold boxes are art and capitalism is life, welcome to 2017

Happening Around The World: Whilst we ignore impending WWIII, Tinder have launched a ‘Menprovement‘ feature. This new anti-harrasment feature called ‘reactions’ allows women to throw virtual martinis over abusive men because that’s what we all do in our heteronormative Sex & the City lives. (The Guardian)

Happening In The U.S: Mass evacuations were announced last night after wildfires broke out across California’s wine counties. The Fire Department have referred to this as one of the most destructive outbreaks California has ever seen. (BBC)

Happening In NYC: Chatroulette has been hipsterfied! Shared Studios are hosting an art exhibit in Times Square that is absolutely perfect for all you millennials out there. The interactive exhibit consists of gold shipping containers that you can enter, take selfies in, connect with people from around the world and be involved in deep discussions of identity, migration and more.

Happening On Campus: The Columbia University College Republicans are hosting Islamophobe and former leader of the English Defence League (EDL) Tommy Robinson in Lerner Hall at 8pm.  But, if controversial nationalism isn’t your cup of tea, you can pop along to a Book Talk with Alison Crossley, author of ‘Finding Feminsim’ at 5pm in 304 Barnard Hall.

Food Of The Day: Chocolate Häagen-Dazs (Yes mum, this counts as food) which is currently on sale at Morton Williams!

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