Daily Archive: October 29, 2017

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Bwog wishes we had more time to read books like this for fun :-(

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

  • “Benjamin Breen – Explorations in the Medical Humanities: Three Ways of Looking at an Opium Ball” Monday, October 30, 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Heyman Center for the Humanities.
  • “Awakening Our Democracy: Free Speech on Campus” Wednesday, November 1, 12:00 – 1:15 pm. Pulitzer Hall, Room 300.
  • “Alumni Speaker Series: Matthew Kennis” Wednesday, November 1, 4:00 – 5:00 pm. Knox Hall, Room 208.
  • “Strangers in Their Own Land: Where Do We Go from Here?” Wednesday, November 1, 5:00 – 7:00 pm. Room 1512.

Some more stuff for fun

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Was your last lox spread bagel garnished with fly poop? Do you really care?

Absolute Bagels was shut down by the Department of Health this past Thursday for an array of sanitary violations, according to West Side Rag. A worker said that they are planning to reopen on Tuesday and that the exterminator is there, but the Department of Health will ultimately decide. Here is the list of violations:

  1. Hot food item not held at or above 140º F.
  2. Evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas.
  3. Filth flies or food/refuse/sewage-associated (FRSA) flies present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas. Filth flies include house flies, little house flies, blow flies, bottle flies and flesh flies. Food/refuse/sewage-associated flies include fruit flies, drain flies and Phorid flies.
  4. Food not protected from potential source of contamination during storage, preparation, transportation, display or service.
  5. Facility not vermin proof. Harborage or conditions conducive to attracting vermin to the premises and/or allowing vermin to exist.

Absolute Bagels was previously shut down for a few days in 2013 for a longer list of sanitary violations.

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:’) so tender

You know the drill. 9 PM. Lerner 510. Come snack with us, write with us, stress with us, laugh with us… Bring your pitches! We hope to see you all at tonight’s open meeting. Trust me, you won’t regret it. The Bwog fam has a whole lot of love to give.

it is raining oh

sad days ahead but there is

bwog rush bwog oh yes

a haiku by me

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Give yourself over to absolute pleasure!

On Friday night, Bwogger Victoria Arancio decided to put down her drink and enjoy a Halloween classic: Rocky Horror Picture Show. Hear what she has to say about CMTS’ modern spin on a cult favorite.

While Thursday night might have started off my Halloweekend, it really didn’t feel like Halloween until I walked down the steps to the Diana Event Oval. There I was met with a strange sense of school spirit as I gazed upon the Rocky moviegoers: dressed up and buzzing with excitement as they waited for the doors to open. With students dressed up in just about every costume imaginable, I felt out of place with my stained and unlaundered Columbia sweatshirt, an obvious sign that I watched the sun set inside of Butler. I found my friends and ushered them into the Event Oval, found seats, and sat down.

I was excited to be surrounded by people so passionate about a tradition. While this was CMTS’ fifth annual Rocky Horror Picture Show, it seemed to me like this was something embedded in Columbia culture. The show seemed like it was fit and tailored to the nature of our community. The show started late, as more people continued to funnel their way into the room, trying to find the closest seat to the action that was about to unfold on stage. The first time I went to see Rocky was in my friend’s backyard; the show seems to have that effect on people, one where they recall their “first time.” I made endless virgin jokes and tagged my friend with a red “V.” My friend and I cheered her on once she went on stage and uncomfortably tried to sound an orgasm.

What does a fake orgasm sound like?

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low key wish I could look as serene as this witch

Happening in the World: 300,000 anti-independence protestors gather in the Catalan capital of Barcelona, Spain on Sunday following the Catalan Parliament’s vote on Friday to pursue unilateral independence. Protesters rallied after Madrid took unprecedented measures to quash the region’s bid to split from Spain (CNN).

Happening in the US: Miss seeing Obama in the public eye? What has he been up to post-White House? Former US President has been summoned for jury duty in the state of Illinois and is planning to serve, a court official says. We are expecting to see him in Cook County next month (BBC).

Happening in NYC: The Alumni Group is hosting an “Everybody Loves the 90’s: Halloween Weekend Edition Brunch & Day Party” from 12:00 PM – 7:00 PM today at MIST Harlem. Come join DJ E Class and some live boy bands as they bring you classic 90’s hip hop and R&B to keep you and your crew moving while you eat and drink (Eventbrite).

Happening on campus: The Kraft Center for Jewish Student Life will be hosting a Breast Cancer Awareness Blood Drive Campaign from 10:30 AM – 3:00 PM today. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. More info can be found here.

Overheard: I’m just trying to have a nice sleep, but there are literal freshmen blocking me from getting back to my room. Freshmen.

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Commas and periods always go inside double quotation marks in American English except in the case of a parenthetical citation. Columbia University is in the United States of America. But what is this? A comma outside of a quotation mark?

Shall we take another look? 

You can find this here. Even though I linked four different sources saying that commas and periods always go inside quotation marks, I’m doubting myself more and more as I keep looking at this. Am I just wrong? Is this post complete bogus? Is this more fake news by Bwog? Is this because we don’t have copy editors?

Here’s a more zoomed-out view of the page. Am I just sleep-deprived? Do I even know how punctuation works? After all, I’m just a foreigner. An international student. I’m from from Seoul, South Korea. English isn’t even my first language. What do I know?

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Outside of EC, about 50 students wait on the stairs awaiting instructions from public safety at night.

One of many groups of students who were denied access to EC tonight.

As Halloweekend reached its climax, hundreds of East Campus partygoers and residents faced delays and denials as Public Safety attempted to keep order in the busy residence hall.

We’ve already written about how many people sign into EC on an average night, but tonight topped any other day of the semester so far. The problems started early, as EC’s electronic ID-recognition system was inoperable. Public Safety officers signed in students with a manual, handwritten sign-in log that was ill-equipped to handle EC’s volume. As the queue of students built, Public Safety kept the lobby relatively clear, but did so by forcing students out into the building’s vestibule and outside porch. As a result, the mass of students (some residents, some signing in, and some signing out) extended far outside of EC.

Around 12:15 am on Sunday, after a change of Public Safety guards, one officer stationed at the front door began to announce that students who were not residents of East Campus would not be allowed to enter. “If you don’t live here,” he proclaimed, “start leaving.” As the message slowly reverberated through the cloud of students, tensions rose. Students shouted at and occasionally pushed against Public Safety officers, who shouted back. Residents of EC were herded through the bottleneck in the vestibule, and their residency status was checked before they were granted access. Hopeful sign-in recipients were predictably outraged at their inability to enter the building, whether they wanted to party or to reach significant others. People attempting to sign out were the most upset, as many of them were stuck in the line, cut off from their student or government-issued ID’s. Hundreds of tired, confused, and/or thirsty EC-goers were forced to wait for up to half an hour before Public Safety restarted the queues to allow people to enter and exit.

Even before the statement that guests would be turned away, Public Safety caused frustration with their pace. Guests who got in line for East Campus at 11:40 pm were still outside waiting to enter the building proper a half hour later. As has become the norm, multiple Public Safety officers attempted to control traffic by directing students against EC’s south walls, an order which is rarely obeyed for long. Tonight’s long lines were the capstone in a series of frustrating waits. Why is East Campus, by far the most popular dorm for sign-ins, equipped with the same system as other buildings? And why were non-residents with swipe access denied entry to a building they had never before been turned away from? Any experimental change to East Campus’s sign-in system (or to Columbia’s system as a whole) would be a welcome one.

As the night rolled closer to 1:00 am, the electronic sign-in system came back into place, and while officers insisted that only residents were allowed in, a few lucky nonresidents were able to fight their ways through.

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