Daily Archive: November 9, 2017

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It was my fifth class of the day, I’d had three hours of sleep, and needless to say, I was unprepared for my worldview to be shattered. It would turn out I had no choice in the matter. As I was sitting in my poli sci discussion section, dozing off and thinking about how cute my TA was, I noticed something about the girl across from me. It wasn’t her impeccable note-taking or the gum she had sticking out of her bag. It was her water bottle, adorned with many stickers.

A typical object…an atypical dilemma.

The stickers with which one decorates their possessions can say a lot about a person. For example, I have a Barnard sticker on my laptop, which reveals that I am a student there. I also have Glossier stickers, which means I’m basic. This girl’s stickers presented a contradiction the likes of which I had never encountered before and am unlikely to again. Circling the top of the otherwise uncomplicated Nalgene was a Columbia Spectator logo. Ugh, fine. But then, tucked away and surrounded by some generic flowers, was a piece of Bwog’s very own merchandise – the coveted “Fuck Spec” sticker.

To co-opt an overused phrase, I was shook. What was this? What did it mean? Who is she?  No, literally, I didn’t know who she was, despite being in a fairly small class with her for more than two months. But I was less concerned with trivial details like her name than I was with an analysis of her psyche.

It was like the classic chicken-egg problem: Was she on Spec and then realized the error of her ways? Or did she start out on Bwog only to fall for the promise of fancy journalism internships? Instead of principal-agent dilemmas, my mind was turning over the duality of man. If she thought Bwog wasn’t doing “real” journalism, then why turn to Spec? Did she miss the weekly grapes? Or perhaps she was affiliated with neither, and wanted to project some form of ~intellectualism~, but couldn’t decide which publication served the purpose better? Maybe we all have a Bwog and a Spec editor inside ourselves – or on our water bottles.

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First, we had Wall Street Journal’s 2018 college rankings. Then, we had Yelp. Now, Bwog has discovered perhaps the most comprehensive, thorough mechanism to truly and fairly evaluate our school – Google reviews.

Need I say much more? Columbia’s Google reviews are poppin’, having amassed around 900 individual weird, head-scratching, sometimes raunchy critiques. Procrastinate with the full list of reviews here, or check out some of the highlights I’ve compiled below!

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Bwoggers Levi Cohen and Aliya Schneider went to the final dress rehearsal of KCST’s production of Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, directed by Sylvia Korman, BC ’18, and produced by Tina Simpson, BC ’19. The play opens tonight at 8 pm in the Glicker-Milstein Theater and runs through the 11th; tickets are currently sold out, but if you go to the box office at 7 pm, you can get on the waitlist and likely get a seat. Tickets are free!

Measure for Measure isn’t the most heralded of Shakespeare’s works. One of the so-called “problem plays,” its tone veers from comedy to tragedy, from courtroom accusations to marriage proposals. This relative instability can lead to a scattered or incohesive production, where the whole is weakened by conflict between its parts. Luckily, KCST’s latest effort mostly avoids that fate.

Sylvia Korman, BC ’18, ably directed the all-female cast within the space, using the thrust setup to make the action seem less staged in one audience-facing direction and more natural. While every side of the audience will be able to see the stage equally well, the experience changes a little based on where you end up sitting: a scene between a duke and a petitioner plays very differently depending on if you sit behind the former or the latter. That’s a feature, not a flaw, of the thrust stage, and it makes the show that much more exciting.

Journey to Vienna below

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Taking the midterms struggle to a new level.

Happening Around The World: What isn’t happening in Saudi Arabia right now? Dozens of princes and other powerful men with ties to the royal family are facing charges of corruption, “their planes grounded and their assets seized”. However, government corruption is pretty much a fact of life in Saudi Arabia, so many are viewing this as simply a power grab by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. (BBC)

Happening In The US: Ever been excited about jury duty? Probably not, but some lucky Chicagoans were when former President Barack Obama reported at the Daley Center Wednesday morning. Congratulations on showing more patriotism than our current POTUS. (BBC)

Happening In NYC: Tuesday’s election revived some hopes for democracy after Democrats gained big wins in New Jersey and Virginia, but New Yorkers didn’t show the same fervor – only 21.7% of the city’s registered voters showed up to the polls. Come on, we can do better than that. (NY Daily News)

Happening At Columbia: Head to Diana LL103 at 7PM for “Treyf at CU: A Workshop on Anti-Semitism”, wherein Treyf podcast hosts Sam Bick and David Zinman will be discussing the framework of how we view Anti-Semitism in North America, and how it can be adjusted to include intersectional voices.

Overseen: About 15 five-hour energy bottles making their home in a Butler desk. To the owner: I mean, you do you, but also – are you ok???

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