Daily Archive: November 15, 2017



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On Tuesday afternoon, Staff Writer Maggie Moran attended a Keynote speech, The State of Human Rights in the World Today, as part of Columbia’s World Leaders Forum. Topics covered included digital ethics, cyber warfare, and polka-dot socks. Sound interesting? Read on to hear more about the event.

Al Hussein and Masri during the Q&A. Not pictured: fun socks.

On Tuesday afternoon, I had the opportunity to hear Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, speak. This event took place in Casa Italiana’s Teatro (that’s Italian for theater), whose Ionic columns and chandeliers are fit for only the worldliest of audiences. President Bollinger introduced Al Hussein sporting an eye-catching emerald green necktie, as if I weren’t already captivated. Fashion choices aside, Bollinger did a great job highlighting Al Hussein’s lengthy and impressive track record. Before becoming the HCHR in 2014, he served as Jordan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, as well as president of the UN’s Security Council. During his tenure as HCHR, he has confronted a variety of social issues at all levels, condemning both domestic and international terrorist groups. He also played a large role in the advancement and negotiation for the International Criminal Court, and has rebuked Donald Trump for his comments regarding the Charlottesville protests.

Al Hussein began by describing the two extremes he experienced when, within 8 days, he went from being in Silicon Valley to visiting Libya, one of the few countries in which the UN has no permanent presence. The difference between peering into the future and being transported into a barbaric past was mind-blowing. His job, in a nutshell, is to promote “a deeper consciousness of rights”. Global politics is putting that mission under much duress today, and although he believes that ending poverty, world hunger, and similar issues plaguing the world today is an achievable goal, many world leaders are turning away from potential solutions.

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so many things to look forward to, such as tree-lighting season!

Now that we’re two months deep into the semester, and with Thanksgiving coming up next week, many of us are sleep-deprived, swamped in work, and losing steam. Luckily, for the officers and the attendees (including yours truly), last night’s General Studies Student Council meeting was short and sweet. Bwog’s GSSC Bureau Chief, Alex Tang, brings us updates for upcoming initiatives, events, and food giveaways.

To start off the meeting, GSSC’s Students with Disabilities Representative, Jonathan Criswell, introduced the council to the new Students with Disabilities Survey. The survey will be sent out to the GSSC community, and is aimed at pinpointing any “financial issues, issues of accessibility, issues of morale and discrimination, and any potential issues” that affect GSSC’s population of students with disabilities. The council briefly reviewed the survey, and certain members suggested semantic changes in the language of the survey. After further review, the survey will be sent out to the GS student body, and all respondents will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card.

Under the guidance of Julia Hewitt, the Family and Working Students Representative, GSSC is also working on a survey for students with families. This shorter survey (also with a $50 gift card raffle) is aimed at granting GSSC a better understanding of the demographics and circumstances of the population.

Finally, the council approved funding for the First Year Dinner, which will happen on Friday, December 1 from 6-8pm at Amity Hall. The event is intended for first-year students to reconnect after their first semester at Columbia. GSSC will work with Amity Hall to make the dinner open to all students 18 and over.

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A close-up picture of many boxes of food, including Hamburger Helper, oats, and canned vegetables.

Boxed supplies to be disbursed by The Food Bank at Columbia

If you’re interested in materially affecting Columbia’s food insecurity issue, take a look at an event being held today by The Food Bank at Columbia. Bwog has already taken a look at The Food Bank this year as it aims to provide consistent and meaningful relief. Coming up today from 4-7 pm in Lerner 555 is a silent auction to directly benefit The Food Bank.

Highlighting the auction are guest speeches from Paige West (an Anthropology professor at Barnard) and Peter Awn (Dean of the School of General Studies). But some of the offered items might catch your eye better than a dean’s speech. Mark Gyourko of The Food Bank tells us that auctioned items will include Apple iMac computers, a gift certificate to Toast, and unlimited board play from Hex & Co. The event is targeted to the Columbia community at large, so students are welcome! If you want to buy anything, though, make sure to bring cash or check – Venmo and credit will not be accepted.

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Me, after OPT, working hard and working legally!

There will be a workshop with an immigration attorney to help international students with their employment-based visa options after ending one’s student status (i.e. after F-1 and OPT) later today. The focus will be on the H-1B process and other possible non-immigrant statuses. The workshop will take place at the 1754 Board Room in Faculty House from 11am to 1pm. The event is open for any and all students. For any questions or inquiries, contact the International Students and Scholars Office (ISSO) at

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Well done Oz!

Happening In The World: In a non-binding poll, 7.8 million Australians voted in favour of same-sex marriage. After the results were announced, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull stated that “[Australians] have voted overwhelmingly yes for marriage equality. They voted yes for fairness, yes for commitment, yes for love.” Turnbull then said that the government will make moves to legalise same-sex marriage by Christmas. (BBC)

Happening In The Nation: Kinder Eggs are now legally available in the US! Since the 1938 Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, these sweet treats have been illegal for having “non-nutritive objects” inside the chocolate egg. These newly legal Kinder Eggs (which will be available starting on Black Friday) will have one half chocolate egg and one half separately sealed toy. (AV Club)

Happening In NYC: Remember Salt Bae? The “salt sprinkling phenomenon”, otherwise known as Nusret Gökçe, has begun hiring for his new Turkish steakhouse, Nusr-et, in Midtown. Located at 60 West 53rd Street (near Sixth Avenue), the steakhouse will be open to the public by next month. (Eater)

Happening On Campus:Reclining Figure Gives BIRTH“, a performance art piece hosted by Bianca Rico and Yasmine Kaya, is happening at 6 to 7 pm in front of the Mathematics building. Through a performance and various mini sculptures of the Reclining Woman, the artists will be reappropriating the Reclining Woman using feminist art.

Overheard: “He has such clear skin, maybe he’ll clear my skin if we kiss!”

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