Daily Archive: November 19, 2017



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We love turkey day as much as we love attending cool on-campus events!

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.


  • “In celebration of the 20th Anniversary of Dorothy Roberts’s groundbreaking book, Killing the Black Body” Monday, November 20, 4:15 – 6:45 pm. Barnard Hall, Sulzberger Parlor.
  • “Orhan Pamuk” Monday, November 20, 6:30 pm. Miller Theater.

Monday, November 20

  • “Data Science Institute Colloquium: Yann LeCun, Facebook AI Research & New York University” 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Schapiro CEPSR, Davis Auditorium.
  • Book Talk: “Preventive Engagement: How America Can Avoid War, Stay Strong, and Keep the Peace” 12:00 – 2:00 pm. IAB, Room 1302.
  • “The Future of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights” 12:10 – 1:10 pm. Columbia Law School, Jerome Green Hall 107.
  • “Storytelling and the Geopolitics of Petroleum: Student Roundtable Discussion with Vahan Zanoyan, Author & Global Energy Consultant” 12:30 – 2:00 pm. School of Social Work.
  • “Metaphors and Models: The Neuroscience of Comparison – Seminars in Society and Neuroscience” 4:14 – 6:15 pm. Faculty House.
  • “Author Irina Reyn In Conversation With Anna Katsnelson About Her Novel
  • ‘What Happened To Anna K.’” 5:30 – 7:30 pm. IAB, Room 410.
  • “Poetry Reading. “Posts” By Tadeusz Dąbrowski” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. IAB, Room 707.
  • “Beyond fighting ISIS: Gender, Conflict & Nationalism. Nadje Al-Ali in conversation with Latif Tas” 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Knox Hall, Room 509.

Tuesday, November 21

  • “The Human Rights Crisis in Mexico: The Role of Mexican Law Schools” 12:10 – 1:10 pm. Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 546.
  • “Pop-Up Concerts: Regional de NY” 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Miller Theater.

Wednesday, November 22 – Friday, November 24

Thanksgiving Break!

Turkey courtesy of the Public Domain.



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My Adobe application of choice is Photoshop, not Illustrator, so my creations unfortunately only have a fraction of the beauty you all see above

At my first ever Bwog meeting in 2015, I made a pitch that to this day I have yet to top: campus figures as bowls of water. Shamelessly inspired by a Buzzfeed post someone had sent to me, I thought it would’ve been a perfect fit for this new thing in my life called Bwog. But the board looked at me like I was snorting eraser shavings and told me they’d “think about it” (which usually means slack message each other about wtf just came out this girls mouth). Until last week, I had given up on my pitch and only occasionally referenced to it as a way to encourage new writers to not be ashamed of their seemingly weird/unusual ideas. But then one morning as I did my Insta-toilet scroll, I came across an image on my feed: Disney Princesses as cement mixers. It was as if God himself were telling me not to give up on the pitch that started it all, but this time, better—campus figures as cement mixers.




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No room in Butler has even been this empty.

Sometimes in that mid-semester haze, we all forget there’s more places to study than Butler on this campus,and find ourselves lost when there’s not an empty seat in sight in Ref. Luckily, Staff Writer Kiana Taghavi has done all the hard work and compiled a list of alternatives. If you know any other great study spots, leave them in the comments!

It’s Saturday morning. You’re up before 11. You’re feeling somewhat motivated, with a grande iced coffee in one hand and Plato’s Republic in the other. You text your friend, and both of you begin your forty-four minute trek to find a spot to study. Just a single spot to study.

You’d think that at a distinguished university like Columbia, students would constantly be reveling in cozy nooks, aesthetic library ceilings, and spacious, ultra-modern tables. Instead, some students, like me, have been facing a pressing campus crisis: a lack of study spaces.

Every time I decide to work in Butler, I waste at least thirty minutes shuffling between floors, hunting down a single open seat. At this point, I’m pretty content with sitting down on the ground of Butler 5, laptop charger plugged into the wall, backpack messily strewn across the antiquated floor, infinite particles of dust hitting my face every time I turn a page in my poli sci textbook. It’s a look.

With the help of my lovely Bwog family, I have compiled a list of places that won’t require an odyssey to find a spot to sit at.

Find our suggestions after the jump!



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Thanks to Bwog meeting, you have an excuse to put off that essay for an extra hour tonight.

Come join Bwog at 9 pm in Lerner 510 to get an early start on your Thanksgiving break. We’ll provide a feast of epic snacks, you provide your best pitches. Honestly, it’s a win-win situation all around. Can’t wait to see you there!

 that background is wild via Public Domain



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I’m sure Robert Mugabe doesn’t look quite so bored after the week he’s had.

Happening in the World: After a military coup last week to stop Zimbabwe’s president Robert Mugabe from installing his wife as his successor, the ruling party, Zanu-PF, has given Mugabe until Monday to resign or face impeachment. His former vice president, Emmerson Mnangagwa, who Mugabe fired two weeks ago, has been appointed in his place. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Co-founder of AC/DC, Malcolm Young, passed away yesterday at the age of 64. The songwriter and guitarist had suffered from dementia for several years, according to a statement from his family. AC/DC, which Young found with his brother Angus, is still wildly popular  selling more than 72 million albums in the United States and giving a wildly successful “Rock or Bust” world tour in 2016. (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: 2 senior officials in the New York Housing Authority have resigned after a scandal involving lead paint. The city’s Investigation Department found that the authority’s chairwoman, Shola Olatoye, knew that inspectors were not checking apartments for lead paint but still signed off on their reports anyway. Mayor De Blasio has jumped to her defense and it has been announced that a new department will be established to ensure compliance with regulations. (NY Times)

Happening on Campus: The Columbia University Wind Ensemble will be holding their fall concert, Childlike Wonder, at 1 pm today in Roone Auditorium. Come listen to a diverse range of selections, including Fantasy on the Theme by Sousa and the US premiere of Dylan’s Song. Check out the Facebook event and be sure to stop by; it’s free with your CUID! 

Word(s) of the Day: Strč prst skrz krk: A Czech and Slovak tongue twister that means “stick a finger through the throat” and more importantly, contains no vowels.

I think I make that same face in my 8:40 lecture via Wikimedia Commons

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