Daily Archive: December 3, 2017



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These fists are ready to fight for the best dining hall.

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.


  • “Educating the Brain: How the Acquisition of Reading and Mathematics Affects Human Brain Circuits” Monday, December 4, 4:15-6:15 pm. Italian Academy.
  • “From the Faculty Lounge: More Than a Game: Play to Learn – A conversation between Mark Carnes and Stephanie Pfirman” Monday, December 4, 6:30 – 8:30 pm.
  • ““”Does This Vehicle Belong to You?” Processing the Language of Policing for Improving Police-Community Relations” Tuesday, December 5, 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Schapiro CEPSR, Room 412.
  • “The Future of DACA” Wednesday, December 6, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. IAB, Room 1501.
  • “Battle of the Dining Halls: Food Fight 2017” Wednesday, December 6, 2:00 – 4:00 pm. Lerner Auditorium.

Monday, December 4

  • “Understanding the Perspectives of Survivors of Human Trafficking on their Experiences in Shelter Care in Cambodia” 4:00 – 5:30 pm. NYS Psychiatric Institute, Room 6601.
  • “New Books in the Arts & Sciences Celebrating Recent Work by Bruce Robbins” 6:15 – 7:15 pm. Heyman Center for the Humanities., EC 2nd Floor.

Tuesday, December 5

  • “The Fight for Democratic Values in Ukraine: Confronting Propaganda and Corruption” 4:00 – 6:00 pm. IAB, Room 1219.
  • “Book Launch: The Art of Sanctions by Richard Nephew” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. IAB, Room 1501.
  • “Climate Change Impacts: Relocation to Safer Ground” 6:30 – 7:30 pm. Faculty House, 3rd Floor.
  • “Saskia Hamilton and Hisham Matar – A reading” 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Barnard Hall, Room 418.

Wednesday, December 6

  • “Cultural Holes & the Production of Economic Thought w/ Emily Erikson” 12:00 – 2:00 pm. Knox Hall, Room 403.
  • “Perspectives on Peace Presents: Beyond Combat” 3:00 – 5:30 pm. Teachers College, Milbank Chapel.
  • “Monteverdi at 450: Experiments in Sound, Image, and Movement” all-day, beginning at 3:00 pm. Italian Academy.
  • “From Private Companies to President Trump: Defending the Public Discourse” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Pulitzer Hall, The Brown Institute.
  • “Sages, Proverbs, Myths and Philosophy: Recording the Breadth of Sagacious Wisdom with Gail Presbey” 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Knox Hall.

Thursday, December 7

  • “Clean + Go Green – University-Wide Recycling, Shredding, and Donation Event” all-day. Low Plaza.
  • “The Success of Failure: Perspectives from the Arts, Sciences, Humanities, Education, and Law” all-day. Teacher’s College, Cowin Auditorium.
  • “Present Past: Time, Memory, and the Negotiation of Historical Justice” all-day. IAB.
  • ““The Evolution of Mental Health and Manhood Among Young Black Men,” with Prof Daphne Watkins” 12:00 – 1:00 pm. School of Social Work, Room 1109.
  • “”Beyond words”: oral tradition and the music of Julia Wolfe” 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Knox Hall, Room 509.

Friday, December 8

  • “Sustaining Peace: Partnerships for Conflict Prevention and Peacebuilding” 8:30 am – 12:00 pm. Faculty House.
  • “Revisiting Sage Philosophy: a workshop on fieldwork-based dialogical research on African sages and philosophical thinkers” 9:00 am – 5:00 pm. Knox Hall.
  • “Joint Armstrong Memorial Lecture- Electrical Engineering Distinguished Lecture” 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. Schapiro CEPSR, Room 412.

Saturday, December 9

  • “DOCFEST ’17” 11:00 am – 6:00 pm. Pulitzer Hall, Room 300.

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This is the face

Some time around week 13, a subpopulation of students emerges from the darkest corners of Claremont and Cathedral Gardens.  They look vaguely familiar, as their faces remind you of the sound of the Hamilton elevator ringing open at 2:47. In their hands are readings from weeks ago, which appear pale and neglected from the lack of any form of annotation. You finally piece it together… the person you thought had dumped the class after iMessaging and Amazon Priming through add/drop actually held onto the course. How the hell were they remotely making it through this class??

They attentively listened in on each person’s questions for the professor, progressively scrunching their face harder and harder until all of their features resembled a unified question mark. They took a deep breath and sighed, and you understood without spending a day in Elementary Sighing I: “I’m FUCKED.” Eventually, it was their turn to talk to the professor, to whom they asked “is there any extra credit?” The professor’s face turned into an even harder question mark than the student’s. “Are you…. in my class?” they responded.

If you see one of these guys or gals hanging around your professor’s door, be kind. Maybe share your notes, or at least tell them where the study guide is (some professors are less equipped to use Courseworks than guinea pigs are). Who knows why they haven’t gone to class all semester. And if this sounds something like yourself… good luck charlie.



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meal vouchers from the still-active Emergency Meal Fund

Have you heard of Columbia’s the Share Meals app? Bwogger Ross Chapman covers this latest attempt to combat food insecurity on campus, and reminds us of the last time Columbia attempted something similar. 

The launch of Share Meals, an app meant to aid food insecurity, has once again highlighted the difficulty of the Columbia community to provide for its students in need.

For the last three years, student councils and other organizations have busied themselves with finding solutions to Columbia’s increasingly visible food insecurity issue. Juniors and Seniors may remember Swipes, an app which was meant to connect students with meal swipes to students in need of entry to dining halls. Within a year, Swipes had shut down, but its ability to help food insecure students went down dramatically after the first few weeks. In a press release from November 2015, student groups claimed that Swipes was not performing as well as it could because not enough students were downloading and using the app, in part due to problems in promotion. Putting aside logistical issues, Swipes depended on a continued, active, face-to-face donation system which could be stressful or embarrassing for students in need of assistance.

Student councils and the First Generation Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) announced last month the launch of Share Meals, an NYU-sourced app that attempts to reduce food insecurity on campus by connecting students with meal swipes to students in need of entry to dining halls. The recently revealed service seems unaware of the problems which plagued Swipes. While its food map and diet-tagging features are helpful, it has been similarly plagued by a lack of activity. In four weeks of checking on the app, I have seen less than five opportunities for students to either get a swipe to a dining hall or to attend an event with free food. Share Meals has been advertised even less than Swipes, and has only 100 downloads on the Google Play Store – most of which come from non-Columbia students.

What should Columbia be doing about all of this?



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You aren’t going to write that essay anyway so you have all the time in the world to come to Bwog meeting.

It’s officially December and that means you’re running out of time to join Bwog this fall. But it’s never too late; just stop by Lerner 510 tonight at 9 pm and find out what you’ve been missing out on all semester! There will be snacks in exchange for your pitches so come on down and join us.

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Even the sky is celebrating Canada’s decision!

Happening in the World: Canada’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in favor of First Nations indigenous groups, stating that the Yukon territorial government cannot rewrite a plan to protect a vast swath of wilderness, as it was already agreed to by a joint indigenous-government committee. The court said that the government’s plan to open up more of the First Nations people’s traditional land to development than originally agreed upon violated 30-year-old treaties between the two groups. This marks a huge step forward for Canada’s efforts to reconcile with indigenous groups.  (NYT)

Happening in the US: A woman with a transplanted uterus has become the first person with the procedure to give birth in the United States. Previously eight other babies have also been born using this procedure, all in the same hospital in Sweden. This birth proves the procedure is not limited just to said hospital and opens up the possibility that other women in the US, and around the world, who were born without a uterus or had it removed for other reasons, could have their own children if they choose. (NYT)

Happening in NYC: One person has died and five were injured, one in critical condition, after a driver barreled through a group of people outside a bar in Queens early Sunday morning. Witnesses say there was a fight on the sidewalk that the group exiting the bar, where two people were also stabbed, attempted to stop when a car came rushing down the sidewalk, crashing into the them. The New York Police Department say terrorism is not suspected and authorities have one person related to the incident in custody. (CBS News)

Happening on Campus: Columbia Q&A (Queer and Asian) is holding a boba tea study break today from 7 to 9 pm in the Stephen Donaldson Lounge in Schapiro Hall. According to their Facebook event, it is “open to all queer or Asian people” so if that applies to you, be sure to check it out! (There will also be lactose-free boba!)

Word of the Day: Mamihlapinatapai: A word in the dying Yaghan language of indigenous population of Tierra del Fuego which captures the look between two people when both would like the other to do something, but neither want to do it. Or, the look you give your laptop when you have a paper you haven’t started and you wish it would write itself.

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The promised land…

Late on a weekend night, there’s only one reason that anyone would be heading up onto the bridge over Amsterdam: East Campus. But not all those who enter the lobby can get in. CC and SEAS students slide past without trouble, while others stand patiently for long minutes, sometimes even hours, until they can find some friend or friendly stranger to sign them in. Earlier tonight, we took to that very lobby to ask the people waiting there what they would do in that moment in order to secure one elusive EC sign-in. Here are some of our favorite responses:

  • “I’d wait for five minutes.”
  • “I’d suck a dick.”
  • “Suck a dick twice”
  • “Go outside naked.”
  • “Honestly, after like ten minutes, I’d just give up.”
  • “Go up to random people and ask them for a sign in.”
  • “Venmo people.”
  • “I would send a text to my boyfriend.”
  • “Eat five cooked eggs.”
  • “Freshman year, I’d just go up to people and be like, do you live here, can you sign me in, I could give you a blowjob real fast.”
  • “Suck a dick.”
  • “Teach someone how to use the Diana.”
  • “Not much, honestly.”

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