Daily Archive: December 7, 2017



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It’s that time of year again, folks, that time where we open paragraphs with “it’s that time of year again, folks.” In all mock-seriousness, Orgo Night is here! Well, almost. In anticipation of the event, Columbia University Marching Band has released their first round of flyers, some of which have been more controversial than others. 

The posters say the event will take place in Butler on the last night of reading week, but it’s unclear as to whether the band will actually be let in this year. Get there early to snag a good spot, or bitch about it later.

“tromboner”. never heard that one before.

A joke for the people.

Should the football team publish a self-help book?

Probably the most “eh” of this year’s jokes.



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The JJ’s we know and love <3

You may know JJ’s Place as the dining hall that’s there for you with cheeseburgers, curly fries, and mozzarella sticks whenever you need them, but long ago, the space in the basement of John Jay that JJ’s now occupies was a bar that served alcohol to upperclassmen.

Opened in 1939, the basement of John Jay, then known as the Lion’s Den Pub, served as an important social hub for Columbia students. An article in LIFE from February 15, 1954 described the Lion’s Den as a place “where there is music and dancing, and a certain amount of beer, and a thick fog of tobacco smoke, and a sustained, genial noise.” Richard Goldwater (CC ‘63) said it was “small, but had the authentic beery atmosphere.”

The Lion’s Den – 1948

Barnard students would frequent the Lion’s Den prior to Columbia opening its doors to women, musical performances (including the Glee Club Quartet, which performed at the opening to the Lion’s Den), and even the Varsity Show would take place in the pub, and Columbia students didn’t have to leave campus to get a beer.

The Lion’s Den in John Jay soon closed its doors, and a new one opened in Ferris Booth Hall, what is now Lerner Hall, around 1962. The Lion’s Den in Ferris Booth Hall had a much more modern appearance, which, according to Goldwater “even in the sentimental glow of retrospect looks awful and sterile.” The Lion’s Den in Ferris Booth Hall closed in 1971. Later, in 1996, the basement of John Jay, then called “the Lodge,” became JJ’s Place.

The Lion’s Den in Ferris Booth Hall

When walking down the stairs of John Jay to get to JJ’s on a Tuesday night after a long day of studying, it seems almost unimaginable that the space where hungry college students devour thousands of calories once housed a focal point for nightlife. Although alcohol is no longer served and the sticky beer-permeated floors are now much cleaner, one characteristic of the Lion’s Den still remains in JJ’s: students love it.


JJ’s via Columbia Dining

The first Lion’s Den via Spectator Archives

The Lion’s Den in Ferris Booth Hall via Columbia College Today



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On Wednesday, December 7th, SIPA hosted an event regarding the future of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act following its repeal by President Trump. Staff writer Megan Wylie went to the timely event which featured a keynote address from Speaker of the City Council, Melissa Mark-Viverito and a diverse panel of professors and community activists.

The City Council Speaker giving the keynote address discussing New York’s policies towards immigrants

Being both a native New Yorker and a politics nerd, I inevitably have a guilty pleasure for local politics. When I saw that the event was featuring Melissa Mark-Viverito, who was the first Puerto Rican councilwoman in New York City, I was interested due to the fact that it would not just be an academic approach to tackling the issue, but a personal one. Born in Puerto Rico, Councilwoman Mark-Viverito moved to New York when she was a child and attended Columbia for undergrad, and moved on to Baruch to pursue her master’s. Back to the topic at hand, the Councilwoman has helped make the city remarkably accessible to immigrants affected by the dismissal of DACA through providing legal, social, political, professional and economic assistance to those at risk of being deported.

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While some see Butler as the concentrated epitome of stress culture, I, a literal resident of the library, view it as a respite of peace and quiet. When the visiting couple across from you in the cafe is loudly arguing about where they want to eat next in the *Big Apple*, when you can hear your hall neighbors fooling around – on a Tuesday morning no less, Butler is the one place where you can pop a squat and spend some quality time with just you and the Aeneid.

Horrible people, just stop breathing.

At least, that’s what you thought, until one day you discover not one, but two whole grown men napping and worse – snoring – in the chairs next to you.

I get the occasional, brief closing of eyes in Butler; it happens. Sometimes you’re flipping to the 201st page and the wave just hits. But if you have made a conscious thought and decision to take a hearty and full-fledged nap, especially with snoring involved, consider relocating to your dorm room or even a lounge of any of our many spacious non-library buildings.

While the pen drop and the water bottle knocking over are fine, the snoring is where I draw the line. Not only does it disturb the general study environment, but if I can hear you heaving each breath from a quite distant 40 feet away as you sleep, I’m concerned about your own health, as well.

Every building on campus has a very clearly designated purpose, shaped by architects, administration, and student culture alike. Carman is for sleeping and…NSOP. Hamilton is for academic meetings and that weirdly difficult four-story hike you do to your sixth-floor history class every Tuesday and Thursday. John Jay is for unseasoned college meals that by principle always include beans. Butler is for studying, not sleeping.



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The Diana Center: Harborer of many secrets and few smoothies.

Happening Around The World: Trump has officially recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and has begun plans to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv. Congratulations on fucking over Americans, Palestinians, and literally everyone whose name isn’t Benjamin Netanyahu. (BBC)

Happening In The US: Uncontrollable wildfires are raging across Southern California, reaching outskirts of Los Angeles. Tens of thousands have evacuated the area and the smoke can be seen from space. Normally it’s cool when things can be seen from space, but this is very, very uncool. (ABC News)

Happening In NYC: Opinion: film festivals are pretentious. Fact: Dogs are great. If you agree with both of these, you should check out the 3rd Annual Dog Film Festival, which is exactly what it sounds like – amazing. The show is playing this Sunday at 2:45 and 4:45 pm at the SVA Theatre (333 W 23rd St), and tickets are available here.

Happening At Columbia: If for whatever reason you aren’t making it to Lincoln Center this season – it’s too far away, too expensive, or you just really resent DSpar – Columbia University Ballet Ensemble is presenting their own production of The Nutcracker with performances tonight at 10 pm and Saturday at 1:30 pm. Read Bwog’s review here!

Overheard: “Men are discovering Diana smoothies. We can’t allow that.”

Liz’s Place via Bold. Beautiful. Barnard.



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Did you guys go to the “Columbia College Winter Celebration” tonight? Did you enjoy jockeying in an unruly hoard for free mugs and t-shirts as Deantini watched on with empty eyes? Did you feel like part of a community?

Check out the cover photo for the Facebook event above–why is “and the opportunity to meet your deans” in larger font than the part about the free stuff they were giving out? To be honest, I care a lot more about marshmallows than I do about Deantini. Also, if a perk of an event is to meet our deans, maybe said deans shouldn’t be so damn aloof in the first place. There’s definitely a problem with our campus culture if people are so surprised when they see Deantini that they take selfies with him! I tried to post about this in the Facebook event, but my post wasn’t approved (even after I texted CCSC President Nathan Rosin demanding that he approve it–love ya, Nathan!).

Anyway, the shirts and mugs are pretty cool. Apparently the baked potatoes were good and the mac n’ cheese was bad. I left without trying any of the food because I was stressed and overwhelmed after sacrificing my personal space at the altar of materialism. I didn’t get there early enough for a beanie because I was at office hours, but let me know below what you think of yours!

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