Daily Archive: December 16, 2017



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Manhattan Brew & Vine on 109th and Columbus

Shortly after midnight last night (around 12:30am, Dec 16th), a man was fatally shot on the corner of 109th Street and Columbus Avenue in front of Manhattan Brew & Vine. He was pronounced dead at St. Luke’s Hospital with multiple shots to his torso. The police investigation continued late into this morning. The victim, 48-year-old Damian Ramirez, was the owner of Manhattan Brew & Vine.

Around 7pm on the same night (Friday, Dec 15th), an innocent bystander was grazed by a bullet on 103rd Street and Manhattan Avenue, and was taken to St. Luke’s Hospital. He told the police that he heard the gunshot, then felt a pain in his ear and realized he had been shot.

Despite the fact that both shootings happened extremely close to Columbia’s campus in one night, public safety did not issue an alert for either one of them. To put things into perspective, the fatal shooting on 109th and Columbus happened 2 blocks away from 1020 during peak hours on a Friday night. There are also Columbia-owned apartment buildings around the immediate vicinity of the shootings. Regardless, the Columbia community did not receive any public safety alerts of any form about either incident.

Manhattan Brew & Vine via Broadway World



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Our home for the next week.

At the end of every semester, things in Butler get a bit…freaky. Sure, there are those people who don’t shower, those who do shower (in the Butler 2 men’s bathroom), and those who think it’s okay to talk loudly in study spaces. Tangentially, if you do hold a conversation in a Butler room which isn’t a reservable room or Butler Cafe, you are literal human garbage and you should be banned from the library. Ahem. Now that that’s out of our system…without further ado, here’s our beloved end-of-semester catalogue of the weird, strange, and sometimes hopeful library room reservations.

Sad Girls And Sad Boys

The Saga Of The Emperor

See more strange reservations here



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Bwog does math too!

Looking for ways to get out of finals? Bwog checked to see if finding a new world altogether was possible. Bwogger Victoria Arancio trudged through the snow to see this gravity talk, because she’s that desperate. 

Every few weeks, the Columbia Astronomy Department hosts its Stargazing & Lecture series. As a part of their public outreach,  the department hosts talks on Fridays that discuss current scientific understanding of our Universe. Whether you’re a student, professor, or just someone who somehow found their way into Pupin, the talks are engaging and relatively easy to follow. I was able to attend the department’s last two talks; although very different from each other, both helped better my understanding of astronomy and also made voluntarily sitting in a lecture hall enjoyable.

Two weeks ago, the department hosted a book talk, focusing on the life and work of Jill Tarter, an astrophysicist and astrobiologist. Sarah Scoles’ Making Contact: Jill Tarter and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life, investigates not only the technology that may one day detect life elsewhere in the Universe, but this biography sheds light on the life of a woman struggling to be taken seriously in a field dominated by men. Jill Tarter is responsible for the SETI project, scientific research that looks for life elsewhere by detecting electromagnetic signals from other parts of the Universe. The weather was even nice enough so that the public was also able to observe through telescopes on the roof of Pupin!

Science is cool!



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The sun is literally setting on this semester, so get crackin!

Whether you are simply heading home for winter break, feeling nostalgic in your senior year or getting ready to leave Columbia and return (like me) from a study abroad program, this is a list of all the things you absolutely must do before you go – so forget about your GPA and get cracking.

1. Take cute insta pics from Low and Butler

2. Climb Hamilton. (Like Everest but the 7th floor is duller)

3. Get over 1000 likes on buy sell memes a.k.a become an icon

4. Get into 1020 without being carded

5. Have an awkward encounter with a Tinder match

6. Befriend someone in EC (if you’re a Barnard student)

7. Sign in a bunch of Barnard students and feel immensely powerful (insert Gandalf joke here)

8. Take a festive picture with Alma

7. Call Hartley Hospitality for at least one minor inconvenience

8. Dedicate a draw to all the free merch you have collected here at Columbia (from NSOP to tree lighting, you know you still have those t-shirts)

9.  Eat a jumbo slice at Koronet past midnight

10. Stick to the floor of at least one frat’s basement

11 through 20, coming right up after the jump!



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I’m dreaming of a milk-and-cookies Christmas.

Bwogline: Trump officials have banned CDC officials from using a list of seven words, including “transgender” and “fetus,” in official documents for next year’s budget. (WaPo)

Study tip: If you find yourself getting bored with your usual spot in Butler, change up where you’re studying! Cognitive scientists have found that studying in different settings helps memory recall. Bwog has handy lists of the best non-crowded study spaces on campus, as well the warmest places on campus to study.

Music: To ease yourself away from finals sadness and towards holiday cheer, here’s a Christmas instrumental study playlist compiled by yours truly. You got this!

Procrastination Tip: Read! If you haven’t already read the very smart, very Bwog-approved New Yorker story Cat Person, I would also recommend this super interesting NYT feature on New York’s new subway chief, Andy Byford.

Overseen: A broken bowl outside JJ’s. RIP little guy.


My wet dream via Pixabay

Who even smokes in JJ’s via Bwogger

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