Daily Archive: December 17, 2017



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With just two games left in the non-conference schedule, men’s basketball has been disappointing fans left and right. Staff writer Abby Rubel analyzes what they can do to improve over winter break. 

We miss you, Conor!

There are few things more frustrating for a Columbia men’s basketball fan than watching Quinton Adlesh steal the ball, make a fast break down the court, and flub the layup. When the Lions lose the game by a narrow margin, you find yourself wondering if that layup could have made the difference or if it was just bad luck.

The Lions have certainly been experiencing their share of bad luck this season. As they wind up their non-conference schedule, the Lions stand at 1-9. Two of this season’s losses, against Stony Brook and Quinnipiac, were victories by more than 10 points last year.

Their dismal record is partly a result of a tougher schedule. Matches against undefeated Villanova and 8-3 Penn State came early as part of a seven-game stretch on the road. Despite that, the Lions are performing at basically the same offensive level as last season. Last year, they produced an average of 71.9 points per game; so far this season they’ve scored an average of 73.7. Field goal completion varies by a tenth of a percentage point.

Specific areas for improvement after the jump.



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Ben, Doug, and guests Gabby and Yasmeen recording an episode

When new EIC Betsy Ladyzhets learned about StarBites, an astrophysics podcast run by several space-minded Columbia undergrads, she knew she had to interview them for Bwog. StarBites was started by Douglas Grion, CC ‘20, Ben Hord, CC ‘18, Andy Tzanidakis, GS ‘18, and Brian Smallshaw, CC ‘19, but its episodes (all of which are now up on SoundCloud) feature several other members of the Columbia astrophysics department, discussing space-related topics from E.T. to women in STEM. In this interview, the podcast’s creators explain how they started StarBites, how episodes are put together, and their plans for future expansion.

Bwog: What is StarBites? Give me a short summary.

Ben Hord: It’s a podcast about space for people who love the cosmos,.

Doug Grion: It explains stuff about astronomy that we think is cool in a way that other people will be interested in it.

Andy Tzanidakis: We want to give the perspective that, as undergrad students in astronomy, we can explain things to other people that are maybe a bit simpler to understand, while also going in depth enough to make things interesting.

Brian Smallshaw: When we say “astrophysics,” it’s a pretty daunting subject for most people, but when you break it down subject to subject without the math, it’s pretty easy to understand. So, the podcast is a way for us to have fun and talk about stuff we like to talk about with each other, and also for us to show other people what those conversations are like and what we do.

Bemoaning the size of a Schapiro single, nearly burning down Pupin, and more after the jump



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If you come to Bwog meeting, you too can be this happy.

Hey, look. We get it. This is a very stressful time and you have three finals, six papers and a group project to get done. But you have to emerge from your chosen study cave eventually, and what’s a better place to go than Bwog meeting tonight at 9 pm in Lerner 510? Trick question: there isn’t one. So come on out, share our wonderful snacks and bring some pitches (or not), as we all stave off our sense of impending doom.

it’s beginning to look a lot like christmas via Public Domain




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I think we should let this guy live in ButCaf.

Bwogline: On Saturday, a shadowy Pentagon program that investigated UFOs was revealed. The program, which began in 2007 largely under the request of Senator Harry Reid, was discontinued in 2012. Its backers say it is still in existence, without its $22 million a year in funding. I guess my dream to live in The X-Files isn’t dead after all. (NYT)

Study Tip: If you need something to listen to while you work, but can’t handle music, try finding a noise generator to block all the annoying people breathing in Butler. I recommend this website, which has everything from rain to white noise to Gregorian chants.

Music: The movie wasn’t the best but the soundtrack is super relaxing and quite possibly my favorite study music of all time.

Procrastination: Call your mom (or dad, best friend, sibling. whomever)! They’ll appreciate hearing from you and you’ll have a good excuse to step away from your books for a while and catch up. Or, if no one will pick up, go through your Facebook and get rid of all the gross people from high school you promised to unfriend the day after graduation.

Overheard: “I think with Columbia’s endowment we should get…a kitten. To live somewhere.”

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