Daily Archive: January 21, 2018

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Back on our Bwog shit

If you’ve attempted to load Bwog on any phone, computer, or really anything at any point, you’ve probably noticed that our website is a little bit unique; it’s challenging both to navigate and to edit. As a result, we are constantly in need of CS experts to fight through the mess of our WordPress code and ensure we’re able to post our sweet, sweet content. And we are also constantly in need of business experts to help manage our ads and ensure we’re able to buy our sweet, sweet meeting snacks.

Tl;dr: Bwog is currently accepting applications for positions on the business and tech teams: Account Executives and System Administrators. Interested applicants should send their resumé and a brief statement of interest to james@bwog.com by 11:59PM on Friday, January 26. Applicants may apply for multiple positions. After receiving all applications, a small number of candidates will be interviewed for the positions, and the final decision will be made shortly afterwards.

An Account Executive’s responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining communication with existing clients
  • Sourcing new direct advertising sales leads
  • Scheduling advertising campaigns
  • Compiling analytical reports on advertising campaigns

A System Administrator’s responsibilities include:

  • An ability to learn quickly, untangle complicated systems, and track down hard-to-find bugs
  • Frontend development on the site’s WordPress theme
  • Extensive use and regular maintenance of a Linux server
  • Familiarity with any of the following is a plus: WordPress, PHP, HTML/CSS, NGINX, MySQL, Memcached, Redis.

The most crucial part of this application is a paragraph describing your past experience and qualifications for the job. Candidates should show that they are responsible, honest, self-motivated, and familiar with the culture of Bwog. Past involvement with Bwog or other publications would be a major asset, as would sales, marketing, and digital media experience. Technical skills and/or experience will also be a major asset to an application.

If you’re curious in learning more about these positions (or any other open positions on Bwog), come to our open meeting tonight at 9 pm!

Flyer via Zack Abrams

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The perfect freshman housing location… or is it?

In early December, Bwog received a tip, included at the end of the post, that complained of a lack of hot water in Carman’s renovated floors since the beginning of the year. After receiving notification of this concern, Bwog investigated.

Since August 2017, several residents of Carman Hall’s newly renovated floors, floors 9 to 13, have reported to lack hot water.

On Carman 9, shower water doesn’t heat up at all or takes around 45 minutes to get to room temperature, according to freshman Sydney Groom. After other Carman 9 residents confirmed having similar water issues in their floor GroupMe, their RA reached out to Columbia Facilities and Operations. “I thought it was only an occasional issue, but looking at the group chat, it seems a lot more widespread,” said Carman 9 resident Anna Morrione.

Carman 11 has faced similar problems. A Carman 11 resident, who agreed to speak under the alias Stephanie, has not had hot water since the beginning of the school year, instead resorting to using her neighbors’ showers. After Stephanie and her roommates “complained twice a week” via phone and online for over a month, Facilities eventually “tried to fix it, but ultimately told us it wasn’t an easy fix and left it at that.” Carman 12 students also reported malfunctioning water.

Columbia Facilities, in a December statement to Bwog, recognizes receiving these calls at the beginning of the year but stated that the department had “responded immediately,” which differs from students’ accounts of response times. Facilities said it was unaware the water posed a continuing problem until a November meeting with the RAs.

More issues after the jump

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Plan a week full of events, and pretend it is still syllabus week!

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.

Recommended

  • “Tibeto-Mongol Relations and the Role of the Lama Zanabazar” Tuesday, 2:30 – 4:00 PM, International Affairs Building.
  • “When Are Journalists Foreign Agents?” Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:00 PM, Pulitzer Hall.
  • “Sixties Underground Press & the Rise of Alternative Media in America” Tuesday, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, Butler Library.
  • “How FemTech, Genetics & Consumers are Driving Change” Wednesday, 6:00 – 8:30 PM, Cooley LLP, The Grace Building.
  • Reset (Relève: Histoire d’une création), Thursday, 6:30 – 9:00 PM, Buell Hall.

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If you want the power to singlehandedly ruin someone’s day, join Bwog!

Listen up here! If you find yourself bored, lonely, and hungry tonight with nowhere specific to go (which we know you will), do us both a huge favor and stop by at Bwog’s first open meeting of the year today, 9 PM, in Lerner 510. There will be outrageous pitches, there will be laughter, there will be bad jokes, there will be broken New Year’s resolutions, and there will always, always be freshly washed green grapes. More information can be found at our Facebook event.

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What you look like, probably, in Butler today, speed-reading Luke and John and the Confessions.

Happening in the world: Authorities have found that an insurgent attack on an Afghan hotel, Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, has left at least five people dead. (NYT)

Happening in the US: Trump’s approval rating among men has improved by 8 percentage points, according to a recent CNN poll. (CNN)

Happening in NYC: If your Lit Hum reading isn’t cutting it anymore, The New York Times has published a Star Wars-themed book called “In a Galaxy Far, Far Away,” which collects all the publications’ recent coverage on the film franchise. (The Verge)

Happening on campus: Riverside Church is hosting a potluck lunch/open house at 1 PM today to learn more their volunteer program Coming Home, which involves helping out formerly incarcerated individuals. Entry to the lunch is free, and more details can be found in the Facebook event.

Overheard: “I woke up in the hospital in a Ravenclaw t-shirt”

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