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Daily Archive: January 28, 2018

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The Mudd elevators are notoriously slow… and dangerous

If the title isn’t self-explanatory enough, this post is a ranking of elevators on campus.

    1. EC elevators: They’re gross on the weekends and break down sometimes, but that’s part of the adventure. Normally, they’re pretty clean and very fast. It’s not the elevators’ fault that people destroy them every weekend.
    2. Broadway elevators: They’re fast, clean, and reliable. What more can one ask for in an elevator? They might even be better than EC elevators because I’ve never seen empty Coors Light cans in them, but EC elevators are more fun.
    3. Schapiro elevators: Clean, fast, and reliable. Except who lives in Schapiro? Are elevators good elevators if there’s no one around to use them?
    4. Diana elevators: Reliable and red. Not the fastest, but it doesn’t matter because the building isn’t super high.
    5. Lerner elevators: Usually pretty reliable except when they’re “being modernized.” Kind of slow but it doesn’t matter too much because it’s not a high building. Lerner is a horribly designed building, though, and these elevators aren’t red, so they’re behind Diana.
    6. Alumni center elevators: According to Finn, they’re “awesome” like a “luxurious hotel” but exclusive.
    7. Butler stacks elevators: Pretty fast, clean, reliable, and there are four of them. They’re just really loud and annoying if you’re trying to study in the stacks.
    8. 110 elevators: Fairly fast, and usually clean and reliable. But the last time I was in one of them, they were padded like a building under construction and smelled weird. Also weird lighting.
    9. Furnald elevators: According to a resident, 8/10 for cleanliness, 8/10 for speed, and 10/10 for reliability, but they don’t go up to the top floor (10th) where there are big rooms and no RAs.
    10. Knox elevators: Apparently they’re really clean, reliable, and fast, but where even is Knox? Like with Schapiro, are elevators good elevators if there’s no one around to use them? All elevators after the jump officially suck

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Go to these events, and feel productive!

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 :

  • The 40th Bampton Lecture in America, 5 – 6:30 PM, Low Library
  • Democratic Entropy and the Tools for Democratic Regulation, 6 – 7:30 PM, Buell Hall
  • Establishing and Retaining Legal Control Over Important Life Decisions. 1 – 1:00 PM, Hammer Health Sciences Center
  • Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top, 6 – 7:00 PM, Low Library
  • “Transformative Change in the Camden City School District” A talk by Paymon Rouhanifard, Superintendent of Camden, New Jersey, 12:10 PM – 1:10 PM, Jerome Greene Hall, Room 104
  • Housing Crisis in Global Cities, 2 – 4:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Russia Hosts The World Cup: Sports And Politics In 2018, 5 – 7:00 PM, Low Library
  • A Workshop on “La semaine sanglante” by Manfred Posani Lowenstein (Columbia University; The University of Montreal) moderated by Bernard E. Harcourt, 12:10 – 1:40 PM, Jerome Greene Annex

More Events after this

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Schrödinger had quite the imagination

Today, we bring you the very first edition of Science Fair, Bwog’s weekly curated list of interesting STEM-related talks, symposiums, and events happening on campus. For science and non-science majors alike, our list will bring you events that should satisfy your scientific curiosity for everything from astronomy to zoology, and everything in between.

For anyone (STEM-majors and non-majors alike):

  • Panel talk: “Urban Sustainability Measurement in China: Fostering a Race to the Top”
    • Tuesday, Jan 30, 2018: 6pm to 7pm in Low Library, Faculty Room (RSVP at the link above)
    • “Sustainability is now widely recognized as an essential component for development in China, with the Chinese government setting ambitious environmental and social targets… This event will explore the importance of a standardized system to assess sustainability at the local level.”
  • 2018 Energy Symposium
    • Thursday, February 1, 2018 – Friday, February 2, 2018 (all day) in Faculty House, 64 Morningside Dr
    • “The 13th Energy Symposium on February 1-2, 2018 will convene thought-leaders and practitioners from across the energy sector, representing industry, government, civil society, and the broader Columbia and New York community to explore key challenges and drivers impacting the energy system.”
  • “Swim Team”: A Medical Humanities Film Series
    • Monday, January 29, 2018: 6pm in Heyman Center for the Humanities, Second Floor Common Room
    • “A film screening of ‘Swim Team’, an award winning feature documentary about a New Jersey YMCA based, community swim team made up of kids on the autism spectrum. The film follows three of team’s star athletes, boys on the cusp of adulthood, when government services become scarce.”
    • Hosted by Explorations in the Medical Humanities: As a set of disciplines, the humanities face the challenge of how to write about embodied experiences that resist easy verbal categorization such as illness, pain, and healing. The recent emergence of interdisciplinary frameworks such as narrative medicine has offered a set of methodological approaches to address these challenges.

CLick here for more science events!

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Because why not advertise for Bwog whenever you’re hydrating?

It is Sunday, my dudes, so why would you do anything today except come to Bwog’s second open meeting of the semester, at 9 pm, in Lerner 510? Now that you’ve firmed up your spring semester schedule, ignore all of the work you have for those five classes and join us for snacks, pitches, and (when the mood strikes us) hard-hitting journalism. I promise we don’t bite (unless you’re a bag of freshly-washed grapes, in which case, ¯\_(ツ)_/¯).

Bwog Branding via Levi Cohen’s Klean Kanteen.

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This district in PA is nicknamed “Goofy Kicking Donald Duck,” because why not

Happening in the World: Alexei Navalny, the leader of the opposition party in Russia, was arrested today during a protest in Moscow; the charge is illegally organizing a protest. Navalny is a vocal critic of President Vladimir Putin, who has been either President or Prime Minister of Russia for the past 18-odd years and is running again this year (for a fourth non-consecutive and second consecutive term). Putin and his party have denied Navalny and others’ accusations of widespread corruption in Russian politics. The first round of voting takes place on March 18. (CNN)

Happening in the US: Six days ago, Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court ruled that the state’s map of congressional districts constituted gerrymandering and thus violated the state constitution. In response, state Republicans have filed an emergency application to the US Supreme Court asking to stay the state court’s decision, claiming that the court has overstepped its bounds. The Supreme Court Justice overseeing Pennsylvania, Samuel Alito, is the recipient of the application, but it is unclear what steps (if any) he will take in response. (The Economist)

Happening in NYC: A donor to NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio has pleaded guilty to bribing him with campagin contributions, the second such case involving de Blasio since 2016. The mayor himself has not been charged with anything in either case, which has raised eyebrows and questions about the prosecution of elected officials who do take bribes. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: The Charles Drew Premedical Society will be holding its first general body meeting in Lerner today at 4 pm. You should go if you’re a pre-med or prospective pre-med student interested in getting involved on campus or just getting support from fellow pre-meds. More details can be found on the Facebook event page here.

Overheard: “My personal hell would be an exact copy of JJ’s except they’re out of food. Like, totally out of food. Forever.”

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Pennsylvania’s disaster of a seventh congressional district via Wikimedia Commons.

 

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