Monthly Archive: February 2018



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The overlap between Lit Hum students and Carman residents is considerable enough that new Bwoggers Michael Wang and Zoe Ewing calculated the fastest way to get from one end of campus to the other. Beware the Butler smoke. 

Your roommate taps on your shoulder.“Don’t you have a 10:10 today?”

Google Maps conveniently laying out the 0.2 mile trip.

You drowsily roll over and look at your phone. It’s 10:06 a.m. Your roommate is right: Lit Hum starts at 10:10.“Fuck!” you say, probably. Let’s pretend you actually care about your classes and you want to get to Lit Hum, which is located in Hamilton. What do you do? Luckily, we’re here to help.

There are 3 different routes from Hamilton to Carman (4, if you include jumping across the fence and taking the ~hypoteneuse~, but we’re not agile or geometrically literate enough for that). Each is technically 0.2 miles long but the exact distance in feet could make the difference between sneaking in at the last minute and walking in to 22 stares at the exact moment your professor says “phallic image.”

Route #1: The College Walk Route
Distance: 908 ft
This route seems pretty nice. You get the ~aesthetic~ of walking down College Walk like a true Columbian (not the nationality), and the long stretch along the path from the 114th street gates to College Walk feels satisfyingly direct. But is it the most efficient route possible? Probably not. But until they take down the tree lights, we say this is the best path if you want the scenic route.

Route #2: Strutting down the center path                                                                                                                            Distance: 908 ft
If you ever need a boost to your self-esteem, this is the best option. Don’t walk on the pavement though; the only way to walk this path is through the grass median. There’s nothing more satisfying than trampling millions of tiny grass people on your way to class and, as a plus, you can stare down the couples making out at the benches on your way to discuss Greek incest. It’s the exact same distance as Route #1, so plan according to your mood.

Route #3: Cigarette smoke
Distance: 816 ft
This path is probably the fast-track to Hamilton, but it’s also probably the fast-track to lung cancer. You have to walk the entire length of the path in front of Butler, weaving your way through clouds of deadly smoke like a French soldier in World War I. Yes, it’s the shortest path, but at what cost?




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Milstein’s vision should include feeding Bwog

On February 15, 2018, students sampled coffee for the new cafe in the Milstein Center. Here are other snacks Bwog wants to see!

  • Fruit cups with berries, pomegranates, etc. No honeydew – we’re tired.
  • Real granola
  • Boba
  • A soup station that is regularly replenished
  • House-made juices
  • Green grapes
  • Avocado toast
  • Boxed water
  • Baklava
  • Soft pretzels
  • Flan
  • Dirty potato chips (that’s a brand, not the quality)

Comment your favorite snacks and hope the gods of Barnard dining are listening.

Bwog’s new kickback spot via Barnard



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Every Tuesday, Bwog brings you a recap of the previous night’s Engineering Student Council (ESC) meeting. This week was…interesting, to say the least. Luckily, fresh Bwogger and seasoned SEAS student Krithika Kuppusamy stepped in to cover it.

The ESC President, Aida Lu (SEAS ’19), has officially been removed from office, after successful impeachment during the general body meeting yesterday.


At last week’s meeting, Montana St. Pierre (2019 Class Rep) moved to impeach Aida in the middle of the Professional Development Representative’s discussion. This may recall Montana’s similar move to impeach Austen Paris (the ex-VP of Finance) at the end of last semester.

Section IV. A. b of the ESC Constitution states that “the executive board is expected to exercise proper judgement before calling a member for formal review,” and Section IV. B. b. i. states that “the impeached member must be informed of the motion for impeachment.” At the time of last semester’s impeachment motion against Paris, President Lu and VP Qamar stated that the impeachment being motioned for in a public meeting fulfilled the second statute. Last week, when faced with a very similar move to impeachment, Lu recused herself from discussion after a speechless six seconds.

Read about how the impeachment went down.



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Meet Anna Coerver, astrophysics student and Bwog’s very first profile for CU Women in STEM!

Bwog Science is bringing you a brand new column, CU Women in STEM! In this feature, we’ll be highlighting the amazing women in science at Columbia. Our first profile is from Anna Coerver (BC ’20), who is as bright and exciting as the stars she studies! 

Major: Physics

What subjects are you interested in? I honestly love most of physics, but I’m all about the astro side–I’m really interested in compact object theory (magnetars, black holes, neutron stars) and cosmology. Also, I love solar physics, anything with a weird magnetic field, anything that explodes, and light phenomena like rainbows and spectroscopy.

How did you get interested in astrophysics? I knew I liked physics in high school, but for some reason, I literally never thought about outer space. Both of my parents are art historians, so science wasn’t really a casual conversation topic in my house, and my high school didn’t offer anything astro-related. I took a class my first semester freshman year called “Theories of the Universe: Babylon to the Big Bang” because it sounded history-like and because I was interested in science history. Somehow, this class totally hooked me on space! The semester after, I took an astronomy class where I went on a spring break trip to an observatory in Arizona. The time in nature plus the astrophotography plus the stars were all I needed to push me into astrophysics as my main interest, and it’s snowballed from there.

What research have you done? I work with the NuSTAR group in the Columbia Astrophysics Laboratory doing high-energy astroparticle physics. I analyze X-ray and gamma-ray data of really energetic objects like pulsar wind nebulae and black hole binaries.

What are your career goals? I want a PhD in astrophysics, and I think I want to be a research scientist, hopefully with my own lab some day. Then again, I might end up living at an observatory on top of a mountain somewhere, and spend my days hiking and teaching kids about space.

Learn more about Anna here!



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If you check out Well Woman, this could be you.

Sometimes Barnard SGA meetings are pretty pointless—nothing gets learned, and nothing gets done. Last night was surprisingly different: Barnard Bureau Chief Dassi Karp reports on the good work of Nightline and Well Woman, as well as an exciting endowment proposal which hopes to increase the number of vegetables on campus.

Lena Denbro BC’19 and Albert Kohn GS/JTS’18, co-directors of Nightline, spoke about what Nightline’s purpose and how SGA can help. Nightline is an anonymous peer listening students run by Columbia undergraduates for Columbia undergraduates. They accept calls about any topic, every night. Listeners come from all four schools, and undergo a semester-long training and certification process. Denbro and Kohn are the only public figures of Nightline, and serve as the public ambassadors for their anonymous staff. Since they are public, they no longer answer the phones. Part of their presentation included addressing some common misconceptions about Nightline, one being that Nightline is mainly a type of suicide hotline. While listeners are prepared and have taken calls from suicidal students, these are only a small fraction of the calls they take. Usually, the co-directors explained, calls are about more everyday stressors, such as schoolwork and relationships. “There is truly no problem too big or too small,” Denbro emphasized. Additionally, Nightline Listeners do more than just listen. Kohn explained that callers can expect to have a genuine conversation. He acknowledged that “it is hard to pick up the phone, especially in those moments you’re feeling weak and unstable,” but encouraged students to do so anyway. Callers do not have to talk about anything they don’t want to, and can end the call whenever they want, “but sometimes just talking it out can really make a big difference.”

The Nightline directors asked SGA for help advertising. Unlike other clubs, most Nightline members cannot spread awareness of the service they offer, because they are anonymous. They also wanted support in becoming a more normalized resource on campus and getting included on lists of resources that are sent out by the administration. “I think that most students aren’t ready to call the Clinician On-Call,” said Kohn, adding that Nightline may be a good option for students, especially in difficult times, who don’t think they are in crisis but still need to talk. Denbro and Kohn also spoke about how there are all sorts of resources available for students who need them, both on-campus and off, and that sometimes students just need guidance about how to find those resources and make them work for them. They also had what I found to be a really insightful warning for those who have criticisms of health services on campus. Students should work to make these services better, they said, but must be careful to criticize in ways that are productive and does not discourage students from using these resources. Sure, people have problems with Furman—but people should still go. We have to be careful that in our efforts to make these services better, we don’t dissuade people from getting the help they need.

Learn more about SGA after the jump



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As midterms season has started and now will never end, Bwogger Idris O’Neill has compiled a 2 hour playlist for your pre-emptive L. 



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What’s Happening In The World: Reuters reports that Iran has been building up its military presence at bases in Syria for a possible war with Israel. By the way, the United States gives about $4 billion a year to Israel’s military, and both countries have nuclear weapons. It also isn’t clear who Russia would back. No, this doesn’t look bad at all… (Reuters)

This type of bones.

What’s Happening In The US: In unsurprising news, Mitt Romney has announced he’s running for the Utah senate seat left open by Orrin Hatch’s retirement. Slightly more interesting is that he accepted Trump’s endorsement after years of animosity between the two, but we all know Republicans have no spine. (Buzzfeed)

What’s Happening In NYC: Imagine living in your dorm room for four decades. That is a reality for nurse Derek DeFreitas, who has used a Hunter College room as a second home since 1980. According to a suit, it seems like Hunter finally got around to kicking him out, but what took so long? (NBC New York)

What’s Happening At Columbia: Today’s double entendre: The Department of Medicine is having a New York Bone Club meeting at the Marriott East Side tonight from 6:30 – 9. Go and flaunt your inner Ross Geller.

Overheard: “I couldn’t tie my shoes till I was 13. Don’t ask me to do anything.”



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Bwideo is back and better than ever! While our last installment was focused on the student population, we decided in this video to turn to Bwog writers by having them read the mean comments viewers have left on their articles. If you want to contribute to Bwideo in the future, please email us at with your name and skills, or come to one of our general body meetings at 9 PM in Lerner 510!

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Let’s talk about love!

I don’t know why, but this weekend was a love-filled drama for Bwog Staffers. Maybe it stemmed from the post-Valentine’s Day hype/blues, but nonetheless, Bwog Staffers experienced love, along with other things, in its totality. Anyways, here is a collection of this weekend’s stories, which you can be apart of as well! Send your own stories and weekend adventures to and we will add it to this list or put it on next week’s post!

Bwog in the City:

  • Went to Brooklyn to play Catan and eat vegetarian tacos.
  • Went upstate to hang out with my best friends. Played hide and go seek for an hour in her dorm.
  • Had enjoyable and childish fun that made this weekend feel like a dream! Was snapped back into reality when a random guy with a long red beard got a little too close to me on the bus.
  • Interpreted a stranger’s dream at Hungarian.
  • Met up with a friend from high school in Chicago, smoked in Grant Park, and laughed at the bean statue thing for forty minutes.
  • Went to Boston to visit my best friend!!!!
  • Ate two whole edibles at a concert. Felt like the entire world was inside out.
  • Went to three different graveyards.
  • Went to Chinatown to celebrate Lunar New Year with friends over Chinese food and bubble tea.
  • Ubered from 113th to 116th to avoid walking in the snow.
  • Saw Rico Nasty perform.
  • Went to a gay bar for the first time!
  • Went to Lush <3

More stories here.



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Nate Hickman should give us hype lessons.

Maybe you spent all weekend writing a 10-page paper, maybe you spent it sleeping. Either way, you missed an exciting few days for Columbia Athletics. No worries though, Sports Editor Abby Rubel is here to update you on what you missed.

Women’s squash: The Lions’ slim hopes of a national championship were dashed on Friday after another 9-0 loss to Trinity. They then faced Penn in the consolation bracket and lost 6-3. The team beat Penn for the first time in program history just last week, but couldn’t repeat the performance despite forcing all of their lost matches to four sets or more. Columbia finished the tournament on a high note with a 7-2 win over Cornell, good for seventh place nationally—the highest rank in program history—and fourth place in the Ivies.

Basketball: After a tough 74-62 loss against Penn that was close until the final minutes, the men’s basketball rebounded in a big way on Saturday, beating Princeton 85-60. After starting off their season with three wins, Princeton has lost its last six games. Additionally, the Tigers played a triple overtime game against Cornell Friday night before the long drive to Levien. Columbia dominated them, leading for 39:04 of the 40-minute game. Princeton never led, only tied it for under a minute. Four Lions scored double-digit points, and Quinton Adlesh now leads the Ivies in 3-point percentage with a completion rate of 48.1. Their victory puts them at 4-6 with a shot at making it to the Ivy League tournament. The women’s team had two tough losses this weekend, falling to Penn 75-39 and to Princeton 74-46. They now stand at 1-9 with no shot of making it to Philadelphia.

Lacrosse: Lacrosse dropped its first game of the season against Navy 21-10 on Saturday. Although the Lions were within 3 at the half, Navy scored seven unanswered points at the beginning of the second. The highlight was first-year Alexandria Absey, who scored five points in her first-ever collegiate game.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The results from the Ivy League Championships are in, and Columbia placed fifth with 720 points, eight points ahead of sixth place Brown and 201.5 points behind behind fourth place Penn. Mary Ashby came in fourth in the 100 meter freestyle race and fifth as part of a 400 meter freestyle relay team that included Jessica He, Susie Zhu, and Kathleen O’Rourke. The team set a program record of 3:20.78.

Men’s Tennis: lost 4-1 away against Georgia, won 4-2 away against Baylor, won 4-2 away against Oklahoma State
Women’s Tennis: lost 5-2 against Kentucky
Wrestling: lost 18-13 against Harvard, lost 18-19 against Brown

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This weekend, Arts Editor Riva Weinstein sacrificed her sleep, sanity and occasional safety to participate in CMTS’ 24 hour musical. Actors were handed scripts and given 24 hours to learn blocking, choreography and music before the show went up at Lerner Black Box.

“Everyone was simultaneously delightfully glassy-eyed and manically energetic.”

6:00 P.M.

  • Arrived in Lerner.
  • Have managed to get sick on the single day of the year when it would present the greatest inconvenience.
  • Café East guy took pity on me and put some ice in my coffee. (Hot coffee for under-50 temperatures? I don’t know her.)
  • Due to copyright issues, director Maggie Vliestra (BC ’20) informs me I cannot say the name of the show in my article. Will henceforth refer to it as “Double Boiler! The Musical.”

7:00 P.M.

  • Singing about the most interesting state in the US.
  • I have nothing specifically against Iowa, it just scares me as a concept.

8:00 P.M.

  • Doing 50’s musicals is really just about cutting as much sexist and racist content as possible and grimacing at whatever’s too plot-relevant to cut.
  • Friend has brought a bagel slicer. Insists on calling it the “bagel guillotine.”

Read the descent into madness below



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The food of the gods..and broke college students

You know when you have those two sad slices of bread left at the bottom of the bag, and no one in your suite seems to be eating them, and if you don’t make toast tonight tomorrow they’ll be stale pieces of petrified wood? Bwog is here with two solutions to turn them into a tasty, delicious dinner to keep you from letting your bread go to waste!

Garlic White Bean Spread 


  • Bread — Steal from Ferris to save extra $!
  • White beans — one can
  • Rosemary, thyme, sage — a generous sprinkling of each, crushed
  • Garlic — 2 cloves
  • Parsley — 1/4 cup, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Sour cream, cream cheese, or greek yogurt — a few spoonfuls to taste

I make this with home with hard beans from scratch (raw beans? Unsure of the terminology but I really don’t like the phrase raw beans), but that’s super time consuming so feel free to go with canned Great Northern or Navy beans.

Pour a little olive oil in a pan on low and toss in the garlic, minced. Again, if you’re a garlicky person, add more! If you’re not a garlicky person, please don’t make this recipe, because garlic is in the title.

Let the garlic sizzle until it’s aromatic but not too toasty. Pour in the beans and let some of the liquid cook down. Add the chopped herbs and salt and pepper.

I like to mash the beans within the pan as if you were making refried beans, because I can continue cooking them down until they reach a thicker consistency. If you don’t have a masher, you can throw them in a blender or food processor and add your creamy element: sour cream, greek yogurt, and cream cheese all work well, as well as Parmesan cheese. Spread on bread, drizzle with olive oil, and enjoy! This is also a great dip for pita chips and crackers.

Cheese pulls after the jump…



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We love the environment! No carbon emissions!

We’re not in Kansas anymore. CCSC Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman reports on our fave student leaders, not from the Satow Room, but from the far less pleasant-sounding 476A. Oh, and the Roosevelt Institute is there and wants us to go green. 

For a change of pace, last night’s CCSC meeting took place in 476A, one of the rooms specially designated for student of color- or LGBTQ-oriented groups. Satow seemed to be occupied by a single student using a laptop. The room was also uncharacteristically crowded—packed with representatives from the Roosevelt Institute. These visitors had come to plead their case for the following ballot initiative, which they proposed be inserted in the upcoming election cycle for CC: “Columbia should commit to 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality (net zero carbon emissions) by 2030.” A student would then be able to vote “Pass,” “Fail,” or “Abstain.”

This question had been workshopped at an open meeting earlier in the day and was intended to come across in the least biased way possible. At this meeting, representatives were to decide if the ballot initiative was objective, feasible, and in alignment with the mission of CCSC. (Throwback to the last heated ballot initiative on the table, where it was a little hard to focus on this.)

But is it actually feasible?



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The woman of the hour, probably not singing the national anthem.

Happening Around The World: Another plane has unfortunately crashed, marking the second commercial incident in the past week. Aseman Airlines Flight 3704 crashed an hour into the journey heading from Tehran to Yasuj. (BBC)

Happening In The Nation: While the NBA All-Star game was happening (I don’t know anything about sports nor will I attempt to try to analyze it), Fergie performed the national anthem in a… weird manner that I can’t analyze. Take a look at it yourselves. (Sacramento Bee)

Happening In The City: A Harlem resident passed away yesterday after falling out of her apartment. Quanneisha Baskerville, age 30, was a mother of three and lived on the fifth floor of an apartment on Lenox Avenue at the time of her death. (NY Times)

Happening On Campus: Interested in human rights? Want to know more about the field and its workers? ISHR will be hosting an event entitled “Careers in Human Rights: Insights from the Field” in 707 IAB from 5:00-6:30 PM! More information can be found here.

Overheard On Campus: “That’s definitely the guy” – two random dudes pointing at me in Butler 11 stacks. I still don’t know what they were talking about. I don’t even know them.

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Look at this lil pupper!

Think it’s easy to distinguish between what people say about animals and what people say about other people? Think again.

Take the quiz here!

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