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Daily Archive: February 1, 2018

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The protest on Low Steps earlier today

Columbia graduate students, undergrads, community members, and students of other New York City schools gathered today on Low Steps to protest Columbia’s decision not to bargain with the Graduate Student Union for a contract and to instead “let the legal process run its course.”

The protesters met at 12 PM and began with chants like “What do we want? / Contract! / When do we want it? / Now! / If we don’t get it / shut it down!”, “What’s disgusting? / Union busting!”, and “The workers / united / will never be defeated!”

From the protest

Around 12:40 PM, the protest turned into a march around Low with some of the same chants. It continues until a little bit before 1:00 PM. At that time two protesters tried to enter Low, but the doors had been locked.

The protest ended with chants of “What’s the next step in this fight? / We’ve got the power to strike, strike, strike!”

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This weekend, Bwog received a photo of St. A’s roasting a full lamb on a spit. Immediately there were questions: Where did this lamb come from? how did it get to a riverside drive mansion?  who rotisseries lamb? Wanting more details on the mystery, staff writer and belligerent vegetarian (who sometimes eats duck) gets the inside scoop from the most infamous animal on campus.

How will I get that McKinsey internship now??

I just keep going back to that photo. Do you know how embarrassing it is to be portrayed like that for the whole campus to see? If you were to tell me last week that I would be rotating on a grill at a Riverside Drive townhouse cookout, I’d call you insane. But here we are. Let me give you some context because I assure you–I am NOT that kind of lamb.

So I’m just sleeping on a farm one day, dreaming of some nice daffodil-filled fields when I feel these large hands behind me. Next thing you know I’m on a bus headed to the big city. At this point, I think I’m getting my big break. I mean, have you seen Babe in the Big City?

My naivete aside, I’m now just a tad bit confused. What the hell am I doing chilling–literally–in a Midtown freezer? So imagine my surprise when I get picked up by some nice-looking college boys. I didn’t see their face, but their shoes looked pretty shiny so I figured things could only get better going home with some handsome boys like that. But then I start hearing them try and bargain. Excuse me? You’re wearing Gucci slippers and you’re trying to get a deal on a prized lamb like me?

This story isn’t over yet.

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He reminds of all the people who stand outside Butler.

Not quite the same trek as Siberia to Moscow, but guest writer Riva Weinstein still hiked to the 12th floor of IAB. She attended the opening of  the exhibit Eduard Gorokhovsky: From Siberia to Moscow, Selected Works on Paper and shares her experience below.

Tucked away on the 12th floor of the International Affairs Building, the reception for the Harriman Institute’s exhibit, Eduard Gorokhovsky: From Siberia to Moscow, Selected Works on Paper, is just getting into swing. The air fills up with the sounds of Russian and English. Guests mingle and pour each other wine.

My attention is grabbed by the first of the 18 pieces: a portrait of a Soviet-era worker, entitled Worker. Desaturated greens and blues spread a milky film over his red eyes, giving the impression of melancholy and weariness. But his pursed lips, with their dangling cigarette, add an impish personality to the face.

The young granddaughter of the Kolodzei Foundation’s founder sits with her legs dangling off the couch, playing with a toy slot machine. There is a quarter inside, but she needs three cherries to get it. We commiserate on how difficult and time-consuming it is to make money these days.

How this little girl feels about art and more

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Queen Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys went to Columbia for a month so this is Columbia relevant. Here is a line-by-line analysis of You Don’t Know My Name by Alicia Keys. Song chosen by Idris O’Neill and analyzed by Youngweon Lee. Lyrics bolded for better readability. 

Baby, baby, baby

The repetition of a term of endearment, especially at the very beginning of the song, immediately creates an emphasis of the romantic feelings that the narrator has for her subject and sets the theme. The song is also directly addressed in the second person to the subject right off the bat, as we will see in the second line as well.

From the day I saw you

The enjambment here creates suspense and a natural progression from when the narrator first saw her subject to whatever happened next, coming up in the next line.

Really, really wanted to catch your eye

The repetition of “really” emphasizes the narrator’s desire to “catch [her subject’s] eye.” The idiom used here, “catch your eye,” is also significant. She doesn’t say that she wanted her subject to “fall in love with her” or anything of the sort; more so, there is a desire for him to pay attention to her and notice her.

Alicia Keys took a month of LitHum so more analyses after the jump

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Toyin Ojih Odutola at an event at Barnard last semester

We sent staff writer Mary Walsh to cover a conversation between artists Toyin Ojih Odutola, Barnard’s Lida A. Orzeck ’68 Artist-in-Residence, and Mary Sibande, Johannesburg and Venice Biennale artist. 
Moderated by Kellie Jones, a Columbia Professor of Art History and MacArthur Fellow, these accomplished women discussed the political role artists play in society. 

Toyin Ojih Odutola and Mary Sibande aren’t here to for your praise or your judgements; they’re here to start a conversation.

Mary Sibande opens up the night with a quick introduction to her mannequin Sophie, the central character of her work whose identity combines those of Sibande herself and her female relatives. Sophie, Sibande explains, was initially inspired by her grandmother’s stories of forced domestic labor in South Africa during the apartheid. In her work, Sibande aims to reclaim the power and identity of black women who suffered under the legacy of Dutch colonialism. This is achieved through the fashions and colors worn by Sibande’s characters.

For example, by juxtaposing traditionally working-class colors, like the blue of mail carriers and sanitation workers, with the grandiosity of Victorian inspired garb, Sibande places systematically oppressed women into unexpected positions of power. Yet another inspiring piece is one in which a black, female domestic worker triumphantly sits on the back of a rearing horse– a more pointed example of the subversion of white/Dutch colonialism.

What did Toyin Ojih Odutola have to say?

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Is anyone else a little weirded out by how short those shorts are?

In case you missed the men’s basketball twitter’s excessive updates, Columbia Athletics will be honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1967-68 team at the game against Dartmouth on Friday. This team, one of the best in Columbia history, finished first in the Ivy League and made to the Sweet Sixteen. Sports Editor Abby Rubel reminds us of how awesome Columbia basketball can be. (A reminder we need in the wake of the team’s one-point loss to Cornell last week.)

Although Columbia finished the 1966-67 season with a mediocre 11-14 overall and 6-8 Ivy, the team was missing three players that would prove crucial to their later success: Dave Newmark at center, out with a wrist injury; and first-years Heyward Dotson and Jim McMillian. (At that time, freshmen played on a separate team.) Going into the 1967-68 season, the coach, Jack Rohan, seemed poised to lead the team to victory.

The Lions started off strong with four wins against Lehigh, CCNY, NYU, and Rutgers. Once they faced an Ivy opponent, however, they lost momentum. The Light Blue lost their first Ivy game of the season against Cornell 74-57 because, simply put, they played badly. Only McMillian and Newmark scored double-digit points, and Dotson only made seven. A Spectator reporter at the time wrote, “The Lions did not play well in defeat and as a result did not come close to victory.”

Columbia then dropped its next two games against Georgetown and Fordham, going to a 4-3 record as the Eastern College Athletics Conference’s Holiday Festival approached. The team would be facing some of the best teams around, including number two Louisville and St. John’s, which also went to the NCAA tournament that season.

Find out how Columbia turned it around after the jump.

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Just keep swimming! You’ll find your lab!

In our new weekly column, Science Wisdom, we’ll be bringing you some tips and tricks on navigating STEM at Columbia. To kick this off, we tackle one of the biggest questions: how do you get started in research and find a lab to work with? Briley Lewis, senior astrophysics major and former president of the CU Astronomy Club, BlueShift, and Alex Tang, biology major and Bwog science editor, weigh in with their experiences and what they’ve learned during their time at Columbia.

Getting started in research can be terrifying, especially when you look around at everyone else and wonder how they have it all together. I’ll let you in on a little secret: everyone who you think has it together has felt how you do. Everyone has been unsure of what they’re doing, been nervous about emailing a professor, and wondered if what they’re doing is enough.

So, forget about everyone else! You’re not too late, and you’re not too young – if you’re excited about a subject and want to delve into a topic, you should go for it.

Here are some tips for how to find out about opportunities, decide who to reach out to, and choose what’s a good fit for you:

  • See what topics are out there. Check out the websites of your major department (or departments you’re interested in). Department websites usually have faculty profiles, and faculty often have their own websites. While reading through the profiles, take note of the ones that spark interest in you. Think about your greater scientific interests: do you want to learn about cancer cell division? Explore the atmospheres on different planets? Learn how monkeys communicate with each other? There’s bound to be a lab for that!
  • Contact people to talk about opportunities. Yes, it is up to YOU to contact professors and see if they have the time/funding to accept a new student into their group. Don’t be afraid, though, because most scientists are excited about their work and are open to chatting with students. If you’re sending out an email, be sure to personalize the email to each professor (no generic letters)! Read through a couple of the professor’s research paper abstracts, and mention your interest in specific projects that the lab has worked on. In your email, attach a document that will detail your grades, work availability, and relevant courses. Although emails work fine, a better idea would be to see if they have office hours, or a time where you could go chat in person!

What happens if the professor doesn’t respond…

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Your daily reminder that Chile and chili are pronounced differently.

Happening in the World: Chile has created a national park network that will add 10 million acres of land including, in part, land donated by a US couple, in what President Michelle Bachelet called an “unprecedented preservation effort.” This will create 5 parks and expand three others, part of an ongoing trend of natural protection by the outgoing president. (BBC)

Happening in the US: 6,900 hundred Syrians have won permission to live and work in the US for at least another 18 months due to the civil war still wracking their country. This comes after the Trump administrations has ended this same Temporary Protected Status for Salvadorans, Haitians and Nicaraguans, many of whom have lived in this country for years. Without this status, they would be at risk for deportation. (NYT)

Happening in NYC: Fast food company Carl’s Jr. opened it’s first NYC location yesterday and they let us know in a very big, very New York way: putting on an off-Broadway musical. It opened on Tuesday and is about the Happy Star mascot as a struggling actor who finds his true passion in the kitchen. So, next time you lose the Hamilton lottery, you’ve got something better to see! (NBC New York).

Happening on Campus: Glass House Rocks 2018 starts today at 8 pm in Lerner. The theme is The Great Glassby (because who can resist that pun) and there will be a limited number of free shirts, free food, a performances by student groups. Just make sure you have your CUID!

Overheard: “That’s my hot take on Poptropica.”

Word(s) of the Day: German words with fun literal translations: Handschue, glove, literally translates to “hand shoes”; Glühbirne, lightbulb, literally translates to “glow pear”; and Schildkröte, turtle, which literally translates to “shield toad”

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