Daily Archive: February 18, 2018



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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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An astronaut is coming to our school?

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 sparsely populated reading week are below, with no specifically recommended events. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.


  • The Eighth Annual N.T. Wang Distinguished Lecture: Growing Pains in the Chinese Social Security System’, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Schapiro CEPSR, Tuesday
  • Student Townhall With The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Faculty House, Wednesday
  • “Can America and China Avoid a Collision?” George Ball Lecture with Kishore Mahbubani, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Faculty House, Wednesday
  • Engineering: Astronaut Appearance, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Butler Library, Thursday

Monday, Feb 19:

  • The Right to Difference: French Universalism and the Jews, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Buell Hall

Tuesday, Feb 20:

  • Whatever Happened to the Class Struggle? Comintern, France and Spain: the Front Populaire and the Frente Popular May-July 1936, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM. International Affairs Building
  • The Eighth Annual N.T. Wang Distinguished Lecture: Growing Pains in the Chinese Social Security System’, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Schapiro CEPSR

Wednesday, Feb 21:

  • Talk: “Why Arctic Security Matters”, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Student Townhall With The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM, Faculty House
  • “Can America and China Avoid a Collision?” George Ball Lecture with Kishore Mahbubani, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Faculty House
  • Events in African Philosophy with Bruce Janz (University of Central Florida), 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Knox Hall
  • Brexit: A Leap in the Dark?, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM, Low Library

Thursday, Feb 22:

  • Extreme Engineering: Astronaut Appearance, 6:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Butler Library

Friday, Feb 23:

  • Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Governance & Public Policy, 2:00 PM – 4:00PM, International Affairs Building

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Dean Valentini in 2011 chewing a bite of a grilled chicken sandwich from Milano Market.

Why would a robot need to eat organic matter?

Do all emails from the Presidents and Deans sound the same to you? We’ve written before on some tendencies that we’ve noticed in emails coming from campus administrators. Practically the same email comes clogging up your inbox every week, and you can’t even reply-all asking to be taken off the listserv.

If they all sound so robotic, could we create an email of our own? Using Markov chain modelling, we generated an entirely computer-written email. For our input, we used fifteen emails from Dean James J. Valentini from the last year and a half. Then, we ran our programs, separated out the totally incomprehensibly chaff, and added a couple of punctuation marks.

What follows is… well, it’s English, mostly. The chain did have some issues, such as occasionally getting stuck in loops. Robot Valentini couldn’t keep track of admin titles, and so accidentally demoted Bollinger down to Vice President (Vice PrezBo, as the kids call him). The email also announces that the College will team up with the McBain Lounge to pilot a new program, the Columbia College Student Council! Check it out below for all the insanity.

Dear Students,

This summer, I spent time reflecting on the fifth floor of Lerner Hall, 100 Carman Hall, 600 W. 113th St, Room 2BB, and 102 Broadway Hall. I am devastated to be writing to let you know that we have many effective students at Columbia. I have developed new skills necessary to cope with the student health and wellness efforts. Staff from offices, including clinicians from Counseling and Psychological Services, is launching a new website and will schedule recurring trainings to remind you that you will one day tell stories about yourself and those around you.

Also, I encourage you to achieve the goals that Columbia College and Vice President Bollinger announced at the #StartupColumbia Festival in April. This is an opportunity to explore your world, to explore your world, to explore your world, and to explore additional areas of interest through elective coursework. More real and important updates after the jump!



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Winter has come to John Jay

Something’s up with the plumbing in John Jay. Staff writer Danielle Mikaelian opened her Rolodex of anonymous sources and did some good old-fashioned investigative reporting.

John Jay showers are hot and they’re cold
They’re yes and they’re no
They’re in and they’re out
Their temps up and down
They’re wrong, it isn’t right
It’s cold, no end in sight
We fight, we break up
Still haven’t made up
Your temp won’t stay stable, no
I really don’t want to go in, oh

John Jay residents have been warring with the elements for weeks, in a fierce struggle not unlike those seen on Avatar: The Last Airbender. Instead of having hot water in dorm showers, freshmen living in the dorm have found themselves in theoretical hot water as they’re lacking the real thing. As stated by a source,

“So on floor 14 of John Jay especially (but other floors have agreed w this sentiment) all of the showers are either locked (meaning the temp. key can’t get farther than midway) or the hottest setting gets lukewarm. It’s cold in the buildings and having cold/lukewarm water makes it difficult to get over colds.”

Personally, I believe this devastating change results from a bad breakup. Sick of having clumps of hair left in their drains, the building’s showers chose to dump residents…into water colder than the hearts of Econ majors. It is unclear when this disservice to personal health will be remedied. Despite shutting off the building’s water two weeks ago, facilities has failed to persuade the showers to abandon their emotional issues.

Feel like your advice can warm the cold hearts of the John Jay showers? Call Hospitality at 212-854-2779 to save the building’s residents from freezing before midterms…because we all want that.

Read resident testimonials below



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are you a generation 2 up-type quark? cause you’re quite the charmer! ;)

We’re back with 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 will satisfy your scientific curiosity for everything from astronomy to zoology, and everything in between.

For anyone, related-majors and non-majors alike:

  • “Playing with Anger: Racial Literacy and Health Interventions for Black Boys and Men,” presented by Columbia’s Center for Justice
    • Thursday, February 22, 4-6pm, The Heyman Center for the Humanities, 2nd Floor Conference Room, RVSP at link
    • “Dr. Howard Stevenson, Professor of Urban Education at the University of Pennsylvania, will discuss “the challenges and ramifications of culturally relevant interventions for men of color… Understanding how the unique life experiences of Black boys and men can be integrated into the intervention protocols and measurement of randomized and quasi-experimental trials is the focus of this talk. Two mental health research projects funded by the National Institutes of Health examine the benefits of racial literacy.”
  • Student Townhall With The Hon. Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change
    • Wednesday, February 21, 1-2pm, Faculty House, RSVP at link
    • “Like many nations around the world grappling with climate change and threats to the natural environment and public health, Canada is taking action to address these challenges, including ratification of the Paris Agreement and a pledge to reduce domestic greenhouse gas emissions by thirty percent in 2030 from 2005 levels… Minister McKenna will offer brief remarks focused on Canada’s work in climate change, but most of the time will be devoted to answering students’ questions.”
  • Extreme Engineering – Astronaut Appearance: Peggy A. Whitson
    • Thursday, February 22, 6:30-8:30pm, Davis Auditorium, 412 CEPSR
    • Attend this talk, given by Dr. Peggy A. Whitson, a NASA astronaut! “Whitson completed two six-month tours of duty aboard the International Space Station, the second as the station commander for Expedition 16 in April 2008. This was Whitson’s second long-duration spaceflight. She has accumulated 377 days in space between the two missions, the most for any woman. Whitson has also performed a total of six career spacewalks, adding up to 39 hours and 46 minutes.”

Click here for Columbia Astronomy Outreach and a science-themed musical!



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In her natural habitat

Our final personal of the 2018 season: if you haven’t seen Gloriana at a football or basketball game, you’ve probably heard her. She cheers on those Lions even when they’re disappointing her to tears, and she’d cheer for you, too, if you went out with her! Email if you want us to set you up.

Name, Year, School, Major: Gloriana Lopez, Senior (2018), CC, Anthropology

Preference: girl for boy

Hometown: San José, Costa Rica

Your nightmare date in seven words or fewer: no food

What redeems you as a human being? enthusiasm through the roof

Library room of choice: libraries are a social construct

Beverage of choice: Iced tea or tequila

Which dating apps have you been active on? (be honest) Tinder (yikes)

Where can you usually be found on a Saturday night? a Columbia basketball game

Historical Hottie: Young Stalin 😍😍

Photo via Gloriana Lopez



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This is where all the hippest kids get their big breaks, right?

Bwog came into some money recently, so we paid an up-and-coming rapper to write us a banger of an open meeting announcement. Lil’ WordPress, with over 84 followers on Soundcloud, just might be the next big thing. The results of a well-spent $43.90 are below.

Lil’ WordPress, “Open Meeting”

Yo, people of Columbia, I’m here to say
If you’re looking for a chill way to end your Sunday
And you’re just getting out of that hangover fog—
Then come to tonight’s open meeting of Bwog

We got snacks galore—including green grapes
And reporting more notorious than Trump’s pee tapes;
If that sounds like a kinda good time to you then
Climb up the glass ramps to Lerner 510

We start the meeting at 9 o’clock
Just come right in, you don’t have to knock—
All we ask is that you just prepare
A pitch or maybe two that you’d like to share

Now you’ve heard enough of our side of things;
Let’s meet up tonight, we’ll see what it brings,
You’ll soon commit to Bwog because we ain’t no fling,
We don’t wanna cause a fight but we’re the publication king—

So up those damn ramps haul ass and jog
To a squad that’s more dependable than any dog
It shouldn’t be the sort of evening that you’d call a slog,
No, nothing but good vibes at the meeting of Bwog.

Soundcloud Logo via Wikimedia Commons.



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NYCHA Housing. Not pictured: gross negligence of the working-class population that is vital to this city’s existence.

Happening in the World: An explosion near the Israeli-Gaza border yesterday injured four Israeli soldiers, two seriously, in what the media are calling the worst incident on the border in four years. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who already this week has weathered a statement saying he could potentially be indicted on charges of bribery and fraud, said that the incident was “very serious” and that the Israeli army “will respond appropriately.” Strikes on six Hamas targets in the region were carried out in response. (BBC)

Happening in the US: A professor at the University of Chicago’s Business School has invited Steve Bannon to a debate on globalization and immigration. The invitation has been highly polarizing at the university, which has positioned itself as a bastion of totally free speech (e.g., a 2016 letter from the Dean of Students criticizing and disavowing the use of trigger warnings). 100 faculty members signed a letter criticizing the invitation and 1,000 alumni signed a letter asking for it to be rescinded, but there are no current plans to do so. (The Economist)

Happening in the city: More Mayor de Blasio / Governor Cuomo fighting and posturing, this time over how to solve the life-threatening issue of failing boilers in the New York City Housing Authority, which left thousands of low-income residents without heat and hot water this winter. De Blasio harshly criticized Cuomo’s inaction and lack of financial support for NYCHA, adding onto the list of things he claims Cuomo is neglecting in the city (notably fixing the subway system and closing the Rikers Island jail). Political sparring aside, I think Afua Atta-Mensah, executive director of a community advocacy group, put the issue best: “…the vast majority of people in public housing work. They are city employees who pay rent and want basic things like heat, hot water and ceilings that don’t fall in on them.” Amen. (New York Times; soft paywall)

Happening on campus: CMTS’ 24-hour musical is today! From 6 to 9 pm, the Lerner Black Box will host this crazy endeavor, wherein a show is put together in (you guessed it) just one day. Tickets are free and can be found here.

Overseen: Friday the 16th, 11:30 pm, College Walk: Our fearless EIC, Betsy Ladyzhets, walking east and feeling very ill. Press F to pay respects.

Sunday Song Suggestion:

Housing via Wikimedia Commons.

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