Daily Archive: March 2, 2018

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If you don’t come to senior night on Saturday, we can’t be friends anymore.

With the Columbia Women’s Basketball team tied with Cornell at the bottom of the league with 2-10 conference record, the team will certainly be playing their final games of the season at Levien this weekend, and seniors Camille Zimmerman, Paige Tippet, and Jillian Borreson their final games of their Columbia careers. As such, Bwogger Isabel Sepúlveda takes a look back on the career of a woman who has already gone down in university history.

Last year, Bwog asked the most important question in Columbia basketball: is Camille Zimmerman (CC ‘18) the greatest player of all time? Now that she’s a senior, we’re not asking—we know. She’s the highest scoring player in Columbia history as of late January, and she’s been consistently excellent throughout her career. As the season winds down, she stands at 1,937 career points (fifth in Ivy League women’s basketball history), and 914 rebounds, only 23 off of the program record. Stats can’t tell the whole story though; Zimmerman’s impact on the team has been far greater than the points she scores as she works to change the culture of Columbia women’s basketball.

Zimmerman got her start in the sport the through her local Y. She played both soccer and basketball until high school, when she had to make a choice between the two because they share a season. She selected basketball because she liked the creativity and speed of the sport more. “I love how it’s high-paced. There’s scoring on both ends. You’re always doing something, you’re not really ever stagnant,” she said. A four-year letterwinner and two-time captain at her high school, she said she decided to bring her talents to Columbia because it’s “the best education I could get. It’s in New York. And I was just really sold on the idea of coming to a smaller school, helping to turn the program around, helping to change the culture.”

Has Zimmerman achieved her goal?

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Doesn’t this make you want to see the show??

Intrigued by the poster (designed by Lena Kogan, CC ’19), Senior Staffer Abby Rubel ventured forth into Middletown, a CUP production directed by Bernadette Bridges and produced by Samantha Grubner and Sean Davey. What she found there was entertaining but…odd.  

The floor is lit to look like a starry sky or outer space, an image reinforced by the astronaut on the program cover. The house lights come down, and a man (Noah Harouche, CC ’21) takes the stage to welcome the audience. Effusively. It seems as if his welcome will never end. (Luckily, it’s quite hilarious.) The audience is welcomed both to the production and to Middletown, which is billed as an excessively ordinary town.

The plot of Middletown is straightforward. It primarily follows new resident Mary Swanson (Julia Dooley, BC ’20) as she gets settled in Middletown with her husband (who is never seen), becomes pregnant, and gives birth. She forms a friendship with John Dodge, played by Jack Harrist (CC ’21). There’s also an unhelpful librarian (Genevieve Henderson, CC ’19), an aggressive cop (Adam Obedian, CC ’19), a drunk mechanic (Jesse Cao, CC ’20), and a tour guide (Izzy Schettino, BC ’21), among others. Most of the cast members take on multiple roles, allowing the audience to make connections between the characters and recognize similarities and differences. The play is character-driven; the plot is minimal. The cast members all seem comfortable with one another. No one seems out of place in Middletown (except in the ways everyone seems out of place).

The acting was evenly good, but there were a few standouts. Henderson as the librarian was particularly spectacular. The way she barks her lines milk their humor for all it’s worth, and there are several delightful moments of physical comedy. I was captivated every time she was onstage. Harris is also a joy to watch, using John’s awkwardness to make him even more sympathetic. His sense of dramatic timing is particularly good—not a single line felt out of place.

Dooley, ostensibly the main character, was definitely solid. Her lines were delivered well, but at times she seemed very conscious that she was acting, which contrasted poorly with Harrist’s natural vibe. The chemistry between the two was definitely believable, however, which helped the more awkward moments in the Eno’s script coalesce.

More thoughts after the jump!

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Don’t leave us Camille!!

Want weekly Bwog Sports content? You got it! Sports Editor Abby Rubel is here with your weekend Columbia Athletics primer. 

Women’s Basketball: After finally winning their second Ivy game last weekend at Brown, women’s basketball is set to finish out their season with home games against Dartmouth and Harvard. This is your last chance to see Camille Zimmerman take the court in Levien! With a 2-10 Ivy record, the team is now competing with Cornell to not come in last. Speaking of Cornell, severe weather in Ithaca has screwed up the entire Ivy League basketball schedule, so this weekend’s games will be on Saturday and Sunday at 2:00 pm instead of their usual time.

Wrestling: This weekend is the Eastern Intercollegiate Wrestling Association Championships, which will determine which (if any) Columbia wrestlers will get NCAA auto-bids. Last year, Columbia came in twelfth and sent two wrestlers to the NCAA Wrestling Championships—then-juniors Tyrel White and Garrett Ryan. This year, White is pre-seeded fifth in the 174 weight class and Ryan is pre-seeded third in heavyweight. Senior Markus Scheidel is pre-seeded second in the 157 weight class.

Track and Field: After a solid performance last week at the Ivy League Indoor Heptagonal Championships, the track and field teams will compete this weekend at the IC4A/ECAC Championships. Senior Akua Obeng-Akrofi will attempt to set a school record in the 400 meter race. (She already holds the indoor track record for this race.) Robert O’Brien will look to beat his previous school record in the pole vault.

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Dodge, in all of its basement majesty.

Dodge Fitness Center is the hub of Columbia’s physical education and recreation activities. Penn Station is the hub of New York City’s connection to Long Island, New Jersey, and the rest of the Northeast. But are these two iconic locations secretly the same place? Is one worse than the other? Using complex metrics, we performed a side-by-side comparison to see which sweaty, underground maze is better.

Location: Penn Station is pretty accessible from campus – when the 1 train is working. If it is, getting to Penn Station costs $2.75 and takes about 20 minutes of your time. In contrast, Dodge is a 5-10 minute walk from most dorms, and it doesn’t cost any money to swipe in. As a bonus, you don’t have to depend on the MTA! Advantage: Dodge

Lighting: No matter the hour, both of these locations feature harsh fluorescent lighting to keep you awake and alert. Neither location has any windows to give you any idea of the outside world. Advantage: Tie

Rats: This may be like comparing apples to oranges, considering the differences between uptown and downtown rats. Penn Station is home to a wide array of fauna, visible most often on the train tracks. Columbia students at Dodge may be snakes, but they’re not the kind that eat rats. As such, at least a few rats are probably hiding around in the bowels of Dodge. Still, Penn makes Dodge look squeaky-clean. Advantage: Dodge

But what about the smell?

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tank top and bikini weather! iced coffee! the MCAT! hooray!

Bwog Science is back with Science 101, our regular column which brings you tips and tricks on navigating science at Columbia. In this week’s edition, Bwog Science Editor (and token pre-med) Alex Tang provides ideas for ways that pre-meds can spend the summer.

With the warmer weather and the agonizingly oh-so-close approach of Spring Break, we’re reminded of the presence of that benevolent behemoth, summer vacation, lurking in the distance. Ignoring the constant bombardments of “what are you doing this summer?”, keep in mind that there are countless ways to spend the break, as long as you’re being intellectually stimulated and emotionally refreshed from the long prior semester. With that being said, here are some summer ideas tailored especially for our pre-med audience.

  • Columbia has resources! If you feel stuck and want some guidance regarding your personal circumstances, speak with the Center for Student Advising! I especially recommend setting up an appointment with Megan Rigney, Director of Preprofessional Advising, whom you may know as the woman behind the pre-med email listserv. Together, you can discuss your own career interests and background, and she’ll be able to highlight a lot of options for you. Also, click here for some summer/extracurricular recommendations offered by Columbia advising.
  • Research is an activity that a lot of top medical schools want to see, and it seems like more and more pre-meds are gaining experience with it. Working in a research lab, you’ll be able to see up close how science is conducted, and apply many of the concepts that you’ve learned about in class, and which will come in handy in medicine. Summer is a great time to do research because you’ll be able to devote most of your time to it, without this pesky thing called “classes” in the way.
    • Check out Bwog’s first Science 101 post: How to get started with undergraduate research.
    • Now’s a perfect time to start contacting professors about working in their lab over the summer. If you’re not from the tri-state area, and want to go home for the summer, think about contacting professors from labs in universities near your home. Be prepared to send out lots of emails, but don’t give up (especially if you follow our tips in the link above).
  • MCAT Prep: Are you applying to medical school next year (as in the summer after this one)? If so, you’re probably planning on taking the MCAT soon. The MCAT (Medical College Admission Test) is around 7 hours 30 minutes in length, and will test you on your knowledge from gen chem, bio, orgo, physics, psychology, and critical analysis/reasoning. Having a solid study plan for this massive test is absolutely required, and will take a few months of dedicated studying. The summer is the perfect time to grab some prep books, review some old courses, and build up your confidence for this test.

Click here for more ideas!

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The chopsticks are never commented on.

Arts Editor Riva Weinstein has worked on NOMADS shows twice before, but she was still more than pleasantly surprised when she went to see Thursday’s production of “Type B”, an original play written by Andy Jo and directed by Natasja Naarendorp.

The play opens with a scene from your last Friday night get-together: six friends lounge across the tables, chairs and floors of a small, well-lived-in apartment, pouring wine and talking over each other in a rapid, natural flow. We are introduced quickly to Grace (Vivian Zhou, BC ’21) and her girlfriend Soo-Young (Alex Haddad, BC ’21), who has just moved into the apartment; to Brianna (Angel Dudley, GS ‘19) and Jean (Jason Bowen, CC ‘21), lovers of performance and astrology alike; to Evan (Carina Goebelbecker, BC ’18), and Megan (Jordan Goodson, CC ‘18), who antagonizes the other characters as often as she encourages them.

Soo, originally from Korea, struggles to navigate the well-developed and intricate world of friendships she has stumbled into. Threads of friendship, love, tension, chemistry and awkwardness run through the characters in every direction, tangling and shifting, adding a sense of importance to each scene despite the lack of conventional plot. Though the runtime was long for a NOMADS show (almost 2 hours), my attention never strayed.

“We picked actors based on liking their voice,” says director Natasja Naarendorp (GS ’18), who has been involved with the show since it was only a handful of scenes presented at NOMADS’ Wordplay. “It wasn’t a static thing we had to just execute. It was alive, it was changing. We all kind of wrote it in the end.”

The script itself, I am told, wasn’t finalized until about two weeks before the show.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? I know it’s definitely not my train!

One of the most confounding things about this accursed city is “The Weekender,” which is MTA speak for “it’s the weekend so obviously no one is trying to get anywhere so the subways will be fucked and there is nothing anyone can do about it!”

We looked through the MTA’s godforsaken website so you don’t have to; here are the status updates for trains around MoHi this weekend. Use this as a reference as you attempt to get places on the subway this weekend. Because it’s information from their website, this may or may not be reliable.

1: There is apparently no scheduled work on the 1. Notably, it looks like it’s going to be running to/from 116th instead of not going north of 96th.

2: As has been the case for the last few years (?), the downtown 2 will be running local between 96th and Times Square. No use transferring from the 1 when you’re heading downtown.

3: Same as the 2, the downtown 3 will be running local between 96th and Times Square.

A: The downtown (Ozone Park/Far Rockaway-bound) A will skip every stop from 116th to 72nd during Late Night (which is defined as midnight to 6 am) from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday (normally, the A runs local at night).

B: Service will end early at 9 pm on Friday.

C: On Friday evening (9:45 pm – 10:30 pm), Saturday, and Sunday, the downtown (Euclid Ave-bound) C will be skipping every stop from 116th to 72nd.

D: The uptown (Norwood-bound) D will run local via the C from W 4th to 145th, which means it won’t do that sweet jump from Columbus Circle to 125th, but it will stop at 116th, 110th, 103rd, etc. on Manhattan Ave.

If you have any requests for additional subway lines you would like us to cover in the future, let us know!

#NotMyMTA via Bwog Archives

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Where Bwog would rather be right now.

Happening in the World: The French Polynesian government has declared its plan with Blue Frontiers to build a floating island off the coast of Tahiti void. While officials maintain the document never had legal standing, local opposition to the project began when Blue Frontiers began to settle on Antimaono Lagoon. (Pacific News Minute)

Happening in the US: Hawai’i is taking steps to prevent hazardous beach gatherings. Lawmakers are proposing a bill which would prohibit alcohol consumption within a thousand yards of any beach. The bill is in response to last year’s Floatilla in which Ocean Safety crews brought ten people to the hospital. (Hawai’i News Now)

Happening in NYC: A storm, called the nor’easter, is expected to hit the East Coast today, complete with rain, winds, and approximately ten inches of snow. Power surges and flooding are expected to occur, officials warn. The storm may last all weekend, so stay safe everyone! (NY Times)

Happening on Campus: The “Turkey and Thailand: Unlikely Twins Revisited” event will be held in International Affairs 918 at 12 pm today, analyzing the complex histories of both nations but especially focusing on their respective coups. More information available here.

Overheard: “You don’t have to drink Vitamin Water – I have real water.” “This is water of color though.”

Bop of the Day:

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Who has taken our men?

What happened to the Fat Men of Broadway?

 

Did they leave us

For better places?

Or rust in their metal skin

and hollow eyes.

Do they miss us, as I miss them?

Or enjoy the freedom

The MoHi bubble will never grant.

Maybe they followed the DSpar path

And left us for Lincoln Center.

Or are they at peace?

Our missing men via Bwog Staff

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