Daily Archive: March 4, 2018



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Turns out, Columbia loves phalli as much as we do!

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 extremely busy reading week are below. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or have a correction to make, please leave them in the comments.


  • Sexuality, Disability, and Aging: Queer Temporalities of the Phallus, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Buell Hall, Monday
  • Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers in Bangkok, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM , International Affairs Building, Monday
  • 1968 and Its Afterlives: Reflecting on Campus Activism Past, Present, and Future, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, The Diana Center, Tuesday
  • “The Geopolitical Crisis in Northeast Asia: Are We Heading Toward War?”, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building, Thursday

Monday, March 5th:

  • Discussion: “Is Iran Taking Over the Middle East?”, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Sexuality, Disability, and Aging: Queer Temporalities of the Phallus, 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM, Buell Hall
  • Owners of the Map: Motorcycle Taxi Drivers in Bangkok, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM , International Affairs Building

Tuesday, March 6th:

  • Panel Discussion. Russia After Putin’s Reelection?, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • 1968 and Its Afterlives: Reflecting on Campus Activism Past, Present, and Future, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, The Diana Center
  • Urban Civic Engagement and Social Change, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, International Affairs Building

Wednesday, March 7th:

  • In Conversation: Exploring Race and Whiteness in America Today, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, Low library

Thursday, March 8th:

  • “The Geopolitical Crisis in Northeast Asia: Are We Heading Toward War?”, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Ukrainian Women At War: The Successes And Challenges Of The “Invisible Battalion”, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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friday’s snowstorm would have been picnic weather on neptune

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 anything from astronomy to zoology, and everything in between.

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

  • Alien Weather” Columbia Astronomy Outreach Stargazing and Lecture Series (Friday, March 9, 7pm, Pupin Hall)
    • “Weather on the Earth is driven by energy from the Sun and influenced by Earth’s oceans and continents. What are weather and climate like on a world such as Neptune, which has a bottomless atmosphere and receives a comparatively tiny amount of sunlight?”
  • Sexuality, Disability, and Aging: Queer Temporalities of the Phallus (Monday, March 5, 6:30-8:30pm, Buell Hall “Maison Française”)
    • “The talk brings together crip theory, feminist aging studies, queer temporality, psychoanalysis, and anecdotal theory. It considers how disability that begins in midlife and/or the entrance to middle age are lived as a threat to one’s sexuality and one’s gender, but also how these perspectives can supply us with alternative models of sexual temporality.”
  • Free Screening of “That Way Madness Lies”… a New Mental Health Documentary Film (Tuesday, March 6, 7:30-10pm, Jerome Greene Hall)
    • Presented by the Columbia Health Law Association – “In this documentary Sandra Luckow, the filmmaker, tracks her brother’s battle with paranoid schizophrenia and his attempts to navigate the complex mental health legal system. There will be a panel discussion following the film.”

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To quote Martin Luther’s 1529 Small Catechism, “What does this mean?”

This Open Meeting Announcement was brought to you by Establishment Religion™ in the form of a classic catechism. Apologies for any potential sacrilege.

What is the chief end of man?

Man’s chief end is to go to Bwog’s meeting tonight, and to enjoy Bwog forever.

What rule hath Bwog given to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy it?

That we come to Bwog’s open meeting with a pitch in tow, so that we may glorify and enjoy it.

What does Bwog principally teach?

That the meeting is at 9:00 pm tonight in Lerner 510.

What is Bwog?

Bwog is a Spirit, infinite, eternal, and unchangeable, in its being, wisdom, power, green grapes, justice, goodness, and truth.

Are there more Bwogs than one?

There is but one only, the living and true Bwog.

How many persons are there in the Bwoghead?

There are ten persons in the Bwoghead: the Editor in Chief, the Managing Editor, the Internal Editor, the Social Media, Arts, Events, Sports, and Science Editors, and the twinned Deputy Editors; and these ten are one Bwog, the same in substance.

What are the decrees of Bwog?

The decrees of Bwog are, its eternal purpose, to report on campus news, to review campus events, and for its own glory, to tell campus stories.

How doth Bwog execute its decrees?

Bwog executeth its decrees in the works of creation and providence.

What is the work of creation?

The work of creation is, Bwog’s making all posts, by the word of its power, seven days a week, and all very good.

How did Bwog create man?

Bwog did not create man.

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Are you interested in wind band music? Do you want to support music education in NYC public schools? Do you like the shape of a triangle? Have you ever wondered what kind of weird noise a bassoon makes? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should put aside your midterms for a couple of hours and come on down to Roone Arledge Auditorium and listen to some incredible wind ensemble music.

This afternoon, the Columbia University Wind Ensemble is presenting their annual Columbia Festival of Winds (or CFW, for short), an event that brings ensembles from the greater New York City area together in an afternoon-long concert. The concert will start at 1 pm and continue until about 5:30 pm; audience members are invited to come and go between ensembles as they please.  CFW this year features the Princeton University Wind Ensemble, Mark Twain Concert Band, Grand Street Community Band, and Kings County Concert Band, as well as Uptown Vocal (for a different kind of wind). Proceeds from the event go to support Musical Mentors Collaborative, a Columbia student-run organization that provides free music lessons to elementary school students at P.S. 145. This year, the CU Wind Ensemble’s repertoire will feature several premieres, including the world premiere of a piece by Vice President (and friend of Bwog) Brent Morden, CC ’19.

In honor of 10 years of CFW, the CU Wind Ensemble has extended their event this year to include an Honor Band, consisting of talented high school students from the greater NYC area (and two students from Alabama) who rehearsed all day with guest clinician Prof. Randall Coleman. The Honor Band will open the concert at 1 pm today. The concert’s full schedule is:

  • Honor Band: 1:00 PM
  • Grand Street Community Band: 1:45 PM
  • Princeton Wind Ensemble: 2:20 PM
  • Kings County Concert Band: 2:55 PM
  • Uptown Vocal: 3:30 PM
  • Mark Twain Concert Band: 3:50 PM
  • Columbia University Wind Ensemble: 4:25 PM
  • Massed Band: 5:00 PM

Tickets are $15 general admission, $5 with CUID and for children ages 18 and under. More information can be found on the event’s Facebook event and website.

Note: Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman and EIC Betsy Ladyzhets are the current president and one of the vice presidents of the CU Wind Ensemble, respectively.

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Are these Bwoggies or Oscars? The world may never know.

Happening in the world: In “??!?!?!!!?!” news, Trump said during a Mar-a-Lago lunch with Republican donors that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s recent consolidation of power as “president for life” was “great” and that “maybe we’ll have to give that a shot some day.” He also complained about Hillary Clinton. (CNN)

Happening in the US: The 90th Academy Awards are today! Here’s a complete list of nominees. Most exciting to this Bwogger: Sufjan Stevens is performing, and his bands includes ST. VINCENT and MOSES SUMNEY. #indietakeover2018 (Vox)

Happening in the city:  The trial of Yoselyn Ortega, a nanny who murdered two of the children under her care, continued on Friday with the testimony of Marina Krim, the mother of the children. Ortega has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity. (New York Times)

Happening on campus: Today is the Columbia Festival of Winds! Look out later this morning for an announcement post, but if you want to jam out to some wind ensembles, general admission tickets are $15 ($5 with CUID), and the good times start at 1:00 pm in the Roone Arledge Auditorium.

Overseen: Two girls “Lady and the Tramp”-ing a JJ’s mozzarella stick.

Song of the day:

Award season via Wikimedia Commons.

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