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Electra and Chrysothemis argue over how to live with their mother’s treachery

Yesterday evening, Riva Weinstein and Betsy Ladyzhets (Arts Editor and EIC, respectively) braved the precipitation and the ridiculously large puddles to attend the 9 pm showing of Electra, KCST and Columbia HeForShe’s production of the Greek tragedy in honor of International Women’s Day. The performance was incredibly accomplished for its short time frame (about 35 minutes) and small space (a stage set up in the Lerner Party Space).

Last night, the King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe (KCST) and Columbia HeForShe put on three consecutive performances of Electra, Anne Carson’s translation of Sophocles’ tragedy. This is the second time the two organizations have collaborated for such a performance, following last year’s production of Antigone. Columbia’s chapter of HeForShe works to “foster gender equality, encourage positive attitudes towards women, and create an activist space on campus,” from their blurb in the show’s program. Before the show began, president Celine Laruelle explained that HeForShe’s collaboration with KCST is meant to use the arts to “convey a powerful story of resistance,” and emphasized HeForShe’s commitment to intersectional, anti-racist feminism.

Set in the aftermath of the Trojan War, Electra tells the story of Electra (India Beer, BC ‘21) and Orestes (Daniel Kvoras, GS ‘19), two children of Agamemnon, a major player on the Greek side of the war. The siblings have been left in a ruptured family after their mother, Klytaimestra (Grace Henning, BC ‘20), murdered their father with her lover Agisthos (Jared Rush, CC ‘21). Years later, Orestes (now a grown man) sends a false story of his death to Klytaimestra and Agisthos, and Electra falls into deep mourning. When Orestes arrives and sees her grief, he reveals himself to her. She helps him kill first Klytaimestra, then Agisthos. The story appears to be a family tragedy, but it is full of the language of resistance, which KCST/HeForShe’s production emphasized through stage direction and lighting choices.

So, how was the production?



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A close-up picture of many boxes of food, including Hamburger Helper, oats, and canned vegetables.

Share Meals is working with the Columbia food pantries to make sure they’re fully stocked.

At the end of last semester, Bwog reviewed the Share Meals app, just one part of Share Meals’ effort to end hunger on college campuses. Senior Staffer Abby Rubel talked to Share Meals founder Jonathan Chin about the app, the organization’s other initiatives, and what it’s doing to have a bigger presence at Columbia.

Our initial impression of the Share Meals app was not particularly positive. It wasn’t well publicized and there wasn’t much activity. Chin defended the app, saying that Share Meals was reluctant to publicize the app until Barnard signed onto it. After Barnard signed on in early February, however, there still wasn’t much publicity surrounding the app. Chin admitted that there hasn’t been a corresponding increase in activity. As of press time, there were only 100 downloads on the Google Play store, just a few more than when we reviewed it.

Chin explained, however, that Share Meals is only just starting to get administrative support from Columbia. It’s much more popular at NYU, where it started, because “we’ve been able to work up relationships and we have far more educational support. We’re just getting that at Columbia,” Chin said.

Share Meals has also been expanding their efforts beyond the app. The organization is partnering with food pantries at NYU, Columbia, Rutgers, and Queensborough Community College to ensure that they are fully stocked. And at NYU, they’ve started a pilot program of community cooking classes. “We’ve been hosting a series of community cooking classes,” Chin said, “So we show people how to cook for themselves, how to shop, how to keep up with their nutrition.” These classes were recently adopted as a full program by NYU, and Chin is looking to bring those uptown as well.

Right now, their main focus is the “Hunger Action Series,” which will take place at NYU, Columbia, Rutgers, and Queensborough Community College. “It’s running concurrently at NYU, Columbia University, and Rutgers, and one of the sort of crowning events for that series is a community meal packing event,” he said. The series will start on March 24 and end on April 8, and the Columbia events will be organized and promoted by FLIP.

With the Hunger Action Series coming up in less than a month, however, FLIP has not posted anything on their Facebook page about Hunger Action Series events, nor has the event been publicized in other ways. It remains to be seen if Share Meals can be as effective at Columbia as it’s been at NYU, but that can’t happen unless they strongly push to increase campus awareness.

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Butler Ref (300-level)

You know these people. I know these people. Everyone knows these people.

After spending an inordinate time in Butler this week to study for her midterms, this Bwogger has noticed that each person she shares a study desk usually falls under one of these following archetypes. Here are her observations:

  • The Eater. The Eater likes to open loud bags of chips, or paper-wrapped sandwiches, or maybe is shoveling a full-on, five-course meal.
  • The Old Person. They’re often sitting there reading a newspaper or sometimes a book. Oftentimes, they fall asleep and snore loudly. How did they get in here again?
  • The Couture Model, aka the International Student. They are often found sporting Yeezy’s, a Louis Vuitton purse, and some other expenny shit. Hanging off the back of their chair is probably their Canada Goose (or Moncler).
  • The Person Crying. Self-explanatory. If you’re this person, feel better, and consider following Bwog’s guide to places to cry next time.
  • The Non-Academic. This person is very obviously not studying. They’re probably suppressing a giggle while looking at their screen, or have been scrolling through their phone for the past hour.
  • The Academic. The person actually grinds hard, and kind of makes you feel bad about yourself.
  • The Frat Guy. The Frat Guy’s bros like to stop by the table. He is always talking. In fact, you don’t remember a time when he wasn’t talking.
  • The Accidentalist. This person accidentally opens a Snapchat with the sound on and it’s really loud. Some people around them snicker, and they get really embarrassed.
  • The Hoarder. Having brought perhaps their entire dorm with them, the Hoarder takes up way too much space at the desk. Their papers are….everywhere.
  • The Sus. This person is either really sus or is just watching porn. They could be watching horse porn. We can’t tell.
  • The marching band member in disguise. Remember Orgo Night?

Photo via Bwoggie Archives



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Columbia is a labyrinthine hellscape.

We’ve told you where the hell all the bathrooms were; now we’re back with what floor you end up on when you walk through the door (of all the major academic buildings at least). If we forgot any, let us know in the comments and we’ll add it to this list!

You’re running late for a meeting on the fourth floor of Pupin. You throw open the doors, run up three flights of stairs and start running down the hall. Quickly, you realize that all of these numbers are in the 800s and you’re in completely the wrong place. Why do you enter none of Columbia’s buildings on the first floor? We’re not here to answer that question, but we can tell you where you end up when you walk through the door.

1st Floor: Milbank, Knox, Avery, Barnard Hall, Diana, Uris

2nd Floor: Hamilton, Butler, Math

3rd Floor: Kent (both the main entrance and entering on the Philosophy Hall side), Fayerweather, Philosophy, Havermayer, Lewisohn,

4th Floor: Mudd, Dodge (campus entrance), Schermerhorn, Fairchild, Schapiro CEPSR

5th Floor: Pupin

Weird Ones: 

  • Lerner: 2 from campus entrance; 1 from Broadway entrance
  • Altschul:  L (one floor above 1, 1 is actually the package center/tunnel to Milbank/connecting to Diana)
  • Dodge (not-gym): 1 from college walk; 3  from upper campus, by Lewisohn
  • NoCo:  4 on the campus side; 1 from 120th Street
  • International Affairs: 6 on the campus side; 4 from street level

are you on the 7th floor or the 14th via Bwog Archives



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L to R: Moderator, Spurlock-Evans, Bhatt, Langer, Ballou, and Biberman.

This Tuesday, the Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) hosted an exhibit and panel called “1968 and its Afterlives: Reflecting on Campus Activism Past, Present and Future” in the Diana Event Oval. Arts Editor Riva Weinstein gives her thoughts below.

I had been looking forward to this panel for months. Obsessed with the cultural watershed that was the year 1968 in America, when war, protest, youth culture, and art came together in an explosion that would rock the boat for generations, I was excited to learn more about how Columbia, and especially Barnard, students had been involved.

If I had hoped to understand the 1968 protests by the time the panel was through, I came away disappointed. But what I did learn was far more fascinating and troubling–and more enlightening about the changing face of activist politics–than what I’d expected.

Panelists Elizabeth Langer ’68, Nancy Biberman ’69, and Karla Spurlock-Evans ’71 (all BC) had lived through the 1968 protests at Columbia, including a sit-in in Hamilton Hall in which many students were arrested. DaMonique Ballou ’17 and Krish Bhatt ’18 (both BC) represented the present generation, including the labor union protests. Their stories were presented anecdotally, through question-and-answer, which sometimes made me feel like I was missing the bigger-picture context.

The panel continued



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Will the Nightlife Ambassador come to 1020?

Happening in the World: Chilean actress Daniela Vega became the first transgender presenter at the Oscars last week. Upon returning home, she began speaking out about the inequalities the trans community faces in the country. A gender identity bill that would allow trans people to identify with their preferred names is being considered by congressional committee but an incoming conservative administration puts its fate in jeopardy. (BBC)

Happening in the US: The Department of Justice is suing the state of California for it’s so-called sanctuary immigration policies. Passed in 2017, these limit government officials’ and employers’ ability to help federal immigration agents and allows the state to review the conditions in which detainees are kept. (Vox)

Happening in NYC: The city has appointed its first Nightlife Mayor. Ariel Palitz will serve as the ambassador between the city and its bars, cabarets, and burlesques. At the beginning of her tenure, she’s promised to hold listening tours and listen to complaints of those bothered by nightlife in the city. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: Provided you can pull yourself away from your midterms long enough to trudge through the snow, head to IAB from 12 to 2 pm for a talk by Tamara Martsenyuk: Ukrainian Women at War: The Successes and Challenges of the “Invisible Battalion”. It focuses on the role women played during recent conflicts, it talks about how women in the country challenged traditional gender roles and their participation in these conflicts.

Overheard: “My RA hosted a study break where all we did was listen to Italian trap music.”

Word of the Day: Magari, an Italian word for “maybe” or “if only” or basically anything you wish will happen even though it probably won’t. For example, If only I had studied for my LitHum midterm, then I wouldn’t have to stay up til 8 AM. 

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