Monthly Archive: April 2018

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The revolution will happen!! After a shot of Bacardi!!

It’s that time of year again! I am writing this in Butler instead of my bed like I usually do. That’s how you know it’s reading week. Our Bwog members had one last round of fun before hitting the books (or not, we don’t judge) for finals. Enjoy the stories from this weekend from us truly. If you have a story that you want to have added to this, email tips@bwog.com with it and we will put it in!

Bwog in the City:

  • Went to see Book Of Mormon with my dad. Didn’t realize there was going to be so many clitoris jokes.
  • Went to 1020 with my dad. Received many texts from concerned friends asking why I was sitting at the bar with a 50 year old man.
  • Traveled to Brooklyn just to get a ramen burger. (It was so fucking worth it.)
  • Saw a movie at the Tribeca Film Festival only to find out it was literally all about incest :/
  • My boss rented out Tao for his birthday. I went and then had my internship revoked the next day.
  • Helped my sis move out by acquiring a bunch of her old clothes and lugging the rest to housing works- was rewarded with papaya smoothies, BEC on a rosemary biscuit, and a hibiscus donut.
  • Finally befriended the other regulars at the 110 Starbucks (Tom- the cycling organist, and Walter- the retired engineer who worked for NASA), only for Starbucks to close down for renovations that will for sure take FOREVER. There was a lot of bonding and tale-regailing going on and I’m already in mourning.
  • Spent two hours at the Apple Store late (too late!) Friday night to get my phone fixed.
  • Babysat the child of the current Eliza Doolittle.
  • Maybe got a job at a juice bar for the summer.
  • Had two brunches, back to back, immediately followed by a darty then a gala I went to tipsy and FINALLY a picnic, all spanning from 11 AM to 7 PM.
  • Pierced my frontal helix! learned what a frontal helix is approximately 6 minutes before piercing.
  • Went downtown with two of my friends who vaguely know each other and made them bond over their love for me.
  • Went home and spent some quality time with my sisters. Had to see my creepy uncle but it was worth it in the long run. #badbitches.

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The University Senate adopted a resolution on Friday proposing a ban on all relationships between faculty and undergraduates. Any relationship between “officers of instruction, research, administration, and the libraries,” “graduate students with appointments as student officers of instruction and research,” and “graduate teaching assistants, postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate teaching assistants, and tutors, during any period of time they are teaching, advising or supervising an undergraduate student” must be reported to the Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Office (EOAA). Before the resolution becomes University policy, however, it must be reviewed by the General Affairs Committee and the EEOA.

This action comes after William Harris, a professor of Greco-Roman history, retired as part of a sexual harassment lawsuit settlement. The case raised questions about what Columbia does to prevent students from being exploited by professors and the process in which the University punishes professors who exploit students romantically and/or sexually.

The resolution addresses the power imbalance, noting that: “because of the power differential, romantic and sexual relationships between faculty and students are highly susceptible to being experienced as non-consensual or coercive.” If university workers do not comply with this policy, repercussions could include “disciplinary action up to and including termination and may adversely affect decisions on promotion and tenure.”

But what does that mean for undergrad TAs?

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This is what you’ll be like after drinking this punch!

If you’re as tired of Beta’s jungle juice as the rest of us – be it how often they run out, its disappointing taste, or the fact that they still use vodka in 2018 (Grow up, guys. Come on.) – never fear. One of Bwog’s many talents, bested only by humor, is alcoholic debauchery (which, for the record, we do not condone for those underage readers). Bwog has the only punch recipe you’ll need and just in time for summer.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of flavored coconut, guava, or passion fruit Cruzan Rum (you can mix flavors, as well – don’t limit yourself)
  • Pineapple juice
  • Mango nectar
  • Orange juice
  • Sprite (optional, doesn’t really contribute anything. Just a matter of whether you like that slight tang.)
  • Grenadine syrup (also optional. Mostly for people who like to get fancy.)

Pour/mix rum into a large container, usually between a quarter to half of the container size, depending on how much liquor you want. You won’t be able to taste it anyway so it’s merely a matter of how lit you’re trying to get. Add pineapple juice. Bwog recommends this be the highest proportion of juice added. Mix the mango nectar in, followed by a few splashes of orange juice. Pour grenadine in for coloring or Sprite for an added crisp. Add a few orange slices if you’re into presentation or whatever – this isn’t Chopped. Serve chilled.

the only thing we drink anymore via Bwog Staffer

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He DOES look like Lin-Manuel Miranda!

Need some guidance after a long last day of classes? Senior Andres Aguyao has some advice to get you through this semester and the rest of your time at Columbia. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Andres Aguayo; SEAS; Computer Science; Dallas, TX

Claim to fame: Better known as “That Guy On Campus That Looks Like Lin-Manuel Miranda.” Less interestingly, Executive Director of the Columbia Bartending Agency, Inc.

Where are you going? San Francisco! I’ve always wanted to live in a place where I could go to the bars in a Facebook T-shirt and have strangers shove their start-ups and salaries in my face. So fun.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?

1. JOIN THE BARTENDING AGENCY. Scrap together some money, grab your friends for the group discount, and take the bartending class because it was hands down no question the best decision I ever made in my time at Columbia. Having mixology knowledge will not only impress all those friends that will inevitably become obsessed with craft beers and cocktails the second they turn 21 – it will also give you the opportunity to make obscene amounts of cash by doing minimal work in some of the most unbelievable spots around the city. Get involved enough and you could even become a teacher for the class where you literally get paid to drink with your friends. Like, come on. Join the CBA.

2. Get off campus. I know, I know. You have so much to do this weekend and you couldn’t possibly make the time to get to Brooklyn for that show tonight. Well, as someone who is about to move across the country, I could not tell you how badly I wish I just had that little bit more time for all the amazing things there are to see and do here in NYC. Don’t find yourself looking back and regretting how little you explored just like EVERY OTHER SENIOR AT THIS SCHOOL. Fuck your GPA. Take a mental health break. Get out of this pressure cooker of a campus. Go do shit – I promise you’ll thank me if you do.

3. Seriously, join the bartending agency. Rush CBA.

More wise words after the jump

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Sports Editor Abby Rubel supports the achievements of Columbia Athletics because they generally did well this weekend.

The faces of champions.

Men’s Tennis: The Lions (17-4, 6-1 Ivy) defeated Cornell (10-11, 3-4 Ivy) 4-0 to earn a piece of the Ivy title along with Dartmouth. Columbia took the doubles point thanks to a win from first-year Jack Lin and junior William Matheson. Three singles victories from Lin, fellow first-year Austen Huang, and sophomore Adam Ambrozy sealed the win for Columbia. Dartmouth (20-5, 6-1 Ivy) already clinched the Ivy’s automatic berth in the NCAA tournament, but Columbia could earn an at-large bid on Tuesday. This is the fifth consecutive Ivy title for men’s tennis.

Softball: Columbia (21-19, 13-8 Ivy) went 2-1 in their series against Cornell (13-23, 8-10 Ivy), but that wasn’t good enough to send them to the Ivy League Championship series. Saturday’s games were both blowouts—Columbia took them 15-10 and 15-7. Four different players hit home runs in the first game, including a two-run homer from first-year Maria Pagane that rounded out an eight-run third inning. The Lions had similar success in game two, scoring seven runs in the third and holding on for the victory. Game three was a heartbreaking 10-9 loss in the eighth inning. Cornell struck out all three Columbia players in the top of the inning before scoring a walk-off run.

Lightweight Rowing: All four varsity eight teams came in first on Saturday. The varsity eight held a commanding five second lead despite a 4-8 mile per hour headwind. The second and third varsity eights won by almost ten seconds each, and the fourth varsity eight led by four seconds. The second varsity remains undefeated, while the first varsity added to its win streak, which is now at four. Lightweight rowing has next weekend off before the EARC Sprints.

Baseball: lost 3-2, won 20-4, won 8-6 against Penn
Lacrosse: lost 22-16 against Princeton
Women’s Rowing: Varsity eight finished fourth at EAWRC Sprints
Heavyweight Rowing: Varsity eight came in fourth against George Washington, Navy, and Hobart

Much more impressive than Dartmouth via gocolumbialions.com

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Catie is unstoppable in that blazer.

We at Bwog decided to show our diplomatic side for the day by inviting the former Editor in Chief of Spectator, Catie Edmondson, to come give us wisdom! We’re all ears, Catie!

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Catie Edmondson, Barnard, English, Appleton, Wisconsin.

Claim to fame: Editor in Chief of Spectator

Where are you going? Diving headfirst into the swamp (Washington) to cover national politics for The New York Times.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?

1. Nothing good happens at 1020 after 2 a.m.

2. Take care of each other. Probably everyone at Columbia will have a tough time at some point, and life is so much better and worthwhile when you know you have at least one person looking out for you, and who will always make time to help you out.

3. You should constantly be evaluating whether what you’re doing is worth it. One of the most eye-opening experiences for me was freshman year when my best friend at Barnard, who was having a gut-wrenchingly terrible time, chose to leave and go somewhere else. Having the moxie and sense of self to say, ‘this isn’t working’ and then make a change left a big impression on me. That’s an extreme example, but I think a lot of people here put so much pressure on themselves and think that they “have” to do certain things, whether it’s double majoring or putting up with a friend, colleague, or professor who seems hellbent on making their life miserable. Most of the time, you just don’t. There were a lot of times at Columbia when I felt powerless, and looking back, it was always needlessly so. There are always ways to change things, or other choices you have the power to make, and I wish I would’ve taken that to heart more.

More advice beyond this jump.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again– eggs are amazing little self-contained ovoids of golden glory. Plus, they’re cheap and versatile. So, on a weekly basis, the number of eggs I consume would boggle your mind. A lot of people I know hate eggs, BUT that is only because they don’t know their preferred cooking method. Ya see, you got sunny-side up, scrambled, poached, over-easy, over-medium, and over-hard (to be honest, I don’t really understand the appeal of this last one). We’re going to start off with an easy one: the omelet. The only thing you have to remember about cooking your omelet is that nice and slow wins the race. It will keep your eggs light and fluffy, rather than flat and burned. 

This Bwogger eats this veggie-cream cheese on the reg.

Alright, first things first: whisk together some eggs (about 2-3) with a few splashes of milk, a few grinds of salt, and some cracks of pepper. Heat up a large/medium cast iron skillet and oil the pan with butter or olive oil. Keep the heat to medium-low and have patience. Add whatever fillings you want to the egg-milk mixture (minus additionally dairy products or avocado). Pour egg-filling into the pan. Let the mixture set a little bit and then, using a fork, lift the edges of the egg pancake and tilt the pan, letting uncooked juices run to the edges. Do this a few different times, until the omelet is light and fluffy. Add cheese, avocado (basically anything that melts or is really soft) on top of the omelet and let it heat up. Fold one side of the omelet over the other and flip your omelet for good measure. Then top with more salt and pepper and enjoy.

Here are a few different combinations that I love:

Roasted Veggies with Cream Cheese

Cheddar Cheese and Veggie Omelet with Black Beans, Potatoes, Salsa and Avocado

Asparagus, Caramelized Onion and Goat Cheese

Bacon, Chive, and Cheddar

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I want cute grad photos like this one!

PHE leader. Comedian. And so much more. We’re kicking off today’s Senior Wisdoms with self-proclaimed Beat master Julien Reiman.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Julien Saint Reiman, Columbia College, History, Atlanta, GA

Claim to fame: Hosted a Spiritual Cleansing of Butler Library, a recreation of the 1967 Central Park Be-In, a Beat Generation Tour of Columbia, an Ice Cream Tour of New York City, and other events that you wish you went to.

Where are you going? I’m teaching English for a year at Chiang Mai University in Thailand, then going to graduate school for a degree in History.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?

1. Find the Money: A lot of cash in this wealthy university is available to you if you know where to look. The Office of Undergraduate Life and Columbia/Barnard Hillel gave me $500 to host a party in Central Park because it cultivated community. The CU History Department gave me $2,500 to live in NYC during the summer and travel to England, mostly because I paid attention to their listserv. And as a member of the Philolexian Society—a student group that anyone can join—I made $5,500 in a speech competition. Talk to administrators, join clubs, and read emails: in addition to helping you find your niche at CU, they might lead you to riches.

More wisdom after the jump.

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Parting words: the legacy of a truly great student council

Parting words: the legacy of a truly great student council

Bwogger Nadra Rahman bids CCSC a merry adieu, after, of course, they engage in some navel-gazing. 

CCSC’s last meeting of the year began with a standing ovation for 2018 Rep (Lord) Lord Hyeamang, who has received an offer from the Jets—and in general is a much beloved member of Council. Remember when we used to be proud of our losing streak (R.I.P.)?

After the hubbub died down and updates were shared, a quick constitutional amendment was passed with zero discussion: at 2021 VP Ramsay Eyre’s suggestion, all instances of “he/she” in the CCSC Constitution were changed to “they” to remove gender specificity and encourage inclusivity. Then, we got to…

Paper Plate Awards

No other group on campus gets the media to cover their self congratulatory victory lap, but this is CCSC. Here is the (incomplete) list of superlatives awarded to various members of Council, written on flimsy paper plates, but inscribed in our hearts forever:

Are you DYING to know??

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The closer you are to this guy, the more likely we are to choose you

Why doesn’t Hoot use an owl for their logo?

Happening in the World: The caravan of over 150 migrants have reached the US-Mexico border in Tijuana, California, after starting their journey on the Mexico-Guatemala border. This group hopes to gain asylum in the US in a political climate currently dominated by conversations regarding immigration. (Let them in.) (NY Times)

Happening in the US: In an attempt to compete with major carriers such as Verizon and AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile have announced a $26 billion merger deal, which will effectively liquidate their functions as two independent companies and turn them into one larger corporation, manned by T-Mobile. Will their name be T-Sprint or Sprobile??? (Wall Street Journal)

Happening in NYC: Here is the only news I could find from NYC today: a woman has been arrested after smashing a Popeye’s window in Staten Island after finding out that their $4 Wicked Good Deal did not come with soda. I wish I were kidding. (WRCB)

Happening on Campus: Hoot’s Spring launch is happening today! Come hang with the crew of Columbia/Barnard’s main fashion magazine on Diana Roof at 5:30 PM for a good time. More information can be found on their Facebook event here.

Weather: Cloudy with a high of 54 F / 12 C. Not desirable, but think that it’ll be in the 80s for most of the week!

Artist of the Week: Georgia O’Keeffe. I’m currently writing a paper on Yayoi Kusama and O’Keeffe was such a sweet woman and gave Kusama advice when she wanted to move to New York from Japan to pursue art. Oh, and her art rocks too.

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We want that hat. And those dogs. And those dogs’ hats.

Our last senior wisdom of the day is from Henrietta Steventon, Latenite extraordinaire. Read on for advice about theater, British accents, stress, and more.

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Henrietta Steventon, Columbia College, English Major, Hometown: Oxford, England/ Urenui, New Zealand

Claim to fame: Playing a drunk old woman in every student theatre production/ kissing Lil Dicky sophomore year.

Where are you going? NYU Tisch Grad Acting Class of 2021!

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?

1. If you have a British accent and go to an American university, people think you’re a lot more attractive than you actually are. It’s alarming how many Mr Beans there are at this school pulling as though they were Prince Harry just because they pronounce aluminium in a somewhat charming way. Get those points for Gryffindor whilst you still can, fellow Brits.

More wisdom after the jump

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not a real one, but you get the idea.

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

Recommended:

  • Post-conflict masculinities and vulnerability: Researching male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the former Yugoslavia, 6:15 to 8:15 pm, International Affairs Building, Monday
  • “From Ebola to Dinosaurs to 23andMe: Writing about the Science of Life”, 5 to 6:30 pm, Pulitzer Hall, Wednesday

Monday, April 30:

  • Post-conflict masculinities and vulnerability: Researching male survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in the former Yugoslavia, 6:15 to 8:15 pm, International Affairs Building

Wednesday, May 2:

  • Myanmar in Transition: Historic Change at the Crossroads of Asia, 12 to 2 pm, International Affairs Building
  • Soviet War Memorials and the Men who Made Them, 12 to 2 pm, International Affairs Building
  • “From Ebola to Dinosaurs to 23andMe: Writing about the Science of Life”, 5 to 6:30 pm, Pulitzer Hall

Thursday, May 3:

  • What You Need to Know About Alzheimer’s and Dementia, 12 to 1:30 pm, 516 W. 112 St

Friday, May 4:

  • Networked Press Freedom: What Does Journalistic Autonomy Mean Anymore?, 12 to 1:30 pm, Pulitzer Hall

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What’s making them smile? Probably their Appletree sandwich.

It’s almost time for finals, which means it’s time for more Senior Wisdoms! Learn about Julia Lubey’s time at Barnard below. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Julia Lubey, Barnard, unfortunately Economics, Utica NY!

Claim to fame: that person on Barnard’s campus that’s always sitting down, mostly in LeFrak. also WBAR.

Where are you going? Making plans, making moves, heading on up to West 122nd St and hoping to be employed soon.

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?
1. Appletree Deli is superior to every other restaurant or store in Morningside Heights
2. It’s cool to participate in student life events, go get that free food and make some friends
3. A breakfast at Hewitt is only 5 points

“Back in my day…” There were bean bag chairs in the library and a lawn for me to nap on

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: Sesame bagel toasted with butter and jelly, large coffee black with 3 sugars, Italian grilled cheese from Appletree Deli, whiskey neat, a full night of sleep.

What was your favorite class at Columbia? Mafia Movies: From Sicily to The Sopranos. Intro to Translation Studies was also cool as hell.

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? I’d become celibate to keep cheese in my life forever.

Whom would you like to thank? Izzi and Mo, for endless beer and nonsense

One thing to do before graduating: Do a wbar show that runs from 2-4am.

Any regrets? never going to surf n turf :-(

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“california physics” features nonlinear optical properties – “new york physics” probably features the mechanics of dodging taxicabs on the way to pupin

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:

  • From Ebola to Dinosaurs to 23andMe: Writing about the Science of Life, featuring Carl Zimmer (Wednesday, May 2, 5-6:30pm, World Room, Pulitzer Hall)
    • “Carl Zimmer is a columnist for the New York Times. His journalism has also appeared in magazines such as National Geographic, Wired, and The Atlantic.”

Intended for students of the given subject, but still open to anyone interested:

  • Department of Biological Sciences 2018 Schuetze Lecture by Dr. Nieng Yan, Princeton (Monday, April 30, 12pm, Davis Auditorium, Schapiro)
    • “Title: ‘How is electrical signal generated? Structural and mechanistic investigations of Nav channels.’ The voltage-gated sodium (Nav) channels are responsible for the initiation and propagation of action potentials.”
  • Physics Colloquium: California New Age Physics: Sunshine, Crystals, and Quantum Physics of Bands, by Dr. Joe Orenstein, UC Berkeley (Monday, April 30, 4:15pm, 428 Pupin)
    • “Nonlinear optical properties of materials are important as tools in basic research and optical technology. Recently there has been a tremendous upsurge of interest in optical nonlinear effects, especially in crystals with curved bandstructure geometry. Such materials are candidates for applications based on the conversion of light to dc current.”
  • Chemistry Colloquium: Single molecule dynamics at soft interfaces: from basic science to a $100,000,000,000 problem, presented by Dr. Christy Landes, Rice University (Thursday, May 3, 4:30-5:30pm, 209 Havemeyer)
    • “Practical goals in materials engineering include minimal cost, maximum efficiency, and optimized longevity. As our experimental and theoretical methods to study nature’s molecular-scale design principles improve, we begin to understand that one reason nature can be so successful is that her engineering strategy often differs from ours…”

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Pay for porn folks.

If you’re looking for a distraction, this next Senior Wisdom has just about everything. 2. Here’s what Matt Malone has to say about Columbia. 

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Matt Malone, CC, Linguistics, NYC

Claim to fame: Prominent eyebrows

Where are you going? To the mall

What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2022?

1. Eat more salad

2. Wear more makeup

3. Repeat

“Back in my day…” Everyone much prettier

Justify your existence in 30 words or fewer: Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le Bain. Le #ClubWhore

What was your favorite class at Columbia? CS Theory with Tal Malkin / Symbolic Logic with Achille Varzi / Introduction to Linguistics with John McWhorter

Would you rather give up oral sex or cheese? :( Boring Q :(

Whom would you like to thank? The Biking Orientation Program

One thing to do before graduating: Pay for porn

Any regrets? When Bwog called the Latenite play I wrote and directed “good, not great.”

Image via Matt Malone

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