Daily Archive: April 1, 2018



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PrezBo’s trading Pantone 292 for skies of blue. 

Fed up with whiny Columbia students, living next to Wien, and shitty dining hall food, PrezBo is planning a move to a sunnier locale. We spotted his Audi for sale on Craigslist with a description reading: ‘desperately stressed university president needs money to fund move to Aruba.’ The president was last seen getting beaded braids in preparation for his tropical adventure.

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Hey, Wien can be pretty too

Hey, Wien can be pretty too

Located directly in front of PrezBo’s multi-million dollar house, Wien naturally comes up short. But we don’t think it deserves its bad rap—especially for rising sophomores and juniors who can snag renovated singles. Who doesn’t love a good sink? 

Location: 411 West 116th Street, between Amsterdam and Morningside (right by Morningside Park)

Nearby Dorms: East Campus

Stores and Restaurants:  116 halal cart, HamDel, Arts and Crafts, Strokos, Friedman’s, Artopolis, and arguably…1020

Cost: standardized $9,538/year


  • Bathrooms: Two communal bathrooms on each floor, separated by gender, with 3 stall showers each. One gender-neutral, wheelchair-accessible bathroom on each floor.
  • AC/Heating: No A/C, and the radiator is super-powerful. Perfect for hot yoga!
  • Laundry: Free laundry on the second floor.
  • Kitchen: The building’s lone full kitchen is on the second floor, but floor lounges also have kitchen-y elements, such as a stovetop, microwave, and sink.
  • Lounges: There is a large, echo-y building lounge on the first floor that is often reserved for dance group practices and events. But never fear: you can always use your floor lounge, each equipped with a TV, armchairs, table, and half-kitchen. Except the second floor; you’re out of luck.
  • Computers/Printing: The computer lab is on the second floor and has both PCs and a Mac (in addition to two printers). If you’re in a rush, you can print at the machine by the front desk.
  • Floor: Hardwood flooring in rooms on floors 3, 4, and 5, with four additional floors receiving renovations this summer (specifics TBD). The remaining rooms have tile flooring.
  • Elevators: Two speedy elevators that are rarely out of commission.
  • Bonus: And you absolutely cannot forget—your very own sink! Feel free to, in the privacy of your own room, floss, brush your teeth, scrape your tongue, wash your underwear, and apply clay masks. Beauty is pain! As an aside, renovated rooms (Floors 3, 4, 5, and an additional four as of this summer) have much nicer-looking sinks, with cabinets under, large mirrors, and overhead lighting. It’s also pretty nifty to have the package center in your own building.

Who’s got a chance?



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Not remotely what my roommate and I look like

Bwog forced Friday Daily Editor Idris O’Neill to read 1,000 of those fake script memes during housing season. Here’s what happened.


A crowded scene, loud rambling. ED SHEERAN’s “Photograph” is playing from downstairs, but just out of earshot. The COLUMBIA HEAVYWEIGHT CREW TEAM is taking up too many tables. Next to them sit TWO WOMEN, one clearly exasperated, the other slightly amused by them. Walking up the stairs, catching sight of these women laughing, is YOU.

You are a a first-year, an avid fan of romantic comedies and 90’s R&B and thus appropriately melodramatic, a real Barnard woman.

The exasperated woman is a stranger to you. The WOMAN across from her is your roommate – 18 or so, eyes bright and friendly, clearly angelic and too good to be eating here. You do not approach their table, but your roommate, momentarily distracted from the conversation, turns and catches your gaze. Still, you do not approach, but the ramblings come to a silence and Ed Sheeran’s “Photograph” grows louder. Slowly, the lighting dims, a limelight on your roommate. The dining hall setting dissolves into…


More fake scripting after the jump!



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CG’s layout is a bit funky, but nobody is shafted

Cathedral Gardens (or, more colloquially, CG) is an oft-forgotten Barnard dorm that regardless always goes quickly during housing selection. It’s comparatively far from campus, sure, but it has large rooms, beautiful windows, hardwood floors and many other great amenities that make it a top pick for many rising seniors.

Location: 217 Manhattan Ave. (at the corner of 110th St.), between Central Park and Morningside Park.

  • Nearby dorms: None. CG is all on its own.
  • Stores and restaurants: Starbucks, Central Markets (small grocery store), Cafe Amrita, Larry’s Freewheeling (bike store offering rentals), Giovanni’s Pizza, Deli 360, The Drink, Cathedral Wine & Liquor, a halal cart with all the trimmings, Subway, and an actual subway stop (B & C trains).

Cost: Singles and doubles will be the same price this year, but Barnard hasn’t released the standardized prices yet. Will likely be in the ballpark of $10,712 (last year’s price for a single).

It’s so far from campus… why bother living here?



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Impending War in Northeast Asia or no?

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.


  • Can We Globalize WWII?: A Chinese Perspective, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, International Affairs Building, Monday
  • Clips for Collective Change, Tuesday, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Northwest Corner Building, Tuesday
  • Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM, Butler Library, Wednesday
  • Digitalization: A New Era in Energy?, 2018 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Faculty House, Wednesday

Monday, April 2:

  • Can We Globalize WWII?: A Chinese Perspective, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Speaking Science to Power: The Importance of Facts in Decision-Making, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM, Low Library

Tuesday, April 3:

  • MUR And The Revival Of Ukrainian Literary Life In The Dp Camps In Germany (1945-1948), 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Cultivating a Therapeutic Self in China, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Clips for Collective Change, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, Northwest Corner Building
  • Aging, Precarity and the Settler State: The Struggle for Indigenous Elsewhere, 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM, Faculty House
  • Citi Bike Street Skills, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Low Library

Wednesday, April 4:

  • Democracy and the Welfare State: The Two Wests in the Age of Austerity, 4:15 PM – 6:15 PM, Butler Library
  • Digitalization: A New Era in Energy?, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Faculty House
  • Sex, Race, and Religion in France from the 60s to Today, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Buell Hall

Thursday, April 5:

  • CGT Lunchtime Seminar with Ursula Staudinger: “As You Sow, So Shall You Reap: Gender-Role Attitudes and Late-Life Cognition”, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM, Fayerweather Hall
  • “The Geopolitical Crisis in Northeast Asia: Are We Heading Toward War?”, 12:15 PM – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building

Friday, April 6:

  • #StartupColumbia Festival 2018, 9:30, Miller Theatre

Saturday, April 7:

  • Electronic Poetry: Writing with Rules and Computation, 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM, Prentis Hall

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our parallel universe uptown, the columbia medical school, purportedly home to many md/phds

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:

  • Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach presents: Signal to Noise Lecture and Performances (Friday, April 6, 8-10pm, Pupin Hall)
    • In [a collaboration between scientists and artists], The Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees and Columbia’s Astronomy Public Outreach program present Signal to Noise, an interdisciplinary salon centering on the topic of sounds of the solar system. A talk by a Columbia astronomer, the presentation of sound and video art pieces, and the distribution of a zine will take place in a variety of locations in Columbia’s Pupin Hall—a lecture hall, a library, and a stairwell—and will be followed by public access to the department’s observatory for stargazing.
  • Public Health Week, hosted by Columbia Public Health Club (events on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday evenings and Friday brunch)
    • Events include a discussion on the current state of research on the opioid crisis, an open mic night of student health stories, and a networking brunch with public health professionals. Food provided at all events!
  • Getting the Most Out of Your Summer Science Research Opportunity (Friday, April 6, 1:30-2:30pm, Lerner 401)
    • “Dr. Vesna Gasperov, Undergraduate Science Research Advisor, will discuss how to prepare for your research experience, set realistic expectations, establish strong connections with your lab mentors, and get the most out of your experience” – RSVP here
  • MD/PhD Discussion Panel (Tuesday, April 3, 6pm, Lerner 401)
    • “Our panelists will speak about the preparation for a career as a physician-scientist. They will address common questions, including: Why choose a MD/PhD program? Who is a competitive applicant for combined degree programs? How should students choose programs and schools that are the right fit? Panelists include representatives from Columbia University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai and New York University.” RSVP by emailing

Click here for lots of seminars!



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Natural light!!!

This housing review features 600 West 113th Street, better known as Nussbaum, not to be confused with the campus favorite, currently sanitary Grade Pending Nussbaum and Wu, that it’s right next to. Nussbaum, which occupies 6 floors of an old building perfect for aesthetic pictures, offers a living style that’s a compromise between suite style and corridor. 

600 West 113th Street, right off of the west side of Broadway.
Nearby dorms:
Watt, Broadway, Hogan, Brownstones, McBain
Nearby Stores/Restaurants:
 Of couse, you’re right next to Nussbaum and Wu, as well Milano, Tom’s, Junzi, Dig Inn, MoWilly’s, West Side….basically everything! You’re also equidistant to the 116th and 110th 1 stop, so you can choose the station you prefer!
Class Makeup:
Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
Cleaning: Weekly recycling and biweekly bathroom and kitchen cleaning, with trash removal left up to you!
Lounge: TV lounge in basement
Kitchen: Private kitchen per suite
Bathroom: Private bathroom per suite– some rooms even have their bathroom within!
AC: No AC, bring breathable linen clothing
Floor: No carpeting, mostly hardwood
Laundry: Free laundry available in basement

Room Breakdown:
– 6 residential floors, with 35 total singles and 82 total doubles
– Some of the doubles are walk-through doubles, giving you a dingle-esque sense of privacy
– Nussbaum isn’t typical suite style living, it feels somewhere in between suite style and corridor style, since rooms are arranged on a hallway with a designated kitchen.

With last years cut-offs being  10/2877 for a double, 10/1928 for a single, and a walkthrough double at 10/15, singles can be a harder option for rising sophomores– but the walk-throughs are a great bet!

Less Wu, more Nuss here



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Do you think God ever looks down and regrets what he’s created?


The bad news is that Bwog…








only has a few more Open Meetings left this semester during which you can join us! That’s right, folks, for a limited time only (until next semester) Bwog is opening its doors to you (yes, you), the doors being those of Lerner 510 (Bwog does not legally own any property in Lerner Hall), the time being 9:00 pm (21:00 for our friends in the military and abroad). Come with a pitch (do not throw baseballs at us) and an empty stomach (grapes guaranteed, other goodies liable to appear). Sunday is the Lord’s Day (for some), so why not forsake your Lord and come hang out with us?

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Rare sighting of me in April Fool regalia

Happening in the world: The Vatican issued a statement denying that Pope Francis made a comment in an interview that “there is no hell.” The Pope has gotten Vatican PR into similar situations before, apparently. Happy Easter! (BBC;

Happening in the US: Laura Ingraham, a Fox News host who has come under fire for saying that March For Our Lives student advocate David Hogg was “whining” about getting rejected by UCLA, has taken a supposedly pre-planned Easter vacation. Ingraham’s show has lost over a dozen advertisers as a result of her comments. (Twitter; Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: De Blasio and Cuomo are fighting, again. Cuomo revealed the new state budget on Friday, which seemed to feature a lot of state oversight into city affairs. I think political science professor at SUNY-New Paltz Gerald Benjamin says it best in the article: “I don’t know if they like each other. They appear not to.” (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Just act a Fool. It’s spring- 59 degrees outside. Eat a salad.

Song of the day:

The April Fool by Rick Dikeman via Wikimedia Commons.

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