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A very nice floor plan for a not-so-known dorm!

During housing selection coverage this afternoon, Bwog staffers manning The Couch discovered a dorm about which we had not previously been aware: the brownstone at 627 W. 115th Street. We have not yet been able to gather information from actual current residents of this mysterious dorm, but we still quickly compiled this quasi-housing review in order to inform rising seniors and juniors who have yet to pick about the full breadth of their options.

Location: 627 W. 115th St., as the title suggests. This brownstone has yet to earn a colloquial name.

  • Nearby dorms: Woodbridge, Schapiro, the 600s, River
  • Stores and restaurants: 115th Street halal cart, Morton Williams, Starbucks, Sweetgreen, Pret A Manger, Shake Shack


 627 W 115th St. was formerly the house of Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT), but became an official Columbia property after the frat lost it due to violations in spring 2013. The brownstone was renovated that summer, and became a dorm for primarily transfer students the following fall. A couple of select suites were available during housing selection last year (2017), similar to the situation for Carlton Arms, but the options open to students in regular selection are far greater this year. (It’s still under 10 suites, but for a dorm that has only 15 suites total, that’s a lot.)

Cost: The standard $9,538/year.


  • Bathrooms: Private – one per apartment.
  • AC/Heating: Yes to heating, no to AC.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each apartment has a small kitchen with a refrigerator, sink, and stove.
  • Laundry: Available in the basement.
  • Fire Escapes: None.
  • Gym: None in the building, but Dodge is pretty close.
  • Bike Storage: None.
  • Intra-transportation: No elevator – only stairs.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: No carpet.
  • Roof: Your own roof!!
  • Note: Unlike most Columbia dorms (but like most upperclass Barnard dorms), the kitchens and bathrooms in this brownstone are not cleaned every week by housing staff; residents are on their own.

Room variety:

  • This brownstone, similar to Symposium (548 W 113th St), consists of spacious studio singles, doubles, and triples. And when we say spacious, we do mean spaciousthe doubles range from 186 to 456 square feet, and the triple (on the first floor) is a whopping 923 square feet. Just check out these floor plans!
  • As of the writing of this post (after one day of housing selection), 3 studio doubles and 5 3-person apartments (one single and one double) are available during 2018 in-person housing selection.


  • One double (2A) and the triple (1A) have been taken so far, based on Bwog’s records from today; both went to groups with numbers above 30/2200.
  • Last year, 627 was not available in the housing lottery to the extent that it is this year, so it is not listed on Res Life’s cutoff history page. However, Bwog records from last year indicate that suite 5A went to 30/2575, suite 3C went to 28.33/2049, and suite 1B went to 20/945.
  • Tl;dr: there’s no real way to predict who will take the suites available this year, but we believe rising seniors who haven’t yet picked, mixed groups, and rising juniors with good numbers all have decent shots.

Bwog recommendation:

If you didn’t get that Watt two-bedroom apartment you coveted, are upset about how quickly the Woodbridge high-demand suites went, or really are any two- or three-person group picking tomorrow, you should seriously consider 627 W 115th. Sure, there’s no elevator and the lack of AC will be uncomfortable for a few weeks, but the rooms in this dorm are so big and so nice, a Res Life worker we spoke to said it really has no compare among Columbia housing options. 627 would give you a great location, recently renovated apartments, and hardly any neighbors. Plus, how often do you get the option to live in a real New York brownstone (with your own roof!) for only $9,538 a year?

If you currently live in this brownstone or know anyone who does, please drop us a line via, in the comments, on our social media, or literally in person in the John Jay lounge tomorrow. We would love to update this post with photos and resident opinions if at all possible.

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One of the best opportunities on campus!

The crème de la crème of the Barnard dorms  (certainly the best of the 600s), 620 has it all: roomy singles, nice views, and…drafty windows? Oh well, nobody’s perfect. Seniors, make this last year your best. Go for 620. 

Location: 620 W 116th St (between Broadway and Riverside)

Nearby dorms: 600, 616, The Quad, Schapiro, Woodbridge, Claremont

Stores and restaurants: Shake Shack, Pret, Sweetgreen, Morton Williams, Halal Cart

Cost: Rates have yet to be announced for the 2018-2019 academic year


  • Bathrooms: Each suite has its own bathroom.
  • AC/Heating: You’re out of luck: 620 has no AC and not-great radiators.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Every suite has a pretty sizable kitchen with a gas/oven stove, a sink, and a full refrigerator. There’s also lots of cabinet space, and in some lucky suites, room for a table and chairs so you get that home-y vibe.
  • Laundry: Located in the basement, six washers and six dryers that are pretty much available.
  • Fire Escapes: Yes.
  • Gym: The Barnard gym is pretty close, and Dodge isn’t that far, but it’ll feel like it in winter.
  • Intra-transportation: Two pretty decent elevators and one staircase.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: The floors are black linoleum, which can be kind of uncomfortable and ugly, so invest in some cute carpets and rugs.

Room variety:

The number of singles/doubles per suite depends on the floors, and the number of people per suite ranges from 4-7. The first four floors have both doubles and singles in suites, and above that they are 4-5 person suites made up of singles. These are unsurprisingly usually snatched up by seniors, while underclassman occupy the lower floors, with 2/3 doubles and 1/3 singles per suite.

Bwog recommendation:

620 is a great housing option with privacy and decent space, which is why it’s so popular with seniors (if you don’t get Sulz Tower). The location is very conveniently located near both Barnard/Columbia campuses, although the hill can get old. It has less of a dorm and more of an apartment feel – closer to 110 than the Quad in terms of the College Experience™.

Resident opinions:

“Close to the subway, great kitchen, occasional bugs though.”
“The windows are beautiful and let in a lot of natural light (get ready for some prime selfies), but also a bit of cold.”
“I love having so much kitchen space. It makes having meals here really nice, but even if you don’t like cooking, the dining halls are close as well!”



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A beautiful lil kitchen…without the kitchen aspect of it.

EC townhouse and high-rise suites will not have traditional stoves or ovens next year. Here’s why, and how it will affect you.

In an email sent last Friday, Columbia Housing announced that due to ongoing renovations, EC suites will not have functioning stoves or ovens for the 2018-19 school year. In its place, Housing will supplement suites with hot plates and convection microwave ovens.

The announcement has left many prospective EC residents with mixed reactions. As demonstrated by our housing selection coverage today, student sentiments have ranged from upset to optimistic (see bottom of post). One resident called it “pretty shitty,” while another said their view was still “positive,” but added that, “The kitchen thing isn’t ideal. Kind of wish they would discount dining plans or something.” Many seniors didn’t even realize the renovations were occurring until after they had picked into EC. One senior was overheard shouting, “I didn’t even know!”

Why is Housing doing this to rising seniors?!



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Dearest Bwog Readers,

For the past week I have been conducting an experiment on myself. Here, in published form, are my findings. (My friend Alex said that you have to be published to get into graduate school—is this true? Can anyone confirm? Anyway, @NorthwesternFeinbergSchool
PsychiatryandBehavioralSciences, hmu.)

I was inspired by something the kids call “stress culture.” We’ve all heard about it, we all know it, but do any of us really know it know it? Is it a toxic self-perpetuating culture of thought distortions? Is it a dearth of chicken strips? Is it something else entirely? I decided that the best way to get at the root of stress culture would be to actively avoid participating in it. Thus began my study.

My experimental design was as follows:

Independent variable: the amount I complain about stress and Columbia (which I manipulated by forbidding myself to complain for a whole week)
Dependent variables: the quality of interpersonal interactions and the state of my mental health
Number of participants: 1
Control groups: N/A
Hypotheses, in order of decreasing likelihood:

  • I would alienate my friends by refusing to indulge their complaints, and our conversations would quickly grow stale because what else is there to talk about really besides how much Butler sucks and how you hate everyone in your seminar and what is the point of calling it a midterm if you have three of them in one class?
  • I would feed my internal anxiety by denying myself the catharsis of complaining, leading to a mental breakdown somewhere between Thursday and Saturday, effectively terminating the study.
  • I would find myself more calm and composed: by pretending that I have my shit together, I would feel like I did, in fact, have my shit together.
  • My friends would appreciate my attempts at compassion and realize that making memes about wanting to die is by no means a healthy coping mechanism and perhaps together we would join forces to transform Columbia’s stress culture once and for all by promoting the notion that actively caring for each other is far more productive than simply complaining together or trying to one-up each other’s struggles.

Data and Results:

On Monday morning, I wake up with a pep in my step, ready to take on the challenge. I get to my first class, 10:10 Introductory Statistics. It becomes clear that I do not know shit about ANOVAs (what does ANOVA even stand for?), and I receive the lowest homework grade I’ve received all semester. I want to rant to my boyfriend about this (how am I supposed to get into grad school if I can’t figure out when to assume equal variances in a t-test?), but instead I hide the homework under a pile of papers and assure myself that I will be fine no matter what. It seems to work.

Next, I meet Alex for lunch in Ferris. All is well until he says something predictably self-deprecating, and instead of going “lol same,” I say, “I’m so sorry you feel that way.”
He looks at me strangely, like I just farted really loudly or something.
“I’m doing that thing for Bwog,” I remind him.
“So you can’t…? Are you kidding? I’m out of here,” he picks up his plate and stands dramatically. I convince him to sit back down, and we continue eating, but it doesn’t feel right.

I spend the rest of the day studying for my Gen Chem exam. I feel prepared and confident. Maybe this whole shindig is kind of genius. Then I actually take the test and it’s like being repeatedly punched in the stomach. In the last two minutes, I fill in random bubbles for five out of the twenty five multiple choice questions. In the moments directly after the exam, I forget about this experiment entirely, and cry to Angelica, “oh my god, that was so hard!” Then I remember, apologize to the integrity of the scientific method, and explain the situation. Angelica does not seem very amused.

Later that evening, as I walk into the Furnald bathrooms, Cameron says hi to me. I say hey back and I’m about to continue talking, but I remember that I’m not allowed to talk about the only damn thing I want to talk about. Instead, I go into a stall and pee.

On Tuesday, I get rejected from SURF. I consciously replace my initial pang of “screw you, Chanda, whoever you are” with “Chanda’s just doing her job, you didn’t even want this anyway because all of the research was with rodents, rejection is a necessary part of life, calm your tits.” Maybe I can be okay with this.

I let those thoughts simmer during Contemporary Civilizations. I want to talk to the girl I sit next to, but the conversation feels dishonest. I can’t shake off how lonely I’m beginning to feel. We are reading Freud and my teacher brings up the quote, “It is always possible to unite considerable numbers of men in love towards one another, so long as there are still some remaining as objects for aggressive manifestations.” I think about that for a while. In fact, I am still thinking about that quote as I write this post. I have never felt closer to my friends than when we are collectively bitching about PrezBo’s salary and what an architectural monstrosity Lerner Hall is. Why the heck did I think this would be a good idea? Did I really believe that inhibiting my self-expression would be a humorous yet enlightening method of gleaning insight into the nature of Columbia’s stress culture? I am so done. I have to finish this stupid post and write two more in the next two days, also I just spent so much time on that student doctor forum website and apparently my career prospects are pretty bleak, so I guess I’ll end up living in, like, a Woodbridge sink or something until I die.

What day am I even on? Ugh, who cares. I’m so fucking stressed!

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The room that will make or break your housing plans.

Are you ready to rumble? Are you ready to tussle? Are you ready to knuckle if you buck? Are you ready for COLUMBIA HOUSING SELECTION 2018?

Well, you may not be, but Bwog sure is. We’re providing you with everything you need for a (relatively) smooth in-person housing selection experience with our annual coverage. Below, you can find a spreadsheet detailing how many rooms/suites are still available in each dorm, and a liveblog with updates on which lottery number just picked, where that group is living, and if anyone cried.

If you’re picking housing today, you’ll probably see us sitting on the couch just outside the Cage. If we shout questions at you, please respond nicely. It’s for the greater good. And besides, we’ll have prizes better than the Res Life candy.

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Honestly one of the most terrifying things ever.

Another week, another messy weekend. Bwog Editor Thomas Saenz has collected the weekend’s best (or worst) events that Bwog Staff underwent for your enjoyment. If you have any weekend stories you want to be added, send us them at and we will add them!

Bwog and Alcohol/Drugs:

  • Decimated some NYU Republicans at beer pong.
  • Got high and painted two of my best friends naked.
  • Got high with my future suitemates <3 in Riverside Park which I have never seen more busy than that night.
  • Smoked in my room for the first time and became That Person in the hall.
  • Drank kosher for Passover whiskey which apparently exists?
  • Sent the most polite, grammatically correct drunk message I have ever sent in my life.

Bwog and Love:

  • Hooked up with a Jamaican dancer I met at a Lower East Side bar (after climbing on stage and insisting he dance with me).
  • Fell deeper in love with a deeply unavailable man.
  • Hooked up with beautiful beautiful but unattainable NYU boy again.
  • Went on a tinder date with a guy who is writing a Forrest Gump song on his guitar.
  • Had the worst hookup experience of my life; still reeling from it days later.
  • Sat on my boyfriend’s fire escape and peoplewatched while eating cold beef noodles.

More weekend stories after the jump.



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This map doesn’t even show MoHi

Things are looking better this week for the MTA, but the bad weather will probably cause delays. The lack of planned changes also seems too good to be true, so expect a lot of delays and mishaps.

1: No planned service changes.

2: No planned service changes.

3: No planned service changes. (Is this real life? The 1/2/3 has returned from war?)

A: Uptown (Inwood-bound) A trains will skip all stops between 72nd and 116th at nights from 11 pm to 5 am this Monday through Friday.

B: Service will end early at 8:45 pm from Monday to Thursday.

C: Uptown (168th-bound) C trains will skip all stops between 72nd and 116th in evenings from 9:45 pm to 11:15 pm from Monday to Thursday.

D: No planned service changes around Morningside Heights.

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Spring! Sprang! Sprung! Now that it’s Spring (?), at least for now, dive into this dreamy, moist-af Lemon Velvet Cake with Bright Buttercream Frosting. Take a slice (or ten) to Riverside Park and bask in the glorious sunshine. 

Lemon Velvet Dream – a taste of heaven!

Lemon Velvet Cake
1 ¼ cups all purpose flour
1 ½ cups cake flour (or more all purpose flour)
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 ½ cups white sugar (scant)
⅔ cup melted butter
⅓ cup softened butter
3 tsp extract (At least one teaspoon of vanilla extract, but the other two teaspoons could be almond or lemon extract; if not using lemon extract, be sure to add a few tablespoons of fresh lemon juice)
3 large eggs
1 ½ cups of buttermilk (whole milk with 3 TB lemon juice can also be substituted)
Zest of two small, or one large, lemons

yum after the jump



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Honestly can’t tell which team is Columbia.

Take a break from stressing about housing with this week’s sports recap.

Baseball: The Lions went 2-1 again this weekend against Harvard. After an 11-6 loss on Saturday morning, the Light Blue went into the afternoon game ready to prove themselves. Junior Joe Engel hit a single to the pitcher to score the Lions’ first run in the bottom of the first, but otherwise Harvard kept Columbia scoreless until the bottom of the third when Randell Kanemaru opened the inning with a home run. Columbia dominated after that, defeating the Crimson 7-1. Sunday’s game was closer, but still a 9-6 victory for the Lions. Kanemaru and teammate Liam McGill currently lead the Ivy league in slugging percentage.

Women’s Tennis: Columbia beat Cornell 6-1 on Saturday. The Lions took two of the three doubles matches (the third was unfinished), and all but one of the singles matches. Although first year Sarah Rahman dropped her match 6-4, 6-4, in the middle of the day’s match, Columbia didn’t let Cornell win another match. This is a marked improvement from last year, when Cornell beat Columbia 7-0 and went on to tie for the Ivy title.

Men’s Tennis: The Blue and White defeated Buffalo 7-0 on Friday to improve their record to 11-3 overall, with conference play starting next week. Columbia went 2-1 in the doubles matches thanks to a close victory from sophomore Adam Ambrozy and senior Michal Rolski. The singles victories included a 6-0, 6-4 win from sophomore Jackie Tang, currently ranked 44th in the nation.

Women’s Golf: lost to Princeton, beat Penn in Match Madness Tournament
Men’s Lightweight Rowing: beat Princeton by 1.1 seconds
Men’s Heavyweight Rowing: came in second out of four teams in Alumni Cup (lost to Dartmouth by six seconds)
Softball: lost 5-4, won 3-2, lost 5-4 at Dartmouth

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Meteor shower. But make it space parts.

Happening Around the World: The Chinese space station that everyone was worried about hitting the Earth (while also praying it hit their city lmao) finally took its mediocre plunge to Earth and landed… in the South Pacific Ocean. (NBC)

Happening in the US: After Trump decided to increase tariffs on Chinese aluminum and steel, the Chinese government responded with increased duties on American meat and fruit. Wait…. does that mean Trump, a literal orange, will be taxed whenever moving around the country? We sure hope so. (WSJ)

Happening in the City: Despite it being April, we are supposed to get snow tomorrow. I hate this. Literally, we have one month to go and I was hoping for sunshine, but this article right here dispels such hopes, promising us a cold spring ahead. (Stamford Advocate)

Happening on Campus: Today marks the beginning of the graduate strike authorization vote, which if passed, will shake up the campus and could cause the trustees to recognize their demands. Let’s hope so.

Art Piece of the Week: Yayoi Kusama, Narcissus Garden, 1966

A narcissist’s greatest dream.







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