Daily Archive: April 5, 2018

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The Glorious Lounge

Got a quiver in your liver? Read all about River Hall, a housing hall that I had no idea existed until I was assigned this story a few days ago.

Location: 628 West 114th Street between Broadway and Riverside Drive.

Nearby dorms: Shapiro, Broadway, Hogan, St. A’s, those Barnard 116 dorms.

Stores and restaurants: Best halal cart, Starbucks, Morton Williams, Sweetgreen, University Stationary.

Cost: Standardized to $9,292/year
Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Four shared, gender inclusive, private bathrooms per floor.
  • AC/Heat: No AC; you’ll remain toasty year round.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Two shared lounge-kitchens on every floor (one per suite), complete with seating, television, refrigerator, oven, microwave, and dishwasher (see photos). Perfect place to relax after a long night of studying/partying.
  • Laundry: Located in the basement with four washers/dryers, all free.
  • Computers/Printers: A computer lab is located in the basement with one shared printer.
  • Gym: Fitness room with treadmill, elliptical, and other various athletic equipment located in the basement.
  • Intra-transportation: One elevator and one stairwell for six floors, though the basement is only accessible by elevator.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood.
  • Facilities: Residents are responsible to maintain kitchens and room/suite trash. Bathrooms are cleaned weekly be facilities, and recycling is removed on a weekly basis as well.
  • Bonus: Music practice room in the basement. Also a short walk away from Riverside!

Read about the room variety and see pics after the jump!

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I bet this costs approximately .00000000191 Manhattanvilles

Bwogger Isabel Sepulveda made a troubling discovery this weekend that could put Columbia’s rankings at risk. 

Last weekend, I took my younger sister on a whirlwind tour of some of the many, many colleges New York has to offer. One of said colleges was the Pratt Institute out in Brooklyn. At first, it seemed to be a relatively normal campus without too many qualities that made it stand out, aside from several giant statues of heads that dotted the campus (and the fact it was a campus in New York that actually, you know, has a campus). As we walked around, we noticed blue and white boxes next to what looked to be oversized bird-houses at random intervals. Upon closer inspection, we discovered they were feeding stations for campus cats. Campus! Cats!!!! A few minutes later, we actually saw some of them and they were the best thing I’ve seen in my entire life. They even have their own (outdated) Instagram. I was tempted to turn in a transfer application on the spot.

Upon further research, this “Pratt cat” phenomenon is a result of a large stray cat population. Despite their unintentional origin, they’ve been embraced by students and faculty alike, with some staff taking in cats threatened with removal and a petition to keep them when they’ve been threatened in the past. This left me thinking about Columbia’s animal presence. Sure, plenty of people bring their dogs to campus, but they don’t stick around, they’re weather-dependent and it can be awkward to approach a stranger . What about all the cat people on campus? Columbia may tout itself as “the greatest school in the greatest city in the world” but I don’t see how we can keep that title when Pratt has this clear and obvious edge.

Why we need a Columbia cat after the jump

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Did you find someone to run off into the sunset with via Senior Scramble?

Didn’t get the Senior Scramble matches you were expecting? You weren’t the only one, and there may be a reason for that. Bwog has received numerous reports from seniors that they believe the Senior Scramble algorithm did not work correctly, and that they did not receive as many matches as they should have.

For the uninitiated (read: underclassmen), Senior Scramble is like Tinder before Tinder existed–Seniors each list 10 UNIs of people they would like to hook up with before graduating, and if any of those people list them as well, they’ll get an email notifying them of the match in time for 40s on 40.

Numerous seniors, though, have claimed that they didn’t get the matches they were supposed to get–we have received reports of people who believe they should have received more matches, which makes us think these people just have big egos, but interestingly, we have also heard of friends who agreed to list each other platonically who did not match.

So did the algorithm actually not work, or is the dearth of supposed matches due to human error (perhaps typing in a UNI wrong)? Are students saying they put people down that they didn’t? In a statement to Bwog, Senior Underground says that the code did, in fact, work correctly–after concerns were raised, the code was checked over, and SU maintains that all matches were sent out.

Think you were supposed to match with someone that you didn’t? Maybe approach them anyway–with the level of desperation at this school, it will probably work out.

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I totally didn’t reuse this photo.

Welcome to Harmony Hall, a luxurious (but distant) pre-war building located in the Upper West Side.

Location: 544 W. 110 St, between Amsterdam and Broadway

  • Nearby dorms: Carleton Arms, 110.
  • Stores and restaurants: Westside Market, H-Mart, Duane Reade,  Chipotle, Five Guys, Koronet, Panda Express, Thai Market, Mel’s Burger Bar, Hungarian Pastry Shop, Insomnia Cookies, 1020. You can graduate, have two precocious children, make a smart career change from the advice of your childhood friend, open a rival store to Pressed Juicery, and foster a career as a social media influencer without seeing a soul.

Cost:

  • Standardized at $9,538.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Floor 2 to 8 each have two bathrooms with either one or two stalls, a shower, and some sinks; these bathrooms may be gendered, depending on the RA/floor’s decision. Although these bathrooms are shared among around ten residents, I sometimes have to use the gender-neutral bathroom because someone’s using the stall or because I don’t like the person in the bathroom. Floor 5 and 6 have gender-neutral, handicap-accessible bathrooms. Floor 1 and Mezannine each have one bathroom for five residents. Each weekday, bathrooms are cleaned.
  • AC/Heating: No A/C, but memories of the hot, blissful summer are easily replaced in these regions. If you’d rather not, you can try to live in the gym, which has its own A/C. Heating is sufficient in the rooms, though the kitchen gets chilly.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: The building lounge has a comfy couch and a table. Every floor, other than 2, combines a decently sized kitchen with a “lounge” (a table and four chairs). These kitchens have communal fridges and plenty of cabinet space. Floor 2 separates its small kitchen from its spacious lounge. All lounges/kitchens have TVs. These kitchens are cleaned three times per week.
  • Laundry: Four washers and four dryers in the basement.
  • Fire escapes: None, sorry.
  • Bike storage: In the basement.
  • Computer/printers: One printer and one computer in the building lounge.
  • Gym: In what used to be room 203, there is an air conditioner, two treadmills, an arc trainer, a mat, a single five-pound plate(?), weighted armbands for running (???), and a TV I can’t find the remote for (????).
  • Intra-transportation: One small and rather convenient elevator, which nobody uses because only ghosts live here. It’s a bit difficult to fit blue bins in it, but you should never give up. There are two sets of staircases: one that is spacious and nice, and another that’s narrow and spooky.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Hardwood floors. I need to vacuum mine.

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WWJD? (What Would Judith Do?)

Ever worried your academic writing isn’t quite up to scratch? Never fear: Arts Editor Riva Weinstein is here to break down the average humanities paper and show you how to write like a true PhD!

HOW TO WRITE A LITERARY ANALYSIS

  1. To compile my title, I’ve run my chosen text through a paper shredder along with the Communist Manifesto, Freud’s Civilization and its Discontents, and any New Yorker op-ed. The result is something along the lines of “The Cultural Super-Ego in Pride and Prejudice’s Critical-Utopian Landscape and Population Dynamics, Revisited.”
  2. So I’m going to say this normal word, right? And then I’m going to say it again, but this time… get this… it’s in quotation marks. That’s how you know I’m talking about the reified epistemological concept of a canine, not a dog.
  3. Those of you who escaped immediate heart failure at seeing the page count of this paper: Good news! Half of it is a single block quote.
  4. Though I don’t mean to jump to conclusions, some of this material may be leading me in the general direction of… Marxism.
  5. I’m not really sure if I interpreted these 6 Judith Butler quotes correctly, but as it turns out, in literary analysis you can say pretty much anything you want.
  6. In conclusion: The culture! The landscape! The cultural landscape! I’m done.

 

HOW TO WRITE AN ARCHAEOLOGY PAPER

  1. So you know that [time period/historical figure/material culture/site/artifact] that everyone says is one thing, right? Well get this: it’s actually some OTHER thing.
  2. What is this other thing, you ask? Well, it’s not aliens, hahahahahahahahahahahaha. Oh boy, that would be funny. No. Nope. It’s the Postprocessual re-membering of the socially constituted dividual. It is not aliens.
  3. Anyway, here’s some bones from a cave in northern Ireland.
  4. The bones mean nothing, because they’re specific and my argument is super general.
  5. My argument also means nothing, because it’s general and reality is super specific.
  6. Here’s the entire results of my field program: 3,216 potsherds and a watch somebody left in the dig site last weekend. If the university tries to cut my funding, I’m going to start offing undergraduates one by one.
  7. Here’s 622 more made-up words, 4 Judith Butler quotes, and a subtle reminder that the past is gone and we’re all hurtling into oblivion, day by day.
  8. I’m going to go ahead and say the word aliens a few more times, because that’s the only way I can get non-archaeologists to read this paper.
  9. In conclusion, fuck V. Gordon Childe.

Other subjects (and more Butler) after the jump!

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This sign is almost as welcoming as the residents of Symposium

Nicknamed “Symposium” for its proximity to the Greek restaurant, 548 W. 113th St is a great housing option for juniors and seniors who want a small, quiet, homey place to live while still being close to all the action in Morningside Heights.

Location: 548 W. 113th St, right next to Symposium, the Greek restaurant.

  • Nearby dorms: Across the street from Watt, down the street from McBain.
  • Stores and restaurants: Near Symposium (of course), Junzi, Dig Inn, Tom’s, and Oren’s. Also near a Chase ATM and Milano Market.

Cost: Standardized to $9,538/year.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: One per double that the residents clean themselves.
  • AC/Heating: There’s heating, but no AC. The heating is kind of random at times. Sometimes it’ll be really hot, but opening the window cools it down. The building has a Super who is very quick and dependable if there are any maintenance issues that need to be fixed.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each double has a kitchen equipped with a full-sized refrigerator, sink, and stove. Although there’s no official lounge, a lot of people will hang out in the lobby, where there are couches and an Apple TV.
  • Laundry: Free, with one washer and one dryer in the basement. However, it’s not a big deal since there aren’t that many people who live in the building.
  • Fire Escapes: No fire escapes, but there are balconies. In rooms in the basement, you can also climb out of the window into the backyard.
  • Gym: None.
  • Bike Storage: There’s no bike storage, but the rooms are big enough to fit bikes in.
  • Intra-transportation: No elevators, only stairs. This isn’t much of a problem for residents, though, since there are only 4 floors and a basement.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: All floors in rooms are hardwood.

Read more about Symposium here!

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The New York Stock Exchange

Thought Bwog Finance was a one time thing? You thought too soon! We’re back, and better than ever. Now that you’ve got your checking account covered, we’re back with “Basic Kinds Of Investments” so you have a place to put all that money you’re saving on monthly fees.

This Bwog Finance Column will be a intro to investing for readers who still think a CD is what came after the cassette tape and before the iPod. This is a rundown of different ways to invest, but it’s by no means an advice column on what to invest in.

CD – A CD, or certificate of deposit, is a long-term investment. A CD comes with a term, or how long it lasts, and an APY, or an annual percentage yield, which is basically how much you will earn in a year. For example, a one year CD with a 1.5% APY means that, after one year, the amount of money you put in the CD will have increased by 1.5% of the initial amount. The catch is that, usually, your money is locked away when you put it in a CD, and you’ll be penalized if you try to take it out before the term is over. However, interest rates for CD’s are generally much higher than rates for savings accounts.

If you suck at doing math in your head, like me, you can use this handy calculator to determine how much cash you’ll make based on the APY and term of your CD and how much money you put in initially. Here’s an example to make the concepts simpler:

  • Initial investment (how much money you put in CD) = $1,000
  • APY (interest amount, compounding yearly) = 1.5%
  • Term = 1 year
  • Amount of money you have after one year, when the CD ends = $1,015

That’s not a huge return on your investment (simple language: you only made $15, and you didn’t have access to $1,000 for a whole year). If you’re not good at budgeting or saving, this is a good option for putting money away short-term if you’re sure you won’t need it, and it will give you a higher return than most savings accounts. CD interest rates have also gone up recently, so you can get ones with APY’s as high as 2.75%. Use NerdWallet’s best CD rates tool to see how much money is required and what the terms are of various CDs. Note that the best rates will come with longer terms, so before you get a CD, decide whether it’s worth it to have your money locked away for a year if you could get similar returns by just putting your dough in a high-yield savings account.

What if you want a more high stakes investment?

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We love some good tunes!

From the creators of The Bacchanal Educational Playlist, we present to you Bwog’s Ultimate Pregame Playlist. Whether you’re pregaming Bacchanal or 1020, these are some basic, versatile songs to get LIT to (don’t worry, I hate that I just used that phrase too). This one is dedicated to all those sucky frat parties with equally sucky music – watch, learn, and please take notes.

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Come out and support!

Take Back the Night’s annual rally/speakout is tonight. For those who don’t know, Take Back the Night is a national and international movement that works to break the silence around sexual violence of all kinds, sexual assault and abuse, dating violence, and domestic violence and “empower survivors in the healing process and inspires responsibility in all.”

The Columbia rally, described as “powerful and meaningful” by their Facebook event, will begin at 8:30 pm on Low Steps. At 9:30, the group will head over to Altshul Atrium for the speakout, which begins at 10 pm.

This portion of the night will allow community members to share their stories if they wish, with the option of staying anonymous if they so choose. Food, coffee, and tea will be provided. Additionally, counselors from SVR will be there for any community member who wishes to talk to someone in private and Nightline (212-854-7777) is another resource available should attendees need support. The event is completely free and open to all. They highlight: “We do not tolerate any victim blaming, homophobia, transphobia, racism, sexism, ableism, or any other type of intolerance; this is a non-violent space that prioritizes the voices of survivors.” It runs late, until about 2 am, but everyone who wishes to attended is encouraged to stay as long as they wish, even if it’s only briefly.

event banner via TBTN Facebook Event

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so much soy, so many tariffs

Happening in the World: Li Wenzu is making a 12-day, 62-mile trek from Beijing to Tianjin in search of information about her husband, a lawyer who was detained in the “709” crackdown that jailed 200 activists. In the 1000 days since his arrest, she has received no information about his arrest, aside from the fact he was detained; she believes he has been tortured (BBC).

Happening in the US: China responded to a list of new tariffs on $50 billion in Chinese goods released by the Trump administration with $50 billion of their own and a complaint with the World Trade Organization. The deputy commerce ministry said their actions are “restrained.” Although the impacts may be limited, an escalating trade war between the two largest economies in the world obviously isn’t a good idea (NPR).

Happening in NYC: Police shot and killed a man in Brooklyn with an object in his hand after 911 calls claiming a man with a gun was spotted in the area; no guns have yet been found in the area and witnesses say they heard no shots until the police fired. Later reports identified the man as 34-year-old Saheed Vassell. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: Asterisk: A New Play opens in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre tonight at 8 pm and runs through Saturday, with tickets available on a sliding scale from $0-$15. The play talks about recently out Nadia who decided to write a play about three historical trans figures, complicated when these figures then appear in their bedroom. Check out their Facebook event for more information on content and getting tickets.

Word of the Day: Petrichor, which describes the smell of rain on dry ground. Maybe some day soon we’ll be able to understand the concept of dry ground again.

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