Daily Archive: April 8, 2018



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If my mom hadn’t cancelled my ballet classes when I was 5, I’d be in Moscow right now.

New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.

On Campus

  • This weekend, the Columbia Musical Theater Society (CMTS) presents Into the Woods at the Glicker-Milstein Theater! The classic Sondheim musical, featuring a mixup of fairytale characters from Little Red Riding Hood to Rapunzel, centers around a baker and his wife who accept a strange quest from a witch. See it Thursday, Friday or Saturday at 8 PM or Saturday at 2 PM. $5.50 CUID tickets here.
  • This Friday, April 13, the Columbia Journalism School is hosting a screening and Q&A with the screenwriters of the Oscar-nominated movie The Post. Starring Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks, The Post chronicles the Washington Post’s race with the New York Times to publish the Pentagon Papers in the 1970s. More info here.

Off Campus

  • This Saturday, April 14 at 8 PM, the CU Ballet Ensemble presents its spring production of Coppélia at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center! This whimsical ballet tells the story of Coppélia, a life-sized doll brought to life by a mysterious doctor. Tickets start at $10.
  • Also on Saturday from 11:30 to 5 PM, celebrate the opening of Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985 at the Brooklyn Museum. With a curation tour, performance and conversation, this program honors pioneering Latin American and Latina artists. See the full schedule and purchase tickets here.

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Politics waits for no woman

Following the announcement of CCSC and ESC candidates a few weeks ago, SGA has released its list of candidates for the Spring 2018 elections (that’s Barnard’s Student Government Association for the uninitiated). There’s no telling what these people will do to get your vote— aside from the usual poster barrage, that is. The election will be overseen by the SGA Elections Commission.

The Full List can be found below!



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I’d like an order of science with extra art, please

Bwog Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman went to the latest event put on by Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach. Here are his thoughts on Signal to Noise.

Columbia Astronomy Public Outreach is one of the University’s strongest programs for engaging with students and the public through free and accessible lectures and shows. Their events run a gamut of topics with an emphasis on low barriers to entry. On Friday night, the arm of the Astronomy Department teamed up with the Amateur Astronomers Society of Voorhees and the Wallach Art Gallery to put on Signal to Noise, an “interdisciplinary salon centering on the topic of sounds of the solar system.” The event was the second major arts-and-astronomy presentation on campus in less than a month, coming on the heels of Blue Shift’s Arts & Astro.

The night began in Pupin 301 with a lecture by Andrea Derdzinski, a fourth-year Ph.D. student in computational astrophysics. Her 20-minute lecture, titled Waves from Space, gave a brief history of the signals humans have received from space. Historically, light was the only messenger from the cosmos, and eyes our only receivers. As scientists came to better understand the electromagnetic spectrum, they developed telescopes able to detect different wavelengths of EM radiation. The combination of many types of light into one image marked the 20th century era of “multi-wavelength astronomy.”

The current century uses gravitational waves for research. These waves can be considered the “sounds” of spacetime; while we cannot actually hear them, gravitational waves have properties similar to sound. In fact, since some gravitational waves have frequencies similar to audible sound, they can be converted into sounds for our listening pleasure. Using light and gravitational waves leads to “multi-messenger astrophysics,” a practice which has only just begun.

Enough about the science, tell us about the art!



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get lit

Yesterday, Bwog Senior Staffer Sarah Dahl and Deputy Editor Zack Abrams used their press passes for an up-close and personal take on Bacchanal, 2018, whose theme this year was “Pop, Lock, & Bacch it.”

Being able to get close enough to Ty Dolla $ign yesterday to see the words in his tattoos (the neck one says “dolla $ign,” if u didn’t already know) was pretty cool! His performance was the most exciting, as he revved up the crowd and got everyone excited to sing along, throw “twos in the air” (peace signs), and, if you were a girl, climb on top of the shoulders of your nearest male friend. The crowd, in two pens on the right and left of the stage, went wild for him.

Let’s begin at the beginning, though. The day started off with a sizzling performance from Soul For Youth, an on-campus band who got their coveted Bacchanal opener spot by winning the Battle of the Bands back in February. Soul For Youth is a huge band, with 11 student members repping all four class years. Barnard sophomore Julia Roche provided a beautiful range of vocals that harmonized nicely with Columbia freshman Mamadou Yattassaye’s deep voiceovers. The band had a strong brass and woodwind section, with a trombonist, two saxophone players, and a trumpeter. The trumpeter, David Acevedo, said confidently that he knew they would win the Battle of the Bands. Trombonist Timoteo Cruz was more humble, saying he knew there was a lot of tough competition. Other members of Soul For Youth said they were stoked to play Bacchanal, and Timoteo added that it was “probably the biggest show we’ll play in a while.”

St. Beauty appeared next; a two-woman band from Atlanta. The duo worked it, rocking along to their songs. They were both incredible dancers, and it was fun to watch them jam musically and physically. They got really into expressing their music through their bodies. “Not Discuss It,” their most popular song on Spotify, was the strongest crowd hit.

Here about the rest of the performances (including Ty Dolla $ign) below



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U.S. Nuclear test in 1954

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.


  • HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship, Monday 6 to 8 pm, Columbia Law School
  • F*** White Supremacy: Epistemic Disobedience, Free Speech, and Protest, Tuesday, 12 to 1 pm, International Affairs Building
  • Just Violence: A Conversation with Rachel Wahl, Thursday, 2 to 3 pm, Dodge Hall

Monday, April 9th:

  • The Andean Way: The Quest to Control Corruption in Peru, 1 to 2 pm, International Affairs Building
  • Cosmic Symbolism on Religious Architecture in Mongol Anatolia, 6 to 8 pm, Schermerhorn Hall
  • HATE: Why We Should Resist it With Free Speech, Not Censorship, 6 to 8 pm, Columbia Law School
  • #MeToo: Supporting Survivors in the Midst of a Cultural Shift, 6 to 8 pm, Milbank Hall

Tuesday, April 10th:

  • Russia’s Pivot To Asia: Relations With China, Japan, The Korean Peninsula, And ASEAN, 12 to 2 pm, International Affairs Building
  • F*** White Supremacy: Epistemic Disobedience, Free Speech, and Protest, 12 to 1 pm, International Affairs Building

Wednesday, April 11th:

  • Scott Sagan, “Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran: What the Public Really Thinks about Using Nuclear Weapons and Killing Non-Combatants” The 9th Annual Kenneth N. Waltz Lecture in International Relations, 4:15 to 6 pm, Faculty House
  • Hip-Hop Education: Propelling and Preserving the Movement (Community Scholars Lecture Series), 2018 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Faculty House

Thursday, April 12th:

  • The Trump Administration and Southeast Asia: Strategic Implications & Southeast Asian Responses, 2018 12 to 4 pm, Faculty House
  • Just Violence: A Conversation with Rachel Wahl, 2 to 3 pm, Dodge Hall
  • “China 1979: A Year of Great Significance, as Experienced by an American Exchange Student”, 4 to 5:30 pm, International Affairs Building
  • From “Inferno” To “Metamorphosis”: Building a Movement to End Mass Punishment, 6 pm, Jerome Greene Hall

Friday, April 13th:

  • Symposium: The Culture Of Post-Socialism: Black Sea Horizons, 9:30 am to 6:30 pm, International Affairs Building (full list of events here)

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tag yourself – im the oscillation between high pressure and low pressure

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:

  • Responsibility, Punishment, and Psychopathy: At the Crossroads of Law, Neurocriminology, and Philosophy” (Monday, April 9, 4:15-6:15pm, Faculty House)
    • Seminars in Society and Neuroscience – “In this seminar, leading experts in neurocriminology, law, and philosophy will consider if, and how, insights into the neurobiological roots of psychopathy might contribute to the reconsideration of the responsibility of psychopathic offenders and how criminal justice should optimally respond to individuals suffering from such a controversial disorder.”
  • Revisiting Hiroshima in Iran: What the Public Really Thinks about Using Nuclear Weapons and Killing Non-Combatants” (Wednesday, April 11, 4:15-6pm, Faculty House)
    • The 9th Annual Kenneth N. Waltz Lecture in International Relations given by Scott Sagan, Professor of Political Science at Stanford (Register at link above)
  • Film Screening of “That Way Madness Lies…” (Wednesday, April 11, 6:30-8:30pm, The Diana Center, Event Oval)
    • “Join Barnard’s Film Studies department and the Global Mental Health Program at Columbia for a screening of the important documentary, That Way Madness Lies, to learn about schizophrenia, mental illness, and their implications. The screening will be followed by a Q & A with the filmmaker, Sandra Luckow.”

Click here for fabulous seminars



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Yawn, Lion, Yawn


Listen, we here at are as wiped out as you. We get it. Bacchanal was yesterday (give us your stories!), and it’s still coursing through our veins (…metaphorically). But the #GrindDontStop, so we’re inviting you to join us for our Open Meeting tonight. I can’t promise that we’ll be energetic, or even very interesting, but I can promise good food, pretty good company, and mediocre lighting (courtesy of Lerner Hall).

The Who: Bwog… and YOU
The What: Open Meeting
The When: 9:00 pm tonight
The Where: Lerner 510
The Why: Pitch to us! Give us your unique (or not) perspective!

See you there! Until then, please take a nap.

Sleeping Lion via Public Domain Pictures.



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It’s a Where’s Waldo of messy Columbia students

Bacchanal may be over, but that doesn’t mean we can’t gather like war veterans ’round a fireplace and share our best and strangest tales from that storied Saturday (read: less than 24 hours ago). As chroniclers of campus life, human interest stories, and general tomfoolery, we here at Bwog want to hear about all the shenanigans you got up to yesterday, especially if you think you might have the best story on campus.

How can you get in touch? It’s easy: you can leave a comment below, submit a tip (anonymous or not) to us, tweet us, DM us on Insta, message us on Facebook, send a messenger pigeon, send a message in a bottle, give your message to Iris, the messenger of the gods… the possibilities are endless. We just want to hear from you.

The winner of the best Bacchanal story gets… nothing. If it’s super impressive maybe I’ll buy you a coffee. Maybe.


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If you were in the crowd yesterday, maybe take today to rest

Happening in the world: A suspected chemical attack in a rebel-held Syrian suburb has suffocated dozens. The Syrian government has denied responsibility for the attack, while President Trump in a tweet condemned “President Putin, Russia, and Iran” for “backing Animal Assad.” WARNING: this article contains disturbing images of the victims. (New York Times)

Happening in the US: States on the US-Mexico border are deploying National Guard members to patrol the border following urging from President Trump. Trump also threatened the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) if Mexico doesn’t stop the movement of migrants over the border. (BBC)

Happening in the city: Yesterday, a fire broke out in Trump Tower that killed one, the man whose apartment was the origin of the blaze. Four firefighters suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The cause of the fire is currently unknown. (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Bacchanal has come and gone, folks, so spend this Sunday letting your bodies and your brains return to whatever equilibrium they were at before. I believe in you.

Song of the day:

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