Daily Archive: April 9, 2018



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CAVA is our knight in shining armor during Bacchanal.

Well. This weekend was rough for many, to say the least. Need I say more? Bacchanal brought out the worst in many Bwog Staffers, leading to wonderful stories for us to recount to everyone. If you have any Bacchanal or weekend stories that you think are noteworthy (we know you got them), send us an email at and we will add it to the list!

Bwog and Bacchanal:

  • Successfully took care of myself post-Bacchanal with lots of water and sleep.
  • Was upset no one took photos of me even though I was busy taking photos of everyone else.
  • Didn’t get any pictures after the pregame because I was too gone to take pictures.
  • Paced myself too well? And stayed alive for the afterparty.
  • Blacked out in a John Jay bathroom for 3 hours after hobbling to a random floor and puking my heart out there. Apparently hissed at someone who lived on the floor and he got so scared he didn’t even call for help :(
  • Had wonderful quesadillas from Casa Latina to settle my stomach. Threw it up a few hours later.
  • Played beer pong at Lambda (or Beta??? honestly don’t remember) and made friends with a cute guy.
  • Had to explain what a pregame was to a first year in my building.
  • Cut the line at a lot of frats by saying “we’re with Jack” and adopting an aura of confidence.
  • Went to multiple pregames with a bagel in my pocket.
  • Hugged both members of St. Beauty (they responded to my IG story)
  • Made Ty Dolla $ign’s Instagram.
  • Stayed sober for 100% of Bacch day. Started drinking when the clock hit 12 lmao.
  • Ty Dolla $ign SANG TO ME I’m straight now.
  • Went to my first frat party.
  • Sobered up from after the concert by going to Hex&Co and playing board games for five hours, then went to bed.
  • Fell asleep to A Series of Unfortunate Events (should be what I name my weekend) after running into my philosophy professor high as shit at Bacchanal.

More rough stories here.



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When you have to reconsider your options after your housing group falls apart

It might be the start of a new week, but Bwog is back with more coverage of Columbia Housing. Yes, there might be less dorms to choose from, but not all hope is lost: there are still some pretty good rooms and suites up for grabs. We will be covering housing all day and until Wednesday, so be sure to check in for live updates and changes throughout the week. Remember: housing might be stressful, but it’s not the end of the world. No matter what happens this week, know that Bwog is rooting for your throughout this crazy process.

Be sure to come say hi to us during selection! (We will be the enthusiastic people on the couch with our Bwog banner proudly hung on the wall.) If you have questions, want to fill us in on your experience, or just want to come say hi, please do! We know that selection sucks, but we’ll try to make it a little easier for you.


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Roar, lions, roar!

Last night, while students crammed into Butler to start the homework they pretended didn’t exist this past Saturday and one Bwogger strutted around in shorts because, and we quote, “summer starts after Bacchanal,” a few student council candidates had more political goals on their minds. Voting opened for Columbia College Student Council, Engineering Student Council, and other CC and SEAS student council positions at about 11:30 pm yesterday. A few hours before that, several of the running candidates spoke to the Bwog editorial team in order to present their platforms and answer our questions. During those meetings, we were particularly impressed by the CU Roar party: Jordan Singer, CC ‘19, for CCSC president; Elise Morgan Fuller, CC ‘19, for VP Policy; Adam Resheff, CC ‘19, for VP Finance; Sim Mander, CC ‘20, for VP Campus Life; and Isabella Lajara, CC ‘20, for VP Communications. We endorse this party for CCSC because we are confident in these candidates’ ideas for improving key areas of student life and fostering a more active campus community.

Much of CU Roar’s platform focuses on collaboration between different departments or groups, a facet often missing from the Columbia bureaucracy. Jordan Singer spoke about internal coordination between institutional resources such as CPS and ODS and with student groups active in mental health dialogues. She also explained plans to increase mentorship opportunities for students through surveys and more deliberate matching of students with faculty mentors, who would be able to help them navigate specific departments within Columbia and opportunities in their fields.

What else did Bwog like about their platform?



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As you might’ve guessed, Cooking With Bwog is a huge fan of all things Alison Roman. Her recipes are easy, adaptable and consist of available, everyday ingredients– ideal for a college student juggling classes, clubs, housing and all the other chaos. So, check out this Honey-Yogurt Pound Cake with Raspberries from Dining In! It’s indestructible, so there’s no way you can mess it up.

Super spongey and perfect for spring picnics in Riverside!

Honey-Yogurt Pound Cake with Raspberries
adapted from Alison Roman’s Dining In

Softened butter, for the pan
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp kosher salt
½ cup white sugar
¼ cup honey
¾ cup full-fat Greek yogurt (or sour cream)
⅓ cup vegetable oil (or grapeseed or canola)
2 eggs
2 cups fresh berries (could use frozen, too)

Preheat oven to 350℉
Grease a loaf pan with softened butter.
In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder and salt together.
In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, honey, yogurt, oil and eggs. Gently fold in the flour mixture, taking care not to overmix. Then, add in the berries (Bwog opted for the original raspberries).
Flatten and smooth the top of the batter with a spatula.
Bake for 60-70 minutes (rotating halfway through the cooking time) until the cake is golden brown and springs back when pressed in the center.
Cool completely! before removing it from the pan.

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Hope y’all didn’t get CAVA’d this weekend! Here’s how the subway is doing.

1: No planned service changes this week.

2: There will be no 2 trains between 96th and 149th at night between 11:30 pm to 5 am from Monday to Friday.

3: There will be no 3 trains at night between 10:30 pm and 5 am from Monday to Friday.

A: The 110th station is closed until this September.

B:  The 110th station is closed until this September. B train service will end early at 9 pm from Monday to Thursday.

C:  The 110th station is closed until this September. Uptown (168th-bound) C trains will skip every stop from 72nd to 116th.

D: No planned service changes around MoHi this week.

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Such concentration…

Hope you enjoyed your weekend! Sports Editor Abby Rubel tears herself away from the Calvin Trillin books she bought this weekend to bring you the latest from Columbia Athletics.

Baseball: Columbia (9-19, 5-4 Ivy) fell to fourth place in the Ivy rankings this weekend, going 1-2 against Dartmouth (7-14-1, 3-2-1 Ivy). On Saturday, the Lions lost 5-4. The Big Green scored their five runs early—one in the first inning and four in the second—to take a 5-1 lead into the third. Columbia scored twice in the fourth and once in the seventh, but couldn’t take the lead. Sunday’s first game was a tough 10-4 loss, including a seven-run Dartmouth rally in the third thanks to a poor throw home from pitcher Ben Wereski. But the Lions came back in the afternoon to win 12-3. Two home runs from junior Chandler Bengston, a three-run homer in the sixth and another in the eighth, put the game away for the Lions.

Men’s Tennis: The Lions won both matches this weekend, beating Penn 4-2 on Friday and Princeton 4-0 on Sunday. Columbia beat Penn in all three doubles matches and three singles matches to clinch the victory, although first-years Jack Lin and Rian Pandole lost their matches for the Lions’ only losses of the weekend. Columbia dominated Princeton on Sunday, winning two out of three doubles matches and three singles matches to clinch the victory. (All the other matches were unfinished.) Columbia remains tied with Harvard at the top of the Ivy League charts; both teams are undefeated.

Women’s Tennis: Columbia split the weekend’s matches, winning 4-3 against Penn but losing 6-1 at Princeton. The Lions lost two of three doubles matches, but made up for that with four singles victories, including a three-set win from junior Sarah Hu. Both Columbia and Princeton were undefeated going into Sunday’s match, but the Tigers quickly pulled ahead, winning two doubles matches (the third was unfinished) and all but one singles match. The Light Blue’s only win came from first-year Jennifer Kerr.

Women’s Golf: currently in second place at the Picciotto Invite
Men’s Golf: 10th out of 12 teams at the Princeton Invitational
Men’s Lightweight Rowing: beat Navy in WIT Cup, beat Georgetown, lost to Harvard at Boston
Men’s Heavyweight Rowing: lost to Penn and Princeton in Childs Cup
Softball: lost 5-4, won 6-1, lost 3-1 against Harvard
Women’s Rowing: fourth place in Ivy League Invite
Lacrosse: won 12-10 at Yale

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Hopefully, this is the woman that they were talking to.

After Bacchanal, there’s nothing we want to do more than dive straight into CCSC—or at least, that’s the case for Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman, reporting straight from the Satow Room. 

After a holiday hiatus, CCSC is back at it and better than ever, focusing their time on directing waves of quiet rage at the administration. Last week’s gun control debate, set to be continued last night, was postponed, as the room had already emptied out.

Dean Hollibaugh Says Hi

Dean Hollibaugh, who oversees Academic Planning and Administration, paid CCSC a visit last night in an attempt to foster a relationship with students and provide transparency about her role and initiatives. Unsurprisingly, CCSC offloaded their angst, anxiety, and well-placed ire in the form of pointed questions. The questions tended to focus on: (1) mental health and stress culture, and (2) diversity in the Core.

Lotsa (valid) gripes ahead



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The poster for the event with a link to information.

Today marks the beginning of the three-day long Academic Freedom Week, an event held by groups such as Columbia University Apartheid Divest, Student-Worker Solidarity, Barnard Columbia Socialists, and more. The purpose of the events, according to them, is to “bring together a range of academics and activists who have been, because of their ideas and activism, assailed and silenced by universities across the country.” By giving these professors a platform, they hope to “call attention to the ongoing attempts to destroy academic freedom and help chart out new ways to defend an outspoken, progressive politics.”

Below is the schedule of the events planned for the Academic Freedom Week:

Monday, April 9: On The Palestinian Exception, Northwest Corner 501, 7:00 – 9:00 PM

Tuesday, April 10: White Supremacy in Academia, Lehman Auditorium, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Wednesday, April 11: Academic Antifascism, 301 Pupin, 7:10 – 9:10 PM

More information regarding these events can be found on their Facebook here.

Academic Freedom Week poster via AFW Facebook 



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McBain is the definitively the worst dorm on campus. Don’t live here. If you are a rising sophomore whose lottery number isn’t good enough for Nuss, just go to Schapiro. 

Location: 113th and Broadway. 

  • Nearby dorms: Watt, Nussbaum, Frat Row, Carman
  • Stores and restaurants: Milano’s, Junzi, Community, Nussbaum, Panda Express, Morton Williams, Westside, Duane Reade, International, Chase ATM, etc. – pretty much anything near campus on Broadway
    Cost: The cost for upperclassman dorms is standard: $9,538.


  • Bathrooms: Each floor has seven disgusting single-stall bathrooms. People don’t know how to flush or aim. It’s the worst.
  • AC/Heating: Every room has a radiator that may or may not work, depending on what side of the building you’re on. Shaft rooms (true shaft of the building shaft rooms, not the pseudo-shaft between buildings) have AC units, but the rest don’t. It can get really hot in the fall and spring months.
  • Lounge: There is a building lounge on the first floor, and each floor has its own floor lounge. They’re fairly big, but can still get crowded. Floor lounges have AC.
  • Kitchen: Each floor shares a kitchen that’s part of the lounge. The kitchens are pretty spacious if you’re cooking alone, but it gets crowded and annoying to cook around other people. They also get really disgusting because people are horrible and don’t know how to clean up after themselves.
  • Laundry: On the first floor. It doesn’t get horribly busy except when rude inconsiderate people forget to take their laundry out of their machines. It can get disgusting pretty often, which is a running theme in this building.
  • Fire escapes: Haha. No.
  • Bike storage: Nope.
  • Computers/printers: In the first-floor lobby.
  • Gym: A small fitness room (treadmill and ellyptical) on the fourth floor.
  • Intra-transportation: Two smelly, disgusting, slow, unreliable elevators.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Rooms have hardwood, hallways have carpet.

More about McNasty after the jump.



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It’s always party cloudy in Columbia!

Happening Around the World: The Syrian government has received international criticism after being accused of killing dozens of civilians in Douma in a recent chemical attack. (NPR)

Happening in the US: A Florida woman recently claimed during her arrest for cocaine possession that it was the “wind” that “blew it in her purse” that was located in her car. I can’t make this up. (The Times Picayune)

Happening in the City: One of Bill DeBlasio’s aides, serving as the deputy director of the Office of Criminal Justice in New York City was arrested for having a loaded handgun in her vehicle upon being stopped by the police in Queens. (NBC New York)

Happening on Campus: Today marks the beginning of the scheduled programming for Academic Freedom Week. Check here for more information regarding the events for the day!

Weather: Partly cloudy with a high of 47 F / 8 C. It’s cold now, but it’s slowly warming up! Spring is here!

Artist of the Week: Pop Art is always a good go-to answer when someone asks what your favorite style of modern art is! Artists in this time period that I would recommend are Robert Rauschenberg, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein (of course), Yayoi Kusama, Jasper Johns, and John Cage!

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