Daily Archive: April 11, 2018



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A packed Levien Gymnasium from spring 2016's CIT tournament.

How friendly are these “friendly confines?”

Home Court Advantage has become an ever more contentious topic for the Ivy League since 2016’s announcement of an Ivy League Basketball Tournament. The men’s and women’s tournaments, which take place at Penn’s Palestra, give a marked advantage to Penn teams as compared to competitions on a neutral court or competitions on another Ivy court. As the League continues to consider the future of the tournament, the impact of Home Court Advantage (HCA) must be researched. In addition, HCA plays an important role in the regular season, especially when teams lower in the Ivy standings play against each other. Finally, the Ivy League is unique in its weekend scheduling for the conference slate. It has been speculated that the back-to-back games and long trips negatively affect players. Is there a “Saturday advantage” not currently accounted for in Ivy League predictions?

Bearing this all in mind, I want to examine how HCA, and how the Ivy weekend schedule, affects the Ivy League at large and Columbia in particular. This article looks at all 560 Men’s Basketball games played between Ivy League opponents from 2009 to 2018. Since every team plays every other team twice every season, evaluating Ivy League season games controls for variables like strength of schedule. For each game, we marked the home and away teams, the score and victor, the relative strengths of the teams as measured by KenPom rankings, and the day of the week on which games were played. We originally looked at only four seasons of data, but had sample sizes too small to make certain conclusions.This study does not examine Women’s Basketball games, non-conference games, or playoff games. Data was gathered from composite schedules from The Ivy League and ESPN.

Data was transcribed by hand and checked for errors. We then split games into two major categories: Day-Before Games, which occurred on most Saturdays, and Non-Day-Before Games, which occurred on Tuesdays, Fridays, and on Saturdays at the beginning of each season. Presumably, teams travelling and playing Day-Before games would be significantly more fatigued due to travel. These games are abbreviated as DB games and NDB games. Within those two categories, as well as in a combined Overall group, we compiled the record of each team, as well as its Home and Away splits. Using the DB and NDB game data, I will introduce a “DB Bonus” or “Saturday Advantage,” which describes the difference in performance of teams when they have to play back-to-back games.

We used additional categories to determine how strong and weak teams perform against each other. We assigned each game a Better KenPom Team and a Worse KenPom Team, based on end-of-season rankings by KenPom. Finally, we created two tiers of teams, a Top Tier and a Low Tier. Top Tier teams, which included all 10-win teams (e.g. 2018 Penn) and two 9-win teams (2014 Columbia and 2018 Princeton), had KenPom rankings of 150 or better. This tiering system reflects my observation that there often one to three top teams in the league who seem to be in very little danger against other, lower tier teams.

Findings and tables after the jump.



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Student council elections are upon us! At Barnard’s SGA Candidates Forum last night, the Pinkberry was late but the candidates were not. 33 different candidates spoke about their qualifications and plans for the future. Only 10 of the 22 open positions were contested. Read on to learn some of what those candidates had to say to try to differentiate themselves, and for some hot takes about general themes of the evening.

Junior Class Vice President:

  • Tanisha Aggarwal ’20 spoke about her experience as a transfer student this year, as well as recently moving to America. She is involved in the Barnard No Aramark movement, the Athena Pre-Law society, and Sophomore Class Council. She says that she knows “what it means to act as a bride between the highly diverse student population and the admin.”
  • Celine Zhu ’20 spoke very quickly and very emphatically about her work on the class council and the financial review committee. She spoke about her recent successful laundry subsidy pilot program endowment proposal, saying “I have proved that I know how to work with the administration to get things done.” As class VP, she plans to advocate for transportations subsidies for students with unpaid internships and a comprehensive guide for transfer students.

candidates after the jump



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rock the vote!!

Only a short time remains for CC and SEAS students to vote in this year’s student council elections, but Bwog is still here with one more endorsement post: we support Henry Feldman, CC ’21, for CCSC Student Services Representative. Feldman is aware of the problems that many Columbia students encounter daily and aims to reduce the impact that stress culture has on campus and the student body in general. His platform is ambitious, but because of his thorough research and overall preparedness for the role, Bwog feels as though Feldman would be an excellent representative.

His platform can be easily broken down into four main parts: improving mental health support, supporting students with food insecurity, reducing club selectivity, and improving the day-to-day functioning of campus life in general. Feldman has been made aware of issues within CPS through speaking to students and attending the recent Mental Health Town Hall, and wants to improve the system so that students follow a formalized timeline, ensuring that students don’t fall through the cracks. With better oversight and increased transparency between administration and student mental health initiatives, Feldman believes that effective changes can be made.

about hen after the jump



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Social Media Editor Youngweon Lee, lottery number 20/2868, rants about housing.

Why does housing have to be so hard? Every step of the process of attaining a place to live on this campus is so damn complicated. First, you have to form a housing group, during which you will lose all your friends and realize that you never had any real friends to begin with. If you’re in a group by yourself, you’ll be secluded in Broadway or something, probably. Then, your housing group analyzes the list of dorms available to your averaged point number based on the number of people in your group and pray for a decent lottery number. Then, this happens:




…and all your plans are blasted out the window.

So then you regroup (figuratively, not literally). You’re a group of two with a point value of 20, trying to live in Woodbridge. The cutoff for last year was 20/2820; you have hope. You line up a few backup options: Watt, Symposium, that one brownstone on 115th, Nussbaum, River, Harmony. You discuss whether you really want a true double. You pray that fewer people will want Woodbridge this year.

Will the protagonist of our tragedy get a Woodbridge suite? Find out after the jump



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“We’re at Columbia, I’d live in a fucking closet if I had to.”

The last day of in-person selection of housing has finally come. If you are one of the unfortunate souls that has no choice but to pick today, it is finally your time to select into your housing for next year. Bwog isn’t going to sugar coat it: your lottery number sucks. You are probably a rising sophomore, or just someone that just got played by the system. Just remember: just because your lottery number sucks, and even though you are a rising sophomore, you do not suck. Many people have been in the same place you have, and there will be countless others behind you. Whatever you pick into, just know that Bwog is rooting for you, and hoping for a smooth transition into new housing for next year.

We will be in John Jay to cover every second of today’s housing selection. Feel free to say hi, message us on our live blog or through tips, and even take a sticker (if we like you). Come find us: we’ll probably be the people playing music loudly and having a good time.


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don’t worry, this image also triggers high school flashbacks of wearing business casual and shouting at other sweaty sixteen-year old virgins

It’s election season, and intrepid young GS bureau chief Zoe Sottile is bringing you the latest and greatest from GSSC’s candidates debate last night.

First of all, GSSC both had pizza and saved me a seat for the debates. Y’all, GSSC is truly the best. Each candidate had two minute to present their platform and then five minutes to respond to questions from the full and lively audience or the livestream.

VP Communications

We first heard from the three candidates for VP Communications, Karl Sully Guerrier GS ’20, Sitara Herur-Halbert GS ’19, and Biao Huan Foo GS ’20. Nicole Rogers, the current VP Comms, asked what the candidates’ plans were to actually engage students over the school year and if they had any previous website or coding experience. None of the candidates had any tech experience, which may present a problem for the Communications committee going forward. Guerrier focused in his responses on reaching out to students who feel “out of the loop”, suggesting that he set up tables in the lounge to reach out to students. In one of the spicier moments of the debate, Herur-Halbert, the current GSSC Social Media Representative, called Guerrier out for not reading her platform and made her own suggestions for having club events displayed on the TV in the GS lounge, as well as making display boards in the lounge and Lewisohn. She also proposed expanding the tech team that supports Communications as well as starting two weekly video series called Weekly Skim and Dear PrezBo. Foo discussed the possibility of a design competition for online visuals to get students more involved. When questioned about past difficulties in recruiting students to provide tech support for GSSC, Foo suggested that recruitment go beyond GS and include students from other schools.




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A meeting room more crowded than usual in recent weeks

Voting on SGA elections begins today, and this year, Barnard students will be voting on whether or not they believe Barnard should divest from eight companies that are associated with or support Israel. These certain companies were singled out in Columbia University Apartheid Divest’s campaign for divestment due to their involvement in and profit from violence against Palestinians.

To be clear, the referendum does not automatically cause Barnard to divest from these companies if it passes. Instead, if it does pass, SGA will write a letter in support of divestment to the Barnard Board of Trustees. The text of the referendum lists the companies from which SGA would recommend Barnard should divest and specifies the reasoning, which varies from construction equipment companies that are involved in home demolition and settlement-building, to an Israeli utility company that restricts Palestinians’ access to water. The referendum does not use the words “apartheid” or “violence,” instead referring more vaguely to “violations of international law” and Israel’s “treatment” of Palestinians. It also does not make reference to CUAD.

The referendum came as a result of two contentious SGA meetings. In the first, CUAD gave a presentation to the council on divestment, and notably, SGA announced a referendum without CUAD having requested one. In the following meeting, Aryeh, one of Columbia’s pro-Israel student groups, gave a presentation to SGA about why they believe divestment from Israel is divisive and harmful. Again, the referendum is for SGA to “gauge student body sentiment” on the issue, which will then reflect how they as a council move forward with respect to divestment (after which Barnard’s Board of Trustees can choose to take into account or not).

CUAD proposed a similar referendum to CCSC last year in a tense meeting that lasted about four hours, but the council rejected their request.

Voting lasts until April 18th.

Editor’s note, 12:30 pm: The photo on this article has been changed from a CUAD flyer encouraging students to vote yes in the referendum to a more neutral image. The original photo suggested a Bwog endorsement of CUAD, which is not the intention of this article; this article is meant to inform students about the context and content of the referendum without presenting a bias for either position.

You can read the full text of the referendum, which details each company’s involvement with Israeli occupation, after the jump:



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big nerd

What’s Happening In The World: Twenty were killed yesterday after an attempted mass escape led by gunmen at a prison in northern Brazil led to a gun battle with the police. Nineteen of the deceased have been identified as prisoners or their supporters. (New York Times)

What’s Happening In The Country: Yesterday, sweet baby Mark Zuckerberg sat in his adult booster seat and testified before senators on Facebook’s mishandling of user data. Sucks to Zuck, am I right guys. (New York Times)

What’s Happening In The City: A woman’s butchered torso was found in a park in Brooklyn. The victim has not yet been identified. (New York Daily News).

What’s Happening On Campus: As part of Day 3 of Academic Freedom Week, three scholars are talking about academic antifascism in Pupin 301 at 7:10. Alternately, Columbia Economics Society is hosting a presentation from Citibank’s Sales and Trading Division department in Schermerhorn 614 at 8. Pick your poison!

Tinder Pickup Line Of The Day: “what drugs are you trying to buy”

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Hey man, rush Bwog

Dear reader, you might think that this is just any old dumb LNB, but it’s not. It’s a very special LNB. It’s not because Youngweon is writing this instead of a CC paper due tomorrow; it’s because it’s her 100th Bwog post. 

Technically, this isn’t my 100th post. That happened a few weeks ago, probably, because there are about a dozen or so posts out there under Bwog Staff that I wrote anonymously. This isn’t even my 100th public post, because there are two posts that are under my name but unpublished. So this is my (approximately) 113th public post and 99th public post under my name, but if you log into the Bwog WordPress and look under my author tag, there are 99 posts before this one including unpublished drafts, and this is the 100th one, so we’ll call this my 100th post.

Now, dear reader, you might be wondering why the hell I chose to write about Beta Theta Pi for my 100th post. The reason is twofold: first, it’s just funny. Frats are fun to pick on. Second, it’s a sort-of tribute to Andrew Finn Klauber a.k.a. Finn or Andrew or Finneas or what-have-you, our former Internal Editor and my Bwog Big as well as the person I go to for all my Classics Department-related questions. I joined Bwog four semesters ago as a new freshman because he wrote some articles roasting the living hell out of me for some things I said in a GroupMe as a prospie. Enraged, when I came to campus, I came to Bwog’s first open meeting in September 2016, and the rest is history. Therefore, I will make my 100th post an article picking on his fraternity.

A List Of Things Beta Theta Pi Could Put On Their Door Instead Of Their Current Quote (“Lasciate ogne speranza voi ch’intrate”):








Bwog via Youngweon Lee, Finneas via Anonymous

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