Daily Archive: April 12, 2018



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I don’t eat soup, but if I did, it’d be this one!

Delicious and versatile, butternut squash is one of Bwog’s favorite vegetables, not to mention one of the easiest to prepare. Though it may be getting warmer out, you can never go wrong with a spicy soup. This silky-smooth, vegetarian soup can be served both hot and cold, making for a perfect weeknight meal.

Spiced Butternut Squash Soup (adapted from Food & Wine)


1 medium onion, coarsely chopped
1½ tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Coarse salt
1 medium sized butternut squash—peeled, seeded and cut into cubes (alternatively, you can purchase already pre-cut cubes of butternut squash)
2 tablespoons tomato paste
4 cups water
½ cup coconut milk
Any spices that you have on hand (for example cumin, turmeric, or nutmeg)


In a large pot, toss the onion with the olive oil and 1 teaspoon of salt. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until the onion is very soft.

Stir in the squash, cover with a lid and cook for 20 minutes.

Add the tomato paste, 1 teaspoon of the spice blend and the water to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the squash is tender, 20 minutes. Let cool.

Puree the soup in a blender until smooth. Add the coconut milk, ginger and 1 teaspoon of harissa.

Finally, season with salt and black pepper and garnish with fresh chives or chopped parsley.



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As I watched Miranda make her announcement, I wondered: Could I run for office while I was still running from my feelings for Big?

Now that Cynthia Nixon has announced her candidacy for governor of New York, Sex and the City fans, as well as those interested in NY politics, have a lot to say. Bwog Staffer Megan Wylie, who happens to be both a political science major and such a Charlotte, has some theories on the next Barnard alum who should jump into the race ASAP.

Sex and the City provided my younger self with a series of philosophical questions that guided my life, and as someone who has worked on various local campaigns, I am very conflicted about these two worlds crossing. As Carrie, arguably a closeted misogynist, once asked: “Were women in New York really giving up on love and throttling up on power?” Perhaps, but in today’s political climate, what do we have to lose? At least Cynthia Nixon played a character with a law degree and a love for pantsuits.

While her candidacy is controversial, Barnard alums are known for shaking things up in the world. Carrie once ended an artful post with the following question: “Are there times when the ladies should just shut the fuck up?” The answer, dear Carrie, is fuck no. So instead, here are some more Bold, Beautiful Barnard babes that should throw their name into the gubernatorial hat:

  • Greta Gerwig (2006)- Self explanatory. If she was snubbed by the Oscars, we should at least give her control of the state.
  • Lauren Graham (1988)- Idk, her obsessive involvement in Rory’s personal life was a bit excessive, but maybe her love of fixing other peoples problems would help her navigate state welfare reform!
  • Chelsea Peretti (2000)- If there is anything that New York is in need of, its some good old fashioned snarkiness. If anyone can keep corrupt Albany legislators in line, it’s Chelsea.
  • Martha Stewart (1964)-Where else will you find someone with such a knowledge of home decor and the federal prison system?
  • Ann Brashares (1989)- If she can make a book series about a pair of inanimate pants a bestseller, then I am positive she could do wonders for the MTA.
  • Zuzanna Szadkowski (2001)- Zuzanna played Dorota on Gossip Girl, and arguably was the best character throughout the entire six seasons of the show. That alone should qualify her. Besides, she immigrated here so it would probably do the added bonus of pissing off Trump.

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Let’s get down to bwsiness.

Bwog Finance is almost a weekly column at this point…Get hype for our latest post, “How To Make A Budget Using Excel.” It might seem kind of obvious, but we know (some) of you will be needing it when allowance money runs out after college. Also, we now have a listserv dedicated to financial problems. Email us your query to and we’ll write a column on it.

(Is this column a joke, or is it real? [Not the column as a whole, but the specific topic]). This is a real column. Budgeting is hard without an Excel sheet. And using Excel is hard if your purported knowledge doesn’t extend past your résumé. Today we’re going to learn how to make a basic budget using excel.

First, give Column A the title “Date.” (Remember, a column is the one that goes up-and-down and a row is side-to-side). Second, give Column B the title “Bank Account.” If you have more than one bank account (e.g., savings and checking) you can make subtitles under “Bank Account” with each bank’s name (e.g., Citibank, Bank of America). In the next available column (will vary depending on number of bank accounts you own), write “Total.”

Now, under date, put today’s date. Check the amounts in your bank accounts, and put those amounts under each bank subtitle. Under total, tally together the amounts in each bank account. You can do this by using the SUM function. Enter “=SUM” and you’ll be able to select which cells (i.e., box) to add together. See figure 1 below. Repeat this process at least twice a month, and the beginning and end.

You’re not done yet!



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A couple of seniors filling out their senior wisdoms!

It is that time of the year again, people. Graduation is approaching, and you know what that means; the class of 2018 will leave us behind to go do things in the world. Before they graduate, though, we need them to impart their seniorly wisdoms on us. If you have anyone who you think is very wise in a seniorly way, nominate them for a senior wisdom! Fill out this Google form by Wednesday, April 25th.

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Studying is only tragic when you are stuck taking classes you don’t want to take.

The time has come for yet another round of class registration. We’re all struggling to get through the remainder of this semester, but for most of us, fall classes are in the not too distant future. Here are some of Bwog’s recommendations for the upcoming fall semester:

Latin: Carmela Franklin, Medieval Language and Literature and
Latin: Carmela Franklin, Latin Paleography

“Carmela Franklin is amazing and super knowledgeable about medieval Latin Studies. These are the two classes she’s teaching next semester on the subject and you should definitely take one of them.”

Political Science: Lee Bollinger (PrezBo), Freedom of Speech & Press

“It was one of the most horrifying experiences of my life, and it was the reason that I didn’t end my first semester at Columbia with a perfect GPA, but it was a truly invaluable experience nonetheless.”

History: Mark Carnes, United States 1940-1975

“His class is so so interesting. Carnes hates the lecture format but makes the absolute most of it. The readings are doable, interesting, and none are superfluous, and Carnes makes you think about history in completely new ways. I was mindblown by his connections in every single class. Also for Barnard students: this class fulfills Foundations requirements (social difference, historical perspective, local, and global).

English: Christopher Baswell, Troilus and Criseyde

“A fantastic and engaging lecturer with an incredible background of knowledge. Such a great guy.”

History: Rashid Khalidi, History of the Modern Middle East

“It is unfortunately an 8:40, but he’s a great lecturer and you learn a lot about a region that is obviously super relevant.”

English: Margaret Vandenburg, American Literature since 1945

“Even if you do not become a card-carrying member of the Vandenburg Cult™, she’s a legendary professor and missing the chance to take a course with her is tantamount to missing your one opportunity to experience true power. Also, plaid pants.”

Editors note, 8 pm: It has been brought to our attention that Bwog’s, like, two resident science majors did not do a great job of contributing courses to this post. As a result, we’re soliciting our readers’ opinions on science classes to take before you die – to be compiled in an additional post later this week! Comment your suggestions below, message them to us on Facebook or Twitter, or send them to Please include the course, professor, and why you love it.

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He has dead eyes.

Happening in the World: An Algerian military plane crashed near the capital, leaving 257 people dead in the country’s deadliest plane crash on record. Among these casualties are military personnel and their families, crew members, and passengers from Western Sahara. The cause of the crash is still be investigated. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Paul Ryan has announced he will not be running for reelection in the 2018 midterm election, saying that he has left a legacy behind in the new Republican tax law and he hopes to spend more time with his family. More than 40 Congressional Republicans have made similar announcements, 0pening the door for a potential wave of Democratic gains in the House. (Vox)

Happening in NYC: A judicial commission has recommended the removal of Queens judge Terrence O’Connor, citing a habitual mistreatment of lawyers, abuse of power, failure to follow the law, and failure to cooperate with the investigation into his conduct. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: Ecoreps annual Greenfest takes place tomorrow on Low Plaza! From 5 to 7 pm tomorrow, you can stop by for food, games, and giveaways: including t-shirts, mugs, free Dig Inn, and free smoothie bike smoothies, in celebration of green organizations and initiatives on campus.

Word of the Day: Loisible, a French adjective that means a freedom to choose. You’re free not to go to class, but with finals so close, you probably should.

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