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Daily Archive: April 13, 2018

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Make a wish, Timmy!

Looking for comedy that has nothing to do with making fun of Trump/Paul Ryan/politics? Look no further than Latenite’s Spring Anthology 2018. Senior Staffer Abby Rubel gives her thoughts on the production.

Latenite’s Spring Anthology is a night of sketch comedy. The shortest sketch is probably under a minute; none are longer than about 20 minutes. All are humorous (even the weaker plays have their moments), and all are written by students.

Like most student productions, it started late; but in all fairness, they warn you in the title. According to the “About Latenite” section of the program, this is because the debauchery that takes place has to wait “until after the watchful eyes of Prudence and Sensibility [have] taken their nightly repose.” (I suspect it’s so people have time to get sufficiently tipsy before the performance, but tomay-to, tomah-to.)

The production began with “Blow,” written by Henrietta Steventon (CC ’18) and directed by Hannah Kaplan (CC ’18). “Blow” set the tone for the night well: it was short, to the point, and funny. Hope Johnson, BC ’21, was particularly good as a young boy who wouldn’t look up from his gaming device. My one quibble with this play is that it was possible to see the punchline coming, a common issue throughout the night.

“Dial G For Goose” was next in the lineup, written and directed by Annie Surman (CC ’18) with an assist from Dylan Dameron, CC ’20. When a girl loses her Canada Goose jacket at a frat party, who is to blame? The detective (played by a delightful Avery Park, CC ’20) aims to find out by interrogating suspects like “The Vegan,” “The Girl Who Is Literally Always Cold,” and “The Trust Fund Kid.” “Dial G” played off Columbia stereotypes without being obvious or obnoxious about it, but the play was clearly inspired by this incident. It was also probably the most quotable sketch in the lineup, containing gems like “I’m more of an armchair vegan,” and “Why bring a Goose to a fraternity soiree?” Plus, the shitty dancing is not to be missed, especially given how accurately it parodies any EC party ever.

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So cute!!

On Thursday evening, Bwog Internal Editor and former ballet-er headed down to Columbus Circle to catch the dress rehearsal of Columbia University Ballet Ensemble’s spring show, Coppélia. The show is playing on Saturday evening at 8pm and Sunday afternoon at 2pm at the Manhattan Movement & Arts Center. 

Not to brag, but when I was 8 years old, I starred in my hometown studio’s production of Coppélia. Okay, well, maybe not starred. I certainly was not the lead. But I was in it. I promise. Anyways, because of this fun fact, I was looking forward to heading down memory lane to go watch CUBE perform this eclectic ballet for their spring performance.

Coppélia, which dates all the way back to 1870, is a peculiar story about an evil doctor (?) who crafts dolls in his creepy haunted mansion (?). There’s a boy (Franz) who finds himself enamoured by the most beautiful doll (Coppélia herself), and a suspicious girlfriend (Swanhilda) who wonders what all the fuss is about. Upon sneaking into Dr. Coppelius’ workroom, the young girl and her friends discover a whole slew of dolls who end up (surprise) coming to life and all dancing together. There’s a little bit of an extra twist at the end, involving deceitful manipulations of reality as well as some magic potion (which is most likely just booze), but don’t worry, I won’t spoil all the juicy deets.

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check out columbia’s MD/PhD program here

Bwog Science is back with Science 101, our semi-regular advice column for all things science! Last week, Bwog Science Editor (and potential MD/PhD applicant (?)) Alex Tang attended an MD/PhD discussion panel, which included MD/PhD representatives from Columbia, NYU, the Icahn School of Medicine at Mt. Sinai, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Here, he brings you the advice and information he gleaned from the session.

Are you currently pre-med, but absolutely love the work you do in your lab? Or are you torn between clinical practice or science research as a career? Are you interested in creating and implementing solutions to biomedical problems? If so, read on!

To the eyes of an undergraduate student, the MD/PhD path is a long, mystical path – one that is often misunderstood. Attending the panel discussion gave me a more grounded understanding of the MD/PhD degree, which I’ll talk about in this post. I’ll first begin to describe what an MD/PhD path entails, the outcomes of this dual degree, as well as what it takes to prepare oneself for an MD/PhD program.

Our country is in great need of future biomedical researchers, people who can power the greatest medical discoveries of the twenty-first century. MD/PhD programs around the country strive to address this fact, graduating cohorts of students each year who have undergone both the training required in medical school (for an MD) as well as intensive hypothesis-driven laboratory work (PhD).

The MD/PhD, the panel described, is designed as the interface between medicine and science. Medical doctors often know which big medical questions to ask, but don’t usually have the research tools to find out the answers. Medical schools focus on teaching existing material, on getting across the information a physician needs to diagnose and treat disease, but not how to design and conduct experiments that will create new scientific knowledge. On the other hand, PhD-only science researchers have the means to design and conduct experiments, but are oftentimes far from the applications of their projects. The MD/PhD, however, combines skills from both medical and scientific training. Essentially, after a long training (and the process is long – consisting of the 7-8 year MD/PhD program itself followed by additional years of residency/fellowship training), the individual will be able to practice medicine, and to use those clinical experiences to drive their own research projects. The good news is that MD/PhD programs are almost always fully-funded (NIH-funded MSTPs, or Medical Science Training Programs, waive tuition and grant stipends and health insurance to all students).

What do MD/PhDs do, and how does one get into an MD/PhD program?

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Rumor has it he can leap tall buildings in a single bound.

Sports Editor Abby Rubel brings you the latest from the far-off land of Columbia Athletics.

Baseball: Columbia (9-20, 5-4 Ivy) will take on Brown (7-16, 3-6 Ivy) this weekend in Rhode Island. The first two games of the series will take place on Friday, with the last game on Saturday. The Lions currently sit at four in the Ivy standings; the Bears are in seventh place. Although Columbia hasn’t done well in the past week, losing their series against Dartmouth and a midweek game against Monmouth, they’ve won their last 10 games against Brown, starting their streak in 2013. Brown has also struggled, going 1-2 against Princeton and losing their own midweek game.

Men’s Tennis: The Lions (13-3, 2-0 Ivy) will take on Harvard (19-3, 3-0 Ivy) and Dartmouth (16-5, 2-1 Ivy) in their final home matches of the season on Saturday and Sunday at 1:00 pm. Columbia is currently ranked 15th nationally and second in the Ivies (behind only Harvard). Last year, Harvard beat Columbia in an upset, snapping a 28-game Ivy win streak. The Lions still have their 22-game win streak for home conference games to defend. Dartmouth is less of a threat to the Lions despite their 2-1 record; the Light Blue have won 16 of their last 18 matches.

Track and Field: Columbia’s track and field team will split itself between two meets this weekend: the Ocean State Invitational in Princeton and the Metropolitan Championships in East Brunswick, which both start on Friday. The women’s relays did particularly well last week, as did the men’s steeplechase.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? I know it’s definitely not my train!

The weekend is here and brought some warmth and sun with it! How will the MTA ruin your good mood this weekend? Let’s find out! 

1: No planned service changes this weekend.

2: No planned service changes around MoHi this weekend.

3: No planned service changes this weekend.

Note: I must point out that the downtown 2 and 3 are FINALLY running express to Times Square through the weekend. This hasn’t been the case for as long as I can remember. In addition, it seems like they will also be stopping at Fulton Street, which isn’t near MoHi by any means but it’s still pretty huge if you’re trying to go to Brooklyn and do a transfer to the ABC or JMZ.

A: 110th St Station is closed until September 2018. Downtown (Ozone Park/Far Rockaway-bound) A trains will skip every stop between 116th and 72nd at night from 10 pm to 5 am from Friday to Monday.

B: 110th St Station is closed until September 2018. Service will end early at 9 pm tonight (Friday night).

C: 110th St Station is closed until September 2018. Downtown (Euclid Ave-bound) C trains will skip every stop between 116th and 72nd on Friday evening from 9:45 pm to 10:30 pm.

D: No planned service changes around MoHi this weekend.

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Staff Writer Jake Tibbets attended the Just Violence panel last night, held at Teacher’s College, talking about modern morals in the practice of torture by police officers in India. Dr. Rachel Wahl, the author of the event’s namesake book Just Violence: Torture and Human Right in the Eyes of the Police had a lot to say about the perceived standard of equality and justice. 

On Thursday, April 12, in Grace Dodge Hall at Teachers College (which is not to be confused with Dodge Hall at Columbia University, which is where the event was said to be taking place on the Institute for the Study of Human Rights’s Facebook page), Dr. Rachel Wahl, an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, spoke about her new book, Just Violence: Torture and Human Rights in the Eyes of the Police, a case study detailing how police officers and military officials in India are able to make sense of the human rights violations that they regularly and openly commit. The event was small and intimate; including myself, the speaker, and two facilitators, there were only fourteen people in the room. The modest setting, however, made it easier, in many ways, to digest the complex ideas that Wahl was bringing to the table (and I mean that literally—most attendees sat at one of four tables in the room, which had been arranged into a square). Even in the company of a relatively small number of people, Wahl was able to deconstruct human rights terminology, social contract theory, the modern moral order, and liberalism as a whole in just as eloquent and intriguing a manner as an academic in a more “high-key” setting would have been able to.

Thankfully, the location of the event was listed correctly on this flyer. If it weren’t, I would have spent my afternoon searching for Room 359 in Dodge Hall, which doesn’t exist.

After she was introduced by someone from the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, which organized the event, Wahl jumped right into her talk. Aided by a slideshow presentation that she had designed, Wahl began by briefly discussing how she came to become interested in this somewhat niche topic. During graduate school, she explained, she had become interested in Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor’s conception of a “modern moral order.” According to Taylor, this modern moral order is predicated on the assumption of a fundamental good centered around the prevention of suffering. Making this a bit more easy to understand, Wahl explained that the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights is representative of this order. Wahl, motivated by Taylor, wanted to explore what may be being displaced by this modern moral order. Her studies, like Taylor’s, would be rooted in a certain philosophical anthropology; in other words, she believed that it would be impossible to know an ethic until she saw it enacted. She also operated under an assumption of the primacy of moral orientation. To her, to know who you are is to know where you are oriented in moral space. What she intended to do through her studies was to get to the bottom of what she calls the “social imaginary,” a set of values, institutions, symbols, and laws through which we imagine our “social whole.” To do this, she thought that it would be worthwhile to study the beliefs and actions of police officers and military officers in India during an era in which human rights ideology is almost ubiquitous. In summary, she said, she wanted to study how ideas are lived and what happens when the ideas by which people live are challenged, particularly by forces who seek to change things through education and activism.

Read more about human rights violations, liberal political philosophy, and more here

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My elementary school did Into The Woods Junior. It was just Act 1.

Arts Editor Riva Weinstein attended the Thursday night performance of CMTS’ Into The Woods (dir. Anna Moskowitz, BC ’19), by Stephen Sondheim. The verdict: a well-acted and impressively coordinated show, if you have the stamina to sit for two and a half hours of it.

At the center of the stage, a man in a long coat and glasses perches nervously, encircled by children’s books. While the audience files in, he picks up the books and reads from them one by one: a terrible witch, a prince who wanted to be a rooster… As the lights go down, he comes to the last book, with a black tree on the cover. The title: Into the Woods.

The moment that the narrator, Callum Kiser (CC ’21), begins his story, the stage explodes into action. Actors leap seamlessly in and out of the melody, swirling around the stage, shifting props and rapidly changing costumes. Each of our fairy-tale protagonists has a wish: Cinderella (India Beer, BC ’20) wishes to go to the ball; the Baker (Jacob Iglitzin, CC ’19) and his wife (Emma Smith, BC ’19) wish for a child; Jack (Tom Phelan, CC ’20) and his mother (Eliza Ducnuigeen, BC ’21) wish their cow would produce some milk; and Red Riding Hood (Erin Hilgartner, CC ’21) wishes to visit her grandmother (Sarah Hilligloss, BC ’21)… or, at least, uses it as a pretense for nabbing some food from the bakers’ house.

Hardly has Red Riding Hood gone on her way that a Witch (Eloise Bagnara, BC), the bakers’ neighbor, appears at their door. She reveals that she is responsible for making the Baker’s Wife barren – but the curse can be undone. Within three midnights, the couple must bring her four items: the cow as white as milk, the cape as red as blood, the hair as yellow as corn, and the slipper as pure as gold.

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The First Amendment as recited from memory: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press or the right of the people peaceably to assemble and to petition the government for redress of grievances.

Happening in the World: Demonstrators have apparently been leaving dead bodies outside of the UN headquarters in the Central African Republic. The bodies allegedly belonged to victims of UN violence, but the UN denies any involvement, simply stating that the bodies are part of propaganda. (BBC)

Happening in the US: In case you’ve forgotten, Flint, Michigan still does not have clean water. In an effort to remind others of this fact, protesters took to the I-69, blocking all lanes and shouting, “this is about Flint. This is about our women and children and our elderly. Go use someone else’s road.” The protest apparently lasted for about fifteen minutes before dispersing. (NBC)

Happening in NYC: 19 NYU students were threatened with disciplinary action after occupying an administrative building overnight. Students were a part of the unofficially recognized student group NYU Divest, which has met with administrators multiple times in the call for divestment from fossil fuels. NYU allegedly threatened students with the loss of housing and financial aid. (Washington Post)

Happening on Campus: The Columbia School of Journalism will be hosting a viewing of The Post, featuring pizza, which will then be followed by a Q&A panel with screenwriters Josh Singer and Liz Hannah. The event will be held from 6:30 – 9:30. No RSVP is required. Additional information can be found on the Facebook event. Meanwhile in the Pupin Plaza, Black Theatre Ensemble will be hosting the first of their plays in their student-written one-acts to the theme “Black to the Future.” More information can be found here.

Bop of the Day:

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The election results are out for CCSC and ESC Executive Boards, At-Large Representatives, University Senators, and 2019, 2020, 2021 Class Councils.

CCSC

  • Senate: Danielle Resheff, Toqa Badran, Alfredo Dominguez
  • Executive Board:
    • President: Jordan Singer (CU Roar)
    • VP of Policy: Elise Fuller (CU Roar)
    • VP of Finance: Adam Resheff (CU Roar)
    • VP of Communications: Isabelle Lajara (CU Roar)
    • VP of Campus Life: Sim Mander (CU Roar)
  • At-Large Representatives:
    • Academic Affairs: Zachary Kimmel
    • Alumni Affairs: Joyce Tan
    • Disability Services: Aaron Liberman
    • Financial Security and First Generation: Luke Aron Ebora
    • Gender and Sexuality: Sabina Jones
    • International Students: Nikola Danev
    • Pre-Professional: Stephen Cushner
    • Race and Ethnicity: Heven Haile
    • Student Services: Monique Harmon, Henry Feldman
  • Class Councils:
    • 2019: Mina Mahmood (President), David Kaminsky (VP), Tarek Deida (Rep), George Jiang (Rep), Elisa Kong (Rep)
    • 2020: James Ritchie (President), Kai Feliciano (VP), Madison Harden (Rep), Ben Kaplan (Rep), Patricia Granda (Rep)
    • 2021: Prem Thakkar (President), Skye Bork (VP), Aja Johnson (Rep), Sarah Radway (Rep), Ramsay Eyre (Rep)
  • Columbia College Referendum – “Columbia should commit to 100% renewable energy and carbon neutrality (net zero carbon emissions) by 2030.”
    • Yes

ESC

  • Senate: Zoha Qamar
  • Executive Board:
    • President: Ria Garg (FUll House)
    • VP of Policy: Adekunle Balogun (FUll House)
    • VP of Finance: Anya Di Salvo (FUll House)
    • VP of Communications: Asher Goldfinger (FUll House)
    • VP of Campus Life: Richa Gode (FUll House)
  • At-Large Representatives:
    • Academic Affairs: James Wu
    • Campus Affairs: Jordynn Lurie
    • Combined Plan 3-2: Tracy Paltoo
    • Professional Development and Alumni Affairs: Dean Kieserman
    • First Generation and Low Income: Jennifer Martinez
    • International Students: Katherine Liu
    • Sustainability: Amar Bhardwaj
    • Student Groups: Sambhav Jain
    • Technology: Tanmay Chopra
  • Class Councils:
    • 2019: Izzet Kebudi (President), Camila Solis-Camara (VP), Shivani Dharmadhikary (Rep), Steven Hyland (Rep)
    • 2020: Joanna Paik (President), Abhishek Chakraborty (VP), Marisa Ngbemeneh (Rep), Ayesha Chhugani (Rep)
    • 2021: Alina Ying (President), Adheli Gonzales (VP), Nicolas Acosta (Rep), Joe Hier (Rep)

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