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Daily Archive: April 14, 2018

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Me leading my drunk friend out of 1020.

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 Tuesday at 8 PM, join Columbia Students for Justice in Palestine for Palestinian Cultural Night in Lerner Auditorium. The night will feature music, dance, fashion, speakers, food, merchandise and more. RSVP here.
  • This weekend, see CUP’s production of “Eurydice” by Sarah Ruhl. A play about love, loss and language, this reimagining of the Orpheus myth follows Eurydice as she descends into the underworld. Head to the GMT on Thursday, Friday or Saturday at 8 PM. $5.50 CUID tickets here.

 

Off Campus:

  • This Thursday through Friday, check out Artexpo New York 2018 in Hell’s Kitchen, where you’ll get an inside look at the innovations of more than 400 artists and galleries worldwide as they showcase their latest works. Student admission $15.
  • Next Sunday, April 22, head to the American Museum of Natural History for EarthFest, a museum-wide festival of art, science and culture in honor of Earth Day. Tours, films and art installations, performances, yoga and more! Free with museum admission.

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Does a black and white photo add legitimacy to my case?

At a recent Bwog event, one staffer found herself in a familiar position: surrounded by shocked faces once she announced her love for former Barnard president, Debora Spar. In a haphazard effort to justify her unpopular opinion, Bwog Staffer Megan Wylie gives to you: the defense of DSpar.

When I first arrived at Barnard, DSpar’s tumultuous reputation was unknown to me. It was only when I expressed that I “worshipped her” did people inform me of their hatred of her. The realization happened gradually– she would walk in with her assistant in tow, and my admiration was drowned out by the groans of my student body.

I don’t blame them, DSpar has made some questionable decisions, such as maintaining her board seat at Goldman which probably made her more popular amongst CC econ students than the Barnard community. But I swear guys, she’s not that bad. Did she embody corporate feminism? Probably, but did she also do great things for Barnard? In my opinion, yes. The Georgetown School of Foreign Service/Harvard Business School Alum had all the prereqs to launch Barnard into a new stage of its existence.

Honor the fallen, continued

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Mod, Josh Singer, and Liz Hannah (larger than life)

At a special edition of the Columbia Journalism School’s Film Fridays series, The Post was screened last night in Pulitzer, followed by a conversation with the film’s two screenwriters. EIC Betsy Ladyzhets (who found some of the film’s moments of miscommunication between WaPo’s EIC and publisher hitting a little too close to home) attended, and was appropriately inspired.

Last night, the Columbia Journalism School hosted a free film screening of The Post, followed by a conversation with the film’s screenwriters, Liz Hannah and Josh Signer. The Post, Steven Spielberg’s award-winning film, tells the story of the editors and publisher at The Washington Post who published articles about the Pentagon Papers (a highly classified document detailing the United States’ involvement in Vietnam) in 1971.  The screening was part of the J School’s Film Fridays series; this series, sponsored by the duPont awards, usually highlights exceptional documentary film making, but they made an exception in this case for a film that is a bit more fictionalized. This film features both “brave journalism” and “incredible storytelling,” one of the event’s organizers explained, and would prove inspirational to young and old journalists alike.

After some incredibly greasy pizza and a few technical difficulties, the audience settled in to watch the movie. The lecture hall was packed, mostly with J School students but also with professors, older journalists, and other members of the public – and everyone was enraptured for the full length of the film. The Post is perfectly crafted for inspiration, of course. Meryl Streep (as Katherine Graham), Tom Hanks (as Ben Bradlee), and all the other actors are masters at building powerful, emotional characters, and they are reinforced by gorgeous shots of a newspaper at work, a score by John Williams, and lines that send a direct message about the current political climate.

But what did the screenwriters talk about?

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You see, the thing about the John Jay elevator is…

You may have heard of the recent trend of hiring conservative commentators for the Op-Ed Board of several different publications. Since there’s been literally no pushback over this idea, we at Bwog have decided to give it a try and hire a writer from the finest publication on campus, the Columbia Daily Spectator. Deputy Editor Zack Abrams explains further.

Keivn Williamson at The Atlantic. Quinn Norton at the New York Times. While they may not be the best examples of conservative writers as they were both fired shortly after hiring, we at Bwog are very committed to intellectual diversity. At least we thought we were, until we realized we needed to find some intellectuals (we’re pretty set on diversity.)

Therefore, the Editors of Bwog who definitely edit all the posts you see before publication have decided to hire a writer from the Columbia Daily Spectator in order to better present a more refined, sophisticated counterpoint to our usual nonsense.

For example, many of our more conservative readers were clamoring for a response to my very own slice of coastal chair-elitism, All The Chairs Are Wrong, which they called “basically Chair-Marxism.” In response to In Defense Of The Civil Rights Of Laboratory Yeast Cells, one reader commented that the yeast “ought to pull themselves up by their mitochondria” if they want to “earn their place in society.”

We’re very excited about the slate of Spectator columns that will be featured on the site in the coming days, including “Fuck Spec and the Divisive Nature of College Publication Discourse” and “Discourse and Debate: Does Anyone Actually Read Bwoglines?” and even “Discourse Discourse Discourse. Discourse or Datcourse?”

We hope you’re excited for the big changes coming to Bwog, and remember to keep an eye on our Twitter account in a few hours when the Internet unveils some racist tweets that Spectator twote back in the day and forces us to rescind our offer.

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Come to the Quad for music, merch, zines, and more!

WBAR-B-Q, WBAR’s annual spring concert, is happening today from 12 to 4 pm in the Barnard Quad, and it’s completely free and open to the public! Come out and join WBAR, Barnard’s freeform radio station, in celebrating their 25th anniversary. This year’s WBAR-B-Q will feature Palehound as the headliner, along with Weaves, pinkcaravan! and Crosslegged. The weather for the rest of the day is supposed to be beautiful, so grab your friends, a blanket to sit on, and enjoy some great live music on the Quad! Check out the Facebook event here.

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Which Barnard alums do you think would make better governors?

Happening in the World: A lawmaker from India’s ruling party was arrested for raping a teenager, days after protests erupted against the government’s refusal to address the situation. These protests are said to be reminiscent of mass protests against sexual violence in 2012. (Reuters)

Happening in the US: Michael Cohen, Trump’s top lawyer, is under criminal investigation, with prosecutors saying they are focusing more on his business interests. Prosecutors also speculate that Cohen’s only client is Trump. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Two unions supporting Gov. Cuomo are leaving the Working Families Party, a small party comprised of labor unions and progressive activists. The Working Families Party is expected to be in support of Democratic candidate for Governor of New York (and Barnard alum) Cynthia Nixon. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: Barnard and Columbia dancers will be performing at Miller Theater tomorrow at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm. This showcase will feature Mark Morris’ The Office with premieres by Lacina Coulibaly, Brian Reeder, and Colleen Thomas. Check out the Facebook event here.

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Two months ago, the Graduate Workers of Columbia-UAW (GWC-UAW) announced their plan to hold a strike vote. Last night, the results of that vote were tallied: 93% voted to authorize a strike. The goal of the strike would be to force Columbia to recognize their right to unionize.

According to the GWC-UAW, 1,968 valid votes were cast; 1,832 of them were in favor of a strike. Only 136 “no” votes were cast. GWC-UAW calls this overwhelming support for a strike “a clear and decisive mandate from a majority of research and teaching assistants at Columbia.”

In January, Columbia declined to bargain with the union. Now, with finals fast approaching, graduate students hope to force its hand.

Photo via columbiagradunion.org

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