Daily Archive: April 15, 2018



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A Columbia man congratulating himself for doing nothing

Inspired by Margaret Wise Brown’s best-selling children’s book Goodnight Moon, Friday Daily Editor and former associate of men Idris O’Neill has a message for all those Columbia boys in language they’ll understand. 

In the great Ivy school

There were some frats

And male feminists

And a guy overheard

With proud sexist prejudice

And there were three sports teams sitting in Hewitt

And two ex-hookups

Who’d both sadly blew it

And that guy in your WGST seminar

And that tenured rumored predator

And a guy who cut me in line at Diana

And his other friends with no manners

Start sleeping on men after the jump



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A common subject of complaint among Columbia students is the Advising Center (along with CPS, housing, dining, and everything else at this school, apparently). I personally cannot relate, because my advisor is great, but for those of you who are not as fortunate, we found out how you can switch advisors.

There is no big, complicated process. All you have to do is make an appointment to speak with Andrew Plaa, Dean of Advising, and either ask for a certain advisor if you have one in mind, or tell him about your concerns with your current advisor and he’ll find you a new one. You can make the appointment via the advising portal as you would when you’re scheduling any other advising appointment. His email address is You’re welcome!

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We are doomed

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or have a correction to make, please leave them in the comments.


  • Combatting Corruption In Today’s Russia: Is Progress Possible?, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building, Wednesday
  • Can You Hear Me? A Conversation with Zoe Chace and Michael Barbaro, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Pulitzer Hall, Thursday
  • Race and Inequality in Trump’s America, 5:00 -7:00 pm, Social Hall, Union Theological Seminary, Friday

April 16, Monday:

  • Movie Music of the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution: Political Control and Artistic Creativity, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM, International Affairs Building

April 17, Tuesday:

  • Transforming Public Transport in African Cities: Data, Informality and Access, 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • The Spirit of Philadelphia: Social Justice vs. the Total Market
    Tuesday, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Buell Hall

April 18, Wednesday:

  • Combatting Corruption In Today’s Russia: Is Progress Possible?, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM, International Affairs Building
  • Emma Goldman’s Struggles for Utopia: Feminism and Ambivalence, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM, Altschul Hall
  • Why the Ukraine Crisis Endures, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM, International Affairs Building

April 19, Thursday:

  • Can You Hear Me? A Conversation with Zoe Chace and Michael Barbaro, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Pulitzer Hall
  • Economic Challenges in Europe: A Discussion with Governor Ewald Nowotny, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM, Faculty House
  • Towards a Social History of Medieval Jewish Marriage: Finding Individuals within Communities, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, Barnard Hall

April 20, Friday:

  • Race and Inequality in Trump’s America, 5:00 PM -7:00 PM, Social Hall, Union Theological Seminary
  • World-making: Local and Global Imagining in Early Modern Literature, All Day, Butler Library
  • The Use (and abuse) of Sanctions as a Foreign Policy Tool, 4:15 PM – 5:45 PM, Faculty House

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don’t miss out on the physics colloquium – Dr. Kip Thorne was executive producer of the movie Interstellar (as well as a Nobel Prize winner in physics!!!)

We’re back with Science Fair, Bwog’s weekly curated list of interesting STEM-related talks, symposiums, and events happening on campus. For science and non-science majors alike, our list will bring you events that will satisfy your scientific curiosity for everything from astronomy to zoology, and everything in between.

For anyone, related-majors and non-majors alike:

  • “New Horizons: Understanding Pluto,” Columbia Astronomy Outreach Event hosted by Briley Lewis (Friday, April 20, 8pm, Pupin Hall)
    • “Pluto, formerly the solar system’s ninth planet, is more than just a ball of ice. In this talk, we’ll set out on a grand tour of the Pluto system, showing what we’ve learned from NASA’s New Horizons mission to Pluto and proving that it is an interesting object whether or not we call it a ‘planet’” – free lectures followed by guided stargazing with telescopes (weather permitting)
  • Ronald Breslow Memorial (Wednesday, April 18, 1:30-5pm, Low Memorial Library Rotunda)
    • “Columbia University and Department of Chemistry commemorate the life and passing of Ronald Breslow, hosting former students and colleagues sharing their memories of Professor Ronald Breslow.”
  • Physics Colloquium by Dr. Kip Thorne, Caltech (Monday, April 16, 4:15pm, 428 Pupin)
    • “Kip is the recipient of the The Nobel Prize in Physics 2017 and also the scientific consultant and executive producer of the movie Interstellar. Thorne’s research has focused on Einstein’s general theory of relativity and on astrophysics, with emphasis on relativistic stars, black holes and especially gravitational waves. He was cofounder (with R. Weiss and R.W.P. Drever) of the LIGO (Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory) Project, with which he is still associated.”
  • Transforming Public Transport in African Cities: Data, Informality and Access (Tuesday, April 17, 3-5pm, International Affairs Building Room 1510 – RSVP at link)
    • “Currently, transportation investment and infrastructure development are taking place without adequate public transport data, exacerbating politics and making more holistic planning difficult. Drawing on work from Addis Ababa, Nairobi, Cairo, eThekwini, and Cape Town, this talk provides an overview of this critical but contentious politics around transforming public transport in African cities.”
  • Surviving the Cycle (Medical Admissions), Hosted by the Charles Drew Pre-Medical Society (Thursday, April 19, 8-10pm, Hamilton 703)
    • “Are you applying to medical school in this cycle? Nervous about the process or still have remaining questions? Let Dr. Hutcherson calm your nerves! Dr. Hilda Hutcherson is the Senior Associate Dean for Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs at Columba P&S and will be answering any questions students have about the quickly approaching application cycle.”

The learning doesn’t stop here!



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Image source: every freshman’s dorm room wall

Bwog was in the Rare Book & Manuscript Library (it was a group field trip) when we discovered a heretofore un-analyzed collection of early English haikus. We’ve done our best to render them in modern English, and boy, was their subject matter surprising.



It’s that time again
Sunday means a Bwog meeting
So here are the deets:

Anyone can come
Just bring your pitches with you
Bwog wants your content

By “content” we mean
Anything about CU
That belongs on Bwog

So, Lerner 510
Is where you will find our staff
At 9 pm sharp

We provide the snacks
(Have you heard of our green grapes?
The stuff of legend)

If these haikus don’t
Convince you to come rush Bwog
You might lack a soul ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

Great Wave via Wikimedia Commons.



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Picture this, but filled with bees.

Happening in the world: In case you missed it, the US, the UK, and France coordinated air strikes in Syria on Friday night, bombing three government sites in response to a suspected chemical weapons attack last week. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Kentucky lawmakers overrode the governor’s veto on a state budget that increased public education spending, in a win for teachers whose protests had forced over 30 school districts to close. It’s another in a wave of recent teacher protests, but unlike those in Oklahoma, Arizona, and West Virginia, Kentucky educators are focusing on spending and pension reform. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: Today in “heartwarming but also terrifying,” read about a group of people gathering in Bryant Park to buy their share of 3 million bees delivered by truck. A haunting image: taking bees home by subway. Beekeeping was only made legal in NYC in 2010. (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Join Columbia Q&A (Queer & Asian) tonight at 6:30 pm in the Stephen Donaldson Lounge (first floor of Schapiro) for dinner and a short film screening! More info can be found on the Facebook event page.

Song Suggestion Sunday:

Bryant Park by Moxxlox via Wikimedia Commons

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