Written by Idris O'Neill
August 15, 201812:15 pm 0 Comments
Every August, Bwog takes a minute to reflect on the cool (and sometimes not-so-cool) places we’ve lived over the summer before we all return to Morningside Heights for the fall. Houses And Homes asks: where did you spend your time and what does home mean to you this summer? Idris O’Neill is kicking off this year’s series from the U.S. Virgin Island of St. Croix. If you want to showcase your own great views, send a picture and your five senses to email@example.com.
Where: Turtle Beach, Buck Island, off the coast of St. Croix (where I actually live)
Sound: Popcaan blasting from one of the boats, waves hitting shore, someone reminding us that we have to be offshore by 6 pm
Smell: A little bit like weed if we’re being honest and ocean, but that’s a given.
Taste: KFC I had half an hour before, Cheez-its a stranger offered to me, my first Corona (no lime), and rum of course
Tags: bad bwitches only, did popcaan have to go that hard in addicted? no but he blessed us anyway, houses and homes, i got a sunburn that's how pale winter made me, if you've ever met me u know that 25/8 i'd rather be at HOME, popcaan is the only man she want (she's me)
Written by Jenny Zhu
August 08, 20188:00 pm 4 Comments
In early June, the New York Times (NYT) published an article about McBain Hall’s safety violations. After citing historical failures in its building maintenance, the piece depicted Columbia as ignoring a “façade so decrepit that city inspectors have issued several violations for the risk it posed to the public.”
While this incident might initially seem aligned with Columbia’s well-publicized record of facility issues – particularly in regards to response times to residents’ most urgent needs – the situation, in reality, proves more complex. Rather than simply a willful ignorance on Columbia’s part, McBain’s current number of high-penalty violations ultimately arrived from fundamental disagreements between New York City’s Department of Buildings (DOB) and Columbia Facilities.
The DOB’s Façade Inspection Safety Program (FISP) is divided into five-year cycles, with each building inspected once every cycle. Cycle 7 ran from 2010-2015, while the current cycle, Cycle 8, began in 2015. During an inspection, a third-party engineer, hired by the building owner and licensed by the NYC government, classifies the building as either Safe, Safe With Repairs and Maintenance (SWARM), or Unsafe.
In Columbia’s case, the third-party engineer who inspected McBain was from FacadeMD Architects and Engineers, a firm with a record of projects including the Newark Museum to the 14th Street W and Ritz Carlton Hotels. During Cycle 7, the FacadeMD eRecngineer deemed McBain as SWARM, meaning that the façade had a few repairs that needed to be completed before Cycle 7 ended, but was otherwise safe.
Continue after the jump
Tags: buildings, city government, columbia facilities, facility issues, mcbain
Written by Sarah Kinney
August 08, 201811:00 am 2 Comments
Add to the list: take a coordinated jumping photo on Low Steps
Hey, new first years! Yeah, you! In just a few weeks, you’re going to embark on one of the greatest, sweatiest, and cringiest experiences of your whole college career: NSOP. In order to make this experience the Best Ever, a few of us old timers here at Bwog have compiled an NSOP bucketlist (based on our own experiences) to make sure you get the most out of this wild week.
Note: Bwog does not condone the use of illegal substances.
Image via Columbia University
Tags: 1020, fake ID, first-years, guess which Bwogger did what lol, nsop, smoke weed in riverside park lmao, y'all NSOP was so cringey for me
Written by Bwog Staff
August 06, 20187:51 pm 0 Comments
Hello, dear readers! We here at Bwog hope that your summer has been going spectacularly. Now that we have a month left until school, here’s a little update on what’s been happening in MoHi to wake you from your blissful oblivion.
Pics & field notes after the jump
Tags: hewitt we're proud of you, no more construction holes on campus? who even are we, seriously those lamont buses are too crowded, summer roundup, who wants to go to the chinese noodle place w me, whomst else is fucking melting in this nyc heat wave
Written by Youngweon Lee
August 02, 20189:10 pm 1 Comments
A Joe Coming Soon sign with Butler in the reflection and the old green Up chairs behind the glass
Joe Coffee will replace Up Coffee and occupy the corner space between Pulitzer and Furnald. This will be the third Joe Coffee on campus, after their NoCo and Dodge (not the gym) locations.
It is unclear whether they will take dining dollars (their other two locations don’t, and Up didn’t), or when exactly they will open. This location is not listed on Joe Coffee’s website yet.
Joe Replacing Up via Levi Cohen
Tags: joe coffee is taking over columbia, this is turning into a literal monopoly, ugh i'm not personally a big fan of joe's coffee so it makes me sad
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