Daily Archive: September 23, 2018



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This article is for all those first-years that came with a bit too much Beyond

Becoming a first-year at Barnumbia meant lots of preparation; filling out housing and health forms, finding a roommate, registering for FYE/Core classes, and most importantly, dorm shopping. New Bwog Staff Writer Alicia Benis, a first-year herself, finds out what became of the many items friends, family, and Bed Bath and Beyond said we needed (but we don’t really, or do we?)

This summer, as I was getting ready to become a first-year at Barnard, I had one thing on my mind: dorm shopping. So many of my friends knew what they were getting for their dorms ever since they committed to their schools in April, but I decided to wait. For a while, I had planned out in my head what I wanted my dorm to look like: what color my comforter was going to be, what decorations I would have, what I wanted in my mini fridge, and all the other details.

I took a look on Barnard’s website to see what they recommended me to bring, and what not to bring, and it all seemed reasonable to me. The list was made up of things like bed sheets, clothes, towels, toiletries, shower shoes and caddy, decorations, desk supplies and other expected items. I therefore began looking for these things online, and I made some purchases. In the process, I talked to parents of friends also going away to college, and many of them suggested that I bring some things, which funnily enough, also appeared on Bed Bath and Beyond’s “Campus Checklist.” Many of these parents said that these were “super necessary.” They include:

  • A bed skirt
  • A mattress protector (and an additional two mattress pads)
  • Entire body pillows
  • Closet rods
  • Rolling storage carts
  • A million storage crates
  • Ottomans
  • A can opener (???)
  • An entire dish, cup and silverware set
  • Water filter
  • Command hooks
  • Scented…things?

Now, I understand that these sources don’t know the ins and outs of Barnumbia Res Life policies or what the rooms look like and what facilities are available. But some of the things on this list are clearly part of a consumerist trap that stores like BB&B want you, your parents, your friends and their parents to fall into. A bed skirt? Really? And an entire body pillow? (I mean, those can be useful, but ???) So, in order to see if these consumerist policies really work, I went in search of first-years who may or may not have gotten these extra supplies, and found out whether or not they have been useful or not.

I mean… did we really need 5 boxes of mac and cheese?



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According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyways.

We love our mom

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Meet Min Hwang, this week’s CU Women in STEM subject, budding civil engineer, and musician!

Bwog Science is back with CU Women in STEM, where we highlight the amazing women in science at Columbia. Today’s profile is from Min Hwang, SEAS ’19, who aims to combine her interests in civil engineering and computer science!

Major: Civil Engineering

What subjects are you interested in: Structural engineering, computer science, and the intersections of these two fields

How did you get interested in your subject? Can you remember the moment that got you hooked? Ever since I was three, my mom wanted a lawyer in the family and I did exactly opposite of what she wanted—which is to become an engineer! All semi-jokes aside, I encountered a problem in my calculus BC textbook that informed me that roads are made in parabolic shapes. This is so that when it rains, all the water can go to the side and people would be able to drive safely. In my short life on this earth, I never could have guessed that someone would put so much thought into something we take for granted. The responsibility and capacity to guarantee the safety of others is what attracted me to this field.

Most important research/extracurricular experiences so far: I had the amazing opportunity this summer to conduct research in a three person team at Thornton Tomasetti. I always sought opportunities to merge my two interests in structural engineering and computer science and this project was a perfect marriage of the two. I facilitated transfer learning in a neural network model from Tensorflow detection model zoo trained to detect a dataset of animals and household objects to detect damages in concrete structures. The long term goal of this research is to create an autonomous inspection device that would not only help with annual inspections of infrastructure but also with inspections and assessments of hard-to-reach areas affected by natural disasters.

Read more here if you want to be an icon too



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Since college students are categorically denied doggos on campus, I’ve found that the best place to get back in touch with the canine community is at Riverside Park. This weekend I profiled five of the best woofers — enjoy!

we out here gushing over gus

Meet Gus! He’s an 18 week-old German wirehaired pointer. His owner Alejandro knew he wanted this particular breed after years of visiting his uncle’s German wirehaired pointer in Spain. According to Alejandro, Gus “can go from an energy level of zero to ten just on a dime and back down.” “Is he a good boy?” I asked Alejandro, and he replied, “He’s a great boy.”


cooper is absolutely Excellent what do you mean

Here is Cooper, a two year-old Black Labrador, presumably mixed with another breed on account of his “long legs,” as his owner Susan notes. Cooper loves to poop in the middle of the street and sit in all the puddles he finds on his walks. Susan points to a particular spot in the park, labeling it as his favorite place to get wet. “He’ll just jet through it and water will come flying up,” she said. Cooper is also a “good boy,” according to Susan.

I see like 10 dogs a day I feel blessed. More after the jump



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not my photo because when I made it I shoveled it into my mouth immediately

This is a delicious, dairy-free alternative to pesto alfredo! I guarantee it will be the easiest thing you cook this week and it’s perfect to make in big batches to store for the future.

 Avocado Pesto

 1 Avocado

Approx. 3 cups basil leaves

1 clove of garlic, grated

A handful of almonds, pine nuts, or walnuts, chopped finely

Juice of one lemon

Olive oil

Ricotta (optional)

Cherry tomatoes

If you are blessed enough to own a food processor, feel free to just toss the avocado, basil, garlic, and nuts together and think about how lucky enough you are not to have to meticulously chop the basil into tiny pieces like I did. Otherwise mash your avocado, season it with salt and pepper, and add lemon juice. Whisk in olive oil until is creamy and on the verge of liquidy. Chop your basil, nuts, and garlic and mix into your avocado mixture. Serve with pasta, on sandwiches, as a dip…get creative! Best served with some basil garnish—if you’re feeling fancy, chiffonade your basil leaves! Take a neat pile of leaves, roll them into a tiny joint, and chop then lengthwise. It’ll make those little strips that restaurants put on top of plates of pasta. I like to serve with pasta, cherry tomatoes, a dollop of ricotta on top, and fresh basil leaves.

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protect these tallbois; in other news, i miss nature (and central park doesn’t count sorry)

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:

  • “The Process of Making Breakthroughs in Engineering,” Armstrong Memorial Lecture delivered by Thomas Kailath (Stanford)
    • 2-4pm, Tuesday, September 25, Schapiro CEPSR, Davis Auditorium; learn more here
    • Lecture Abstract: “This presumptuous title was first proposed as a challenge, followed by an irresistible bribe! Of course, there are no magic formulas for making breakthroughs in any field. However, it is possible to gain useful insights from past experiences. I will go over a few case histories and draw some pointers from them.”
  • Geriatric Medicine: From Classroom to Bench to Bedside
    • 11:30am-12:30pm, Thursday, September 27, Allan Rosenfield Building, Room 440 (Medical Campus); learn more here
    • Event description: “The Columbia Aging Center ( presents a seminar by Dr. Evelyn C. Granieri, Chief of the Division of Geriatric Medicine and Aging. Dr. Granieri’s interests are in medical and geriatrics education, programmatic development, advocacy and interdisciplinary care of frail and vulnerable older adults.”
  • Regulation: The Responsible Control of Drugs – A Public Presentation of a New Report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy
    • 4-6pm, Wednesday, September 26, Faculty House, Floor 2; learn more here
    • Event description: “The new report by the Global Commission on Drug Policy provides a practical roadmap that details how governments can take control of currently illegal drug markets through responsible regulation, thereby weakening criminal organizations that now profit from them.”

Click here for events on climate change, RNA imaging, and the expansion of the universe



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tbh Columbia, this is a really creepy picture for a talk on surveillance

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. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.


Clear your Wednesdays, folks.



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it is actually this lit

Bwog was dancin’ and jivin’ this weekend because of one special band. Come to our open meeting tonight at 9:00 pm in Lerner 510 and get groovy with us!

♫♪ Do you remember
The 23rd night of September?
Bwog was meetin’ in Lerner five one ten
While chasin’ the morning away
Our hearts were ringin’
At the time, 9:00 pm, that ideas were flingin’
As we pitched in the night, remember
How the grapes stole the night away, oh, yeah yeah yeah

Hey, hey, hey!
Ba-dee ya, say, do you remember?
Ba-dee ya, Bwoggin’ in September
Ba-dee ya, this will soon be underway

Ba duda, ba duda, ba duda, badu
Ba duda, badu, ba duda, badu
Ba duda, badu, ba duda

My thoughts are with you
Climbin’ ramps up in Lerner to see you
Only green grapes and love, remember
How we knew Bwog was here to say,
“hey guys we love your pitches shared in September,”
Cool ideas and chill peeps, remember
The meeting we share today ♫♪

Image via Wikimedia Commons plus personal flair



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snatch that tome right up

Happening in the WorldAn overloaded ferry capsized on Lake Victoria in Tanzania this past Thursday; the number of casualties has since climbed to 209. The exact cause of this disaster is not known yet, though initial reports indicated the ferry greatly exceeded its passenger limit.

Happening in the US: Homeowners rebuilding after the destruction of Hurricane Florence will be paying more for construction materials due to tariffs, despite being the ones who need them most. Lumber, aluminum, and steel — as well as gypsum (used in drywall), countertops, flooring, and furniture — will be 20-30% costlier. Here’s how to help victims of Florence.

Happening in NYC: The Independent Art Book Fair, an annual exhibition in Williamsburg for publishers, artist, and bookmakers, ends today. Also on our radar: another art book fair (ooh!) at MoMA PS1, the NY Art Book Fair hosted by Printed Matter. Photoville, the pop-up photography “village” in Brooklyn Bridge Plaza, ends today as well.

Happening on Campus: The 16th annual World Leaders Forum kicks off this Monday with a discussion on the EU by First VP of the European Commission, Frans Timmermans. Other featured speakers include Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand and President Carlos Alvarado Quesada of Costa Rica. If you got tickets, hooray! If not, join us. We’re also salty.

Overseen/Overheard: Water Bottle Man was back at it again on Thursday. Catch him on Low Steps absolutely demolishing those recycling bins.

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Image via Independent Art Book Fair

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