Daily Archive: October 7, 2018



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Columbia students should be grateful that they don’t have to clean their own bathrooms.

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.


Fake news, real crimes and more after the jump.



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Wendy Davis

On Saturday night, Daily Editor Zoë Ewing headed to CU Voting Week’s event, “Wendy Davis: Women in Politics.” The event was co-hosted by Columbia Political Review and Columbia University Democrats. Wendy Davis is a former Texas State senator, Fort Worth City Council. member, and Democratic candidate in the Texas gubernatorial election. She now runs a nonprofit focusing on social justice and political involvement, Deeds Not Words.

The first thing that struck me upon walking into the Roone Arledge Cinema Saturday night was the friendly, welcoming atmosphere. It was a space that seemed to recognize what has been a tumultuous week in politics and sought to provide solace for everyone attending. As the audience filed in, I could see Wendy Davis seated in the front row. She was craning her neck to speak to the students sitting immediately behind her, actively engaging in animated conversation and seeming truly interested in what the students had to say.

The event began with the directors of Voting Week at Columbia, Shreya Sunderram, BC ’19, and Alice Hu, BC ’19, thanking Davis and the audience for attending the final event of their weeklong initiative to increase voter engagement on campus. Next, Gabriela Sagun, BC ’19, the president of Columbia Political Union, introduced Wendy Davis. Sagun spoke of Davis’s legacy fighting for social justice issues during her time on the Fort Worth City Council, as a Texas state senator, and as the Democratic nominee for governor of Texas. Sagun heralded the inspiration Davis has provided to young women across the country, especially during Davis’s famous 13-hour filibuster in 2013 opposing legislation limiting abortion services in Texas. More from Davis after the jump



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the scene of the crime

Staff writer Sarah Braner recently witnessed a truly scandalous event, and it has been taking over every thought in her head since.

It was a normal Saturday night. I was traipsing back from the Sulz 7 lounge when I ran into a group of friends clogging the hallway. “No problem, I’ll just slip past them,” I thought, until I witnessed something incredible: the tall, blonde boy at the rear of the group stopped in front of the hall inspiration board. In one smooth motion, he pocketed a single picture of the one and only Shakira. And then he left, unaware of the bond now formed by this secret knowledge we shared.

As he turned the corner, I remained frozen. How could I process this? Do I let it be? Do I tell the RA? I doubled over laughing, my body’s only response to what had happened.

I returned to my room, but the incident haunted the recesses of my mind. Why would someone steal just one photo? Ed Sheeran and Rihanna were right there, but why Shakira? What was the motive? Was it out of admiration? Spite? I could only conjure a few things one would want to do with such a contraband:

  • Burn it in honor of the music gods
  • Add it to his inspiration board of powerful women (we can only hope)
  • Add it to his Shakira Shrine
  • Tell it about his day
  • Use it as motivation that one day he, too, might become Shakira
  • Keep it to remember that one time he was in a Barnard dorm
  • Save it from its miserable existence upon the board

Yet I still have so many questions. How could one feel so empowered to commit such an act? Who is this thief, what is their story? And, most importantly, where will they strike next?

Dearest Shakira photo thief, I only wish to understand you. I promise I won’t call public safety or the RA of Sulz-Reid 7. Just please, explain yourself, so I can finally start remembering to forget you.

When will she return from war via Sarah Braner



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rip uracil never made it to the big leagues

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:

  • “Just Genomes?” A seminar on race and genomic research by Dr. Jenny Reardon, UC Santa Cruz
    • Monday, October 8, 4-6pm, Knox Hall Room 509, click here for more info
    • Event description: Since WWII, human geneticists had labored to distance the study of human genes from eugenics and the Nazi regime. In the wake of the sequencing of the human genome—or the postgenomic era—genome scientists and their supporters proposed a new ‘democratic’ approach to genomics. This talk explains how and by what means debates about ‘race’ and racism remain central and formative of the postgenomic condition.
  • HeForShe #GetFree Tour Columbia: Gender Equality in STEM and Academia
    • Wednesday, October 10, 10-11:30am, Low Memorial Library, click here for more info (and to register)
    • Event description: Columbia University presents a discussion on women and equality in academia with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in conjunction with the UN’s global HeForShe movement for gender equality. Check out the list of speakers at the link above.
  • The Imagine Science Film Festival
    • October 12-19, various locations in NYC, click here for more info (and for tickets)
    • Event description: “This year we look at the high stakes for all life on Earth and beyond. We’ll feature tumultuous natural history and startling feats of adaptation. Apoptosis versus immortal cell lines. Half-lives and radical life extension. The deaths of stars and extraordinary paths to SURVIVAL.”

Click here for events in data science and physics



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have you ever noticed how every single room in Butler is completely full of books along their walls? this is Ref

Classical Whines is back! Bwog’s resident Classics major and Editor in Chief Youngweon Lee talks about how awesome ReCAP is.

In case you haven’t noticed, Columbia is not exactly a school with a lot of space to spare. This problem manifests itself in many areas, such as the lack of classroom space, but one other way this is a headache for the university is that it ran out of space to store books 18 years ago, in 2000.

According to the American Library Association, Columbia University Libraries (as in the entire library system, not just Butler) is the eighth largest library in the country by the number of volumes held (as of 2012). The library system currently holds about 13 million volumes as well as journals, electronic resources, etc. That’s a lot of books.

So long story short, it turns out the NYPL was also running out of space for books, so Columbia, NYPL, and Princeton teamed up to build a giant warehouse in New Jersey to store and share books. Here’s a great feature on this from The Eye if you want to know the long story long, but that’s not the purpose of this article. I just want to praise this system, called ReCAP (Research Collections and Preservation Consortium), which added 7 million volumes to Columbia’s currently available collection.

How to use ReCAP and more after the jump



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bwog is confirmed the 11th muse

Breaking news: Sappho’s lyrics have been uncovered to reveal a much different meaning from their original interpretations. . . meanings pretty close to announcements about Bwog’s open meeting tonight? We investigated further.

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if not, meeting

]no joy


]I bid you sing

of Bwog’s open meeting tonight, situated in

Lerner 510 as (now again) pitching

ideas around you,

at 9pm. For the room when you saw it

delighted you. And I rejoice.

poetics after the jump



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javits center… what a gem

Happening in the World: Interpol, the international police organization, is asking China about the whereabouts about its missing president, Meng Hongwei. There has been no word of him since September 25; he has reported to have been taking away for questioning.

Happening in the US: Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed and sworn in yesterday by the Senate, after a close vote of 50-48 almost entirely along party lines. The Supreme Court now has a conservative majority. Once again, high-profile sexual assault and misconduct were justified and swept under the rug.

Happening in NYC: Today’s the last day of Comic Con, a four-day convention celebrating popular culture stemming from comic books. The Javits Center is hosting the event, welcoming over 900 exhibitors and an expected quarter of a million visitors over the four days.

Happening on Campus: The President of the UN General Assembly, 73rd Session H.E. Ms. Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garcés, is delivering an address this Tuesday as part of the World Leaders Forum!

he just woke up ok

Overseen/Overheard: A cute, sleep-deprived pumpkin spotted trying to get some fro-yo at John Jay this week.





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