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Daily Archive: October 9, 2018

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ESC began last night’s discussion in reverse order, starting with a discussion section on new orientation programs. The idea is to provide “tracks” of events to “help students adjust to college much better and help students find community on campus much easier,” just as pre-orientation programs do. These programs would take place, at least initially, after NSOP concludes, making these “post-orientation” programs. Their themes, like tech, arts, or food, would hopefully allow more communities to form. If successful, the program would be moved to before NSOP, taking place concurrently with COÖP, CUE, and ISOP. During the discussion, it was clarified that the programs would focus on all newcomers to the Columbia community (including transfers), and that ESC can forward this idea as funding would come from Undergraduate Student Life. Although the current pre-orientation programs could be expanded, their funding does not come from USL and thus ESC can not try to expand them.

Updates

  • A meeting took place with Dean Kachani, a Vice Provost of Columbia and Senior Vice Dean of Columbia Engineering, regarding professors’ sensitivity to student diversity in the classroom. Apparently, Dean Kachani was very receptive to the issue. He also suggested reaching out to the Committee on Instruction regarding registrar issues between SEAS and the other undergrad colleges at Columbia.
  • The standardization of trash bins around Columbia, particularly recycling bins, is in progress. This refers to clarifying what should be placed in each bin. Efforts are also in progress in the academic buildings, but it’s not clear exactly how much progress has been made.
  • EC townhouses will be getting induction burners to compliment the hotplates already installed. The magnetic pan needed for the induction burner to work will also be provided.
  • Beer steins are coming for Oktoberfest next week. Make sure to arrive early to get one, along with the free beer, of course.

Presentation From The Director Of Academic Integrity

ESC ended their session by meeting with Victoria Malaney Brown, the Director of Academic Integrity at Columbia University, via Google Hangouts. Her role is brand new at Columbia Engineering—there was no academic integrity administrator until Victoria was brought in. The discussions around academic integrity is a “hot button topic” in academia, and Brown’s educational role is preventative in supporting undergraduates in their academic integrity. Her office is on Lerner 6, where she focuses quite a bit on programming and workshops—which is why she wanted to reach out to ESC for cooperation.

She discussed many aspects of her job, but focused specifically during the question and answer period on exposing (especially international) students to American citation standards for their papers and research. She hopes to gather student input for programming, hoping to establish a relationship with ESC for such a reason.

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I wish my family was as well-off as Columbia thinks it is.

Events Editor Isabel Sepúlveda has been filling out her own financial aid forms for a while now. In honor of the FAFSA and CSS Profile opening for business at the beginning of October, she’s shared some of her thoughts about this ridiculous process.

The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) for the 2019-2020 school year opened on October 1, a fact that most of us are going to promptly forget until three days before Columbia’s May 5, 2019 deadline. But since my sisters are high school seniors who are better than me in almost every way possible, they’ve already been texting me with questions (or, more often, answers to questions I’ll be asking on May 3rd) about the process for filing their various financial aid forms. Somehow, I managed to forget how ridiculous this process is in the 4 months since I turned in those sweet, sweet W-2s.

The FAFSA itself isn’t…awful. Don’t get me wrong; I hate it with basically my whole soul and I still mourn the death of the IRS Retrieval Tool, which allowed you to pull information from tax returns you or your guardians already filed. But, if you have your returns and the tax filing statuses of you and your guardians aren’t even a little bit strange (which are two big and important ifs), you get walked through the process relatively painlessly. Of course, you get maybe $3 from the federal government in return for your labor, less than that if you or your parents paid more than $5 for anything they’ve ever purchased. Okay, the more I think about this, the more awful it sounds. And this is the easy part; feel free to join me in my weeping now.

The CSS Profile? We wish we didn’t know her.

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Check out this retro pic of Baelock. So broody…

Didn’t catch last nights meeting of Barnard’s SGA Rep Council? Probably a good call–you have midterms to study for and you, fastidious reader of Bwog, know that these meetings are generally sincere yet boringly bureaucratic at their best and complete displays of incompetency at their worst. That didn’t stop Barnard Bureau Chief Dassi Karp from showing up, taking her seat on the edge of the Rep Council semi-rectangle, and mostly paying attention to what was going on (she perhaps spent some time trying to determine if she was sitting in the camera frame of  the meeting’s Facebook livestream). So, as always, read on to find out what did and did not happen at last nights meeting.

Beilock is back, baby, and calm, collected, and well-spoken as ever. After a brief return of the adjunct faculty union, last nights Rep Council meeting of Barnard’s Student Government Association featured remarks by college President Sian Beilock followed by questions and a discussion from members of Rep Council. Beilock engaged sincerely in the discussion and responded to questions posed but, yet again, our Reps didn’t have many actual actionable questions, and most were returned with an affirmation that some issue is being looked into or that SGA should really bring in some other member of the administration and talk to them about specifics.

There’s drama to come…

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The Unicorn in Captivity

Dear Butler Library librarians and staff, Milstein librarians, any individuals involved in moving Barnard’s collections to Milstein, and, finally, anybody who considers himself or herself a patron of the famous Unicorn Tapestries,

I have to sincerely offer you my apologies.

Butler Library sometimes seems like a maze with moving decor—the movement of books and students against the fixed background of the library means that we almost never come across identical study spaces (after a reasonable period of time). There’s always a book which some student discarded lazily, or some other student sitting in your seat, or used coffee cups waiting to be knocked over.

And that should be so. Such variability means everything is working well, with new students having taken study spots, old books returned, new books read, and meaningful work produced. It would beggar belief to sit down in Butler 209 and realize, “Hey, I studied here a year ago. Here are all the books I took out, basically unmoved.”

sorry @columbia libraries we love you

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An anonymous Bwogger took some free shots of whiskey at Mel’s during a Yankees game and fell in love with the Columbia baseball team.

If you didn’t know, Columbia does have a baseball team. They don’t run around school shirtless like the track (I presume) team does. They don’t swagger around campus in unseemly arrogance from a few rare won games like the football team does. They don’t do whatever the men’s rowing team does. (What does the men’s rowing team do? The women’s team is great. Love them.) They’re rather lowkey, don’t cause trouble (as far as I know), mind their own business, and just do what they love: play baseball.

I will add the disclaimer that I went to Mel’s twice in the last week for Yankees games because they gave free shots to anyone wearing Yankees gear whenever they scored, and this definitely brainwashed me to think of baseball as a good sport. I still don’t really know anything about baseball, except that when the Yankees hit a home run, I get a shot of whiskey. (Bwog disclaimer: the writer is 21 years old. Don’t drink if you’re underage.) Also, they’re really doing the most. They have to hit a tiny ball with a bat about as thick as my arm, run really fast to the bases, be able to catch the tiny ball which flies through the air with extremely high speeds, and throw the said ball across a giant field with extreme accuracy. I know nothing about sports, but it honestly seems like baseball might be the sport that requires the most athleticism.

Fangirling the baseball team after the jump

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Staff Writer Jake Tibbetts loves granola and hates disappointment. This semester has been a bit rough for him, to say the least. He has a lot of problems with John Jay Dining Hall’s switch to generic Ferris-style granola, and now you’re gonna hear about it.

More like Gra-NO-la, am i right?

I am, in many ways, a simple man. After a long, draining Saturday night, there is nothing I look forward to more than heading to John Jay Dining Hall for the first time in three days to fill my stomach with carbs, a little bit of protein, and more carbs. On Fridays and Saturdays, I, like many others, am forced to eat breakfast in Ferris Booth Commons. Though there is nothing wrong with eating bagel with cream cheese after bagel with cream cheese, John Jay’s assortment of breakfast food puts Ferris’s to shame. In John Jay, one can find scrumptious little corn muffins, a wide variety of pastries, a vast assortment of different types of peanut butter, and, until very recently, the best goshdarn granola that I have ever come across.

To be fair, Ferris does also serve granola. In the section adjacent to the avocado toast bar, next to the Nutella, there lies a large bowl full of fairly generic, fairly flavorless bits of what seem to be oats, almonds, and honey. There’s nothing wrong with this granola, per se—it’s incredibly versatile and can be eaten with yogurt, with milk, with fruit, with some type of spread, or alone. But it doesn’t really stand out, and it isn’t really that memorable. I usually only find myself eating it when I realize that Ferris is out of cinnamon raisin bagels.

Read more about the saddest food-related story of the semester here

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Hurricane from space… holy shit

Happening in the world: Over the weekend, a giant sinkhole opened up in the town of Dazhou, Sichuan, China, killing four people. This is literally my worst fear.

Happening in the US: Hurricane Michael is currently building off the coast of Florida. Emergency evacuation declarations have been made in more than 100 counties. Florida friends and family, stay safe!

Happening in NYC: The Columbus Day Parade was yesterday, but apparently it was a bleak affair. Barely anyone showed up. One onlooker even said, “If I had to list it, it’d be the worst parade I’ve ever attended.” Sucks for you, Christopher Columbus!

Happening on campus: Today is the last day to drop a class! It’s the last day you can give up without any consequences. I wish every day were like this.

Sanity Suggestion: Feeling overwhelmed by work right now? Take a break by baking something delicious. It will take your mind off things and you’ll be rewarded with fresh baked deliciousness. Check out Cooking With Bwog for some ideas to get started!

Crazy space weather pic courtesy of NASA

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