Daily Archive: October 11, 2018



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Editor’s Note: This article includes mentions of death.

Kirk Wu, a CC sophomore from Pasadena, CA, has passed away. Dean Valentini has sent out an email to the Columbia community regarding his passing, available below.

There will be a “space for reflection and conversation” tonight from 8 pm to 10 pm in the McBain first floor lounge, with Counseling and Psychological Services and Residential Life will be present. The Office of the University Chaplain will offer counseling tonight from 8 pm to 10 pm in the Schiff Room in Earl Hall.

In addition, CPS is available during their regular hours at 212-854-2878, and they will hold extended walk-in hours tonight until 11 pm. Nightline Peer Listening is available at 212-854-7777 for students to call between 10 pm and 3 am every night.

Click for the email from Dean Valentini




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This place really isn’t so bad, trust me.

Coming to Barnumbia means there will be a lot of studying involved. Trying to find the best study space can be a bit overwhelming. Staff Writer Alicia Benis looks at why one of Columbia’s most intimidating libraries, Butler Library, isn’t so bad after all.

I am someone who can study and do homework literally anywhere there is a flat surface to put my stuff on and a chair that is somewhat comfortable to sit in. Before coming to Barnard, I thought I would be spending my time doing homework in my room, as I used to do in high school. That changed, however, when I learned about the construction of the Milstein Center, and when I took a tour of the Diana Center and saw that it looked like a super cool place to sit in. After settling in and agreeing with my roommate that if either of us were studying until super late, we would be better off studying somewhere else other than our room, I began to check these study spaces out. I have spent many hours in Milstein, and have found comfort in the nice green chairs by the windows that overlook the rest of campus. I really do like Millie (if you call her Cheryl fight me). I love how new she is, all of the technology that is housed within her, and Peet’s Coffee. However, there are times when Milstein isn’t really an option, like when they closed it for FIVE hours the other day when they were hosting a dinner for the donors that made its construction possible. Also, I take Arabic, and the book I have to use contains a DVD that only runs with Windows. The Milstein Center’s media viewing desks don’t really work, and people are usually sitting at them with other work anyway. I needed somewhere to do my Arabic homework, which I consider to be my most important class.  Want to see what Alicia dared to do?



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Look at those mutton chops!

Sports Editor Abby Rubel and Staff Writer Henry Golub attended the American Voter Project’s panel on the Supreme Court confirmation of now-Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The Project is a series of forums that connects “scholars, politicians, journalists, activists, artists, students, and community members” to explore issues facing American voters and helps Columbia students apply Core Curriculum principles to modern issues. The pair heard from former Attorney General Eric Holder, CC ’73, Law ’76, and other law experts in the Miller Theater.

When you’re randomly chosen from a list.

The panel, planned before the allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh came to light, attracted a large number of students and faculty, who lined the sidewalk outside the theater and packed the auditorium. Columbia Law professor Bernard E. Harcourt moderated the discussion between the four panelists—General Holder, Professor Olatunde Johnson, Professor Jamal Greene, and Adam Liptak, the Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times. A Q&A session followed.

The panelists spoke about the impact Kavanaugh’s nomination had on everything from the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) to America’s political climate and voters.

Liptak, though concerned about Kavanaugh’s “starkly partisan language” at the Senate hearings, avoided darkly prophetic language. He explained that the atmosphere of the court remains genial, and that the justices were in good spirits at Kavanaugh’s first few cases this week. Some even made jokes on the bench. He also pointed out, however, that the justices might be feigning composure to maintain the Court’s authority.

Liptak did warn the audience of SCOTUS’s increasing politicization. Since 2010, justices have reliably voted in line with the party that appointed them, and the Senate has confirmed the past two justices on a slim margin. It’s a “bad, bad, bad sign,” he said.

Term limits and role-playing Kavanaugh after the jump!



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The hammer symbolizes how hard midterms crush every STEMs student’s spirit from week 4 through finals

Bwog brought you a fool-proof method of determining how much Barnard energy you or anyone else in your life has, but since we’ve never been known to let a good idea die, we’re featuring another Columbia undergraduate school this week: SEAS! For all you engineers out there who might be worried that our system is “arbitrary” and “unscientific,” we’d like to let you know that we ran our algorithm past our smartest, SEASiest Bwoggers, and they threw up their hands and walked away, so we’re confident in the accuracy of our system. Calculate how much SEAS energy you exude and share your results in the comments!

If you suspect yourself or someone you’ve seen of having BSE, start with a base of 10 points and go from there:

  • Thinks about transferring to CC after the first midterm (+2)
  • In a racecar club (+3)
  • Thinks they’re woke because their engineering club has 3 female members (+15)
  • Had to take gen chem even though what they want to study has nothing to do with chemistry (+10)
    • Had to take generic classes that have nothing to do with their major for ~2 years (+3)
  • Has read a book (-5)
    • Can read (-15)
  • Has a Dropbox shirt (+2)
    • has two Dropbox shirts (+6)
  • Has a MongoDB shirt (+1)
  • Understands what blockchain is (+10)
    • Can explain what blockchain is to others (+2)
  • Thinks they’re better than people who are humanities majors (+15)
  • Skipped every Art of Engineering lecture, because they’re on Friday (+2)
    • Went to every AoE lecture, even though they’re on Friday (+5)
  • Been told “you don’t seem like you’d be in SEAS” (+5)
  • Humanities classes end up being the most work (+3)
  • “have you started the p-set” (+3)
    • “no” (+10)

More SEAS points after the jump



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Do you recall a time before you’d stepped foot into Butler Library? Do you remember the innocence you once had? Staff writer Jordan Merrill does, and she has some evidence-based theories of what happens on the inside™. 

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The version of Butler Library that Columbia wants you to think is real

Every Monday through Thursday as I make the stroll to my classes from Carman to the north end of campus, I pass by something that I’ve heard people call “Butler Library.” If you haven’t seen this building because you’ve been living in the sewers or just transferred to Columbia this week from a remote Siberian village, Butler is the gigantic edifice that has all of the dead white men’s names displayed on it. After hearing many stories of Butler facilitating “stress culture” and because I’m too lazy to leave my dorm in general, I haven’t stepped foot inside. That doesn’t mean I haven’t formed opinions on Butler, though, or that I don’t regard myself as having full knowledge about what goes on inside. From what my own psychic abilities have told me, I’ve made some solid conclusions about the specific purposes of each floor of Butler.

Keep reading for a complete list of what happens in Butler *not clickbait



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It’s finally fall! You can almost feel the leaves on college walk about to change colors. You haven’t had the chance to head to an apple orchard upstate (midterms, what else?), but you dream of the perfect fall day: watching Halloweentown, drinking a mug of hot tea, and sliding your spoon into a warm bowl of fresh applesauce. You remember the John Jay and Ferris take-out boxes full of random ingredients in your dorm: apples, some cinnamon… perfect! Follow our recipe below for the perfect fall snack–made entirely out of food gathered from John Jay and Ferris!

Disclaimer: Make sure you grab your ingredients with a meal swipe–CU Dining offers take-out boxes for you to bring back to your dorm.

This week: Cinnamon Applesauce

Appliances: a blender and a stove


  • 6 regular-sized apples, in any color
  • 3 packets of sugar
  • a spoonful or 2 of cinnamon
  • 2 pats of butter
  • a pinch of salt
  • a cup or so of good old NYC tap water
  • optional: nutmeg! can be found in Butler’s Blue Java!

More after the jump



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Always thank the bus driver!

Happening in the World: A Saudi journalist’s disappearance has caused international outcry. Jamal Khashoggi has been missing since October 2nd and has been a vocal critic of conservativism in Saudi Arabia. (The Globe and Mail)

Happening in the US: Hurricane Michael made landfall in Florida yesterday, causing mass destruction. Governor Rick Scott described it as “the worst storm that the Florida Panhandle has ever seen.” (New York Times)

Happening in NYC: School bus drivers in NYC have voted to authorize a strike to protest recent disputes over worker contracts. The last school bus driver strike in the city was in 2013. (NY Daily News)

Happening on campus:Notes from the Field: Human Rights Summer Internship Panel” at 12:30 pm in Riverside Interchurch Center, Room 320C. Hosted by the Institute for the Study of Human Rights, this event will delve into student’s internship experiences in the human rights and nonprofit sectors. Free pizza!

Overheard: “The jig is up! Trick or treat!”

Place to nap today: The IAB library has some really comfy chairs. It also has cool spots to watch the news and nap right outside the library in the main building.

Magic school bus via Public Domain Pictures

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