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A literal Angel.

This Friday, Arts Editor Riva Weinstein headed to the Minor Latham Playhouse for the Barnard Theater Department’s performance of Peer Gynt. The verdict: WHOA.

Loki. Coyote. Anansi. Hermes. Jack. Trickster characters are almost a universal human archetype, looming large out of stories from across the world, thrilling audiences with their cleverness, wit, and – nearly always – their masculinity. Peer Gynt is one such folkloric hero, a troll-killing hunter from a Norwegian folk tale. But when Peer Gynt leapt onstage at the Barnard Theater Department’s Saturday night performance, the Trickster splintered and reshaped itself in a totally new image.

In the opening scene, the young Peer Gynt (Angel Dudley, GS ‘19) excitedly recounts the story of a stag-hunting expedition, while her mother Aase (Lydia Georgantzi, GS ’22) berates her for being a useless daughter. Peer hears that the rich farmer’s daughter Ingrid (Bailey Coleman, BC ‘19), who is about to be married, once had feelings for her. She immediately rushes off to steal the bride. Peer is banished for her crime, and spends the next several decades wandering among troll kingdoms, Moroccan beaches, Bedouin tribes, mental institutions, and the high seas.

Henrik Ibsen’s play is a highly psychological, nearly Modernist rendering of a folktale universe. Peer ceaselessly struggles with, and rejects civilized society as “Lies, lies, a bunch of goddamned poetry.” She seeks a completely unrestrained, natural self. But as the play progresses, she is tormented by her own morality in the guise of various characters: the “Great Between,” the “Button-maker,” and her husband Solveig (Jordan Mahr, CC ‘20) who waits for her at home. In the end, Peer is forced to face the fact that in all her time exploiting the world in the interest of individualism, she has almost never truly been “herself.”

To thine own self be true enough…



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It’s okay, he probably goes to GS.

Whether it’s because Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson split and you need to reignite your belief in true love, or because you’ve just broken up with your high school boyfriend, you’ve hit a new low point in your love life: Bumble dates at Ferris.

There are a plenty of good resources at Columbia. Major AND pre-major advisers, an extensive array of clubs and organizations to join, Low Steps for Instagram posts, New York City, and Ferris. This writer has put herself on the line after a confident proclamation in a Bwog meeting about how she could get a Bumble date at Ferris, “Just like that.” After 20 invitations to everyone I matched with from Columbia, I scored myself a “Tuesday, 6 pm.”

In my humble opinion, Ferris is wildly overlooked as a potential dating hot spot. (You’re welcome Bumble Campus Reps for boosting your commission). You don’t need to contemplate who’s paying and who’s not, since you can just swipe yourself in. If you hate your date upon first sight you can blend in with the rest of the crowd and disappear. If you do like each other, there’s nothing more romantic than waiting in line for the coca cola machine while you make small talk with your date and awkwardly try to semi-sarcastically psychoanalyze each other based on soda choice. My personal experience involved the little balcony area which provides a beautiful view of Alma and –

Alright lol, who am I kidding we chickened out of Ferris and hung out in Riverside. Why the fuck would anyone want to go on a first date in a dining hall like deadass. If you have more balls than me, try it out and submit to



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we lov optimism

Last night, Columbia Astronomy Outreach held their bi-monthly lecture and stargazing series. This week’s guest was Jana Grcevich, who received her Ph.D. in Astronomy from Columbia and now works as a freelance Data Scientist and author. Hear what Bwogger Mary Clare Greenlees thought about the Vacation Guide to the Solar System.

After a Friday filled with class, work, and a club, my relaxing night was to include an astronomy lecture. This was the second Astronomy Outreach lecture I had gone to and I felt like a seasoned pro. I entered Pupin at 6:50 pm and followed the printed signs pointing to where the lecture was. After walking down a flight of stairs I was handed a survey from a graduate student, asking different questions such as age, occupation, if this is your first time, and if you learned anything. This time I got to circle ‘no’ when it asked if this was my first time. I was surprised to see so many familiar faces from the previous Astronomy Outreach event. Regulars, who come to the Astronomy Outreach events to learn more about the wonders of space, just as I have.

Dr. Grcevich began her talk with a slide announcing “Top 10 Things to do on your Space Vacation before as you die.” A great start to the lecture, no doubt. The slide drew a laugh from the audience as she explained that most places in the solar system are unsuited and dangerous to human life. Throughout the presentation, Dr. Grcevich sprinkled humorous anecdotes and facts to enhance her visual storytelling. She chose to focus on 10 different sites featured in her book with co-author Olivia Koski, Vacation Guide to the Solar System.

Number 10 on the list was visiting the skies of Venus. For a hands-on experience, Dr. Grcevich recommends floating in a bubble in the atmosphere while seeing the beautiful sites of this alien world. Venus’ atmosphere has a similar pressure and temperature to Earth’s, meaning that a vacationer would only need a bubble of air and they would be set to go. A word of warning, however, be careful not fly to close to the ground, as temperatures on the surface are around 864 degrees Fahrenheit. This is also the reason that no lander on Venus has lasted longer than 45 minutes. Imagine what it would do to a human.

Venus not floating your boat? Don’t worry, there are more destinations after the jump.



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Staff writer Jake Tibbetts is both a cardio junkie and an utter misanthrope. Going to Dodge used to be the only way that he was able to satiate his desire to engage in fat-burning, blood-pumping behavior—until he moved to McBain. The McBain fitness room receives a fair share of flak, and in this piece, Tibbetts seeks to defend the merits of this odd little room that is one part sanctuary and one part liminal space.

Until two weeks ago, when I wanted to work out—which is, contrary to popular belief, something that I do, in fact, occasionally want to do—I did what almost any other health-conscious Columbian does on a semi-regular basis: I walked over to the Dodge Fitness Center. My routine was simple: I’d head up to the upper level of the fitness area, sign out an elliptical for thirty minutes, run, sign out a treadmill for another thirty minutes, run some more, wipe down, drink my beverage of choice, and leave.

From this point on, I am only referring to this room as “McGains.” (Just kidding. There isn’t any strength-training equipment in here.)

I didn’t go too often, admittedly—and that’s not just because I’m lazy. Dodge is a relatively long distance from most residence halls on campus, and walking there and back in little more than a pair of gym shorts and a worn-and-torn Elizabeth Warren for Senate t-shirt (my outfit of choice) can be a trying experience. Going there was, for someone who loathes social interaction or even just being near other people as much as I do, quite exhausting, to be frank. Also, the place just smells. A lot.

Is the McBain fitness room really as bad as most people claim it is? Read on to find out what one Bwogger thinks.



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Not exactly the Beat Generation.

New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.

On Campus:

  • Tomorrow at 7 PM, head to Roone Auditorium for Chamak: Night at the Bazaar, a fabulous fashion show and performance hosted by CU’s Organization of Pakistani Students. Tickets $5 with CUID.
  • This Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, NOMADS – Columbia’s group for student-written theater – presents The Other Side, a new play by Eden Gordon. It centers around the lives of Beat Generation writers Joyce Johnson and Elise Cowen. Tickets $5 with CUID.
  • Also Thursday through Saturday, CU’s Shakespeare and Shakespeare-adjacent troupe, KCST, presents Mourning Becomes Electra: A Eugene O’Neill play based on the Greek epic Oresteia. This postwar drama centers around Orin and Lavinia Mannon, a brother and sister seeking revenge on their mother for their father’s death. Free RSVP here.
  • Tired of all this drama? For a few laughs, come to Third Wheel Improv’s Saturday night show in Lerner, Third Wheel Gets Ghosted.

Off Campus:

  • This Monday, head to the NYPL on 5th avenue for The Language of Crises: a book talk with essayist Rebecca Solnit. Her new collection Call Them By Their True Names deals with “battles over meaning, place, language and belonging – pillars that define the crises of our time.” $25 rush rickets.

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Happening in the World: Last week, Australia’s ‘Sex Discrimination Act of 1984,’ which allows private religious schools (which receive government funding) to discriminate against teachers and students because of their sexuality and gender was thrown into the spotlight. A leaked “religious freedom” report written by conservative Parliament members recommended the protection of these schools discrimination. After backlash from the public, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that new laws would be put in place to protect students from expulsion because of their sexuality and gender, but would not comment on whether similar protections will be allowed for teachers.

Happening in the US: The Mega Millions jackpot is now at $1 billion, the second-largest lottery prize in the history of the United States. Which is great news if you want to pay off your student debt and literally do anything you want. However, your chances of winning this jackpot are 1 in 88 quadrillion. If you end up being very lucky, the experts say you should probably have a trust claim the prize for you. This is so that you can remain anonymous and keep “long-lost cousins” from turning up on your doorstep for a slice of the prize.

Happening in NYC: The ‘Right to Know’ act has gone into effect in New York City. This means that NYPD officers are “required to share their full name and rank with people who they stop on the street.” In addition, police are required to inform people of their right to refuse some searches. The City Council passed the law in January after four years of discussions between the police union and activists. The police union has stated that they believe the law is “frivolous” and “will ultimately make NYC a more dangerous place.” While supporters of the law hope that it will build trust and transparency within the community. And they hope it will inform more people about their rights.

Happening on Campus: Join award-winning authors, Zinzi Clemmons and Crystal Hana Kim, for a reading and discussion! Their works explore the “intimate legacies of political upheaval, race, migration, sexuality, motherhood, trauma and loss, and the malleability of memory.” The event is co-sponsored by First-Year Writing at Barnard and Apogee Journal and will be held at the Event Oval in the Diana Center on Monday, October 22 at 6 pm.

Documentary of the Week:  This one’s a group of episodes from Nature called Super Cats. Even if you aren’t a cat person this is still a really cool documentary. It’s interesting to learn about different types of big cats and honestly, there are pretty wild. I watched this a while ago while trying to do homework and I completely got distracted because they were so neat!

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