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Daily Archive: October 21, 2018

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Midterm season is upon us, and the stress and fatigue is making some of us do very interesting things. Here is staff writer, Elizabeth Burton’s, story of survival.

This isn’t what I meant when I said we needed to end academic elitism.

Two weeks ago, I met up with a friend to study for our upcoming American Politics midterm. We went to Diana, got some of that A+ late night pizza, and started studying. It was your normal study session, two parts eating and procrastinating, one part actually studying.

At some point, I looked up and noticed two girls sitting at a nearby table. At first they were sitting on each other, and when I looked back up they were making out. I was truly happy for these two and their late-night PDA. In their oversized sweatshirts and Birkenstocks, they could not have been emitting more Big Barnard Energy if they’d tried.

Anyway, I stopped paying attention to them and tried to go back to working. After another three minutes of really focusing I glanced back up. My dear friends were still making out, but this time a third party was involved- a lighter. Like, they were literally sitting there, playing with a lighter, and making out.

more details after the jump

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I’m uncertain if STEM midterms season will ever end

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:

  • “Getting the Lead in, Out, and Beyond: A talk about Lead Exposure in New Orleans” by Howard Mielke, Tulane University
    • Monday, October 22, 2-4pm, Milbank Hall Room 222, click here for more info
    • Event description: “This research provides insights into processes that advance the quality of urban ecosystems. This research reports on soil lead and children’s exposure in unflooded vs. flooded communities of metropolitan New Orleans. At 3pm, an update on lead in New York City soil will be given.”
  • Late Night Science – Faces, Places: Social Networks in the Brain
    • Monday, October 22, 6-8pm, Jerome L. Greene Science Center Room L7-119, click here for more info and to register
    • Event description: “Heard about brain science discoveries in the news? Here’s your chance for a behind-the-scenes introduction to how neuroscience research works. Bring your family and friends to Late Night Science, a seminar series with lab tours by graduate students of Columbia University Neuroscience Outreach.”
  • Extreme Heat Events in Cities: Societal Impacts and Solutions
    • Thursday, October 25, 6-7pm, Faculty House, click here for more info and to register
    • Event description: “This panel brings together climate scientists and public and private sector practitioners to highlight the relationship between climate change and extreme heat events, and showcase some ways that society is adapting.” Followed by a reception with beer, wine, and hor d’oeuvres.

Click for seminars on physics and neuroscience

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if you read the book, you’ll find out Frankenstein’s monster was supposed to be hot.

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.

Recommended

More events, including our new Student Spotlight, after the jump!

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Souper duper

It’s finally fall, which means the anticipation of It’s Fucking Cold has begun, as well as soup season! Rescue yourself from the the wind tunnel of Broadway and the industrial freezer of the Milstein Center by making yourself a souper-easy black bean soup.

Ingredients
1 yellow onion
3 cloves garlic
1 sweet pepper
1 jalapeño/habanero/other spicy pepper
Cumin
Oregano
2 cans black beans
1 lime
Handful of cilantro, chopped
Vegetable broth

Toppings (optional)
Scallions
Sour cream
Cotija cheese (or any cheese!)
Cilantro
Avocado
Get creative!

Instructions
Dice onions and garlic and heat in a medium-large size pot (I used a Dutch Oven) on low heat until the onions begin turning translucent and soft. Add peppers, also diced, and keep stirring, make sure your onions and garlic don’t stick to the bottom of the pot. Season with plenty of salt and pepper, and cumin and oregano to taste. Add black beans and vegetable broth and simmer for ~20 min. Add juice of one lime and cilantro. You can blend the soup if you prefer a smoother texture, or leave as is. Eat some and save some for later- soups always taste better the next day! Top with sour cream, crumbly cheese, more cilantro, scallions, red onion, avocado, and the kitchen sink.

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over easy? sunny side up? nah, this is scrambled reaccs only

Anyone who has ever heard of Hewitt knows that it’s problematic. The events that took place Saturday confirms this status.

I ate scrambled eggs for two meals on Saturday. I know that this doesn’t sound like a big deal, but it is to me. Imagine, it’s Saturday, 11 AM, in Hewitt bright and early on a Saturday morning. I happily eat my eggs and hash browns. It’s a good start to the day. I trudge to my usual spot in the Milstein Center and resume my studying that I definitely should have started sooner. It’s now 2:30 PM. I’m hungry. Due to a combination of not wanting to spend my beloved points at Diana that day and my overwhelming laziness preventing me from crossing Broadway, I return to Hewitt.

But this time, instead of finding the usual pizza and salad bar, I am experiencing déjà vu. I am faced with the same eggs and hash browns as earlier. I stand confused. Do I waste a swipe and go somewhere else? Do I eat scrambled eggs again?

The answer is yes, yes I do just eat scrambled eggs again. Hence, Saturday was the day on which I ate scrambled eggs for two meals.

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Columbia football players practicing before the season

These players look about as confused as I was…

New Bwogger Maggie Gourdin has absolutely no knowledge of sports whatsoever. Naturally, she saw Homecoming as her chance to learn about one of America’s greatest obsessions: football. Here is Maggie’s take on her first ever Columbia football game.

Until about twenty-four hours ago, I had never watched, been to, or cared about a college football game. I know nothing about football, and attended my high school’s football games solely for the post-game Waffle House trips. Needless to say my family’s Homecoming enthusiasm was not completely mutual, but nonetheless I decided that this strange tradition of Homecoming was probably one that my future “wine-mom” self would regret missing out on. Even though I have no idea what Homecoming is and why it’s such big deal, I do know that if there were ever a football game to lose my Columbia football virginity, this would be it.

As we approached the Baker Athletics Complex—which I wasn’t entirely convinced actually existed—my only thoughts were of how happy I was that Columbia had free shuttles to the game, rather than us attempting to navigate there on our own and ending up in the Hudson. Walking around the stadium prior to the start of the game, I witnessed a couple of tiny, but spirited, tailgates taking place. My first thought, of course, was: “Why would anyone ever want to have a car in New York City,” but I hope they had a good time and didn’t get T-boned by an impatient cabby on the way home.

more loco for hoco after the jump

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pulling up in my chariot like

In the distance, do you see it? It’s the promise of grapes, snacks, and pitches galore at our meeting tonight at 9pm in Lerner 510! In honor of Aeschylus and The Oresteia, we present to you our inner monologue at this most favorable signage.

Oh hail, glory of the grape vine, harbinger of Bwog’s
shining, and of processionals and pitches and songs
of multitudes in Lerner 510 for this meeting of joy.
Ho there, ho!
I cry the news aloud to Bwog,
that she may rise up from her bed of state with speed
to raise the rumor of gladness welcoming this beacon,
and singing rise, if truly the citadel of Westside
has delivered, as the shining of these grapes proclaims.
I also, I, will make my choral prelude, since
my ideas cast aright are counted as my own,
and mine at 9pm will surely throw.
May it only happen. May my Bwog rejoice, and I
take up within this hand the grapes I love.

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gmorning let’s get this bread

Happening in the World: A Central American migrant caravan heading north to the US has been stopped by Mexican riot police on a bridge connecting Guatemala and Mexico. Many of the thousands of migrants are Honduran, and they seek refuge from violence and poverty. Trump has praised Mexico for its efforts and threatened to deny aid to any countries letting them pass.

Happening in the US: The Mega Millions lottery jackpot has reached the largest prize total in history at a whopping $1.6 billion. The next drawing is on Tuesday; if you want to take your chances, a ticket is $2, but be forewarned: the odds of winning are about 1 in 302 million!

Happening in NYC: Broadway Bridges, the initiative to give every NYC public high school student a chance to see a Broadway show before graduation, conducted by NYC’s Department of Education and the Broadway League, is now in its second year. It aims to take about 17,000 10th graders to a show in 2018.

Happening on Campus: Tonight is SEAS Bop! Hang out in Lerner’s Broadway Room from 6-8 pm with all your SEAS classmates – there will be live music, snacks, board games, and art supplies.

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