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some neon aesthetic

e’s Bar had their highly anticipated grand opening night last Thursday and is stepping in to fill the void left by Amigos. We here at Bwog had some curiosities, as we do, so we asked them some questions and got some answers. (The interview has been lightly edited for readability.) 

Bwog: Who is e and why is their name not capitalized?
e’s: There are two e’s: Erin and Ethan, [the] owners. [The] little “e” is a graphic design choice.

B: How do you think e’s Bar can distinguish itself from Hex & Co, a similar board game cafe and bar across Broadway?
e: e’s is a bar with a full kitchen and full liquor license. We are 21 and over at all times. e’s bar is an addictively casual, yet upscale atmosphere with an eclectic mix of patrons all socializing beautifully. we are a friendly, neighborhood bar.

B: The UWS e’s location has a chiller vibe for maybe an older crowd; are you worried about drunk, rowdy college students? In what ways is the Columbia location different from the UWS e’s?
e: We anticipate our Morningside Heights location capturing the same crowd plus Columbia and Barnard undergrads that are over 21, graduate students, faculty and staff. We are not concerned about drunk, rowdy college students. There is nothing like a local pub for debate and discussion and [we] anticipate Columbia students around a table with a burger and beer.

B: This is a rather board game bar-specific question, but what do you do when drunk college students (or anyone else, for that matter) lose board game pieces?
e: Our host team goes through every board game each day to organize them and make sure everything is intact. We keep extra pieces in stock at all times. As guests finish playing games, the host team helps to clear the game and properly put it back together and on the shelf. That said, we do hope people will help us and take care of the games. We let everyone play for free!

B: Is there a reason or logic behind the music choice?
e: We play rock music from 1960 to 1999 and this is an intentional business decision. Our concept is a nod to some of the most iconic New York City bars: CBGBs, Mars Bar, P&G. Sadly those bars have slipped away and we intend to keep their spirit alive.

B: Will you hire student bartenders?
e: We have several current Columbia students and alumni working at e’s!

B: How would you describe your cuisine?
e: The menu noshes are mouthwatering. We are known for our grassfed e’s burger, which we offer for $5 during happy hour Monday through Friday from 11:30 am to 7 pm. If you need something cripsy to go with your beverage, choose shishito peppers or the cup 0’ crisp green beans. There are plenty of gluten free and vegetarian options. Fish tacos, mac-n-cheese balls…basically the best bar food around.

B: Any specific theme night ideas?
e: We host trivia nights, karaoke nights, election parties, ugly sweater parties, Halloween (this Gaturday 27th DJ/karaoke/costume contest) – lots of fun events throughout the year!

B: Why did you choose to open a location by Columbia?
e: We feel we fill a void in the Morningside Heights community. e’s bar is a neighborhood joint with good food, good drinks, fun games and smiling people.

B: e’s Bar closes relatively early compared to other nearby bars (e.g. 1020, Mel’s, The Heights); are there any plans to stay open later?
e: Our liquor license goes until 4 am; however, we choose to close at 2 am. the type of partying that often happens between 2 am and 4 am is something we purposely steer away from.

B: e’s Bar occupies the space where Amigos previously was; how do you plan on overcoming some of the struggles that Amigos faced, especially regarding the lease itself?
e: Restaurants and bars have different business models, so we will not face the same challenges. In regards to the lease, we negotiated a new lease and would not have taken the location if the deal did not make sense for our business.

e’s BAR via Youngweon Lee



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Our most beloved, most wretched god.

Here it is. We’ve saved the most basic for last. Bwog worked behind the scenes for months tinkering with these formulas and we can finally present you with the final work in this series (probably). CC students are the largest part of Columbia’s largest undergraduate population, and as such, make for the best sample size for determining what really makes a student a CC student. Share your results in the comments, and let us know which school gave you the highest score!

You know the drill. If you suspect yourself or someone you love of having BCE (Big CC Energy) start with a base of 10 points and proceed accordingly.

  • Also doesn’t know who Hegel is but at this point is really too afraid to ask (+2)
  • Has an opinion on Deantini (+3)
    • Is friends with Deantini on Facebook (+5)
    • Connected with Deantini on LinkedIn (+7)
    • Calls him “Dean James Valentini” (-3)
  • Doesn’t tip (+3)
  • Complains about Butler while simultaneously studying in Butler (+1)
  • Has a preferred Butler study space (+2)
  • Actually enjoyed FroSci (-20)
  • Googled “What is Barnard College” during NSOP (+10)
    • Came to Barnard for the first time ever because of Milstein (+4)
    • Thinks people go to Barnard because they can’t get into CC (+8)
  • Is too scared to go to the dining hall in Diana because they don’t know how much food to take (+5)
    • Found out there was a dining hall in Diana from this post (+10)
  • Knows where CG is (-5)
    • Found out CG exists from this post (+5)
  • Lives, has lived, or wished they lived in Carman (+1)
    • Has pulled the fire alarm in Carman (-5)
    • Hosted a Carman party that got busted by their RA (+4)
  • Is looking for CC study guides (+2)
    • Created a CC study guide (+7)
    • Borrowed a CC study guide from an older friend and didn’t share it (-5)
  • Gets a little thrill of superiority when people ask them for sign-ins as they’re swiping into EC (+4)
  • Is an Econ or CS major (+1)
    • Has debated switching to Econ or CS so they can get that sweet Goldman/Google internship (+3)
    • Got a Goldman/Google/prestigious internship because of Daddy’s connections (+10)
    • “I just really love finance/computers” (+7)
    • Openly admit they’re selling out (-5)

    Find out if you’re peak CC after the jump!



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I smell an Oedipus complex…

This Wednesday, Guest Writer Sophie Tobin attended the dress rehearsal of KCST’s Mourning Becomes Electra by Eugene O’Neill, based on the Ancient Greek Oresteia. Despite some successful design and directing elements, the show was dragged down by acting that didn’t live up to its difficult script.

The King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe’s production of Mourning Becomes Electra tells the tale of how loss, grief, and lies play into a family’s dynamic after the death of the family patriarch. Written by Eugene O’Neill, the play initially appeared as a part of a much larger cycle in 1931. Many cuts were made to the script, resulting in a concise, simple plot.

The ensemble kicks off the show, entering while eerily humming (which was bone-chillingly beautiful), then kneeling along the edge of the audience, facing upstage. The show jolts to life with General Ezra Mannon (Jason Bowen, CC ‘21) lying in bed, flailing around as two women scream and panic. He accuses his wife, Christine (Grace Hargis, BC ’20), of his murder. Their daughter, Lavinia (Rose Meriam, BC ’19), is the only person who knows of this, and she immediately makes it clear to her mother that justice will be served. And, lo and behold, it is. Lavinia proves to her extremely unstable brother, Orin (Gabriel Multedo, CC ’22), that their mother is having an affair and is guilty of their father’s murder. In a fit of rage, he kills Adam Brant (also Jason Bowen, CC ’21) (his mother’s lover). As a result, Christine commits suicide. The play comes to a close with Lavinia reflecting on how justice has, in fact, been served.




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Physical objects can’t constrain the ambition within us all.

This Bwogger is now a junior in Columbia College. She does not run out of ambulances anymore.

We left to go to EC, but then one of us got hungry, so we decided to go to JJ’s. Next thing I knew, one of my middle school friends threw up into a clear plastic garbage bag in JJ’s, while my other middle school friend cried next to her. I didn’t understand… why were we so drunk if we had only taken five shots? How had she managed to get a recycling bag? Where was my best friend?

I ran up to the John Jay lobby bathroom because I needed to throw up now too. I was in there for a while, until a public safety officer knocked on the door and told me to get out.

Now I sat in front of the John Jay lobby bathroom and puked into the corner – the garbage can was too far. I was drunk, but at least I was considerate of my fellow John Jay-ers. The front desk public safety person saw this as a cry for help and called 911 (note: not CAVA) on me.

“Weeeeeee!” I squealed with delight as they wheeled me out of John Jay on a stretcher. It had been a long time since somebody picked me up like this.
The saga continues



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I can taste this just looking at it.

The Avocado…

Millennials have given this fruit a bad rep because they spend $15 plus dollars on a measly slice of usually under-toasted Bunny bread with a glob of some underwhelming, unseasoned, green swamp monster guts (mostly in order to take a picture of it in front of some up-lit, paisley LA wallpaper that will surely gain you some followers on Instagram).

And I know, I KNOW, sometimes that avocado toast just sounds so damn delicious that you begrudgingly shell out your last crumpled-up dollars bills that you swore you’d use to buy something useful—like dish soap or draino.

But please. Please just do yourself a favor and make your own. Because it’s so easy and you can make like *five* avocado toasts using the money you’d spend at that swanky brunch spot in the west village.




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Junzi man posing for a picture!

It was 12:30 AM in the morning. My suitemates and I had just finished watching a movie, and we didn’t like any of the options on Postmates. The surprisingly chilly weather almost stopped us from our venture for food, but we bundled up and headed outside. Everyone else on the street was dressed up and ready to top off their night in true Columbia fashion–at Mel’s or 1020, but we were walking with determination in our eyes. We had one goal– Junzi After Hours.

I have frequented Junzi After Hours not for the aesthetic of the juice-box cocktail, but for the dumplings, fried chicken, and various other snacks that help me fill the void in my heart that is my longing to be back in Asia. Junzi is a soulful, interdisciplinary, cultural melting pot that is a work of genius, combining the simplicity of made-to-order food and the rich flavors of Asia. At night, creativity is elevated by having various street-food-esque snacks– dumplings, Chinese fried rice, two types of fried chicken, and fried custard buns– that are typically found in Asia at little metal food carts by the street after a night at the club.

However, my focus was not on the exciting and mouth-watering flavors of Junzi After Hours…my focus was on the man standing just outside Junzi, in a short-sleeved T-shirt, handing out a tray of free dumplings. The throngs of heel-clad girls and bomber-wearing guys stopped routinely, loudly exclaiming with their overzealous voices how nice it was that he was passing out free dumplings at this hour. The weather was chilly and the first hints of winter were approaching, so the man visibly shivered every time a gust of wind came by. But nothing stopped him from fervently calling out “free dumpling samples!” and just being the highlight of every slightly-intoxicated person’s night.

This is not a call-out post, this is a shout-out post. I sat inside Junzi and continued to watch the man alternate between going outside and passing out dumplings and coming inside to retain his body heat. Every group who walked by left with slightly fuller bellies, wider smiles, and a happier heart. It is often easy to forget the small things that people do for us. In the midst of this busy midterm season, we forget to take note of the little details and we forget how much workers in the service industry have done for us.

Junzi dumpling man, wherever you are, I hope you read this and I hope you know that you are appreciated. On that night, you filled so many Columbia students up with not only dumplings, but joy. They may not have thought that it was a big deal in the moment, but their bliss was apparent in their smiling faces.

Photo via Vivian Zhou



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The artist in her element (sepia).

Books and plays and exhibits, oh my! ArtistHop is a new column spotlighting talented artists in the Columbia community who have recently done something notable. This week, we profile Eden Gordon (BC ’19), writer and musical director for the original NOMADS play premiering this weekend, The Other Side.

1. Name, school/year, and tools of your trade?

Eden Arielle Gordon, Barnard ’19, writer/musician.

2. What work or project are you recently known for? Why should people care about it?

I wrote and music directed the show The Other Side, which goes up October 25-27 in the GMT. It was produced by NOMADS this fall and features an absolutely incredible team and cast. The show tells the story of Joyce Johnson and Elise Cowen, two female Beat poets who went to Barnard and happened to date Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

3. A story from the process?

I actually came up with the tune for one of the songs while hiking down a ravine. It just popped into my head fully formed. That’s how most of the songs came actually—I sort of feel like I can’t even take credit for them. I can’t write if I’m agonizing over details or using too much of my conscious mind. It has to flow.

4. Which groups or people on campus helped you develop the work (or generally as an artist)?

So many people helped to make this happen. The NOMADS board produced the show and made it all possible. Sal Volpe, the director, really rose to this challenging task of pulling the show together in six weeks. Klara Pokrzyra stepped up and pulled it all together from a stage management perspective. Simon Broucke pulled together a truly astounding number of orchestrations last-minute. And of course the cast has been working tirelessly, bringing a new level of depth to these characters and this story.

But what would Patti Smith think?



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Conspiracies to kill journalists, a wave of pipe bombs…if only Téa Leoni could save us now

Happening in the World: Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammad bin Salman announced yesterday that he will work to “bring to justice those who are responsible” for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabian officials have recently stated that Khashoggi died while in a chokehold after fighting at the consulate, but Turkish and US officials remain skeptical. (CNN)

Happening in the US: Suspicious packages containing pipe bombs were discovered across the country Monday and yesterday after being sent to former President Obama, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, George Soros, former Attorney General Eric Holder, CNN’s New York office, and Congresswoman Maxine Walters. (New York Times)

Happening in NYC: Fake posters in the style of the city government’s public service announcements have appeared in New York this week, advising residents to “Keep NYC Trash Free” and depicting a man in a Make America Great Again hat. The art is attributed to Winston Tseng. (Gothamist)

Happening on Campus:DIY Feminist Cybersecurity: A Primer,” happening in Butler 208B at 3 pm. Come to find out how to protect your personal data in an era where hacking has become increasingly common.

Place to nap today: The stacks. It was bound to be on this list at some point.

I wish this was TV instead of real life via Wikipedia

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