Daily Archive: October 27, 2018



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Off-Broadway, but just as good.

Bwogger Andrew Wang is sick of Alexander Hamilton getting all the credit for immigrants who changed the course of American history. Here are the stories of two immigrant heroes, told through their statues in Riverside Park. 

Bad historians like me think of late modern American history in four dates: 1776, 1787, 1863, and 1865. The American Revolution began, the Constitution was written, the Emancipation Proclamation was proclamated [sic], and the Civil War ended (in a stalemate, as my Texas curriculum taught me). These moments are immortalized not only by their distinctiveness—precedence—but because of how modernity remembers them: power.

Often times these stories are preserved within the statues we erect of their actors. America has a statue fetish, and as my history teacher once remarked, “all statues are phallic,” to which my English teacher replied, “everything is phallic.” There are statues everywhere: of “Americans who did bad stuff”—like slavery—and “Americans who did good stuff,” like complain about a king thousands of miles away. And then, outside Hamilton Hall, there is that one of the guy who starred in that Broadway show.

The Upper West Side intellectuals of Columbia and Morningside Heights should consider adding another date to their cocktail party repertoire: 1848. Falling awkwardly between two big wars that transformed American civilization, 1848 appears to be a sort of middle child, one that fails to excel while still avoiding total disappointment. And yet, two statues in Riverside Park tell a different story.

More, in this episode of Revisionist History by Malcolm Gladwell



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She’s beauty! She’s grace!

This Halloweekend, Bwog revives our library review series from the dead to bring you a review of Barnard’s beloved new Milstein Center. Bwoggers Sarah Braner and Isabel Sepúlveda bring you all the details from the hottest new spot campus.

Location: 3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027 (Situated between Barnard and Altschul halls)

Hours: 8:00am – 12:00am Monday through Thursday, 8:00am – 6:00pm Friday, 10:00am – 6:00pm Saturday, 10:00am – 12:00am Sunday

Contact: 212-854-3953;;

(If you want to provide feedback on Milstein and its operations, send your thoughts to

Seats: 375 study spaces from the Lower Level to the 5th floor, including seminar and group study rooms (everything else is academic departments and offices)

What else does Millie have to offer?



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Curioser and curioser.

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:

  • “She, herself, said it”: Tonight at 8 PM, head to Miller Theater for Composer Portraits: Kate Soper, whose “theatrical chamber music masterpiece” Ipsa Dixit blends music with Greek theater and screwball comedy. The multi-talented composer will perform with members of the Wet Ink ensemble. Tickets from $7.
  • It’s midsemester concert for Uptown Vocal, Columbia’s student jazz a capella group! Come to Wien Lounge this Tuesday at 7:15 PM for S-UV-ERstition… if only to find out what the title means.
  • Thursday through Saturday at 8 PM, the Columbia Blue Glaze Theatre, which showcases Asian-heritage talent in the performing arts, presents 99 Women directed by Genevieve Wang (BC ’21). The story synthesizes oral histories from 99 women from all over the world. Reserve your free tickets.

Off Campus:

  • • You know that feeling you get when you watch a Studio Ghibli movie and everything seems beautiful and whimsical and right with the world? That feeling wouldn’t be possible without the incredible work of composer Joe Hisaishi. Next Friday at Carnegie Hall, Hisaishi will conduct a full orchestra and choir with scores from Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Spirited Away, and other movies.
  • The La MaMa Puppet festival, which showcases cutting-edge puppet theater by artists around the world, begins this Thursday at The Downstairs with Wunderkammer | Cabinet of Curiosities. A trio of puppeteers bring a cabinet of strange and mystical marionettes to life. Also check out Tian Wen by Hua Hua Zhang, a stunning “dreamscape” based on a classic Chinese poem. Student tickets $20.

My elementary school desk via Wikimedia Commons



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a nice stack of chocolate chip cookies

I know we love to hate dining hall food because we get sick of the Ferris-John Jay-JJ’s (plus Diana and Hewitt—if you still refuse to go to Hewitt, it’s literally your loss) rotation, and this might be a spicy hot take, but dining hall cookies are good. They are the beacons of lawful good in this chaotic evil world.

It’s a simple, comforting joy in life to go to John Jay on a dark, stormy night, have some mediocre-at-best baked pasta and mystery salad, and eat two chocolate chip cookies with a cup of milk. Sure, you’ll be uncomfortably full and feel weirdly bloated, but you’ll need the extra energy for the cold walk back to your dorm in the bitter winter wind.

Cookies just want you to be happy. And honestly, from my experience, dining hall cookies are usually at least decent. The last John Jay cookie I had was slightly crispy on the outside and chewy and gooey on the inside, which is the perfect chocolate cookie texture. They’re loaded with chocolate and the perfect cookie size—not too big that you get tired of eating it, but not too small that you’re unsatisfied.

The next time you go to a dining hall, eat a cookie and let it bring a little joy into your life.

cookies via Bwog Archives



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Happening in the World: On Thursday, the Parliament of Ethiopia unanimously voted to elected Sahle-Work Zewde as President. She is the first woman to ever be elected to the position, although it is considered to be a primarily ceremonial position, her appointment indicates huge symbolic weight. In one generation, Ethiopia has increased the enrollment of girls in primary school, but there are still large disparities between men and women, and many are hoping that a woman President with lend towards the advancement of women and girls in Ethiopia.

Happening in the US: Cesar Alteri Sayoc was arrested and charged in connection to the waves of improvised bombs sent to prominent Democrats and vocal critics of Trump on Friday. He has a criminal background, ranging from arrests for grand theft, battery, fraud, and the sale of synthetic anabolic-androgenic steroids. Sayoc has been a strong Trump supporter and has made several tweets on his now deleted twitter account threatening Democrats, some of which were sent the explosive devices. He has been charged with five federal crimes and faces 48 years in prison if convicted.

Happening in NYC: New York City and surrounding areas are bracing for a Nor’easter this weekend. The storm approached on Friday and it is predicted it will rain almost all of Saturday. The five boroughs will be under a wind advisory from 1 am to noon on Saturday due to expected gusts of 40-50 mph. Forecasters say that the heavy rain is due partly because of the moisture left from Hurricane Willa, which struck Mexico earlier this week.

Happening on Campus: Sources of chronic pain are multifaceted, but with new technology, many are hoping to use neuroimaging to locate and treat patients. However, there are multiple issues involved in this practice. This seminar will bring together experts from different domains to discuss scientific, ethical, philosophical, and legal issues that relate to pain neuroimaging research. Evaluating Chronic Pain in Neuroscience, Ethics, and Law is part of the Seminars in Society and Neuroscience series and will be held on Monday, October 29 at 4:15 pm, the event is free and open to the public, however, RSVP via Eventbrite is needed.

Documentary of the Week: This week’s pick is Tig, a documentary about acclaimed comedian Tig Notaro, who when diagnosed with stage II breast cancer ends up creating a stand-up set that became legendary overnight. Her blunt humor is infectious but is juxtaposed with how she copes with tragedies in her life. Also, her wife is great, go watch it.

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