Daily Archive: November 7, 2018



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pennsylvania is pretty. don’t fight me on this one

Ah yes, fall break. Halloween is officially over, Thanksgiving is done before it even begins, and the holiday season is upon us! We hope you caught up on sleep, got ahead in your classes, and enjoyed wholesome family dinners. Bwog, on the other hand, is here to share stories from their eventful weekend. 

Bwog Gets Political

  • Knocked on hundreds of doors, many in the rain, to encourage people to vote
  • Got told I looked “WAY too young to vote” by a poll worker…at least the bartenders here disagree
  • Watched the midterms while drinking svedka straight
  • Texted hundreds of Georgia voters on behalf of Stacey Abrams and only got called the c-word a couple times
  • Watched Doctor Who instead of election coverage
  • Got my vote suppressed (fuck you, Brian Kemp)
  • Voted for the first time!
  • Found out that the place I’m from is filled with old republicans. I’m talking so old, they all had walkers and were so slow
  • Got sad and ate my feelings because I am not allowed to vote in this country. I wish I could help change it for the better
  • VOTED!!
  • Watched my polisci major roommate almost give herself an ulcer over midterm elections

Bwog being Bwog

  • Got drunk in the student center at Smith
  • Played a lot of drunk Clue :)
  • Quit drinking. For real this time. Let’s see how it goes.
  • Destroyed my bank account at a Brooks Brothers in Florida. Woke up the next morning and found out that my bank malfunctioned and put about just as much as I spent into my account for no reason.
  • Met my last hookup’s wife (context: they were not engaged or married when we did anything)
  • Tried weed for the first time and proceeded to throw up
  • Ran into another one of my tinder matches at the law school
  • Won a round of Cards Against Humanity at e’s despite being (probably) the drunkest person there
  • Got drunk with my parents
  • Drank my sister’s vodka and showed my roommate Coco for the first time. Cried just as hard as I did the first time.
  • Got very drunk and peed in Harvard Yard
  • Got high while overlooking the Cambridge skyline across the Charles River at night
  • Hooked up with someone else for the first time since breaking up with my ex
  • Two friends (who are ex’s) got into drama because one hooked up with the other’s best friend at a party we went to
  • Tried to diffuse drama
  • Took a break from diffusing drama to meet sister’s friends
  • Ran into a girl from my high school at an MIT frat party. Also ran into a guy wearing a Columbia 2021 shirt at a different MIT frat party.

Bwog goes home after the jump!



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featured on columbia crushes 2.0 within a month of freshman year: get on his level

Imagine: in the midst of yet another NSOP event’s over-friendliness, you catch a glance of an amiable face adorning a purple bandana across the room. What are you to do but approach him? This is how Staff Writer Eva Sher met Bandana Boy.

A few days ago, I was in John Jay, and I found myself in the dessert section with Bandana Boy. He, as usual, was sporting his purple bandana. As I walked out, I realized that I had never seen him without his talisman. I decided to send him a text, which, now looking back, was kind of creepy, stating: “hey! seeing you reminded me I’ve been meaning to ask you about your purple bandana? I think it’s iconic and i just wanna know if there’s a meaning behind it or if you just like the color.” From that conversation, he agreed to meet with me to share his thoughts on his staple clothing item.

It all started even before NSOP, during COOP. He shared that he wore it during COOP and again during NSOP a few times, and he realized that whenever he wore it, he would get a lot of glances. From this, he realized that the bandana helped people recognize him. “If I wasn’t wearing it, people I had met before legitimately would not recognize me,” he laughed “it was a good conversation starter too.”

From NSOP on, my friend’s bandana became a point of recognition beyond making friends. He shared that a total stranger walked up to him once and said, “I feel like I have seen you a few times this past week with your purple bandana”, then proceeded to introduce himself.

On an even grander scale, Bandana Boy was featured on Columbia Crushes 2.0 only a few weeks into the school year. On September 18th, someone submitted: “Dear freshman: You were so awkwardly cute when we first met. I keep seeing you sporting your purple bandana and I wish I had the chance to know you better… or the courage to say hi without fleeing the scene ASAP. Tried to find you through mutuals on Facebook, but I guess you must be one of those non-Facebook freshmen – making me feel even older already. Visit our floor soon, please?”

I like to think of the bandana as my friend’s version of Billy Ray Cyrus’ fake mustache from Hannah Montana. When he puts it on, everyone knows who he is. But when he removes this one small feature, he plunges into total anonymity. When the bandana is off, he is a regular Columbia student like everyone else. When it’s off, “even [with] close friends, it’ll take a few seconds.”

Nowadays, you can see Bandana Boy sporting other colors. On his birthday, “several people gave [him] bandanas so [he] has a lot of colors now.” If you see someone walking around campus in a light blue bandana, know that it may, in fact, still be Bandana Boy. Or it could just be a wannabe. Who knows?



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Green chairs are prioritized for members of marginalized groups. It’s called reparations.

For those who have migrated from Butler to Milstein, Deputy Editor Idris O’Neill is begging you to abandon your old habits and adopt these new, more considerate ones. She’s tired of seeing you in group study rooms alone.

1. If you are a Columbia student, come with a buddy. Chances are you weren’t invited to the Milstein opening and haven’t been receiving the emails on emails of Milstein tours. Similar to Barnard housing rules, you should be escorted by your Barnard buddy at all times. Don’t risk wandering off by yourself and getting into trouble.

2. Use group study rooms for groups of 3 or more only. I work at the library and I will exert my library privilege, do God’s work, and ask you to leave if you’re occupying the space with literally just you, your papers, and your bag. This isn’t Butler. Take your weird isolationist behavior elsewhere–we actually like and utilize collaborative spaces here.

3. Pay attention to the levels and corresponding noise levels. Milstein’s noise levels decrease as the level increases, i.e. the first floor should be loudest, the second floor should be quieter but is still a collaborative space. You should be making noise on Milstein 2! It’s okay! Actually, if someone tells you to be quiet on Milstein 2, you can pull up this article and tell them they are welcome to move to the 4th floor, which is the quietest floor but still not Butler-levels. Similar to how different libraries have different personalities, different floors have different vibes.

CC boys, keep reading



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The Columbia University Bach Society!!

Just because it’s a short week doesn’t mean there aren’t still cool events happening on campus! Today, Bwog brings you a combined Where Art Thou, Bucket List, and Science Fair – or, all your options for procrastinating on midterms in one handy place.

Where Art Thou?

Bucket List and Science Fair are after the jump



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L to R: Severin Fowles, Jhane Myers, Lindsay Montgomery, and Gary Glassman.

Last Friday, Arts Editor and archaeology student Riva Weinstein attended the advance screening of Native America: New Worlds Rising at Barnard. This documentary about the Comanche nation in the colonial era also spotlighted the persistence of indigenous traditions in America today.

I spent thirty glorious days in New Mexico: excavating pottery, bathing in the Rio Grande, hiking through mountains under the hot southwestern sun. It was a privilege to do archaeology there. It was a greater privilege to be welcomed in by the Picuris Pueblo community, who were eager to share their knowledge. This collaboration was the product of decades of careful political work by my advisor, Prof. Severin Fowles, his ex-student Dr. Lindsay Montgomery, and their colleagues at SMU and U of Arizona. They understood that today, for the archaeologists of Native America, collaboration with tribes is not only a mutual benefit but a responsibility.

“We stand in a remarkable moment for new collaborations,” says Sev (as he prefers to be called) to the people assembled in Barnard’s Altschul hall. “There is a growing openness to valuing indigenous knowledge and epistemologies.”

We did our excavations in the small town of Dixon, and visited pueblos across northern New Mexico. But just north of Dixon lies the Rio Grande Gorge: a dramatic landscape of cliffs and deep valleys, covered in dry scrub brush, inhospitable for living but excellent for hiding. While on the trail of Pueblo and U.S. colonial histories, it was there in the Gorge that Sev found another, crucial piece of Native American history.

As the documentary’s title card fades out, it presents us with such a scene. The camera follows Sev as he hikes through the Gorge with Jhane Myers, a Comanche/Blackfeet artist heavily involved in the Comanche community. They pause and kneel beside a large boulder. Faint white lines form the shapes of horses and riders with flowing headdresses. This is some of the first physical evidence of the early Comanche, a powerful Plains tribe whose empire once extended from East Texas and Oklahoma to New Mexico and the Rockies.

Read more about rock art after the jump!



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Happening in the World: A New Zealand fisherman saved a drowning toddler after mistaking him for a porcelain doll floating in the ocean. The young boy had wandered away from his parent’s campsite while they were sleeping (The Guardian).

Happening in the U.S.: The Democrats took back the House of Representatives, gaining at least 26 seats. Republicans retain control of the Senate (NY Times).

Happening in NYC: Alexandria Ocasio Cortez wins the congressional election in New York’s 14 district, becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress (CNN).

Happening on Campus: There will be a conversation with Liza Donnelly, a Cultural Envoy with the U.S. State Department and writer for the The New Times and The New Yorker, among other things. The event will be held in the Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard from 6:30-8:00pm.

Obscure Food of the Day: Bagels

Photo via Public Domain Pictures

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