Daily Archive: November 8, 2018



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The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

Emily Wilson, whose translation of Homer’s Odyssey replaced Lattimore’s edition on the Literature Humanities syllabus this year, visited Columbia on Wednesday night for a lecture. Editor in Chief Youngweon Lee and Newsletter Editor Zoe Sottile attended. 

It’s become something of a trope of profiles on women artists/ leaders/people to comment on what they wear. Awareness of this trope is why we are reluctant to mention that Emily Wilson, professor of Classical Studies at the University of Pennsylvania and the first woman to translate Homer’s Odyssey into English, showed up to last night’s event in Dodge 501 wearing shiny gold sneakers and an owl-emblazoned t-shirt (the owl is the sigil of Athena). But she did. And she looked so cool.

Wilson, whose translation of the Odyssey was recently added to Columbia College’s Literature Humanities syllabus, gave a fast and far-encompassing talk on literary translation, modern classicists, and the Greek epics. The drawing studio in Dodge 501, repurposed for the night, filled up fast: towards the end of the night, people were turned away as the room reached capacity. The event started with a general talk from Wilson about her translation, moved onto a PowerPoint presentation with which she went over some specific example passages, and ended with a Q&A.

She began the night, poignantly, with a criticism of her most frequent moniker: first woman to have translated the Odyssey into English. She pointed out that this is a uniquely English problem, as the Odyssey has been translated into other languages, like French or German, by women. Moreover, she noted that in interviews she is frequently reduced to her gender, often answering the same question of “how did your female perspective influence your translation?” over and over again. (When the question period rolled around later in the night, no one asked this.)

Wilson’s translation choices, process, and more after the jump



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I’ve heard that in seminars…you read books.

Bwogger Gabrielle Kloppers recounts a regret from her time at Columbia. She is a Senior and this advice would have changed her academic life. Don’t be like Gabrielle, read this piece.

Up until recently, I had not taken many seminars. I started my English major halfway through my Sophomore year with the mandatory introductory class. I felt that I was behind on the major, despite performing well in the class, and thought I could use some time to hone up my English skills before going on to do seminars. I was intimidated. I was also scared I wouldn’t be granted permission by the professors and feared going into a new semester without having my class schedule figured out just so.

So, I took a lot of English lectures, which have more spaces available and do not require instructor permission, to enhance my skills before I faced the seminar. What I failed to consider is that lectures typically count for 3 credits, and seminars for 4. I told myself I would need to average at least 15 credits per semester, as a personal goal. Lectures require exams to test if you’re involved in the class, in addition to papers. This meant that due to my lecture-packed course-load, I was often taking 5 classes, with 2 exams and 2 long papers each. I prepared assiduously for each assignment but often spent more time preparing than actually engaging with the fascinating material my courses offered.
What saved her from this life of stress?



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Make like this hamster and feed yourself.

We’ve all been there. You need to be productive. Really productive. Not “scrolling through Twitter while glancing at readings” productive, but “block Twitter for 12 hours” productive. That means going to Butler. But how are you supposed to bring a snack? ButCaf is expensive and doesn’t have a wide selection, but you’re “not supposed to bring in outside food.” (Yeah, because a chocolate croissant from Joe’s is going to be less messy than a chocolate croissant from ButCaf.) Luckily, Bwog has some helpful tips.

  • Wear Ring Pops on every finger.
  • Bring a horde of friends dressed as various food items. They won’t be able to tell the real food apart from your squad.
  • Cut a hole in your textbook and bring it in. When you appear to be hunched over it in defeat, you’re really enjoying your sweet stash of Sour Patch.
  • Usurp Prezbo. Institute martial law. Free-for-all.
  • Eat it and sneak it in in your stomach.
  • Stuff the food in your cheeks like a chipmunk and just take it out once you’re inside.
  • Do the classic 2 kids stacked in a trenchcoat trick except one of the kids is you and one of them is your food.
  • Run into the library so fast that you’re invisible to the naked eye.
  • Just bring it in openly but stare at them with such sad dead eyes that they pity you and allow you to pass.
  • Stick gummy bears to outside of the Butler windows and hope that they absorb through the glass.
  • Bribe the security guard with your extra food.
  • Become a pastafarian and bring in pasta. When they try to take it away, claim they’re violating your religious freedom.

Try any of these? Let us know at!

Photo via Bwog Archives



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Instead of being an undergrad who studies in Law, you could be a law student who studies in Law!

As the end of senior year is within glimpse, many Columbia students have no idea what they will do after their sojourn at the sanatorium on 116th. Many decide further education might be the best bet… including law school. Senior Staff Bwogger Gabrielle Kloppers explains some factors that may impact that decision. Disclaimer: Kloppers is not an admissions consultant or affiliated with any law school. She’s just going through this right now and has done a prodigious amount of research.

Should I go to law school, you ask me. Here’s the rundown on it.

Law school is a huge investment, in terms of time, money, and mental health. Lawyers are statistically more likely to suffer from depression and addiction than people in other careers. If that doesn’t turn you off completely, or if it sounds like your average Columbia student, so you’re accustomed to it, the next step is to gain some experience, perhaps over the summers, in the legal field.

Experience is incredibly important in making this decision. You’re potentially going to shell out $180,000, much of it financed in loans, and that isn’t a decision to take lightly. Not only will experience give you some indication of whether or not the law is a good choice for you, but it will also benefit you in the application process should you decide law school is the correct path. Having legal experience can heighten the authenticity of your applications to law school. Think of it this way: it may look a little strange to admissions officers when you’re going off on how amazing the law is, and why you want to dedicate your life to it, but you’ve never actually been involved in any work that is associated with the law.
How to gain experience after the jump



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Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins made history on Tuesday and is set to be the Majority Leader in the NY State Senate.

Happening in the World: Archaeologists discovered the world’s oldest known figurative cave painting in Borneo. The painting depicts a species of cattle and is thought to be over 40,000 years old. (The Guardian)

Happening in the US: Jeff Sessions was forced to resign as US Attorney General yesterday. The new acting attorney general, Matthew G. Whitaker, has not yet recused himself from the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election interference. (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: New York State now has a Democratic majority in every legislative chamber, which Mayor Bill de Blasio described as a “whole new ballgame.” He hopes that the city and state governments will now be able to better collaborate on funding the MTA and regulating city rent laws. (NY Daily News)

Happening on campus:Black Girl (La Noire de…),” a film by Ousmane Sembène. Screening followed by a conversation with Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Mamadou Diouf, Maboula Soumahoro and Nora Philippe in Buell Hall at 6:30 PM. (Columbia Events)

Place to nap today: Furnald lounge for the A+ ambiance.

Senator/Queen/Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins via Wikipedia



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this is the look that cc guys give barnard women when they realize that perhaps they shouldn’t be taking up space in millie

I have sat in
the green chairs
that are on the second floor of
the Milstein Center

and which
you were probably
for someone who actually attends Barnard

Forgive me
they were magnificent
so plush
and so cozy

(also i ate ur plums too lmao)

William Columbia Williams by Unknown

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