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Looking forward to escaping the hell of Carman bathrooms by living in a newly-renovated dorm next year? Well, you may not be so lucky. Apparently, some of these nicer bathrooms have already been destroyed due to debauchery/water leaks(?). Staffers sent in evidence of their dorms’ trashy toilets that they were told would be renovated.

Drunken destruction on McBain 3:

More grime after the jump:

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Stop whining and start wining

Stop whining and start wining!!

In the need to spice up your nighttime (or daytime) escapades? One boozy Bwogger reviews the latest arrival at International. Disclaimer: This message was not sponsored by Maven and is simply the result of a very good night.

This new import at International is worth the scrutiny of your fake ID. To describe Maven’s crispy, bright concoction would not be to do it justice. This adult juice box is not your weak-ass Mike’s Hard; it’s somewhere between Four Loko and Moonshine in terms of strength. The high alcohol content (13.5%!!) is hidden beneath a delicious chardonnay with hints of lemon, pineapple, and lime. After two coolers, not only will you be refreshed but you will be ready to take on the world – the MoHi world, that is. Whether you’re looking for a night of rowdy pre-gaming or eating Dig Inn take-out while re-watching every show on your Netflix queue, this is the drink for you. It’s a favorite at classier occasions like formal dinners, as well, due to its nicer glass packaging. At $7, this is a bargain you do not want to pass up. However, get to International early on weekend nights–they are sure to sell out (like, we’ll be buying them all). Now sold in a Pinot Noir flavor for a more sultry, meatier night.

Nice floral arrangement via some wine mom’s website

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This is some Hunger Games-level shit...

Can Trump win the Latino vote when he can’t even win with his toupee?

Yesterday, politically savvy Bwogger Tamara Barriot took time to assess whether “The Donald” means what he says about getting the Latino vote. As refreshing as discussing the viewpoints of our two political idols can be, this was not Tamara’s first rodeo. Any debate regarding Donald Trump’s care for Latinos will likely spark controversy, and yesterday’s was no exception.

Recently, the British newspaper The Telegraph referred to the 2016 election as “America’s unpopularity concert,” and yesterday’s full day event “Decision 2016/Yo Decido” hosted by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in conjunction with Noticias Telemundo went further to prove that point.

The scheduled 10:30 panel discussion, “Trump vs. Clinton: The Battle for the Latino Vote,” soon turned into a pointless debate, much like the actual presidential debate last Monday.  Surprisingly (but perhaps fortuitously), 2/3 of the registered attendees were absent.

Jose Diaz-Balart (anchor at Notices Telemundo and the panel moderator) began the discussion by asking the panel to speak on how each candidate planned to acquire Latino votes. Helen Aguirre-Ferre (Spokesperson for Hispanic RNC and Trump supporter) promptly answered that the Republican Party was building a Latino community within the GOP, incorporating them in broader ways than in the past. Aguirre-Ferro added that the Democrats take the Latino vote for granted, a belief which fundamentally undermines the political system.

Can we build a wall to keep out the Donalds?

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it wasn't lAAAaaaave

it wasn’t lAAAaaaave

Love: CONFIRMED: Lady Gaga will perform at Superbowl LI on Feb. 6, 2017. “It’s not an illusion. The rumors are true,” Lady Gaga tweeted on Thursday, “This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!” (CNN)

Perfect illusion: The Donald J. Trump Foundation has not received the certification needed to solicit more than $25,000 in public donations. Although evidence has been uncovered to prove the Foundation has publicly solicited more than $25,000, it is unclear whether the Foundation is being investigated by the New York Attorney’s Office. (Washington Post)

Love: Although she has recently backed off, a woman from Florida named Katie offered to pay $50,000 for the chance to punch Martin Shkreli in the face. The money would have gone towards the family of Mike Kulich, Shkreli’s former PR consultant who died earlier this week. (Huffington Post)

Perfect illusion: A photo of a Florida cop giving a “sorry I tased you” cake to a woman who accused him of excessive force last year has been proven to be a hoax. The photo was posted to imgur in 2014, a year before the woman, Stephanie Byron, filed suit against officer Michael Wohler. Byron claims that Wohler was harassing her before he took her sweet tea; as she reached to retrieve it, Wohler tased her. (New York Daily News)

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Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Bwog is here to help.

Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Bwog is here to help.

As the weekend approaches, Bwog provides a guide of  which Columbia bars to take ‘the good, the bad, and the ugly’ of Tinder dates. Date responsibly. 

Mel’s: This hot spot is where you take your well-coordinated, athletic date, who will undoubtedly ditch you an hour in to chill with his or her teammates. Sharpen your conversation skills, ’cause the Black-Friday-worthy line will feel like an eternity. Pro tip: milk mustaches from the alcoholic milkshakes are neither cute nor endearing. For how expensive it is, stick to tequila and lime. If this hot shot doesn’t dip, the sex will be worth it.

Where else should you take your dates?

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MLK is bae

MLK is bae

Freedom Summer, a push from civil rights organizations to increase voter registration in Mississippi, confronted incredible hatred and violence from the KKK and police. The movement happened over 50 years ago, but the School of Social Work hosted an event last night in Low Rotunda to make sure we never forget the struggle for voting rights, and the importance that fight holds today, in perhaps the most volatile election in American history. Senior Staffer Sarah Dahl was there to get the full scoop.

I had a loose knowledge of Freedom Summer going into this event, and an even more loosely evidenced, though rock-solid, belief in the necessity to vote. I came away, as one of the speakers, Jerry Vattamala, put it,”a little bit disturbed, a little bit upset, but determined to do something,” about voting rights.

The night featured diverse characters–activists, members of academia, administrators, lawyers, and even a reverend. The audience make-up was diverse as well–some students, a lot of older people, a dad with his son. The majority were people of color. A sign language interpreter made the evening accessible to the deaf.

The first few presenters spoke somewhat monotonously and tediously–delivering true words, to be sure, but nothing I hadn’t heard before: exercise your right to vote, Trump is a demagogue, institutional white supremacy still exists. I grew distracted by the way voices reverberate around Low Rotunda (it’s really a terrible place to host events).

When did the event become inspiring?

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columbia_university_-_low_memorial_library-dColumbia has just updated the guidelines and requirements for gender-based misconduct hearings, investigations, and appeals. Many of the guidelines, including the accompaniment of an advisor, remain consistent with the previous policy. However, a new rule prohibiting recording of any kind appears on the document. It follows:

“Recording any part of the investigative process or unauthorized copying of any documents by any means is strictly prohibited. “Copying” includes but is not limited to: audio recording, streaming, photographing, scanning, transcribing, or any other method of reproduction that conflicts with the spirit of this directive. Allegations of non-compliance will result in the advisor being asked to leave the proceeding, and he/she may be prohibited from attending ongoing or future meetings. Additionally, if a student is found to have acted in concert with the advisor to record proceedings or copy materials, those allegations will be reviewed through the Dean’s Discipline process and may result in additional disciplinary sanctions.”

Both Federal and New York State law permit the recording of such meetings (see: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence & New York’s campus anti-sexual violence bill, “Enough is Enough”). No Red Tape has started a petition against these policies–you can click here to sign it.

Read the entire updated document after the jump:

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An actor portrays Donald Trump in Aristophanes' Knights

Making Athens great again

As this election gets more and more vitriolic, it can be easy to gloss over the messy politics of elections before, worrying that this is the worst election ever. The Ancient Theater Group showed how wrong this conception is with their modern adaptation of Aristophanes The Knights, set in the 2016 election. Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman reviewed the production. 

History repeats itself, some times more exactly than others. But how similar can 424 BCE be to 2016? If hats reading “Make Athens Great Again” prove anything, very similar. The Ancient Theater Group shows us just how precisely the present can look like the past with a hauntingly accurate modern depiction of The Knights by Aristophanes. The trademark red hats and shirts of the Trump presidential campaign were co-opted in the Glicker-Millstein Theatre yesterday night, and will continue to be tonight and tomorrow in this satirical showing.

Director Brittany Johnson, previously responsible for producing another modernization of Aristophanes in 2014 at Barnard called #CLOUD$, recognizes the difficulties of making old stories relatable and contemporary. “I have been lucky, however,” she writes in her director’s note, “as this year’s primaries unnervingly by conveniently mimicked Knights’ plot progression.” Johnson doesn’t exaggerate here, as the play centers upon a man without political experience usurping a corrupt, longtime politician with the aid of secret, hidden documents. Coupled with the fact that Cleon, the antagonist, sounds a lot like Clinton, this production was a guaranteed success from the start.

Read more about the production after the jump

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Obama realizes that he’s outvoted :(

In one of the last “firsts” of the Obama administration, Congress just overrode Obama’s veto for the first time. The bill, which Obama vetoed but will now become law, will allow victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia because of the countries connections to those attacks. (Huffington Post)

If you’re registered to vote in New Hampshire, get ready to put that ballot on Snapchat! A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that it’s an infringement of free speech to ban voters from taking selfies in the booth. (New York Times)

Last week in South Africa, two men stole a penguin named Buddy from the zoo and released him into the ocean. Unfortunately, Buddy was born in captivity, and since he has never learned to live in the wild, he probably won’t survive.  (Washington Post)

Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson made yet another foreign policy gaff on Wednesday when he could not list any foreign leaders he could respect. This blunder comes less than a month after Johnson made headlines for not knowing what the Syrian city of Aleppo was.  (The Atlantic)

Obama’s tangible sadness via Al Drago / The New York Times

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columbia_university_-_low_memorial_library-dFall elections are officially over! Here are the results:

CCSC 2020 President & Vice President
Siddharth Singh and James Ritchie (Lion heart)

CCSC 2020 Representatives
Grant Pace (Lion Heart)
Danielle Resheff (Lion Heart)
Astrid Walker­Stewart (Lion Heart)

CCSC 2017 Representative
Tracy Ting Cao

CCSC Sandwich Ambassador
Joseph Villafane

ESC 2020 Class President
Ria Garg (SEASus Take the Wheel)

ESC 2020 Vice President
Marisa Ngbemeneh (SEASus Take the Wheel)

ESC 2020 Class Representatives
Joanna Paik (SEASus Take the Wheel)
Abhishek Chakraborty (SEASus Take the Wheel)

ESC At­-Large Representatives
3­2 Representative
Priscilla Wang

ESC Disability and Accessibility Issues Representative
Adriana Echeverria

ESC International Students Representative
Pranav Arora

ESC University Senator
Izzet Kebudi

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Yes, Queen

Yes, Queen

While movies are a great way to unwind after a long week in Butler, they also make statements about the society we inhabit. In her recent lecture “The Challenge to Avert Tragedy: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ Refigured in ‘Vertigo,’ ‘Pheonix,’ and ‘Gone Girl’,” Professor Elisabeth Bronfen examines the role of women in recent blockbusters. After attending the lecture, Bwog writers Lila Etter and Rebecca Novik are here with the highlights.

“Oh everyone, please sit down! You’re all making me nervous standing up like that!” Elisabeth Bronfen, Professor of British and American Studies at the University of Zurich, exclaims as she begins her lecture in the Ella Weed Room in Milbank.  The jam packed room is in a feminist trance like no other.

Before the lecture begins, we’re introduced to Bronfen’s impressive and fascinating career. Bronfen is a Global Distinguished Professor of German at NYU, and her interdisciplinary career includes studies on literature, film, psychoanalysis, gender studies, and cultural theory. I know I’m in for something glorious when I learn that one of her most famous books is titled “Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity, and the Aesthetic” (YAS).

(more…)

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Bwog loves you man.

Bwog loves you more.

Last night, General Studies Student Council efficiently expanded upon some started projects whilst giving us a taste of what’s to come! Bwog GSSC Bureau Chiefs Romane Thomas and Jennifer Nugent indulge us here with the highlights.

GSSC updated its information on the food bank and chose Bwog as its first platform for its press-release (#stars). The chief of policy will finalize a proposal regarding GSSC’s Constitution bylaws, which will soon be updated.

The Communications team set up a timeline for the creation of the GSSC website. The primary goal of the new platform will be to “channel more GSSC resources & events to students”. An October 31st deadline was proposed for the completion of the website.

Finance announced the components of this year’s budget. The council proposed to amend the budget in order to move $5000 from the Gala budget to the organizations Snack Attacks, Student Events, and Co-Sponsorships. However, this amendment was not passed and the council voted to approve the original budget.

Campus Life was praised for the smooth organization of the Welcome Back Party. Campus Life managed to raise capacity by 100 people and drop the cost by 1/3. Most importantly, these bwoggers can attest that the food was great and the party was poppin’. Finally, Jacob Case was nominated as VP of Finance and Tony Kim as Vice Alumni Affairs Representative.

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Alma is down for anti-consumerist, glorified muzak based on 80s and 90s sampled music

If you’re familiar with most modern art movements, music genres, aesthetics, and, of course, a e s t h e t i c s, you’re probably an expert on vaporwave (or, at least, you spend more than enough time on the internet). Despite considering himself knowledgeable about most musical genres, Arts Editor Gowan Moise knew absolutely nothing about vaporwave. Having attended a meeting of Columbia’s Vaporwave Club, he… regrets to inform you that he stills considers himself ignorant about whatever the hell vaporwave actually is.

Despite the supposed 500+ activities, clubs, and organizations here at Columbia, every once in a while, a few students will get together and decide that Columbia doesn’t offer exactly what their looking for in a club. So, they take it upon themselves to face the Activities Board’s arduous process of gaining recognition, and they begin the process of garnering interest, finding members, and most importantly, holding meetings.

Having held its very first meeting this past Monday, one of Columbia’s newest ‘unofficial’ clubs is the Columbia Vaporwave Club, self-described as the “club for enthusiasts, producers, broadcasters, and those who want to learn more about vaporwave art, music, music videos, and whatever other media may fit under the category of vaporwave.” Started this past July, the club’s main form of communication is a single Facebook page where individuals can share content related to vaporwave and organize to plan meetings.

Now, if you’re like me, all this talk of vaporwave raises a question: what the hell is vaporwave?

Find out about vaporwave after the jump

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This is why we can't have nice things - image via kappit.com

This is why we can’t have nice things

Happy hump day! Here’s some weird, wacky Wednesday news to relieve your mid-week malaise.

On Tuesday, The Anti-Defamation League declared Pepe the frog as a hate symbol. The popular meme started off innocently enough, but recent usage by white supremacists and anti-Semitics have tarnished the image’s reputation. Love it or hate it, it’s RIP Pepe. (TIME)

The first-ever baby with three parents was born in New York City five months ago, according to a recent report. The baby, in risk of inheriting a rare mitochondrial disease from the mother, received a mitochondrial DNA implant from a donor. Although the operation is still illegal in the United States (the implant was performed in Mexico), the implantation of a third set of DNA is gaining traction as a potential cure for certain diseases. (The Washington Post)

A Tennessee woman reportedly returned home to find two burglars having sex on her couch. The male burglar fled the scene, while the female burglar was caught and held under a $30,000 bond. “I picked up my broom, I wanted to hit the man so hard,” the burglary victim was quoted saying. We at Bwog would have reacted the same way, to be honest. (Cosmopolitan)

Are you so done with people? Elon Musk announced Tuesday that SpaceX will make self-sustaining colonies on Mars a reality within the next 50-150 years. According to Musk, a ticket to the red planet, when available, will cost you around $200,000. The company has enjoyed recent success with its latest rocket landing missions. (CNN)

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No crosswalks in sight!!

Though some Columbia students avoid going to Claremont at all costs, one Bwogger and 47 Claremont resident has to cross the street every day to get home…and there are no crosswalks.

Claremont Avenue runs only 11 blocks (from 116th Street to Tiemann Place), and it completely lacks crosswalks. Though Google Maps shows crosswalks at 120th and 122nd, they seem to have since been paved over, and the new pavement creates another concern, too–that cars can drive faster down the street more easily (without the fear of potholes).

For residents of 47 Claremont and Elliot, the main concerns are the intersections of 116th and Claremont and 119th and Claremont (where students must cross over to enter Barnard’s campus). Claremont is always lined with cars (as most NYC streets are), but due to the construction on Barnard’s campus and the delivery entrance right by the Claremont entrance to Barnard, the street is also often doubly lined with bulky vans and trucks that are difficult to peek around when trying to look both ways before crossing the street.

While Claremont is obviously not as busy as Broadway or Amsterdam, we’re still convinced that we’re going to be walking back from 1020 (or, God forbid, Butler) some weekend night and get hit by the Uber of someone who didn’t feel like trekking back from Mel’s.

Check out the crosswalk-less street for yourself:

 

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