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CU admin is unfair. Prezbo is in there.

CU admin is unfair. Prezbo is in there.

Although the stress from finals seems far from our minds, Orgo Night drama has been relevant as ever. Over winter break, we received a tip that included the text of a resignation email the Head of the New Jersey Alumni Representative Committee (ARC), Kevin Chapman, sent to the rest of the organization. He cited the university’s attempt to terminate Orgo Night as his reason for leaving, calling their decision “wrong-headed” and “one that seems to be an attempt to censor the content of the Band’s performance in direct contravention of the principles of free speech for which Columbia purports to stand.” Chapman ties his frustration back to his role as a member of the ARC, saying that Columbia’s action and methods prevent him from “in good conscience, recommending Columbia to high school seniors as an environment of free expression, intellectual honesty, and open discussion of ideas.” He concludes the email with a call for other members to join him in hopes to invoke change.

Seeing alumni step up in defense of Orgo Night and a fair discussion between The University and The Band is pretty cool. Hopefully, more members of the alumni community will voice their support of the tradition (or at least more transparency) as well.

Edit, as of 10:15 pm: Kevin Chapman is the parent of one of our staff members. This member had no part in writing the post.

Read full email after jump

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Where we learned what Bad and Boujee meant to Donald Glover

Where we learned what Bad and Boujee meant to Donald Glover

Whether you took a plane from across the world or took a walk from a few blocks away, we’ve all returned to campus and are remembering how tiring (and wet) Columbia can be. Before we get back to working hard (or hardly working), here is a playlist to add some bump to your grind. 

  1. Cranes in the Sky by Solange – “It’s like [the Barnard crane] in the sky.”
  2. Am Bet’alaa Feek by Nancy Ajram – A song of longing for when you’re trying to get off that seminar waitlist.
  3. Caroline by Aminé – An upbeat tune that will get you ready for your 8:40 (ugh).
  4. Pray by Terror Jr – Like the moody boy in your CC class, this song talks about the connection between sex and religion.
  5. Vesperae solennes de confessore in C Major, K. 339: IV. Laudate Dominum by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – A different sort of prayer than the former (s/o to Music Hum for introducing us to this piece).
  6. Bad and Boujee (feat. Lil Uzi Vert) by Migos – The source of every Instagram caption of the past couple of weeks…it’s a good song, though.
  7. Star Roving by Slowdive – The first Slowdive release in 22 years, this song is good for wandering around campus on a grey day like today.
  8. Mad by Solange & Lil Wayne – More Solange because this album is excellent (as is this Lil Wayne feature).
  9. Party Monster by The Weeknd – A dark tune for winter weekend nights.
  10. If I Ain’t Got You by Alicia Keys – “I don’t want nothing at all/If it ain’t you, baby/If I ain’t got you, baby”–a song for reuniting with friends after winter vacation.

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What we imagine GSSC meetings would taste like, if they were a dessert

What we imagine GSSC meetings would taste like, if they were a dessert

GSSC became the first student council to convene in 2017 last night with a short, sweet, and informative meeting. Romane Thomas and Jennifer Nugent were in attendance as always, to provide you with the highlights.

Last night, General Studies Student Council met for a total of 18 minutes for a welcome back meeting that unfolded with fun and efficiency.

President LaRosa opened the meeting by welcoming the council back and announcing that the positions of first year president, senior treasurer and student with disabilities representative are now open for application. LaRosa also stated that the GSSC food bank was now officially the Columbia University Food Bank. He announced that this semester, the focus of GSSC will be on mental health and constitutional review as well as bylaws.

The VP of Campus Life enumerated the events for this semester. The senior winter ball will take place on January 26 and costs $12 for tickets. On February 3, GSSC will also volunteer at the church at 114th and Broadway. According to the VP, the organization of gala is underway and GSSC is ahead of schedule in this respect.

After these updates, GSSC voted on the tree lighting budget of $3,545 for the past event. Ramond Curtis asked whether this spending was over or under the original budget. VP of Finance stated that the spending was over the budget due to the unexpected cost of givaways.

The metaphorical cherry on our metaphorical lives via ClipArt Lord

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Braving the cold (and the human interaction) for those sweet, sweet tix

Braving the cold (and the human interaction) for those sweet, sweet tix

This Friday, Columbia’s TIC office will open in Lerner, selling Columbia students discounted tickets to Broadway shows, the Metropolitan Opera, Carnegie Hall, and more. But even these discount tickets are often fairly pricey – a ticket to Aladdin in March, for example, is $59. To help out those of you not quite ready to shell out money at the TIC, Managing Editor (and penniless arts lover) Betsy Ladyzhets has put together a list of places you can get cheap tickets to shows, concerts, and other arts events outside of Columbia.

  • Broadway Week: Two for one tickets are being offered right now with a special promotion that lasts from January 17 to February 5. Speed is of the utmost importance for this opportunity – many shows are already sold out.
  • TKTS: The Theater Development Fund (TDF) has three discount ticket booths in NYC: one in Times Square “under the red steps” in Father Duffy Square at Broadway and 47th Street; one in South Street Seaport, at the corner of Front and John Streets, near the rear of the Resnick/Prudential Building at 199 Water Street; and one in downtown Brooklyn, in 1 MetroTech Center at the corner of Jay Street and Myrtle Avenue Promenade. These booths have same-day tickets to Broadway and off-Broadway musicals, plays, and dance productions between 20% and 50% off regular prices. You can see which tickets are available at any given moment on TKTS live. If you plan on trying TKTS, it’s good to get there at least half an hour before the booth opens to secure a decent spot in line.
  • Playbill: This list has information for rush, lottery, and standing room only policies for all Broadway shows. Playbill has rush and lottery information for many off-Broadway shows as well.
  • TodayTix: This app boasts last-minute Broadway deals and other theater tickets; you can both get tickets at discounted prices and sign up for daily lotteries for many popular shows.
  • Tix4Students: Anyone at least 18 and currently enrolled (part time or full time) in an undergraduate or graduate program at an accredited college or university can create an account on this site, which then gets you access to Broadway and off-Broadway tickets at heavily discounted prices. (The average is $40 per ticket.)

More (non-theater) ticket info after the jump

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Pick up the phone baby

Before you head to class (or if you’re already in your 8:40– yikes!), check out our improved Bwoglines. Get a taste of what’s happening somewhere else, right here in NYC, and right-right here on campus. 

Happening in the world: President Obama cut short Chelsea Manning’s sentence with 3 days left in his presidency. Manning, a transgender woman imprisoned for leaking military secrets to Wikileaks, was scheduled to be released in 2045 but will be freed this May instead. (New York Times)

Happening in NYC:  The New York state senate voted down a bill that would have allowed a five cent fee on plastic bags in New York City. After contentious debate, the bill will now head to the State Assembly. (Gothamist)

Happening on campus:  ONYX, the only all women’s hip-hop dance troupe on campus, is hosting their Spring auditions today! It will be in Lerner E477 at 8PM.

Overheard: “I woke up with mouse shit in my bed.”

An Old Celebrity Tweet: 

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I know you’re home baby via ABC 

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Sliding into spring semester

If you slide into the spring semester this happy then you’re doing something right.

With the new semester upon us, Bwog takes a look back at winter break. No one seems to be happy on this rainy first day of classes, so we’ve decided to cheer you up! Winter Break was long overdue, but with break came its own challenges: Bwog gives you the rundown on what happened on our vacations. 

The Good:

  • Went to the naked Korean spa with my mom.
  • Ate an entire Costco-sized bag of dried mango.
  • Applied to roughly 100 internships.
  • Bought my sister 5 bottles of alcohol when I dropped her off at school in Canada (I don’t even need a fake to buy alc there!)
  • Drove for first time since June, didn’t crash.
  • Actually bought gifts for everyone I wanted to this year!
  • Carried a tote bag of seashells through two rounds of customs, border control, and security; worried they would think sharp part of shells could be considered a weapon but they didn’t!
  • Got interrogated by my dad when he found my fake. He asked me, “So, you’re 21 now?” I responded, “No dad, I’m 22.” He laughed. I kept my ID.
  • Worked all of break which sucked, but I made bank!
  • Jumped into the ocean on Christmas Day to participate in New England masochism.
  • Took my parents to Symposium. They bought me sangria and my dad made friends with the staff.
  • Learned a lot about volleyball in a very short amount of time.
  • Went snowmobiling.
  • A friend of mine from high school now owns a bus.

Cringe-worthy stories after the jump.

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beautiful voicez

Beautiful voices

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.

Recommended 

  • Book Launch: “Building the New American Economy: Smart, Fair & Sustainable” Wednesday, January 18, 2017 4:30 PM – 6:00 PM. Low Library Rotunda. Jeffrey D. Sachs. (RSVP)
  • ” New York Polyphony: Palestrina’s Marcellus Mass” Saturday, January 21, 2017 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
    Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W. 46 St. New York Polyphony. 
  • “Sound Arts MFA Winter Weekend Exhibition” Saturday, January 21 and Sunday, January 22, 2017. Reception both evenings: 6:30 pm. Fridman Gallery, 287 Spring Street. Dani Dobkin, Ashley Grier, Geronimo Mercado, Elyse Blennerhassett, Ethan Edwards, and Lemon Guo.

More events after the jump!

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Did you spend NYE in Times Square? We sure the hell didn't.

Did you spend NYE in Times Square? We sure as hell didn’t.

Welcome to a new spring semester, Columbia! Although we’re already a few weeks into the new year, Bwog thought we’d do a comprehensive review of what Columbia will be leaving behind in 2016— as well as what we’re hoping to jump into in 2017. New year, new Columbia.

What we did leave behind in 2016:

  • Orgo Night.
  • DSpar.
  • Maggie.
  • Political integrity?
  • Our mental health.
  • Those big plush chairs outside of Ferris.
  • A Columbia grad in the White House.
  • Undeveloped Manhattanville wasteland.
  • Jamba Juice in JJ’s.

See the full list here!

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Let's just hope Trelawney doesn't see the Grim

Let’s just hope that your professor doesn’t   kill you off as often as Trelawney does to Harry

The cold, rainy, and gloomy weather might be a sign to just give up now, but let’s face our 8 ams with optimism: it’s syllabus week! We all wish that MLK’s birthday could defy logic and last for a week, but sadly the semester crept up on us and now it’s time to log off Netflix and face reality. We are all trying to keep our resolutions, whether it’s eating better or getting better grades. It’s more than likely that one or two of the professors on your schedule will try to make class more exciting by inserting memes into slides and trying to crack some jokes while reading the syllabus. Don’t get used to it: their resolutions won’t last a month let alone the whole semester.

Professors, like students, are unpredictable: they might show their dark side by giving you readings, or they could ease you into class with cool music or videos. Either way, CU professors are going to say some weird shit that deserves to be recognized. Whether it’s pure sass or lame jokes, we want to hear them all. Send all of the weird things your professors say this week to [email protected] or leave them in the comments section. We don’t need professors’ names or classes- just attempts at perfecting comedic timing will do.

Fingers-crossed for a good semester via Harry Potter Wiki

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The calm before the storm....

The calm before the storm….

Ready or not, here it comes: the new semester! With the new year comes changes, and Bwog has decided to change up Bwoglines for 2017. Bwoglines will give you a taste of international and NYC news along with interesting events happening on campus. 

Happening in the world: A suspect has been captured by the police for being involved in the terrorist attack on New Year’s Day in Istanbul. The attack was responsible for the lives of 39 people. The shooter Abdulgadir Masharipov along with four others were detained by police. ISIL has claimed responsibility for the attack. (Al Jazeera)

Happening in NYC: Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed new legislation that would take steps towards decriminalizing marijuana. Taking into account data that shows that “recreational users” aren’t dangerous, Cuomo plans to end prosecution against people that carry small amounts of weed. (Washington Times)

Happening on campus: Today marks the first day of the spring semester! If you need a refresher on how to use Courseworks, there will be a workshop in Butler from 12-1:15. (RSVP)

Overheard: “So should we buy Grey Goose or literal potato water?”

Music PickWant to get excited for new classes? If there’s one thing that you’ll carry into this semester, take a listen to Chance The Rapper’s recent album, Coloring Book. If you’re looking for something new, try The xx’s I See You album.

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We wish for more fun in 2017

We wish for more fun in 2017

This fall has truly been full of instability, both on and off campus. Bwog has recently seen its fifth Editor-in-Chief in as many semesters, Columbia students are realizing that their liberal bubble might not be as safe as it seemed, and Cannons is finally gone for good. Not all of these changes were bad, as The Reclining Figure found a home and Claremont finally got a crosswalk. Regardless of what happened, time passed as always. Before we head home to recharge over Winter Break, we want to recap the events of these past few months. 

Our semester began with some drama on Broadway as Deluxe finally closed and has yet to be replaced. To contribute to the instability, Barnard officially declared the Magnolia tree dead. A new tree will be planted on the lawn in Maggie’s place, but we’re uncertain that any flowering bough will ever truly be able to replace our favorite crying spot on campus.

Even though an intro lecture was held in the Diana Event Oval, our painfully boring academic lives carried on. The then-thriving hole that was Barnard’s library was partially to blame for lack of classroom space, but construction seems to be on track as the TLC finally started to rise (that’s Teaching and Learning Center… no updates on the increased Tender Love and Care).

Then, the Columbia bureaucracy reared its ugly head, as we were informed Columbia wanted to keep track of its reporters during protests, so we signed a form and got some fancy lanyards. We also found out Columbia would no longer allow students to record audio during gender based misconduct hearings. And we interviewed Marjory Fisher, the new Title IX coordinator, who defended that decision and gave us insight into the legal proceedings of gender-based misconduct investigations.

DSpar, Carman mold, and more after the jump

Dec

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A word cloud of all of the answers given by seniors to the cheese or oral sex question

Wordcloud of “Cheese or Oral Sex” answers – click for full size!

Bwog has been around for ten years, and no content has quite defined us like our Senior Wisdoms. We’ve seen some very good (and very bad) advice, but the posts are about more than just actual wisdom. Anyone who’s thought about writing a Senior Wisdom has inevitably had to contemplate – would I rather give up cheese or oral sex?

We’ve received many ridiculous answers. Some students would rather give up cheese – to quote Yoachim Haynes SEAS ’13, “Dairy products make me break out. Oral sex hasn’t done that to me yet…” Others know that they would rather sacrifice oral sex – Orli Matlow GS/JTS ’15 told us, “Cheese never asks for reciprocation, and what is the Lewinsky without the Mozzarella Cheese?” Others still avoid the question or give halfway answers, such as Yanyi Luo CC 13’s, “Both arguments would have holes in them.”

The answers are varied and hilarious, which is why few Bwog posts have fascinated me more than “Oral Sex or Cheese: The Truth Revealed?” In it, a mysterious student named Fromage ’13 analyzed hundreds of Senior Wisdom responses to see whether Columbia students preferred one over the other. They found that 42% of students would rather give up oral sex, compared to only 30% who would give up cheese. We’ve posted over 170 Senior Wisdoms since then – how do they change the numbers?

Graphs, school breakdowns, and gendered responses after the jump

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In our hearts, M2M is never closed

In our hearts, M2M is never closed

As many of us are aware, M2M recently pulled its health rating up from a C to a B. So, does that make it worth visiting? Or have its cheap Asian snack foods and underutilized seating area held allure all along? Internal editor Finn Klauber defends this hidden gem.

Look, I get it. M2M is just that weird Asian store tucked into an alcove on Broadway with a C (now a B!) health rating. And you’re probably just another middle class, non-Asian kid whose experiences with blue collar grime consist of leaving Bel Air on the freeway or standing in line behind some scary New Yorker when trying to buy beer at the NSOP Yankees game excursion. Why would you go to M2M? Sweetgreen is just twenty feet away, after all. Nothing screams out “new experiences” like spending more than 10 dollars on the luxury of an artisanal salad.

But, honestly, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. M2M is the hidden gem of the Morningside food and snack community, and it’s a shame that so few Columbia students see that C or B and decide to keep walking on. I was that Columbia student once, I know what it’s like. But M2M has a way of worming itself into your heart.

See, in the varying states of consciousness in which I’ve perused row after row of strangely detailed products packed with color, I have never been disappointed in my choices. Without engaging in a fetishization of East Asian culture, it is entirely appropriate to wonder at the vastly different trajectory on which Asian junk food developed opposed to that of our Western dominated culture. And M2M has managed to assemble the greatest collection of such delectable treats in the near Upper West Side. All you have to do is look inside.

So, what exactly is so great about M2M’s snack collection?

Dec

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Three semesters in and the view is still pretty nice.

The view hasn’t gotten old yet.

When the newness is gone, does the malaise set in? Halfway through and taking a break before Round Two, Bwog babe Lila Etter decided to prepare for the second half of her sophomore year by reflecting on the first.

It was a little over four years ago when I first learned the full definition of the word “sophomoric.” I had just finished my freshman year in high school, and during the first week of summer my dad made a (somewhat facetious) comment about how he couldn’t wait for me to become truly sophomoric. He made this comment in front of me, but directed toward my mother, who smiled, nodded, and said, “You’re right. If we already thought she was a know-it-all, she’s about to be downright insufferable.” My confusion was evident, so they humored me with an explanation. As a soon-to-be sophomore in high school, I was about to take on a new persona of increased pretension. Sophomoric, as in: one’s second year, but also as in: intellectually overconfident and conceited, while simultaneously immature.

I, of course, resented this accusation at the time, labelling it as premature and overly critical of teenagers. Hindsight really is 20/20, though. Reflecting on what I was like as a sophomore in high school and as a fifteen-year-old, I know now that I was no exception to any rule about adolescent attitude. I was outspoken and precocious, aware of my own intellect and ready to defend it at any time, whether or not the situation actually called for it. I favored obscure books I thought no one else knew. I felt wise beyond my years and enjoyed praise from adults affirming that I carried myself with the assurance of a “much older girl.” This sophomoric nature irritated my parents when it manifested itself as correcting their grammar, dismissing their advice, and refusing to believe that anyone knew better than I did – including the two humans who had created me. They’ve since forgiven me for this year (these years, more accurately) of juvenile hubris, knowing it’s worth it now that they can tease me for it. I still recall myself at this age and cringe sometimes, but then again, who doesn’t?

Even more reflections after the jump.

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Whether it's by plane, train, or bus, get ready to say goodbye to Columbia for a bit!

Whether it’s by plane, train, or bus, get ready to say goodbye to Columbia for a bit!

Bwogline: Despite bipartisan support for the issue, the North Carolina legislature failed to repeal the controversial House Bill No. 2, which limited bathroom access and other human rights for LGBTQ people. (New York Times)

Study Tip: If you still have finals, you’re probably in cram mode. Give yourself a little break before your last test (or before you conclude your last essay) and grab a piece of chocolate – some studies say that it helps memory, but regardless, it’s worth it.

Music: Whether you need bravery for your last final, for your fear of planes, or just because you’re about to face a lot of intense family time, we all could use some bravery in our lives. Let Sara Bareilles inspire you as you get ready to end the semester.

Procrastination: Read all the CULPA reviews for your professors for next semester, and get ahead of the game by googling / wikipedia-ing them. You can procrastinate saying goodbye to your professors from this semester by getting ready for the next one!

Overheard: “I can’t wait to live with my friends next year so that I can tell them all the shit they do that pisses me off.”

Leaving on a Jet Plane via JFK Airport

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