Written by Idris O'Neill
Blue Shift, Columbia’s undergraduate astronomy club with a shared proclaimed interest in astronomy and astrophysics, is hosting the Arts & Astros events from 4:30 to 6:30 PM today and providing snacks. No knowledge of either topic is necessary for attendance. Bring along your friends who commonly confuse astronomy and astrology to this event – you can’t lose!
Some highlights for this event include Black Holes & A Response to Hammond: An Essay on the Nature of Black Queer Femme Sexuality with Amani Garvin and Real Astrology with Moiya McTier.
Written by Idris O'Neill
Happening in the World: After finding the skeleton of what was previously conspired to be alien remains in Chile, dubbed Ata by collectors, scientists have confirmed with genetic analysis that the skeleton belonged to a newborn female with multiple gene mutations, resulting in dwarfism and scoliosis, among other genetic conditions. The bones are said to be no more than forty years old, speaking to the inaccessibility of health care in remote regions. (BBC)
Happening in the US: You’re not the only one perplexed by how uncomfortably long winter is this year. Researchers have linked the increasing frequency of late winter storms to climate change, as warm temperatures above the Atlantic Ocean which would otherwise regulate the weather force condensed pockets of cold. (Washington Post)
Happening in New York: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell roughly 724 points among recent news of President Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on Chinese imports. While this Bwogger isn’t quite sure what that means, it sure spells trouble for people who do. (New York Times)
Happening on Campus: Blue Shift’s Arts & Astro events will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. A post further detailing these events will be released today, so keep an eye out!
Bop of the Day:
Weird Science via Public Domain Pictures
Written by Danielle Mikaelian
SEAS student John Paul Mester has gone missing. The Department of Public Safety notified students at 12:34 am via email that the department was notified of his disappearance on the evening of March 22nd. Mester is a white male who is 23 years of age, approximately 5’8″ in height, and weighs about 150 lbs. He was last seen in Schapiro Hall (605 W 115th) on the morning of March 19th wearing a gray Michigan hoodie.
If you have had any recent contact with Mester, or know any information about his whereabouts, please contact Detective Rojas at 212-678-1351 or Public Safety at 212-854-5555. We will continue to update this post as more information becomes available.
John Paul Mester via Columbia University Department of Chemistry
It’s that time of year again: get ready for posters, platforms, and promises to fix any and all common Columbia complaints. The deadline to register has passed, so now we can present all the candidates for CCSC and ESC in the upcoming Spring 2018 election cycle. Study up, because all of these people are probably going to try to be your new best friend in the next few weeks.
All of this will be overseen by the new Columbia Elections Commission, formed in February of this year, following the dissolution of the Columbia Elections Board. Additionally, if you missed the deadline and are heartbroken that you won’t get to represent your school for the next year (and are a SEAS student), ESC Representative for Racial Diversity and Inclusivity Issues and ESC Student Services Representative had no registered candidates and will be elected in Fall 2018.
Written by Lucy Danger
Morning To Midnight, more commonly known as M2M, is closing its location in Morningside Heights.
According to an employee, this installation is moving downtown because the company’s lease for their space, at Broadway and 115th Street, ran out. Employees were unable to tell us where exactly they are moving or how soon this move will take place. There is already one location of M2M on Waverly Place, near NYU.
Around 6 pm today, all of M2M’s large equipment, including shelving, stock, and refrigerators was seen being moved onto the sidewalk on Broadway, some of it into trucks. Their stock was moved out of the building, and they were not allowing anyone inside. This is a new development, as they were functioning normally as of this past Tuesday.
We will update this post as more information becomes available.
RIP M2M via Lucy Danger
Written by Jake Tibbetts
One of my favorite things to do when I have free time, which I rarely do, is people-watch—and as far as I’m concerned, there’s no better place to people-watch on campus than the computer lab on the third floor of Lerner Hall. Because my laptop is on its deathbed, I’ve been visiting the lab regularly this semester in order to complete assignments, and the more time I spend in there, the fonder my heart grows. Some of the things that I’ve seen in there are hard to describe. Just this past week, I saw someone laughing hysterically at something on his desktop, only to discover that he was staring at the log-in screen. A few days ago, I watched someone rush into the lab, grab a seat, take what looked like a container of some type of pill out of his bag, crush a few pills on the surface of the desk, swipe the pile of pill dust into a sandwich bag, and leave the lab as quickly as he entered.
Last month, the Student Affairs Committee announced at a University Senate plenary meeting that the computer lab will soon be converted into a meeting space, and though this transformation is yet to begin, I already feel, in a way, as though I’m grieving. In honor of this truly special space, I decided to spend my snow day doing what I normally do on Wednesdays: sitting myself down in a chair in the corner of the room and attempting to get work done. This time, though, I documented (almost) everything… for eight hours.
10:00am: After grabbing breakfast in John Jay, my dining hall of choice, I head over to the Lerner computer lab. It’s quiet: only three other people are here. This is fairly abnormal; I’ve never been in here when it wasn’t at least half full. The snow outside, I imagine, is to blame. Most people are likely sleeping in. I would have loved to do the same, but that simply wasn’t a possibility—I have a paper to write.
10:22am: It’s still disturbingly quiet. I’ve never seen anything quite like this. All three other people are keeping to themselves, and they all appear to be working on academic assignments. Good for them. I, personally, am distracted beyond belief: For twenty-two minutes, I have been looking at reviews of restaurants in Southwest Florida on the Zagat website.
10:37am: Finally, things are getting somewhat interesting. A dude walked in with a banana, left the banana on a desk, and disappeared. He’s been gone for about ten minutes. Here’s hoping that he comes back.
10:39am: Banana guy came back and retrieved his banana. All is well.
10:43am: A well-dressed middle-aged man has entered the room wielding what appears to be measuring tape. I would assume that he’s with Facilities, but he isn’t wearing anything to indicate that he works for the university. As I type, he’s measuring how tall one of the desks is.
10:57am: Someone entered the lab, sat next to me, looked at the computer screen, shouted an expletive, and moved to another computer. I’m dying to hear the story behind that, but I wouldn’t dare ask.
Written by Zack Abrams
Deputy Editor Zack Abrams is a big fan of sunlight and thus not a big fan of Daylight Saving Time. Read his thoughts below.
Winters are tough. Seasonal depression is at its height as it can heavily weight on your psyche having only a few hours of daylight where you’re not in class or in the library or sleeping through the morning. That’s why I was astonished to ascend from the bowels of Pupin Hall earlier this week after my LitHum class and see the sun… at 6 pm!
I had been accustomed to exiting my final class of the day in pure darkness. This felt like it was shortening my entire night; after dinner, it felt like bedtime, not free time with which I could get work done or relax. I’m not a morning person, so the shortened days felt even shorter considering that most of the daylight hours took place while I was still sleeping.
In a bizarre Act 3 plot twist that no one saw coming, Marco Rubio recently proposed legislation to make Daylight Saving time permanent, ending this ridiculous program that makes millennials sad and everybody else annoyed at having to fix their clocks two times a year. Rubio’s face turn from going to CNN to be yelled at while sheepishly supporting gun rights to national hero willing to make the hard choices in order to better America sets a precedent that we should all follow.
So get out there, take a photoshoot, bask in the sunny weather that will inevitably follow these ridiculous snowstorms, and appreciate the sun! Because before you know it, we have to fall back to the dark ages.
We’re back from break and that means getting back the midterms from that class that sounded like fun when you registered for it in December, but ended up being a lot more work than you expected. You might not have done as well as you hoped but that doesn’t mean you have to give up entirely. Turn your frown upside down, and Pass/D/Fail that class. Or maybe, you decided to P/D/F an elective that is proving to be easier than expected and you could use an extra boost. Whatever your predicament, you’ve got to resolve it quickly, because the deadline to P/D/F a class is tonight. SEAS students should also note that this is their deadline to drop a class (everyone else, we’re sorry but you missed your chance).
this is very serious via Bwog Archives
Bwogger Isabel Sepúlveda’s suite is having some TV-related issues. Namely, someone keeps breaking them and she’s tired of it.
I thought we were done with this shit. I stopped complaining about how unfair it was to every person who talked to me for more than 5 minutes. I paid the $60 Columbia charged me replace a TV in my lounge that I never used (okay, it was just charged to my account, but in my defense, I have like $20 in my bank account right now). We let it, and the lounge in general, collect dust as we all continued politely pretending the other people who lived in this suite don’t exist.
It was a system that worked for everyone, but I can’t keep pretending anymore. Suitemates, it’s time we had a talk, and since I couldn’t pick half of you out of a crowd, this is the best way to do it. And why do we need to talk, you may ask? Well, you see, hypothetical suitemate, I recently discovered someone smashed the screen of the television in our suite. It’s the second time this semester that’s happened and frankly, that’s a little ridiculous.
Happening in the World: Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned yesterday due to a vote-buying scandal that would have led to an impeachment vote today. He denies any involvement in the scandal but says that he does not want to impede the country’s progress. (BBC)
Happening in the US: As the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to hammer Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has now publicly addressed the issue. He said that Facebook had a “responsibility” to protect user data and that they would investigate apps that collect user data, stopping short of a full-fledged apology. (NYT)
Happening in NYC: Official announced that New York City has broken tourism records for the 8th year in a row, with 62.8 million tourists taking to the city in 2017, with record highs in both domestic and international tourists, despite restrictions by the federal government that make it more difficult to travel to the US. (Patch)
Happening on Campus: Head on over to Buell Hall for a screening of Tinghir-Jerusalem, followed by a talk with the director Kamal Hachkar. The film deals with the history of the Moroccan town he was born in, which once had a thriving Jewish population, and the close cooperation between the two groups that resided there.
Overheard: “Are we making a snowman or a penis?”
Word of the Day: Pardo, Spanish for the color between grey and brown, also known as the color of the ground once all this snow melts.
a modern depiction of hell via Bwog Archives
Written by Abby Rubel
Anne Cebula, BC ’20, took bronze at her second-ever Epee Junior World Cup in February. She’ll join teammate Gianna Vierheller on Team USA at the Junior World Championships come April, but until then she’s focused on calming her nerves with the help of the Bee Gees.
Although many elite fencers start their careers young, Cebula didn’t learn the sport until high school. She had been enraptured by the beauty of the sport since catching it on TV during the 2008 Olympics, but “my parents looked into it for about 10 minutes and realized that it’s thousands of dollars,” she said.
Her high school, however, had a free fencing club that taught Cebula the basic moves, and after her freshman year she was able to attend a week-long summer program at Fencers Club, where she now trains. Cebula’s promise became clear when she took first place at the program’s final tournament, although she initially didn’t expect much to come of playing the sport. “I just wanted to get good. I wanted to beat everyone in the room and then the room would get bigger and the room would get harder,” she said.
Although she attended Fordham immediately after graduating high school, the school’s lack of fencing team and small size frustrated Cebula. “I thought Barnard was small,” she said, “But Fordham was tiny, and it was stiflingly so.” Her transfer to Barnard enabled her to join a collegiate team for the first time. “Now that I’m on Columbia and I’m on a team, everyone’s been so welcoming and I’m really thankful for that,” she said.
Now that spring break is over and we’re staring down the last month and a half of the year, the entire student body seems jaded and ready to leave this campus for good. We at Bwog decided to take this time to look back at the most memorable first reactions we’ve witnessed to Columbia and all it’s…quirks. If you have any first reactions to Columbia you want to reminisce about, share them in the comments!
Not just Pantone 292 via Bwog Archives
Written by Jenny Zhu
According to CCE, there is currently “no centralized resource for finding [casual] on-campus employment.” Helpful. Whether you’re looking for a work-study job or are just looking for some extra pocket money, we’ve amassed a list of jobs on and around campus that are available for all to apply to, as well as some helpful details. Enjoy!
Mo Money Fewer Problems via Bwog Archives
Written by Cara Hudson-Erdman
Looking for a way to one-up your friend that studied abroad in Rome and won’t stop talking about how good the carbonara was? Here’s a healthier twist on the classic comfort dish that can also be tweaked for vegetarians and vegans. I cooked this over break and it was so delicious that I lost all my dignity and started eating the sauce straight from the blender with a spoon.
Butternut Squash Carbonara (adapted from Alison Roman)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup pancetta (Italian bacon), chopped OR shiitake mushrooms, chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
About half a butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into ½” pieces (about 3 cups)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups low-sodium chicken OR vegetable broth
12 oz. fettucine or linguine
¼ cup finely grated Pecorino, plus shaved for serving– Optional
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta or mushrooms, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8–10 minutes. Add sage and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pancetta and sage to a small bowl; set aside.
Add squash, onion, and garlic to skillet; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, 8–10 minutes. Add broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until squash is soft and liquid is reduced by half, 15–20 minutes. Pour into blender and puree until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Add cheese, blend again until combined in a creamy sauce. Taste it, make sure the ratios of salt, pepper, cheese, and sage are to your liking, and adjust as necessary. Pour over cooked pasta and add reserved pancetta and sage.To serve, add more shaved cheese and crumbled sage.
Photo via Bwogger Cara
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