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A few days ago, we received a lengthy tip from a “Randall Owen” allegedly detailing the planning and culmination of a large scale prank on an ignorant EC suite. One of the members of the suite, after his roommate graduated this past semester, conspired with his RA and his impending roommate to create “Randall” under the pretense that “Randall” was actually moving into the suite as a transfer student. As “Randall” relates in his email, the prank involved multiple schemes to slowly convince the suite “that I was a raging asshole.”

"Not in the Columbia system yet"

After starting with some polite introductions and an explanation that he didn’t have a social media presence, “Randall” began surreptitiously trolling the suite.

Click here for more Randall hijinks

Jan

22

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Did YOU make it to Sig Nu last night? ...We sure didn't.

Did YOU make it to Sig Nu last night? …We sure didn’t.

If you’re anything like first year Bwogger Sarah Kinney, then you spent your Saturday night in bed feeling less than fantastic. But if there’s one thing worse than being sick, it’s watching everyone else be not-sick. Browsing through your friends’ Snapchat stories brings feelings of “dammit that looks fun;” “oh, they’re just as boring as me;” and everything in between. Here’s a definitive guide to the kinds of snapchat stories you’ll see while spending your Saturday night in bed.

The Frat Party-goers
These snap stories are nearly always videos (and usually start with a good ole’ Carman pregame). Flashing lights, loud music, red solo cups, and endless dancing. Peep the crime watch poster in the Beta basement, the neon ΔΣ letters on the wall. Everyone is drunk. Everyone is screaming. It looks #lit, but also, you couldn’t be more thankful that you’re not there. But wait, who’s that in the background of that video? Your RA? Well, you’ll be damned. Maybe it would have been fun to be there. Nevertheless, you take another sip of tea, grateful you’ll be waking up without a hangover.

CLick to see the rest…

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screen-shot-2017-01-22-at-2-54-42-pmDo you aspire to be a journalist, reporting on news that resonates with the lives of thousands, quenching the unquenchable thirst of knowledge of the lusty students dwelling in Morningside Heights? Do you wish to become a writer, pouring your heart out and digging into your deepest thoughts, just to have an anonymous Bwog commenter demand you, in solemn imperative, to “suck the biggest, veiniest cock”? Do you imagine an utopian future, where there would be no “ashamed alums” calling you out because your article is “rife with grammatical and spelling mistakes”?

If your answers to all the questions above are affirmative, come to Bwog today at Lerner 505, 7 pm. Spec may have size, but we have love.

For more info, visit the FB event page.

poster via Betsy Ladyzhets

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Luke Petrasek, Columbia basketball player, dribbling the ball

You were supposed to be the chosen one!

Sports Editor and enthusiast, Ross Chapman, shared his insights on men’s basketball game last night. Things may not turned out the way he wished they would be. 

In sports jargon, the “goat” of the game is the player who loses the game for their team, usually at the last minute. This is usually an unfair brand – even if one player has a bad night, others have the opportunity to step up, and most games have many potential turning points. The goat, therefore, is usually a knee-jerk reaction to a close ending, and often just a scapegoat instead.

But it was hard not to feel like Luke Petrasek let his team down last night.

Petrasek, Columbia Men’s Basketball’s leader in shooting and three-point shooting, went cold for the whole night in a 67-62 loss to Cornell on Saturday. From beyond the arc, he shot 0-6, which was indicative of Columbia’s troubles shooting in all facets of the game. Columbia took 17 more shots than Cornell, thanks to offensive rebounding and 22 Cornell turnovers, but ended the game with fewer baskets. Not accounting for Freshman Guard Mike Smith, who went off this game, Columbia shot 13-47 (27.7%) and 3-16 (18.8%) from three-point distance.

In a back and forth matchup, it was Petrasek who had the opportunity to tie the game up at 65 in the final moments. After he made a lay-up to make the score 62-65 with 30 seconds remaining, Columbia’s Rodney Hunter stole the ball from Cornell’s Matt Morgan. As the Lions passed the ball around the perimeter , Petrasek was the one who took a shot from the right wing, but it came up short and was rebounded by Cornell. This came mere minutes after Petrasek missed another three that would have given the Lions the lead. Not only did the missed three-pointers account for a possible 18 points, but none of them were rebounded by the offense and turned into second-chance points.

But is it right to call him a goat? See after the jump.

Jan

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I’m so indie I only listen to Georgian folk music

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

  • “Energy and Environment Policy Under Trump” Monday, January 23, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Pulitzer Hall World Room. Jim Connaughton, Jeff Kupfer, and Bob McNally. (RSVP)
  • “What Really Happened? Latinos and the 2016 Elections” Teachers College Cowin Auditorium. Tuesday, January 24. 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Cristina Beltrán, Arturo Carmona,Maria Hinojosa, Ali A. Valenzuela. (RSVP)
  • “The Way to the Spring: Life and Death in Palestine” Pulitzer Hall World Room, Columbia Journalism School. Wednesday, January 25. 6:00 pm. Ben Ehrenreich and Colm Tóibín. 

See what else is going on this weekmore

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Hello dear readers! This semester, Bwog is redesigning Bwoglines, in order to make this feature more relevant to the Columbia student experience. We hope you’ll enjoy our new format!

Happening in the nation: Surprisingly, Donald Trump spent his first presidential day accusing journalists of being “the most dishonest human beings on Earth” as he insists that the media deliberately falsifying the size of the inauguration crowd. Press Secretary of the White House, Sean Spicer put this delusion in words: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period — both in person and around the globe.”

Happening in NYC: Yesterday, about 400,000 people showed up at the Women’s March in New York City. The Second Avenue, 42nd street, and the Fifth Avenue were packed with people protesting against the new administration.

Happening on campus: Tomorrow, CU Ballroom will be holding its winter showcase from 10 pm to 11:30 pm. For anyone who is interested in dancing or moving your body parts in general, there will also be a free beginner class on basic foxtrot and samba skills following the showcase.

Overseen:

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Cannons is turning into a Chinese place?

Today’s Featured Video:

Cannons be gone via Mia Lindheimer

Jan

21

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this mighty elixir will get us through the best of times and the worst of times

this mighty elixir will get us through the best of times and the worst of times

The bitter 2016 election and transition season ended on Friday with the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, marking the start of a new presidential administration. While it may soon be time to start looking ahead to the next four years, and to find ways in which to heal America’s divisions, Columbia students used last night to express their sentiments towards the inauguration in various ways.

Some looked for inspiration from the arts, nature, food, etc:

  • Got through inauguration day by listening through Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album
  • Smoked a bowl with matches; felt in touch with the earth
  • Started watching Westworld
  • Saw Hidden Figures (for the second time) in the hopes of feeling inspired rather than depressed; it worked, but only for the duration of the movie
  • Went out to the nicest dinner ever experienced since moving to the city
  • Laughed way too hard at that video of Melania giving Michelle a gift at the White House
  • Ate way too much candy

Some looked to forget:

  • Ignored literally everything about the inauguration and pretended Donald Trump didn’t exist
  • Got drunk in the middle of Pennsylvania with around 30 other Asians
  • Started drinking at 5:30pm
  • Watched a friend who literally never drinks down a shot of vodka… later, he said that he “didn’t feel real”
  • Went to Pisticci at 10pm and drank a lot of red wine
  • Turned off my phone for the entire day to distract myself from anything political; it worked!

Some looked to remember the past:

  • Celebrated Obama’s last night in office by going to a gay bar
  • Rewatched SNL skits from the election; 2016’s election season was a goldmine for SNL
  • Drunkenly cried to videos of Michelle Obama before going to bed

glass of red wine via Wikipedia.org

Jan

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We're Fayerweather fans, but Schermerhorn isn't really that bad either.

We’re Fayerweather fans, but Schermerhorn isn’t really that bad either.

Continuing with our series on underutilized but fully available Columbia libraries, Bwog next spotlights a library tucked away in Schermerhorn—the Geology Library. Though often eclipsed by the artsy and sophisticated Avery Library, the Geology Library proffers a legitimate substitution to the soul sucking lower bowels of Butler and the superficiality of Avery.

Location: 601 Schermerhorn. Accessible library.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 AM to 7 PM. Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Saturday-Sunday, 12 PM to 5 PM.

Contact: (212) 854-4713;[email protected]; http://library.columbia.edu/locations/science-engineering/about.html#geology

Seats:

  • Total: 26 Seats
  • Carrels: 11 Seats
  • Tables: 8 Seats
  • Computer Booths: 5 Seats
  • Overstuffed Chairs: 2 Seats
  • Seats for Talking: 0 (no talking zones)

Geology is a cool science ngl

Jan

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Which liquor store near Columbia do you really identify with? Here is a little quiz for you to find out which MoHi liquor store you are!

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Okay, so today's march might not be quite this impressive...

Okay, so today’s march might not be quite this impressive…

Have a couple hours to spare this afternoon? Feeling a bit shook after certain national events? The Women’s March on NYC is your chance to stand up for the values of equality and inclusivity, and to send a message to the new presidential administration. On that note, Bwog is here with the necessary details to help you plan out your afternoon of activism!

Start times are being staggered for the Women’s March for crowd control purposes. If you haven’t registered, and have decided spontaneously to participate, you can still show up at 4:00 pm in the Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue) and join in the march. The 4:00 pm start time for non-registered marchers is highly recommended by the organizers, but it’s also possible for individual marchers to join in between 1:00 – 4:00 pm, if an earlier start time is more convenient. The staggered start times and route map can be accessed here. And if you can’t march until later in the afternoon but want to head downtown earlier, there will be extra events in the One UN Hotel (One UN Plaza, 44th St. between 1st and 2nd Ave.) from now until 5:00 pm.

If you’re marching, remember to bring a cell phone, water, and snacks. It might also be wise to go in a group, or at least let a friend know where you’re going to be. You can find advice on interactions with police and other protest possibilities on the Green and Black Cross website. Plus, many local and national news outlets have been covering the NYC Women’s March, so you can stay informed even if you’re unable to attend.

If you go to Barnumbia, you have at least a little bit of activist within you! Whether you’re a veteran activist or one who’s never been to a demonstration, the Women’s March looks to be an impactful, effective event welcoming participants of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The greater the number, the louder the message!

1963 March on Washington via PingNews

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Hello dear readers! This semester, Bwog is redesigning Bwoglines, in order to make this feature more relevant to the Columbia student experience. We hope you’ll enjoy our new format!

Happening in the nation: Within hours of his inauguration, United States President Donald Trump signed his first executive order, directing the government to scale back Obama’s legacy Affordable Care Act. However, the order is unlikely to create any immediate consequences, as Republicans still lack their own healthcare policy to replace Obamacare. (The New York Times)

Happening in NYC: Women’s marches are happening all over the country to protest the recent inauguration of President Donald Trump. New York City’s Women’s March, happening this morning, is expected to be among the largest in the country, drawing more than 65,000 participants. (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Interested in trying something completely new this semester? Orchesis, Columbia’s largest dance group, is hosting auditions today and tomorrow in 11 Barnard Hall, and will be casting all who audition, regardless of style and prior dance experience. Auditions will be happening today from 9-11am and from 12-2pm, and tomorrow from 9-11am.

Overheard: “Why is she [incoming junior] rooming with sophomores? They’re just gonna drag her down in the lottery.”

Today’s Featured Throwback Music Video: You are loved. You are enough. Baby, you were born this way.

Jan

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And an apple for you too, dear, for all the trials you must have suffered to come to this point.

Even though the harsh snows are yet to pass, can you feel it in your bones? A warm breeze; your limbs, unfurling from a cold hibernation; the reds and pinks of blooming acer palmatum, magnolia x soulangeana, and those berries you see in the bushes and then wonder if they’re edible or not. Every beginning of the semester, we bring you some of the best remarks from professors in the first week of school; after all, nothing quite has the essence of spring semester “new year, new me” as their words do.

Christian Rojas, Organic Chemistry I: “Sometimes in this class I will test you by making some stupid error on the board.”

John Morrison, History of Philosophy II Aquinas to Kant: “What is the sweetie you love, except for a collection of particles and calcium and water?”

Rashid Khalidi, Democracy in the Middle East: “Lebanese politics is actually one of the most amusing topics.”

Marcel Agueros, Earth, Moon, and Planets: “As you can imagine, when you search for ‘moon walk’ videos on Youtube a lot of conspiracy videos will show up.”

Rachel Eisendrath, Shakespeare I: “We were assigned this room. I hate this room. It feels like the crisis has happened.”

Elia Rudoni, Poetry as Neurosis: Lucan’s Bellum Civile: “Are you one of the three girls I met at a [classics department] party?”

Alfred MacAdam: After realizing neither he nor his students know how to raise the projector screen – “Well, what good are any of you all, anyway?”

Brendan O’Flaherty, Principles of Economics: “A ham sandwich would have beaten Trump in the election.”

An Apple for the Teacher, but None for Me in This Capitalist World via PublicDomainPictures.net

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Earlier today we received a tip regarding the defacement of a Wien 6 bulletin board with anti-Donald Trump credos and threatening statements regarding President Trump and his “supporters.” These messages seem to have appeared overnight, likely anticipating the President’s inauguration today in Washington D.C. The appearance of these intimidating statements is the latest in a series of tense campus outbursts regarding the candidacy and presidency of Donald Trump.

Although Bwog reached out to both the Wien 6 Resident Advisor as well as the Wien Resident Hall Director, neither were available to comment upon this incident. We will further update the story as soon as we receive a statement regarding the vandalism and intimidation of students.

Pictures of the graffitied statements are expanded below to depict the statements as clearly as possible, with the writing of the Wien vandal further captioned below each picture.

Click here to see the pictures

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All hail the 45th President of the United States!

All hail the 45th President of the United States!

Disturbed? Exhausted? Not sure what to make of certain events today? Come see Columbia University Marching Band perform their own satirical take of today’s function. CUMB will inaugurate their own new president (Vladimir Putin, with his “First Lady not-so-elect,” Donald Trump) tonight on the stage of all new beginnings: Low Steps. The event will begin at 9 pm and end at around midnight.

Vladdy via PRI

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Will the line be out the door?

Will the line be out the door?

Have you ever wanted to brag to your friends about how culturally enlightened you are? Have you ever wanted to do something so high class on weekends, you belong in a nineteenth century period drama? Have you ever wanted to spend your money on something more sophisticated than lamb gyros? Of course you have – you go to Columbia.

Luckily for you, the Columbia Arts Initiative offers a way for you to do all three of these things, rolled into one classy, cultural experience. The Ticket and Information Center (TIC) on the second floor (or campus level) of Lerner discounted tickets to Broadway shows, New York Philharmonic concerts, and numerous other theater, music, and dance performances in NYC. And the first day that office is open this semester is today, starting at 1 pm.

But before you start lining up in the Lerner lobby, consider this: all of the tickets offered at the TIC are also offered online on the Arts Initiative website. You can feel classy from the comfort of your dorm room!

And if the TIC’s prices are still a little high for you, don’t worry – we’ve found some great deals on rush and student tickets for some of the same performances.

Lerner on a day probably far sunnier than today via Columbia’s website

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