Written by Nadra Rahman
The Satow Room held more than a few combative viewpoints last night. Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman brings you the deets, piping hot.
CCSC had an unusual number of guests last night—Deantini and Dean Kromm paid their semesterly visit, but their presence also drew protesters from 24/7 Columbia, a group that is demanding around-the-clock, in-person, unrestricted health care for all members of the Columbia community. The questions posed by members of CCSC to the deans were tame in comparison.
The protesters began by citing a re:claim article that reports administrative retaliation against students who seek help for health crises and sexual violence, such as suspension and expulsion. They asked how such retaliation could be justified, to which both deans responded they would need more details about individual circumstances; Kromm clarified, “That’s not my understanding of how things work here.”
Written by Thomas Saenz
Happening Around the World: Duchess Kate has given birth to her third child with Prince William, a baby boy. This child is now fifth in line for the British throne. (CBS)
Happening in the US: The hunt for the man who shot up a Waffle House in Kentucky, killing 4 individuals and injuring others, continues into its second day. Nashville schools have been placed on lockdown and police are attempting to trace the steps of the man convicted of the crimes. (Washington Post)
Happening in the City: Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that beginning in June, Central Park will become car-free, allowing for pedestrians and bikes to fully claim the drives below 72nd. Transverses that are used by cars and public buses on 65th, 79th, 86th, and 97th streets will not be affected. (NY Times)
Happening on Campus: “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Envisioning Change” will explore the development of sexual assault, specifically on college campuses, over the past 40 years and the response by administration to these issues, all while looking to the future in hopes to plan to eradicate the high percentages of sexual assault on campus. More information can be found on the Columbia Events Page.
Weather: Sunny and a high of 64 F / 18 C. Spring is definitely here!
Artist of the Week: Gian Lorenzo Bernini. How could you not love his sculptures and their intricate details???
Image via Recycled Bwog Images
Written by Timmy Wu
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. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or have a correction to make, please leave them in the comments.
Written by Alex Tang
We’re back with Science Fair, Bwog’s weekly curated list of interesting STEM-related talks, symposiums, and events happening on campus. For science and non-science majors alike, our list will bring you events that will satisfy your scientific curiosity for everything from astronomy to zoology, and everything in between.
For anyone, related-majors and non-majors alike:
Written by Bwog Staff
Last weekend, a young prospie acquainted with Bwog told us that, during the infamous New York City bus tour, she and other students were given bingo cards filled with “typical NYC sights” and were told to fill them out as they rode through the city. The cards, she told us, included such wholesome items as “sirens” and “neon signs.” We thought these were giving prospies a far-too-reductive picture of the city they might be about to inhabit for the next four years, so we’ve compiled our own bingo card with our own list of typical Morningside Heights sights. Barnard prospies on campus today and tomorrow, and any other Columbia students who might visit in the next few months: use this link to print 30 randomized bingo cards to play with your friends, or check out one representative card below.
Tags: if you take a picture of alma but dont post it on instagram does it make a sound?, morningside heights, tag yourselves we're 'poorly concealed bottle of alcohol', tbt to that bingo meme on twitter last summer, thanks sophia for the unintended pitch!, the free space is left of center like much of the student body here
Despite the best efforts of this grand university to crush everything and anything joyful about this place, the CU Marching Band… marches on, so to speak, releasing its first wave of flyers for Orgo Night. The time, as always, is at the witching hour of Reading Week; the place is somewhat up in the air. Wherever Orgo Night ends up, Bwog’ll be there; what about you?
All images via CUMB Ministry of Propaganda
Written by Isabel Sepúlveda
One half of the LLC (aka the two identical buildings next to John Jay), Hartley Hall in one of the oldest dorms on campus, and sometimes, it feels like it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t also a great place to live during your first year at Columbia and beyond!
Location: 1124 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 (between Hamilton and Wallach)
Nearby dorms: Wallach and John Jay are literally connected. Furnald, Carman, and Wein are a bit more of a hike but still only 3 minutes away.
Stores and restaurants: John Jay, JJ’s, Hamilton Deli, Arts and Crafts
Cost: $8,412, standard for freshpeople
Tags: @ sophomores in hartley: fucking interact with your first-years it's what they deserve, #renovatehartleyhall2k18, my first choice was a hartley double why did you put me in the b suite, some people really love hartley don't let my salt turn you off, what did i do in a past life to deserve that?
Bwog was recently contacted by the estate of Allen Ginsberg (CC ’48), owing to the discovery of an early draft of his famous poem, “Howl.” We were told it might be of some interest to us, and oh, it definitely was. Read an excerpt of this historic find below.
I saw the best minds of my generation rushing Bwog, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves up the Lerner Ramps at 9:00 pm looking for an angry pitch,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who student loans and Canada Goose and hollow-eyed and high sat up eating green grapes in the supernatural darkness of Lerner 510 floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,
who bared their brains to the Editorial Board above the 1 Train and saw Alma Mater staggering on tenement roofs illuminated,
who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating MoHi and Woolf-light tragedy among the scholars of the Core,
who were expelled from the academies for crazy & publishing obscene posts on the Wordpress of Bwog…
To see what sort of publication could have possibly inspired such a masterwork, join us tonight. What else are you going to do on a Sunday evening?
Howl by USFWS via Wikimedia Commons.
Happening in the world: Australian public opinion is divided over how to deal with a growing feral peacock population, with some calling them “disruptive” and others “part of the community.” (BBC)
Happening in the US: Allison Mack (from Smallville) was indicted on Friday on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. Working alongside Keith Raniere, Mack helped to lure women into an alleged sex cult disguised as a self-help and empowerment organization. (Washington Post)
Happening in the city: A Brooklyn postal carrier was found to have hoarded 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail from the past decade, saying he was “overcome by how much he had to deliver.” (NY Times)
Happening on campus: “Make It Tappen!”, UnTapped’s 2018 Spring Showcase, is happening at 6:30 pm in the Lerner Black Box! Featuring student choreography and a collaboration with CU Bellydance. More info can be found on the Facebook event page.
Song Suggestion Sunday:
Peacock by Myloismylife via Wikimedia Commons
Written by Youngweon Lee
A late night diary entry. A stream of consciousness musing at 5 am.
It’s been another long week and a short weekend. Saturday’s gone, and Sunday’s sunrise is near us. I meant to go to bed a lot earlier tonight, but that didn’t happen. I slept 14 hours last Saturday; I wish I could do that every week. I physically can’t keep up with that “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” attitude, because I’m not functional without 8 full hours of sleep and a cup of coffee. My class schedule will be more lax next semester, though, so hopefully, I’ll get more sleep. Even 10:10 classes are too early for me, honestly. I wish I could be a morning person but I’m so much more productive and alert at night. Is that so wrong? Why does our society covet morning people so much? What about us night owls?
I was at 1020 earlier, as expected. I saw a lot of friends, some enemies, people I wanted to see, and people I didn’t want to see. Typical of 1020, you know. The person I most wanted to see wasn’t there, though. It’s okay, I still had fun. Before that, I was at a random EC party that Idris brought me to. I haven’t gone to one of those in a while, and I forgot how stuffy and smelly they get. I didn’t enjoy it much at all. We left almost immediately after we entered, even though we walked many blocks to get there.
Written by Riva Weinstein
New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.
Bailey Coleman (BC ’19) strikes a pose via Wikimedia Commons
Written by Youngweon Lee
Bwog’s resident housing expert/complainer Youngweon explains why she thinks Woodbridge was chosen so quickly during the housing lottery this year.
According to our housing coverage liveblog from this year, the cutoff for Woodbridge this year was 20/911. In other words, all Woodbridge suites, even the low-demand ones, were completely gone by the first week of housing selection. This is the fastest that Woodbridge has been snatched up for as far as our records go (2014). Here is the cutoff history for Woodbridge (all of Woodbridge, so these numbers are for low-demand suites) for the last few years:
2017-2018: 20/2820 (First year of standardized upperclassmen housing prices)
Never in recent memory has Woodbridge had a cutoff of lower than 20/mid-1000s. Last year, when upperclassmen housing prices were standardized, the cutoff was 20/2820, meaning that any junior duo who wanted a Woodbridge suite probably got it. Even in the years before, if you were a junior duo with a lottery number any less shitty than mine (20/2868), you could get it. This year, however, even juniors with lottery numbers in the 800s were worried, and rightly so, with the low-demand cutoff turning out to be 20/911.
Written by Isabel Sepúlveda
Daily Editor Isabel Sepúlveda has a bone to pick with Junzi Kitchen, and she’s not going to rest until she gets the retribution she deserves.
I am an admitted homebody; I tend to spend most of my evenings in my room watching Netflix or staring at a blank Word document and hoping it’ll magically turn itself into a completed essay. So last weekend, when I went to Junzi After Hours with some friends, it was the first time I ever gone. It started out as a great time; we picked a table near the far wall, ordered an overly large cocktail and some really delicious waffle fries, and generally enjoyed the chill atmosphere.
It all fell apart when one of my friends came back from the bathroom. You see, the far wall we were sitting near is comprised of wooden cubbies that hold random poster-boards and other objects. So, as she slid back into the booth, one of them must have been disturbed somehow (though they didn’t do anything when we first sat down) and hit me square in the head.
I am emotionally distressed to this day; the one time I leave my room and decide to venture out into the world, I’m brutally attacked by a piece of, essentially, printed Styrofoam. How can I feel safe going anywhere else, knowing that even a chill restaurant with good food and a shit-ton of alcohol could choose to attack me at any time? What’s next? The chairs in Hamilton falling apart beneath me? The ceiling of my shower in Carman caving in the middle of my stirring rendition of Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With Me?” Getting stuck in an EC elevator for three days and being forced to resort to cannibalism? Nowhere is safe.
Written by Riva Weinstein
This Friday, Arts Editor Riva Weinstein attended the dress rehearsal of Columbia Ballet Collaborative’s Spring Performances. The show featured work by Jerome Robbins, 5 original choreographers and 23 talented student dancers.
Dressed in black leotards and pink skirts, five dancers lounge around the onstage piano, their energy concentrated in the tips of their feet. Spontaneously – as if buffeted by the wind – they leap up in twos and threes to pirouette around the stage. Were it not for their breathing audible from the first row, it would be impossible to tell how much effort was put into the feather-light dance. This is 5+ Bach, by choreographer Michele Wiles, the first of six dances in CBC’s Spring Repertoire.
Hailed as one of the finest student groups for emerging talent in ballet, CBC spent the semester developing five dances, collaborations between professional and student choreographers and their dancers. The result is an electric mix of traditional and modern-inspired ballet set to classical music, eerie atonal compositions, and in one case, a cover of Hozier’s Cherry Wine.
Though all the original compositions were impressive, they failed to overshadow the third dance: Antique Epigraphs, by the legendary choreographer Jerome Robbins. Eight dancers in airy, flowing dresses drift around the stage, their delicate poses calling to mind a statue garden come to life. As the music grows more ominous, their movements become more urgent. Like the forest nymphs of myth, they are as dangerous as they are beautiful. The dance exudes a strange nostalgia for the Classical world of the Renaissance imagination – the world of Primavera and Birth of Venus, full of innocence and mysterious power.
Written by Cara Hudson-Erdman
Have you been browsing Barnard Buy Sell Trade, trying to spruce up your wardrobe for spring? Grab some discount vitamins? Meet a random stranger in the lobby of Lerner to buy their junk? Great news– Bwog is doing spring cleaning because we have way too much stuff to pack up and bring home. Check out some of the great deals below– all OBO!
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