Written by Caroline Montgomery
Barnard Bearoness, Caroline Montgomery, made her way to the second floor of the Diana Center to sit in on the SGA meeting. Unfortunately no one brought any leftover pie, but the reps certainly brought some Barnard College updates.
Still full from Thanksgiving, SGA had a short agenda for last night.
During the open floor segment, No Red Tape arrived to ask for SGA’s support on their petition for a safer Columbia. No Red Tape’s petition is directed at Columbia administration, but the organization feels that it will be more successful in gaining support across the street with SGA’s backing. The need for a petition requesting a safer sexual community can’t really be overstated, but a few of the points that No Red Tape made to SGA were as follows:
SGA hasn’t yet released a statement as to whether they will be supporting No Red Tape’s petition or not.
Our loyal commenters: you’ve been working hard this semester, presenting us with food for thought, provoking our self-hatred, and providing fodder for Bwog inside jokes since September. We figured we’d give a little back to you by honoring the best comments on Bwog posts in Fall 2015 (so far). Keep on commenting and you too could have a chance to be singled out uncomfortably in our next set of Comment Awards!
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Is it true that in the long run, this physical/mental/spiritual test of endurance we call “school” will make us more successful than our non-Ivy educated peers? We sure as hell don’t know, but in keeping with the masochistic tendencies Columbia instills in its students, we forced two Bwoggers to stay on campus over break and eat Thanksgiving dinner at Tom’s.
Did you know Tom’s serves a $22 five-course Thanksgiving dinner? Twenty other patrons joined us in our exclusive holiday dining experience Thursday evening. Each meal appeared to be served in a timely manner, coming out approximately three minutes after each order was placed. The meal itself consisted of a house soup and salad, canned veggies, a
yam sweet potato orange starch of some sort, white and dark meat turkey, “stuffing,” cranberry sauce, and a slice of pumpkin pie, which never actually made it to our table. This is definitely what the pilgrims intended, right? Check out the main course of Tom’s dope Thanksgiving dinner below!
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Feeling particularly generous, what with the Christmas spirit in the air (yeah, right)? Barnard and its illustrious SGA are collaborating on an initiative to collect donations of dining points and redistribute them to students in need beginning December 10! This form, open now through December 7, allows Barnard students to donate as many points as they please. Considering the drama surrounding Columbia’s point-sharing initiatives, Barnard’s simple and pragmatic solution seems almost too good to be true–but it’s true!
Points will be distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis this winter, with a maximum of 45 per student each semester. If you have any questions, email Dean Alina Wong or SGA for answers! Donate points today–don’t be a Scrooge, you won’t really use the 100 points you’ve been hoarding all semester long (that’s too much Diana pizza for one person to handle).
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If you think Bwog is the exemplar of hard-hitting journalism, just look at Fox news! They covered the all-important annual crisis: do Reese’s Special Edition “Christmas Tree” peanut butter cups really look like turds, or is that just our imagination? (Fox News)
It’s never too early to plan your spring break! May we humbly suggest a trip to Florida? On a completely unrelated note, five marijuana dispensaries were recently approved to open in the sunny state. (High Times)
Tom Brady moved up the ranks to third place in the list of all passing scores after making his 420th touchdown. Maybe he’ll celebrate in Florida? (Fox Sports)
Dunks? Dunkies? Dunkaroos? Whatever you call it, Dunkin’ Donuts is one of the reasons you decided to come to college in NYC, don’t deny it. The frnachise is now expanding to St. Louis with the help of NFL-player advocates! Also, never call it Dunkaroos. Please. (Biz Journals)
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Here at Bwog we’re totally #grateful we had the opportunity to go back home, lug piles of still-incomplete homework across the country, have unproductive fights with the actual fam, and watch Jessica Jones to completion. And sometimes it got a little spicy, as evinced by our horrifying (or is it tantalizing?) screenshot from the Iowa Snapstory. As always, if you have something to add, send it in to email@example.com.
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It’s weird, even to us, but—you have friends! Cool ones, who might even be graduating this term and who will be missed. Whether or not you think they’ll be interested in sharing their knowledge with us via our long and storied tradition of Senior Wisdoms, go ahead and nominate them by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org (or by using the tip form). Please include a short description of why you think they deserve a senior wisdom in your message, even if your justification is just that this person is a class meme, an admirable human being, or the tangible (anti-)embodiment of Columbia.
While we received some great nominations in our recent call for senior wisdoms, we must remind you that time is finite and fleeting. So please, go crazy! You have pretty much all the power since we’re not too selective this time of year!
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We have received a tip containing both a press release by the Activities Board at Columbia (ABC) in response to alleged bias on the ABC board as well as the funding allocations for the next year.
The press release expresses that “recent allegations that cultural organizations governed by the Activities Board at Columbia (specifically in the Black, Latinx, and Native American category) are treated unfairly or differently than other organizations was and continues to be very serious.” The ABC held a forum to address such concerns, where “many community members attended and expressed larger structural concerns as well as possible solutions.”
Consequently, the ABC released a list of “concrete measures” and “conversations opened up.”
Written by Finn Klauber
Bucket List represents the inordinate 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. Take a break from pre-finals studying to look at our recommendations for this academic week below with the full list after the jump.
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A perfectly ordinary family/an obsolete institution released pictures of one of its newer members, under the impression that anyone would care (we kind of do). (USA Today)
Rejoice, for the Age of the Internet stretches before us, unmoved and unyielding. As a result of shoppers flocking to online deals, Black Friday store sales have slipped this year—although it was still a pretty dark night of the soul for a lot of people. (US News)
Post-Thanksgiving topicality: Turkey has struck a deal with European leaders regarding the refugee crisis, receiving money and concessions in exchange for keeping refugees from entering Europe. (BBC)
Revelations abound as investigators try to piece together the motivations of the suspected Colorado Springs Planned Parenthood shooter.
On a lighter note, who was the thief who absconded with a case of Red Bull from a delivery truck in the Bronx, stealing our hearts/giving us wings in the process?
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Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Sure, we may have had some classes today, and it’s never too early to start those problem sets due on Monday, but this is the time to set aside work, be thankful, and get the hell out of MoHi.
That’s why Bwog is taking a break to live, breathe, and drink the holiday cheer. Whether you’re at home around a table with your family or at 1020 around a table with a few (too many) drinks, we hope you’ll be enjoying it all the same. Unless something important comes up, we’ll be shuffling back to Columbia in post-holiday mirth on Monday.
Be sure to send your tips, stories, and pictures to email@example.com.
Lastly, following Bwog tradition, we’re here to share our annual (truncated) list of things we’re thankful for. Comment below some of the stuff you’re thankful for this year!
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Written by Ross Chapman
The Coke Freestyle machines in the dining halls are confusing. Ever since their latest UI change, getting something as simple as water is harder than ever. But even in the face of this harsh adversity, we can make it easier on our fellow students. What should you do after you get your drink? Should you leave the machine on your selection, or should you go back to the main menu? Maybe you should set it to the “all drinks” page instead? Or is sorting by flavor the one true system? In an effort to answer these pressing questions, we decided to investigate.
Doing his best Shamus Khan impression, a Bwog reporter stood nonchalantly against the wall in JJ’s place on a weeknight, recording the soda choices (and keystrokes to get there) of everyone who used the machine. Here are the basic statistical findings:
Written by Joe Milholland
GSSC is in the holiday season this week. Between GSSC giving things away and providing snacks for finals, student government liaison Joe Milholland could barely keep up with the holiday cheer.
On Tuesday night, the General Studies Student Council (GSSC) spent much of their time at their weekly general body meeting discussing two topics related to products they want to buy for GS students, both ones they will give away and ones they will sell.
For stuff they’re giving away for free, the council debated a proposal, spearheaded by the VP of finance, to spend $3500 on several items, including GSSC coffee mugs/tumblers. Since the funds for this stuff comes from leftover money in the budget for this semester, GSSC President Elizabeth Heyman, while acknowledging give-aways are necessary to get people to come to events, encouraged GSSC’s money to be spent on more “substantive, meaningful programming” to ensure that all the money in a budget is spent.
Written by Megan Fillion
129 murdered in Paris on November 13th, 43 killed in Lebanon one day earlier, and hundreds more killed since the beginning of 2015 – all these deaths were at the hands of the terrorist organization ISIS. As the dead were mourned and awareness of the bloodshed spread, the Islamic state only gained more power world-wide.
Yesterday, SIPA hosted a panel called “ISIS after Paris” which discussed ISIS’s ever growing influence despite the western world’s plans to contain it. Although the panelists were all very knowledgeable about the subject, the discussion stayed fairly broad and hypothetical.
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