Give Us Your Wisdom
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Dear seniors, friends of seniors, and those who wish they were seniors:

It’s time for one of our greatest traditions to return: we’re starting our call for Senior Wisdoms. For freshpersons/transfers/people who hate joy, Senior Wisdoms are an annual feature where we ask outgoing seniors to share the knowledge and advice they’ve culled from their four years at Columbia. Responses are inevitably hilarious, slightly dangerous, extremely insightful, and generally awesome (not to mention a fantastic procrastinatory tool during finals weeks).

Here’s how it works:

1. Nominate a graduating senior who you think is a fantastic human being and should have their wise words shared with the general public.
2. Email wisdom@bwog.com with a) some basic information about your friend and b) why you think they should get a senior wisdom.

If they make the cut, we’ll get in touch with them while you sit back and bask in how funny/right about life your classmates are. A huge number of nominations come in each year, so move quickly— and give some great reasons for part (b)—to see your friends’ names up in lights! We’ll also be a little more selective this year; no pouting.

Love,

Bwog

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EventHop: SupercalifragilisticexpialidOrchesis
Say that ten times fast.

Say that ten times fast.

Bwog loves to dance but unfortunately was not gifted with the moves. Luckily Orchesis held a performance last night: the tongue-twisting SupercalifragilisticexpialidOrchesis. Daily Editor Tatini Mal-Sarkar went to watch and ended up consumed with dance envy.

Last night, I entered Roone to the dulcet tunes of Mary Poppins. The last dance performance I went to was my mom’s best friend’s eleven-year-old daughter’s Jazzercise showcase, and despite the inclusivity of Orchesis, I highly doubted that that translated to quite the same quality.

And thank God for that. SupercalifragilisticexpialidOrchesis was great. Though it wasn’t always the most technical show I’ve ever seen (those eleven-year-olds, man), it more than made up in spirit. The huge cast and the prominence of Beyoncé in the lineup made the show an extremely enjoyable experience, even for a dance weenie like myself.

The show began with Victoria Robson’s “Saltimbanco.” The piece, choreographed to a number from Cirque du Soleil, was vibrant and lively, had some great lifts, and, despite the large cast size, still appeared crisp and well-coordinated. A similar level of skill was demonstrated by the second performance, titled “Spectacle” and choreographed by Ivy Vega. Both pieces somehow encapsulated an overall feeling of strength and power, heightened in the second by the costuming. The turtleneck crop tops (like Beyoncé, a common theme throughout the night) highlighted the unbelievable physical strength of the dancers, while also emphasizing their flexibility and grace. The next piece, however, was a bit of a disappointment. “Mother Yashoda” (by Natasha Antony) had so much potential – a Bollywood piece in the midst of Mary Poppins heaven? Sign me up! But the moves felt stiff and uncomfortable, and Bollywood, though extravagant, is not intended to seem limiting in its antics.

Hold me closer tiny dancer(s)

Bwog Meeting: Save Yourself!

Stacks on Stacks of Snacks!

“Its first effect is sudden violent, uncontrollable laughter; then come dangerous hallucinations—space expands—time slows down, almost stands still…fixed ideas come next, conjuring up monstrous extravagances—followed by emotional disturbances, the total inability to direct thoughts, the loss of all power to resist physical emotions… leading finally to acts of shocking violence… ending often in incurable insanity.”

—the dire consequences of marihuana not attending Bwog meetings.

Don’t submit to insanity. Come to Bwog, 7 PM in the SGO, Lerner 5th Floor. Free snacks and fine company.

Columbia Is A Venerated Ivy League Institution

Suck it, #OurBlue. Back in the day, Columbia was proud of its lack of school pride and brazen celebration of illicit activities. In fact, it has become something of a tradition on the twentieth day of April for Bwog to dig through its archives and dredge up memories best forgotten of undergraduates long graduated. Warning: this video contains obscenity, drug use on the steps, and offensive comments made towards Barnard women. So basically a typical night in Carman.

The mastermind behind this video, Kevin Karn, is still making movies but the rest of the stars remain unnamed. If you recognize yourself (literally not figuratively) in this video, email us at tips@bwog.com for honor and glory. Also, don’t forget to catch the annual Bacchanal 4/20 Screening at Ancel Plaza, 8 pm. It’s Pineapple Express.

“The Meanest, Rottenest Landlord”: CAGe Leads Discussion On Manhattanville

1973453_10201985823342489_7270227400612543939_oYesterday afternoon, Columbia’s Coalition Against Gentrification (CAGe) held a conference about the local implications Columbia’s Manhattanville expansion. Manhattanville Maven Ali Sawyer attended the conference.

I think of Columbia, first and foremost, as a university—guilty of questionable administrative actions (or lack thereof) sometimes, sure, but also a hub for education and events that generally benefits the Morningside Heights community. You probably wouldn’t call my perception particularly disputable. But today, I was presented with a different picture of Columbia as a ruthless real estate giant, colonizing West Harlem without regard for the human beings who reside there. I was taken aback. We know that Columbia prioritizes maintaining a good PR image—based on how little I knew about this issue before, I would say they’re doing a pretty good job.

The event began with an opening speech by Professor Steven Gregory of Columbia’s Anthropology and African-American Studies departments. Professor Gregory presented a history of Columbia’s expansion plans, revealing how much longer this struggle has existed than I’d realized. Columbia’s administration has had their eye on Manhattanville for decades.

One of Professor Gregory’s main concerns was how the university deceitfully seeks and then ignores community input on its expansion plans. While it accepts community input on a surface level, it doesn’t allow it to influence their projects in any meaningful way. This disturbing habit of the university reflects its concern for good PR above human beings, a major theme of this meeting.

By spending millions on consultants and lobbying, Professor Gregory said, Columbia disempowers community organizations that lack the funds to keep up. This news was horrifying to me: my tuition dollars are feeding this expansion monster.

Back in 2008, Columbia hired companies EarthTech and AKRF to conduct studies on the environmental conditions of Manhattanville. The EarthTech report relies on visual observations like “ubiquitous roll-down gates” and “an almost complete lack of trees and vegetation” to declare Manhattanville a “blighted” area. The report ignored the social, economic, and historical richness of the area because of some obnoxious gates and a dearth of trees. Based on this logic, all of Manhattan, save perhaps Central Park, must be “blighted.”

Nice one, Columbia.

Bucket List: Venezuela, Rocket Science, Janet Mock, Stretch Johnson

Bucket List represents the unbelievable 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 are below and the full list is after the jump.

Recommended.

  • ““What is Happening in Venezuela? Student Movements, Protest & State Action”: A Public Discussion with Juan Requesens, Yeiker Guerra, Ernesto Rangel, Daniel Wilkinson, and Jose Moya” Monday April 21, 7:30, 417 IAB.
  • “The new edge of rocket science: mohawk guy Bobak Ferdowsi” Wednesday April 23, 11:30-1:00 PM, Davis Auditorium.
  • “Redefining Realness: A Salon in Honor of Janet Mock” Wednesday April 23, 6:30-8:00 PM, Sulzberger Parlor. Janet Mock, Brittney Cooper, Che Gossett, Reina Gossett, CeCe Mcdonald, and Mey Valdivia Rude.
  • “A Dancer in the Revolution: Stretch Johnson, Harlem Communist at the Cotton Club” Thursday 24, 7:00-9:00, Butler Room 523. Eve Boutilié-Oxby, Kevin Fellezs, Robert O’Meally, Mark Naison.

More Fun to be Had

Bwoglines: Holding Down The Fort Edition
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Bwog is basically going to do this today.

Hey look! It’s Bwog in the news, bringing you lovely pictures of Dante De Blasio’s college tour. Bwog might have taken some selfies too but those are personal. (NY Daily News).

The man who attacked Columbia Professor Prabhjot Singh has been arrested and charged with a hate crime. The attack occurred in September. (Seattle PI).

Seems like Republicans hate the Core. But seems like they pretty much hate everything about the University of Havana-North. The “Obamacore” stays. (NY Times).

On fast-food advertising. (Huffington Post).

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Skootch Comedy: As Awkward As They Are Hilarious

Columbia College senior Luke Mones moonlights as a funny man for the comedy troupe Skootch Comedy. Some of their videos have recently been featured on Funny or Die and College Humor, including their most recent production: Dog Lady. This crew is sure to get a laugh, after all Luke Mones is one of the masterminds behind the short film Early Decision. Their Youtube channel is likewise filled with lols, especially Bwog’s personal favorite video of theirs, BuzzFeed Intervention:

Columbia Just #Blue Itself (Again)

Are your Bacchanal memories as absent as Columbia’s school spirit? Well, our beloved student council is here to help you remember, regardless of whether or not you want to. A second #OurBlue video (this time from a human’s perspective and not a snake’s) went up tonight, chronicling Bacchanal and Holi 2014.

Would you just look at that drunken mass school spirit?

RoomHop: New England Family Home
The room of our dreams

The room of our dreams

Video Editor and décor correspondent Anna Hotter goes to discover the maybe classiest room at Columbia. If you are the kind of person who has thought seriously about getting a wine rack, this might just be the inspiration you need.

When you walk into the Broadway single of Alex, CC ’16, you feel like you just entered the set of a Ralph Lauren catalogue shoot. After hanging up your coat, you can sit down on a comfortable futon next to the bed, where you will disappear into a warm wall of colour-coded throw pillows. Before you know it, you are holding a Mason jar of “adult grape juice” that is probably imported. This is when you notice that the bottle of 2012 Châteaux Margaux came from a wine rack on the desk, which is surrounded by neatly arranged, framed pictures of Alex’s family and friends.

Once you allow your eyes to wander a bit further, you will discover the impressive number of art prints and posters that adorn the walls. The Impressionist landscapes above the bed give the scene a European flair, while the Rhode Island themed collage on the other side of the room brings us back to Alex’s New England roots. “I had to get custom frames for those” he says, pointing at a vintage post card of Providence. By now you might start to feel like a complete failure of a person; maybe because you do not own five potted orchids that radiate beauty and tranquillity in the afternoon sun.

Pics, racks, and orchids after the jump.

Pre-Frosh Profiles: Kosta
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Kosta

Remember when Bwog did pre-frosh profiles for next year’s incoming freshmen? Well, they’re back, because we learned about more cool pre-frosh. This time, we interviewed Kosta about his dance experience and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon-inspired attire.

Hometown: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

School: CC

Prospective Major: Medicine, Literature, and Society / Dance

Prospective Dorm: Carman

How long do you think it’ll take to lose your…

…dignity? I’m hoping that’s the one thing that I can keep until graduation!

…moral compass? We all lose track of it a little bit more often than we’d like

…sanity? I lose it every night when I dream!

How many Lit Hum books have you read? Or are planning to read?

I’ve read 4 of them and planning to read at least 5-6 more during the summer after I graduate.

Why Columbia?

I’ve always had this image in my mind of Columbia being the best Ivy (thanks, Gossip Girl haha!) but all jokes aside, I was really drawn by the idea of the Core because it is something I’m very familiar from the system in my country. I wanted to see what it would be for us all to study the same subjects, but with the best professors in the world. Also, I’ve never been to the USA, so I decided if I’m moving there, I might as well throw myself in the deep and go to the most exciting city in the world! I’m excited about the contrast between the peaceful campus and the chaotic city.

Tell us a bit about your dancing. When did you get started, and what are you working on right now? (We noticed that you had a lot of videos of your performances in a dance competition.)

World Championships and heartbreaks after the jump.

Dante De Blasio’s College Tour

Multiple tipsters have confirmed that Mayor Bill de Blasio, his son, Dante de Blasio, and wife Chirlane McCray have been touring around Columbia University—they’ve been spotted walking to campus near Starbucks, strolling through Riverside Park, and taking a personal tour near Butler Library and the freshmen residence halls.

One Columbia staff member in Hartley was surprised to see the mayor walk in: “I was on the phone talking, and I just looked up and it was him, and I was like, ‘It’s You!’ and he came over and shook my hand.”

On Monday the Daily News posted photos that showed Dante, a junior in high school, visiting Wesleyan University with the fam. Keep your eyes open, and send your pictures to tips@bwog.com or use our anonymous tip form!

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The de Blasio family with Finn Vigeland as a tour guide

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Which residence hall would be best for Dante?

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The family kindly indulged requests for pictures.

More pictures after the jump.

WBAR-B-Q Spring Show Today
Awesome free music right here

Awesome free music right here

Today on Lehman Lawn from 12-8 pm WBAR Barnard College Radio will be hosting their annual spring showcase of awesome music acts from all over New York City and beyond. The show is free and open to the public, and there will be free Vanessa’s Dumplings. The lineup this year looks full of both variety and talent, starting the day with Brooklyn-based pop punk act Arm Candy going all the way to the Los Angeles alternative R&B duo Inc. to close out the show. The rest of the day you can hear some spazz-electronics, or some avant-pop, among other creative genres. Check out the bumpin’ lineup below:

Are those NSOP groups? via Barnard

PSA: Phishing Emails In Columbia Network

There are sketchy emails currently being circulated through the Columbia LionMail network, and some are being sent from actual Columbia students’ email addresses after they clicked on the links to the first one. This might mean that some accounts are being hacked, but this cannot be confirmed. If you receive an email such as this one DO NOT click on the link or enter any information (obviously, guys, come on) and forward the message to askcuit@columbia.edu immediately.

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Bwoglines: Fear Of The Future Edition
This is what scares your grandma

This is what scares your grandma

The president of Pace University criticized Columbia’s decision to stop offering internship credits for limiting the availability of educationally valuable, yet unpaid positions. (The Hill)

Four French journalists were released this morning after 10 months held hostage in Syria. (ABC News)

Google and Amazon are scaring people with their eye-on-the-future technological innovations. Drones are pretty terrifying and so are wristwatches. (Information Week)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket blasted through a cloudy atmosphere yesterday on its way to the International Space Station, loaded with supplies for the station crew. (Discovery News)

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