Sep

27

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Trump once again proved self control is so overrated (Source: southpark.cc.com)

Trump once again proved self control is so overrated! (Source: southpark.cc.com)

No,  that wasn’t an episode of South Park you tuned into on CNN last night. Regardless of whether you participated in a drinking game for last night’s debate, I can almost guarantee  you all woke up with some type of headache. Between Trump’s repetitive, juvenile jabs and Hillary’s uncomfortable, forced laughter, I can assure you the debate did not do any wonders to ease your nerves. My tip: go to Cafe 212 and indulge in some Jacques Torres sorbet. (Source: http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/26/politics/presidential-debate-hillary-clinton-donald-trump/)

In surprisingly crazier news, two actors in England got stopped by the police due to being mistaken as zombies. Officers from the North West Police Group stopped two extras for an unidentified TV show or movie due to reports by concerned drivers. England’s problems seem so quaint; maybe, we shouldn’t have broken off. (Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/zombie-car-cops-manchester_us_57e8d90be4b0e80b1ba2d604)

In other news, a Columbia student has been reported to have ordered an Uber from DSig to McBain Hall this past Saturday. In case you are not familiar with the distance, it is quite literally three yards away. Not so shockingly, we have dropped one place on the USNWR National University rankings. (Source: http://patch.com/new-york/upper-west-side-nyc/columbia-earns-5th-spot-us-news-world-report-2017-rankings)

In a bizarre chain of events, Woody Allen’s Amazon television series featuring Miley Cyrus has materialized (for the few of our readers that have Amazon Prime subscriptions). Tune in on Friday, September 30, 2016, to see Miley Cyrus grind up on someone more than ten years her senior. Robin Thicke, it’s not your (premier) party but you can cry if you want to. (http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/review/crisis-six-scenes-review-932372)

 

 

 

 

Sep

26

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Be ready for this to be on every social media timeline every for the next two months

Be ready for this to be on every social media timeline every for the next two months

September is almost gone, and while we want to be done with school, we’re just getting started with fall! We can’t wait to itch in our flannels at our losing homecoming game and slowly never leave our rooms until April. This weekend was a great way to kick that off… 

Poppin’ Off

  • Went out with straight hair. Came home with curly hair.
  • Was abandoned by my “friend” in butler on Saturday at 1 AM.
  • Friend and I realized we were by far the least well-dressed people at a Shabbat dinner we got dragged to, and snuck out.
  • Acquired half a Nalgene of sangria early in the afternoon on Saturday; watered it down and proceeded to drink it throughout the afternoon as preparation for ~social events~ that night; wondered if this is how my descent into alcoholism begins.
  • Won an imaginary point by winning a tug of war.
  • Went biking in Riverside Park using Zagster bikes. 10/10 would recommend to a friend.
  • Met a boy who’s pretty wonderful, but we share the same astrological sign, so it’s probably doomed.
  • Went on a boat field trip for Environmental Science and very nearly fell into the Hudson River.
  • Went to World Leader Forum on Friday, couldn’t hear clearly what the president of the republic of Costa Rica, so basically went to an event from 11:30 to 12:30 just to fan myself with my laptop sleeve because there was no AC in Low.
  • Finished Gilmore Girls for the first time, took around five minutes to reflect, and immediately started The West Wing.
  • Carried my computer around midtown for four hours and didn’t end up using it once.
  • Heard two guys singing the “Caillou” theme song when walking home from a cancelled recitation on Saturday morning.
  • Succumbed to my roommate’s persistent coercion to try out Tae Kwon Do for the first time, even though I have no history of doing any kind of athletic activity ever in my life. Ended up saying “yes” to both joining the club and competing in the first tournament at MIT this October!
  • Tried to make a police officer laugh at Global Citizens by offering him a bagel and hymn to Apollo. Ended up getting searched instead.

Any blumpkins?

Sep

26

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Us being dramatic when wasted after watching the debate

We at Bwog don’t always do our homework, but last week our Irish lit professor implored us to watch the debate “hopefully with a drink in hand”…so how could we resist? Here’s a quick guide on where to watch and what to drink.

The Watching Parties:

You have two options that both sound semi-annoying:

  • CU Dems is hosting a party called “Ooooh Hill ‘Em” in Hamilton 517. The event name makes us want to perish, and they don’t seem to be providing any snacks–we say only go if you’re desperate.
  • The Political Science Students Association and the Columbia University College Republicans are co-hosting their own watch party (that doesn’t have an annoying name) in the Lerner Piano Lounge. The event description promises pizza, and although CUCR has not yet gotten back to us about the kind, they served V&T at their last event. Professor Michael Miller’s ego will also be giving “live commentary.”

Otherwise, multiple channels are livestreaming the debate. Here’s the link to Twitter’s livestream, for example. Enjoy watching from the comfort of Ref Room or your tiny single.

The Beverages:

Don’t get fancy with this. No need for drinking games! We suppose that you could go patriotic with some American beer, but any sort of 40 or tall boy will do. We currently have two Lime-a-Ritas sloshing around in our backpack that we’ll be drinking in a Butler red zone come 9:00pm. The key is to just keep sipping!

Sep

26

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CCSC knocks down all the administrative pins

CCSC knocks down all the administrative pins

CCSC got down to business right away in their meeting last night, going over their budget as well as bylaw adjustments. New Bureau Chief Tamara Barriot was on hand to record the quickly-moving discussion.

Upon returning from the Student Council and Governing Board Retreat this past weekend, Columbia College Student Council had nothing but business on the agenda. The main topic of the meeting was the Funding recap, presented by Finance VP Anuj Sharma, followed by voting on the constitutional bylaws and weekly updates by each of the council members.

Finance VP Anuj Sharma presented the distribution of CCSC’s operating budget this year: $1,045,702. The first 14% goes towards internal spending, which refers to all spendings on class councils, campus life and Senior Week. The next 20% will be spent on external funds, which for the most part comprises security and facilities fees that cover all student events organized outside of Lerner Hall. And finally, the last 66% goes towards the governing board, which includes: the Activities Board at Columbia, Bacchanal, Student Governing Board, Club, Sports Governing Board, Inter-Greek Council, and Community Impact.

CCSC’s operating budget comes directly from the student activities fees and surplus from the previous governing body; the budget this year has the possibility of being about $15,000. Sharma took the opportunity of the debatable $15,000 surplus to present Funding at Columbia (F@CU) initiatives for this year, which will include a better determination of surpluses, and where exactly they should be considered, as well as improvements on the velocity of allocating money by cutting the time of deliberations.

Bylaws and more updates after the jump

Sep

26

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Top of the class, bottom of the food chain

Top of the class, bottom of the food chain

Food insecurity became a big issue on campus back in 2015, but its prominence on the activism scene has since diminished–Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman checked in on the progress of various student groups that have been working to combat hunger within the student body.

2015 was a year of hope for food insecurity on campus. The First-Generation Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) launched their Class Confessions Facebook page in March, putting pressure on the administration and student council to deal with the pressing concerns of their student body. CCSC, ESC, and GSC came together to create initiatives to combat the issue. FLIP raised over $6,000 to supply for low-income student needs. In fact, the term “food insecurity” only became tags on Bwog and the Columbia Spectator in 2015, to give a hint as to how important the year was for making Columbia aware of the issue. But as the year faded into the past, so too did the enthusiasm of the student body.

Last September, Ben Makansi and Viv Ramakrishnan spearheaded an effort to fight food insecurity. Bwog reached out to CCSC’s former President and VP of Policy to learn more about their programs and purposes. In our 2015 evaluation, we saw these short-term solutions as intermittently helpful if enough Columbia students participated. A year later, we can conclude that the efforts have had minimal effects.

So what happened to swipes?

Sep

26

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Fearless and Factless

Fearless and Factless

The Trump campaign has announced that it is not the job of the debate moderator to actually check facts that the candidates argue. Basically, Trump can now say anything he wants and it’s alright….yea, that’s going to look more like a Telemundo show than a debate. (The Huffington Post)

The illustrious President Spar wrote an article recently describing what the importance of ageism and beauty standards women face (at all ages, really) comes across as a bit confusing as it seems D-Spar falls a bit short of publishing a “Dear Diary” piece instead. (The New York Times)

Kim Kardashian says she will vote for Hillary Clinton after speaking with Caitlyn Jenner, who will be voting for Trump, and decided she aligned her ideals with Clinton’s camp. Clinton’s polling numbers are sure to now go up as a Kardashian supports a candidate, who low America has fallen. (The Washington Post)

Why so serious, Mr. Trump? via Associated Press

Sep

25

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You after your midterms.

You after your midterms.

If you didn’t read our post heralding the arrival of Autumn yesterday, this question might serve as a seasonal shock. Well, it might serve as a shock, regardless. Fall color, after all, is so blasé—just like all the people responding “pumpkin spice”. There’s no other way to describe the complete and utter dominance of consumerism in our “culture”.

Outside Butler

“Pumpkin spice lube.”

“No.”

“Menthol.”

Butler Cafe

“McDonald’s apple pie. Oh, and hotdogs.”

“Salted caramel.”

“SAGE!”

“You guys are all naming scents. Mine? Mine is cinnamon.”

“Apple cider mimosa.”

“Flavor? Hmmmm those new Starbucks flavors are good.”

“A chili vodka margarita I had the other night.”

More sensual flavours after the jump

Sep

25

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Dark wings, dark words.

Dark wings, dark words.

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 a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended

  • “Distinguished Lectures in Computer Science: The Future of Cybersecurity” Monday, 11:30 AM – 12:00 PM, Davis Auditorium, Schapiro Hall (CEPSR). Dan Geer, In-Q-Tel.
  • “Remember Freedom Summer” Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 PM, Low Library Rotunda. Robert Moses, Rev. Calvin Butts, Karen Narasaki, Ester Fuchs.
  • “Decision 2016: The Battle for the Latino Vote” Thursday, 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, Pulitzer Hall Lecture Hall. Maria Celeste Arraras, Jose Diaz-Balart, Steve Coll, Chuck Todd (RSVP).
  • “Ultraparameterization: Using large eddy simulation for global simulation of boundary layer clouds and climate” Thursday, 2:45-3:45 PM, Mudd Hall 214. Chris Bretherton.

Freedom reigns if you read more

Sep

25

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"Tell me where it says I can't get lit, Rabbi."

“Tell me where it says I can’t get lit, Rabbi.”d

Somebody famous once said “For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest”. We here at Bwog agree wholeheartedly, and not just because we follow all 10 or 613 or whatever number of commandments govern our lives—not that we even consistently follow any religious strictures. Our nights at 1020 give record to that….

But we do think a day away from work and stress is a good thing. And given the stress knot forming in the American Ship of State’s rigging due to tomorrow’s Presidential Debate, we think such a great idea has never been more important. So we’re here, for you, at Lerner 505 starting at 7:00 PM for some good old fashioned, Symposium-esque activities and celebrations. It’s gonna be a mirthful time.

Lighting up via Nacsama / Public Domain

Sep

25

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We at Columbia know a little bit about horses and traps, don't we?

We at Columbia know a little bit about horses and traps, don’t we?

Broken

The latest iteration of a ceasefire to the Syrian conflict fell apart, again, this week. After “accidental” bombings by the American Air Force, a successful thrust at ISIS’ last major position in Iraq, and the alleged use of chemical weapons, this oft-troubled region is sinking back into despair. (NBC)

Restored

Yesterday, the National Museum of African American History and Cultured opened on the last available spot in Washington D.C.’s National Mall. Presenting the dramatic story of African American history, the Museum is a beacon of peace and accomplishment in such a troubled time. (CNN)

Broken

Russia once again granted Vladimir Putin’s party to control of the Duma among low voter turnout and accusations of election fraud. Despite winning close to half the votes, Russia’s broken governing structure awarded Putin’s United Russia almost three quarters of Parliamentary seats. (WSJ)

Restored

A horse from Flagler County, Florida, was restored to her family after falling into a septic tank. Mercy, a 24 year old mare, was lifted from the tank after 2 hours of work by a veterinary response team and fretting by her friend and owner. Sometimes, it’s the smallest joys which mean the most. (CNN)

Sep

24

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low it's fall

Sure, the Official First Day of Fall was on Thursday, but the oppressive heat has finally broken (and it probably won’t be hot again for the rest of the school year). Temperatures will be in the mid-60s for the next 10 days, though it is supposed to rain a lot, so enjoy the cool in sunlight while you can.

Sep

24

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This is how people Netflix and chill at EC, right?

What would you rather do: “Netflix and Chill” or go to a filmmaking lecture about a Netflix show?

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.

Tuesday, September 27th

  • The Challenge to Avert Tragedy: “The Winter’s Tale” Refigured in “Vertigo,” “Phoenix,” & “Gone Girl”, 6 PM, 328 Milbank Hall – “Join cultural critic Elisabeth Bronfen as she takes us on a journey from Renaissance literature through contemporary cinema to explore the aesthetic and philosophical import of this mysteriously powerful literary trope of the dead woman’s return. Professor Bronfen, of the University of Zurich and New York University, is the author of the groundbreaking Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity, and the Aesthetic and, most recently, Mad Men, Death, and the American Dream.” – Free

The rest of the week is here

Sep

24

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Yeah, you can get a burger at 1am - but is it worth it?

Yeah, you can get a burger at 1am – but is it worth it?

Inspired by Hillary Clinton’s recent statement that many Trump supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables,” Senior Staff Writer Sasha Mutchnik has compiled a list of Columbia’s own basket of deplorables. If you thought you were escaping horror by distancing yourself from your more “misguided” family members, you’re wrong.

  • JJ’s Place Humidity: If ever you find yourself missing New York summers in the coming months, just swipe into JJ’s, where you’ll be greeted with an equally sweltering, and even more fragrant (!), atmosphere.
  • John Jay Health Services Wait Times: Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to choose between waiting to see a doctor and missing a class. That is all.
  • 8:40’s at SIPA: Truly unfortunate. Or, honestly, all 8:40’s in general.
  • Schermerhorn Extension: The bowels of this building are an indecipherable labyrinth. Do not try to find the bathroom. Do not “just see if it’s around the corner.” You will get lost, you will end up in Fairchild, and you will not find your bathroom.
  • Housing Lottery: Shirley Jackson’s sequel to “The Lottery,” except instead of being stoned to death you just have to be that one person in your Wallach suite who isn’t part of the friend group.
  • Midterms Within the First Month of School: False advertising, tbh.
  • Places on Campus With No A/C: Bonus points if it’s where you live!! Embrace the heat! Let sweat be your highlighter!
  • Open Dig Inn Containers in Butler: Such stank. Like, you can be that person, but just know that everyone smells your food and probably hates you.
  • The New Joe Coffee in Dodge: RIP buying snacks/coffee with Dining Dollars during your film class break.

JJ’s (sweaty) Place via Columbia Dining

Sep

24

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Construction of the tokamak (that might kill us all!)

Construction of the tokamak (that might kill us all!)

In some very specific conditions, electrons (you know, those tiny negatively charged subatomic particles) can run away. But how does this happen? Where do they go? Are they dangerous? We sent Senior Staffer Betsy Ladyzhets to the Plasma Physics Colloquium yesterday afternoon to find some answers.

Shortly before 1pm yesterday, I ventured into the depths of Mudd to find my way to room 214 – a small lecture hall in the physics department, full of old wooden chairs and pictures of people whose accomplishments I would need at least two more physics classes to understand. The room was about half-full, mostly with students in the physics department, a couple of other professors, and alumni.

After a brief skirmish with the projector, physics professor Allen Boozer (the presenter and a well-known theorist in the field of particle physics) launched immediately into his presentation. He described ITER, an international project to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device that theoretically may be able to prove that fusion can be used as a large-scale energy source. 35 nations and thousands of scientists are involved in ITER, and it is the most expensive scientific device ever built.

But, as Prof. Boozer explained and as over 150 papers in the past twenty years have examined, this enormous project has an enormous potential flaw. Tokamaks (such as the one built in ITER) require a plasma current to produce energy. If the electrons in this plasma current are transformed into relativistic electron carriers which can escape the current – and, essentially, “run away.” These relativistic electrons can be dumped into the wall of the device, creating what Prof. Boozer called a “very unpleasant situation.”

Where does this relativity come from? Where does it go?

Sep

24

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Imagine taking a video with these

Imagine taking a video with these

The CEO of Snapchat is releasing a pair of sunglasses that record video from the perspective of the person wearing them. The glasses (called “Spectacles”) will be available next fall in black, teal, or coral. (Wall Street Journal)

Former Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has announced his support for Donald Trump. He failed to mention the insults Trump hurled at him during the primaries. (NY Times)

A recording of Allegiance, George Takei’s musical about Japanese internment camps during World War II, will be playing in movie theaters for one night only on December 13th. Tickets go on sale in November. (Advocate)

Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will both meet (separately) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meetings will take place in New York, but no details about what will be discussed have been released. (CNN)

In 2004, a Californian man went missing. Yesterday, his body was discovered, packed with Styrofoam in a wooden crate at the Locust Point Marina in the Bronx. How he got there (and how long his body has been in the crate) remains a mystery. (DNA Info)

The newest camera upgrade? via PD Pics

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