Think we would stop going out and doing messy shit with our lives right before finals? You thought wrong. Compiled is the list of things we did, yet again, this weekend. Enjoy.
Bwog in the City:
Bwog and Food:
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Written by Bwog Staff
Do you care about a cappella on campus? Neither do we, but it’s final concert season, and we thought we’d take a look at the different groups on campus who are funded by our student life fees and air out some of our gripes.
Disclaimer (added 6:45 pm): This post is entirely satirical, entirely based on experiences of Bwog staff members, and does not intend to make serious allegations against any Columbia a cappella groups. We encourage you, dear reader, to attend as many (or as few) a cappella concerts as you wish, and make your own judgments accordingly.
EDIT, 5:06 pm: We forgot two a cappella groups! Oops! Sorry, Metrotones and Sur. Let us know if we missed any others in the comments.
Microphone via Public Domain
It’s that time of year again: finals are approaching, and high stress levels can be felt all across campus. To combat this, multiple student groups and organizations are putting on study breaks during the next two weeks to prioritize mental health and healthy study habits for undergraduate students. Bwog knows how busy everyone is, so we put it in our hands to compile a list of all of the best study breaks that you should attend this week.
Monday, December 11th:
Tuesday, December 12th:
Wednesday, December 13th:
Thursday, December 14th:
Good luck studying this week, and remember to prioritize your mental health!
Everyone’s favorite snack via Public Domain
Written by Nadra Rahman
Bwogger Nadra Rahman reports on administrative updates and our upstanding student leaders.
Scott Wright (VP of Campus Services) and Ixchel Rosal (Assistant VP of University Life) paid CCSC a visit last night to answer questions about space, wellness, and university initiatives. Thankfully, they left before our student leaders exchanged Secret Snowflake gifts—which ranged from the kinky to the degenerate.
Visitors From A Foreign Land
CCSC wasted no time in interrogating the visiting administrators. For context, Wright manages a number of departments at Columbia, including Housing, Dining, Health Services, University Event Management, Lerner, and environmental stewardship. In contrast, Rosal tends to deal with university-wide programming.
Space & Community
In his introduction, Wright had mentioned that we might want to change how we think about residence hall lounges (and in particular, main lounges) if we want them to be used as community-building spaces. John Jay Lounge has minimal furniture, making it easier to host events ranging from Thanksgiving Dinner to housing selection—but might it be enjoyed by more students if it were redesigned and recast as a study or social space? These comments sparked interest in the gathered members: when asked about potential changes, Wright said that lounges should maintain reservability, but that they should ultimately serve residents, and this notion should guide any potential plans.
Happening Around the World: 2017 Nobel Peace Prize winners have released a joint statement warning the world’s leaders of the dangers of nuclear weapons and its potential effects if even one is detonated. The driving force behind the U.N. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, this group’s haunting message is simple: countries must eliminate their weapons or face “mutual destruction.” (CNN)
Happening in the U.S.: With over 230,000 acres of burned landscape, Southern California’s Thomas fire is now the fifth-largest wildfire in recorded Californian history. The fire has hit multiple parts of North Los Angeles County and Ventura County, burning hundreds of structures. (LA Times)
Happening in NYC: Undergoing a massive sexual harrassment investigation, the NYC Ballet company has appointed an interim team to manage the company for the time being. This comes after 71-year old ballet master Peter Martins was accused of sexual harassment by an anonymous source. (CNN)
Happening on Campus: Need some time to destress from the pressures of finals and papers? XMAS! 12: Tis The Treason is the right event for you! Come see Columbia’s nondenominational holiday celebration that is fully written by students. There will be two showings at 7 PM and 10 PM in Roone Arledge Auditorium.
Overseen on Campus: A confused Californian who walked outside of John Jay Hall Sunday afternoon and was confused why there was still snow on the ground. (It was me)
Snazzy Facebook header via Tis The Treason Facebook
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Written by Aliya Schneider
Bwogger Aliya Schneider pulled double duty this weekend and also reviewed and photographed Latenite’s Fall Anthology. It’s basically seven plays in one, so get your septuple dose of theatre below!
I was originally planning on going to the Latenite Fall 2017 Anthology 11 pm show, but it was highly recommended that I go to the 8 pm show instead. This was my first time actually seeing Latenite, and from what I had heard, I had expected it to be a confusing mess of people running around holding random objects. I was impressively engaged the whole time, and it all (mostly) made sense. (Not sure what that’s saying about me.) I actually almost came back for the 11 pm prank show, but after begging friends who decided it would be more fun for the actors than the audience, I stayed at West End eating french fries. I actually regret not coming back for the 11 pm show.
If you get anything from this review, it’s that the actors in Latenite had it together. I honestly thought that people who did Latenite didn’t take it seriously. Whether this is the case or not, they sure seemed to. How all the actors consistently stayed in character despite their ridiculous roles? I’m not sure. Maybe they’re just ridiculous people. I dig it.
My friend Benjy Saks who copped a “Reserved for Bwog” seat next to me described the show as an “hour-long theatrical debacle fest [that was] entertaining and delightfully uncanny.” Honestly, the whole show was a sigh of relief that Columbia students know how to have fun and just let go. The Anthology was broken into seven pieces. Here’s what you missed:
Written by Aliya Schneider
There are so many performances on campus in the lead-up to finals that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Bwog is here to give you hand; we sent Bwogger Aliya Schneider to photograph (and eventually review) Orchesis’ semesterly show, because chances are you have at least one friend in it who will want to talk to you about it.
I love Orchesis’ presence on campus. They make an obvious effort to include anyone who wants to be a part of their community. They accept everyone who auditions, so the show consists of dancers from a range of experiences, yet every dance was impressive and interesting. Due to the inclusive nature of the club, some of the dances were huge, so you may expect them to drag on and look like a jumbled mess. But they didn’t. It worked. It worked really well.
Orchesis’ semesterly shows are always spins off of the word “Orchesis”. In the past they’ve done “Work Work Work Work Workesis” and “1, 2, 3, Fourchesis.” This year, the theme was “Love is an Open Door-hesis”. Some may roll their eyes at how hard the group tries to make puns with the name, but I find it endearing. The theme is picked after the pieces for the show are chosen, so the pieces don’t necessarily match the theme. To tie in the theme, dancers volunteer to stage interludes throughout the show. So in between serious dances with professional-looking costumes, dancers came on stage wearing t shirts and even a onesie, dancing to Frozen songs. Some interludes were impressively choreographed, others a bit messy. They were all fun. Some of the dancers seemed to take the interludes seriously, while others took it more as a joke. The interludes clash with the professional nature of the rest of the show, but it still works. It’s a tradition, and keeps things light. The dancers clearly have fun with them, which makes them interesting to watch.
Written by Finn Klauber
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 sparsely populated reading week are below, with no specifically recommended events. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.
Monday, December 11
Tuesday, December 12
Wednesday, December 13
Thursday, December 14
Friday, December 15
i’d rather not via Public Domain
On a chilly Saturday afternoon, Bwog baby Jenny Zhu decided to break out of Butler for once, brave the first flurries of the Columbia school year, and stop by the Kingsmen K’winter concert.
As winter approaches, some inevitable markers of the annual seasons come with it: swaths of new wintry snow, the impending doom of finals season, the tarps, and the many, many end-of-year concerts held by acapella groups on campus.
The Kingsmen were no different, holding their Kingsmen K’winter concert this past Saturday afternoon in Furnald Lounge – a really unfortunate venue, as residents trying to leave would find and have to trudge through 10 oddly blazer-clad men, singing their hearts out about impotence in the throes of the most uncomfortable hip gyrations potentially imaginable.
Indeed, the performance began 8 minutes late. One of the Kingsmen was wearing literal basketball shorts. The tomfoolery didn’t end there.
Opening the concert with a song centered around one repetitive lyric (“That girl Jane, I did her in McBain”), the Kingsmen demonstrated their knack for slapstick humor, with that token reference to relatable Columbia content (McBain, ha ha ha) – but somehow it didn’t work on the comic side for me.
Written by Isabel Sepulveda
It’s Sunday again, and that means it’s time for your weekly reminder that it’s still not too late to join Bwog this semester (big shock, I’m sure). Bring your pitches to Lerner 510 tonight at 9 pm to help us welcome our new editorial board, eat some good snacks, and hang out with the best group on campus. I promise it’ll be the best decision you make this weekend…or at least definitely not the worst.
I’m very hungry via Public Domain
Written by Isabel Sepulveda
Happening in the World: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq has declared victory over the Islamic State, after three years of battles to regain parts of the country from the group’s control. Though this does not mark the end of the threat this group, or any other, poses over the region, this marks a new era of pride in the government and security forces, as well as an opportunity to begin rebuilding. (NYT)
Happening in the US: A winter storm brought snow to cities across the southern US, some for the first time in over the decade. Some areas Corpus Christi, Texas, which last saw snow over Christmas 2004, received upwards of six inches in some areas. Kids in the region described the experience as ““pretty cool” and, channeling their inner Los Angeles first year, reported building snowmen as tall as five feet. (NYT)
Happening in NYC: Famed toy store FAO Schwartz, which closed in 2015 , is reported to be opening a new location in Rockefeller Center. The new store will occupy 16,000 square feet (a slight downgrade from it’s former 61,000) and is scheduled to open in fall 2018. (NBC New York)
Happening on Campus: A capella group Nonsequitur presents their winter concert, NonseqWintur, today in Lerner C555 at 3:30. Come out if you appreciate a good pun or some good music and check out their Facebook event here.
Word of the Day: Nix: Latin for snow, because it sounds nice and I’m feeling deeply uncreative today.
a first year from LA via Public Domain
Written by Amara Banks
As the snow falls and the days shorten, the end of 2017 nears. With its approach comes the expiry of my tenure as Editor in Chief, which has brought lots of joy into my life since its start last December. I’m sure many of you can relate to the delight I’ve found in my deep investment to this site, as our extracurriculars often supply as much wisdom as our courses. Bringing you all CU’s news, gossip, and free food has been one of the most fulfilling opportunities I’ve had, both as a wee Daily Editor and as Bagel in Chief.
Betsy, this past year’s Managing Editor, will take my place, along with her newly appointed board. I can’t wait for their passion for Bwog to bring us another year of informative and entertaining content. And of course, who could forget about all of your favorite Daily Editors and Staff Writers? They will also be here next year, bringing you all of your eating-alone-in-Ferris content.
Next semester I’ll be reading from abroad, so you won’t catch me and my candle without shoes on in Ref for a while. But thank you for a good time you guys! Rush Bwog!
Written by Megan Wylie
Those who have walked through the foyer of the fateful house belonging to the members of St. Anthony’s hall often have a common question: how do these children fund the ridiculous inner workings of that townhouse? Staff writer Megan Wylie looked into the possibilities of how the ‘elite’ society gets its chump change.
Theory 1: They are still collectively living off of the Vampire Weekend proceeds they were promised in exchange for the band using the chandelier as the cover for their titular album debut.
Theory 2: They have been secretly frequenting the black market to sell the Rolexes that their pledges are allegedly forced to buy and throw in the Hudson.
Theory 3: They force members to donate a Canada goose jacket so they can turn them into overpriced luxury pillows.
Theory 4: They have been renting their secret pool to Upper West Side parents looking for bougie birthday parties for their eight-year-olds.
Despite our differences, we Columbia students can all agree on one thing – our love for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. But why not share the love? Why limit our happiness to only one crowded, overpopulated event? In honor of the holiday cheer and the unsurprisingly long lines at last week’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, here are three other things we thought we should put lights on (and have corresponding lighting ceremonies for).
1. The Tarps. Just like the bare, leafless trees, the tarps on the CU lawns are another inevitable event in the yearly succession of seasons. While the tarps themselves can be depressing, I personally think that a tarp lighting ceremony would provide a feasible and easy solution to bringing some holiday cheer to Columbia.
Do you hear that, in the distance? The miraculous jingle of bells? The laughter of children? The whisper of delicate snowflakes falling? Yes, the first flurries of the school year have graced Columbia, and they’re absolutely magical. Join Bwog in celebrating the snow. Picture submissions are always welcome at email@example.com!
Photos via Bwoggers Idris O’Neill, Betsy Ladyzhets, Jenny Zhu, and Thomas Saenz
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