Written by Sarah Dahl
Last night, The Stop Mass Incarceration Network hosted a panel about police brutality, featuring Cornel West. We sent Bwogger Sarah Dahl to check out the event and report back on the discussion.
Last night in Roone Auditorium, despite resistance from the University in securing a location, Columbia students and The Stop Mass Incarceration Network hosted a panel of speakers condemning police terror. The panel included some big names: philosopher and Union Theological professor Cornel West; Vagina Monologues playwright Eve Ensler; writer, Columbia film professor, and former Black Panther Jamal Joseph; Revolutionary Communist Party USA founder Carl Dix; Columbia Law professor Kimberlé Crenshaw; and activist Nicholas Heyward Sr., whose son was unlawfully shot by an New York police officer in 1994.
Though finalization of a location came less than 24 hours before the the event, the auditorium was full with students from across the city. During the day before the panel, student activists used their voices and flyers to announce the talk on College Walk and Low Steps. In addition, 3,000 people were invited to the event on Facebook.
The turnout to the panel was well-deserved. Each of the panelists delivered powerful speeches, using personal stories, history, facts, and emotion, to ask why police terror is so prevalent, and demanding that we fight for change.
Written by Juliet Larsen
It’s Thursday and we have yet another fun story found deep in Columbia’s archives. Before we danced to Vampire Weekend at Bacchanal, The Grateful Dead apparently played a show on Low Steps. Music Maven Juliet Larsen brings us the tale.
Remember that time when The Grateful Dead played an exclusive concert for Columbia during the protests of 1968? It’s okay, most current students don’t, despite it being an odd and important piece of the school’s history.
Long before Ferris Booth Commons was known for its ridiculously long pasta line and too-many-options soda machines, there was a revolution occurring – right on the terrace of good ol’ Ferris.
That’s right, it was 1968 and people were ready to fight. There was a war going on, both in Vietnam and within the Columbia campus.
Starting April 23, 1968, the students of CU rallied together in protest of both the research for the Vietnam War that Columbia funded (gross), as well as the gymnasium under construction on public Morningside Park territory that only allowed minimal access to the Harlem residents it surrounded.
Tags: #tbt, can you imagine if the police (Sting's band) came to campus, columbia students make change happen!, confirmation that ferris has always had quality music, how can we get the police (Sting's band) to come to campus, how hard do you think it was to find a seat in ferris that day, i mean it's practically impossible already ... and then you add in a live rock concert, the era of sex drugs and rock n' roll is still going strong in carmen tbh
Written by Megan Fillion
Yesterday, a panel called “Refugees and Migrants on the Move: The Moment of Truth for the EU and the Middle East?” was held in IAB. We sent Bwogger Megan Fillion to see what the panelists had to say about the topic.
“Idealists stubbornly insist on giving the same rights to refugees that are given to citizens.”
That statement was a strange start to a three-hour panel about the refugee crisis currently occurring in Europe and the Middle East. Professor Elzar Barkan, Director of Columbia’s Human Rights and Humanitarian Policy Concentration, boldly started off his introduction with this claim and never really returned to it, rendering most of the audience uncomfortable and confused. Unfortunately, this was not the only incoherent and slightly inappropriate line uttered during this event.
The first panel, moderated by Dirk Salmons, the Director of the Humanitarian Policy track in SIPA, was mainly a discussion about the refugee crisis from a more theoretical and academic standpoint.
Michael Doyle, a panelist and Columbia professor , started his argument with a rather interesting remark: Because most of the refugees today flee their countries due to economic downfall or political tumult, refugees do not fulfill the “standard of persecution” set in the 1951 UNHRC convention. This convention stated that a country is obligated to take in refugees if they are subject to genocide or direct physical violence inflicted by the regime in power. Therefore, because the refugees are fleeing from a different type of violence than the one explicitly described in the convention, countries aren’t technically obliged to take them in. Doyle appealed for the modernization of such documents to fit the situation we see today.
Yes, those incredible rumors you heard are true: there are free bagels on campus! Right now! If you drop everything and run over to Carman, there might still be some poppy-seed ones left!
Every year around this time, CCSC hosts Bagelpalooza, a celebration of the most important values of any college experience: talking to new people, the struggle to pull yourself out of bed in the mornings, and free food. They bring the bagels to various Columbia residence halls on different mornings during the fall semester. (You can check out the Facebook event here.) The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, Oct. 8 – Carman
Thursday, Oct. 15 – John Jay
Wednesday, Oct. 28 – Schapiro
Monday, Nov. 9 – EC/Wien
Tuesday, Nov. 24 – McBain
Monday, Dec. 7 – Broadway/Hogan
Today, the bagels will be at Carman until noon. Bagels are advertised to come with free coffee and smiles from your favorite CCSC members.
Happy bagel via Shutterstock
Tags: bwog loves bagels. especially free bagels, ccsc, free food, the bagelpalooza hype is real, the real question is: what kinds of condiments are they offering with these bagels, what's better than free bagels? free coffee and bagels, when will bagelpalooza come to barnard though (sga we're looking at you)
Today, the New York Historical Society will unveil plans for its new Center for the Study of Women’s History, which aims to celebrate women’s contributions to New York City. The center’s home will be the redesigned fourth floor of the Historical Society, and will feature an interactive wall, a 15-minute immersive film, a transparent staircase, and 100 illuminated Tiffany lamps. It’s scheduled to open in early 2017. (New York Times)
Speaking of women’s contributions: yesterday, top House Democrats accused Jason Chaffetz, the GOP Chair of the House Oversight Committee, of refusing to share unedited footage of recent undercover videos targeting Planned Parenthood. The edited videos allegedly show Planned Parenthood officials secretly meeting with an anti-abortion group, but Democrats believe that the full, unedited footage will disprove the current allegations against the organization. (The Hill)
Meanwhile, in Providence: The Brown Daily Herald, Brown University’s student newspaper, removed one and added a significant editor’s note to a second racist column. One of the columns was based on eugenics while the other made a racist interpretation as to how Native Americans should view Columbus Day. Both were written by the same person, and both sparked debate within the Brown community. (Talking Points Memo)
And finally, a note of hope for other worlds: last night, NASA launched a rocket from the Wallops Flight Facility in Chincoteague, Virginia. This launch was the first successful launch from the site since October, 2014, and was visible for many people on the mid-Atlantic coast. The mission aims to test new technology that will hopefully make future space missions less expensive and less risky. (USA Today)
One fancy-looking rocket via Shutterstock
Tags: a word of caution: do not read the comments on those brown columns, bwog gets excited about a lot of things, bwog gets excited about lamps, bwog gets excited about space, bwoglines, chaffetz may not be the coolest dude but what a cool name, friendly reminder that the third star trek reboot movie is being filmed right now, space. the final frontier. these are the voyages of the starship enterprise. jim kirk rips his shirt. spock calls things illogical. uhura is badass. etc etc etc
Written by Betsy Ladyzhets
Have you ever pondered contemporary Russian poetry, framed by the overarching authority of the Soviet government? Bwog hadn’t, but we sent Daily Editor Betsy Ladyzhets to a literary evening with Lev Oborin anyway to discuss Russian poetry over fancy cheeses and wine.
Russia is, in many ways, a nation characterized by powerful leaders. From the Czars to the Soviets, men with strong ideals have governed the country and controlled the modes of expression that its artists could use. In the twentieth century in particular, the Communist Party strictly forbid writers from supporting any opinions outside of the Party Line. But the poets of that era still wrote, as poets tend to do – and their writing became an important way of expressing themselves and fighting their censorship that carried through to the twenty-first century, even after the fall of the Soviet Union.
The Literary Evening with Russian poet Lev Oborin hosted by the Harriman Institute yesterday evening attempted to describe some of the poetry that resulted from this phenomenon. A group of approximately twenty people, most of them fluent Russian speakers and none of them undergraduates, gathered in a conference room on the twelfth floor of the International Affairs building. Refreshments were served: fancy crackers and an exquisite cheese-and-fruit platter, accompanied by an array of red and white wine.
Written by Amara Banks
Bwogger Amara Banks brings you the scoop on last night’s lecture with sociologist Michael Kimmel on how to engage men in the fight for gender equality.
With the recent debates on campus about gender issues in society, Michael Kimmel’s lecture yesterday could not have arrived at a more perfect time. Simply titled “Engaging Men in Gender Equality,” he discussed exactly that, and opens the minds of Columbia students who may or may not have already thought that they were feminists.
He discussed the issue that women have been articulating for centuries—men need to realize that gender inequality exists, sucks, and should not be a societal norm. Another plus: he delivered his ideas with humor and simple language, making his message accessible and easy to comprehend.
Kimmel is our privilege poster child: a white middle class male—and he knows this. In fact, the anecdote he gave in the beginning explaining the moment he realized his privilege was so loaded that it could have been a lecture in itself.
Before, he immediately thought of himself as an ordinary human. But when he overheard two of his female peers discussing their ideas of identity (one white, one black), one said that she immediately thought of herself as a woman, and the other said she immediately thought of herself as a black woman. This was when Kimmel had his revelation: people who are privileged cannot see their privilege, and therefore do not realize that they are treated differently in society. This is why men do not realize that gender inequality exists and affects women everyday.
Spirit week is finally upon us. There will be fun, food, and prizes according to the Facebook page for the event, with everything planned out by our newly elected student councils ESC, CCSC, SGA, and GSSC. So come on out and spread some school spirit, because we’re seriously lacking in that department.
Between Monday 10/12 and Friday 10/16 there will be a photo scavenger hunt (never heard of a school scavenger hunt before) and a residence hall banner competition. We don’t know exactly how halls will crowdsource their banners, but there’s a hall wide prize for best banner.
On Thursday 10/15 Barnard will be hosting a Homecoming Carnival. There will be face painting, balloon making, magic, games, and interactive activities according to the Barnard alumnae page. We’re gonna need some of that magic to beat the Quakers.
Written by Joe Milholland
Student government extraordinaire Joe Milholland is back again this week, covering the General Studies Student Council meeting, featuring the Roosevelt Institute, food insecurity, budget changes, and more.
On Tuesday night, the General Studies Student Council. tabled a co-sponsorship proposal to fund $200 to the Roosevelt Institute and requested the group seek funding from the Joint Council Co-sponsorship Committee (JCCC).
The president of the Roosevelt Institute came to the meeting to request the money to fund the travel expenses for the GS members taking a trip to DC. These travel expenses – including transport to and from DC, transport within DC, and food – had already been covered for CC and SEAS students earlier this semester by the Student Governing Board, which then recommended the group seek a co-sponsorship from GSSC to fund the expenses from GS (SGB hasn’t yet made an official response).
The Roosevelt received 51 applications for the trip, of which 10 were from GS students, and accepted 37 people, of whom 5 were GS students.
The Columbia Divest for Climate Justice (CDCJ) met last evening with the Board of Trustees to discuss a proposal CDCJ has written “for divestment from the top 200 publicly-traded fossil fuel companies,” according to an email CDCJ wrote Bwog last night. CDCJ sent the proposal to Columbia’s Advisory Committee on Socially Responsible Investing (ACSRI).
The group pointed out that this is the first time they have submitted a proposal to ACSRI. In spring 2014, according to CDCJ’s email, ACSRI voted on and rejected a divestment Powerpoint presentation with little discussion. With this recent progress under their belt, we expect to see more of CDCJ this semester and onward.
Moral guideline via Shutterstock
After years upon years of negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, one of the most monumental trade deals in recent history, was finally agreed upon by 12 nations. The deal faces much scrutiny in each of the constituent countries, and will have to pass through each country’s legislature before taking effect. (NYT)
Months after taking power in Nigeria, Muhummadu Buhari finally submitted a list of names to the Nigerian Senate for his cabinet. Although only 3 women were nominated, many Nigerians are just happy an actual cabinet exists at this point. (US News)
California governor Jerry Brown signed into law “the strongest equal pay regulation in the US” yesterday. President of California’s Chamber of Commerce sums up the intent of the bill best, stating “Equal pay for equal work, regardless of gender, shouldn’t be an issue in California.” (BBC)
Tonight, after 8 months of waiting, fans of FX show American Horror Story will finally be able to sink their teeth into the next installment of the anthology series. The newest season, entitled “Hotel,” premieres stars such as Kathy Bates, Angela Basset, and Lady Gaga. Yes, that Lady Gaga. (CNN)
Lady Gaga showing off her style via Shutterstock
Tags: AHS IS FINALLY BACK, bwoglines, California sounds like such a great place, equal rights for everyone, except for the droughts and political stasis, hopefully Evan Peters isn't in some dumb romance again, Tate Langdon for life, that minister was actually just Buhari as minister of oil, the only thing worse than negotiating the TPP will be passing it, there was one minister in Buhari's cabinet before now, what a badass
Written by Phoebe Newton
On Monday night, members of the Barnard and Columbia community gathered to create an artistic farewell tribute to the well-loved (and well-worn) Lehman Library. While doodling on the walls, many students fondly recalled long nights spent in a stress-induced panic before a big assignment. Or just pretending to look studious while secretly texting under the table (that still counts, right?) Either way, many students are sad to see this cherished building go.
Even though the building will still be functional for approximately thirteen more weeks, library staff wanted the student body to begin the grieving process before the building is gone for good. To say goodbye, students gathered to paint the walls on the second floor (and enjoy some free giveaways, of course). Librarians were prepped and ready with paper plates of paint, paintbrushes, and hot drinks. By the the end of the night, there was a wide variety of artistic styles represented. From modern interpretations to serious artistic pieces, this event had it all.
Written by Eric Cohn
Today, before Columbia Divest for Climate Justice meets with the Board of Trustees, members and supporters of the group staged an action expressing their support for Columbia’s divestment from the fossil fuel industry. Beginning at 5 pm, CDCJ assembled in the courtyard of Wien with signs and banners as part of their “silent and safe direct action.”
See pictures and our tweets from the event below.
— Bwog (@bwog) October 6, 2015
Written by Rachel Deal
Bwog staffer Rachel Deal brings you the latest and greatest from this week’s ESC meeting so you lazybones can stay in bed. You owe her one!
Last night’s ESC meeting was a long one-with new council members from the Class of 2019 and extended discussions on improving the CSA and possible changes to Bacchanal, the meeting ran over by 20 minutes (and it came to a close with a mini drone display by Class of 2018 President Vinay Mehta).
VP Policy Meaghan Hurr asked for suggestions on making the CSA better for engineers, and is working closely with CCSC President Ben Makansi and VP Policy Viv Ramakrishnan. Over all, the sentiment in the room was that the CSA doesn’t really know how to deal with engineers–both Mehta and Sustainability Representative Charles Harper suggested the office bring in more engineering-specific advisors. Class of 2019 Representative Aida Lu also wanted the advisors to be more accessible to students, possibly with more drop-in hours.
Hurr also briefly brought up Bacchanal, which turned into an extended discussion about the possibility of priced tickets. Class of 2017 Representative Sid Perkins brought up that if Bacchanal were to charge more for tickets, ABC could give more money to other student groups. Multiple members of the council disagreed with this idea, including President Caroline Park, who said she felt uncomfortable considering priced Bacchanal tickets while also trying to push forward with the Food Insecurity Proposal. Class of 2017 President Larry Xiao is still working on rolling out a survey on Bacchanal.
Written by Briana Bursten
Research question: How many science students that wait all week for BunsenBwog will actually understand the Red Hot Chili Peppers reference we dropped in the title? Regardless, Bunsen Burner Belle Briana Bursten is back from the CUMC newsroom and is tapping into her own gray matter to share her wealth of scientific knowledge with us all.
Bwoggers know that time spent in the library often turns into minutes spent searching Spotify or hours spent laughing while scrolling through your favorite source for Columbia student news. Although some of us may feel that we have no real control over our attention, researchers at CUMC would argue otherwise. According to a recent finding, it’s been proven that the human attention network in the brain has evolved greatly— partially in response to the complex social situations that humans face daily. Researchers made both primates and humans perform a task of recollection and reaction while simultaneously mapping brain activity through fMRI. Surprisingly enough, humans performed much better on the test than the primates did. Moral of the story: try your best to focus… if not for yourself, do it for Darwin!
Gluten-free diets, Vegan fare, juice cleanses, and… brain-mapping? Though the first three trends are cited by many to lead to healthier lifestyles, the newsroom tells us that brain-mapping may be the most promising. The latter has allowed CUMC neuroscientists to determine the regions of the brain that respond (or don’t respond) to weight loss. Neuroscientist Michael Morabito has found through brain-mapping that changes in weight alter leptin sensitivity. This alteration in sensitivity remains even after weight loss stops, which may account for the struggle that many face of maintaining their weight loss post-diet.
And the Horwitz award goes to…
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