SGA: 2 Short 2 Write About
Empty, because everyone has left

Empty, because everyone left

Monday’s SGA meeting lasted a record 20-ish minutes. Bwogger Lauren Beltrone was dutifully present for all 20-ish minutes and has very little to report back to you.

In case you’ve never been to an SGA meeting, you should know that they’re made up of two parts: one internal and one external. Everyone is allowed to sit-in on the internal part, which is the one I attend. The second part is internal and only members of SGA are allowed to be there for that. Usually, external lasts from 8-9:30pm and then internal takes place, but on Monday, external was deliberately really short because there was a lot to do internally.

The one thing that did happen was Haley Schoeck talked about why she should be appointed SGA’s Representative to Campus Affairs. She’s all about open and immediate communication because she feels that most discontentment with Barnard stems from students being out of the loop. Seems legit to me.

Other than that, Aku Acquaye was elected First Year Class President with Masha Ikromova as VP and Tianyi Huang as Treasurer. Congrats to the newly elected first years!

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Bwoglines: The World Stage Edition
...Theme music plays...

…Theme music plays…

Will Scotland finally leave U.K. once and for all? Or will these two crazy countries find they have some love left?  (The Wall Street Journal)

Will India and China put aside their differences and find friendship? After some late night wine and whispered foreign policy, will they find… something more? (BBC)

Now that the Republican party is cool again, will it ditch its new friends to go to the cool party parties? (Gallup)

Will YOU transfer to Brown when you learn that New York dive bars may be closing? (New York Times)

Will the Fed lower the interest rates? No. (New York Times)

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A Note To Our Readers

Dearest Bwog Readers,

It is with sorrow that Maud and Sarah Faith announce that they are stepping down from their positions as Editors-in-Chief of Bwog. Maud will reassume her position as Internal Editor, and Sarah Faith will remain as a loyal contributor as well as in a consulting role to assist in the final stages of our site’s full redesign, a project that she spearheaded during her tenure as Editor-in-Chief.

In their place, they have appointed current Chief of Staff and Deputy Editor Julia Goodman to the position of Editor-in-Chief. They are confident in her ability to lead the publication until the next Editor-in-Chief is chosen at the end of the fall semester. In addition, Claire Friedman will continue in her role as Managing Editor.

While we are extremely proud of the work they have accomplished over the past year, Maud and Sarah Faith no longer feel that they can dedicate the amount of time that this position requires. They have immensely enjoyed their time leading a publication so central to the Columbia community and working with such a passionate and creative staff, but are eager to have more time for their other interests.

All the crabs, always,
Maud, Sarah Faith, Claire, Julia, and Jake

Overseen: More Falling Ceilings In Carman

Spotted in Carman last night. Though perhaps not as destructive/horrifying as last year’s ceiling incidents, who knows what our decrepit dorms have in store for us next!

This was sent into us with the following message: “I don’t know what just fell from the ceiling in the Carmine lobby, but it’s disgusting” *Carmine*

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……ew

Reminder: Register For Urban NY!
Get out of MoHi!

Get out of MoHi!

Hey, freshpeople, do you remember your tour guide saying something about getting free tickets to cool things around the city? Now’s your chance: Register here with Urban NY for a chance to go to a performance of Wicked, the Big Apple Circus, a Knicks game, and more. Registration began on Monday and goes until this coming Monday (September 22nd) at 11:59 pm. You can only win once, though, so make sure you can actually attend the events you select.

Student Engagement created the Urban New York program* — the answer to your NYC dreams. Urban New York gives students (YOU!) the opportunity to win FREE TICKETS through a lottery to all kinds of exciting trips around the city (Broadway shows, concerts, sporting events, etc.). The fall semester lottery is reserved only for First-Year students in BC/CC/SEAS — so you have a terrific chance of winning a ticket!

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LectureHop: Twyla Tharp
Twyla Tharp

Tharp in 2004

This past Monday evening, dancer and choreographer Twyla Tharp BC ’63 was at Barnard where she talked dance, her college years, and her book. Anastasiya Vasilyeva was there to report on the talk and how it was received by the students.

Twyla Tharp–an acclaimed dancer, choreographer, and now writer–returned to her old turf of Barnard College to lecture eager fans and students, as well as to conduct a signing for her book, The Creative Habit (2002). She began with a yo-yo and and closed with an advertisement, radiating with pride throughout the talk.

After a brief introduction about her humble education, since at the time Tharp attended school Barnard’s dance classes were just a part of the PE department, Tharp went chronologically through her works. She worked from first to most recent, delineating main points, successes, and failures, and showing brief clips of the dances, meant to match the chapter titles of The Creative Habit. Murmurs filled the Event Oval at the end of the seemingly helpful Q&A session, proclaiming the book to be far more interesting than the lecture. “It contained more art history,” one attendee whispered, “It was more on her creative process.”

The clips progressed from blurry, black and white videos to modern HD, demonstrating the length of her successful career, all from her self-advertised website. Tharp described her humble beginnings as having “No music. No production. No administration. No men.” During the majority of the clips, Tharp narrated the routine, or just counted and nodded along, illustrating her clear memory of these performances, despite the sometimes tens of years that have passed.

More on Tharp’s new class and some Barnard lovin’ after the jump.

Too Good To Be True? Columbia Maker Space Opens Its Doors, Checkbook
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~get creative~

Feeling crafty? Have you thought of a cool way to pimp your dorm room (pipe cleaners!!!!)? Bwogger Henry Litwhiler takes us to the newly opened Maker Space to talk about the innovative opportunities that are now available.

For those currently harboring detailed blueprints for an erotic tea set under their floorboards, Columbia has launched a surprisingly generous initiative to make those and other friendship-straining dreams come true. Called the Columbia Maker Space, the new workshop is situated on the 12th floor of Mudd and features a wide array of equipment and materials for all manner of projects. The room features two large and two small 3D printers, a drill press, three rather high-tech sewing machines, an assortment of power and woodworking tools, a soldering bench, a vinyl cutter, and a bike station. A laser cutter is expected to arrive soon.

With the blessing of Dean Boyce and under the advisement of Professor John Kymissis, the Space has opened its doors to students at CC and SEAS, regardless of major. When asked about a certain affiliated women’s college, Professor Kymissis said that the organizers were “working on Barnard” and that “nobody’s really sure.” One organizer indicated that the Maker Space has been “hesitant” to open itself up to graduate students for fear that they’d overrun the place for research.

Exploring our wildest dreams after the jump.

Bwoglines: Innovation And Addiction Edition
Controllin dat cell phone consumption

Controllin’ dat cell phone consumption

There’s a new app that will tell you how many times you check your phone throughout the day. (We weren’t on Tinder–we promise!) (Gawker)

According to a national survey on drug use, American teens are apparently using drugs less and less often…really?? (Washington Post)

There’s a proposed high-speed gondola (called the East River Skyway) that would connect Manhattan to parts of Brooklyn and the Bronx. It’s said to be safer, greener, and prettier!!! (Gothamist)

From the night of the Benghazi attacks on September 11, 2012 to early May of this year, Fox News aired 1,098 segments covering it. Additionally, when Fox was interviewing members of Congress, they asked Republicans about the attacks 144 different times, while only doing so five times with Democrats. (Huffington Post)

This guy paid $65 for a jug of Starbucks Pumpkin Spice syrup and put it on basically everything he ate. (Grub Street)

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Clued In At The Call Center
Following the money.

Following the money.

A few weeks ago, we at Bwog received an interesting and moderately disturbing tip about the Columbia Calling Center, a fairly popular place for first years to work to earn a little bit of extra money:

“Could you investigate what’s going on with the columbia calling center? There’s this thread on b@b that’s talking about this columbia-run calling center that has students ask alums for money. The entire thread is here: https://boredatbutler.com/post/4275007.

The post that got my attention was this one: ‘the callers are majority poor african american students, at least when i was there. many of them would not be able to pay for tuition without the job. to make matters worse, alums on the phone tended to respond better to my phone habits/diction/tone/general phone presence, so i easily got more donations and was praised by their supervisor. it made me feel shitty and out of my element, especially since i was basically just there for beer money.’”

We knew it was our duty to investigate these allegations and ensure that no scandal was overlooked nor false rumor propagated. The Columbia Calling Center, located on 113th street, advertises itself (as places looking to attract employees are wont to do) as a “fun, student friendly atmosphere” and a “meaningful and worthwhile cause.” Much more appealing to the students who apply, however, is the advertised pay of $12.75 an hour. One of our anonymous interviewees described his job as “I make calls to alumni attempting to get them to donate to our annual fund, mostly for financial aid and scholarships.” It is a necessary job, even if it is somewhat uncomfortable to ask strangers for money. With a basic understanding of the structure and function of the Calling Center, we began to ask about the workplace environment.

One friend of Bwog gave an account of life at the calling center over the Internet which corroborated some of the claims from the anonymous tip: “I heard they used to make people stand up if they didn’t get alums to donate but they stopped doing that once I joined… If anything the alums were just pretty bad and would sometimes say racist things or hate on Columbia.”

Read on for the rest of what we heard.

WTF Columbia: Package Center
Oh, the humanity!

Oh, the humanity!

In case no one loves you enough to send you mail you haven’t been to Lerner lately, this is a PSA about the package center. It is a madhouse. Bwog has received photos of some monster package center lines, and below are some of the worst stories we’ve heard. Please stop ordering things from Amazon until this public hazard is under control. (Ed. note: The package center was open for extra hours this past Sunday; no word yet on whether or how long this will continue.)

Money troubles:

“I need my passport so I can get paid at my new job. It was supposed to be here LAST MONDAY and it is still not here and I still can’t get paid.”

That’s why you never buy textbooks:

“I only needed a book for one class of the semester for my seminar, but it took 7 days to process it once it arrived at the package center so I wasted that money :(”

“oops”:

“I went there last week because I got an email notification.  Waited in line for like 30 mins and then when I got to the front they told me they couldn’t find my package and to come back later….so I came back the next day, waited again in the monstrous line only to have them tell me I never had a package and the notification was a mistake. oops.”

The Kevin Chen affair:

“They gave my books to one of the other four Kevin Chens at Columbia. It took weeks to track down who had them since I’ve only met two of them.”

Mixed messages:

“I was told I had to go the Manhattanville Post Office because they wouldn’t redeliver my package to Lerner. After waiting in line for 30 minutes the post office told me that they didn’t know where my package was and I had to wait til it got to Lerner.”

ADI Presents “Columbia Plays Mario”
ADI should serve these tonight

ADI should serve these tonight

ADI (Application Development Initiative) is hosting a “Columbia Plays Mario” event, similar to Twitch Plays Pokemon, in Lerner Cinema tonight.

ADI is putting a spin on this past February’s rather successful social experiment, which sought to have people from all across the world play Pokemon together, each from their own individual computer.

Bwog encourages you to embrace your inner child and collaborate with other Columbians to race to the checkered flag, collect coins, avoid koopas and shells and do other fun things with your favorite highly pixelated video game man.

The deets:

9 – 11 pm in Lerner Cinema

Bring your laptops and/or smartphones!

Also take a peek at the Facebook event!

In the meantime, get pumped up with the Mario theme music!

 

Bwog is a child once more via Wikimedia Commons

PSA: Free NYT Mobile Through Housing
Four score and seven years ago, the New York Times app didn't exist.

Four score and seven years ago, the New York Times app didn’t exist.

Columbia Housing offers a full complimentary subscription to the New York Times website and mobile apps. You must have a valid Columbia email address to access the subscription, but that shouldn’t be a problem, should it? Basically, you can finally stop paying for your own subscription or hacking into using your parents’ account to access “All the news that’s fit to print,” or in this case, publish online and send to your phone.

Here is CCSC’s blurb about all the features you can use, including off-campus access, as well an instruction video and link to activate your subscription:

Undergraduate residential students have full complimentary access to NYTimes.com and NYTimes mobile apps, thanks to a subscription offered by Columbia Housing. Users must have a valid Columbia email address to access.

NYTimes.com covers a variety of topics through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features. In addition, you will be able to share content on social networks, save articles of interest, subscribe to email newsletters and set up personalized alerts. Your access to NYTimes.com is available from any location, on or off campus.

Watch this video or follow these simple instructions or to activate your pass.

Old articles, new apps via  Wikimedia Commons

Bwoglines: Mistakes, Missteps, And Miscues Edition

But…what did we do wrong?

Miss Nebraska, Megan Swanson, accidentally revealed a bit too much to the cameras during the 2015 Miss America pageant on Sunday. What was the host, Chris Harrison, talking about? Revealing too much. (Yahoo!)

Rush Limbaugh decided that, in cases of sexual consent, no can mean yes “if you know how to spot it.” Yea, okay, whatever you say, Rush. (Gawker)

Speaking of…Robin Thicke admitted to being “high on Vicodin and alcohol” when he recorded “Blurred Lines,” the song that he also admitted he took too much credit for writing. Oops. (New York Daily News)

Urban Outfitters “deeply regrets” that their Kent State sweatshirt, featuring a bloody design, was “perceived negatively.” In trying to defend the item, Urban dug themselves a bigger hole. Should anyone be surprised? Probably not. (Washington Post)

The NFL and its associated teams are still confused about where they stand on domestic abuse. Hint: They don’t seem to care thaaat much. (USA Today)

Brown boxes of embarrassment via Shutterstock

Field Notes: On Vs. Off Campus
Caption contest, anyone?

Does a flamingo hat get you into bars better than a fake?

Second weekend at school and we’ve already got some campus clingers and some city goers amongst us (even if the 1 was shut down this weekend). Columbia students will always find a way… Send along your adventures next weekend wherever they may be to tips@bwog.com.

On-campus hijinks:

  • Classic hipsters: At Postcrypt, it’s full. Organizer says, ‘we made a Facebook event this week, that was a mistake.’”
  • Ominous tip about R.A.’s quotas: “That’s it. I hear they’re getting mad quotas this year, and it’s no stretch of the imagination to figure out which students will be targeted.” 
  • I went to a party/fundraiser for a North Dakota abortion clinic #mylifeisBarnard”
  • “I semi-soberly knocked over a table (with FOUR drinks on it) at the Dam while trying to high five my friend and caused a ruckus.”
  • “The girl who was walking around with her DSLR camera at ADP is named Sandy Kim and she’s a ~~well known~~ photographer. She’s doing an undercover piece for NY Mag. … a few sophomores got her into the party as “‘visual arts major who lives in Nussbaum’.”
  • Do we have a poopetrator on our campus?

"although this specific action wasn't *prohibited*..."

“although this specific action wasn’t *prohibited*…”

Off-campus adventures:

  • Drank some champagne (discreetly) on the High Line followed by going to a show at Upright Citizens Brigade, as classy ladies do.”
  • “Downtown at a speakeasy drinking out of a glass shaped like a MOTHERFUCKING SKULL”
  • “Update on the skull goblet: I may or may not have taken it and now I own a skull goblet. I ate cereal out of it this morning because I love it so much.”
  • “Drank, drank some more, went to the Chromeo concert in Central Park, which was awesome.”
  • “Went to the 9/11 memorial. walked from 96th st. to campus with friend, getting Koronets and a Tom’s milkshake on the way.”
This Week’s Bwog Comment Awards

We’re bringing back a short-lived tradition from last semester, our comment awards, because you are all special snowflakes who deserve recognition.

Most Jaded Accurate:

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The Sherlock Holmes Award for Exceptional Sleuthing: 

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Most Unimpressed: 

Most Surprisingly Helpful:

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More worthy comments after the jump!