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“Can I just say–no translation quite captures the beauty of the original.”

Remember our EC Archetypes? This time, Bwog is taking a look at the personalities in your core (or “principles” or “nine ways”) classes. In this edition, Staffer Youngweon Lee (who admits to being that kid in her Lit Hum class) tells you about being in class with someone who already read the texts’ original un-translated versions.

As rosy-fingered Dawn spreads her fingers over another day, another Lit Hum class approaches you. You were too busy complaining about your huge workload to actually do the work, so, once again, you aren’t prepared for this discussion of the Iliad beyond the skimpy summary that SparkNotes afforded you.

You walk to class a few minutes early so you can grab a seat in the back. That kid follows you inside the classroom. They went to some fancy boarding school on the east coast or is from England, or more rarely, Greece, and read the Iliad in high school–in Greek. They right at the head of the table to better stare down the professor, who majored in English comparative literature during the Renaissance, arms crossed and all.

Your professor starts the class. He wants to start by talking about the relationship between Menelaus and Achilles, or whatever. That kid raises a smug hand. “It’s actually pronounced Menélaus, not Menelàus. The diacritical acute accent is on the second epsilon, not the alpha.”

The professor rolls his eyes. So does everyone else in the class. The discussion moves on. You’re dozing off at this point. Someone says something about far-shooting Apollo in line 14. The hand goes up. “Well, actually, that epithet is supposed to be on the next line because the dactylic hexameter requires that the line ends with a dactyl, long syllable, and enceps, in that order, and begin with a dactyl. It should be Apollo, who strikes from afar–not far-shooting Apollo.” Cue the smirk as they lean back and cross their arms again.

“That’s nice,” says the professor, “and irrelevant to our current discussion. Moving on…”

The expression changes immediately into an indignant sulk. Then the professor reads a line containing the phrase the “wine-blue” ocean, and the indignant sulk immediately changes into one of shock. Hand shoots up.

“That should be wine-dark, not wine-blue. The Greeks didn’t have a word for blue. That is a shameful mistranslation.”

Everyone ignores this interjection. Class continues.

Illustration via Nikki Shaner-Bradford

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Gotta love those primary colors!

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.

Monday, October 3rd

  • Writing the Brazilian Telenovela: A Discussion and Q&A with João Emanuel Carneiro, 7-10 PM, Heyman Center for the Humanities in EC Common Room – “In conversation with Richard Peña, Professor of Film Studies in the School of the Arts Film Program, and Ana Paulina Lee, Professor of Luso-Brazilian Studies in the Department of Latin American and Iberian Cultures, Carneiro will discuss his experience in the lm and television industry in Brazil, reflecting in particular on the international appeal of his work. He will address the challenges of today’s globalized media, as well as the role played by issues of class, race, and gender when writing for a popular audience.”

Wednesday, October 5th

  • Combat Paper, 10 AM – 5 PM, Dodge Plaza – “Participatory paper-making workshop, transforming military uniforms into handmade paper, led by David Keefe and Student Veteran Initiatives.” Exhibition to follow on October 14th.
  • Mid-Day Music @ Columbia featuring Yong Murray on the piano, 12-1 PM, Garden Room 2 in the Faculty House – Yong Murray will be performing a program that includes Chopin’s 10 Etudes Op. 25, Nos. 6-10 and Beethoven’s Sonata in A major, Op. 101. This event is free.
  • The B*tch is Back: Older, Wiser, and (Getting) Happier, 6:30 PM, Diana Event Oval – “Join bestselling writer and editor Cathi Hanauer, writer Lizzie Skurnick, Barnard’s own President Debora Spar, and Professor Jennifer Finney Boylan as they explore how our concepts of womanhood and feminism have evolved over the last decade. Hanauer made headlines in 2002 with her New York Times bestselling collection of essays, The Bitch in the House. She will discuss the soon-to-be-released sequel—The Bitch is Back—and the varied ways that bold and intelligent women are choosing to age today. Come hear Lizzie Skurnick share thoughts on having a baby on your own and, as a mixed-race woman, determining the baby’s race; Debora Spar discuss beauty and aging; and Jennifer Finney Boylan reads from her essay on returning to NYC in midlife as a successful professional woman after once living there as a struggling young man. Book signing to follow.”

Thursday, October 6th

  • The Lionel Trilling Seminar | “Symbiosis of Nature and Art: a new Neo-Mannerism?”, 6:15 PM, Heyman Center for the Humanities in the EC Common Room – “Horst Bredekamp presents the next installment of the Lionel Trilling Seminar. Bredekamp studied art history, archeology, philosophy and sociology in Kiel, Munich, Berlin and Marburg. In 1974 he received his doctorate at the Philipps-Universität Marburg with a thesis on art as a medium of social conflicts, especially the “Bilderkämpfe” of late antiquity to the Hussiterevolution.”

By Governo do Brasil [Public domain], via Wikipedia

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Your childhood fear returns to create more nightmares.

Creepy clown sightings have spread along the east coast as clowns continue to frighten communities . Clowns in North Carolina, Wisconsin and New Jersey have been seen standing near apartment buildings, public facilities, and have attempted to lure small children into the woods. A school lockdown  has occurred on Long Island after a clown sighting was reported near a high school. Other clown activity includes threats on social media sites and clowns jumping in front of cars. (Today, ABC7)

Donald Trump received media backlash after inciting a tweetstorm, posting malicious tweets about former Miss Universe Alicia Machado. Hillary Clinton mentioned Machado during the debate on Monday evening, highlighting Trump’s controversial past with women. Early Friday morning, Trump responded on Twitter, calling Machado “disgusting” and mentioned a “sex tape” that Machado had allegedly stared in. Clinton fired back, calling his tweets “unhinged.” (The Huffington Post)

Former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres died at the age of 93. Peres was a leader that sought peace within the Israeli government. He received a Nobel Peace Prize after signing the Oslo Accords in 1993 which led to talks between Israel and Palestine. Although Israeli-Palestinian conflict still occurs today, Peres will be remembered for his idealistic work and efforts for peace. (The New York Times)

Blake Lively gave birth to her second child yesterday in Manhattan. Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively have had two children together while being married for the past 4 years. Taylor Swift went to the hospital to support the family as she welcomed the baby to New York. (Buzzfeed)

Welcome to October via The New York Times

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Looking forward to escaping the hell of Carman bathrooms by living in a newly-renovated dorm next year? Well, you may not be so lucky. Apparently, some of these nicer bathrooms have already been destroyed due to debauchery/water leaks(?). Staffers sent in evidence of their dorms’ trashy toilets that they were told would be renovated.

Drunken destruction on McBain 3:

More grime after the jump:

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Stop whining and start wining

Stop whining and start wining!!

In the need to spice up your nighttime (or daytime) escapades? One boozy Bwogger reviews the latest arrival at International. Disclaimer: This message was not sponsored by Maven and is simply the result of a very good night.

This new import at International is worth the scrutiny of your fake ID. To describe Maven’s crispy, bright concoction would not be to do it justice. This adult juice box is not your weak-ass Mike’s Hard; it’s somewhere between Four Loko and Moonshine in terms of strength. The high alcohol content (13.5%!!) is hidden beneath a delicious chardonnay with hints of lemon, pineapple, and lime. After two coolers, not only will you be refreshed but you will be ready to take on the world – the MoHi world, that is. Whether you’re looking for a night of rowdy pre-gaming or eating Dig Inn take-out while re-watching every show on your Netflix queue, this is the drink for you. It’s a favorite at classier occasions like formal dinners, as well, due to its nicer glass packaging. At $7, this is a bargain you do not want to pass up. However, get to International early on weekend nights–they are sure to sell out (like, we’ll be buying them all). Now sold in a Pinot Noir flavor for a more sultry, meatier night.

Nice floral arrangement via some wine mom’s website

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Can Trump win the Latino vote when he can’t even win with his toupee?

Yesterday, politically savvy Bwogger Tamara Barriot took time to assess whether “The Donald” means what he says about getting the Latino vote. As refreshing as discussing the viewpoints of our two political idols can be, this was not Tamara’s first rodeo. Any debate regarding Donald Trump’s care for Latinos will likely spark controversy, and yesterday’s was no exception.

Recently, the British newspaper The Telegraph referred to the 2016 election as “America’s unpopularity concert,” and yesterday’s full day event “Decision 2016/Yo Decido” hosted by Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in conjunction with Noticias Telemundo went further to prove that point.

The scheduled 10:30 panel discussion, “Trump vs. Clinton: The Battle for the Latino Vote,” soon turned into a pointless debate, much like the actual presidential debate last Monday.  Surprisingly (but perhaps fortuitously), 2/3 of the registered attendees were absent.

Jose Diaz-Balart (anchor at Notices Telemundo and the panel moderator) began the discussion by asking the panel to speak on how each candidate planned to acquire Latino votes. Helen Aguirre-Ferre (Spokesperson for Hispanic RNC and Trump supporter) promptly answered that the Republican Party was building a Latino community within the GOP, incorporating them in broader ways than in the past. Aguirre-Ferro added that the Democrats take the Latino vote for granted, a belief which fundamentally undermines the political system.

Can we build a wall to keep out the Donalds?

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Love: CONFIRMED: Lady Gaga will perform at Superbowl LI on Feb. 6, 2017. “It’s not an illusion. The rumors are true,” Lady Gaga tweeted on Thursday, “This year the SUPER BOWL goes GAGA!” (CNN)

Perfect illusion: The Donald J. Trump Foundation has not received the certification needed to solicit more than $25,000 in public donations. Although evidence has been uncovered to prove the Foundation has publicly solicited more than $25,000, it is unclear whether the Foundation is being investigated by the New York Attorney’s Office. (Washington Post)

Love: Although she has recently backed off, a woman from Florida named Katie offered to pay $50,000 for the chance to punch Martin Shkreli in the face. The money would have gone towards the family of Mike Kulich, Shkreli’s former PR consultant who died earlier this week. (Huffington Post)

Perfect illusion: A photo of a Florida cop giving a “sorry I tased you” cake to a woman who accused him of excessive force last year has been proven to be a hoax. The photo was posted to imgur in 2014, a year before the woman, Stephanie Byron, filed suit against officer Michael Wohler. Byron claims that Wohler was harassing her before he took her sweet tea; as she reached to retrieve it, Wohler tased her. (New York Daily News)

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Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Bwog is here to help.

Deep breaths. Deep breaths. Bwog is here to help.

As the weekend approaches, Bwog provides a guide of  which Columbia bars to take ‘the good, the bad, and the ugly’ of Tinder dates. Date responsibly. 

Mel’s: This hot spot is where you take your well-coordinated, athletic date, who will undoubtedly ditch you an hour in to chill with his or her teammates. Sharpen your conversation skills, ’cause the Black-Friday-worthy line will feel like an eternity. Pro tip: milk mustaches from the alcoholic milkshakes are neither cute nor endearing. For how expensive it is, stick to tequila and lime. If this hot shot doesn’t dip, the sex will be worth it.

Where else should you take your dates?

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MLK is bae

MLK is bae

Freedom Summer, a push from civil rights organizations to increase voter registration in Mississippi, confronted incredible hatred and violence from the KKK and police. The movement happened over 50 years ago, but the School of Social Work hosted an event last night in Low Rotunda to make sure we never forget the struggle for voting rights, and the importance that fight holds today, in perhaps the most volatile election in American history. Senior Staffer Sarah Dahl was there to get the full scoop.

I had a loose knowledge of Freedom Summer going into this event, and an even more loosely evidenced, though rock-solid, belief in the necessity to vote. I came away, as one of the speakers, Jerry Vattamala, put it,”a little bit disturbed, a little bit upset, but determined to do something,” about voting rights.

The night featured diverse characters–activists, members of academia, administrators, lawyers, and even a reverend. The audience make-up was diverse as well–some students, a lot of older people, a dad with his son. The majority were people of color. A sign language interpreter made the evening accessible to the deaf.

The first few presenters spoke somewhat monotonously and tediously–delivering true words, to be sure, but nothing I hadn’t heard before: exercise your right to vote, Trump is a demagogue, institutional white supremacy still exists. I grew distracted by the way voices reverberate around Low Rotunda (it’s really a terrible place to host events).

When did the event become inspiring?

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columbia_university_-_low_memorial_library-dColumbia has just updated the guidelines and requirements for gender-based misconduct hearings, investigations, and appeals. Many of the guidelines, including the accompaniment of an advisor, remain consistent with the previous policy. However, a new rule prohibiting recording of any kind appears on the document. It follows:

“Recording any part of the investigative process or unauthorized copying of any documents by any means is strictly prohibited. “Copying” includes but is not limited to: audio recording, streaming, photographing, scanning, transcribing, or any other method of reproduction that conflicts with the spirit of this directive. Allegations of non-compliance will result in the advisor being asked to leave the proceeding, and he/she may be prohibited from attending ongoing or future meetings. Additionally, if a student is found to have acted in concert with the advisor to record proceedings or copy materials, those allegations will be reviewed through the Dean’s Discipline process and may result in additional disciplinary sanctions.”

Both Federal and New York State law permit the recording of such meetings (see: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence & New York’s campus anti-sexual violence bill, “Enough is Enough”). No Red Tape has started a petition against these policies–you can click here to sign it.

Read the entire updated document after the jump:

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An actor portrays Donald Trump in Aristophanes' Knights

Making Athens great again

As this election gets more and more vitriolic, it can be easy to gloss over the messy politics of elections before, worrying that this is the worst election ever. The Ancient Theater Group showed how wrong this conception is with their modern adaptation of Aristophanes The Knights, set in the 2016 election. Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman reviewed the production. 

History repeats itself, some times more exactly than others. But how similar can 424 BCE be to 2016? If hats reading “Make Athens Great Again” prove anything, very similar. The Ancient Theater Group shows us just how precisely the present can look like the past with a hauntingly accurate modern depiction of The Knights by Aristophanes. The trademark red hats and shirts of the Trump presidential campaign were co-opted in the Glicker-Millstein Theatre yesterday night, and will continue to be tonight and tomorrow in this satirical showing.

Director Brittany Johnson, previously responsible for producing another modernization of Aristophanes in 2014 at Barnard called #CLOUD$, recognizes the difficulties of making old stories relatable and contemporary. “I have been lucky, however,” she writes in her director’s note, “as this year’s primaries unnervingly by conveniently mimicked Knights’ plot progression.” Johnson doesn’t exaggerate here, as the play centers upon a man without political experience usurping a corrupt, longtime politician with the aid of secret, hidden documents. Coupled with the fact that Cleon, the antagonist, sounds a lot like Clinton, this production was a guaranteed success from the start.

Read more about the production after the jump

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Obama realizes that he’s outvoted :(

In one of the last “firsts” of the Obama administration, Congress just overrode Obama’s veto for the first time. The bill, which Obama vetoed but will now become law, will allow victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia because of the countries connections to those attacks. (Huffington Post)

If you’re registered to vote in New Hampshire, get ready to put that ballot on Snapchat! A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that it’s an infringement of free speech to ban voters from taking selfies in the booth. (New York Times)

Last week in South Africa, two men stole a penguin named Buddy from the zoo and released him into the ocean. Unfortunately, Buddy was born in captivity, and since he has never learned to live in the wild, he probably won’t survive.  (Washington Post)

Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson made yet another foreign policy gaff on Wednesday when he could not list any foreign leaders he could respect. This blunder comes less than a month after Johnson made headlines for not knowing what the Syrian city of Aleppo was.  (The Atlantic)

Obama’s tangible sadness via Al Drago / The New York Times

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columbia_university_-_low_memorial_library-dFall elections are officially over! Here are the results:

CCSC 2020 President & Vice President
Siddharth Singh and James Ritchie (Lion heart)

CCSC 2020 Representatives
Grant Pace (Lion Heart)
Danielle Resheff (Lion Heart)
Astrid Walker­Stewart (Lion Heart)

CCSC 2017 Representative
Tracy Ting Cao

CCSC Sandwich Ambassador
Joseph Villafane

ESC 2020 Class President
Ria Garg (SEASus Take the Wheel)

ESC 2020 Vice President
Marisa Ngbemeneh (SEASus Take the Wheel)

ESC 2020 Class Representatives
Joanna Paik (SEASus Take the Wheel)
Abhishek Chakraborty (SEASus Take the Wheel)

ESC At­-Large Representatives
3­2 Representative
Priscilla Wang

ESC Disability and Accessibility Issues Representative
Adriana Echeverria

ESC International Students Representative
Pranav Arora

ESC University Senator
Izzet Kebudi

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Yes, Queen

Yes, Queen

While movies are a great way to unwind after a long week in Butler, they also make statements about the society we inhabit. In her recent lecture “The Challenge to Avert Tragedy: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ Refigured in ‘Vertigo,’ ‘Pheonix,’ and ‘Gone Girl’,” Professor Elisabeth Bronfen examines the role of women in recent blockbusters. After attending the lecture, Bwog writers Lila Etter and Rebecca Novik are here with the highlights.

“Oh everyone, please sit down! You’re all making me nervous standing up like that!” Elisabeth Bronfen, Professor of British and American Studies at the University of Zurich, exclaims as she begins her lecture in the Ella Weed Room in Milbank.  The jam packed room is in a feminist trance like no other.

Before the lecture begins, we’re introduced to Bronfen’s impressive and fascinating career. Bronfen is a Global Distinguished Professor of German at NYU, and her interdisciplinary career includes studies on literature, film, psychoanalysis, gender studies, and cultural theory. I know I’m in for something glorious when I learn that one of her most famous books is titled “Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity, and the Aesthetic” (YAS).

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Bwog loves you more.

Last night, General Studies Student Council efficiently expanded upon some started projects whilst giving us a taste of what’s to come! Bwog GSSC Bureau Chiefs Romane Thomas and Jennifer Nugent indulge us here with the highlights.

GSSC updated its information on the food bank and chose Bwog as its first platform for its press-release (#stars). The chief of policy will finalize a proposal regarding GSSC’s Constitution bylaws, which will soon be updated.

The Communications team set up a timeline for the creation of the GSSC website. The primary goal of the new platform will be to “channel more GSSC resources & events to students”. An October 31st deadline was proposed for the completion of the website.

Finance announced the components of this year’s budget. The council proposed to amend the budget in order to move $5000 from the Gala budget to the organizations Snack Attacks, Student Events, and Co-Sponsorships. However, this amendment was not passed and the council voted to approve the original budget.

Campus Life was praised for the smooth organization of the Welcome Back Party. Campus Life managed to raise capacity by 100 people and drop the cost by 1/3. Most importantly, these bwoggers can attest that the food was great and the party was poppin’. Finally, Jacob Case was nominated as VP of Finance and Tony Kim as Vice Alumni Affairs Representative.

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