It was a dark and stormy midday on November 9th, 2016. The students of Professor Adelbert’s Soviet Interventions class slowly shuffled in, excitement in their eyes as they prepared for another lecture full of Russian mockery. Professor Adelbert started the day as any other, showing the class newly revealed records of old Soviet conversations during the World War II and Cold War eras. He went on to point out his own seminal theories of Soviet strategy, and mentioned that the Russian government continued to deny atrocities that historians attest did occur during those times. As usual, he gave the class a wink-and-smirk, pointing out that the Russian government would throw him in the modern equivalent of the gulag if they ever found out about his lectures.
Written by Jennifer Nugent
Student performance group NOMADS is presenting username, a production that centers around online gaming communities. username will be performed on October 20, 21, and 22 in the Glicker-Milstein theatre.
NOMADS performs works that are entirely student-generated. From the script, to the direction, to the sound design, this production was entirely created by your peers! In “username,” the audience glimpses into the life of someone who depends on online gaming communities for support while he struggles with relationships in his own life. Joey Santia has written a fantastic script, and director Leo Angulo has worked with the talented cast to bring each character to life. As millennials, this production is an important piece to see, as it poses difficult questions about the quality of our interactions. Toby, the main character, is a closeted teen in love with his best friend, who discovers gaming and becomes entranced with the life and characters he finds on the internet. Matt Taub captures Toby’s desires and insecurities perfectly and, from his stance to his facial ticks, fully inhabits the role.
Ah, love—how it comes and goes with the wind. We have a few tips to help you avoid the more tense moments in your lives.
mariah carey truism via Vanity Fair
At a Beijing economic forum yesterday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced “my separation from the United States… both in military and economics also.” (Chicago Tribune)
Yesterday in Miami, President Obama compared the Affordable Care Act to Samsung. If a phone has flaws, he said, you fix it and don’t throw it away. “Unless it catches fire, then you pull it off the market,” Obama joked, alluding to recent Samsung Note 7 explosions. (CNET)
The lawyers of Artem Vaulin, the alleged head of KickassTorrents, recently issued their response to prosecutors’ allegations that Vaulin committed secondary criminal copyright infringement. They argued that secondary copyright infringement is a civil and not a criminal violation. (Ars Technica UK)
MetLife has recently abandoned Snoopy in favor of a “clean, modern” design that represents “life, renewal and energy.” Dean Crutchfield, an independent brand consultant, said, “Snoopy was brought in to connect emotionally with consumers. It is no longer relevant to its target audience.” (New York Times)
snoopy needs a hand to hold via New York Times
Written by Sarah Kinney
On Wednesday evening, first year staff writer Sarah Kinney traversed over to Schapiro Theatre (after going to the other Schapiro building and getting wicked lost) to see Columbia’s Graduate School of the Arts’ production of Summertime. She laughed, she cried… just like she did later that evening while watching the debate. But that’s another article. Back to the play.
Upon walking into the Schapiro Theatre black box on Wednesday night, I was confronted by a charming and intimate set. A pile of mattresses in one corner. A couch in another. A picnic table in the middle. But, most notable of all: rose petals, covering every inch of the stage floor. However, maybe stage isn’t quite the right word. The actors waltzed around in the middle of a high-ceilinged room, surrounded by clumps of chairs, some of which ascended into rows, some of which were courtside with the action itself. Shortly after I found my seat, the second row in a small group of six chairs, the lights dimmed. Showtime.
Written by Lexie Lehmann
In their first production of the fall semester, the Columbia University Players present Christopher Durang’s “Baby with the Bathwater,” a dark comedy about child-rearing, directed by Max Fiest CC ’17. Last night, Bwog newbie Lexie Lehmann had the chance to sit in on the play’s dress rehearsal. Below are some of her thoughts! (Content warnings for the show itself: child abuse, spousal abuse, sexual assault, and gender dysphoria)
The latest performance gracing the (limited) performance spaces of Columbia is CU Players’ “Baby with the Bathwater”: a hilarious play with a sinister twist about two hopeless parents raising their newborn child, Daisy. The parents, John and Helen, played by James Ritchie (CC’20) and Harrison Gale (BC’20) respectively, are a match made far from Heaven. Helen is a whiney, aspiring novelist while John is a charming alcoholic with childlike tendencies. And while the two frequently muse about wanting a divorce, they decide to stay together for the sake of their child.
To help with childcare, they hire a neurotic nanny, aptly named “Nanny”, played by Jennifer Yu (CC ’17). Nanny does little to help, and instead focuses her attention on seducing the naïve John. During the nighttime, a homeless, pregnant woman named Cynthia, played by Sarah Billings (BC ’18), breaks into the house to sing to Daisy. Upon discovering the woman, John and Helen decide to take her in. Now she, Nanny, and the two parents are forced to share a bed and to divide responsibility over taking care of Daisy — when truly, none of them are qualified.
Most of the play follows Daisy’s life through the perspective of the four whimsical characters raising her – until the second act, when Daisy appears as a grown adult, played by Christopher Jackson (GS ’18)… and the full effects of being raised by deliriously unfit chaperones are revealed. Here, the play takes a dramatic and unexpected turn; Daisy is a boy who had been forced to conform to a feminine name and clothing because his parents ‘guessed wrong’ and never checked because they ‘didn’t want to intrude’. And now, he is horribly depressed, failing college, and a sex addict. Yikes.
Written by Ross Chapman
Today is Midterm Day, the halfway point in the semester. To mark the occasion, Bwogger Ross Chapman is here to remind you that your situation could always be worse – at least when today is over, it’s over!
Taylor Swift is the first person I hear in the morning. “The players gonna play, play, play,” she reminds me from my radio alarm as I push off the covers. 8:00 a.m. always feels too early for me, but I have to get ready. Two of my suitemates, however, are already up and about.
“Don’t forget your textbooks, ‘cause today’s a stressful one!”
“It’s always stressful, where are we, the situation room?” The espresso machine in their room seems to fuel their loud morning banter.
“But today’s especially important, you know why?”
“It’s Midterm Day!” they sing together excitedly as they put their bags together for breakfast.
Since we started living together sophomore year, my suitemates have been obsessed with Midterm Day. For some inexplicable reason, the academic calendar lists Thursday, October 20 as “Midterm Date,” the halfway point of the semester. We like to imagine that Columbia thinks that it’s the one day a year when we happily take all of our midterms. But for me… well, it feels true. I have three midterms today, starting at 8:40 and going straight through until 2:00. I brace for the hell that today will put me through.
To cut to the chase, the exams totally ruin me. While I do okay on the first one, I’m totally unprepared for the essay questions on the others. As I wonder how well I’ll have to do on the finals to make these grades up, my suitemates are in the middle of a celebration. Midterm Day, they argue is a perfect excuse for day drinking. They’re happy to be through, and I’d love to be happy for them, but Midterm Day was nothing but trouble. Why even bother to list it on that dumb calendar?
The rest of the day is a total blur. By the time midnight rolls around, my suitemates are out at a Midterm Day EC party they managed to arrange, but I’m ready for sleep. “Everything will be better tomorrow,” I remind myself.
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The final presidential debate happened on Wednesday night, and that’s about enough said about that. (New York Times)
California’s attorney general has begun an investigation into Wells Fargo after the company received allegations of identity theft. Apparently, many customers had accounts opened in their names that they did not authorize. (LA Times)
The Obamas hosted their final state dinner in office, this time in honor of the Italian prime minister. (Washington Post)
Kurdish forces have continued their campaign to try and take back villages from the Islamic state. This follows another attack near the city of Mosul earlier this week. (New York Times)
Everybody wants to hug Obama via Washington Post
Earlier today (or, technically, yesterday), Bwog received the following tip:
Caught a close up of the feasting hawk responsible for the rain of feathers in front of butler today. A former staffer suggests that this is the same hawk dubbed “hawkmadinejad” back in the 08 09 era. Pic attached. Same bird?
The bird in question is Hawkmadinejad (or “Hawkma”, for short), a hawk that was often seen on campus in the years spanning 2008 to 2013 and became a kind of mascot for Bwog. Our expert hawk analysts compared this photo of a majestic bird of prey brooding over its unlucky victim, perhaps scanning Low Steps for sight of weak quarry, to documentation of past Hawkma sightings, and we cannot deny that the resemblance is similar—almost uncanny.
So, has Hawkma returned? Can this truly be the same bird that took campus by storm in 2007? Why has she (he?) returned now? What might have happened since the last Hawkma sighting in October, 2013? What wisdom might have Hawkma gained in lands unknown? What does he/she think of PrezBo’s most recent haircut?
We aren’t sure whether Hawkma’s return is a cause for celebration or a sign of the impending apocalypse. God save us all.
Send news of Hawkma sightings (and other, less important tips) to email@example.com.
You can’t mistake that silently judging stare via Jon Hanford
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Ever gone to International totally overwhelmed by the abundance of options and settled for something less than satisfactory for a pregame or a Wine Wednesday? In Bwog’s newest weekly column, we give you the wine recommendations that won’t break the bank and are guaranteed to please even the most juvenile of taste buds.
Yellow Tail, the Australian wine company, has many noteworthy exports, but the most refreshing and crisp would have to be its Pinot Grigio. With hints of apple, lemon, and pear, this Pinot is perfectly paired with many types of food, particularly Vine sushi and other light options, on top of delivering a nice alcohol content (11.5%). This wine manages to be both refreshing and light, and sweet without being saccharine, which makes it a perfect selection for outdoor picnics on South Lawn or to serve with appetizers in your shafted McBain Double. At $8, this wine is on the cheaper side and worth every penny. For those who were hoping for an Indian Summer, this could help elongate the spirit of summer well into the bitter cold NYC winter. Spruce up your Senior Night or debate-watching party tonight and make hump day great again. Even the discounted drinks at Bernheim & Schwartz have nothing on this. This hidden gem comes in an incandescent green labeling–you’re sure not to miss it in the back right corner of International. Don’t miss out!
Between International and Liquors on La Salle, Columbia students have limited options when it comes to where they can buy their alcohol. Enter the three self-titled ‘Mead Meisters’: homebrew enthusiasts and free-spirits set on providing the Columbia community with the opportunity to join a ‘mead club’ for a small monthly ‘contribution.’ Two Bwoggers sat down with the anonymous ‘Mead Meisters’ to learn more about their mead brewing process and to sample some of the final product.
After being graciously welcomed into the Meisters’ suite and de-facto brewery, Bwog was offered samples of two of Mead with Love’s most recent September flavors —American Pie and Lavender Lover— to sip while the conversation got underway. (The reviews of this month’s mead varieties are at the end of the article.)
Bwog: So, how did you get into making mead?
Mead Meister 1: It was really a spur of the moment thing that started this past summer. My family ended up moving away from New Jersey, and my father just asked if I wanted a bunch of home brewing equipment, so he wouldn’t have to bring it with him during the move. So, of course I said sure, because why not? All in all, it was about $500 worth of brewing equipment that I was just given. And I was out to dinner with [Mead Meister 2] in the Village a little while after that, and asked “Hey, I have a crazy idea: do you want to go brew some mead right now? I have all this equipment and want to do something with it.”
Mead Meister 2: And I said yeah, of course! Because it was the summer, we really didn’t have much going on, so we decided to go for it. So we went and tracked down [Mead Meister 3] that night and asked the same thing, and so the whole thing was born.
Written by Nadra Rahman
IAB-interloper Nadra Rahman found herself listening to a chilling tale of abduction, murder, and corruption when she attended The Galindez Case: The Kidnapping of A Columbia University Professor and Trujillo yesterday at the International Affairs Building at 6 pm. The speakers were lawyer and author Stuart McKeever, Ambassador Bernado Vega of the Dominican Republic, and Dr. Ramona Hernandez of CUNY. Topics of conversation included libraries and sharks.
On March 12, 1956, Jesús de Galindez, a doctoral student and professor at Columbia University, simply vanished. It was, not coincidentally, only 11 days after he had presented his dissertation, a critical analysis of the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and his rule. Though his body was never found, it is all but certain that Galindez was kidnapped and killed by Trujillo, a man obsessed with maintaining his image. The case remains a source of interest for many, including the Dominican diaspora, largely due to the dearth of publicly available information: how was Galindez kidnapped? What exactly happened to him? And what did the U.S. government know about it all? These questions have inspired five books and multiple movies, permeating certain sectors of Dominican pop culture.
So why another book? Stuart McKeever’s El Rapto de Galindez y su importancia en las relaciones entre Washington y Trujillo (The Kidnapping of Galindez and its importance in relations between Washington and Trujillo) is certainly not the first of its kind, but it is perhaps the most definitive. It is the product of 35 years of research, kernels of truth culled from thousands of pages of documents, all obtained from the Justice and State Departments through the Freedom of Information Act.
Written by Romane Thomas
Last night’s GSSC meeting was short and sweet! Bwog GSSC Bureau Chiefs Romane Thomas and Jenny Nugent are here with a quick overview.
Last night, General Studies Student Council dropped the mic early; literally, the meeting ended in 12 minutes and a mic was dropped.
The president started by reminding the council that the pep rally was taking place on Friday from 3:30 to 5:30pm. It will include a bouncy house and a four student council president joust on the lawn next to Butler. Raffles for homecoming will also be organized. In order to enter the raffle, you must take a picture with Roary the lion and post it on the event’s wall! Dennis Zhao announced that the domain for GSSC’s website will finally be updated from dennis-zhao.com domain to a more appropriate name. Brett Krasner also stated that senior sweaters were available for purchase until Friday for $50. And we hope you’re not pancake-people because the sweaters are waffle-knit!
Before the meeting ended, Chiwon Lee was nominated to the position of social chair. When asked what ideas she had for these staff writers’ last gala ever, she mentioned the word “Debutante.”
Lion via wikimedia commons
Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Awarded for his lyrics that influenced sociopolitical change from the 1960s onwards, Bob Dylan is the first rock lyricist to ever be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Disneyland recently announced that the Tower of Terror ride would be remodeled and reopened next May as a new “Guardians of the Galaxy” themed ride. Social media lost its chill.
A three-week-long New York State trial concerning child custody under same-sex parents is currently underway. This extremely complicated case is unprecedented because neither mother is biologically related to the child.
Want to be an informed citizen? Tune in tonight to the third presidential debate! This debate, happening at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is expected to be the nastiest one yet…
Image via disneyland.com
Bwoglines title from Bob Dylan’s song “Masters of War”
Written by Gabrielle Kloppers
As midterms draw in and ruin everyone’s lives, Bwog staff writer Gabrielle Kloppers is here with some more procrastination for you. Don’t you wish you could go back to your childhood, before you discovered Contemporary Civilizations readings and Calculus exams? With Bwog’s cartoon playlist, you can.
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