Field Notes: It Was Near 80 Degrees On Saturday Edition
You, chilling & relaxing all cool on campus lawns

You, chilling & relaxing all cool on campus lawns

And therefore we’ve lost motivation to stay inside and focus on anything important. We used the rain today to retreat quickly back to bed and reminisce on a Saturday not too far gone where shorts and sitting on grass coincided. Pray with us for similar weather next weekend at tips@bwog.com.

A high of 77 degrees

  • “Carried 8 bottles of champagne in a skyy vodka box from 123rd to 114th and into carman all for my friend’s birthday.”
  • “Got my fake ID taken at Cannon’s but it’s okay because I was able to buy it back for the low price of $40. Never going to Cannon’s again.”
  • “Waited on two gay dads to abandon their booth at 1020 for literally 45 minutes. Eventually I was triumphant. Drank with Bwog.”
  • “I went to the American Museum of Natural History and saw literally 100s of animals I never knew existed bc I grew up in Texas. Who knew there was more to life than horses and armadillos?”
  • “Baked. Brownies, not weed. Saw fireworks on Saturday night with a couple of friends and felt the happiest I have in a while. Hosted a prospie, slowly informed her that her long distance relationship, while possibly sustainable, will almost definitely fizzle in college.”
  • “Went to Saint A’s and discovered the most basic social scene at Columbia.”
  • “Played water polo all weekend. Columbia came in third at the New York Division Championship. Reunited with spring break pals and drank Piñas.”
  • “I found…a quarter of melon in my bag.”

Which have now been cleared via Shutterstock

Freshpeople Housing Reviews 2015: Carman

Our freshpeople housing reviews have begun, and we’re starting with Carman! Infamously wild social, Carman is a great place to live if you want to make friends and don’t mind cinder block walls and the occasional vomit stains on the carpet. Read on for specifics, and check back for more housing reviews later on in the week!

Don't worry it's just as drab on the inside

Location: 545 W. 114th Street

  • Nearby dorms: Hogan, Broadway, Furnald, LLC, John Jay, McBain, Nussbaum, and pretty much everywhere else…
  • Nearby food: All of Broadway at your disposal, including but not limited to Starbucks, International Wine and Spirits, Milano’s, Deluxe, Nussbaum & Wu, Amir’s, etc., and Amsterdam isn’t far either.

It gets better…

Pulitzers In Pulitzer
That J-School building

That J-School building

The 2015 winners of the Pulitzer Prize were announced this afternoon in Pulitzer Hall at Columbia University, per tradition. You find a livestream of the event here.

Notable winners include the winner of the Public Service category, The Post and Courier, for publishing a series on why South Carolina is such a dangerous state for women. The Los Angeles Times and The New York Times both won two categories each for their staff’s work. In regard to one of the largest stories of the year, the Ebola outbreak, photographer Daniel Berehulak was awarded the Feature Photography category. Please find the full list of winners below.

Journalism

PUBLIC SERVICE – The Post and Courier, Charleston, SC

BREAKING NEWS REPORTING – The Seattle Times Staff

INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING – Two Prizes: – Eric Lipton of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal Staff

EXPLANATORY REPORTING – Zachary R. Mider of Bloomberg News

More winners next.

The Official Prospie Guide To 4/20
Columbia is FABULOUS!

Columbia is FABULOUS!

We’ve been scouring both Barnard and Columbia campuses this weekend looking for potential homies, but even first-years agree that this year’s batch of prospies looks like they just graduated the eighth grade. However, we know that there is at least one prospie stoner (cough LA kids cough) wandering around MoHi on this rainy Monday afternoon looking for a place to light up, so naturally Bwog’s gotchu covered. Even for the kids that won’t take their first hit until they storm the city in August, there are tips in this guide that can help you out. Take note, newbies, as we bring to you the first edition of Bwog’s Official Prospie Guide to 4/20.

  • Download Venmo.
  • If your host is making brownies, it is not for their bake sale in Diana tomorrow. This is a very different kind of ‘baking,’ everyone.
  • People are not happy/smiley/relaxed like they are today every other day of the year at Columbia. Relish this novelty.
  • Venture to the Barnard Quad and follow the “marijuana odor.”
  • Ask your host to Febreze you before you meet up with your parents later in the day.
  • Pray to a holy spirit that JJs Place is serving mozzarella stix.
  • Watch Broad City (you should be doing this every day of the year, but especially today).
  • As you take a toke and wish to share your intake with the world via Snapchat to show that you’re a cool cat (#millennial), be sure to use the “NYC LIFE” filter. Or alternatively, the Alma Mater or “Barnard” filters.
  • Go to the Amsterdam overpass late at night to light up, or head in the direction of SIPA. You can look out on this big, bustling city through your glassy, red eyes! Wow, urban colleges RULE!
  • Riverside is always the move, just be sure to bring an umbrella on this rainy day. You’ll definitely catch a bunch of Barnard first-years in the park doing the same as a means of escaping the wrath of their overbearing Quad RAs.
  • Tag an instagram pic of you smoking a joint with the hashtags #columbia2019 or #roar2019. yaaaa buddy.

Lastly… 

  • If you’re in desperate need of finding bud, build a shrine outside of McBain Hall (located on 113th and Broadway) and etch the initials “MG” into the concrete. If you do this, an eighth for $35 will magically appear in your hand.

My host showed me a good time via Shutterstock

Columbia Is The Training Ground For Bullshitters Of The Future

Low Steps were once the site of good-hearted fun, of honest Columbia students forthright with their opinions of this venerated Ivy League institution. Some still might make insensitive comments about Barnard students, but at least these guys weren’t running on empty. You might be inspired to spend this April 20th like these 1980 role models, yet you might lack the materials to do so. Indulge in an annual playing of this Bwog tradition to make this 4/20 your most vicarious yet.

Feeling inspired? You probably have similarly poor “avant-garde” filmmaking skills, and nothing says “home video” more like a sober 4/20 at Columbia University. At least we can bullshit everyone else into thinking our supply hasn’t been severely shot. Besides this cult classic, keep your eyes on marijuana-inspired film with the showing of Pineapple Express this evening.

CCSC Constitutional Review Covers Sandbassador, Class Reps
Lotta documents to go through

Lotta documents to go through

Huzzah huzzah to constitutional review! Review of last night’s constitutional review brought to you by Joe Milholland. 

It’s constitutional review season at the Columbia College Student Council! Groups of council members have been reviewing their constitution, and they presented some of the major areas of review on Sunday night. However, the council only gave input on issues with the constitution. They will vote on specific changes at a later date.

How Many Class Reps? - The council extensively discussed a proposal brought up last academic year to reduce the number of class representatives on each class council, thus reducing the size of the council from 30 to 34 students. Their reasoning behind this before were studies that showed smaller groups were more efficient.

CCSC President Peter Bailinson said that the council opposed the measure last year because it said nothing about increasing the efficiency of the council in other ways.

VP of Campus Life Andrew Ren was in favor of the proposal because it would allow the general body to vote on things more quickly and the reduction would not mean any group in Columbia College would lose representation.

Class of 2015 President Kareem Carryl mentioned that senior year class duties can be “taxing,” but he emphasized he wouldn’t want the senior class to be disproportionately represented on the council.

Much of the talk on the council was over the role of the appointed council, with several council members speaking favorably of the efforts of appointed council members.

Class of 2016 Rep Sameer Mishra raised concerns that fewer class council members on committees would mean that committee work and class council work would start conflicting due to a lack of communication. VP of Policy Sejal Singh brought up the idea of making requirements for regular attendance at committees for those who do volunteer.

Keep following the bolded breaks

Bwoglines: 4/20 Edition
No day like today!

No day like today!

At about midnight on this April 20, 2015, the feds arrested six Americans who are believed to be aiding ISIS in Syria. (Fox News)

We’re itching to know what start-up company OnePlus has brewing to announce at some point today, April 20th. (Digital Trends)

Hit up the Metro North while you avoid all responsibility on this rainy Monday, April 20th in Poughkeepsie. There are, surprisingly, some things to do there. (Poughkeepsie Journal)

Be on top of the deep conversations you’ll have with your fellow Econ major friends on (presumably) Low Steps this fine April 20th afternoon. (Reuters)

  Why is this day different from all other days via Shutterstock

Product Review: Bazic Rubber Bands, Assorted Sizes
The standard, half-pound variety

The standard, half-pound variety

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single student in possession of a stack of index cards must be in want of a rubber band. Other fasteners—binder clips, scotch tape, yarn, plastic boxes—are scarcely worth considering, for reasons that won’t be discussed here.

And yet, even with the certainty that one needs a healthy collection of rubber bands (it’s an adult, professional thing to have), it’s easy to find oneself directionless in the global office supply marketplace. Let this be the first step in your market research.

Aesthetically speaking, these rubber bands do not live up to expectations, let alone promises. Contrary to the impression given by the product image, the color distribution is far from even. Whereas the product description suggests a veritable cornucopia of reds, blues, and greens, the result for many customers is a bland combination of tans and blues, with the odd green or red tossed in as a gesture.

Indeed, this seems to be the main gripe on the product’s Amazon page. Strangely, though, a few customers report an even distribution of orange, blue, tan, and green rubber bands; it is this writer’s suspicion that Bazic produces their rubber bands at a range of factories, some with more rigorous quality control practices than others. A representative for the company could not be reached in time for this review.

The quality control standards is called into further question by the prevalence of printed text on many of the rubber bands. Nearly all of the blue rubber bands, for example, are emblazoned with “Produce of Mexico PLU 4080 GRUPO FIGUEROA.” A Google search for Grupo Figueroa returns results for for an enigmatic Peruvian firm and a Spanish construction company. Text on other rubber bands (“ALTAR ASPARAGUS #4080″) suggests that they were somehow used in conjunction with agriculture; how Grupo Figueroa ties into Altar Produce‘s supply chain is anyone’s guess. How all of this ties into Bazic’s manufacturing process is still more mysterious.

What I have lately said of painting is equally true with respect to poetry. It is only necessary for us to know what is really excellent, and venture to give it expression; and that is saying much in few words. To-day I have had a scene, which, if literally related, would, make the most beautiful idyl in the world. But why should I talk of poetry and scenes and idyls? Can we never take pleasure in nature without having recourse to art?

If you expect anything grand or magnificent from this introduction, you will be sadly mistaken. It relates merely to a peasant-lad, who has excited in me the warmest interest. As usual, I shall tell my story badly; and you, as usual, will think me extravagant. It is Walheim once more–always Walheim–which produces these wonderful phenomena.

A party had assembled outside the house under the linden-trees, to drink coffee. The company did not exactly please me; and, under one pretext or another, I lingered behind.

A peasant came from an adjoining house, and set to work arranging some part of the same plough which I had lately sketched. His appearance pleased me; and I spoke to him, inquired about his circumstances, made his acquaintance, and, as is my wont with persons of that class, was soon admitted into his confidence. He said he was in the service of a young widow, who set great store by him. He spoke so much of his mistress, and praised her so extravagantly, that I could soon see he was desperately in love with her. “She is no longer young,” he said: “and she was treated so badly by her former husband that she does not mean to marry again.” From his account it was so evident what incomparable charms she possessed for him, and how ardently he wished she would select him to extinguish the recollection of her first husband’s misconduct, that I should have to repeat his own words in order to describe the depth of the poor fellow’s attachment, truth, and devotion.

It would, in fact, require the gifts of a great poet to convey the expression of his features, the harmony of his voice, and the heavenly fire of his eye. No words can portray the tenderness of his every movement and of every feature: no effort of mine could do justice to the scene. His alarm lest I should misconceive his position with regard to his mistress, or question the propriety of her conduct, touched me particularly. The charming manner with which he described her form and person, which, without possessing the graces of youth, won and attached him to her, is inexpressible, and must be left to the imagination. I have never in my life witnessed or fancied or conceived the possibility of such intense devotion, such ardent affections, united with so much purity. Do not blame me if I say that the recollection of this innocence and truth is deeply impressed upon my very soul; that this picture of fidelity and tenderness haunts me everywhere; and that my own heart, as though enkindled by the flame, glows and burns within me.

I mean now to try and see her as soon as I can: or perhaps, on second thought, I had better not; it is better I should behold her through the eyes of her lover. To my sight, perhaps, she would not appear as she now stands before me; and why should I destroy so sweet a picture?

Assorted Dimensions Rubber Bands, Multi Color (465-48P)
Mfg. Bazic Products/Bangkit U.S.A. Inc.
227g/0.5 lbs. $4.60 via Amazon.

CUSS Presents: An Honest Tour

If you can’t tell by the swarms of Pre-K students walking down Broadway: it’s Days on Campus. While Columbia is trying hard to make itself look like less of a holding facility for the unstable, Bwog tries to bring you the raw, unadulterated truth. Find CUSS on Facebook, Instagram, and eBear.

Honest Tour from Bwog on Vimeo.

Persona Series: Butler Camper

There’s a pretty nifty project out on the interwebs called “Persona” that has been circulating for some time now. Photographer Jason Travis created the series seven years ago by asking friends, family, and eventually strangers to empty their bags so he could photograph the contents. It sounds pretty creepy, but the end product is anything but. Travis has gained a modest amount of fame by neatly arranging and then photographing the items from these bags, creating photos that are as much beautiful as they are orderly. He then positions these photos below a portrait of the owner of the bag, thus creating a “Persona.” Travis has also delved into the realm of fictional personas, photographing dogs for example and the imagined contents of their bags. College students around the country have created their own Persona projects as well. We decided to join the fun and start a fictional, Columbia-specific series.

Our first subject: the Butler Camper.

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Butler Camper Persona created by Maddie Stearn.

Many thanks to Michelle Navarro for modeling and Autumn Austin for use of her lamp.

DON’T Bring Your Prospies To The Bwog Meeting Tonight
Leave the kids at home, folks

Leave the kids at home, folks

Regardless of what we may have said last Sunday, do not bring your prospective students to the Bwog meeting tonight.

Let us repeat ourselves, do NOT bring your prospective students to the weekly Bwog meeting tonight at 7PM in the SGO of Lerner (Room 505).

Snacks will not be provided.

Don’t even think about showing up.

 

No kids allowed via Shutterstock

Bucket List: Comics, Colors, & Coverage
You, too, can draw this well

You, too, can draw this well

Bucket List represents the immense academic privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. Our recommendations are below, and the full list can be found after the jump. As always, if we’ve made a mistake or left anything noteworthy off the list, please let us know in the comments. 

Recommended

  • “Writing Lives Series: Artist at the Center.” Monday 6:15 pm, 301 Pulitzer. Maxine Hong Kingston.
  • “Between the Color Line and the Border Line: A Trickster’s Tale from the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands.” Tuesday 4:00-6:00 pm, 411 Fayerweather. Sarah Beckhart.
  • “Health and Social Activism of Self-Identified Gay Men in Post-Socialist China.” Thursday 5:00-6:30 pm, 918 IAB. Tiantian Zheng, Dorothy Ko.
  • “Korean Comics (Manhwa).” Friday 2:30-4:00 pm, 403 Kent. Charles Armstrong, Dima Mironenko, Hee-Sook Shin.
  • “Hearst Digital Media Lecture: The Future of Global Coverage and Audience Engagement.” Friday 6:00-8:00 pm, Pulitzer Lecture Hall (3rd Floor). Kevin Delaney, Lydia Polgreen (J’00). RSVP.

Check out our full week of events after the jump!

Bwoglines: Wizard Of Oz Edition
How can you not trust this face?

How can you not trust this face?

Doctors are pissed. A group of ten doctors, led by an M.D. from Stanford University, have written a letter addressed to Columbia’s Dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine in an attempt to get the University to remove Dr. Oz, a well-known tv personality and our current vice-chair of the department of surgery, from the faculty. (Time)

Are you a fan of lip-syncing contests, but are too straight to watch Ru Paul’s Drag Race? Fear not, frat boy, for there now exists a show for you. Check out Anna Kendrick’s performance on a new show on Spike called “Lip Sync Battle” here. (People)

Oklahoma just became the first state to sign into effect using Nitrogen gas in its executions in the event that lethal injections “are not possible.” (The Guardian)

Time Magazine just released its 100 Most Influential People list. Some of our favorites? Taylor Swift and Ruth Bader Ginsburg. (Time)

The Only Doctor We Trust via USA Today

Bwog Joins Take Back The Night

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Thursday night Bwog’s Maddie Stearn attended Take Back the Night for the first time. Read on to hear what she took away from the opening remarks and the march. 

Where are you? This is what I wondered as I looked at the crowd gathered in front of Barnard Hall. The group was sizable, but nowhere near the 454 people who clicked “Going” on the Take Back the Night Facebook event. I suppose that’s the nature of Facebook events. You decide to go, but something else always gets in the way. I can’t fault anyone for this–who knows how many times I have been in the same position.

But really, 454 isn’t that many people to begin with. This is concerning.

This number is indicative of the problems with institutional feminism, problems that are prevalent on our campus as well. Certain voices are still shut out of the sexual assault conversation. Feminism remains a predominantly white, straight, cis-gendered female institution. By extension, sexual assault is strongly focused on this very limited perspective. As Nissy Aya, the guest speaker at TBTN, put it, voices are not being heard. This is not a societal problem, something far off that we can rail against while comfortably thinking, “At least that’s not going on here.” Voices are silenced on our campus, and not just by the administration. We, the student body, are still giving precedence to white, straight, cis perspectives.

To those of you who did attend, I hope you were listening. I was. I think we all needed to hear Nissy Aya’s speech. We can all take something away from her words. I only wish that more people had been able to hear her. But that’s part of the problem, isn’t it?

Aya’s speech provided incredible momentum for the start of the march, momentum that I believe propelled us through the entire route (marchers sustained the same pace and level of energy throughout the entire protest). TBTN members led everyone through Barnard’s gates, and proceeded to take over Morningside Heights. Due to my role as “Press” I kept to the sidewalk during the march. While I took notes and snapped photos, I heard snippets of conversation from other sidewalk observers. Some shouted in support, others looked on in confusion, and some ignored the protest altogether. For those who decided to vocalize support, I wondered why they didn’t join. A man in a suit said to his companion, “I really respect that shit.” I wasn’t sure what to think of that. Later, I heard a girl ask her friend, “What is this?” “Rape,” he said. She just nodded. Their nonchalance bothered me.

The entire time I felt like I was straddling the line between the marchers and the outside world. I sensed a troubling mixture of vague curiosity and ambivalence from the observers. Regardless, the marchers’ energy was high and many lost their voices by the time we completed our route. I was impressed by their inexhaustible energy. I was also glad for it. Their unfailing energy made it difficult to dwell on anything, and even as an outsider I felt buoyed by the voices of the marchers.

The experience was intense, to say the least. My mind still feels like it’s buzzing from Aya’s words and the marchers’ chants. Looking back, I believe that Take Back the Night was successful in embodying its slogan: “unique in our experiences, united in our purpose.” I just hope that the rest of the world catches on.

Taking back every part of the day via Take Back The Night’s Facebook Page

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