Written by Maham Karatela
Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician, writer, and former diplomat. He is a member of the Indian National Congress, currently serving as Member of Parliament, previously served as Minister of State in the Government of India for External Affairs. And he’s got almost 4 million followers on Twitter. Last Friday, he came to speak to students Bwog sent Maham Karatela to cover the event.
On Friday at 6 pm, Indian parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor made a visit to campus, speaking to a completely sold out audience at Barnard Hall. Tharoor made his debut on the global political scene in 1978 as a member of the United Nations, working first with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. He subsequently spent 29 years in the UN, occupying various roles and ultimately becoming the UN Under-Secretary-General. Currently, he works as a member of the Indian Parliament, well versed in issues of foreign policy, education, and generally issues related to the betterment of India.
Written by Finn Klauber
Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.
Last Tuesday night, the Columbia College Student Council held a closed meeting to appoint a new representative, and the opening was not announced via a class-wide e-mail. Bwog looked into this incident and the reasons behind it earlier this week. If you’d like to know more about the appointment process, the details are discussed here. This Friday, a class-wide email was sent out by CCSC 2017 President, Ravi Sinha, explaining the situation, apologizing for any confusion it may have caused, and announcing the council’s decision to reopen the application for class representative.
Hey, hey, hey, all you football fans out there! We know you’ve been deprived of good football since coming to Columbia (no shade). In order to remedy that, Bwog has decided to accommodate your need for football fanaticism. We know that our usual meeting time (7pm in Lerner 505) conflicts with the 6:30pm SuperBowl tonight. So we’ve changed the time of today’s meeting to 3pm in Lerner 505. So come hang with us! Bring the pitches and we’ll bring the snacks. And then go watch the game – or alternatively, go watch the Puppy Bowl instead.
Soirée SuperBowl via Guillaume Capron/CC-BY-SA-2.0
Even more exciting than the SuperBowl? The Puppy Bowl, of course! It starts at 3pm today, and it will be downright adorable. Also, if you’re still confused as to what this wonderful event entails, click here to find out. (Wired)
A sick baby sea lion, aka a pup, was found in a restaurant in San Diego, but SeaWorld officials are hopeful that they can nurse it back to health. (FOX NEWS)
Jeb Bush does not care if you like him or not. In New Hampshire this weekend, he told the crowd, “I don’t give a you-know-what about whether I’m popular or not. That is fleeting.” (Washington Post)
Chelsea Clinton, Hillary’s beloved daughter, had a little slip-up this week and called Bernie “President Sanders.” Awkward! (NY Daily News)
As the presidential primaries begin, everyone (or at least, every democrat) is waiting on one woman’s word: Elizabeth Warren. Who will she endorse? (Huffington Post)
Humphrey via Joshua T. Beck/CC-BY-SA-4.0
Written by Amara Banks
The official bacchanal lineup has not been released, which has left us time to fantasize about who we want to see onstage. Here are our top 15 requests:
1. Sweet Life by Frank Ocean
The concert is on April 2nd, and since want to be on the beach at this point in the year, Frank would bring us perfect pacific vibes.
2. Hail Mary by Tupac
He may (or may not) have been shot in 1997, but that didn’t stop him from appearing at coachella in 2012.
3. Little Bit by Drake ft. Lykke Li
2009-so-far-gone-fresh-off-Degrassi Drake would make us feel youthful in the birth of spring.
4. Used To by Drake ft. Lil Wayne
Post-glow-up Drake would make us feel like we had a big ass Bacchanal budget.
5. Leave Me Alone by Kaytranada
Everyone would become a good dancer during his set, even if your dance moves are limited to a head bob seasoned with some bold shoulders.
6. Dare by Gorillaz
Imagine seeing a cartoon band live tho.
7. Flawless by Beyoncé ft. Nicki Minaj
Think about the shit that would go down if there were a billion dollars on Low Steps.
8. Forever by Majid Jordan
If we can’t afford drake maybe we can get his friends.
9. Pink Toes by Childish Gambino
All these gambinos but the lineup still childish.
10. Don’t by Bryson Tiller
In the spirit of going against instructions, bring a fanny pack to the show and sing this song to your new man/chick while staring your old one in the eyes.
11. Buffalo by Tyler the Creator
In the interest of creating the ultimate mosh pit on Low, Tyler should definitely be there yelling at everyone in yellow.
12. DMT by xxyyxx
While getting ready to recite all of the lyrics you memorized on rap genius after the lineup’s release, you’re going to want to chill to his beats.
13. Right Hand Man by the cast of Hamilton
The only thing more hype than having these guys here would be having the actual founding fathers perform.
14. Lost in the world by Kanye West
Will “Waves/Swish/So Help Me God” ever be as good as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? Will anything ever be as good as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy?
15. Work by Rihanna
Mostly so that we can make this badgalPrezBo doodle relevant.
Written by Joe Milholland
Joe Milholland, Governmental Bwogger Extraordinaire, attended the USenate plenary this week. An unexpectedly wide range of topics came up, making for some interesting takeaways. But, of course, how can one have a USenate plenary without mentioning the Smoking Policy?
The University Senate had a plenary on Friday, and several smaller topics came up. Here they are, followed by two policy updates:
The Institute for Ideas and Imagination
Written by Courtney Couillard
Spring semester is bound to get you down as your work starts to pile up and the temperature continues to drop. We’re here to help you figure out just how you will beat this Spring Semester Slump and make it to Bacchanal alive and well.
Written by Gowan Moïse
New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience them first-hand. “This Week in the Arts” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.
Tuesday, February 9
Wednesday, February 10
Thursday, February 11
Friday, February 12
Saturday, February 13
Jazz Hands by SamsonX/Wikimedia Commons
A day care worker from Arizona was fired after posting pictures on Snapchat of her middle finger in front of a young child’s face with the caption “swear I love kids!” (The Epoch Times)
A New Zealand politician was hit in the face with a large, rubber, phallic plaything while giving an interview to the press. (Daily Mail)
Blue Origin, a private spaceflight company created by Amazon Founder Jeff Bezos, has beat Elon Musk’s SpaceX in creating the first reusable rocket. Neat! (The Verge)
Grey’s Anatomy But With Food via Youtube
Written by Raji Ganapathy
A pretty daunting (and equivocal) title, eh? Strange titles don’t intimidate us! Last night we sent new staffer Raji Ganapathy all the way to Knox Hall to check out this art talk co-sponsored by the Columbia Center for Oral History Research and the Oral History Master of Arts Program. Here are her thoughts.
As I power-walked the the four blocks to Knox Hall, armed with a Chai Tea Latte in one hand and a croissant in the other, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this event. Land art? Urban canvases? Brooklyn? What did it all mean? I continued to ponder as I found myself sitting at a round table in a sweet little room populated mostly by oral history graduate students and the friends and family of the two guest speakers.
As the lights dimmed, Laura Barnett, an artist and grad student in Columbia’s oral history program, introduced herself and began to present some of the art she has created over the past decade or so, so that we could understand “her background and what experiences she [was] coming in with.” Laura’s art seems to center on the theme of sharing stories and memories in a public, urban space. She stated that she emphasizes themes such as shared authority and the coexistence of multiple perspectives in her work, and as she described some of her favorite projects to the audience, I saw the essence of these themes captured quite meaningfully.
The first piece Laura shared was Memory Kit, an art exhibition featured at Union Theological Seminary in 2014 which gave viewers their own “memory kits” filled with acorns that they could use to mark significant or beautiful moments in their lives. Another piece she shared was Conversation Hearts, a collaborative poem that includes the voices of unrelated individuals from all of New York City’s boroughs. As someone with little experience examining or creating performance art, I found Laura’s work quite fascinating. She was able to take some very private aspects of human interaction, such as emotionality and sentimentality, and translate them into artwork that was accessible, collaborative, and highly interpretative. By involving her audience in the creation of her pieces in such a fundamental way, Laura was able to portray very basic but genuine human interactions as “art.”
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Written by Ross Chapman
Columbia and Yale have been held down for far too long. These two teams haven’t been to the NCAA tournament since the 60’s, but are now both 4-0 and will face off tonight at 5 p.m. in New Haven. The winner of the match will have the inside track to securing the Ivy League title, an opportunity Columbia hasn’t come close to in over twenty years.
Columbia comes into this match only a slight underdog, but the preseason projections can’t capture the totally different historical trajectories of these two teams. Columbia, historically, has not done well in men’s Ivy basketball. Since 1993-94, the Lions have only had one winning season. Even following a successful 2013-14 campaign (8-6), the Lions were unable to maintain their momentum due to injuries and an inability to close out games. Yale, on the other hand, hasn’t had a losing season since 2009-10. Just like in the academic polls, Yale has consistently found itself a #3 to Harvard and Princeton throughout the 2010’s. Last season, the Bulldogs came within seconds of finally securing their first NCAA bid since 1962, but crumbled in the final seconds of their final two games. The Lions, if they continue their run this season, will look to earn their first spot in the tournament since 1968.
Both teams have a remarkable senior class which hasn’t been wholly together until this year. For the Lions, Maodo Lo leads the team in points, 3-pointers, minutes, and steals, as he has become the star of the team since his buzzer-beating shot against Valparaiso in the CIT two years ago. He temporarily dethroned Alex Rosenberg as the Lion in the spotlight when Rosenberg went down with a foot injury and missed last season, but now that Alex has a buzzer-beater of his own on the highlight reel, they’re both once again big men on campus. Grant Mullins is our resident sharpshooter, and Isaac Cohen, battling through some injuries, is the rebounding and assist machine through which the offense loves to run. Yale, meanwhile, has their own star in Justin Sears, a forward who’s dominated most Ivy squads for the last two years. Their seniors also include Jack Montague, a 3-point shooter who has a history of burning the Lions, and Brandon Sherrod, the Whiffenpoofs singer who’s hit 25 straight field goals.
Viewing party and channel info after the break!
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Remember when Bwog turned 10? Remember when we changed our logo, posted a lot of cool articles, and reminisced about the beginning of the internet? It was great, and to perpetuate the nostalgia, here’s a Bwog Asked from patrons of ButCafé on what they think of Bwog now. The staffer who gathered these responses noted: “These responses are still better than some of the things my brother has written in my birthday cards tbh.” Alas.
“I think the senior wisdoms are really funny.”
“Spec has better articles.”
“I hate Bwog.”
“I don’t know I don’t read it often .”
“I like how it’s always been a good place to get quick campus news? Yea Bwog is alright.”
“It used to be funnier.”
“Is Bwog the one with the crown?”
Image via Bwog
Written by Lila Etter
Two weeks ago, we finally acknowledged how fucking cold it was. Now we don’t know what’s happening with the weather. Is it snowing? Cloudy? Sunny? Windy? Raining? Since it’s only the beginning of February, anything could happen. But have no fear! The Bwog Staff has compiled a list of ways to stay warm for the rest of winter – ways you might not have considered before.
Did ya catch Obama’s State of the Union the other week? NYC’s very own mayor, Bill de Blasio gave a similar address last night, titled “State of the City.” Watch here! (NYC.gov)
Democratic presidential candidates Bernie and Hill debated each other last night on NBC! Both refused to answer the question as to what issues they would prioritize if they became prez. (NY Times)
Conspiracy theorists have introduced the idea that an ancient Greek sculpture depicts a laptop computer. Time travel is real! (Daily Mail)
North Korea sent balloons filled with cigarette butts to South Korea. Wheeeeee. (Esquire)
To end with some hope, “rich nations,” including ours, announced Thursday that they would pledge more than $10 billion to help refugees. (NY Times)
Bill de Blasio via By The office of Public Advocate for the City of New York/Wikimedia Commons
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