Bwoglines: Holding Down the Fort Edition

Bwog is basically going to do this today.

Hey look! It’s Bwog in the news, bringing you lovely pictures of Dante De Blasio’s college tour. Bwog might have taken some selfies too but those are personal. (NY Daily News).

The man who attacked Columbia Professor Prabhjot Singh has been arrested and charged with a hate crime. The attack occurred in September. (Seattle PI).

Seems like Republicans hate the Core. But seems like they pretty much hate everything about the University of Havana-North. The “Obamacore” stays. (NY Times).

On fast-food advertising. (Huffington Post).

Image via ShutterStock.

Skootch Comedy: As Awkward As They Are Hilarious

Columbia College senior Luke Mones moonlights as a funny man for the comedy troupe Skootch Comedy. Some of their videos have recently been featured on Funny or Die and College Humor, including their most recent production: Dog Lady. This crew is sure to get a laugh, after all Luke Mones is one of the masterminds behind the short film Early Decision. Their Youtube channel is likewise filled with lols, especially Bwog’s personal favorite video of theirs, BuzzFeed Intervention:

Columbia Just #Blue Itself (Again)

Are your Bacchanal memories as absent as Columbia’s school spirit? Well, our beloved student council is here to help you remember, regardless of whether or not you want to. A second #OurBlue video (this time from a human’s perspective and not a snake’s) went up tonight, chronicling Bacchanal and Holi 2015.

Would you just look at that drunken mass school spirit?

RoomHop: New England Family Home
The room of our dreams

The room of our dreams

Video Editor and décor correspondent Anna Hotter goes to discover the maybe classiest room at Columbia. If you are the kind of person who has thought seriously about getting a wine rack, this might just be the inspiration you need.

When you walk into the Broadway single of Alex, CC ’16, you feel like you just entered the set of a Ralph Lauren catalogue shoot. After hanging up your coat, you can sit down on a comfortable futon next to the bed, where you will disappear into a warm wall of colour-coded throw pillows. Before you know it, you are holding a Mason jar of “adult grape juice” that is probably imported. This is when you notice that the bottle of 2012 Châteaux Margaux came from a wine rack on the desk, which is surrounded by neatly arranged, framed pictures of Alex’s family and friends.

Once you allow your eyes to wander a bit further, you will discover the impressive number of art prints and posters that adorn the walls. The Impressionist landscapes above the bed give the scene a European flair, while the Rhode Island themed collage on the other side of the room brings us back to Alex’s New England roots. “I had to get custom frames for those” he says, pointing at a vintage post card of Providence. By now you might start to feel like a complete failure of a person; maybe because you do not own five potted orchids that radiate beauty and tranquillity in the afternoon sun.

Pics, racks, and orchids after the jump.

Pre-Frosh Profiles: Kosta


Remember when Bwog did pre-frosh profiles for next year’s incoming freshmen? Well, they’re back, because we learned about more cool pre-frosh. This time, we interviewed Kosta about his dance experience and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon-inspired attire.

Hometown: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

School: CC

Prospective Major: Medicine, Literature, and Society / Dance

Prospective Dorm: Carman

How long do you think it’ll take to lose your…

…dignity? I’m hoping that’s the one thing that I can keep until graduation!

…moral compass? We all lose track of it a little bit more often than we’d like

…sanity? I lose it every night when I dream!

How many Lit Hum books have you read? Or are planning to read?

I’ve read 4 of them and planning to read at least 5-6 more during the summer after I graduate.

Why Columbia?

I’ve always had this image in my mind of Columbia being the best Ivy (thanks, Gossip Girl haha!) but all jokes aside, I was really drawn by the idea of the Core because it is something I’m very familiar from the system in my country. I wanted to see what it would be for us all to study the same subjects, but with the best professors in the world. Also, I’ve never been to the USA, so I decided if I’m moving there, I might as well throw myself in the deep and go to the most exciting city in the world! I’m excited about the contrast between the peaceful campus and the chaotic city.

Tell us a bit about your dancing. When did you get started, and what are you working on right now? (We noticed that you had a lot of videos of your performances in a dance competition.)

World Championships and heartbreaks after the jump.

Dante De Blasio’s College Tour

Multiple tipsters have confirmed that Mayor Bill de Blasio, his son, Dante de Blasio, and wife Chirlane McCray have been touring around Columbia University—they’ve been spotted walking to campus near Starbucks, strolling through Riverside Park, and taking a personal tour near Butler Library and the freshmen residence halls.

One Columbia staff member in Hartley was surprised to see the mayor walk in: “I was on the phone talking, and I just looked up and it was him, and I was like, ‘It’s You!’ and he came over and shook my hand.”

On Monday the Daily News posted photos that showed Dante, a junior in high school, visiting Wesleyan University with the fam. Keep your eyes open, and send your pictures to or use our anonymous tip form!

come to cu!

The de Blasio family with Finn Vigeland as a tour guide


Which residence hall would be best for Dante?


The family kindly indulged requests for pictures.

More pictures after the jump.

WBAR-B-Q Spring Show Today
Awesome free music right here

Awesome free music right here

Today on Lehman Lawn from 12-8 pm WBAR Barnard College Radio will be hosting their annual spring showcase of awesome music acts from all over New York City and beyond. The show is free and open to the public, and there will be free Vanessa’s Dumplings. The lineup this year looks full of both variety and talent, starting the day with Brooklyn-based pop punk act Arm Candy going all the way to the Los Angeles alternative R&B duo Inc. to close out the show. The rest of the day you can hear some spazz-electronics, or some avant-pop, among other creative genres. Check out the bumpin’ lineup below:

Are those NSOP groups? via Barnard

PSA: Phishing Emails In Columbia Network

There are sketchy emails currently being circulated through the Columbia LionMail network, and some are being sent from actual Columbia students’ email addresses after they clicked on the links to the first one. This might mean that some accounts are being hacked, but this cannot be confirmed. If you receive an email such as this one DO NOT click on the link or enter any information (obviously, guys, come on) and forward the message to immediately.

don't click

Bwoglines: Fear Of The Future Edition
This is what scares your grandma

This is what scares your grandma

The president of Pace University criticized Columbia’s decision to stop offering internship credits for limiting the availability of educationally valuable, yet unpaid positions. (The Hill)

Four French journalists were released this morning after 10 months held hostage in Syria. (ABC News)

Google and Amazon are scaring people with their eye-on-the-future technological innovations. Drones are pretty terrifying and so are wristwatches. (Information Week)

The SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket blasted through a cloudy atmosphere yesterday on its way to the International Space Station, loaded with supplies for the station crew. (Discovery News)

Google Iris via Shutterstock

Savoring Serenity: Pita Grill
Tastes good, who cares?

Savory, delicious ambiguous meat product

We’re always down to eat (especially in the vicinity of 1020), so we were pretty excited about Pita Grill, a new restaurant across the street from St. John the Divine. We sent gyro guru Artur Renault to sample the menu and write haikus about it.

As the spring now blooms,
So does a new restaurant;
Pita Grill’s upon us.

A diverse menu;
It has schnitzels and rice bowls
And even tacos.

Hummus, oh hummus,
The hopeless choice between
Three kinds of hummus.

Oh, the lamb gyro.
It’s better than halal carts’
Although much smaller.

Falafel pitas
Are only three dollars each
Can this be real life?

Mid-meal reflections:
Are regular walls cheaper
Than these cool bare bricks?

The menu says beef;
The burger tasted like lamb
What should I believe?

Some things taste like soap;
the iced tea and the tabbouleh.
Steer clear.

It is right next to
Insomnia and 1020.
Get dessert and drinks!

Overall cheap;
And some things are very good,
But it’s a gamble.

Meaty goodness via Shutterstock

BwogSports: The Lions Are Out–Go Watch Them Play
How gray and scenic

Tearing up that turf water

Despite the sudden, unwarranted cool-down this past week, the forecast for the weekend looks to be more friendly for those who love sitting on the Steps. Take advantage of the fact that the weather is finally warming up to the season and go watch the many Columbia teams in action this weekend. Catch a preview of the games below. 

The 19th-ranked men’s tennis team is in pursuit of the Ivy League title, hoping to lock it up this weekend for the first time since 2010 (the women’s team won the league last year). While the men travel to Penn today, they come home on Sunday to serve up Princeton to end the regular season. Catch them on the court at Dick Savitt Tennis Center.

The men’s lightweight crew team, ranked second in the nation, is hosting several top-ten teams at Overpeck Park, which, according to Google Maps, is in New Jersey. The Lions look to make waves against No. 1 Cornell and No. 7 MIT on Saturday for the Geiger Cup, and on Sunday against No. 9 Dartmouth for the Subin Cup.

The women’s lacrosse team is home against Harvard on Saturday for a 1 pm game to finish the home Ivy League slate. While the team won’t be making the postseason or winning the Ivy League (3-8, 0-5 Ivy), they deserve your support as they finish off their season.

Baseball and Softball both play a four-game weekend set at Cornell. The baseball team (17-15, 9-3 Ivy League) is coming off nine straight wins, most recently an 11-4 rout of St. John’s, while the softball team (18-18, 5-7 Ivy League) has a two-game winning streak going into their matchup against Big Red. Look forward to the men returning home to face Fordham on April 23rd, and the women returning to face Penn on April 26th in a season-finale doubleheader.

In the zone via Columbia University Athletics/Gene Boyars

Commencement Approacheth

It’s that time of year again. The end of the semester is a few weeks away, and the bleachers are starting to go up on Low Plaza. Seniors are starting to frantically take part in campus life any way they can, desperate to cling to their last weeks at Columbia. The rest of us have to weave our way around the construction on our way to class. Meanwhile, a new generation of frosh continue to awkwardly introduce themselves on Facebook.

Class of 2014, are you ready to leave?

How #Blue Are You?

The critical question for any Columbia student: how #blue are you? Do you represent #OurBlue? We know you’re #dying to find out.

LectureHop: Guns, PMCs, And Steel
Looking stately

Roosevelt president and VP with their panelists, looking stately

Last Thursday was the Roosevelt Institute’s annual policy forum on the topic of the future of the U.S. defense industry. Never one to miss a good panel discussion, we sent defensive defenestrator Julia Goodman to report.

In case you’re unaware, the Roosevelt Institute is a nonpartisan think tank with chapters on college campuses across the nation. The Columbia chapter, among other things, knows how to put together a good panel discussion–they organize at least one forum a year. This year’s focus was the American military-industrial complex, which Eisenhower famously warned against in his 1961 farewell speech before leaving the White House.

The panel was an interesting group of people, and considering that there were only three speakers, the Institute leaders did an impressive job of capturing the diversity of experience within the defense industry. The speakers were Austin Long, a professor and consultant for various defense engineering companies; Ken Nevor, an executive from one such company; and John Schiffer, a GS student who served in the Marines. The dynamic between the three was quite interesting–as the youngest (and lowest-ranking) speaker, Schiffer seemed to carry less respect with the two older panelists, who frequently whispered loudly over him. Nevor, meanwhile, insisted on reading from a prepared sheet of responses. (He initially said this was because he was tired, but then said that he “ha[d] to,” which added to the sense that he was toeing the company line.)

Nevertheless, all had insights to share. Responding to questions about how they view the relationship between the military and private companies, none of the three speakers seemed to have any moral qualms with it. Nevor explained that, from his perspective, Eisenhower was warning against a nation in which the government would spend all of its time and energy on military technology (as Soviet Russia was perceived to be doing at the time) and thus outsourcing such work to private companies is actually in line with what Eisenhower would want. He also pointed out that side the military is “designed and tailored to meet the needs” of the U.S. government, outsourcing work to private companies does not mean the military will suddenly be doing things the government, or taxpayers, wouldn’t be okay with.

Long had a less uniformly positive perspective, saying of private defense contractors, “Sometimes they’re helpful, sometimes they’re not, sometimes they’re just really weird.” To corroborate this statement, he shared the story of the private contractor whose job it was to make all the keys on one base Long worked on. When he needed a new key, Long had to go to the edge of the base to visit this man, known only as “The Keymaster,” and listen to him tell strange stories for a while before eventually getting his key. Schiffer added that because private contractors are nonmilitary personnel, they can technically choose not to work whenever they want, and can’t be ordered to go into the field. He occasionally witnessed significant problems with this, especially when private translators in Afghanistan would refuse to accompany a mission.

But there must be pros to contracting private labor, too?

Take Back The Night 2014: Rape Culture Is Not Some Buzzword
Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night

Take Back the Night is an annual campus event that provides a voice against local domestic violence and sexual assault. Taylor Grasdalen attended Thursday’s march and rally.

It would be entirely too easy to call Take Back the Night “moving,” or to call it by any related synonym, with as much stress as there has been this year on the terminology and language and circumstance surrounding issues of “gender-based misconduct and sexual assault.” Rather, I’ve never seen so much feeling; considering this event in the context of this word instead, this noun, seems to make far more sense than any descriptor. That there was feeling suggests a much greater thing.

And indeed, Take Back the Night really is about a greater thing, something big, something loud and important, a group rallying. This is exactly as it’s been for years’ events past, I know, but considering the modern energy of these issues makes that feeling stronger.

Take Back the Night began just before eight, with announcements and introductions. I was immediately regarded as “press” and could not speak to any other marcher or participant. Our key speaker–Morgaine Gooding-Silverwood (CC’14)–began the actual rally itself, by briefly discussing her own experiences and then for some time considering the University’s place in this cause. Her speech really clarified the purpose I’d hoped for this event: she gave more than just statistics, she gave thorough definition to “rape culture.” It’s any form of non-consent, anything without decision. She brought up Columbia’s Manhattanville expansion, where, too, students are not being heard. As she put it, “Rape culture is not some buzzword.” In a year of Town Halls and constant emails, administrators deflecting blame and students becoming restless, her concentration on language here felt incredibly timely.

She went on to name and address President Bollinger.