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we’re the groolest club on campus

Bwog… How do I begin to describe Bwog? Bwog is flawless. They have two Fendi purses and a silver Lexus. I hear their hair is insured for $10,000. I hear they do car commercials in Japan. One time they punched me in the face… it was awesome.

Want to be fetch? Come to Lerner 505 at 7pm for Bwog’s meeting tonight. And yes, you can sit with us.

the plastics via youtube

 

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Tulips in West Side Community Garden

One way to help is by gardening in the community!

If you’re confused about all of the yellow balloons on campus, today is Columbia Community Outreach Day of Service, when Columbia encourages student groups to get involved and give back to the community. If you’re participating, good for you! But whether you are or not, you can help the community more than just one day out of the year. In honor of the Day of Service, we’ve compiled some resources for Columbia students looking for ways to help out.

Find ways to volunteer through:

  • Deed, “an on-demand app that makes volunteering easy,” purports to be an “Uber for volunteering” which connects volunteers who can’t commit to weekly volunteer spots. Not currently available on Android.
  • NYC Service, a 2009 creation in response to calls for volunteerism by President Obama, has listings for official NYC government-sponsored events, but also lists miscellaneous opportunities.
  • New York Cares focuses especially on three key issue areas of education, immediate needs, and public spaces.
  • VolunteerMatch.org, which lists over 1000 opportunities in NYC, also offers over 100,000 volunteer positions across the nation.
  • Cherry Ivy attempts to “make philanthropy accessible” by showing how easy it can be to get involved.
  • Idealist,  run by Action Without Borders, has been around since 1995 and promotes over 2,500 opportunities in NYC.

And if you’re looking for some specific ways to help out:

Opportunities on and off campus after the jump!

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26

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This guy knows what he’s talking about.

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 if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.

Recommended

  • Book Launch and Discussion: “Making Sense of Science” Tuesday, March 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Hamilton Hall. Cornelia Dean.
  • “20th Annual David N. Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum” Thursday, March 30, 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Miller Theater. David N. Dinkins, Representative John R. Lewis, Ester Fuchs, Verna Eggleston, David Goodman, Michael Nutter, Michael Waldman.
  • “The Real Sister Act: Black Catholic Nuns and the Long Struggle to Desegregate U.S. Religious Life” Tuesday, March 28, 6:30 pm. Sulzberger Parlor. Shannen Dee Williams.
  • “A special presentation by the Morris Justice Project: Stop and Frisk?” Tuesday, March 28, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Columbia School of Social Work.

Monday, March 27

  • Talk: “The Belt and Road or the Gap and Load: Hard Infrastructure and Security in the Baltic States” 12:00 – 1:30 pm. IAB. Dr. Konstantinas Andrijauskas.
  • “US – Taiwan Relations Under the Trump Administration” 12:00 – 1:30 pm. IAB. Ambassador Raymond Burghart, Andrew Nathan.
  • Lunchtime Talk: “God Behind Bars: The Rise of Faith-Based Ministries in the age of Mass Incarceration” 12:10 pm. Tanya Erzen.
  • “Insights Into Gender, Land, and Corruption in Africa” 1:00 – 2:00 pm. IAB. Annette Jaitner, Michael Okai.
  • “Reversing the Spin Cycle: Sana krasikov on Writing Novels in the Age of Propaganda” 4:10 – 5:40 pm. IAB. Sana Krasikov.
  • “About Abortion: Book Launch and Panel Discussion, Center for Gender and Sexuality Law” 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Jerome Greene Hall, Room 106. Emily Bazelon, Khiara Bridges, Diane Horvath-Cosper, David Pozen, Stephanie Toti.
  • Film Screening and Discussion: “The Geography of Genocide in Bosnia: Redeeming the Earth” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. IAB. David Pettigrew.
  • “Alberto Tallone Editore: Perpetuating the Tradition of Excellence of the Aldine Press and Bodoni” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Italian Academy. Jane Siegel, Alex Goren, Paolo Valesio, Eleonora and Elisa Tallone.
  • “Goodbye, Ms. Chips: From Teacher-Scholar to Scholar-Teacher: Barnard Women Faculty and the Research Imperative” 6:00 pm, Sulzberger Parlor. Robert McCaughey.
  • “Fighting Fake News: A Panel Discussion” 6:45 – 7:45 pm. Lerner 569. Jeff Jarvis, David Carroll, Josh Lucido, Brooke Borel.

Click here for more one-of-a-kind Columbia events!

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Having a generic name was never a problem for this handsome man

Happening in the World: Schools in Toronto are ceasing field trips to the United States. The Toronto District School Board cited concerns that its students might be turned away at the border due to President Trump’s immigration vetting procedures. (The New York Times)

Happening in New York City: A resident of Trump Tower was fined $1,000 by the City of New York for renting out her apartment on Airbnb. (New York Daily News)

Happening on Campus: The Columbia Community Outreach Day of Service is happening today! If you’re registered, enjoy the free breakfast and apparel, and have a great day volunteering around the city!

Overheard: “The last time I had tequila, I puked and coughed at the same time. I puke-coughed.”

Random Procrastination Apparatus of the Day: Check out this Benedict Cumberbatch name generator!

Benedict Cumberbatch and wife via Stemoc

Mar

25

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Very nice curtains

Bwog sent a staff writer Vivian Klotz to the opening performance of Black Theatre Ensemble’s Festival of One Acts last night. Always in search of a good deal, the writer appreciated being able to see four plays for the price of one. The show is running once more in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre, Saturday, March 25, at 7 pm. Tickets are $5 with CUID/BCID and $7 without.

The first play, Colder than Winter, opened with a dimly lit stage, bare, with the exception of a single man. Soft music played in the background, the warm sound of the saxophone, overlaid with his voice, rising and falling. The audience had no choice but to be caught up in his words and be held captive as he moved around the stage.

This first scene lay the groundwork for the rest of the production and the three that followed. All four writers proved that they didn’t need fancy scenery or musical numbers to be memorable; in fact, the lack of distractions is precisely what made this festival great. One of the most memorable moments dawned the first play as a young black girl lay dead on stage, her friends gathered round, one of them telling the story of her first encounter with death. There’s no background music for life, and accordingly, silences in her monologue were thunderous.

The four plays explored important ideas; the first play emphasized the tendency for many straight, black men to be blind to the privileges that he may experience that black women and queer black people do not, and the third included a black wlw who attempted to make her friends realize that wlw is more than an attraction, just as black is more than a skin color. The second play took the audience on a journey to find truth in all her terrible forms, and the final one provided a humorous, original take on a haunted house story as a ghost attempted to scare a family out of their home, only to find that she wasn’t the only ghost home. Some of the stories told were uniquely black stories, but many also included characters who just happened to be black, providing space to prove that white doesn’t have to be the default.

Black Theatre Ensemble is well respected for its history of making high-quality productions, and this is no exception. Tech had a few brief moments of slow lighting changes, none of which detracted from the plays being visually interesting with great lighting choices and high-quality, well-chosen music. Overall, it was an exceptional performance on the part of all involved.

The next and final showing is today at 7 pm in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre. Tickets are $5 with CUID/BCID.

license free photo from pixabay

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Prezbo is the new sun

The Gadsden Flag, also known as the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, which originated as a symbol of the American Revolution, has turned into a racist symbol as recognized by the EEOC. The flag has also been a favorite target of editing for enemies of the alt-right. To celebrate our experiences at Columbia, consider flying these new flags in your dorm room. Whether you want to support Manhattanville, mourn [email protected], or show your distaste for Spec, we’ve got you covered.

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It’s a Thursday morning–you’ve already slept through your 10:10 (whoops), and you’re in need of some nourishment. You roll into John Jay at around 11, half-asleep and seeking an egg white omelet, and you’re immediately greeted by Yung Berg shouting/growling, “SE-XY! CAN! I!”

It’s a jarring experience–serving yourself some cereal as Drake croons, “I’m trying to lay you down, down, down…,” or sipping coffee to Ciara’s “Body Party.” One Bwogger raised the possibility that John Jay simply shuffles a “slow jams” playlist in the morning, but that doesn’t explain why another Bwogger heard them playing Rihanna’s “Birthday Cake” while waiting in the egg line.

If you’re trying to get in the mood (for John Jay breakfast or for some physical intimacy), check out our playlist below:

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Edward Albee might be dead, but this original play about Virginia Woolf is giving us life.

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.

Wednesday, March 29th

  • On Translating Clarice Lispector with Katrina Dodson, 7:00 PM, Room 501 in Dodge Hall – “The monumental Complete Stories of Clarice Lispector in Katrina Dodson’s much-lauded translation exploded on the U.S. literary scene in 2015. Dodson will speak about the Lispector phenomenon and the joys and challenges of translating her work in conversation with Minna Proctor of The Literary Review and Literary Translation at Columbia (LTAC) Director Susan Bernofsky, Writing.” – Free and open to the public

Thursday, March 30th

  • Silent Matinees: American Slapstick, 12:00 PM, Room 501 in Dodge Hall – “Professor Vito Adriaensens presents a five-part silent cinema matinee series with live music by Belgian jazz musician Adriaan Campo and friends. The fourth part is dedicated to the pitfalls and pratfalls of four of America’s best silver screen comedians. Buster Keaton outdoes Mary Pickford by performing not one but all roles in The Play House. Harold Lloyd conquers skyscrapers and death in Never Weaken. Charley Chase and his wife cheat on each other with each other in Mighty Like a Moose. And the outlandish genius Charley Bowers tells a tall tale with stop motion in Now You Tell One.” – Free and open to the public
  • Liam Young: New Romance, 6:30 PM, Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery (1172 Amsterdam Ave.) – “The Arthur Ross Architecture Gallery presents Liam Young: New Romance, the first U.S. solo exhibition of speculative architect, artist, and filmmaker Liam Young. The exhibition features three recently completed film projects – In the Robot Skies (2016), Where the City Can’t See (2016), and the debut of Renderlands (2017) – as well as a selection of props, materials and research that helped shape the fictional worlds encompassed in each film.” – Free and open to the public; gallery runs from March 30th to May 13th, 2017
  • Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama Group presents “Troades”, Seneca’s “Trojan Women,” 8:00 PM, Minor Latham Playhouse – “The Barnard Columbia Ancient Drama Group is proud to present Seneca’s “Troades” (Trojan Women) – a resistance piece composed around the middle of the first century CE during the reign of Emperor Nero by his tutor. . .This spring’s production applies contemporary symbols and movement to Seneca’s protest in poetry. (This production is in Latin with English supertitles.)” – Tickets available here; additional shows Friday, March 31st at 8:00 PM, and Saturday, April 1st at both 2:00 and 8:00 PM.
  • NOMADS presents West, 8:00 PM, Glicker-Milstein Theatre in the Diana Center – “NOMADS presents West, an original play by Antonia Georgieva and a window into the life and relationships of Virginia Woolf, especially her affair with Vita Sackville-West. The play follows the Leonard and Virginia Woolf as they host a dinner party for their friends Harold Nicolson, Vita Sackville-West and T.S. Eliot. The Woolfs’ maid, Nellie Boxall, provides a humorous foil to the authors’ heavy discussions of life and love. ” – Tickets available here; additional shows Friday, March 31st and Saturday, April 1st at 8:00 PM.

Image used under Creative Commons license,  via Wikimedia Commons

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Happening in the world: Protesting against a tax levied on the unemployed, Belarus protesters took it to the streets, angered by the tax that President Alexander Lukashenko said would “instill” discipline to the workshy. (BBC)

Happening in the nation: As President Trump and Speaker Paul Ryan withdrew the vote to repeal Obamacare, Trump repeatedly claimed that the Obamacare would “explode” without explaining why. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: After an Amtrak train derailed at PennStation, railroad services have resumed with warnings of delays. (USA Today)

Happening on Campus: Former Chairman of the American Institute in Taiwan, Raymond Burghardt and Professor Andrew Nathan will talk about U.S. – Taiwan relations under the Trump administration in IAB Room 918 on Monday from 12:00~1:30 pm.

Overheard(seen): “There’s a completely naked man banging on everyone’s door on McBain 3 to be let in.”

Photo via BBC, from Reuters

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The Barnard Admissions department welcoming the class of 2021!

Congratulations to a new class of Barnard students! Earlier this afternoon, Barnard sent out its decisions to regular decision applicants of the class of 2021. Barnard received a total of  7,716 applications this year – an eight percent increase from last year – and accepted a total of 1,139. This brings the college’s admission rate down to 14.8%, the lowest in Barnard’s history and down a full 10 percentage points from only three years ago.

The students in this class hail from 47 states and 39 countries. They will be the second class to study under Barnard’s new Foundations curriculum, which places a focus on technology, international learning, and the importance of empirical reasoning.

“These students embody the Barnard spirit—brimming with passion, curiosity, academic excellence and the desire to make a difference in the world,” Dean of Enrollment Management Jennifer Fondiller said about this class.

Admissions officers and attendant swag via Barnard Admissions Facebook page

 

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Charles Murray in a tie.

Author and American Enterprise Institute (AEI) scholar Charles Murray, widely criticized for racist views voiced in his book The Bell Curve, was shouted down by protesters at Middlebury in early March. Murray came to speak at Columbia last night without a hitch, despite a number of protesters outside Lerner. The event, hosted by the AEI Council at Columbia and co-sponsored by the Columbia College Republicans and Columbia Political Union, addressed whether elites are to blame for the rise of Donald Trump, and discussed his book Coming Apart. We sent senior staffer Sarah Dahl to report. 

Murray’s campus speaking engagement raises vital questions about free speech and the role of universities in promoting–or stifling–robust debate. Does Murray, who has espoused racist views, deserve an elevated platform to speak at Columbia? Does he deserve to be shouted down and turned away, as he was at Middlebury? Deserve is a difficult word, and not useful here, in my opinion.

Murray’s thoughts under the jump.

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A promotional photo for CUPAL's "Bodies Redefined," featuring the five actresses in dance poses with a superimposed title card

We hope you like dancing

The Columbia University Performing Arts League is performing Bodies Redefined, an ensemble piece based on the cast’s experiences and reexamines the roles of body and gender through voice work, acting, and dance. The performance will take place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 pm in the Lerner Black Box. Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman reviews the performance.

Every semester, the Columbia University Performing Arts League offers up a Special Project, a short-form theatrical venture which pushes the limits of the medium. Bodies Redefined, this semester’s effort produced by Lindsey Rubin (GS/JTS ’19) and directed by Antonia Georgieva (CC ’18) and Kosta Karakashyan (CC ’19), continued that tradition of original Columbia avant-garde.

To call Bodies Redefined a play would be difficult at best and dishonest at worst. The five actresses do not take on characters, and the scene structure fails to provide a coherent narrative. The work employs seven scenes and five monologues, ostensibly to “envision what it means to belong to a certain gender and in what ways [the body is] envisioned or transformed through such interactions,” per the directors’ note.

Gendered experience takes center stage in Bodies Redefined. The show draws inspiration (and at times entire scripts) from Ovid, e.e. cummings, and Julia Kristeva to supplement the supremely personal monologues. The ensemble scenes made wide use of dance, indicative of the fact that the film’s two directors focused separately on dance and theater. If the acting in the scenes was overstated to match its source material, the monologues were understated and real. They focus on crying, dreaming, and loving, and take place on bare crates in the center of a 3-walled black box setup. Sitting in the center of the middle section of seats, I felt as though the speakers were truly recounting personal experiences. Whether or not the monologue on catcalling was entirely nonfiction was irrelevant to how deeply it pointed to the feminine experience at Columbia.

Whether or not the event had humor was also hard to decode. The dissonance between a Greek tale and a campfire story, for instance, was palpable and entertaining, but the mood of the scenes before seemed to suppress laughter from the crowd. One scene was overtly humorous, but the brightest jokes alluded to harsh gendered realities. The ambiguity made me wish for something like Latenite’s laugh track to make the difficult scenes easier to digest.

While the show hit the gender nail on the head, it failed to live up to its name by creating commentary on the body. Some of that material may have been hidden into Kristeva’s esoteric text, or in the intricacies of the dance, but the creative team could have done more to highlight the body and its creation and transformation to match their ambitious goals.

Regardless, Bodies Redefined lives up to Special Project’s short legacy of experimentation. Its monologues are powerful, its choreography is imaginative, and its material is quintessentially Columbian, from Lit Hum allusions to campus creeps.

Bodies Redefined will play at 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday in the Lerner Black Box, with tickets available for purchase at the TIC. The runtime is approximately 30 minutes.

Promotional photo via Facebook

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As we’ve learned, after a scandal involving pipe breakage and flooding and such-and-such and a brief stint as John Jay Jay’s/VaJJ, JJ’s is coming back in full force to its cozy home in the cellars of John Jay today at 5 pm. While we remain unsure as to the exact progress of this operation, we must hold to the assurance that the John Jay staff is moving slowly and steadily to the beat of Drake’s heartrending “Hold On We’re Going Home” (2013), patiently preparing the ingredients that so compose our late-night pleasures.

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Sir Richard Branson on his final Virgin Airlines flight

Happening in the world: Alaska Airlines has recently announced that the Virgin America airlines will be retired by around 2019. (Gizmodo)

Happening in the B’Appz: Yesterday afternoon, a judge ruled in favor of challenging a proposal to create Diller Island, a performance arts center on a new “undulating” Pier 55 along the Hudson River, due to the potential threats to fish and wildlife resources. (New York Times)

Happening on campus: At Low Plaza, the Columbia Japan Society will hold Matsuri 2017, their annual Japanese Spring Festival, from 4 to 8 pm. Admission is free, but bring money for food and gifts.

Overheard: “El Ferris. No, la Ferris. Ferris is a woman. John Jay is male. JJ’s is a gay bar.”

Shitty horoscope of the day: It’s Aries szn. I have nothing left to stay about this.

The Birth of the Virgin, from The Life of the Virgin by Albrecht Dürer via the Met

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You sure you don’t want to know which frats belong in which circle of hell?

You asked, and we delivered. Here is our official ranking of all of the fraternities on campus.

Our official rankings after the jump:

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