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Bwogger Aliya Schneider pulled double duty this weekend and also reviewed and photographed Latenite’s Fall Anthology. It’s basically seven plays in one, so get your septuple dose of theatre below!

I was originally planning on going to the Latenite Fall 2017 Anthology 11 pm show, but it was highly recommended that I go to the 8 pm show instead. This was my first time actually seeing Latenite, and from what I had heard, I had expected it to be a confusing mess of people running around holding random objects. I was impressively engaged the whole time, and it all (mostly) made sense. (Not sure what that’s saying about me.) I actually almost came back for the 11 pm prank show, but after begging friends who decided it would be more fun for the actors than the audience, I stayed at West End eating french fries. I actually regret not coming back for the 11 pm show.

If you get anything from this review, it’s that the actors in Latenite had it together. I honestly thought that people who did Latenite didn’t take it seriously. Whether this is the case or not, they sure seemed to. How all the actors consistently stayed in character despite their ridiculous roles? I’m not sure. Maybe they’re just ridiculous people. I dig it.

My friend Benjy Saks who copped a “Reserved for Bwog” seat next to me described the show as an “hour-long theatrical debacle fest [that was] entertaining and delightfully uncanny.” Honestly, the whole show was a sigh of relief that Columbia students know how to have fun and just let go. The Anthology was broken into seven pieces. Here’s what you missed:

What did you miss? Click to find out (and see our awesome photo gallery)!

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There are so many performances on campus in the lead-up to finals that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Bwog is here to give you hand; we sent Bwogger Aliya Schneider to photograph (and eventually review) Orchesis’ semesterly show, because chances are you have at least one friend in it who will want to talk to you about it.

I love Orchesis’ presence on campus. They make an obvious effort to include anyone who wants to be a part of their community. They accept everyone who auditions, so the show consists of dancers from a range of experiences, yet every dance was impressive and interesting. Due to the inclusive nature of the club, some of the dances were huge, so you may expect them to drag on and look like a jumbled mess. But they didn’t. It worked. It worked really well.

Orchesis’ semesterly shows are always spins off of the word “Orchesis”. In the past they’ve done “Work Work Work Work Workesis” and “1, 2, 3, Fourchesis.” This year, the theme was “Love is an Open Door-hesis”. Some may roll their eyes at how hard the group tries to make puns with the name, but I find it endearing. The theme is picked after the pieces for the show are chosen, so the pieces don’t necessarily match the theme. To tie in the theme, dancers volunteer to stage interludes throughout the show. So in between serious dances with professional-looking costumes, dancers came on stage wearing t shirts and even a onesie, dancing to Frozen songs. Some interludes were impressively choreographed, others a bit messy. They were all fun. Some of the dancers seemed to take the interludes seriously, while others took it more as a joke. The interludes clash with the professional nature of the rest of the show, but it still works. It’s a tradition, and keeps things light. The dancers clearly have fun with them, which makes them interesting to watch.

See photos and find out more about the show!

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Just looking at this gives me anxiety.

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 sparsely populated reading week are below, with no specifically recommended events. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Monday, December 11

  • “Introducing Bangsokol: A Requiem for Cambodia” 7:00-9:00 PM, Buell Hall.
  • “Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Captured: The Corporate Infiltration of American Democracy” 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM, Joseph D. Jamail Lecture Hall, 3rd Floor, Journalism Hall. (RSVP).

Tuesday, December 12

  • “Turkey: Freedom of Expression in the Dock” 6:00-8:00 PM, World Room, Journalism Hall.

Wednesday, December 13

  • “How Far Can Facts Take Us?: Einstein and Bergson, Ghosts and Demons” 6:00-8:00 PM, 801 NYU Gallatin School of Individualized Study, 1 Washington Pl.

Thursday, December 14

  • “The Uzbek Diaspora And The Immigrant Experience: Radicalization, Transnational Networks, And Media Portrayals” 5:00-7:00 PM, 404 IAB.
  • “Uprising 13/13: Revolt- Foucault in Iran” 6:15-8:45 PM, Casa Hispanica. (Email ak4035@columbia.edu for RSVP).

Friday, December 15

  • “Gravity: A Status Report” 7:00-9:00 PM, Room TBD (follow the signs), Pupin Hall.

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I feel like not much has changed.

On a chilly Saturday afternoon, Bwog baby Jenny Zhu decided to break out of Butler for once, brave the first flurries of the Columbia school year, and stop by the Kingsmen K’winter concert.

As winter approaches, some inevitable markers of the annual seasons come with it: swaths of new wintry snow, the impending doom of finals season, the tarps, and the many, many end-of-year concerts held by acapella groups on campus.

The Kingsmen were no different, holding their Kingsmen K’winter concert this past Saturday afternoon in Furnald Lounge – a really unfortunate venue, as residents trying to leave would find and have to trudge through 10 oddly blazer-clad men, singing their hearts out about impotence in the throes of the most uncomfortable hip gyrations potentially imaginable.

Indeed, the performance began 8 minutes late. One of the Kingsmen was wearing literal basketball shorts. The tomfoolery didn’t end there.

Opening the concert with a song centered around one repetitive lyric (“That girl Jane, I did her in McBain”), the Kingsmen demonstrated their knack for slapstick humor, with that token reference to relatable Columbia content (McBain, ha ha ha) – but somehow it didn’t work on the comic side for me.

How did the rest of the performance shape up?

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The hearts represent how much you’ll love Bwog if you show up.

It’s Sunday again, and that means it’s time for your weekly reminder that it’s still not too late to join Bwog this semester (big shock, I’m sure). Bring your pitches to Lerner 510 tonight at 9 pm to help us welcome our new editorial board, eat some good snacks, and hang out with the best group on campus. I promise it’ll be the best decision you make this weekend…or at least definitely not the worst.

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Let them have this. They’ll be sick of it soon enough.

Happening in the World: Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi of Iraq has declared victory over the Islamic State, after three years of battles to regain parts of the country from the group’s control. Though this does not mark the end of the threat this group, or any other, poses over the region, this marks a new era of pride in the government and security forces, as well as an opportunity to begin rebuilding. (NYT)

Happening in the US: A winter storm brought snow to cities across the southern US, some for the first time in over the decade. Some areas Corpus Christi, Texas, which last saw snow over Christmas 2004, received upwards of six inches in some areas. Kids in the region described the experience as ““pretty cool” and, channeling their inner Los Angeles first year, reported building snowmen as tall as five feet. (NYT)

Happening in NYC: Famed toy store FAO Schwartz, which closed in 2015 , is reported to be opening a new location in Rockefeller Center. The new store will occupy 16,000 square feet (a slight downgrade from it’s former 61,000) and is scheduled to open in fall 2018. (NBC New York)

Happening on Campus: A capella group Nonsequitur presents their winter concert, NonseqWintur, today in Lerner C555 at 3:30. Come out if you appreciate a good pun or some good music and check out their Facebook event here.

Word of the Day: Nix: Latin for snow, because it sounds nice and I’m feeling deeply uncreative today.

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Welcome, Betsy!

As the snow falls and the days shorten, the end of 2017 nears. With its approach comes the expiry of my tenure as Editor in Chief, which has brought lots of joy into my life since its start last December. I’m sure many of you can relate to the delight I’ve found in my deep investment to this site, as our extracurriculars often supply as much wisdom as our courses. Bringing you all CU’s news, gossip, and free food has been one of the most fulfilling opportunities I’ve had, both as a wee Daily Editor and as Bagel in Chief.

Betsy, this past year’s Managing Editor, will take my place, along with her newly appointed board. I can’t wait for their passion for Bwog to bring us another year of informative and entertaining content.  And of course, who could forget about all of your favorite Daily Editors and Staff Writers? They will also be here next year, bringing you all of your eating-alone-in-Ferris content.

Next semester I’ll be reading from abroad, so you won’t catch me and my candle without shoes on in Ref for a while. But thank you for a good time you guys! Rush Bwog!

Sincerely,
Amara Banks

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Glad this album cover has single-handedly supported the St. A’s butler

Those who have walked through the foyer of the fateful house belonging to the members of St. Anthony’s hall often have a common question: how do these children fund the ridiculous inner workings of that townhouse? Staff writer Megan Wylie looked into the possibilities of how the ‘elite’ society gets its chump change.

Theory 1: They are still collectively living off of the Vampire Weekend proceeds they were promised in exchange for the band using the chandelier as the cover for their titular album debut.

Theory 2: They have been secretly frequenting the black market to sell the Rolexes that their pledges are allegedly forced to buy and throw in the Hudson.

Theory 3: They force members to donate a Canada goose jacket so they can turn them into overpriced luxury pillows.

Theory 4: They have been renting their secret pool to Upper West Side parents looking for bougie birthday parties for their eight-year-olds.

More very real possibilities after the jump.

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Despite our differences, we Columbia students can all agree on one thing – our love for the Tree Lighting Ceremony. But why not share the love? Why limit our happiness to only one crowded, overpopulated event? In honor of the holiday cheer and the unsurprisingly long lines at last week’s Tree Lighting Ceremony, here are three other things we thought we should put lights on (and have corresponding lighting ceremonies for). 

1. The TarpsJust like the bare, leafless trees, the tarps on the CU lawns are another inevitable event in the yearly succession of seasons. While the tarps themselves can be depressing, I personally think that a tarp lighting ceremony would provide a feasible and easy solution to bringing some holiday cheer to Columbia.

What riveting alternatives to trees. Please, do tell more

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Do you hear that, in the distance? The miraculous jingle of bells? The laughter of children? The whisper of delicate snowflakes falling? Yes, the first flurries of the school year have graced Columbia, and they’re absolutely magical. Join Bwog in celebrating the snow. Picture submissions are always welcome at tips@bwog.com!

Photos via Bwoggers Idris O’Neill, Betsy Ladyzhets, Jenny Zhu, and Thomas Saenz

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It’s snowing! Winter is nigh! Grab a cup of hot chocolate as you read today’s Bwoglines.

Happening in the World: Two Palestinians were killed Saturday in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza, linked to increased tensions following Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. (CNN)

Happening in the US: For $400 million, Apple is buying Shazam, which was most recently valued at $1 billion. (Business Insider)

Happening in NY: If you’re running short on gifts or just wanna treat yoself, an Etsy holiday market is running in Manhattan this weekend, offering handmade goods from independent local creators. (Time Out New York)

Happening on Campus:  The Kwanzaa Ball, BSO’s biggest event of the year, is tonight at 7 pm in Roone Arledge Auditorium! Tickets are $1 here, and more details are on the Facebook page.

Overheard: “I’m not touching my $200 in bitcoin till I’m 80.”

A Song Recommendation:

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Ah, 2017. It’s been an amazing twelve years since the start of 2016, so to celebrate this impossibly long year, we at Bwog decided to give out awards every Friday until the new year. Our first installment: Top Ten Best Worst Comments. These are the comments which were the actual worst, but never failed to make us smile. Ranking these would be as useless as these comments, so just enjoy the gallery.

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Last night, staff writer Abby Rubel went to the Barnard Theatre Department’s production of Translations, directed by Barnard lecturer Sharon Fogarty. It runs through Saturday, December 9.

I walked into Translations unsure of what to expect. The Facebook event page only told me that it was “a modern historical parable of the brutality of rule,” and I was reluctant to Google further lest I be inadvertently spoiled. But a brief note in the program from Dramaturg Luke Cregan (CC ’19) hinted at what to expect–a play that explored a cultural identity crisis through the British control of Ireland. As someone almost completely unfamiliar with Irish history, this note helped me understand the history the play deals with rather than thrusting me into it unprepared.

The play opens with a movement piece, with most of the cast assembled on the stage and Arielle Firestone’s (JTS/GS ’19) lovely voice as the only accompaniment. Aside from the absolutely gorgeous singing, I didn’t think this piece added much to the play and only served to confuse me from the beginning because it didn’t provide any context for the play to come.

Luckily, the play’s plot was fairly straightforward. The British army was mapping Ireland and, in the process, Anglicizing all the Gaelic names and erasing the Irish identity. In the midst of this culture war, the community of Baile Beag (pronounced something like “Balleyuh Bay”) welcomed home Owen, the son of the schoolteacher and town drunk. Owen, played by Brandon Walsh (GS ’18), had abandoned his community to work with the army as a translator since almost no one in Ireland knows English. (At least, that is the impression the play gave.) A native Irishman, he was participating in the destruction of his culture. He particularly came into conflict with his brother, Manus, portrayed by Daniel Kvoras (GS ’19), who accused him of selling out. Owen brought with him two English soldiers: Lancey, played by Rupert Fennessy (CC ’21), and Yolland, played by Jesse Cao (CC ‘20). Yolland fell in love with Máire (pronounced Moire), played by Chloé Worthington (BC ’18), which is problematic both because they don’t speak the same language and because Manus already had his eye on her.

More thoughts after the jump

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Last night, the Fall 2017 Visual Undergraduates Thesis Exhibition opened in the LeRoy Neiman Gallery, which is accessible either through Dodge or the entrance on College Walk. Visual arts seniors exhibited work in a variety of media, ranging from photography to crochet to painting. The artists also touched on a wide spectrum of themes; standouts included works considering race relations, female athletes, and biotechnology. The exhibit will remain open until December 14th, and the gallery is open from 9 am to 5 pm from Monday through Friday. The show is a great way to see some modern art without making the trek all the way to the MoMA, so if you like what you see here, check it out.

Photos by Zöe Sottile.

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A snapshot of some popular forms of contraception. Campus buildings not included.

Yeah, you just reached the weird part of Bwog. Tag yourself.

Lerner = The Pull Out Method. Whoever designed this, like, wasn’t thinking, at all. We don’t care that he was an alum. Don’t try this at home. Lights up purple sometimes.

Barnard Quad Buildings = The Pill. Kind of annoying, but always there for you when you need it. Doesn’t work if you do it at the wrong time. ‘Chastity gates’ close at 11 pm. Seems like basically everyone has been here, done that. Baby form of birth control.

Hamilton = Copper IUD. Only one FDA-approved brand (Paragard). Lowkey famous but not as big as the pill. 99% effective. Might give you cramps but lasts 12 years. A bitch if you take the stairs. Should be free with insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but they will stiff you.

Butler = The Patch. Extremely visible. Not easy to forget about. Gets the job done but kind of a turn off. Literally stuck onto your skin.

Maison Française = Condom. Oldest thing on campus. Used to be part of an insane asylum but actually nice inside. Comes with wine. Can be uncomfortable and can break if used incorrectly.

Diana Center = Internal Condom. Most Columbia guys don’t know how to get here or how to use it. Not very effective. All the walls are red. Off-brand Starbucks on first floor that doesn’t accept gold cards.

LeFrak Center = Spermicide. Literally kills sperm. What actually is this? Again, dudes don’t really know this one. Used to be a gym, that was the last place Malcolm X spoke publicly before getting assassinated. Temporary Barnard Library.

Low Library = The Shot. Seems cool in theory but you have to actually do it once every three months. Easy to forget about. PrezBo’s office is here, but he’s never there.

Kent = Hormonal IUD. Hamilton’s prettier/more popular cousin, but only lasts 3-6 years. You can get stickers here. Elevator is still shitty.

Mudd = The Implant. A literal rod in your arm. Will bruise on insertion. Easy to forget about except when bae holds your upper arm. Slowly becoming more hip. MakerSpace inside. Upper level form of birth  control.

EC = Sterilization. Life-altering, but you’ve thought it through. You can never have kids. Good views of the city. Potential for what your future might look like.

Any Frat House = Abstinence. A little gross, full of mostly cis men with whom everyone has at least a little reservation about sleeping with. You’ll probably end up here at some point in your life, and you probably won’t wanna go back.

Srat House = Plan B. What did you think? You got the shittiest number possible in the housing lottery. Thank god you rushed, though. Living here will make you moody for months on end, but at least you are safe.

Math Building = The Calendar Method. You have to be really good at math for this. Hard. Still doesn’t work sometimes. Advanced form of birth control.

Contraceptives graphic via Macrovector on Dreamstime

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