Written by Leo Bevilacqua
As the weekend approaches, Bwog provides a guide of which Columbia bars to take ‘the good, the bad, and the ugly’ of Tinder dates. Date responsibly.
Mel’s: This hot spot is where you take your well-coordinated, athletic date, who will undoubtedly ditch you an hour in to chill with his or her teammates. Sharpen your conversation skills, ’cause the Black-Friday-worthy line will feel like an eternity. Pro tip: milk mustaches from the alcoholic milkshakes are neither cute nor endearing. For how expensive it is, stick to tequila and lime. If this hot shot doesn’t dip, the sex will be worth it.
Tags: alcoholism, atmosphere, AURA, æsthetic, bae-sic bitches, Basic, bwogaliscious, cheap and strong, chill af, craft beer, Dig Inn Mac'n'Cheese, foodies, here's a tiny gym for you pathetic non-athletes", i let loose, in the heights, MARGS, Mel's had a harambe party, posted from our phone courtesy of mel's wifi, pulp fiction playing at 1020 again, shots out for harambe, SO MANY COCKTAILS, tequila and lime, the heights frozen margs are legend-wait for it-ary, the jap lye chose me, Tony the mel's bouncer
Written by Sarah Dahl
Freedom Summer, a push from civil rights organizations to increase voter registration in Mississippi, confronted incredible hatred and violence from the KKK and police. The movement happened over 50 years ago, but the School of Social Work hosted an event last night in Low Rotunda to make sure we never forget the struggle for voting rights, and the importance that fight holds today, in perhaps the most volatile election in American history. Senior Staffer Sarah Dahl was there to get the full scoop.
I had a loose knowledge of Freedom Summer going into this event, and an even more loosely evidenced, though rock-solid, belief in the necessity to vote. I came away, as one of the speakers, Jerry Vattamala, put it,”a little bit disturbed, a little bit upset, but determined to do something,” about voting rights.
The night featured diverse characters–activists, members of academia, administrators, lawyers, and even a reverend. The audience make-up was diverse as well–some students, a lot of older people, a dad with his son. The majority were people of color. A sign language interpreter made the evening accessible to the deaf.
The first few presenters spoke somewhat monotonously and tediously–delivering true words, to be sure, but nothing I hadn’t heard before: exercise your right to vote, Trump is a demagogue, institutional white supremacy still exists. I grew distracted by the way voices reverberate around Low Rotunda (it’s really a terrible place to host events).
Columbia has just updated the guidelines and requirements for gender-based misconduct hearings, investigations, and appeals. Many of the guidelines, including the accompaniment of an advisor, remain consistent with the previous policy. However, a new rule prohibiting recording of any kind appears on the document. It follows:
“Recording any part of the investigative process or unauthorized copying of any documents by any means is strictly prohibited. “Copying” includes but is not limited to: audio recording, streaming, photographing, scanning, transcribing, or any other method of reproduction that conflicts with the spirit of this directive. Allegations of non-compliance will result in the advisor being asked to leave the proceeding, and he/she may be prohibited from attending ongoing or future meetings. Additionally, if a student is found to have acted in concert with the advisor to record proceedings or copy materials, those allegations will be reviewed through the Dean’s Discipline process and may result in additional disciplinary sanctions.”
Both Federal and New York State law permit the recording of such meetings (see: U.S. Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights’ April 2011 Dear Colleague Letter: Sexual Violence & New York’s campus anti-sexual violence bill, “Enough is Enough”). No Red Tape has started a petition against these policies–you can click here to sign it.
Written by Ross Chapman
As this election gets more and more vitriolic, it can be easy to gloss over the messy politics of elections before, worrying that this is the worst election ever. The Ancient Theater Group showed how wrong this conception is with their modern adaptation of Aristophanes The Knights, set in the 2016 election. Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman reviewed the production.
History repeats itself, some times more exactly than others. But how similar can 424 BCE be to 2016? If hats reading “Make Athens Great Again” prove anything, very similar. The Ancient Theater Group shows us just how precisely the present can look like the past with a hauntingly accurate modern depiction of The Knights by Aristophanes. The trademark red hats and shirts of the Trump presidential campaign were co-opted in the Glicker-Millstein Theatre yesterday night, and will continue to be tonight and tomorrow in this satirical showing.
Director Brittany Johnson, previously responsible for producing another modernization of Aristophanes in 2014 at Barnard called #CLOUD$, recognizes the difficulties of making old stories relatable and contemporary. “I have been lucky, however,” she writes in her director’s note, “as this year’s primaries unnervingly by conveniently mimicked Knights’ plot progression.” Johnson doesn’t exaggerate here, as the play centers upon a man without political experience usurping a corrupt, longtime politician with the aid of secret, hidden documents. Coupled with the fact that Cleon, the antagonist, sounds a lot like Clinton, this production was a guaranteed success from the start.
In one of the last “firsts” of the Obama administration, Congress just overrode Obama’s veto for the first time. The bill, which Obama vetoed but will now become law, will allow victims of 9/11 to sue Saudi Arabia because of the countries connections to those attacks. (Huffington Post)
If you’re registered to vote in New Hampshire, get ready to put that ballot on Snapchat! A federal appeals court ruled on Wednesday that it’s an infringement of free speech to ban voters from taking selfies in the booth. (New York Times)
Last week in South Africa, two men stole a penguin named Buddy from the zoo and released him into the ocean. Unfortunately, Buddy was born in captivity, and since he has never learned to live in the wild, he probably won’t survive. (Washington Post)
Libertarian candidate for president Gary Johnson made yet another foreign policy gaff on Wednesday when he could not list any foreign leaders he could respect. This blunder comes less than a month after Johnson made headlines for not knowing what the Syrian city of Aleppo was. (The Atlantic)
Obama’s tangible sadness via Al Drago / The New York Times
Fall elections are officially over! Here are the results:
CCSC 2020 President & Vice President
Siddharth Singh and James Ritchie (Lion heart)
CCSC 2020 Representatives
Grant Pace (Lion Heart)
Danielle Resheff (Lion Heart)
Astrid WalkerStewart (Lion Heart)
CCSC 2017 Representative
Tracy Ting Cao
CCSC Sandwich Ambassador
ESC 2020 Class President
Ria Garg (SEASus Take the Wheel)
ESC 2020 Vice President
Marisa Ngbemeneh (SEASus Take the Wheel)
ESC 2020 Class Representatives
Joanna Paik (SEASus Take the Wheel)
Abhishek Chakraborty (SEASus Take the Wheel)
ESC At-Large Representatives
ESC Disability and Accessibility Issues Representative
ESC International Students Representative
ESC University Senator
Written by Rebecca Novik
While movies are a great way to unwind after a long week in Butler, they also make statements about the society we inhabit. In her recent lecture “The Challenge to Avert Tragedy: ‘The Winter’s Tale’ Refigured in ‘Vertigo,’ ‘Pheonix,’ and ‘Gone Girl’,” Professor Elisabeth Bronfen examines the role of women in recent blockbusters. After attending the lecture, Bwog writers Lila Etter and Rebecca Novik are here with the highlights.
“Oh everyone, please sit down! You’re all making me nervous standing up like that!” Elisabeth Bronfen, Professor of British and American Studies at the University of Zurich, exclaims as she begins her lecture in the Ella Weed Room in Milbank. The jam packed room is in a feminist trance like no other.
Before the lecture begins, we’re introduced to Bronfen’s impressive and fascinating career. Bronfen is a Global Distinguished Professor of German at NYU, and her interdisciplinary career includes studies on literature, film, psychoanalysis, gender studies, and cultural theory. I know I’m in for something glorious when I learn that one of her most famous books is titled “Over Her Dead Body: Death, Femininity, and the Aesthetic” (YAS).
Written by Romane Thomas
Last night, General Studies Student Council efficiently expanded upon some started projects whilst giving us a taste of what’s to come! Bwog GSSC Bureau Chiefs Romane Thomas and Jennifer Nugent indulge us here with the highlights.
GSSC updated its information on the food bank and chose Bwog as its first platform for its press-release (#stars). The chief of policy will finalize a proposal regarding GSSC’s Constitution bylaws, which will soon be updated.
The Communications team set up a timeline for the creation of the GSSC website. The primary goal of the new platform will be to “channel more GSSC resources & events to students”. An October 31st deadline was proposed for the completion of the website.
Finance announced the components of this year’s budget. The council proposed to amend the budget in order to move $5000 from the Gala budget to the organizations Snack Attacks, Student Events, and Co-Sponsorships. However, this amendment was not passed and the council voted to approve the original budget.
Campus Life was praised for the smooth organization of the Welcome Back Party. Campus Life managed to raise capacity by 100 people and drop the cost by 1/3. Most importantly, these bwoggers can attest that the food was great and the party was poppin’. Finally, Jacob Case was nominated as VP of Finance and Tony Kim as Vice Alumni Affairs Representative.
hug via wikimedia
Written by Gowan Moïse
If you’re familiar with most modern art movements, music genres, aesthetics, and, of course, a e s t h e t i c s, you’re probably an expert on vaporwave (or, at least, you spend more than enough time on the internet). Despite considering himself knowledgeable about most musical genres, Arts Editor Gowan Moise knew absolutely nothing about vaporwave. Having attended a meeting of Columbia’s Vaporwave Club, he… regrets to inform you that he stills considers himself ignorant about whatever the hell vaporwave actually is.
Despite the supposed 500+ activities, clubs, and organizations here at Columbia, every once in a while, a few students will get together and decide that Columbia doesn’t offer exactly what their looking for in a club. So, they take it upon themselves to face the Activities Board’s arduous process of gaining recognition, and they begin the process of garnering interest, finding members, and most importantly, holding meetings.
Having held its very first meeting this past Monday, one of Columbia’s newest ‘unofficial’ clubs is the Columbia Vaporwave Club, self-described as the “club for enthusiasts, producers, broadcasters, and those who want to learn more about vaporwave art, music, music videos, and whatever other media may fit under the category of vaporwave.” Started this past July, the club’s main form of communication is a single Facebook page where individuals can share content related to vaporwave and organize to plan meetings.
Now, if you’re like me, all this talk of vaporwave raises a question: what the hell is vaporwave?
Happy hump day! Here’s some weird, wacky Wednesday news to relieve your mid-week malaise.
On Tuesday, The Anti-Defamation League declared Pepe the frog as a hate symbol. The popular meme started off innocently enough, but recent usage by white supremacists and anti-Semitics have tarnished the image’s reputation. Love it or hate it, it’s RIP Pepe. (TIME)
The first-ever baby with three parents was born in New York City five months ago, according to a recent report. The baby, in risk of inheriting a rare mitochondrial disease from the mother, received a mitochondrial DNA implant from a donor. Although the operation is still illegal in the United States (the implant was performed in Mexico), the implantation of a third set of DNA is gaining traction as a potential cure for certain diseases. (The Washington Post)
A Tennessee woman reportedly returned home to find two burglars having sex on her couch. The male burglar fled the scene, while the female burglar was caught and held under a $30,000 bond. “I picked up my broom, I wanted to hit the man so hard,” the burglary victim was quoted saying. We at Bwog would have reacted the same way, to be honest. (Cosmopolitan)
Are you so done with people? Elon Musk announced Tuesday that SpaceX will make self-sustaining colonies on Mars a reality within the next 50-150 years. According to Musk, a ticket to the red planet, when available, will cost you around $200,000. The company has enjoyed recent success with its latest rocket landing missions. (CNN)
Though some Columbia students avoid going to Claremont at all costs, one Bwogger and 47 Claremont resident has to cross the street every day to get home…and there are no crosswalks.
Claremont Avenue runs only 11 blocks (from 116th Street to Tiemann Place), and it completely lacks crosswalks. Though Google Maps shows crosswalks at 120th and 122nd, they seem to have since been paved over, and the new pavement creates another concern, too–that cars can drive faster down the street more easily (without the fear of potholes).
For residents of 47 Claremont and Elliot, the main concerns are the intersections of 116th and Claremont and 119th and Claremont (where students must cross over to enter Barnard’s campus). Claremont is always lined with cars (as most NYC streets are), but due to the construction on Barnard’s campus and the delivery entrance right by the Claremont entrance to Barnard, the street is also often doubly lined with bulky vans and trucks that are difficult to peek around when trying to look both ways before crossing the street.
While Claremont is obviously not as busy as Broadway or Amsterdam, we’re still convinced that we’re going to be walking back from 1020 (or, God forbid, Butler) some weekend night and get hit by the Uber of someone who didn’t feel like trekking back from Mel’s.
Check out the crosswalk-less street for yourself:
This week’s SGA meeting as all about the Benjamins, as many aspects of the discussion had to do with money. Instead of indulging in the first 2016 Presidential Debate, Staff Writer Dassi Karp attended the meeting and left with one thing on her mind: BBHMM!
Last night, a strong and smart woman took to the political stage to discuss her plans for the future. She calmly and politely presented her goals and her past accomplishments, responding to questions with poise.
That woman, of course, was the bold Barnard College president Debora Spar. And she had a lot to say at the most recent SGA meeting.
She started by describing the new program being put together by senior staff and president’s office called Barnard 101. This will be a forty-five minutes to one hour training module about how the college actually runs. It includes information about how it is funded, who makes what decisions, and how they create the processes to make these decisions. This will be helpful both to students interested in understanding “how this place operates,” and even to new trustees who are new to the ins and outs of college administration. “We’re not a business,” Spar emphasized, “but we also don’t run like your local elementary school.”
Tags: #TREMENDOUS, Aging is overrated, Barnard Better Have My Money, BBHMM, but will there be wine at the reception?, bwogaliscious, can I get a hell no?, can I get an amen?, diaper money, drop that new bwoglines we the only thing on your sc-reens, DSpar, DSpar in NY times but not in your bank accounts, its all about the benjamins baby, Livestream?, mamma mia, meryl streep 4 next prez of barnard, MOOLA, sga, the pulitzer puhlease, where my money
Written by Finn Klauber
While most politically aware members of the Columbia community watched and/or drank to the Presidential Debate last night, ESC took time away from the hustle and bustle of watching [insert your preferred candidate here] succeed and [insert your undesirable candidate here] fail to discuss a variety of topics. Although a number of members seemed to persistently glance at their phones (I can’t blame them—both your humble ESC correspondent and Spec’s reporter had the livestream running in parallel to the meeting), ESC made headway on growing relationships between the undergraduate colleges and the administration while determining how to proceed with ESC special elections.
In terms of maintaining whatever modicum of school spirit exists at Columbia, ESC is moving into ‘Homecoming mode’. Columbia’s Homecoming game against Dartmouth on the 17th will be preceded by a cosponsored prep rally on Low Plaza the day before. At the event itself, ESC will be dispersing “giveaways” to engineers. Furthermore, members of ESC met with administrators under the purview of Suzanne Goldberg (who holds the Executive Vice Presidentship for University Life among other titles) to discuss facilitating the growth of a community spirit among all of Columbia—including faculty, administration, alumni, and graduate students. The primary concern of ESC is that events such as Homecoming and the Tree Lighting Ceremony are funded by the undergraduate councils while these events, in reality and in practice, serve all members of the Columbia community. In classic Columbia fashion, administration responded that, while the administration would be happy to selectively provide certain services or amenities for these events, they are hesitant to give direct funding to the event or to the councils. But, hey, they might throw in a bouncy castle for Homecoming. Behold the process of the carrot and stick approach.
Tags: are you there PrezBo? It's me Finn, bringing an edge to political coverage, esc, IT'S [CURRENT YEAR] WHERE ARE MY UNIVERSALLY ACCESSIBLE BATHROOMS?, it's time somebody spoke the truth ya know?, just because we're a university on a hill doesn't mean the disabled shouldn't be here, prezbo needs to show up, prezbo only cares about undergrads when we make the new york times, prezbo only mentions us when he's threatening us, seriously though how can Columbia NOT provide basic disability access
No, that wasn’t an episode of South Park you tuned into on CNN last night. Regardless of whether you participated in a drinking game for last night’s debate, you all woke up with some type of headache. Between Trump’s repetitive, juvenile jabs and Hillary’s uncomfortable, forced laughter, I can assure you the debate did not do any wonders to ease your nerves. Tip: go to Cafe 212 and indulge in some Jacques Torres sorbet. (CNN)
In surprisingly crazier news, two actors in England got stopped by the police due to being mistaken as zombies. Officers from the North West Police Group stopped two extras for an unidentified TV show or movie due to reports by concerned drivers. England’s problems seem so quaint; maybe, we shouldn’t have broken off. (The Huffington Post)
In other news, a Columbia student has been reported to have ordered an Uber from DSig to McBain Hall this past Saturday. In case you are not familiar with the distance, it is quite literally three yards away. Not so shockingly, we have dropped one place on the USNWR National University rankings. (Patch)
In a bizarre chain of events, Woody Allen’s Amazon television series featuring Miley Cyrus has materialized. Tune in on Friday, September 30, 2016, to see Miley Cyrus grind up on someone more than ten years her senior. Robin Thicke, it’s not your (premiere) party but you can cry if you want to. (Hollywood Reporter)
Tags: #TREMENDOUS, #washup, Basic Mathematics, Blurred Pork Rinds, but my ivy league education entitles me to this!, canada, canada is a viable option still, china, cnn, disenfratchisement, drumpft, DSig, frat party sweating should be a P.E. option, haterade, Joooobs, mexico, murica, newsiness, robin thicke?, row, row your boat gently down the stream, sorbae, south park doesn't lie, the jap lye chose me, the worst of both worlds, trumped, uncomfortable fake laughter, we dk what "uchicago" even is, what channel is pbs?
September is almost gone, and while we want to be done with school, we’re just getting started with fall! We can’t wait to itch in our flannels at our losing homecoming game and slowly never leave our rooms until April. This weekend was a great way to kick that off…
Tags: field notes, goddamn, in class rn thinking about PSLs now, it's a better meme than harambe, it's bad that we can't look at a pumpkin without thinking about pumpkin spice lattes, it's getting chilly, mercury was in retrograde so ya never know, that pumpkin meme will never die, there. we said it., what a bizarre weekend
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