One of the events featured on last weekend’s “Where Art Thou” list is a performance by Ensemble Signal, tonight at the Miller Theatre, of music by Steve Reich, an American composer well-known for his work in the genre of minimal music. At first glance, we didn’t think much of this event; most of us aren’t interested in “four suspended microphones swing rhythmically over speakers creating hypnotizing feedback loops” (the medium of one of the pieces being performed tonight, according to the event description).
But then, we noticed something strange: this isn’t the first time the Miller Theatre has hosted a performance of Steve Reich. There was another Reich feature there barely over a month ago, on September 15th. Yes, it’s Reich’s eightieth birthday this year, and yes, ensembles around the world are honoring him, but isn’t two concerts in six weeks a little excessive? We’re not sure what might be motivating this Reich fever, but we have a few theories:
The ghost of Steve Reich’s past via Lincoln Center website
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Written by Leo Bevilacqua
Leo Bevilacqua recounts a true bizarre happening that occurred between the hours of 6 and 7 in the morning last Tuesday, not far from 116th and Broadway.
Heading to an early morning class at Equinox, I left McBain sometime around 6:30 AM. It was a chilly morning, and I was bundled in a warm pullover. Particularly disheveled due to having stayed up late finishing up a term paper for Lit Hum, I pushed the hair out of my eyes as I searched for my phone in my gym bag. As I uncovered my phone and put in my headphones, I headed down to the subway.
I turned on Tame Imapla’s “Love/Paranoia” and was already starting to wake up a little more. As I looked around at all the closed store fronts and the emptiness of the damp street corners, there was a peacefulness to the city. However, the mirage dissipated as a sudden and seemingly irrational pang of fear gripped me. I glanced around to check for followers and quickened my gait towards the 110th subway stop.
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This morning, President Bollinger sent out an email to the Columbia community with the news that Peter Awn, the Dean of the School of General Studies, is leaving his position at the end of this academic year. Dean Awn has been the dean of GS for the past twenty years, and has “been responsible for making the School of General Studies a unique institution across all of higher education.”
President Bollinger went on to cite many of Dean Awn’s accomplishments. During his term, he has contributed to “the University’s abiding commitment to the principle of broad diversity” by supporting many international students, first-generation college students, and veterans (GS has higher percentages of all three demographics than any other Ivy League college). Dean Awn also established and strengthened undergrad and Post-Bacc programs that helped put GS “at the forefront of innovation in higher education.”
A search committee will soon be convened, co-chaired by President Bollinger and David Madigan, to find a new GS Dean. After this academic year, Dean Awn will continue to do research and teach as a member of the Columbia faculty.
President Bollinger ended the email by expressing “the University’s deepest gratitude for all that Peter has given to Columbia and for the devoted and skillful leadership he has long provided to the School of General Studies.”
Written by Finn Klauber
Finn Klauber takes you through the exciting happenings of last night’s ESC meeting. From a new website to a new constitution, things are looking up for the ESC.
After a few weeks of gently postponing a necessary ratification vote, the Engineering Student Council formally ratified their updated 2016 constitution, revised under the committee leadership of VP for Policy Sidney Perkins, SEAS ’17. This final leap faced one small hiccup, however, in VP for Student Life Piyushi Bishnoi’s, SEAS ’17, inquiry regarding Article four, Section three, Clause D, which calls for the Council to approve the allocation of funds amounting to more than $500. Although ESC determined VP Bishnoi’s move towards a friendly amendment negligibly changing the wording would have to face a vote next week, the generated discussion called for VP Perkins to actually look up within the document in question the outlined procedures for entertaining a friendly amendment in such circumstances.
Standing in stark contrast to the nominal discussion of that notorious Smoking Resolution, “A Resolution To Support Pro-Bono Student Software Development”, proposed by Technology Representative Vinay Mehta, SEAS ’18, faced gritty attacks from all angles. The original proposal outlined the creation of a software development subcommittee under Representative Mehta, consisting of Mehta, the Vice Presidents of Policy and Communication, and anybody else interested, with an annual appropriation of $500. The subcommittee would attempt to obtain and distribute developer licenses and other resources, covering fees, server hosting, and providing other tech capabilities.
On the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Ricky Gervais, participating in a game forcing all participants to answer random questions from audience members, overshared when faced with a question pertaining to what it was like getting older. I think discussing your ‘pendulous testicles’ was a little much, Ricky. (Yahoo)
In other news, Apple Watch sales have tanked tremendously, bringing the rest of the company down with it. Despite being the market leader among ‘smart watches’, it seems to be lacking a certain appeal. Maybe, Apple should invest in some better colors. (Tech Crunch)
The Chicago Cubs’s recent victory against the Dodger’s warmed up the windy city. Cubs baseball caps were installed on the lions outside the Art Institute yesterday morning. Now, if only Columbia knew how to constructively deal with its recent victory similarly. (CBS Chicago)
Take off your tin foil hats, it appears scientists have come up with a new, compelling theory demystifying the Bermuda Triangle. Hexagonal shaped clouds emitting microbursts of air might be the cause.
Photo courtesy of that movie where Tom Hanks had a wild beard
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With mid-terms coming to a close, the cool air blowing in and everyone desperate for Fall Break, Bwog reflects on a weekend of paying debts and placing bets on who is over class work the most.
Too bored for real work:
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Written by Tamara Barriot
As Dean Kromm visited to discuss policy, a hushed CCSC seemed to not be too engaged in discussions of sexual violence awareness workshops or student wellness. See what Bwog learned about SVR workshops and tampon restocking last night.
A rather quiet and un-inquisitive student council met with Dean of Undergraduate Life Cristen Kromm during last night’s student council meeting. Dean Kromm joined CCSC this Sunday to answer potential questions from council members–however, there simply were not many questions to be answered.
Abby Porter, VP of Policy, posed the first question on how to encourage students to participate in Sexual Violence Response (SVR) workshops. Dean Kromm admitted that participation has been an issue but encouraged all members of council to attend workshops with members of other groups they were part of. Kromm also stated that the Office of Student Wellness is able to tailor the workshops to better fit the specific needs of a certain club.
Nathan Rosin, VP of Student Life, inquired on the relationship this training has with New York State laws and the way Student Wellness plans on keeping it up. Kromm said that the relationship with NY State laws is somewhat flexible and that in the future she sees the Office of Student Wellness being more proactive instead of responsive, and they plan on focusing training on the most critical needs detected on campus.
To this last point, President Nicole Allicock brought up a survey conducted by the Center for Career Education on campus last spring. Kromm responded that the survey served to identify student’s opinion on Courseworks, and the quality of skills acquired in class and co-curricular activities; but that the office of Student Wellness was still trying to figure out the best use for the data collected.
Dean Kromm ended the meeting by announcing that a pilot program for extended hours at Hamilton, from 10pm-12am, has been launched. If the pilot is successful, Student Life plans on keeping this extended schedule for next year.
Written by Ross Chapman
Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman analyses how the Columbia football team defied all odds- and physics- to win against Dartmouth this past weekend. Is this the start of the football team’s secret plan for redemption?
Columbia football did not dominate in this weekend’s 9-7 homecoming victory against Dartmouth. The defense was thin on first- and second- down plays, and the offense only completed 12 passes. Perhaps most strikingly, though, the Lions failed to score a touchdown, even though they were past the Dartmouth 20-yard line four times. Most analysts will tell you that the Columbia football team is not a very good football team, and will point to stats like these as evidence. However, I believe that this touchdown-less game was part of a plan by Head Coach Al Bagnoli to ensure victory.
The Lions are working some obscure, often self-destructive black magic when it comes to converting points into wins. Don’t believe me? Take a look at this chart, showing the number of touchdowns the Columbia offense has scored in each of their games.
Tom Hanks, hosting SNL this past weekend, gave America the pre-election pep talk it needs and assuring folks that everything will be alright. Hanks acts as the dad America needs right now as he fist bumps his way into America’s hearts once more. (Huffington Post)
As President Obama prepares to leave office, his name withstands time one more as Old Dixie Highway in Palm Beach County, FL is renamed President Barack Obama Highway. Residents cheered as some remembered a time where the county was racially divided, seeing this as a sign of hope for the future. (The New York Times)
At a legal brothel in Nevada, news of a 20 year old selling her virginity has spread like wildfire. The woman, claiming to be selling her virginity to help her family after a 2014 fire left them in ruins, has had offers of $200,000 but has yet to sell. (CNN)
Five states consider putting marijuana’s legalization on their ballots next month as some claim state experiments are still “too new” to definitively tell if legalizing marijuana will have good or bad results. While is agreed upon that harsh penalties for possession should be changed, many are fearful to suggest it should be completely recreational. (USA Today)
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When you saw this, you probably wondered “What are ‘Dante’s Laurels?” And if you’re SEAS or Barnard, you probably just analyzed that vague name “Dante”. And just to lap the entire Columbia circle, if you’re GS, you’re probably analgesic over us kids talking naughtily about your old Patroclean buddy. Regardless, during stressful times like these it’s often easy to forget that Columbia students have always spurted forth the full effects of the Negative Dialectic. That is, there has always been an unsettling psychological degeneracy originating conversely from Columbia’s bloated fountainhead of unbearable academic and environmental stress.
So what, exactly, are Dante’s Laurels? It’s a subset of the King’s Quest—a reboot, you could say. Following the path of Vergil and Dante, you, the modern day Pilgrim (or Beatrice—fuck gender roles), must in one day plant your flag and sow your seed at the emblematizations of Dante’s three realms. After plunging into the writhing and infernal bowels of Columbia’s tunnels with your companion, you must then journey to that mountain of academic purgatory, which would force even cunning Ulysses to yearn for Calypso’s warm embrace: the Butler Stacks. And, at last, to bear the frenzied blood rush of Dante’s Laurels to completion, you must penetrate the paradisiacal Heavens themselves on a Columbia roof.
While some versions of this journey call for one of the carnal companions to be a Barnard student, we feel that’s limiting. Anybody should be able to receive the hallowed seed of the Columbia Core for themselves. While some tales replace the tunnels with the swimming pool or the gym according to our “perennially accurate” college wiki, the tunnels are more snugly analogous for a Columbia student’s penurious vagrancy.
And, hey, because we want to see the dull thudding of Columbia’s nefarious penumbra disappear, we’ll even toss in a few tips:
Sing, oh Muses, of our Pilgrim’s ecstatic journey Auréola / Public Domain
Once upon a time, Bwog stopped writing about the f-word. Since last year, though, we are once again recognizing that the football team exists. We took to Butler tonight to ask the library-dwellers what they think about Columbia’s homecoming win yesterday (more comprehensive homecoming coverage to come tomorrow–our resident bandies/sports writers are still recovering).
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.
Written by Victoria Arancio
Last week, many members of the Bwog staff drowned in midterms. If you are a student that wishes to reach out to our fallen members, join us in a seance with our medium: chocolate covered pretzels. In order to move on from this painful incident, bring ideas and pitches to help the spirits cross over. Don’t worry about being scared, the spirits are basically as chill as Casper the Friendly Ghost.
The Bwog staff was last seen alive Sunday at 7 in Lerner 505. Come join the spirits this week if you dare…
Be in touch with Bwog’s ghostly past via Pinterest
Written by Asya Sagnak
The month might be nearly over, but Bwog isn’t done dishing out campus horror stories! This time, Senior Staff Writer and midterm victim Asya Sagnak expands upon an unexpected experience in Columbia’s favorite prison/library.
The clock strikes eleven. That marks your eleventh hour at Butler, desperately trying to save your GPA. You’re desperate, tired, and sad. The people around you are even worse – one girl has a rice cooker going, and multiple people seem to have just moved in.
Your head starts to spin, letting you know that you’re probably lacking fresh oxygen. You might be planning on spending the rest of your life in those dusty stacks, but your body seems to disagree. You check your progress – you could probably spare a minute to (literally) breathe.
You’re on your way out as you feel a hand on your shoulder. It’s a man, and he’s trying to talk to you. What’s he saying? You’re not sure – it’s been awhile since you’ve had human contact, and you might have forgotten to process language. He finishes what he’s saying and looks at you with an expectant smile.
“So… Can I have your number?”
AT&T made a deal to buy Time Warner for $84.5 billion yesterday. The companies expect to finalize the deal by the end of 2017. Trump commented that because of his view on the consolidation of major media companies, he wouldn’t have approved the deal. (The Wall Street Journal)
Major websites such as Twitter, Airbnb, Spotify and Netlix were hacked. The hack used other internet dependent devices without the consent of the private owners and created major internet traffic. U.S. Homeland Security is currently investigating this latest attack. (New York Times)
A woman smeared thirty cars with peanut butter on what she thought were cars of Trump supporters. It turns out that they were part of the Tomorrow River Conservation Club. Officials found the woman intoxicated and licking her fingers. (Huffington Post)
25 people were harmed in a chemical incident in the London City Airport. Over 500 people were evacuated as several passengers began to feel ill. Discovered to be due to gas spray, investigators are looking into the potential causes of the accident. (Buzzfeed)
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