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Sarah and Abina

Are you real enough for them? (Sarah – L, Abina – R)

Name, Year, School, Major: Sarah, 2019, Barnard, Undeclared

Preference: Gender is a social construct hahahah!

Hometown: Newton, MA

Your nightmare date in seven words or fewer: JP Licks in any suburban Boston community

What redeems you as a human being? I have a bottle of Percocet from my wisdom teeth surgery.

Library room of choice: Butler 604 (Papyrology, Epigraphy, and Paleology Reading Room)

Beverage of choice: The Hangover smoothie at Nuss

Which dating apps have you been active on? (be honest) All of them!

Where can you usually be found on a Saturday night? The 17th Floor

Historical Hottie: William James

 

Name, Year, School, Major: Abina, 2019, Barnard, Undeclared

Preference: girl for guy

Hometown: Cambridge, MA

Your nightmare date in seven words or fewer: Tom’s milkshakes and chill

What redeems you as a human being? Surviving the April 2015 earthquake in Kathmandu

Library room of choice: Butler 202 (Rosencrantz [spelling?] reading room)

Beverage of choice: Chai… like actual chai from India or made by Indians

Which dating apps have you been active on? (be honest) Tinder, Bumble

Where can you usually be found on a Saturday night? Clubbing or smoking that loud

Historical Hottie: Che Guevara

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NYC Condom

Classy Condoms

This weekend’s Central Park Ice Festival was cancelled because it’s too cold. That’s right! It’s too fucking cold for ice! (New York Times)

Back in the day, NYC used to discard old subway cars in junkyards. The abandoned cars were super creepy, so it made for some sick art. (Mashable)

UWS drivers are very upset that they can no longer make a slight left onto Broadway from Columbus. Because what else is there to be angry about? (CBS New York)

NYC is giving out “classy” sex kits to hold condoms, lubricants and birth-control pills. Plus, they’re pocket-sized! (NY Post)

2007-era condoms via David Sim/CC-BY-2.0

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Ptolemaic queens Leila (L) and Britt (R)

Ptolemaic queens Leila (L) and Britt (R)

Name, Year, School, Major: Britt, 2016, the College, Chemistry

Preference: Girl for guy with cool glasses.

Hometown: Omaha, NE.

Nightmare date in seven words or fewer: Tinder date at Hungarian.

What redeems you as a human being? Self-flagellation (psychological, not physical).

Library room of choice: Ref Room

Beverage of choice: Coffee

Which dating apps have you been active on? Tinder, but only in Nebraska, for the pheasant hunting pics.

Where can you be found on a Saturday night? Re-reading St. Augustine’s Confessions.

Historical Hottie: Galois

Check out Leila’s Personal after the jump!

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The post-it says "H".... H for Hookup?

The post-it says “H”…. H for Hookup?

Our fearless and sex-lovin’ Bwogger has returned to let you in on a well-kept CU secret: the hookup potential of the Microform Room.

It’s getting cold this weekend, even getting into the single digits Saturday night. We’ve showed you some unconventional ways to stay warm, but what about the most conventional way to stay warm: sex in weird places?
“No,” you protest, “I, a stellar student, will be keeping warm by staying inside my favorite library and getting ahead on that midterm studying.”
You don’t have to go far to take an invigorating study break. In the lowest level of the C.V. Starr East Asian Library lies a special Valentine’s oasis for you and your significant other… the Microform Room.

Step 1: Gaining Access

Getting to the Microform Room is as simple as a slow, shaky elevator descent. (If the elevator breaks, fear not: you’ve just created your own hot new hookup location- at least for half an hour or so before FDNY rescues you.)
The entrance to the Microform Room is approximately 4 feet away from a study carroll. If you’re lucky, this carroll will be empty. But if it holds a diligent student, fear not. Just put on your best, “I’m majoring in the study of Chinese microfilm” face and walk purposefully into the Microform Room.
The door is wide open, beckoning you into the dark, silent room. Unfortunately, the door cannot be locked. A tiny pink post-it over the handle reads “Please do not lock the door! :)” and, because Columbia students can hardly be trusted, the door’s lock has been rendered ineffective with tape. However, the room appears to not be surveilled.

Now, you’ve got to set the mood…

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No one's better at embodying the sound of music than Maria!

No one’s better at embodying the sound of music than Maria!

What with Bacchanal fast approaching and the impending release of Kanye’s seventh LP, “The Life of Pablo,” Columbia’s students are rightfully excited about new musical developments. But yesterday evening, the Heyman Center for the Humanities hosted a symposium-style exploration articulating another reason why we should get excited about music: musical embodiment.

Yesterday’s second annual workshop on Embodied Cognition focused primarily on the interplay between music and movement with regard to embodiment, examining first how music can be embodied through the listener. Mariusz Kozak, an assistant professor of music at Columbia, started the symposium by positing that “we think and act the way we do because we have particular kinds of bodies,” extrapolating from this to support how music serves to regulate the ways in which we both think and act. In this regulatory function, Kozak argued music is both an expression and an extension of human cognitive capacity, leading into a larger question: “What does how you hear reveal about what you hear?” As anyone who learned the recorder in elementary school would know, music is made up of “musical objects”: various pitches, harmonies, and rhythms. Much of Kozak’s research into this question has been dedicated to examining how people react to music that lacks one of those distinct objects of music, tracking movements and patterns of responses to musics that have no set pattern or rhythm. His findings indicate that people, sometimes, can apply a pattern to completely un-rhythmic music. Working this back around to the concept of musical embodiment, Kozak argued that maybe we, the listeners, can find musical objects that don’t exist in sound but rather only in our own bodily resonance; listeners embodied music through movement.

Is this just hippie-dippy music talk, or something more?

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A Bwogger's bedroom + clothes

A Bwogger’s bedroom + clothes

Columbia laundry machines are dirty…and/or fire hazards…Barnard laundry machines cost money and break constantly. Dry cleaning gets expensive rulll quick. Hand-washing in  your dorm sink is a hassle. What to do now that mom’s not around to clean your clothes? Try Parachute! This is not an ad, but a review, of the new campus laundry service, written by hygienic Bwogger Sarah Dahl.

I first heard about Parachute after one of the company’s ubiquitous campus reps, also known as Pilots™ slipped a flyer under my door. Then my friend, a Pilot, texted me a code for a $1 load of laundry. Hot!!! If I used her code they’d give her $5. Sounded like a win-win. Plus, apparently they’d stopped paying her and she needed the cash.

The online sign-up process was super easy. They didn’t even ask for my social security number! All I had to give them was basic name, address, and credit card info. I opted for a low-use time slot, so my load ended up costing just $0.54!

How did the clothes turn out?

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Forbidden love...

Forbidden love…

Donald Trump might have made a miscalculation in thinking that the Mexican government would pay a few billion dollars to build a wall designed to keep its citizens out of America. Remind us, how is this guy still in the presidential race? (Quartz)

Nineteen years later, and Harry Potter & Co. are back, this time in play form! Potterheads everywhere, keep your eyes peeled for a continuation of the magical story this summer. (LA Times)

Bernie was back in the ‘hood this week–the candidate grew up in Brooklyn, and he toured his old haunts this week with a CBS news anchor. So close, yet so far… (CBS)

SOS science has gone too far… San Diego Zoo scientists successfully bred a “tree lobster,” which looks as horrifying as it sounds. (Epoch Times)

Cartoon by Jody Zellman for Bwog

Feb

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Prezbo

Hello, it’s me.

Every semester, CC, SEAS, and GS students enter a lottery to attend Prezbo’s Fireside Chat. The chosen few get to dress up (or dress in “Prezbo Casual,” as one attendee put it), eat delicious hors d’oeuvres, and, if they’re lucky, ask Prezbo their burning questions. Bwog’s Managing Editor, Maddie Stearn, covered the evening’s activities, and reports back on what did (not) happen. 

Within 1 minute and 59 seconds of the event’s start we were on the subject of the Global Centers. As someone who had predicted that all questions would lead to the Global Centers (do I win a prize for being right?), I was still shocked. Reviewing the previous minute and 58 seconds, I can confirm that none of the topics connected to the Global Centers. The first question was about Prezbo’s music tastes (classical with a little bit of rock, and no he will not curate a playlist), and the second was about student contributions to financial aid packages. The evening was almost magical in the sense that only supernatural powers could transport us from the subject of financial aid to the Global Centers that quickly.

In Prezbo’s defense, he was not (entirely) responsible for the derailment of the conversation, and he did eventually answer the financial aid question. When the other administrators in the room introduced themselves, Janelle Davis, University Chaplin and Associate Provost, provided some impromptu information about the Global Centers, since “there [weren’t] going to be a lot of questions from [students].” This was because Prezbo announced at the beginning of the event that he would be asking some questions. Acknowledging that this was “a little unfair because [the students] should be able to ask questions first,” he said that the audience could ask “four or five questions” before he took his turn. How generous.

But what about the Global Centers?!

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RAM (1)

“Visualizing your vulnerability”…oh yay.

This week, Van Epp hosted a lecture addressing the golden question: Why do we fall in love with jerks? Bwog is a little frantic to find some answers. Luckily, newly-initated Bwogger Maryam Badran attended the event, and reports back on what we’re (apparently) missing.

I went to “Learn to Follow Your Heart Without Losing Your Mind” with the desperate hope that attending could provide answers to my pressing questions: Could it be possible for me to spend this Valentine’s day doing something other than crying into a box of chocolates alongside texts from my ex? Could I actually learn, in an hour and a half, how to stop pursuing jerks?

Van Epp, President/Founder of Love Thinks and author of How to Avoid Falling in Love with a Jerk, started out by explaining how and why he wrote his book. After 25 years of counseling individuals in confusing and relationships in a private clinic, he was inspired. Fueled by these poor idiots, he decided to work on writing “a road map for singles that they could use to help navigate through the fog of relationships”. But what he realized was that so many relationship guides often detailed abstract words and concepts: trust, commitment, whatever. What he felt was missing was how to actually select a partner. So, he answered this question in his book, a sort of procedural guidebook for the frustrated spinsters out there. According to Van Epp, it comes down to this one basic idea: “The reality is some people are jerks”. Citing a study that stated 70% of today’s college students scored higher on narcissism and lower on empathy than 30 years ago, he concludes, “it’s hard to find somebody that is a relatively healthy person to date nowadays”. But it’s not impossible. We have more freedom in our romantic relationships than any other generation in history—but with great power comes great responsibility, and we’re throwing that away by choosing jerks. It comes down to us, and only us, to choose the normal person over the one that takes gym selfies.

Oh god we’re not responsible enough for this

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Is it really an important scientific discovery if Neil deGrasse Tyson isn't there to announce it?

Is it really an important scientific discovery if Neil deGrasse Tyson isn’t there to announce it?

One hundred years ago, Einstein predicted the existence of gravitational waves with his General Theory of Relativity. For years, Columbia researchers, including Prof. Szabi Marka, Dr. Zsuzsa Marka, and Dr. Imre Bartos, have been involved in the LIGO Scientific Collaboration, a group of physics institutes and other research groups dedicated for the search of gravitational waves. And this morning, those researchers announced that the LIGO group has detected gravitational waves from two black holes that merged about a million years ago.

This detection marks a tremendous achievement for the field of physics research, as it provides conclusive evidence for the Theory of Relativity. As Prof. Ivana Hughes wrote in an email to Frontiers of Science students, this discovery has “opened up a whole new way to look at and study the Universe.”

And, as though that isn’t already enough to be excited about, Neil deGrasse Tyson made an appearance at this morning’s announcement! Bwog wasn’t lucky enough to snag an interview, but it was easy to tell that he was thrilled.

For a more in-depth explanation of the significance of this discovery, look after the jump for a quote from an email a physics professor Thomas Humensky sent out to his students yesterday about the event.

The physics hype continues after the jump

Feb

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Make sure nobody knows you're a dog on the internet

Make sure nobody knows you’re a dog on the internet

The United States has had its own share of issues with stringent government oversight and overreaching of private corporations into both private and public internet spaces. Turns out, India has had just as many problems. Bwogger Gabrielle Kloppers reports on Nikhil Pahwa, famous Indian internet activist and journalist, and his attempts to secure Indian net neutrality.

I filed into Davis Auditorium still mildly unsure as to what Net Neutrality actually meant, but I left with passionate and vocal ideas on the topic, partially due to an introduction regarding the struggle to find live cricket scores online in India.

Nikhil Pahwa, Editor and Publisher at MediaNama, as well as the leader of the Indian citizens’ movement to save net neutrality, appealed to an idea we all hold dear: the freedom to peruse all corners of the Internet without censure. That includes pornography, which he specifically used as an example of what would be lost if Net Neutrality didn’t prevail in India.

Did Pahwa succeed in his aims?

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12688219_1203813926313184_2932407544737790558_nAh, there is nothing we love more than getting free things at Columbia. If you haven’t yet found your Valentine on Tinder, stop by McAC’s Love Fest tonight from 6:30 PM until 8 PM in the James Room on the 4th Floor of Barnard Hall to get a lil love in your life. In addition to learning about self-love in the absence of a physical lover (or when you’re just annoyed at them), Love Fest will also have free food (sliders and fries!) and arts and crafts. An added bonus is that they will be giving away 50 free sweatshirts at 6:30 PM and again at 8 PM. Get there early in line so you have first dibs on the sliders, sweatshirts, and popsicle sticks by the glue.

Photo via the event’s Facebook page.

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Catch yung Ice Cube and Dr. Dre

Catch yung Ice Cube and Dr. Dre

Straight Outta Compton will be screened at 7 pm tonight, 408 Zankel Hall, Teacher’s College, as part of the Black History Month Film Festival. RSVP on Facebook and bring all your pals, whether or not you caught this one in theaters a few months ago (it’s supposed to be good). Free refreshments will be served.

The event is hosted by TC Student Senate, The Office for Diversity & Community, SEAS Office of Graduate Student Affairs, and The Black Student Network. TC will also screen Dear White People, next Thursday same time and place.

Film poster via TC Student Senate FB event page

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One of the Degas paintings Copeland emulates

One of the Degas paintings Copeland emulates

New York-based ballerina Misty Copeland (Principal with American Ballet Theatre), graces the March pages of Harper’s Bazaar with recreations of famous Degas dancer works of art. (Harper’s Bazaar)

A few blocks south, old phone booths were replaced with newer, soon-to-be WiFi-equipped phone booths that still look old. Seems fake but ok. (NY Times)

If you pay attention in astronomy class, or keep up-to-date with Facebook news, you may be aware that at a press conference tomorrow, scientists may announce the observation of gravitational waves–i.e. ripples in space-time. A Wrinkle in Time irl? (Reuter’s)

#ImNotKiddingMaddi became a meme after “Maddi” screenshotted an aggressive email she received from the Hillary Clinton campaign. We still love you though, Hill. (Epoch Times)

Hot ballerina via Edgar Degas [Public Doman], Wikimedia Commons

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Tasting their kebab!

Tasting their kebab!

Have you ever wanted Chipotle but couldn’t afford it? Have you ever left m2m because you were too drunk and couldn’t read any of the food labels? Have you experienced lying in bed after a long night of not going out and had your tiny dorm window catch the flickering light of that “Hamburger Kebab Gyro” banner? If not, have you truly lived?

If you’ve experienced any of these previously described nights, they’ve probably included halal, physically or spiritually. The halal guys at 115th have seen the best and worst of us, but mostly the worst. We can’t resist them, especially when their charisma and charm alone make you want to taste their kebab. And so, Staff writer Momo Arbeit BC’19 ventured out to see if their suave meat flipping skills and killer sauce drizzling talents really make them one of the top halal carts for Morningsiders.

Halal Guys: Alaa, 33, and Sheriff, 31
Hometown: Egypt
Prospective Major:
Alaa – Physical Education
Sheriff – Economics
If they lived on CU’s Campus, Prospective Dorm: EC
Bernie or Hillary: Not Trump
Favorite Actor/Actress:
Alaa – Kung Fu Panda
Sheriff – Julia Roberts
Favorite Movie:
Alaa – Rocky
Sheriff – Lord of the Rings

It gets a tiny bit more explicit after the jump

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