In our next Senior Wisdom, Hannah Cohen discusses being named after a Hebrew alcoholic and why becoming dependent on substances is not a great thing. Plus some stuff about finding yourself, true self knowledge, and just plain out connecting with other members of the Columbia community.
Name, School, Major, Hometown: Hannah Jane Cohen, CC, Earth Science and Film Studies, Central Perk.
Claim to fame:
While Butler reeks of stress and procrastination (and also genuine butt), CUMB has perfumed our moods with some comedic relief by releasing some of the second round of Orgo Night posters. There is a notable absence of highly offensive jokes–are CUMB and controversy on a hiatus? Regardless, we’re sure they’ll be back together this Thursday at 11:59 pm. See you in Butler 209!
Tags: 69 semi annual ;-), baby daddy, back and they're better, bryson tiller, but barnard has jjs place, cumb, cumb to 209, don't (play this song for him), don't (skip orgo night this year), malia obama, no more jjs place sugar daddies, no one is safe, orgo night, orgo night posters, varsity show, will their jokes make u cumb?
Written by Betsy Ladyzhets
As today is the first day of Reading Week (or Reading Three Days), and likely the first day you realized you seriously needed to get your act together and start studying. To help you on this seemingly futile quest, Bwogger Betsy Ladyzhets has put together a playlist of instrumental music that’s at once motivational and not distracting. The playlist is, in total, about three hours long, and includes familiar movie soundtracks, famous classical pieces, and a few less famous classical pieces.
Here are some highlights:
Tags: alternative suggestion: just pull up the soundtrack of your favorite movie on youtube, playlist, remember when doctor who season 5 was airing and we had no idea how shitty moffat's writing would turn out to be? those were the days, shoutout to symphonic band music for going hard, there was going to be anime music on this playlist but then we reevaluated our life choices
Name, School, Major, Hometown: Freida Steiner // Barnard // Sociology // Ann Arbor, MI (Go Blue!)
Claim to fame: You ran into me in the Diana/Liz’s Place at least once in your time here, whether you know it or not.
Where are you going? Back to high school
What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2020?
Written by Raji Ganapathy
Bwog’s ever faithful Barnard Bearoness, Raji Ganapathy, watched in (figurative) tears as SGA happenings drew to a close this year. But in a final meeting which seemed to sum up the tropes of this year’s SGA, a guest speaker was heard, questions asked, and resolutions pushed out of SGA’s “normal” meeting.
As classes draw to a close and finals loom ever closer, the shadows lengthen on SGA happenings for this year, and this Barnard Bearoness is surely sad to see them go. This Monday, the 2015-2016 Rep Council gathered for the last time on the second floor of Diana to tie up loose ends from this year. We started with a discussion with guest speaker Frances Sadler (BC ‘72), a Trustee and the Board’s Co-Chair of the Committee for Campus Life. During her time at Barnard, Sadler majored in psychology and was known for her involvement with BOSS. She also was a participant in the newly established Education Program, going on to work as a public school teacher after graduation.
The Board of Trustees’ Committee for Campus Life conducts research regarding campus life concerns, and presents this information to the rest of the Board so that they can make informed decisions. Sadler stressed that the Committee for Campus Life aimed to be open to student input and that she considered it “…really important that students find and use their voice.” The Committee for Campus Life is currently looking to address issues of mental health resources and support on campus.
After presenting an overview of the responsibilities of her position, Sadler responded to several questions raised by SGA members. One issue in particular was clarification on how exactly the Board of Trustees incorporates student input during policy formation. Sadler replied that for her committee, students are often invited to share their opinions. When asked by SGA President Shivani Vikuntam to elaborate on the selection process by which students are invited to attend Committee meetings, Sadler stated that the process was inconsistent, but that she generally reaches out to Dean Hinkson and takes into account her recommendation on whether any particular student groups should be included in the conversation.
It’s finally finals season, a time of reckoning, a time to weep, and a time to laugh, a time to mourn, and a time to dance, a time to—well, you get the idea. It’s not great, by any means, and if you’re anything like us, each of your six professors expects 30% of your total time and effort. Now, we’re not mathematics majors, but that just doesn’t seem to numerically work out. Regardless, Bwog in Bed is back to provide you with some form of (temporary) relief.
Bwogline: Protestors, mostly peaceful, gave two choices to the Iraqi parliament: reform or face annihilation. The protestors, who support the reform agenda of Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, left the Green Zone Baghdadi citadel on Sunday, threatening to return if their demands were not met. Who knows if the sectarian divisions incorporated into Iraqi government will be able to reconcile with this turn in events. (NYT)
Study Tip: Finals is really a tough time. Now, we don’t encourage an excess of physically negative behaviors, but spend theses one or two weeks focusing on what makes you comfortable and prepares you best emotionally, mentally, and intellectually for these upcoming exams. Taking a coffee or cigarette break should be just that, a break from stress and worry. And that’s okay! In moderation, nobody will think the less of you.
Overheard: “The biggest problem at this school is that nobody knows how to walk.”
Overseen: V Show crew did something (seen above) last night. And we even wrote about it, too!
Leaning statue of V Show via Bwog Staff
Not only is today the last day of classes, it also marks the last field notes post of the semester. Or maybe even the last field notes post ever? Who can say. We here at Bwog are ready for the world to spiral into the hot, fiery embrace of the inferno or cold, dark embrace of the void at any moment.
Some Say The World Will End In Fire:
Tags: field notes, if this is your last weekend on campus/you're done after this friday we hate you but we also want to be you, like if you relate to the custard, like if you relate to the void, referencing frost and dante in one post? that's a lot possibly too much (much like finals), to quote macbeth: all our yesterdays have lighted fools the way to dusty death, what is a weekend really but a collection of moments we will eventually forget
The wisdom continues with Suze Myers – Zine clubber, librarian enthusiast, and social media expert. (Does she run the Barnlib Twitter? Does she run something even better? You’ll have to read on to find out.)
Name, School, Major, Hometown: Suze Myers, Barnard, Art History, Huntsville, AL
Claim to fame: Head cheerleader of the Barnard Zine Club, and the #1 student library worker in the tri-state area. Maybe not #1 but probably top ten. Also a graphic designer, and also a total babe.
Where are you going? I’m moving to London to study design.
Tags: Does she run the barnlib insta too?, Librarians ARE punk af, Probably top 10, RIP Maggie's old spot, RIP Uni Cafe, RIP Zayn, senior wisdom, senior wisdoms, senior wisdoms 2016, The librarians are more hardcore than us, We actually cried when we found out Suze is BC Magnolia Tree, We actually really like the Eye, We're all that weird raindrop cake thing
Written by Joe Milholland
It’s the end of the semester, and we’re all unraveling a little bit – stress about exams, end-of-semester projects, and those ever-looming course evaluations is really getting to us. It appears that CCSC might not be so different – a simple discussion about the Sandwich Ambassador nearly drove CCSC into chaos. But the council still came together to celebrate their accomplishments and present Paper Plate Awards (CCSC’s version of superlatives) at the end of the meeting. Throughout this high-emotion meeting, Bureau Chief Joe Milholland remained calm and collected, and his coverage is as stellar as ever.
Partway through a discussion about whether or not to rename the Sandwich Ambassador at last night’s Columbia College Student College Council meeting, VP of Finance Sameer Mishra motioned to vote for abolishing the position entirely. “Since there’s no written text [of a proposal to change the constitution], by Robert’s Rules, that’s out of order,” said University Senator Marc Heinrich, who got several cheers and claps from CCSC members at this deceleration.
At this point, CCSC broke out into a chaos of different voices and opinions, mostly concerning whether they needed a written proposal to change the name of the Sandwich Ambassador. Heinrich motioned to abolish VP of Finance at one point. [Update: since I’ve been asked to clarify, Heinrich’s proposal to abolish the VP of Finance was purely a joke, as was the the proposal below to abolish CCSC].
“I’m going to continue discussion. In the meantime, if anyone writes up any written amendments… [he was interrupted by arguments about the agenda] … We’re going to go down the speaker’s list,” said CCSC President Ben Makansi, trying to return the discussion to normalcy. Unfortunately, for the next name on the speaker’s list, someone had written “Lee.”
Tags: 'most likely to invite jj's staff to his wedding' same, "That's out of order", being on shrooms during a CCSC meeting, Ben Mak, ccsc, CCSC chaos, Dan Stone, Dan Stone gets what he wants, flip, foosball, like if you think joe is the most effective member of ccsc, Pornstache, renaming sandwich ambassador, sandwich ambassador, shitting on members of CCSC, Vivek Ramakrishnan, where is our paper plate award, where is the award for 'most likely to send a college-wide email at 3am'?
Written by The Blue and White
We bring you a second piece from the most recent issue of the Blue and White: Ian Truegar writes about the experiences of American military veterans reevaluating their assumptions of the Middle East due to classes in the Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies department.
Columbia University has the highest proportion of undergraduate military veterans in the Ivy League. Not surprisingly, these 430 individuals enrolled in GS are somewhat different from their undergraduate counterparts. For professor Rashid Khalidi, it’s more than just the fact that they are “extraordinarily mature,” and “usually more diligent.” It’s the fact that these individuals have unique perspective on US foreign policy. For them, “it’s lived history.”
This difference becomes nowhere more apparent than in classes associated with Columbia’s department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS). Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, notes that there is always a concentration of veterans sitting together in his lecture, History of the Modern Middle East. Yet while rehashing the area’s history can be an ordeal for veterans, it is perhaps MESAAS’s theoretical emphasis that proves the most difficult to swallow.
The series you’ve been waiting for is finally here: senior wisdom, when real seniors give real advice for your real future. (It’s also almost finals, but who cares about that, right?) Starting the series off is Lucas Zeppetello, with great hair and greater wisdom.
Name: Lucas Vargas Zeppetello // School: SEAS // Major: Applied Physics (Minor in Religion) // Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Claim to fame: No claim no fame no pain no gain no flame no shame no feign no sane
Where are you going? I’m going to spend the summer working on an old school bus to try and turn it into a mobile home. If all goes well, I’ll take this project up to Seattle with me when I move there in the fall to start a PhD. program in atmospheric physics at the University of Washington.
What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2020?
Tags: Hmm why no mention of CDCJ?, is he trying to be the next ms frizzle?, is the war on fun a figment of our imagination? (is everything a figment of our imagination?), Lucas Zeppetello, senior wisdom, Two p's two l's one t, we want to read that kanye west is a vampire essay, Yes we interviewed him through a window once
After months of rumors, it’s been confirmed that Malia Obama is not attending Barnard next year – she committed to Harvard, as part of the class of 2021. It’s as yet unclear what she’ll be doing during her gap year. (NPR)
A historic Serbian Orthodox church in Midtown Manhattan caught on fire at about 7pm last night, just hours after its congregation finished celebrating Orthodox Easter. Is this an omen of apocalyptic fires to come? (NY Daily News)
Last night marked the final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ eleven elephants. The elephants’ last routine included standing on their heads, balancing on small stands, and taking a brief nap. (USA Today)
Radiohead slowly disappeared from the internet yesterday – first their website, then their Tweets and Facebook posts were erased bit by bit. This is supposedly promotion for their next album. (Fortune)
Tags: apocalyptic fever dream, bwog gets existential, bwoglines, last bwoglines of the semester, like if you think malia made the right choice, like if you want to cease this pitiful existence & tumble slowly into the void, sadcolumbiabwoglines, the horror! the horror!, what if you could nap for the rest of your life, wish we could slowly disappear from columbia's campus
Written by Finn Klauber
Events Editor Finn Klauber viewed the inception of the 1st Annual Varsity Show Art Exhibit/Prank on the plinth of Henry Moore’s soon-to-be-installed statue. Here is Bwog’s review of the installation, as well as Klauber’s comments on the piece.
Note: To maintain the degree of independent artistic production which the members of Varsity Show require to create and install such pieces, we highly suggest future Varsity Show art directors (and pranksters) do not read or discuss this before the end of V122’s run. To quote the crew of V122, “Bwog…[is] not a professional [art] critic, and the only feedback that should be in your heads…is your notes from the team and the gushing praise from your friends and family.”
Tags: come at me, don't send me threatening messages, late night bwog is back, lnb, lol varsity show, no game of thrones spoilers here but you should watch the show, orgo night is better, tfw you didn't even see varsity show, thanks golston for the met info, this is for all the real butlerites still up at this point in time, varsity show
Written by Amara Banks
With the passing of student government elections, Bwog wanted to get a better sense of who would be each of the different colleges the following 2016-2017 year. Up next is the new CCSC Student Body President, Nicole Allicock.
A Brief Bio
Nicole is a sophomore from DC and plans on majoring in Linguistics. She is in CU Players, the Columbia Musical Theatre Society, and a part of Alpha Omicron Pi. She has gained experience with student government by serving as the Academic Affairs Representative for CCSC and as the secretary for the Activities Board at Columbia, and she is also a part of the 1U party. Her favorite movie is Princess Bride, the last enjoyable meal she had was from Falafel on Broadway, and if she could be any bird, she would be a Roseate Spoonbill.
1U Platform Summary
Although Nicole has a well written platform and bio available online, we wanted to meet her in person and get a better idea of who she is and what she sees for CCSC.
You’ve seen Yelp reviews of restaurants, bars, and maybe even some performance halls – but did you know that you can also review Columbia? This website is the last place you’d want to look for opinions when choosing which college to attend, but it is also, apparently, the best place for many to get out their frustration at this institution, as one Bwogger discovered last week when procrastinating by scrolling through MoHi Yelp reviews. She decided to sort reviews of Columbia from lowest to highest, and discovered a treasure trove of disgruntled former students, community visitors, and friends from rival schools who thought Yelp was the best platform upon which to voice their opinions.
You can try out our new favorite procrastination method for yourself here, or check out a few notable reviews that we’ve compiled below.
How much is tuition again?
Tags: penn station of gyms, seriously though who goes to lerner just for cafe east?, tag yourself we're 'looks lovely in the snow and at sunset', the yelp reviewers are onto you prezbo, we're going to start listing our location as 'awww yeah: the heights' now, wish bwog posts could be rated 'useful' 'funny' or 'cool'
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