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Hannah Cohen

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:

  • Most tattooed member of CC.
  • The person who abruptly disappeared junior year and never came back.
  • A ton of people (including professors) think I dropped out—I didn’t? Surprise
  • (Former) COÖP leader—sorry for dropping out, guys.
  • Incredibly antisocial new member of the class of 2016. Most of you probably have no idea who I am. In that case, hi. Check me out at hannahjanecohen.com

Click here for more of this cool cat

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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!

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Wake up! Find a seat in Butler! Only three days until finals!

Wake up! Find a seat in Butler! Only three days until finals!

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:

  • Pacific Rim Theme, Ramin Djawadi – What better way to start studying than with the theme from a movie about giant robots fighting giant monsters in an epic battle for humankind’s survival? Cancel the apocalypse. Fight the hurricane. Start your paper. These things are about equivalent.
  • James Bond Theme, John Barry Orchestra – Not sure how to start that problem? Maybe try sneaking up on it. Using your fists instead of your guns. Shouting witty one-liners.
  • Children’s March, Percy Grainger – The kind of wind ensemble piece that just keeps going – first growing in intensity, peaking, then falling, much like your motivation when you tell yourself that there are still two more reading days before your first final. (Listen to those French horns, though.)
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, Philharmonia Orchestra – Remember that scene from Fantasia 2000 with the dancing brooms? Imagine the brooms are your professors, taunting you to try harder.
  • I Am the Doctor, Murray Gold – It’s no longer cool to like Doctor Who (did anyone even watch the newest season?), but that doesn’t stop the music from being incredible.
  • Rockelbel’s Canon (Pachelbel’s Canon), Steven Sharp Nelson – The Piano Guys’ cover of Pachelbel’s Canon – both more fun to listen to and more fun to play, if you’re a cellist.
  • Bolero (Ravel), London Symphony Orchestra – Imagine you’re the snare drum player in this piece. No matter what happens, you just have to keep going. Don’t lose your rhythm.
  • Arrival of the Birds, City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra – May sound like a familiar movie soundtrack, because it’s been ripped off by multiple composers. But for good reason – it’s pretty, and the repeating melodies can help you lose track of time.
  • My Neighbor Totoro Suite, Eminence Symphony Orchestra – Remember how great Miyazaki movies are? How fun and happy? That’s how you’ll feel when you’re done with finals.
  • Foundry, John Mackey  This is one of those band pieces that has more percussion parts than actual wind parts (including a “clang,” vibraslap, whip, and “rattling metal objects.”) If you started to drift off, it’ll definitely wake you up.
  • Brothers in Arms (Mad Max: Fury Road Soundtrack), Tom Holkenborg – If Furiosa and Max can fight off hundreds of adversaries with just one huge truck, you can finish this problem set. Or at least, this problem.
  • Tam O’Shanter, US Air Force Heritage of America Band – This piece tells the story of a drunk Irish man walking home from the pub through a dark, creepy forest, chased by a pack of witches. No joke.

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Freida SteinerThe sage soliciting of Senior Wisdoms continues as Freida Steiner, who we can (sarcastically) say salivates over an inferior and less savory Diana pizza, shares a sample of her seeds of sagacity. 

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?

  1. To spell bureaucracy correctly on the first try. And that it will take many semesters before that kind of feat is possible.
  2. Diana BBQ chicken pizza will fix any bad day.
  3. It’s the people you meet here who will make your experience a great one. While you may have beef with the admin or with the institution as a whole, don’t let that sour the amazing lessons you’ll learn and relationships you’ll form with other students and staff and faculty. I feel so lucky to have been able to share space with these people. It feels like a privilege to have friends who are also your role models.

Bold beautiful Barnard below

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Gold star for effort to SGA this year!

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.

More SGA after the jump

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Ah yes we love art just like V Show does.

Ah yes we love art just like V Show does.

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.

Procrastinate: Was it even a question of what we were going to suggest first? Two words. Invisible. Cows.

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

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How we feel about finals

How we feel about finals

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:

  • Twerked in the stacks with a male ballerina from Botswana at 3 am on thursday
  • Went to a blind date of books (where mystery books in brown paper wrapping are sold with vague descriptions) at Housing Works, and told people which one was Knausgård’s book. The package I bought ended up being This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz.
  • Messaged my SEAS friend the UNI of a CC person so she could receive a giveaway item, which she shamefully and discreetly shoved into her bag.
  • Learned about chia seeds
  • Started watching Call the Midwife.
  • Spent my last dollars on afternoon tea
  • Played table tennis (badly) at Hartley for an hour.
  • Went to dinosaurs among us at the Natural History Museum and was in a constant state of ecstasy the entire time
  • Wrote up a constitution for a new club! Exciting!
  • Convinced someone I was a Danish bartender when I am neither (ploy worked, number secured)
  • Bonded with my friend over how both of us are dating people who really like The Catcher in the Rye.
  • Left the city to visit my grandmother in CT and remembered how much of a bleeding heart liberal she is and how much I love her for it
  • Went to bed at 10 am on Friday morning, 4 am on Saturday morning, and 5 am on Sunday morning.
  • Saw an old man man spreading in the subway and angrily told him multiple times to close his legs until he did and sat next to him while listening to Lemonade
  • Found out who runs @BCMagnoliaTree and actually cried.

Colder field notes are after the jump

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The face of a woman who knows what she’s doing

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.

What was that about running Twitters?

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We imagine CCSC presented their Paper Plate awards on Pantone 292 paper plates, not unlike these

We imagine CCSC presented their Paper Plate Awards on Pantone 292 paper plates, not unlike these

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.”

Where is Prezbo in CCSC’s time of need?

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MESAAS Vets-minWe 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.

What makes these classes uniquely challenging for veterans?

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Lucas Zeppetello

Hello, God? It’s me, Lucas.

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?

  1. There is no war on fun. One of my mom’s best lines is “if you’re bored, it’s your own fault” and that is more true here at Columbia than it is anywhere else. This is one of the most fun places to be, but the school is not going to hand it to you in a way that people apparently expect it to be. There is an incredible universe of amazing things to explore but you have to put yourself out there and get into it.
  2. Your classmates are fucking amazing. Talk to them. Learn from them. People will inspire you on a daily basis if you let them.
  3. Check in with yourself more than you think you need to. This place is a pressure cooker and it was really important for me to take steps back at times to make sure I was doing alright. I think people have some expectation that everybody here is supposed to be happy and successful all the time, but once I acknowledged that I was going to have bad days and good days and that’s all part of the experience of being here, I felt more relaxed on campus.

But how does he feel about cheese?

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The current location of our hopes and dreams

The current location of our hopes and dreams

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)

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The Varsity Show's art exhibit, in all it's mediocrity.

The Varsity Show’s art exhibit, in all it’s mediocrity.

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.”

Read our review below.

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A sit down with Nicole

A sit down with Nicole

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

Plans on…

  1. Strengthening the inclusivity of students and student groups in all aspects of CCSC by
    1. Meeting regularly with relevant groups about specific policy initiatives
    2. Connecting groups with administrators about the policies they are working on
    3. Providing a document where any student group can publicize their messages
  2. Ensuring transparency is prioritized, taking accountability for what it does (and doesn’t) get done by publicizing their status on all issues.
  3. Cooperating with the Center for Student Advising and Office of Global Programs to create a better advising system for first year students. (Many study abroad programs and fellowship opportunities require students to take specific classes starting as early as their first year of college)
  4. Improving the scattered financial system and will work toward eliminating the elongated period of time that inhibits students from receiving their work study checks on time.

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.

Interview after the jump…

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Lovely, power-hungry institution

Lovely, power-hungry institution

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?

Even more pseudonymous anger after the jump

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