Written by Bwog Staff
As is our tradition at the beginning of Thanksgiving Break, Bwog has compiled a list of the many things we’re thankful for this fall, ranging from parents to booze to cats. Comment what you’re thankful for below, if you feel so inclined – this is the last chance you’ll get to comment on one of our posts before Monday.
Tags: friends family & felines, thankful for international students who can't go home for this break, thankful for that one prof who never says anything about us dozing off in seminar, thankful for the armchairs in lerner 510, thankful for the fact that break starts on wednesday this year, thanksgiving, we're thankful for our readers!, yes succulents count as people
Written by Amara Banks
If you’re one of the many who stuck with your high school sweetheart after graduation, you’re probably feeling ready to dump them just about now. Maybe you’ve found yourself ignoring their calls so you can go to that EC party. Maybe you’re sick of having to catch them up on all the slang that once sounded foreign but now rolls off your tongue–words like Prezbo, DSpar, SIPA, CAVA, etc. Maybe you’re just bored of a relationship that seems to exist solely of text messages and Skype calls where you run out of things to say after 20 minutes. You’ve also probably been dreaming of stacks hookups with your not-quite-so platonic study buddy. And now that you’ll finally be in the same place as your SO for the first time since August, there’s no better time to end it once and for all.
First, it’s absolutely necessary to see them in person. It will likely solidify your conviction that you and your soon-to-be ex have grown too far apart to make it as a couple. Plus, don’t be that jerk who breaks up with someone over text.
After you’ve broached the topic of your relationship, you might find that they’ve been feeling the same way. If that’s the case, you can both happily go your separate ways. If they don’t want to break up, than unfortunately, you’re the bad guy in this case. We recommend not telling them that you want to break up because there are way cuter people in much closer proximity. Instead, say you want to focus on academics, or the new clubs you’ve joined, or that you don’t want to be tied to your hometown anymore.
No matter what you say, they’ll probably be upset. Let them get out all their anger and hurt. This is the hardest part, but if it’s going on way too long you can always use the excuse of family obligations to leave before they actually run out of steam.
Congratulations! You’ve executed a successful turkey drop. If that sounds like too much emotional effort, you can always not say anything and hope they dump you first.
Written by Dassi Karp
Barnard Bwogger Dassi Karp covered this week’s SGA meeting which was rather interesting as it covered Barnard’s budget, expenditure and food insecurity.
It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: the return of the administrative guests. This week, Barnard’s Student Government Association welcome Chief Operating Officer Robert Goldberg and VP Finance Eileen DiBenedetto to explain to Rep Council about Barnard’s budget and revenue sources. This may seem like a dry topic. It is. And the information has not really changed since the Goldberg and DiBenedetto gave the same presentation last year. Its a really important topic, though. Students need to better understand what kinds of funds Barnard can and does access when they make demands of the administration. Many of the Rep Council members (about a third) were conspicuously absent last night, and didn’t get a chance to hear that sweet sweet info. But, as Goldberg explained, “right before break is a good time to talk about finances.” So here it goes:
Barnard’s budget this year was about $207.7 million. About half of that money goes to salaries and benefits for faculty, staff, and administrators. “This makes sense,” said Goldberg, “because this is a people-driven organization.” About a quarter of the money goes to financial aid. Because of Barnard’s need-blind admissions policy, there is no specific budget set for financial aid, and it changes according to the needs of that year’s students. A smaller portion of the budget goes to non-personal expenditures, like gas and electricity bills. Four and a half percent is spend on debt services on loans taken out in the past, for building projects such as Sulzberger Tower and the Diana Center. Goldberg was careful to note that the new Milstein Center (Barnard’s new library, whose wooden-look exterior gives it a decidedly Noah’s Ark vibe) was largely financed by private donations, and does not have more than a two percent impact on the yearly budget.
Goldberg and DiBenedetto also explained that Barnard’s revenue is largely tuition based, with 80% coming from tuition and student fees. Only 7% of revenue comes from the endowment, and a comparable amount comes from private giving. The rest is made up of state and private grants. Compared to its academic peers–such as other ivies and prominent liberal arts colleges, Barnard has a very small endowment.
They also tried to explain how tuition rates are set. Each year, Barnard’s financial team works to try to perdict expenses for the next year. Some expenses are fixed, for example built in salary escalations. They also look into recruitment and retention numbers and student services requirements. They present a report to the Board of Trustees in March, and work to refine the numbers through the spring. “We don’t want to charge any more money than we have to,” Goldberg tried to assure Rep Council (and whoever is listening to the livestream, and you, dear reader). The financial team tries to find places to cut back on expenses wherever possible. “Evie will know what this sounds like,” remarked Goldberg of SGA’s VP Finance Evie McCorkle.
Evie, who can be counted on to ask the hard questions, asked if Goldberg had any predictions for when the endowment will be big enough for a tuition freeze. He did not. He did explain that the College is not doing badly financially, and that the “future of funding is actually very bright.” Other questions from Rep Council members were answered in turn, including explanations from Goldberg that “we’re not making money on meal plans” (who is though? I think someone must be) and “we’re painfully aware that the infrastructure is aging” (looking at you, 600 pipes).
Besides listening dutifully to the financial presentation, Rep Council also voted to form an ad hoc committee about food insecurity. The proposed committee would work to determine the depth and instance of food insecurity and Barnard, come up with recommendations to combat the problem, and create a report of resources and findings. The motion to form the committee passed unanimously. Applications to join will be coming out soon.
Image via WikiCommons
Tags: barnard fundraising, bertberg, bye shoshana, happy thanksgiving everyone, noah's ark, nobody mentioned across the street, peer institutions, snaps for evie, snaps for snaps, super smash bros, tuition hikes, unanimous votes abound, what will happen to lefrak, what will we actually call the milstein center
Written by Finn Klauber
Despite the short nature of this weeks ESC meeting and the fast approaching Thanksgiving break, Bureau Chief Finn Klauber does not disappoint with his report on this weeks happenings of the engineering community.
President Aida Lu
President Lu met with both Dean Brovman, SEAS Associate Dean for Undergraduate Student Affairs, and Scott Wright, Vice President for Campus Services. The discussion with Dean Brovman consisted of updates to the SEAS faculty tech talks, improvements to the SEAS study abroad experience, and concerns raised at last week’s meeting regarding Engineeers Without Borders’ funding issues. The discussion with Scott Wright, on the other hand, mostly related to Lerner updates. The Lerner space changes, which were discussed in the last few meetings of both CCSC and ESC, are continuing with renovations of Lerner elevators. Already, one elevator has been shut down for these renovations, which will continue for the next year at least; the elevators are being gutted entirely and modernized in succession. Furthermore, Wright is already investigating the implementation of a dishwasher in Ferris via an ongoing study. Finally, Summer projects for Columbia will include renovations of Woodbridge and Hartley, with the addition of disability access to Wallach and Hartley.
Vice President Policy Zoha Qamar
Although VP Qamar was absent yesterday, various council members took over for her updates. Regarding the Academic Success Program, Qamar met with Dean Morrison, SEAS Vice Dean of Undergraduate Programs. They determined that writing a proposal to expand ASP is the next best step. This proposal will outline the current objectives of ASP, what ASP’s future holds, student testimony, and pricing. VP Qamar also met with Dean Brovman regarding Global Programs and SEAS study abroad, who was enthusiastic about ESC’s “mock study abroad” pamphlets which outline how a SEAS student can organize their class schedule and requirements to study abroad at specific institutions.
VP Student Life Ben Barton
VP Barton discussed the first meeting of the new University Life Events Council—a new and well-funded body which is supposed to create new events and traditions for the “entire Columbia community.” They hope to maintain four large events per year. At the last meeting, specifically, they drafted mock ideas for new events.
University Senator Izzet Kebudi
Senator Kebudi also discussed the changes in Lerner, renovations which are supposed to begin imminently. The LGBT and student of colour spaces are almost ready, but instituting more changes would create a “domino effect.” Specifically, because they do not want to eliminate any reservable student space during construction, they plan to convert the Lerner computer room into reservable space to offset the elimination of the East and West Ramp Lounges. The computer lab, however, has to be moved into the AV tech room, where the air ventilation is less than ideal. A team of architects and engineers are currently working on this problem. When they finish—hopefully by April—the room switches can finally take effect.
Tags: engineering student council, esc, glad that Izzet reads this at least, I was once told an off the record update and I had no idea why it was supposed to be secret, not a lot going on yesterday, off the record, really gotta wonder what's so great about these COI meetings, short esc, smh at these lack of discussion topics
Written by Bwog Staff
Do you know a senior who did something monumental during their time at Columbia? A senior who went above and beyond to make their club or organization memorable? A senior who can always cheer you up with a hug or a bad pun? A senior who is graduating at the end of this semester?
If you know anyone who fits any of those above descriptions (but mostly the last one), they’re the kind of person we might want to give a Senior Wisdom. For first-years, transfer students, and any other folks new to Bwog: Senior Wisdoms are a series of short interview-type posts with graduating seniors in which they, well, share their wisdom. Take a look at some past examples if you want to get a better idea.
To nominate someone, hit us up with their name, school, uni, and a brief description explaining why you think they deserve a Senior Wisdom. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or use our anonymous form. Remember that we are currently only accepting nominations for seniors who are graduating at the end of this (fall 2017) semester. The deadline is Friday, December 8 at 11:59 pm.
Wisdom via Wikipedia
Tags: anonymous words of wisdom, bwog needs you, enlighten us seniors!, nominate meryl streep, nominations that aren't political, pls only people who are graduating this semester - last fall so many people messed this up, politics is dead, senior wisdom, senior wisdom 2017, still want to know if beilock would choose oral sex or cheese
Written by Roberta Rhyse
Happening in the World: Collapse of coalition talks within Germany has led to Chancellor Angela Merkel hinting at a potential election rather than work with a minority government. (The Guardian)
Happening in the U.S: For a bit of doom and gloom before your holiday break, the Trump administration has decided not to renew Temporary Protected Status for nearly 60,000 Haitians. The Department of Homeland Security have defended this decision by asserting the conditions created by the 2010 earthquake no longer exist. (The Washington Post)
Happening in NYC: This one’s for all of you who have ever had the misfortune of using the subway. Following research into New York’s failing transportation system which found delays were up by 4.5%, the Riders Alliance plan to distribute ‘subway delay action kits‘ in the hope of implementing change. (CBS)
Happening on Campus: If you’re not heading home for Thanksgiving Break, pop over to the Miller Theatre at 6pm to see the Brooklyn-based Brazilian band Regional de NY in concert.
Food of the day: Head on down to Milano Market’s deli counter and pretend you cooked a Thanksgiving brunch, literally everything there is so good.
Image via WikiCommons
Written by Zoe Rossetto Metcalfe
We’ve all been there – whether this is your first or last Thanksgiving break at college, there’s always a sense of wanting to maximize your time off and make a trip home worthwhile. Luckily, Bwogger Zoe Metcalfe compiled a list of ideas of things to do when back home on vacation so you wouldn’t have to think of it yourself.
Tags: bwog loves everyone, eat a lot of food, finallyyyy break, going back to cali, gonna enjoy the fucking 95 degree weather back home, I've been waiting 2109348 years for this, if you're staying on campus there's lots of cool things to do too!, just wish it could be longer, self care is the move for your break, sleep!! whether on campus or at home
Written by Thomas Saenz
While many of you may have been packing and preparing to head off for Thanksgiving Break, we at Bwog started our weekend out right with a (somewhat) wholesome evening with our annual Symposium dinner. However, as you probably know, shit hit the fan and we went a little wild. Here’s a summary of this weekend’s endeavors by yours truly, the Bwog Staff.
Bwog and Food:
Tags: how do you not get caught drinking out of a water bottle, I needa start speaking Spanish or Italian for free shit, I wanna go to the Michelangelo exhibit, omg at the person who ended their vegetarianism, poor turtles, save the mother fucking turtles, symposium was too much, too much sangria for lots of people
Written by Youngweon Lee
It’s cuffing season, and Deputy Editor Youngweon is back with her annoying tabloid-esque love-and-relationships articles. Here are the stages of getting cuffed in this city, a land barren of love, at this university full of emotionally unavailable sad people.
Happy cuffing season!
Handcuffs via Bwog Archives
Tags: happy cuffing season, have yall missed these dumb love and relationships posts? i havent written one in a while, its cold outside! cuff someone just for snuggling purposes, its okay to permanently stay on step 7! my aunt is 43 and still on step 7, once i said in casual conversation w my parents sth about "when im married" and they were like "YOU'RE GONNA MARRY SOMEONE?" thanks mom and dad, pray to venus tonight
Written by Nadra Rahman
Though she was locked out for most of the meeting, Bwogger Nadra Rahman is here to deliver you your Monday medley of CCSC news. This time, CCSC feels its own mortality.
CCSC won’t be the same next year, or for that matter, next semester—and that’s what last night’s meeting was all about. After lengthy deliberations, members appointed an Interim Columbia Elections Board (CEB) Chair, along with CCSC members to fill the Vacancy Committees (more on that to come).
Mo’ Applicants, Mo’ Debate
The Interim CEB Chair will help fill positions in CEB (currently dissolved), at which point their task will be complete. To President Nathan Rosin’s surprise, people actually applied, which is a good sign for the future of student government.
Tags: "i'm sorry for being so unprofessional" - rosin after needing to take a break, banned, bwog is hardcore CUE, ccsc, CEB, COOP for asthmatics, last hurrah of the spirit of the sandwich ambassador, mo money mo problems was the number 1 song on the billboards the week we were born <3, with great power comes great meetings
Written by Thomas Saenz
Happening Around the World: As tensions escalate in Zimbabwe, current president (dictator) Robert Mugabe continues to refuse to step down from his position, even after yesterday marked the final day in which his political party allowed him to reign. Protestors have been taking the streets the past few days calling for his impeachment and/or resignation. (BBC)
Happening in the US: Notorious serial killer and cult leader Charles Manson has died after living 83 shitty years on this planet. Manson is known for the creation of the Manson Family cult, which came into the spotlight after he and his followers murdered popular actress Sharon Tate in the 1960s. May he rot in hell forever. (LA Times)
Happening in NYC: It’s everyone’s worst nightmare: after bouts of heavy wind in the SoHo area, a major piece of scaffolding collapsed yesterday afternoon. The incident occurred at the corner of Prince Street and Broadway, where 6 people were injured by the collapse. One person was hospitalized for their injuries and is expected to make a full recovery. (CBS Local)
Happening on Campus: Columbia’s Middle East Institute will be holding “Beyond Fighting ISIS: Gender, Conflict, and Nationalism” with a discussion led by Professor Al-Ali and Latif Fas TONIGHT at 6:30 PM in Knox 509.
Overseen: Some fun butter laying on the floor in Brooks. To the person who left it there: what was your intentions? Why butter? Why Brooks? If you are the butter dropper, please contact Bwog so we can get to the bottom of this.
Butter churning fun via Bwog Staff
Tags: I hate NYC why can't our infrastructure be nice for once, I hope Manson rots in the pits of hell forever, I'm getting to the bottom of this butter shit, it wasn't even that windy yesterday too which is the scary part???, Mugabe is a piece of trash too, now I never want to walk under scaffolding, thank god Charles Manson is dead, who ARE you butter dropper
Written by Lexie Lehmann
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 if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.
Monday, November 20
Tuesday, November 21
Wednesday, November 22 – Friday, November 24
Turkey courtesy of the Public Domain.
Written by Amara Banks
At my first ever Bwog meeting in 2015, I made a pitch that to this day I have yet to top: campus figures as bowls of water. Shamelessly inspired by a Buzzfeed post someone had sent to me, I thought it would’ve been a perfect fit for this new thing in my life called Bwog. But the board looked at me like I was snorting eraser shavings and told me they’d “think about it” (which usually means slack message each other about wtf just came out this girls mouth). Until last week, I had given up on my pitch and only occasionally referenced to it as a way to encourage new writers to not be ashamed of their seemingly weird/unusual ideas. But then one morning as I did my Insta-toilet scroll, I came across an image on my feed: Disney Princesses as cement mixers. It was as if God himself were telling me not to give up on the pitch that started it all, but this time, better—campus figures as cement mixers.
Written by Kiana Taghavi
Sometimes in that mid-semester haze, we all forget there’s more places to study than Butler on this campus,and find ourselves lost when there’s not an empty seat in sight in Ref. Luckily, Staff Writer Kiana Taghavi has done all the hard work and compiled a list of alternatives. If you know any other great study spots, leave them in the comments!
It’s Saturday morning. You’re up before 11. You’re feeling somewhat motivated, with a grande iced coffee in one hand and Plato’s Republic in the other. You text your friend, and both of you begin your forty-four minute trek to find a spot to study. Just a single spot to study.
You’d think that at a distinguished university like Columbia, students would constantly be reveling in cozy nooks, aesthetic library ceilings, and spacious, ultra-modern tables. Instead, some students, like me, have been facing a pressing campus crisis: a lack of study spaces.
Every time I decide to work in Butler, I waste at least thirty minutes shuffling between floors, hunting down a single open seat. At this point, I’m pretty content with sitting down on the ground of Butler 5, laptop charger plugged into the wall, backpack messily strewn across the antiquated floor, infinite particles of dust hitting my face every time I turn a page in my poli sci textbook. It’s a look.
With the help of my lovely Bwog family, I have compiled a list of places that won’t require an odyssey to find a spot to sit at.
Written by Isabel Sepulveda
Come join Bwog at 9 pm in Lerner 510 to get an early start on your Thanksgiving break. We’ll provide a feast of epic snacks, you provide your best pitches. Honestly, it’s a win-win situation all around. Can’t wait to see you there!
that background is wild via Public Domain
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