Gillian Lester To Be New Law School Dean

facultyPhoto2.phpIn a press release this afternoon, PrezBo announced the next dean of the Law School, Gillian Lester. Lester presently serves as the acting dean of Berkeley Law and will “bring accomplished scholarship, admired teaching and first-hand academic leadership experience at a great peer institution to her new role at Columbia.”

Lester’s work has dealt primarily with employment law and policy. She’s earned degrees from Stanford and University of Toronto, and she’s also taught at Harvard, Georgetown, USC, and UChicago.

Said Lester, “I’m honored to take on the leadership of Columbia Law School at this pivotal time. I’m looking forward to working with its distinguished faculty, talented students and accomplished alumni.”

Dean Lester via Berkeley Law

Let Them Eat Cake

God only knows Ferris can grow stale in its weekly cycle of a menu. We know. We have the dining app and tear up a little every time we refresh the menu. But today, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, they’ve decided to live it up while they can and have given us this little gem. Dig in!


Downright gruesome (and sickly sweet to boot) dessert via Anna Bahr

Where Art Thou?
A whole new interpretation of "home stretch"

A whole new interpretation of “home stretch”

You’re in the home stretch. Stick it out; you’re almost there! Motivate yourself to actually write that paper due last week with this week’s cultural campus offerings, courtesy of achingly artsy Arts Editor Madysen Luebke.

All Weekend:

  • Black Theater Ensemble and CMTS have teamed up to bring Passing Strange to Columbia!  You can see this rock musical Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 8 pm in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre for only $5 with CUID.
  • The Barnard Dances at Miller are back and better than ever!  This semester will feature works by Twyla Tharp, Robert LaFosse, and a restaging of a Martha Graham piece!  Catch it in Miller Theatre Friday and Saturday at 7 pm or Saturday at 2 pm for only $12 with CUID.
  • The Tempest
  • It’s that time of year again when Senior theater majors need to direct play for the thesis!  You can catch Alejandra Duque’s production of Fear and Misery of the Third Reich in the Minor Latham Playhouse Thursday at 7 pm, Friday at 8 Pm or Saturday at 4 pm, all for free.
  • Another senior thesis play is Far Away, directed by Lilla Goettler. You can find it in the Minor Latham Playhouse Thursday at 8 pm, Friday at 9 pm or Saturday at 7 pm, all for free.
  • But wait!  There’s another senior thesis play in the Minor Latham Theater!  This one is called Hamletmachine and is directed by Naomi Boyce.  Show times are Thursday at 9 pm and Saturday at either 2 pm or 8 pm.  Again, still free.
  • The Final senior thesis show is The Love of Don Perlimplin and Belissa in the Garden directed by Alexis Wilcock.  It’ll run in the Minor Latham Playhouse Friday at 7 pm or Saturday at 3 pm and 9 pm.  For Free.
  • Columbia School of the Arts presents Cafe, a new play by Raquel Almazan.  Catch is in the Schapiro Theater Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 pm and Saturday at 2 pm.  Tickets are free with reservation.
  • Catch some end-of-the-year Jazz with the Columbia Jazz Ensembles end of the year concerts!  They’ll be held in the UTS social hall Saturday at 7 pm and Sunday at 2 pm.  Both shows are free.

Gimme gimme more

What Matters To YOU?
Post-420 woes

Post-420 woes at Columbia

Maybe you’ve seen the enigmatic flyers around campus urging you to text some number to “find out what Columbia is really talking about.”  Bwog did and was intrigued by the app behind the posters, Matter, which offers its users an anonymous environment to share their thoughts and to read the thoughts of others.  We set up a long-distance interview with one of its founders, Ben Sigelman, who gave us his insights on Matter, Internet anonymity, social media, and human relationships.

Bwog: What, in your own words, is Matter?

Sigelman: It’s a place where people can feel completely comfortable being completely candid.  There’s a lot of places online right now where you can be anonymous, and that’s definitely important I think, but it’s sort of necessary but not sufficient to be comfortable being candid.  I think oftentimes anonymous places are also not very safe places.  Even if your identity isn’t associated with what you post, you’re still kind of vulnerable to people being abusive, and I think with Matter what we’re trying to do is take all of the ingredients that are necessary to make people, you know, comfortable sharing something, which certainly includes, but is not limited to, being anonymous… So the goal with Matter is to allow people to totally find an antidote to what I think is presently happening in most of social media—which is fine—but it’s a very different experience where it’s more focused on creating a personal brand for yourself, which is the opposite of being candid I think.  I have no problem with it, but it’s not real.  I think the pressure of maintaining an identity online is starting to wear on people and I think Matter is a reaction to that, or at least for me it is.

B: What role do you see Matter playing, or what do you think the benefits are of having it on a college campus or in a setting like Columbia?

S: One of the things about colleges that I think is so important is that, to me, if I know someone went to my college, I immediately feel like I can identify with them.  [Matter is] partly about sharing your experiences, for sure, but it’s also partly about reading the experiences of people that you can identify with.  And if someone’s having boyfriend or girlfriend troubles or something like that, and you don’t know who they are: that’s one thing.  But if they’re at your school and you might be passing them on the street, I feel like that becomes a lot more compelling.  So [Matter] becomes a place where you can potentially, you know, raise things that are of interest to your immediate community, instead of just to humanity in general, which is a very broad target.

What is the ultimate goal of matter? Click to read Ben’s answer.

Bwoglines: Lots Of Feelings Edition
Would u watch this movie? y or n: comment plz

Would u watch this movie? y or n: comment plz

You thought the only controversial ramps around here were in Lerner? Silly you. Apparently they’re also a type of onion, and people have weird amounts of feelings about them. Here are some dishes around town that feature the feisty little buggers. (Grubstreet)

Peeps: you eat them once a year and promptly forget everything about their existence. Well, Adam Rifkin (made Underdog, irony or nah?) wants to bring these bad boys back to your consciousness via “family epic.” (Vulture)

The Supreme Court ruled yesterday that an anonymous phone tip is enough to warrant a police search. Predictably (and rightfully, we’d say), people are mad. (NPR)

Also Supreme Court: in a 6-2 split, the court endorsed anti-affirmative action legislation in Michigan. Said Kennedy, who voted with the majority, “This case is not about how the debate about racial preferences should be resolved. It is about who may resolve it.” (NY Times)

We love us some Avril, but her new video “Hello Kitty” features a little too much cultural appropriation to go down smoothly. Damn, we’ll still always have a soft spot for her though. (Youtube)

Bwog’s seen some pretty shitty movies but this one takes the (cup)cake via Shutterstock

What Is The Meaning Of Life?

Whether you celebrated 420 or Easter, you probably spent Sunday pondering the significance of your existence in one form or another. Inspired by the glorious weather, Bwog Video ventured out onto our sunny campus and asked some very happy Columbians the question of questions: What is the meaning of life?

The Most Fun You’ll Ever Have At An ESC Meeting
ESC, upon the entrance of VShow

ESC, upon the entrance of VShow

This week’s ESC meeting was especially eventful with a surprise Varsity Show ambush. The ever ebullient engineer Aparajita Maitra gives you the lowdown.

Yesterday’s ESC meeting had some exciting hidden surprises, starting with an appearance by the Varsity Show. No wonder ESC looked unusually enthusiastic in their SEAS gear. ESC was told to stand in one giant clump and pretend to be friends while Varsity Show publicity chairs filmed them for their promo video. Bwog joined, of course, not wanting to miss out on the festivities. President Sidd Bhatt assured everyone that was the most amount of fun they were ever going to have at an ESC meeting.

Other visitors included a representative from Lion Credit Union initiative (the people who have been outside of Butler tabling over the past 6 months) to talk about a resolution, as there were over 1200 responses and an overwhelmingly positive response rate to credit union.

Alpha Kappa Psi—a pre-professional fraternity with over 60 students—stopped by as well, looking spiffy in suits, to talk about their issue of getting recognition and how they want support from ESC and CCSC. They have been trying to get recognition for two and a half years, and ABC and ITC have both been resistant. Who doesn’t want to be legitimate on campus?

Click for other updates.

The Home Stretch And Other Sports Puns
Clearing that hurdle

Clearing that hurdle

In honor of the gorgeous weather earlier today, here’s the weekend roundup for your favorite Columbia athletics teams from Bwog’s favorite sports fan, Max Rettig.

Baseball: The Lions spent their weekend taking apart Cornell in pursuit of a program-record win streak and a boost in the standings. Kevin Roy pitched the Lions to a third straight shutout of Cornell before the team broke out the bats in the second game of Sunday’s doubleheader, which saw scores of 2-0 and 8-4 in favor of Columbia. Roy’s second consecutive one-hitter and first shutout of the season, coupled with two of Gus Craig’s five series RBIs, gave the Lions the day-cap win, while small-ball, bad pitching by Cornell, and Craig’s homer (his 5th RBI) powered the Lions to victory under the lights.

The team has won a record 13 straight games, besting the 1987 team’s 12-0 start, and has swept Cornell for just the first time since 1994. The Lions are 21-15, 13-3 Ivy League, tied with Penn for the conference lead going into next weekend’s away-and-home series. Keep an eye out for a preview of that matchup later in the week as the Lions try to capture their second straight Ivy title.

Men’s Tennis: The men served up a sweet Ivy League title when they defeated Princeton 4-0 on Sunday, bringing home their first conference championship since 2010. The 19th-ranked team beat the 61st-ranked team to secure both an 18-match win streak and the program’s first undefeated Ivy League record since the beginning of the 21st century. The Lions won two of three doubles matches and three of six singles matches to take the victory, with Ashok Narayana enjoying strong performances in both types of competition. The men now wait until April 29, when the NCAA will announce Columbia’s regional playoff, and April 30, when the NCAA will announce singles championships.

Read on for softball, rowing, and track and field.

Meet The CC Valedictorian And Salutatorian

Yesterday afternoon, Columbia College announced its 2014 valedictorian and salutatorian. Bwog interviewed this year’s CC valedictorian, Margarete Diaz Cuadros, and salutatorian, Samuel Walker, soon after.



Bwog: How did you find out you were valedictorian, and how did you celebrate?

Margarete: I got an email from Deantini but initially ignored it because I did not realize it was meant for me personally. When I finally read it, I was tremendously surprised and also happy. The first thing I did was tell my boyfriend and forward the email to my parents. I think they were more excited than I was!

B: And that you were salutatorian?

Samuel: I had been up all night editing my senior thesis, which was due on Monday morning, and was about to get a couple hours of sleep before classes started when I happened to see that I had an email from Deantini. Unfortunately, I had class all day and then all I could think of doing was sleeping for hours and hours, so the celebration had to wait until today. It will probably consist in me catching up on my reading for Fred Neuhouser’s course on Hegel and then getting a drink or two with some friends



B: Do you feel different? Has anyone treated you differently?

S: I certainly don’t feel like a different person in any way, but I do feel thrilled, shocked, grateful, proud, and a little bit nervous about the speech. I don’t think that people who know me are treating me any differently (though family, friends, and professors have all been extremely kind in congratulating me), and I wouldn’t want them to. The strange thing is the attention I’m suddenly getting from people I don’t know (like you, faithful reader of Bwog). I’m a pretty low-key fellow to begin with, but I think the fact that I took a year off between my sophomore and junior years and that most of my close friends graduated last year has meant that not that many people on campus know who I am. I haven’t gotten this much attention since I played Humpty Dumpty in a 5th grade musical rendition of Alice in Wonderland. It’s weird.

M: I don’t really feel different, it is just very strange to be getting this much attention. It honestly makes me a little uncomfortable because I am such a shy person. It is also great to get congratulations from people that I met a couple of years ago but had not spoken with in a long time.

Did they find Alma’s owl?

PeopleHop: It Hurts Being Becca Barnard
cool chicks

Lauren and Amelia

Columbia is no stranger to cool and alternative web shows and radio stations that make us wish we were as angsty and hip as the hosts. Swimming—better yet, doggy paddling?—in the pool of Internet broadcast, Amelia Arnold and Lauren Beltrone, BC ’16 and BC ’17 respectively, have started their own podcast titled “I’m Too Skinny and Too Many Boys Like Me.” SoundCloud Sweetheart Courtney Couillard caught up with the ladies about what inspired them to create the show and more on their genius creativity.

Bwog: How did you both meet? Any good NSOP awkward stories?

AA: We met in the Sulz 6 gender-inclusive bathroom. I was showering in the handicap stall, playing “Mariner’s Revenge Song” by the Decemberists and Lauren started belligerently singing along. Our friendship bloomed from there.

Bwog: What made you ladies want to start a podcast?

LB: We both have weird, distinctive voices and relatively weird faces. And we had shit to say, so we decided on a podcast as our artistic medium.

Bwog: What extensive thought process went behind coming up with the name “I’m Too Skinny and Too Many Boys Like Me”?

AA: Michaela Fischer.
LB: Yeah, so our friend and producer of the show, Michaela, was the first one to come up with the name. It comes from the problem that a lot of Barnard students have to endure: having too many opportunities, in all facets of life.

Figure out who Becca Barnard is and if Coachella is in the ladies’ future.

Plant A Tree, Save A PrezBo
The automobile in question.

The automobile in question.

This bold and beautiful Earth Day got Bwog wondering: how does PrezBo measure up to the judging green eye of environmentalists?  We decided to dust off the old math textbook and do some calculations of our own.  Just how much CO2 does PrezBo emit as he drives along the Columbia campus?

  • PrezBo travels back and forth from the President’s House to Low Library once a day, 300 days a year.
  • A New York block is about 250 meters wide.
  • Prezbo travels 500 meters to get to school, 500 to go back. So 1km a day.
  • 1 km a day 300 days a year = 300 km a year


  • Bwog can’t do math without the help of external websites.
  • We should start a campaign for PrezBo to plant trees in place of those damn commencement bleachers.
  • If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, it’s probably because PrezBo went for his morning drive.
  • Note: we did not calculate the environmental impact of his various hair products.  This is too daunting a task for Bwog.
Bwoglines: A Morning Squirrel Edition

This teen survived a five hour flight stowed away in an airplane’s wheel well.  We were impressed, although we admit we had to look up wheel well first.  (ABC News)

Trigger warning for GoT spoilers: George R.R. Martin distances himself from the events of Sunday’s episode.  We can’t believe they actually worked to make GoT more upsetting. (Gawker)

So baby academies are a thing now.  Finally your infant can read Plato right after pooping her pants! (Gothamist)

No hot dog left behind! (ABC News)

And finally: one sophisticated squirrel. (@cherylfoong)

Just enjoying a croissant.

Lécureuil courtesy of @cherylfoong

Finals Are Really Getting Real
Romans rule, anyway

This is actually “Ulysses,” not “Odysseus”

You’re Odysseus and you’ve been sailing nearly 10 years around the Mediterranean. You’ve lost all of your friends, you’ve slept around a bit, you’re weary, and you just want to take a break. Finally, you spot land! You spot home! But wait—you’ve got to deal with those cocky suitors before everything goes back to normal?! Eurymachus and Antinous are your finals, and extra study space in Butler is your enormous bow…or we think that’s what the sign at the Circulation Desk in Butler meant:

Beginning at 11 pm on April 21st, select graduate reading rooms* on the 5th and 6th floors will be open 23 hours a day, making approximately 150 additional seats available for late night quiet study. Each room will be closed from 5am-6am for daily maintenance.

The asterisk notes that rooms 601, 602, 603, and 604 are excluded from this (they’re all of the north-facing reading rooms). In addition, Lehman library will be open until 4 am until the end of finals.

In addition, CCSC, ESC, and GSSC presidents sent a letter to the University Senate Libraries Committee that deplores how Watson sits “half-used” and calls for the continuing of the study space conversation on the Senate level.

Kick some butt, take care of yourself, and tip dark nights of the soul. We all know how the Odyssey ends, unless you’re in SEAS.

Badass mermen whom we don’t think Odysseus slept with via Wikimedia Commons 


Field Notes: Strike That Edition
Hallowed be thy alcohol

Hallowed be thy alcohol

Some say that strikethroughs are stupid tasteful. Some say that Bwog overuses them doesn’t use them enough. And some just don’t give a shit don’t give a fuck. What are your feelings? Anonymously share them below and live in Bwog infamy. (And send in your tips to, or use our anonymous tip form.)

When isn’t the band weird awesome

  • “I heard there was a stripper pole in an EC suite last night, and the band might have been involved.”
  • “Two bandies got fake married on the steps of St. John the Divine. It was awkward because people were streaming out of a late Easter service, and there were two NYPD officers who came over when the band’s singing got too loud. The reception did indeed have a stripper pole, which was surprisingly sturdy.”
  • “I challenged a guy to fight because he was heckling me about how I RESCUED ( not stole) his Matsuri goldfish at a previous party and now I have a bruise above my right eye. But I won.”

Alcohol won’t flunk you

India Business Conference 2014: Successes, Shortcomings and Limitless Potential

Last week, the annual CBS conference on business in india happened. CEOs and experts from a variety of fields that do work in India spoke and it was, for Bwog India Correspondent Max Rettig, an excellent experience. Read on for his views on the conference.

Columbia Business School’s annual India Business Conference, a day-long program about India’s business climate, took place this past Friday. This year’s event featured a lineup of very distinguished people, including MasterCard CEO Ajay Banga, Accion CEO Michael Schlein, Professor and Nobel Laureate Joseph Stiglitz, and Deputy Director of the India Planning Commission Dr. Montek Ahluwalia. The day was filled with presentations, panels, networking opportunities and food. But most importantly, the day was filled with discussion of India’s successes, its shortcomings and ideas on how to realize its seemingly limitless potential.

The conference started at 9 am with an introduction by Dr. Gita Johar, the Senior Vice Dean of the B-School. Her main point was the issue of creativity and dynamism. She talked about constraints on innovation and how they can spark a type of reverse creativity (think of architects making the most of really small spaces). Teams need to be changed up in order to keep different ideas flowing. She specifically mentioned that companies with women in a top-level position leads to success that other companies don’t have, a common theme in the news lately. Alas, Dean Johar gave the podium to Dr. Ahluwalia.

Tell me more about Indian Business!