You’ve probably received an email from Provost Coatsworth about the “possible strike by student teaching and research assistants.” If you attend CC or GS, you also probably received a message from Deans Valentini and Rosen-Metsch about how the strike would affect classes. Perhaps you’ve heard directly from your TAs or research assistants about their plans to strike. Perhaps you’ve seen posters from either the Graduate Workers of Columbia (GWC) or by Student-Worker Solidarity (SWS) about events taking place.
Even with all of this information floating around, it’s quite possible you still have questions about the upcoming graduate workers’ strike that will take place unless administration negotiates a contract before Tuesday morning – which currently seems unlikely. In order to clear things up, we here at Bwog thought that it would be useful to provide answers to some FAQ about the strike.
1. What are graduate workers demanding, specifically? Graduate workers will be striking because Columbia administration refuses to recognize the union they formed nearly a year and a half ago.
A brief rundown on the union’s history:
Written by Abby Rubel
Columbia had a rough weekend. Sports Editor Abby Rubel gives you the deets.
Men’s Golf: The Lions performed poorly this weekend, finishing in last place at the Ivy League Championships with a score of 944. Yale took first place since the first time since 2011 with a score of 880. Columbia particularly struggled in the first round, scoring 332 where the other teams scored in the low 300s. (Princeton, which came in seventh place, scored the next-highest with 319.) And because their second and third round scores were on par with the other Ancient Eight teams, they couldn’t catch up. Individually, first-year Arjun Puri lead the team with a score of 24 over par.
Women’s Golf: The women’s team had a successful weekend at the Ivy League Championships, coming in fourth thanks to a strong performance from senior Nancy Xu. Xu tied for seventh place individually and shot a 73 on Saturday, keeping Columbia’s score that day low and putting the team within range of third-place Brown. But Brown shot 303 on Sunday to Columbia’s 307—good enough to hang on to fourth place but not good enough to catch the Bruins. Princeton won the tournament after a tie-breaker hole with Harvard.
Heavyweight Rowing: Columbia lost the race for the Doc Lusins Trophy for the eighth year in a row on Saturday. The Lions came in third place in all three of the day’s races, losing to both Boston University (the current holder of the trophy) and Syracuse. In the Varsity Eight race, Boston beat out Syracuse by just half a second, while Columbia came in eight seconds later. The other two races went similarly poorly, with the Light Blue coming in third by five or more seconds each time.
Men’s Lightweight Rowing: beat Cornell and MIT, beat Dartmouth
Baseball: won 2-0, lost 10-5, lost 7-6 against Princeton
Softball: won 9-1, won 9-0, lost 9-0 against Princeton
Men’s Tennis: won 4-0 at Brown, won 4-0 at Yale
Women’s Tennis: won 5-2 against Brown, won 6-1 against Yale
Lacrosse: won 14-12 against Brown
Editor’s note: Updated on 4/23 at 4:24 pm to add statements from Nas Abd Elal, a member of CUAD, and Aryeh.
Editor’s note: Updated on 4/23 at 2:03 pm to address factual errors in President Beilock’s letter, as well as to correct inaccuracies regarding SGA’s and the College’s actions.
In an email sent out earlier today to the Barnard community, President Sian Beilock wrote that, if requested, the College will not take action to divest from companies with ties to Israel. President Beilock wanted to inform students of the college’s intentions ahead of the Student Government Association’s (SGA) discussions this week following last week’s student body vote in favor of the CUAD referendum. According to President Beilock, the referendum’s requests do not meet the standards of consideration for the Board of Trustees.
The referendum, which passed last Wednesday by a margin of 28.6% with a voter turnout of 49.9%, could lead SGA to send a letter encouraging the college to divest from eight companies associated with Israel. This week, SGA will discuss their plans going forward. However, according to Beilock, whatever SGA decides is irrelevant, because the College does not intend to take action, as the referendum does not fulfill two standards required for any case presented to the Board of Trustees that’s related to Barnard’s endowment.
These two standards are first, upholding the mission of the College in promoting freedom of expression; and second, an obvious consensus among the student body. According to Beilock, an institutional stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict would “chill the discourse” in which members of the student body should feel encouraged to participate in freely. In addition, she wrote that though the referendum did pass by a majority, those who voted to support the referendum represent less than 30% of the student body and thus cannot be considered a general consensus. President Beilock’s math is actually incorrect–more than 30% of the student body voted in favor. In fact, 32.1% of the student body voted in favor, while 17.8% of the student body voted no.
Beilock’s email was initially written to the Student Government Association, then forwarded to the greater student body for transparency. In the email, she mentions thousands of alumnae who opposed the referendum, thereby stating that the College will not be taking action for divestment in order to “foster civil discourse.” In fact, the petition of those opposing the referendum is not composed solely of alumnae–at least 1,051 of the “thousands of signers” are simply listed as a “Friend and Ally” of the College (not an alumna, parent, or donor).
Bwog reached out to Nas Abd Elal, a member of CUAD, and Aryeh, for comments regarding the email. Their responses have been included at the end of the post.
The College has also prepared a Q&A for any questions on the referendum itself. A representative of SGA told us that the Executive Board will be responding to President Beilock’s email during external announcements during their regular meeting tonight.
Written by Mary Welsh
Oh, Prezbo– it’s finally here. Spring is in the air and I am throwing up my arms and pretending that finals aren’t right around the corner. In my typical fashion, I have been off enjoying the weather and good food– like this veggie stir fry– rather than doing actual work. Please procrastinate with me and enjoy a simple, home-cooked meal– taking comfort in the fact it that costs basically nothing, while still managing to taste delicious.
Veggie Stir Fry
Miso (not necessary, but a nice touch)
Honey or brown sugar
Water or broth
Ginger, minced (about a knob)
Whatever vegetables you have on hand, bite size pieces (I used broccoli, kale, bell peppers and snow peas)
Rice, cooked (use your leftovers)
Eggs or cooked tofu
Heat up a large skillet with oil, soy sauce, miso, sweetener, chili flakes and water/broth. I use about a 1-1-1 ratio with the oil, miso and sweetener and then add in the soy sauce, chili flakes and water/broth to taste. (The great thing about this recipe is that it’s super easy to adjust the flavors. Fry your minced ginger until sizzling and then add your vegetables.) Cook until tender. Add the rice to reheat and meld all of the flavors together. Top with a fried egg and your other favorite toppings– like sriracha and kimchi.
*I would just like to take a moment to give a shout-out to the humble egg. It goes with basically anything and is a super easy way to amp up your protein intake without spending a ton of money. Plus, it’s just delicious– especially when you get that golden runny yolk that just makes everything so creamy.
Image via Bwog Staff.
Written by Nadra Rahman
The Satow Room held more than a few combative viewpoints last night. Bureau Chief Nadra Rahman brings you the deets, piping hot.
CCSC had an unusual number of guests last night—Deantini and Dean Kromm paid their semesterly visit, but their presence also drew protesters from 24/7 Columbia, a group that is demanding around-the-clock, in-person, unrestricted health care for all members of the Columbia community. The questions posed by members of CCSC to the deans were tame in comparison.
The protesters began by citing a re:claim article that reports administrative retaliation against students who seek help for health crises and sexual violence, such as suspension and expulsion. They asked how such retaliation could be justified, to which both deans responded they would need more details about individual circumstances; Kromm clarified, “That’s not my understanding of how things work here.”
Written by Thomas Saenz
Happening Around the World: Duchess Kate has given birth to her third child with Prince William, a baby boy. This child is now fifth in line for the British throne. (CBS)
Happening in the US: The hunt for the man who shot up a Waffle House in Kentucky, killing 4 individuals and injuring others, continues into its second day. Nashville schools have been placed on lockdown and police are attempting to trace the steps of the man convicted of the crimes. (Washington Post)
Happening in the City: Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that beginning in June, Central Park will become car-free, allowing for pedestrians and bikes to fully claim the drives below 72nd. Transverses that are used by cars and public buses on 65th, 79th, 86th, and 97th streets will not be affected. (NY Times)
Happening on Campus: “Looking Back, Moving Forward: Envisioning Change” will explore the development of sexual assault, specifically on college campuses, over the past 40 years and the response by administration to these issues, all while looking to the future in hopes to plan to eradicate the high percentages of sexual assault on campus. More information can be found on the Columbia Events Page.
Weather: Sunny and a high of 64 F / 18 C. Spring is definitely here!
Artist of the Week: Gian Lorenzo Bernini. How could you not love his sculptures and their intricate details???
Image via Recycled Bwog Images
Written by Timmy Wu
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. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or have a correction to make, please leave them in the comments.
Written by Alex Tang
We’re back with Science Fair, Bwog’s weekly curated list of interesting STEM-related talks, symposiums, and events happening on campus. For science and non-science majors alike, our list will bring you events that will satisfy your scientific curiosity for everything from astronomy to zoology, and everything in between.
For anyone, related-majors and non-majors alike:
Last weekend, a young prospie acquainted with Bwog told us that, during the infamous New York City bus tour, she and other students were given bingo cards filled with “typical NYC sights” and were told to fill them out as they rode through the city. The cards, she told us, included such wholesome items as “sirens” and “neon signs.” We thought these were giving prospies a far-too-reductive picture of the city they might be about to inhabit for the next four years, so we’ve compiled our own bingo card with our own list of typical Morningside Heights sights. Barnard prospies on campus today and tomorrow, and any other Columbia students who might visit in the next few months: use this link to print 30 randomized bingo cards to play with your friends, or check out one representative card below.
Tags: if you take a picture of alma but dont post it on instagram does it make a sound?, morningside heights, tag yourselves we're 'poorly concealed bottle of alcohol', tbt to that bingo meme on twitter last summer, thanks sophia for the unintended pitch!, the free space is left of center like much of the student body here
Despite the best efforts of this grand university to crush everything and anything joyful about this place, the CU Marching Band… marches on, so to speak, releasing its first wave of flyers for Orgo Night. The time, as always, is at the witching hour of Reading Week; the place is somewhat up in the air. Wherever Orgo Night ends up, Bwog’ll be there; what about you?
All images via CUMB Ministry of Propaganda
Written by Isabel Sepúlveda
One half of the LLC (aka the two identical buildings next to John Jay), Hartley Hall in one of the oldest dorms on campus, and sometimes, it feels like it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t also a great place to live during your first year at Columbia and beyond!
Location: 1124 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 (between Hamilton and Wallach)
Nearby dorms: Wallach and John Jay are literally connected. Furnald, Carman, and Wein are a bit more of a hike but still only 3 minutes away.
Stores and restaurants: John Jay, JJ’s, Hamilton Deli, Arts and Crafts
Cost: $8,412, standard for freshpeople
Tags: @ sophomores in hartley: fucking interact with your first-years it's what they deserve, #renovatehartleyhall2k18, my first choice was a hartley double why did you put me in the b suite, some people really love hartley don't let my salt turn you off, what did i do in a past life to deserve that?
Bwog was recently contacted by the estate of Allen Ginsberg (CC ’48), owing to the discovery of an early draft of his famous poem, “Howl.” We were told it might be of some interest to us, and oh, it definitely was. Read an excerpt of this historic find below.
I saw the best minds of my generation rushing Bwog, starving hysterical naked,
dragging themselves up the Lerner Ramps at 9:00 pm looking for an angry pitch,
angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,
who student loans and Canada Goose and hollow-eyed and high sat up eating green grapes in the supernatural darkness of Lerner 510 floating across the tops of cities contemplating jazz,
who bared their brains to the Editorial Board above the 1 Train and saw Alma Mater staggering on tenement roofs illuminated,
who passed through universities with radiant cool eyes hallucinating MoHi and Woolf-light tragedy among the scholars of the Core,
who were expelled from the academies for crazy & publishing obscene posts on the Wordpress of Bwog…
To see what sort of publication could have possibly inspired such a masterwork, join us tonight. What else are you going to do on a Sunday evening?
Howl by USFWS via Wikimedia Commons.
Happening in the world: Australian public opinion is divided over how to deal with a growing feral peacock population, with some calling them “disruptive” and others “part of the community.” (BBC)
Happening in the US: Allison Mack (from Smallville) was indicted on Friday on charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy to commit forced labor. Working alongside Keith Raniere, Mack helped to lure women into an alleged sex cult disguised as a self-help and empowerment organization. (Washington Post)
Happening in the city: A Brooklyn postal carrier was found to have hoarded 17,000 pieces of undelivered mail from the past decade, saying he was “overcome by how much he had to deliver.” (NY Times)
Happening on campus: “Make It Tappen!”, UnTapped’s 2018 Spring Showcase, is happening at 6:30 pm in the Lerner Black Box! Featuring student choreography and a collaboration with CU Bellydance. More info can be found on the Facebook event page.
Song Suggestion Sunday:
Peacock by Myloismylife via Wikimedia Commons
Written by Youngweon Lee
A late night diary entry. A stream of consciousness musing at 5 am.
It’s been another long week and a short weekend. Saturday’s gone, and Sunday’s sunrise is near us. I meant to go to bed a lot earlier tonight, but that didn’t happen. I slept 14 hours last Saturday; I wish I could do that every week. I physically can’t keep up with that “I’ll sleep when I’m dead” attitude, because I’m not functional without 8 full hours of sleep and a cup of coffee. My class schedule will be more lax next semester, though, so hopefully, I’ll get more sleep. Even 10:10 classes are too early for me, honestly. I wish I could be a morning person but I’m so much more productive and alert at night. Is that so wrong? Why does our society covet morning people so much? What about us night owls?
I was at 1020 earlier, as expected. I saw a lot of friends, some enemies, people I wanted to see, and people I didn’t want to see. Typical of 1020, you know. The person I most wanted to see wasn’t there, though. It’s okay, I still had fun. Before that, I was at a random EC party that Idris brought me to. I haven’t gone to one of those in a while, and I forgot how stuffy and smelly they get. I didn’t enjoy it much at all. We left almost immediately after we entered, even though we walked many blocks to get there.
Written by Riva Weinstein
New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.
Bailey Coleman (BC ’19) strikes a pose via Wikimedia Commons
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