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23

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GWC considers the support of undergraduate students to be crucial to their struggle. If you decide that you do sympathize with their cause after reading this article, consider making a banner and heading down to the picket line sometime this week.

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:

  • In December 2016, Columbia graduate workers voted 72% to 28% to form a union affiliated with the United Auto Workers Local 2110, which already represents a number of workers on campus. This move was supported by both SGA and CCSC.
  • According to GWC’s FAQ page, graduate workers hope to unionize to “ensure livable wages, adequate benefits, clear workload expectations, and consistent and transparent employment policies,” enhancing “our conditions and our work – and ultimately, Columbia.”
  • After the vote was announced, the administration stated it wouldn’t recognize the union or negotiate with the elected bargaining committee, because it didn’t view graduate workers as traditional “workers” and worried about inconsistencies in election procedures.
  • The administration hoped that the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) would also find that inconsistencies existed and therefore refuse to certify the union. This December, the Board rejected Columbia’s challenges in a 2-1 vote and certified the union.
  • Despite the NLRB ruling, in January 2018, Provost Coatsworth announced in an email Columbia’s continued decision “not to engage in bargaining with union representatives and to seek review […] by a federal appellate court.”
  • Union members allege Columbia is attempting to stall the process of unionization until President Trump can appoint new members to serve on the NLRB. Once he does this, it is likely that the new board will overturn the Obama-era decision that gave teaching and research assistants the right to collectively bargain. Therefore, this strike is being conducted in an attempt to pressure Columbia into bargaining immediately rather than waiting for the National Labor Relations Board to stop recognizing graduate workers as workers.

Find answers to even more questions here!

Apr

23

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LOOK AT THOSE PANTS!

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

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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.

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23

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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.

Put an egg on it!

Veggie Stir Fry
INGREDIENTS
Sesame oil
Miso (not necessary, but a nice touch)
Honey or brown sugar
Soy Sauce
Chili Flakes
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

DIRECTIONS
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.

Apr

23

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Campus figure(heads) under fire

Campus figure(heads) under fire

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.

24/7 Disrupts

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.”

Things went downhill from here

Apr

23

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"Sunlight is sacred," said Warren St. John, protector of the blue skies

No more cars on these drives!

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

Apr

22

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Here comes authoritarianism!

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.

Recommended:

  • The Return of Authoritarianism in China: Why Is It Happening and What Does It Mean?, 4 to 6 pm, International Affairs Building, Monday (4/23)
  • I Was Only Kidding!: Jews, Cartoons, And Free Speech, 7 to 9 pm, Pulitzer Hall, Monday (4/23)
  • Fifty Years After the Revolution: New Perspectives on 1968, 5 to 9 pm, Faculty House, Friday to Saturday (4/27-4/28)

Find the full list of events below!

Apr

22

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a brain – something that many of us have at columbia

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:

  • Neuroscience in Action: A Conversation About Early Life Trauma and the Brain (Tuesday, April 24, 4:30-7pm, Schapiro Davis Auditorium)
    • “This talk takes a closer look at how exposure to psychosocial adversity relates to children’s behavioral and neurobiological development. The speakers will present recent findings on emotional and cognitive development and their associated biological correlates.” Speakers include professors of psychology and neuroscience. RSVP at link above
  • (Medical School) Admitted Students Panel hosted by CU AMSA (American Medical School Association) (Wednesday, April 25, 7pm, 511 Hamilton)
    • “We will be hosting a Q&A session with students who have been recently admitted to medical school! Please have questions prepared. This is an opportunity to ask questions you may have about the admissions process. They will have great advice to offer and you can get some insight into the entire application process.”
  • Debate on Single Payer Health in New York State (Thursday, April 26, 12-1pm, Russ Berrie Pavilion, 1150 St. Nicholas Ave, Medical Campus)
    • “Last year, the New York Health Act single-payer bill passed again in the Assembly but was not voted on by the State Senate. Join us to see Richard Gottfried, Chair, NYS Assembly Committee on Health and the author of the NY Health Act and Todd Richter, Vice Chairman of Global Healthcare Banking at Barclays who facilitated the deal between CVS Health & Aetna debate “Should New York become a Single Payer Health System?” – RSVP at link

Click here for talks on biology!

Apr

22

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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.

Apr

22

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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

Apr

22

The “Hart” of campus (not really, but it’s close enough to JJ’s)

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

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: A two shared, co-ed bathrooms for each suite, cleaned twice weekly. The larger has two stalls/showers and the smaller, on the second floor of the suite, only has one of each.
  • AC/Heating: Heat but no AC. Buy a good fan for the first few months, or keep your windows open.
  • Kitchen: One in each suite, with two stoves, a sink, and a microwave, as well as lots of cabinet space. Cleaning them is resident responsibility so they can get disgusting pretty quickly but Hartley definitely has the smallest kitchen/resident ratio for freshpeople.
  • Lounge: One in on the main level of each suite, with a few chairs, a table and a  television (that has cable) with a smaller, essentially ineffectual lounge on the upper level as well that’s mostly just a few chairs and a small table. The lounges in the A and C suites tend to be a lot larger than those in the B suites. There’s also a sky lounge on the 10th floor and a first floor lounge with pool and ping pong tables!
  • Laundry: Free and in the basement, shared with Wallach. Though it tends to get full during certain peak hours (some evenings, the weekend, etc.) you can definitely find times when it’s completely free.
  • Fire Escapes/Bike Storage: No
  • Computers/printers: There’s a computer lab on the first floor and two PawPrint stations by the door, perfect if your computer malfunctions mid-essay or you forget to print until you’re walking out the door.
  • Intra-transportation: Two pretty slow elevators; one only goes to the 9th floor and the other that can take you to the sky lounge on the 10th.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Ugly 80s carpet in both the halls/lounge and the bedrooms; the kitchens and bathrooms have tile.
  • WiFi: Yes; and it’s pretty fast most of the time.

Pics and opinions below!

Apr

22

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Pictured: Howl.

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.

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22

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This is such a mood

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

Apr

22

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A late night diary entry. A stream of consciousness musing at 5 am. 

Dear Bwog,

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.

More after the jump yadi yada

Apr

21

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Keep an ear out for the music of your friendly neighborhood Arts Editor!

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.

On Campus:

  • KCST’s 2018 Spring Show, Hamlet, premieres this Thursday starting from Low Plaza. The show invites audience members to travel around campus, using all of Columbia as its stage. Join KCST in bringing new life to the world’s most famous play, as the tension between an established world of power and an ensemble of misremembered ghosts is stretched to the breaking point. See it for free Thursday and Saturday at 8:00 PM, or attend the midnight “drunk showing” on Friday.
  • Also this weekend, come to Roone Auditorium for Columbia’s oldest performing arts tradition: the 124th Annual Varsity Show, an original student musical that parodies life at Columbia. Tickets start at $8.50.
  • Tomorrow at 6:30 PM, head to Lerner Black Box for “Make it Tappen!”, UnTapped’s 2018 Spring Showcase. The show will feature three student-choreographed pieces, a collaboration with CU Bellydance, and live improvisation. Head there early to get on the waitlist to purchase tickets!
  • This weekend, the New Opera Workshop invites you to the Glicker-Milstein Theater for Die Fledermaus, a night of masquerading, champagne, and revenge! Performances are at 8pm on Friday, April 27th and Saturday, April 28th. Free for CUID holders.

Off Campus:

  • Tomorrow at 6 PM at Symphony Space, The Dancing Monks of Assam, India perform Sattriya: An Odyssey of the Spirit, a form of dance-drama performed to honor Vishnu in his flute-playing Krishna incarnation. Tickets start at $35.
  • This Wednesday, 7 PM at the Brooklyn Museum, join a panel of renowned curators, playwrights and actors for Conversation: Aristophanes and Political Satire. They will examine how the political plays of Aristophanes can question and criticize abuses of power in the modern age. Free RSVP here.

Bailey Coleman (BC ’19) strikes a pose via Wikimedia Commons

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