Barnard SGA Results Are In
Celebratory Magnolia pic

Celebratory Magnolia pic

After open voting via my.barnard this past week, SGA has released the results of their elections this afternoon. The winners are published below in a press release from SGA. Congratulations to you all!

Dear Barnard,

Thank you to all our candidates and everyone who voted during SGA election! Congratulations on successful, innovative, and productive campaigns.

Following is the list of SGA officers for 2015-2016. The results are posted on We look forward to an amazing year with the new leadership!


SGA President
Shivani Vikuntam | | 2016

VP for Campus Life
Prianka Jhaveri | | 2017

VP For Finance
Helen Cane | | 2017

VP For Communications
Elizabeth Stam | | 2016

Results for the class and representative councils next.

Mental Health Task Force Releases Policy Proposals

campus-nightThe Columbia Mental Health Task Force (MHTF) has just released a press release including their suggestions sent to President Bollinger later last year. Following the death of Joshua Villa in December, MHTF sent a memo to President Bollinger in regards to student concerns for mental health at Columbia. Some of the students’ proposals reflect the numerous opinions of Columbia students, including hiring more staff and offering extended hours for CPS. However, MHTF has still not received an official meeting with President Bollinger, as previously promised, to further discuss the memo. Co-founder of the task force, Sejal Singh CC ’15, praises the efforts of CPS to support students over the past semester, but Singh calls on President Bollinger to “lead a conversation” about fixing the gap between student needs and the actual services offered on campus.

To further educate the community on mental health issues at Columbia, MHTF will be hosting a Teach-In this Wednesday, April 22, at 8:30 PM in Pupin 214. All are encouraged to attend. The Teach-In will also allow for attendees to offer input on the proposals previously sent to President Bollinger.

Update, 7:51 PM: MHTF also released their survey report, which can be found here.

Please find the entire press release from MHTF below.

Student Advocates Express Serious Concern About Inaction of Central Administrators

Today, the Columbia University Mental Health Task Force (MHTF) called on University President Bollinger to respond to a student policy memo on mental health concerns submitted to his office in early December 2014. The MHTF publicly released this memo of comprehensive policy recommendations, along with the results of a survey assessing student experiences with Counseling and Psychological Services’ (CPS) care for identity-based mental health concerns.

The MHTF’s policy memo (link here) addresses a wide array of student concerns with mental health care on campus, and includes a series of specific proposals to expand CPS staffing and space, extend drop-in hours to midnight and into weekends, emphasize more diverse hiring, strengthen the University’s crisis response, and create a mental health-related orientation program for all incoming students. Many of the proposals are informed by the findings of the MHTF’s identity-based concerns survey.

Read the rest of the press release here.

PSA: Revisions To The Rules Of University Conduct Open Forum Today
Maybe if they held the Forum on the lawn everyone would get along?

Maybe if they held the Forum on the lawn everyone would get along?

The University Senate will present their proposed revisions to the Rules of University Conduct, which govern free speech and protest on campus, in an Open Forum today from 4:00-6:00PM in Havemeyer 309. Today marks the last opportunity for members of the community to voice their concerns regarding the proposal before it is voted upon by the entire University Senate. Anyone with a CUID is welcome to attend and registration is not required.

Detailed below is an email from university senator Jared Odessky that includes highlights of the current draft’s proposed revisions, as well as a link to the Rules Committee’s full proposal:

For the first time in decades, the rules governing free speech and protest on campus are being revised by the University Senate. The Rules of University Conduct are designed to protect the rights of free expression while at the same time ensuring the continued functioning of the University and the protection of the rights of those who may be affected by such demonstrations.

The Rules Committee will present its proposal to the Columbia community at a University Forum TOMORROW, April 17 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Havemeyer Hall, Room 309. This is the last chance for public input about the Rules before the proposal moves to the full University Senate for a vote.

The current draft’s proposed revisions include:

  • A new procedure which replaces an external hearing judged by an independent arbiter with an internal University hearing.
  • Students accused of violating the Rules will be heard by the 5-person University Judicial Board (UJB) and appeals will be heard by a panel of three Deans.
  • When the UJB determines that a student has violated the Rules, sanctions will be issued by an administrative Sanctioning Officer appointed by the Provost.
  • Several additional potential sanctions have been added, including community service and revocation of degree.

The Rules Committee’s full proposal is available here.

We encourage you to voice your thoughts and concerns either by coming out to the town hall or by contacting us directly.

Get up-to-date with all things regarding the Rules of University Conduct here. For those unable to attend, follow along with us on Twitter as we live-tweet the Open Forum.

CUPAL’s Film Fatale Is Special
I bet he was the killer

Mystery! Intrigue! Black-and-white-ness!

Last night, CUPAL’s put on a performance called Special Project: Film Fatale. We sent Film Fanatic Ross Chapman to check it out.

I would love to be able to call this show, “An X with a twist,” but with so much going on in CUPAL’s Special Project: Film Fatale, I really can’t explain it that concisely. Film Fatale was written by Director Rachel Shafran (CC ’16) and producer Emma Finder (CC ’16) as a film-noir style murder mystery. They wanted their show to be like an old silent movie on stage, so they dressed the actors in grayscale and used makeup that matched. The dialogue of the show slowly faded during production as composer Ethan Fudge (CC ’15) replaced it all with music, leaving only a few lines of dialogue to be projected onto the Black Box Theater like text cards. All in all, their vision of a silent movie on stage came to a spectacular head yesterday at opening night, when the experimental concept and jazzy score got their first real trial with a Columbian audience.

The crew immediately set the scene for the viewers by handing out programs that were arranged more like a police dossier than a playbill. Instead of cast and crew notes, each character is described in terms of their relationship to the crime and the victim. As we read, the pit musicians played a number of swing standards. The five-person combo consisted of two violins, a cello, a bass, and a baritone saxophone, and the prominence of the sax and the plucked bass made the group sound much more jazzy than orchestral. The music during the show, in general, gave each character and scene their own motif. Some of them sounded very close to classic songs such as “Summertime” from Porgy and Bess, but he insists that those similarities are only coincidental. The music also, at times, directly imitates the happenings on stage. For instance, when Detective Charlie Dixon (Nathaniel Jameson, CC ’18) laughs to himself, the saxophone plays high, scooped notes that sounded to everyone in the audience like a “ha, ha, ha.” Considering the responsibility of conveying everything that the dialogue once did, the composer and all of the performers did a fantastic job.

More on the show next!

Bwoglines: To Your Health Edition
future health things yay

future health things yay

Doctors from universities across the United States have petitioned Columbia University, urging they take Dr. Oz of Oprah fame off of the medical school faculty. In other news, apparently Dr. Oz is on the medical school faculty! (ABC News)

Health news that can help trick your prospie into thinking you’re cool: E-cigs are increasingly popular among the high school set. Be sure to practice for a few days before they get here. (New York Times)

It appears hormones involved when humans bond with their babies also appear when humans bond with their dogs. This will no doubt please both dog lovers and baby haters. (Fox News)

In an important but somehow disappointing sign of our generation’s rise in influence, the Federal government is releasing hospital ratings based on user feedback, as inspired by Yelp. (Time)

In your regular Ebola update, analysis of the current strain of Ebola finds it no more deadly than it was fifty years ago. (Medical News Now)

An Apple product a day will be your doctor someday via Shutterstock


Lit Hum Syllabus Changes Tentatively Decided
One of many casualties

One of many casualties

According to anonymous sources, the committee in charge of next year’s Lit Hum syllabus has arrived a series of changes to the curriculum. While not final, these changes are not expected to undergo much revision.

Shakespeare’s King Lear, one of the most resilient texts in the history of Lit Hum, will be absent from next year’s syllabus. The play had been taught from 1937 until 2006 and then again from 2009 to present. It is to be replaced by the Bard’s The Tempest, which has been taught in brief bursts since 1941.

Euripides’s Medea, and The Book of Job are also set to be removed entirely. Medea has been on the syllabus since 2003 and has been taught sporadically since 1937, while Job has been taught continuously since 1990 and for most years before that. The final fatality, Goethe’s Faust, has enjoyed long stretches of obscurity on the syllabus, most recently from 2001 through 2012. It returned to the syllabus in 2013, but its journey seems once again at an end.

Readings from Cervantes’s Don Quixote and Montaigne’s Essays are to be reduced, but those—both mainstays of the syllabus—will remain on the official syllabus.

Returning to the curriculum in addition to The Tempest are Boccacio’s Decameron (last taught from 1986 through 2011) and Milton’s Paradise Lost (taught exclusively between 1937 and 1973).

All of this will come with some restructuring, as well. Genesis, in an effort to bring it closer to its proper chronological place, will be read directly after the Odyssey. Vergil’s Aeneid will also move up a bit so that it’s read in the first semester, nearer to its friend the Iliad.

Syllabus history from the Lit Hum website.

Hottest Buns On Campus 2015

Scissor Sisters are back at it with an informational guide (and maybe even how-to!!!) about the lump of hair on your head and what It Says About You.

Princess Leia Buns

You’re a quirky adventuress, and your spirit cannot be silenced. You’re probably double majoring in, like, Ethnic Studies and Biochem. Your favorite show is Twin Peaks. You wear an ungodly amount of beige. You want to be an astronaut.

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A little off-kilter

Man Bun

You are hip. Also, a fuckboy. You dumped your last girlfriend because she didn’t think Yeezus was the best album since Y2K. You will not have a job when you graduate. You will probably engage in performance art at one point or another in your 20s. Consider transferring to Gallatin. Realistically you will sell all your principles by 30 and go into the consulting job your dad set you up with.


Yes, we did take this picture of Zayn Malik on Low Steps. You didn’t know he’s a GS student here now?

Apparently babycore is a thing now?

Update On Barnard’s New Building
You will be missed...

You will be missed…

In December of 2015 Lehman Hall will close its doors in preparation to be demolished and revamped. The ugly, but symbolic to Barnard, exterior of the library will go, but in its place will come a digital commons and much more! Here is a brief outline of the additions that are being incorporated to Barnard’s campus.

The new library is projected to be 50 percent larger than the current library and able to accommodate a 75 percent increase of student study space.

The digital commons mentioned above will occupy the main floor of the new library. It will include, a modern digital production studio, a roomy space dedicated to creativity, a modern Empirical Reasoning Center, a Digital Humanities Center, and an innovative Movement Laboratory that will be suitable for analyzing the science of movement, dance, and performance. The full extent of the digital commons will be revealed in the fall.

Lefrak Gymnasium is scheduled to refurbished starting in June 2015. An additional floor is being added to temporarily house the faculty being displaced by the closure of Lehman Hall. The first floor of the gym will serve as the library beginning in the spring semester of 2016. When the books can return to their new home in August of 2018, the first floor of Lefrak will continue to serve its previous role as the gymnasium. The new addition of the second floor will act as BCIT’s new office space.

In May, the website with updates on the building process will go live. Be sure to check it out.

Housing Coverage 2015, Day 7

We can’t believe we are saying this, but today marks the final day of housing selection 2015. After days of tears, cowtails, bad playlists, and harassing our fellow classmates, we will be stationed outside The Cage for the last time today.  Things are looking pretty bleak at this point considering McBain was wiped clean yesterday and not much else is left in the other dorms for groups. If you haven’t picked yet, it’s most likely online selection city baby. Housing should run until a little past noon today, so we’ll be here to cover the remaining action. Per usual, leave any questions you may have about housing in the comments. It’s been a pleasure, kids.

The Red And The White

What’s under that apron?

Bwog takes another step towards becoming the erotic fanfic blog of Columbia University.


It was a Thursday and I was beyond gone. The previous four hours had been a blur of empty cups and imposing men asking me for identification. Things ended early when I handed a bouncer my student ID. It probably didn’t help that I’d dropped it a few times first. “You’re done,” he said as he pointed back out into the cold. “Maybe tomorrow night.” Whatever, dude.

I wove my way through empty sidewalks, grinning at my numbness like an idiot. After what must have been only a few minutes, I found myself stumbling along Riverside Drive. I seem to remember seeing a sign for 162nd Street, but that can’t be right.

I needed food. My first thought was HamDel, but I only had five dollars and my debit card was a casualty of the night. Halal, then. I scurried over to the first cart I saw and demanded lamb over rice. The man seemed not to hear so I asked again, louder this time.

What did he say next???

Bwoglines: What Celebs Have Been Up To Edition

Watch your arm!

Hillary finally hit the campaign trail on Monday! Like any normal human being she got hungry and obviously wanted Chipotle (a woman after our own heart). It is reported that not a single person in the Ohio Chipotle recognized her. Bwog could probably spot Hillary from a mile away… (CNN)

Paula Deen, after a run in with racism and diabetes, is back. She is taking over Pigeon Forge, Tennessee and opening a “family style” restaurant. It is guaranteed that you will walk out with a higher cholesterol. (Jezebel)

Former NFL player for the Patriots, Aaron Hernandez, was convicted with the first degree murder of Odin Lloyd. He was sentenced with life without parole. Later this year Hernandez will go on trial again in Boston for the murder of another two men, whom he allegedly shot to death outside of a nightclub. (NBC)

Unfortunately, Tori Spelling got a little too excited about the onion volcano at Benihana and burnt her arm! The C list went to the hospital to get skin grafts earlier this week. #benihanaburn! (E! News)

Hibachi dinner via shutterstock

CUSS Presents: One Suite More

With only one more day left in the apocalyptic chaos that is housing, CUSS brings you a slightly different take on a beloved classic. Like CUSS on facebook and Instagram and remember: liberté, égalité, fraternité!

Read the lyrics after the jump!

GSSC Approve Bacchanal Proposal With Changes
We need teamwork, people

GSSC is joining the group

At their Tuesday night general body meeting, the General Studies Student Council debated ABC’s proposal to turn the Bacchanal Committee into a group under the auspices of the VPs of Finance from the four undergraduate student councils, the same proposal that was debated last week at CCSC. GSSC President Peter Nason said that the proposal made the Bacchanal a “de-facto seventh line-item” in governing board allocations. Neither ESC nor SGA voted on this proposal this week.

Nason justified the proposal by saying that the Bacchanal Committee had been a “headache” before, so it was right to reform it. He also suggested that if the proposal didn’t work next year, the Bacchanal Committee could be run completely under the student councils, like Glass House Rocks.

The council approved the proposal with three changes. First, the Bacchanal Committee has to get 3/4ths approval of the four VPs (CCSC made the same revision). Second, the VPs of Finance have 48 hours to approve expenditure requests or significant changes by the Bacchanal Committee (CCSC voted for a 24 hour limit, and Nason suggested this discrepancy could be worked out at a later date).

The third alteration was to make it explicit in the proposal that the Bacchanal Committee had to get approval for decisions on “revenue sources and ticketing.” The council debated this change for a while, with Usenator Katherine Sotano arguing that language that was too broad in the proposal could cause the Bacchanal Committee to make ticketing changes that would hurt GSSC, and Nason arguing that changing the proposal too much could make ABC or the Bacchanal Committee to pull out. However, most of this argument dealt with adding a possible fifth bullet point on the list of the Bacchanal Committee’s duties, and an alteration instead of the first bullet point seemed to satisfy both council members.

The proposal will be negotiated further among the four councils, although they want to have a finished proposal before F@CU (the end-of-year allocations to the six governing boards).


  • GS won money for its student council because of its high participation in the Quality of Life Survey. If GSSC can get the money this semester, they are considering using it to fund snack attacks and using the money saved on snack attacks to fund a Shabbat dinner in the GS lounge.
  • Sotano’s initiative to improve the Dodge Gym is trying to get functional fitness equipment (a type of fitness equipment, not merely ones that work).
  • VP of Policy Elizabeth Heyman is making a survey to find out when it is best to have shuttles to JFK during finals.
Housing Coverage 2015, Day 6

Are we really still doing this? Anywho, today we kick off the second day of sophomore selection in John Jay Lounge! McBain was picked by a lot of groups yesterday, so we expect a similar trend in today’s selections. We’ll be sitting outside The Cage like always, so please tell us your lottery number and what you chose into when we scream at you walking out. We might even ask where you bought your pants. In addition, feel free to leave any questions in the comments and we’ll get to answering them. However, the answer to any question you have will probably be McBain or drop to online. See you soon!

LectureHop: “All Ages Are Powerful”
The panel

The panel

Yesterday evening, Barnard hosted an intimate panel in the Diana Event Oval called “Beauty and Aging.” We sent Cosmo Craver Courtney Couillard to hear what President Debora Spar and her fellow panelists had to say about the biting issue all women face at some point in their life.

Having spoken intensively in her writing about women’s relationship with beauty, President Spar moderated last night’s event on the topic of beauty and aging. The panel also featured the following leading women in the beauty fields: Editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Joanna Coles; Founder and CEO of Women One, Dayle Haddon; Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Rhoda Narins BC ’62; and the author of “The Beauty Myth,” Naomi Wolf.

To begin, President Spar explained the relevance of having this conversation about beauty and aging at Barnard College. As the college has coined the term “bold, beautiful, Barnard women,” President Spar shared she has received flack for referring to Barnard students as ‘beautiful.’ However, President Spar defended the slogan as most Barnard women are indeed beautiful, and the term ‘beautiful’ should be considered in a diverse way. She then went on to point out the struggle women face between being proclaimed feminists while also falling victim to the beauty standards of society. President Spar even joked, “wrinkles are illegal in the borough of Manhattan.” However, she challenged the panel as well as the crowd to consider what relationship feminism has with beauty, and whether a woman’s attempt at making herself look beautiful should be considered a product of her society or a liberating, personal choice.

But how do we handle beauty and aging?