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Jerome Greene Hall, meeting place of the University Senate

Jerome Greene Hall, as usual, was the place to be yesterday afternoon. The place was packed with both senators and literary references, which was the perfect mix for Bwogger Nadra Rahman. 

February’s University Senate session was brief, centering mostly on faculty initiatives and concerns. While the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) updated the Senate on student space and mental health initiatives, no new proposals were introduced on their end. The star of the event had to be the letter written by Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) co-Chairs Robert Pollack and Letty Moss-Salentijn, in response to PrezBo’s email on President Trump’s refugee and immigration policy.

“We Know No One at Columbia Who Is Not Upset”
PrezBo’s letter, sent on 1:00 am on January 29, positions the University as a defender of core American values, and in particular, of students affected by the so-called Muslim Ban: “It is also true that the University, as an institution in the society, must step forward to object when policies and state action conflict with its fundamental values, and especially when they bespeak purposes and a mentality that are at odds with our basic mission.” He added, “We have learned that generalized fears of threats to our security do not justify exceptions to our founding ideals.”

In response to these sentiments, Pollack and Moss-Salentijn crafted a letter “from the heart,” which was endorsed unanimously by FAC last month. The letter begins with references to 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 (of course), but eventually meanders to the thesis, which is that faculty members need space to assuage their anxieties and to express themselves in this uncertain political climate:

What’s up with this letter, huh

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Imagine an opera but like in Barnard Hall.

Although he doesn’t often go to arts events, Internal Editor and Late Nite Extraordinaire Finn Klauber last night tried his hand out going to a “real” arts event. Although he had only been to Barnard four or five times in recent memory, he found his way to Sulzberger Parlour and the symphonic recital that was awaiting him in that lacquered and effeminate den.

Up until the minute I entered Sulzberger Parlour in Barnard Hall, I had no idea what exactly a “heteronormative to homoextraordinary recital” would actually consist of. The event description seem to just be a smattering of artistic buzzwords interspaced between the names and works of Romantic composers and poets—for all I knew, of course. Entering Sulz Parlour didn’t help to orient me in any way, unfortunately, as the patterned walls illustrated with decorous songbirds, the pseudo-realistic portraits of Barnard presidents, and the Gilded Age furniture all clashed with the modern femininity which Barnard so effortlessly projects.

As I silently pondered whether a broken grandfather clock being placed directly in the cold stare of portrait-Debora Spar were some sort of political statement, the star of the evening, Brenda Patterson, began her introduction. Patterson, an acclaimed mezzo-soprano opera singer and alumna of Juilliard and Barnard, was to perform three different cycles of music: an adaptation of Schumann’s “A Woman’s Love & Life,” with new lyrical poetry adapted from Emily Moore, a performance of a selection from Berlioz and Gautier’s Les Nuits d’Eté, and a new performance of a selection from American songwriter Ricky Ian Gordon.

What was the thematic push in Patterson’s singing?

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Beef soup noodle personified

Staff Writer Timmy Wu reviews Zuo Jie, one of the Chinese food trucks on Broadway, just outside of College Walk. 

For most of the Southeastern/East Asian student population, the Chinese/Thai Food Cart and M2M on Broadway are both indispensable parts of their college life in Morningside Heights. Of course, there is a multitude of authentic and wonderful eateries in K-Town, Chinatown, and Flushing, but amidst the already-cumbersome school work, there really isn’t any reasonable justification to spend four hours to-and-fro for a sudden bout of gastronomical gratification. This is where Chinese Food Cart comes into the picture. Being 7000 miles or so away from home, these food carts are temporal portals through which thousands of soy-sauce-acquainted taste buds may taste their homeland and find solace. However, do these food trucks live up to their 7-dollar-a-banton responsibility?

I will admit that the weather yesterday was so nice that it felt like a treat, rather than a nuisance, to be standing in line for 15 minutes for the Zou Jie (左記)food cart. Being a significantly smaller cart than, say, the Luo Yang Uncle (洛陽大叔) Food Cart, the owners of Zuo Jie have to compromise their efficiency. Their workstation seems rather awkward but not without a system of their own. As I saw the couple (I presume) crossing over or interlacing with each other every 20 seconds, I couldn’t help but pry: “How long have you been here?” “Three years,” the wife reluctantly answered after a few moments of gauging my intention. I wondered what it would be like to work skin-to-skin in, essentially, a metallic box about the size of one-and-a-half bathroom stalls. More importantly, how does that kind of experience factor into Zuo Jie’s flavors?

vicariously eating after the jump

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We love NYU, and we think they’re great, but sometimes our NYU friends like to remind us that we live in an area of town where you can find half of the school’s population in exactly 2 bars on a Saturday night, while they’re downtown roaming around Greenwich Village. (At least my NYU friends do. Is this just a me phenomenon?) I was curious to see if NYU students really have more fun than us, so I asked a few real-life NYU students what they do on a typical Saturday night, and actually spent last Saturday night with a few of them.

First, here’s how last Saturday night went. I took an Uber to West Village with my friend, got my left frontal helix pierced at a tattoo shop on Bleecker Street, and sat in a dorm room in University Hall drinking beer, gin, and tequila and watching basketball with a few boys. Then we met up with their friends and PAID to get into Bar 13 ($5 for girls, $10 for boys: sexism at work?), and left almost immediately because it was very unlit. We stopped by Duane Reade to get a 12-pack of beer, then finished them off on our walk to The Jane. There was a line around the corner, and the NYU friends told my friend and me that it would be worth it, but I was skeptical. When we finally made it to the front, our fakes got denied, and we were asked to leave the building. We Ubered back to West Village? Greenwich Village? and went to some sweaty bar called Pourhouse, which was pretty much exactly like an EC party except bigger than an EC suite, and you had to pay (a lot) for drinks. I lost everyone when I went to the bathroom, so I walked to my friend’s dorm and crashed there.

Read first-hand NYU accounts of downtown nightlife

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the original Broadway playbill

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.

Saturday, February 25th

  • Naach Nation XV, 7:00 PM, Roone Arledge Auditorium – “Naach Nation is an annual South Asian fusion dance charity showcase hosted by Columbia Taal – Columbia’s South Asian classical fusion dance team. Naach Nation XV will be held on Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Roone Arledge Auditorium. This year’s show will feature performances by Adelphi Sapna, Binghamton Masti, Brown Badmaash, Boston University Khatarnak, Queens College Fanaa, University of Chicago Bhangra, University of Massachusetts Dhadak and Columbia Taal.” – Tickets here; $5.00 with CUID, $8.00 day of
  • The Loving Story, 7:30 PM, Teachers College – “Oscar-shortlist selection THE LOVING STORY is the definitive account of Loving v. Virginia—the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage.” – Tickets here; $11.00 with student and senior, $13.00 other

Thursday, March 2nd

  • Silent Matinees: A Star is Born, 12:00 PM, Room 511 in Dodge Hall – “Professor Vito Adriaensens presents a five-part silent cinema matinee series with live music by Belgian jazz musician Adriaan Campo and friends. In this third screening, come marvel at the talents of one of the world’s first international super stars, Mary Pickford. Modern technology is put to shame in Stella Maris, as Pickford tackles not one but two main roles in this touching pictorial drama. Be sure to bring your hankies!” – Free
  • The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 8:00 PM, Lerner Black Box – “The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a musical based on Charles Dickens’ unfinished murder mystery novel of the same title. This show is a hilarious, interactive whodunit mystery musical that allows the audience to enter the action and become the ultimate detectives by having them decide who the murderer is and how the show ends. Staged in a meta-theatrical manner by the Music Hall Royale, a traveling Victorian theater troupe full of just as many colorful characters as the roles they play, this charming and inventive musical is sure to intrigue and entertain any musical or mystery lover.” – Tickets here; additional shows on Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th, both at 8:00 PM
  • CU Players Presents: The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls, 8:00 PM, Glicker-Milstein Theatre – “CU Players presents The Fairytale Lives of Russian Girls intertwining reality with classic Russian folklore, and seamlessly placeing them within a single world where we face evil witches, angry bears, and potatoes with minds (and eyes) of their own. This show is about magic, movement, fantasy, and the dark twisty bits of the mind. But more than that, this is theatre that begs to be done in a post-inauguration world: we have found witches where we were expecting grandmothers and bears where we were expecting boyfriends. This show imbues courage that tells people this is not the time for running away or hiding. This is the time to stand up and fight. This is a show about taking action.” – Tickets here; additional shows on Friday, March 3rd and Saturday, March 4th, both at 8:00 PM
  • Pericles, Prince of Tyre, 8:00 PM, Minor Latham Playhouse – “Incest and intrigue, pirates and prostitutes, bitter revenge and providential reunions: Shakespeare’s collaborative Pericles was popular in its day, scorned by Shakespeare’s great rival Ben Jonson, and mysteriously omitted from the 1623 collected edition of his plays. Shakespeare’s first, experimental foray into stage tragicomedy, Pericles embodies the attractions of early-modern popular theatre, and provides a uniquely challenging work for contemporary performance. ” – Tickets here; additional shows on Friday, March 3rd at 8:00 PM and Saturday, March 4th at both 3:00 PM and 8:00 PM

Shakespeare via Philip Chetwinde

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Columbia Housing lottery number for the Waldorf Astoria: 90/0001

Happening in the Nation: Many major news organizations, including CNN, The New York Times, and BBC, were barred from a White House press briefing on Friday. This move by the Trump administration struck journalists as unprecedented. (CNN)

Happening in New York City: The Waldorf Astoria, arguably New York’s most famous hotel, is shutting down on Wednesday for remodeling, to be reopened in a few years as a much smaller hotel with more residential apartments. (The New York Times)

Happening on Campus: To continue observance of Black History Month, Teachers College is hosting a film screening of The Loving Story, “the definitive account of Loving v Virginia – the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage.” The film screening will happen tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased here for $11.

Overheard: “… and that’s why I deleted my Grindr.”

Your New York 4-day forecast (sponsored by Spring, your favorite season):
Saturday (Scattered thunderstorms) – High: 58, Low: 36
Sunday (Sunny) – High: 46, Low: 35
Monday (Sunny) – High: 57, Low: 44
Tuesday (Showers) – High: 56, Low: 48
(Disclaimer: weather prone to changes, obviously)

The Waldorf Astoria via Hennem08 

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Mike Smith drive's to the basket for a layup against Brown.

Slow down, you’re doing fine

After crying over the Lions’ consecutive 4 losses, basketball fan and guest writer Gloriana Lopez decided to crunch more numbers than she ever did when she was in SEAS in hopes of finding a way to stop suffering and make the Lions win their games this weekend against Penn and Princeton. She figured out that maybe Mike Smith might be the key to that.

Mike Smith has quickly become one of the best players in the Men’s Basketball team. As a freshman, he has become the second leading scorer, just behind senior Luke Petrasek, and has racked up the 82 assists. But while Smith takes even more shots than Petrasek (30% of all shots in the last four games, compared to Luke’s 19%), he scores significantly fewer points. There’s no doubt that he knows how to put the ball in the basket, since he leads the offense with Petrasek and junior Nate Hickman… but could he be doing better?

Could he?

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Wow!

The only thing better than a cup of Joe coffee is riding the escalator upstairs to a modern/chic study space. Bwog editor Amara Banks continues our library review series with her take on the Science and Engineering library, located in Noco. 

Location On the campus level of the Northwest Corner Building, 401 Northwest Corner Building
550 West 120th Street New York, NY 10027

HoursThey vary. Typically, the library is open from 9am-11pm, but during midterms the library remains open until 3am. See the full schedule here.

Contact: (212) 851-2950

More of the review under the cut

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This semester, Bwog is bringing back our tradition of publishing articles from our sister publication, The Blue and White, after they put out a new issue. Today’s piece by Ufon Umanah tackles the presence and nature of conservative discourse at Columbia.

The Blue and White is Columbia University’s undergraduate magazine, founded in 1890. It publishes three issues a semester. Meetings are held on Monday nights at 8:00pm in the Choir Room of St. Paul’s chapel. If you would like to write for the Blue and White, or if you would like information about the magazine, please email [email protected].

Milo Yiannopoulos, the self-proclaimed “most fabulous supervillain on the internet” and technology editor at Breitbart, was to, as Columbia alumnus Daniel Garisto put it, “descend upon Columbia to teach you progressive heathens about your regressive ways and the evils of feminism, tolerance and empathy,” like an anti-messiah ushering in the new age of Trump, with his host, the Columbia University College Republicans (CUCR), heralding in the controversial figure to discuss conservative politics with Columbia’s students.

Controversy isn’t new for CUCR. It was only last year that they invited far-right,  anti-Islamic activist Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, or Tommy Robinson, to speak over Skype to an assembled audience in Hamilton 503. There, attendees listened to an hour-long lecture filled with assertions like Islam “promotes violence” and “cannot assimilate” into British and presumably American culture . When Bwog wrote a story on that event, the various tags read, “What does CUCR hope to learn from this guy, you wild CUCR but wyd [what you doing?] like really what the fuck are you doing, are you trying to become white nationalists? [sic]”

More on CUCR wilding and Yiannopoulos after the jump

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The sun may be out, but it’s also worried about why it’s so warm in the middle of winter.

Spring is in the air, even though it’s literally the middle of winter. While it feels really nice to walk around without mittens, earmuffs, and a heavy winter coat, something about this weather is pretty unnerving. February definitely isn’t supposed to be this warm, right?

Whether the weather changes are due to global warming, the impending apocalypse, or just the universe deciding to give you a break as midterm season rolls around, it’s definitely a nice break.

Enjoy sunbathing on Low Steps in the middle of winter, Columbia! Who knows when you’ll have this opportunity again?

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Me looking at these new extraterrestrials.

Happening in the world: Scientists (I mean it would be weird if clowns did this. Actually, would it?) have recently discovered a solar system they’ve named TRAPPIST-1. It’s eerily similar to ours, with seven planets close to Earth in size and at least three of those planets in the habitable zone, or the zone where liquid water could form. (Space.com)

Happening in the Big Appz: The cost for the NYPD to protect Trump and his family in New York since Inauguration Day has turned out to be significantly less than what the NYPD previously anticipated — $24 million as compared to the estimated $35 million. Thank goodness, right? (New York Times)

Happening on campus: Tonight at 7 pm CU Generation will be performing its first ever Showcase in the Black Box Theatre.

Overheard: “Now, the reason they gave for giving him second place was that he wasn’t French. But the winner wasn’t French either. He was Swiss.”

Health goth tip of the week: High glycemic foods such as pretzels, saltine crackers, and instant oatmeal can lead to intense spikes in blood sugar and the release of insulin, which facilitates the storage of blood sugar in fat cells. If you want to lose fat, try looking into low glycemic foods instead. However, do note that just because something has a low glycemic index doesn’t mean it’s healthy; the value of a food depends on a variety of other factors, such as how processed the food is or how many nutrients it contains.

Bust of a Man Facing Right by Anonymous via The Met

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The poster for the event

Bwog sent staff writer Sarah Kinney and Events Editor Lexie Lehmann to Miller Theater Wednesday night to sit in on a panel discussion about race relations in Trump’s America. Stocked with intellectual powerhouses, the discussion was anything but dry. We laughed, we cried, we scribbled letters to our senators frantically in our notebooks. Read on to get the deets on this incredibly moving talk. 

On Wednesday evening, a sold out crowd shuffled into Miller Theater for a panel discussion presented by the Columbia Institute for Research in African American Studies (IRAAS) as part of their Climate of Inclusiveness discussion series. This discussion, Moving Forward: A Discussion of the 2016 Election and What’s Next, featured four speakers: award-winning author and journalist Ta-Nehisi Coates, Columbia Professor of Journalism and writer for the New Yorker Jelani Cobb, award-winning investigative journalist for the New York Times Nikole Jones, and James L. Dohr Professor of Law here at Columbia Patricia Williams. As if the panel wasn’t stacked enough, the discussion was moderated by professor, lawyer, and IRAAS Director Samuel Roberts. Before beginning, Roberts explained that this panel discussion had been in the works since November 9, a day that will live in infamy. However, these four scholars have been digesting and developing their ideas on race relations in Trump’s America for more than just a few months. All four are prolific and widely-respected intellectuals whose investigative work dates back for decades.

What Happened at the Event?

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The cast of the 123rd Varsity Show pose with Columbia’s most famous statute (the one not by Henry Moore)

Tuesday evening, the cast of the 123rd Varsity Show presented a variety of songs and scenes in the Diana Event Oval to preview its upcoming performance. Columbia theatre veteran, theatre-connoisseur, and now Guest Writer Alexandra Warrick writes her thoughts and critiques of the preview, edited by Arts Editor Gowan Moise.

Campus theatre at Columbia can be likened to a sack of candy.  You’ve got the butterscotch of King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe’s sagas – dense, long-lasting, and your grandparents love them; you’ve got the Pop-Rocks of Columbia Musical Theatre Society productions – crackling, effervescent and sometimes a little much.  Columbia University Players is a mystery-wrapper lollipop – you really never know what you’re going to get each semester – and Latenite Theatre has to be liquor-filled bon-bons (with maybe more liquor than bon-bon).  There’s truly something for every ticket-holder’s tastes here at CU.

What about the Varsity Show?

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People, like salmon, naturally return to the locations of their forefathers.

We all remember the drama surrounding the Administration’s restriction of Orgo Night last Fall, as student outrage poured over Spectator op-ed columns and Columbia Buy/Sell Memes. Following this “act of censorship,” as some students and alumni believe, a group of alumni began cooperating upon a pro-Orgo Night pamphlet to be released under the pen name Alexander Hamiltonius. In this piece, new writer Ufon Umanah discusses his interviewer with Hamiltonius organizer and CUMB alumnus Kevin Chapman. 

Last semester, as pre-inauguration blues led into a stress-inducing reading week, the administration ordered the Columbia University Marching Band to keep their semesterly Orgo Night out of Butler. As CUMB prepared to perform outside the library in chilling weather, they declared in a statement that they, “in conjunction with our Alumni network, vow to keep fighting the good fight against the War on Fun.” At the University Senate plenary set for December 15th, the day of Orgo Night, faculty and administrators alike seemed unconcerned by the mounting student outrage. But already in the midst of the winter season, the alumni response was rising.

In the early hours of December 15th, the Columbia Daily Spectator released five op-eds relating to Orgo Night, one written by the Editorial Board, one written by this writer, and one written by Kevin G. Chapman CC ’83. One might call the Dow-Jones employee the ideal Columbia alumnus. With a son currently enrolled as a member of CUMB, Chapman at the time served as the Head of the New Jersey Alumni Representative Committee, which helps “the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by interviewing applicants, representing Columbia at local college fairs and hosting regional programs for admitted students.” In his op-ed titled “Suppression of expression does not become Columbia,” he argued “there seems to be no good explanation other than implicit censorship for the administration seeking to ban the traditional Orgo Night performance by the Columbia University Marching Band from its usual location in Butler 209.”

What else was said during this interview?

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“Sea Of Dicks I’ve Sucked” is a viable suggestion

So, it appears that we’re going to have to live with this strange John Jay-JJ’s amalgamation for a few more weeks ( perhaps longer, depending on how the repair takes). This isn’t any kind of major inconvenience – John Jay serves mozzarella sticks just fine, and we can take trading basement Foosball for more seating area – except for one small problem: we don’t know what to call this new fused dining hall.

Sure, we could just go on referring to John Jay during non-John Jay hours as John JJ’s just like most other Columbia students for the sake of sheer convenience, but it doesn’t have quite that ring, that spirit, that pizzazz that we crave in our acronyms. “John JJ’s” just does not compare to the intimidating “PrezBo” or the elusive “Deantini.”

In order to resolve this dilemma, Bwog is holding a contest: how should we refer to John Jay during JJ’s hours? Send your suggestions to [email protected] or leave them in the comments below by 11:59 pm next Tuesday, February 28th. The winner will receive one (1) swipe into John Jay during JJ’s hours.

We’ve come up with a few suggestions ourselves to get you started:

  • John Jacob Jingleheimer JJ’s
  • John Jay But Every Time It Hits 9 pm It Gets Fatter
  • John Jay’s J
  • Jay Squad
  • Smoke a (John) Jay
  • John Jayyy lmao

Where are the vaginas in this sea? via Overheard @ Barnard

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