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Chickpeas or vomit? A superb owl would probably be able to tell

Chickpeas or vomit? A superb owl would probably be able to tell

As you’re probably painfully aware, the SuperBowl was yesterday. And, as you are also probably painfully aware, the most recent problematic short-lived meme is calling the SuperBowl the Superb Owl. As a patron of sports, owls, and (occasionally) memes, Bwog has titled this week’s field notes accordingly. Predictably, some of us are more superb than others.

Superb Owls:

  • Complained about Gloria Steinem and white feminism at a bougie bar in Midtown.
  • Had a deep and meaningful conversation that I don’t remember, woke up to a text saying what a great listener I had been
  • Went to Arts and Crafts for the first time. Realized they have my ideal demographic: all of the Columbia male TAs.
  • Watched the SuperBowl pretending to know what the flaming hell was going on. Eli Manning has a fivehead. That’s all.
  • Lost my shit at Lady Gaga performing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl
  • Got super drunk at pregame only to go out for an hour and come back early because I had to babysit in the morning
  • Went to a SuperBowl party solely to take advantage of the free food and procrastinate on homework
  • Watched the super bowl by myself even though I don’t care about football or either of the teams playing
  • Watched the Puppy Bowl. Team Fluff was robbed.
  • Crashed a Chinese New Year semi-party with a friend, didn’t know anyone but the food was good
  • Went sadly sober to a high school reunion.
  • Then: After went to NYU bar where Zack (and Cody) from Suite Life happened to be. 75% pretty sure it was Dylan Sprouse and not Cole.
  • And part three: When we asked to take a picture he said to look sexy and mysterious, in which I just looked constipated.
  • Spent three and a half hours in Ferris doing nothing, got lunch and dinner off one swipe
  • Opened the oven to bake some brownies in the floor lounge (the good-kid kind) only to discover a 6-pack of beers. May or may not have snagged some.
  • Got drunk and ate 23 fortune cookies (saved all the fortunes, don’t worry)

More owls after the jump

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So many cool events in such a short period of time!

So many cool events in such a short period of time!

This week marks Islam Awareness Week, a series of events and guest speakers sponsored by the Columbia Muslim Students Organization (MSA) that both helps Islamic people on campus celebrate their faith and educates other members of the community. This year, the week’s theme is Reclaiming Muslims Narrratives, which, according to the event’s official Facebook page, “aims to deconstruct distorted and false narratives of Muslims in an effort to bring back and take agency of our own narrative ourselves.” There will be events every night this week, all of which are open to CUID holders. (Non-CUID holders can contact the Columbia MSA to RSVP.)

The schedule for this week is as follows:

Fancy design via the event’s Facebook page

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You can practically feel the stress wafting through the air

You can practically feel the stress wafting through the air

We all know that feeling: the reading for this class was really long and really difficult, and nobody could work up the motivation to actually get through it. But, unfortunately, your class is a seminar of fifteen people, and the professor is going to expect you to have a meaningful discussion about something literally nobody read. What do you do? Bwog writer Betsy Ladyzhets has answers. (And not because she didn’t do her First-Year Seminar reading for last class – she totally did. She promises.)

It’s five minutes before the seminar starts. The classroom is slowly filling up, students stifling yawns and balancing coffee cups as they squeeze around the overly large table and slump into seats. A few take out books or packets of paper and frantically flip through the pages, highlighting arbitrarily and scrawling messy notes, but most just turn to their phones, taking advantage of the last few minutes they have before they’ll have to pretend to be academically inclined students on top of their lives. And then, someone asks the question:

“Did anyone do the reading?”

Everyone in the class looks around – heads are shaking, polite smiles are drooping into frowns, and frowns are disintegrating into nervous laughter. The murmurs begin quietly, but are soon clearly audible:

“No.”

“Nah.”

“No way.”

“I tried, but I fell asleep.”

“I got through, like, the first ten pages? Maybe?”

“It was so dense, I could barely understand it.”

How’re they going to get out of this?

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Fossil fuel divestment is on the horizon

Fossil fuel divestment is on the horizon

An email from Barnard SGA to the Barnard student body this morning announced that the student-voted referendum they released earlier in the semester has passed. Their email provides the voter breakdown:

SGA recently conducted a referendum on Fossil Fuel Divestment. 23.82% of the student body participated, and of that number, 95.92% voted in favor of divestment. As per our Constitution*, this referendum has passed. Thank you to all those who participated!

If you have feelings about the referendum results, DSpar, or the environment, be sure to attend the panel discussion later today at 4 pm in the James Room in Barnard Hall. The event is the first of its kind by the newly assembled Presidential Task Force to Examine Divestment.

Compelling graphic via Barnard College Instagram

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We're not sure what lightning is doing here but it does look cool

We’re not sure what lightning is doing here but it does look cool

Next Saturday, February 20th, from 7 to 10pm, the CU Chinese Students Club will present its 37th annual Lunar Gala, an event that celebrates the Chinese New Year through showcasing food, fashion, and performances. This year’s event theme is Flux, and the headlining guest performer is Jason Chen, a Taiwanese-American pop singer. Many student groups are performing, including Wushu, Radiance, CU Gen, and Raw Elementz; you can check out the full line-up on the official event Facebook page.

Tickets go on sale today – they’re available right now in Lerner, and will continue to be available every weekday until the event from 11am to 8pm. You can also Venmo CSC’s treasurer Raymond Li and pick your tickets up at the table, or purchase tickets online. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $15 for a special VIP package including a buffet-style dinner.

CSC describes this event as a “breathtaking fusion of Chinese and Western art and culture.” It’s proven to be both exciting and entertaining in the past, and with over one hundred students coming together to make the Lunar Gala possible, we’re sure this year will be no different.

Jason Chen showing off his backwards T-shirt via event Facebook page

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Maggie the Magnolia - the right kind of tree

Maggie the Magnolia – the right type of tree

Yesterday during the Super Bowl, there was apparently some confusion over what, exactly, a catch is. Jerricho Cotchery of the Carolina Panthers appeared to haul the ball in early in the game, but the play was ruled incomplete. Many football fans (and CBS officiating expert Mike Carey) thought this was an incorrect ruling, and aren’t exactly impressed with the Super Bowl referees. (SB Nation)

Meanwhile, in Spain, seven people were arrested for allegedly supplying cash and weapons to ISIS and other jihadist groups in Syria and Iraq. This group, consisting of five Spanish nationals and two foreigners of Syrian and Moroccan origin, sent the supplies from Spanish ports disguised as “humanitarian help.” (TIME)

According to recent research, newer forests of the “wrong type of trees” in Europe may actually be contributing to Global Warming. After the Industrial Revolution, areas formerly occupied by broadleaved species (such as oak and birch) have been re-forested with faster-growing, more commercially valuable conifers (such as pine and birch) that consume less carbon and absorb more solar radiation. (BBC News)

And finally, some good news: Governor Andrew Cuomo has plans to rebuild Penn Station! The plan is quite optimistic, aiming to both increase convenience and safety for commuters and become a commercial destination comparable to Grand Central Terminal. But it’s difficult to say how willing contractors will be to actually build the new station. (NJ News)

An example for those European conifers via the Barnard website

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The scene of the space crime.

The scene of the space crime.

The beginning to a new semester. A fresh start for all. Barnard’s been busy over winter break, what with tearing down the library (which is still standing) and opening a new office space with classrooms and and reserves. The LeFrak Center is home to part of Barnard’s library, as well as study spaces, a digital classroom and two seminar classrooms on the first floor. And here is where we reach the problem: those two seminar rooms. Bwog investigated the situation and came up with our own “solutions” to the problem.

In addition to the beloved green tunnel across campus, students returning to Barnard this semester were met with another, more subtle surprise – the renovated LeFrak Center with new hidden treasures: seminar rooms 117 and 118. Lovingly called the “New Hamilton Elevator” by some, and met with claustrophobic distaste by others, the seminar rooms consist of four white walls, an enormous television screen mounted on one of the walls, and an illogically-large table. Every week, Barnard freshmen completing their First Year Seminars squeeze past clunky plastic chairs, making their way around this table to find a spot against the walls.

While likely another initiative on the part of Res Life to further first year bonding, or a reminder from the NSOP committee that #YouAreHere (and can’t move anywhere else, anyway), the seminar rooms, with their tropical climate and exotic construction noises, have been making us wish we were anywhere but here.

All of this begs the question: What can you fit in there? In the hopes that Barnard will find a more suitable place to store their budding scholars, here’s a list of shit (aside from Barnard first-years) that can fit in the seminar rooms:

  1. The self esteem of a SEAS student in UWriting this semester.
  2. One extremely claustrophobic Henry David Thoreau. (Is it Walden or Walled-in? Haha.)
  3. The amount of people in St. A’s.
  4. A new JJ’s Place called Millie’s Place (Honestly why hasn’t this happened yet?)
  5. All of Columbia Football’s wins. (Because making fun of football never gets old, just in time for the SuperBowl)
  6. A nap room for post 8:40am snoozes.
  7. The Orgo class average.
  8. A horse. One, singular horse. Just put a horse in there and see what happens.
  9. The hopes and dreams of a senior going to 1020 on a Saturday night.
  10. Shamus Khan’s grading curve.
  11. One manspreader.
  12. Students who didn’t hook up with someone during NSOP.

LeFrak is Back via The Barnard Website

Feb

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Tharoor speaking at the India Economic Summit

Tharoor speaking at the India Economic Summit

Shashi Tharoor is an Indian politician, writer, and former diplomat. He is a member of the Indian National Congress, currently serving as Member of Parliament, previously served as Minister of State in the Government of India for External Affairs. And he’s got almost 4 million followers on Twitter. Last Friday, he came to speak to students, and Bwog sent Maham Karatela to cover the event.

On Friday at 6 pm, Indian parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor made a visit to campus, speaking to a completely sold out audience at Barnard Hall. Tharoor made his debut on the global political scene in 1978 as a member of the United Nations, working first with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in Geneva. He subsequently spent 29 years in the UN, occupying various roles and ultimately becoming the UN Under-Secretary-General. Currently, he works as a member of the Indian Parliament, well versed in issues of foreign policy, education, and generally issues related to the betterment of India.

To hear what Tharoor had to say, click here.

Feb

7

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All around the wo-o-orld people want to be loved...

All around the wo-o-orld people want to be loved…

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. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended

  • “The Sufi and the State: Discussing the notion of a state being ‘Islamic’” Tuesday, 11:45-1:00 PM, 411 Fayerweather. Souleymane Bachir Diagne.
  • “The Unending Challenges for Europe: Refugees/Migration, Ukraine, Daesh/ISIS, Unemployment, Aging, and More: Is there a light at the end of the European tunnel?” Wednesday, 12:30-2:00 PM, 1219 IAB. Urmas Paet.
  • “Net Neutrality: The Battle in India” Wednesday, 4:00-5:00 PM, CEPSR Davis Auditorium. Nikhil Pahwa.
  • “Embodied Cognition: Music and Movement” Thursday, 6:00-8:00 PM, Common Room, Heyman Center. Mariusz Kozak, Luc Nijs, Carmel Raz, Andrew Goldman.
  • “Conference On U.S.-Russia Relations in the Arctic” Friday, 9:00-4:15 PM, 1501 IAB. Kimberly Marten, Adam Louis Shrier, Austin Long, Johan Norberg. (RSVP)

And what else is there?

Feb

7

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(Still) thinking about these new developments...

(Still) thinking about these new developments…

Last Tuesday night, the Columbia College Student Council held a closed meeting to appoint a new representative, and the opening was not announced via a class-wide e-mail. Bwog looked into this incident and the reasons behind it earlier this week. If you’d like to know more about the appointment process, the details are discussed here. This Friday, a class-wide email was sent out by CCSC 2017 President, Ravi Sinha, explaining the situation, apologizing for any confusion it may have caused, and announcing the council’s decision to reopen the application for class representative.

Click here to read the CCSC 2017 email.

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Let's be real, this is the best visual representation of SuperBowl Sunday.

Let’s be real, this is the best visual representation of SuperBowl Sunday.

Hey, hey, hey, all you football fans out there! We know you’ve been deprived of good football since coming to Columbia (no shade). In order to remedy that, Bwog has decided to accommodate your need for football fanaticism. We know that our usual meeting time (7pm in Lerner 505) conflicts with the 6:30pm SuperBowl tonight. So we’ve changed the time of today’s meeting to 3pm in Lerner 505. So come hang with us! Bring the pitches and we’ll bring the snacks. And then go watch the game – or alternatively, go watch the Puppy Bowl instead.

Soirée SuperBowl via Guillaume Capron/CC-BY-SA-2.0

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Bark if you love football!

Bark if you love football!

Even more exciting than the SuperBowl? The Puppy Bowl, of course! It starts at 3pm today, and it will be downright adorable. Also, if you’re still confused as to what this wonderful event entails, click here to find out. (Wired)

A sick baby sea lion, aka a pup, was found in a restaurant in San Diego, but SeaWorld officials are hopeful that they can nurse it back to health. (FOX NEWS)

Jeb Bush does not care if you like him or not. In New Hampshire this weekend, he told the crowd, “I don’t give a you-know-what about whether I’m popular or not. That is fleeting.” (Washington Post)

Chelsea Clinton, Hillary’s beloved daughter, had a little slip-up this week and called Bernie “President Sanders.” Awkward! (NY Daily News)

As the presidential primaries begin, everyone (or at least, every democrat) is waiting on one woman’s word: Elizabeth Warren. Who will she endorse? (Huffington Post)

Humphrey via Joshua T. Beck/CC-BY-SA-4.0

Feb

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The spitting image of Prezbo, as drawn by Mason Amelotte

The spitting image of Prezbo, as drawn by Mason Amelotte

The official bacchanal lineup has not been released, which has left us time to fantasize about who we want to see onstage. Here are our top 15 requests:

1. Sweet Life by Frank Ocean
The concert is on April 2nd, and since want to be on the beach at this point in the year, Frank would bring us perfect pacific vibes.

2. Hail Mary by Tupac
He may (or may not) have been shot in 1997, but that didn’t stop him from appearing at coachella in 2012.

3. Little Bit by Drake ft. Lykke Li
2009-so-far-gone-fresh-off-Degrassi Drake would make us feel youthful in the birth of spring.

4. Used To by Drake ft. Lil Wayne
Post-glow-up Drake would make us feel like we had a big ass Bacchanal budget.

5. Leave Me Alone by Kaytranada
Everyone would become a good dancer during his set, even if your dance moves are limited to a head bob seasoned with some bold shoulders.

6. Dare by Gorillaz
Imagine seeing a cartoon band live tho.

7. Flawless by Beyoncé ft. Nicki Minaj
Think about the shit that would go down if there were a billion dollars on Low Steps.

8. Forever by Majid Jordan
If we can’t afford drake maybe we can get his friends.

9. Pink Toes by Childish Gambino
All these gambinos but the lineup still childish.

10. Don’t by Bryson Tiller
In the spirit of going against instructions, bring a fanny pack to the show and sing this song to your new man/chick while staring your old one in the eyes.

11. Buffalo by Tyler the Creator
In the interest of creating the ultimate mosh pit on Low, Tyler should definitely be there yelling at everyone in yellow.

12. DMT by xxyyxx
While getting ready to recite all of the lyrics you memorized on rap genius after the lineup’s release, you’re going to want to chill to his beats.

13. Right Hand Man by the cast of Hamilton
The only thing more hype than having these guys here would be having the actual founding fathers perform.

14. Lost in the world by Kanye West
Will “Waves/Swish/So Help Me God” ever be as good as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy? Will anything ever be as good as My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy?

15. Work by Rihanna
Mostly so that we can make this badgalPrezBo doodle relevant.

Feb

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USenate has a special affection(?) for the Smoking Policy.

Joe Milholland, Governmental Bwogger Extraordinaire, attended the USenate plenary this week. An unexpectedly wide range of topics came up, making for some interesting takeaways. But, of course, how can one have a USenate plenary without mentioning the Smoking Policy?

The University Senate had a plenary on Friday, and several smaller topics came up. Here they are, followed by two policy updates:

  • After a moment of silence for the Columbia students killed and injured in the Global Brigades trip to Honduras, PrezBo said that the university’s response was “just outstanding.” PrezBo singled out Samuel Seward, Robert Gristo, and Kavita Sharma, who flew to Honduras as quickly as possible once they heard the news.
  • Columbia College Senator Ramis Wadood said the Student Affairs Committee will release the student quality of life report in a week to a week and a half. He also said that SAC has voted to support a plaque that indicates Columbia is built on land once lived on by the Lenape people.
  • The university’s faculty have been taking a quality of life survey of their own, and, according to Sharyn O’Halloran, 33% of faculty completed it. O’Halloran will provide highlights from the surrey’s data on April 1 and will have more detailed info on April 29. O’Halloran also said that a quality of life survey for research officers is being rolled out this semester.
  • A proposal to give non-tenured faculty “longer notice periods for any decisions not to renew their appointments” was presented and discussed. The proposal passed unanimously, although one senator worried this might lead the university to hire more part-time faculty.

Smoking Policy

  • The Smoking Policy – a perennial University Senate topic – reared its head once more from the deepest, darkest depths of Columbia policy discussion. Specifically, Research Officer Senator Daniel Savin asked for an update, saying, “Walking around campus, it really doesn’t seem as if there’s been any change in the amount of smoking or the location of smoking.”
  • “This is my favorite topic,” said O’Halloran in response. “I will simply say I too have noticed those issues. We have an implementation committee. They will be coming back to us next year with an assessment of whether this has worked or not.” She thanked Savin for his input.

The Institute for Ideas and Imagination

  • A resolution to establish an Institute for Ideas and Imagination passed unanimously. The institute, located at the Global Center in Reid Hall, Paris, would house 14 fellows from humanities-related fields – 7 from Columbia’s faculty and 7 from around the world (not necessarily university faculty).
  • “Broadly speaking, the idea is this: America has probably the best universities in the world,” said Senator Mark Mawozar. “Nevertheless, they’ve benefited in various ways from a period of world history – about 50 or 60 years – when America has been the unchallenged hegemon. And that can lead to a certain kind of intellectual inertia, in which you assume, within your field, or your discipline, or your subject, that you know exactly what’s knowledge and how it should be defined and what’s mainstream and what’s not. And the world’s changing now, pretty fast.”

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Spring semester is bound to get you down as your work starts to pile up and the temperature continues to drop. We’re here to help you figure out just how you will beat this Spring Semester Slump and make it to Bacchanal alive and well.

 

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