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With this guide, you can know how to act at 1020.

Q: Who is allowed to sit at the couches?

A: Anyone! First come first serve.

Q: How do you claim a booth?

A: You can wait for someone to leave and pounce, or you can find a booth with 1-2 people and ask if you can join them. If you choose the latter, you can either befriend the original inhabitants or be as loud and obnoxious as you can until they leave.

Q: Where am I supposed to put my coat?

A: There is a coat rack by the men’s bathroom, but there’s no guarantee that your coat will still be there when you come back for it. I recommend just holding onto it.

Q: Should I befriend the bartenders? 

A: Yes! If you go to 1020 anytime on a weekday or before peak hour on the weekend, the full-time bartenders will be there. During weekend peak hours, student bartenders are usually there. They are all great people!

Q: Will that help me get free drinks?

A: Maybe, but that shouldn’t be your reason for befriending the bartenders and you shouldn’t feel entitled to free drinks because you know them.

Q: Why are the bathrooms the way they are?

A: They are better bathrooms than any dive bar bathroom I’ve been to downtown. The location might seem illogical when the bar is packed, but if you go during off-peak hours, you’ll see that it’s fine where it is. Besides, where else could they put it?

Q: How can you get the bartender’s attention?

A: During peak hours, keep in mind that the bartenders each have like 20 other people trying to get their attention at once. Push through the couples making out and get to the bar, then send telepathy at them until they come to you.

Q: Do they have a movie schedule or playlist?

A: They usually play movies that can be watched with the sound off (action movies, old mafia movies, crime movies, etc.) – “nothing too cerebral,” as a woman sitting at the bar said when I went to ask. Otherwise, it’s completely random. No schedule, no playlist.

Q: How close can you sit next to a stranger on the bench/couch area in the back without being rude? 

A: There are two situations in which it’s socially acceptable to sit right next to a stranger: if you’re interested, and if it’s completely packed. Otherwise, leave at least one seat between you and the stranger for personal space.

Q: How hard can I push someone?

A: Hard enough to push past to get where you’re going, but not hard enough to spill their drink.

Q: What are the best drinks?

A: Yuengling is cheap ($4) and a lot better than PBR, so if you’re trying to get a beer, it’s a good bang for your buck. The cider is Stella, so it’s more expensive ($6) but I like it a lot. Apparently, if you’re on a diet, a vodka club is the way to go, but it tastes like watered down vodka. It’s so gross. If you’re trying to get wasted and make some bad decisions, get a Long Island Iced Tea. If you want a generic drink that doesn’t taste too much like alcohol to sip on, you have your vodka cran, vodka sour, whiskey sour, gin and tonic (bottom shelf gin, of course!), etc. If you’re trying to buy shots, you’re dumb; why didn’t you take shots at the pregame?

Q: Why is 1020 better than Mel’s? 

A: Because you’ll find me there on any given weekend night.

If you have any other questions, leave a comment or email and we will add it to the post.

1020 via Bwog Archives



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Unanswered question: Why do the gym and the arts building have the same name?

Columbia is a confusing place. Despite the relatively small size of its campus, it’s still much larger than Barnard’s, with way more buildings named after now dead rich white men. As a Barnard first-year, I haven’t had all that much reason to spend a lot of time at Columbia other than at the dining halls and EC parties, and I try to cross Broadway to that side as little as possible. Thus, now, even in the second semester, I find myself texting group chats “Where’s Wien again?” and “How do I get to Schermerhorn?” So, with the help of some Columbia Bwoggers, here’s a convenient explanation of Columbia’s campus for Barnard students who try to go there as little as possible – for the times when you have no other choice.

Wien: Looking at the entrance of EC, fondly thinking back on the hours you’ve spent waiting to get signed in there, look to the right and take the dark and mysterious stairway down. Turn around when you get down and you’ll be in the Wien Courtyard. Rumor has it that sophomores who enter Wien never come out until junior year.

Schermerhorn: First of all, why is it spelled like that? How on earth do you pronounce it? Milbank would never do that to us. Anyway, begin your journey there on Low Steps. Go up and to the right, and look for the big chapel under construction. With the chapel on your right, go straight and look for the quad (no, not the home for Barnard first-years you miss so much). On the North (uptown) end of the quad is Schermerhorn. To get to Schermerhorn extension, because apparently one wasn’t enough, enter the building and go towards the elevators, then turn right and follow the hallway.

Mathematics: Again, a bad name for a building, whether or not you like math. Anyway, leaving Barnard Hall with sadness in your heart, cross the street to the 117th gates and go up the stairs. Take a left, and Mathematics is the building on your left. Enter and make sure to take a seat by the window to look longingly back at your home.

More directions after the jump!



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Studies have shown that people who make it to the avocado toast bar at Ferris in time are happier people (Bwog et al., 2018)

Scrambled Eggs: You’re very straightforward about what you want. You take what life gives you, never complaining about any obstacles you might face and tackling them to reach your goals. Your approach to most things is very simple, yet extremely effective; you like to “go with the flow,” being extremely nonchalant yet putting in lots of effort behind the scenes. Although you like being around your friends, sometimes you need alone time. You never let your emotions get to you, and you’re very level-headed. Overall, you always find a way to end up being satisfied, even if it doesn’t go how you originally intended it to.

Waffle Station: You’re a very self-serving person. Just as your waffle’s fate lies in your hands, every lifestyle choice you make lies in your hands. You’re the most independent person you know, and you exude confidence. You don’t care about others’ opinions of you because you’re incredible and you know it. You independence, however, often lands you in sticky situations. You’re very stubborn; it’s difficult to change your mind about anything. You’re always a leader, but sometimes you can be too overbearing without realizing it. This doesn’t stop people from liking you, though. When others are around you, your charisma gives them more confidence in themselves.

Avocado Toast: You’ve got your life figured out. You wake up early every day to go on a morning run in Riverside Park, your time management skills are impeccable, you’re always acing your exams, and you have extremely healthy relationships with your friends, family, and other close ones. When people see you, they’re not sure if they want to befriend you or become you. Beware of others’ envy though, because someone could do something to disrupt your healthy lifestyle. You’re an extremely happy person, and you recover easily from minor setbacks. You’re extremely sociable and genuine, and everyone who meets you absolutely loves you.

More food options after the jump



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Not this kind of oil

Happening in the World: A mother in France has been sentenced to eight years in jail after drowning five newborn babies and hiding their bodies in the freezer. These births were said to occur over the past 10 years, going unnoticed by the woman’s husband. (BBC)

Happening in the US: The United States is projected to become the world’s top oil producer, surpassing Russia. The US’s new title as top oil producer could happen as soon as this year, the International Energy Agency announced. (US News)

Happening in NYC: A firefighter was killed as he attempted to extinguish a fire in Harlem. The fire erupted at St. Nick’s Pub, a club that closed in 2011 which is now being used as a movie set. (NYT)

Happening on Campus: The Claudia Quintet, drawing inspiration from many sources, combining American minimalism, Argentine tango, and Senegalese percussion to create a rich sound, will be performing John Hollenbeck’s compositions at Miller Theatre tonight from 8 to 10 pm. Check out the Facebook event here.

Overseen: A guy swiping into Carman carrying a box of 300 diapers.

Image via Pexels




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you’ve got this!

Do you have an upcoming face-to-face interview with a potential PI? A phone interview for a summer research internship? A panel medical school interview? Today, Bwog Science Editor Alex Tang brings you science interview tips, compiled from his own experiences and those of his friends and peers.

Chances are, as a science student, you’re going to receive an email or a call one day asking to schedule an interview, whether for an undergraduate research position, a summer program, or for medical/graduate school admissions. It’s a common misconception that doing well in interviews is an innate skill – in reality, being able to ace an interview is 90% preparation, especially when it’s a interview that might get scientifically technical. Here are some tips we’ve compiled on acing an interview for a science position.

  • Be optimistic! Summer and graduate school positions are incredibly competitive, and the cut for those who make the interview is usually the harshest by far. In terms of numbers alone, your chances of landing the position once you get the interview are usually much better than the chances of landing the interview. The fact that they selected you for an interview means that you look very qualified on paper. The interview is a chance for you to bring your on-paper application to life (and to go above and beyond your on-paper self).
  • Put in adequate preparation. (Don’t get too cocky, corollary of tip above.) Depending on the importance of the interview, I’d recommend starting interview prep no later than a couple days before the interview (definitely a couple weeks if it’s an important one, like a med school interview). To prepare for the interview, anticipate the possible topics you’ll be asked to talk about. (See next tip for common questions). On Google Docs or Word, use bullet-points to list out your possible responses to certain questions, as well as specific characteristics and experiences about yourself that you want to get across.
  • Cover your bases by anticipating their questions. If the interview is for a summer research position, you’ll have to explain your prior research projects, as well as your specific scientific fields of interest (and why you’re interested in them). If it’s a medical school interview, you’ll have to talk about how you discovered your interest in medicine. The point is, you should prepare for these easily anticipated questions so that you won’t get spooked during the actual interview.

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Barnard’s admissions staff getting ready to mail out decisions.

Barnard accepted 1,088 students into the class of 2022 out of 7,897 applications, a 35.5 percent increase in applicants within the last four years. As the applicant pool rises, Barnard’s admittance rate has also lowered to 13.7 percent, the lowest in College history.

The applicant pool remains diverse, with students from all 50 states, including Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Washington D.C., as well as representing 44 countries, having 52% of the class identifying as people of color. Vice President for Enrollment Jennifer Fondiller described the admitted students as “intelligent, determined, and passionate for making a difference in the world.”

The class of 2022 will also be among the first to experience the newly built Milstein Center, as well as the Beyond Barnard program.

Photo via Barnard Media Relations



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It’s not spring until it’s baseball season.

Sports Editor Abby Rubel takes a break from her knitting to bring you this weekend’s sporting preview. 

Fencing: Columbia’s fencing team heads to the NCAA Championships, which began yesterday, looking for their third title in four years. Twelve fencers from the men’s and women’s squads (the maximum number allowed at the tournament) qualified this year. After the first day, Columbia stands at second, tied with Notre Dame at 56 bouts apiece. Third place Penn State is only four bouts behind.

Lacrosse: Having dropped their first two conference games against Dartmouth and Cornell by double digits, Columbia will seek to improve their Ivy record in Sunday’s home game against Harvard. The Lions are currently at the bottom of the league—Brown is also 0-2 Ivy, but has a stronger overall record—and must dramatically improve in their last six games if they hope to rise in the rankings. Sunday’s 11:00 am game is their last game at Baker this season.

Baseball: The Light Blue will take on Yale this weekend at home for their conference opener, playing one game on Saturday at 2:30 pm and two on Sunday at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm. After a tough preseason, the 3-15 Lions are in sixth place in the Ivy league. Historically, Columbia hasn’t fared particularly well against Yale, going 68-102 all-time and losing both of last season’s games against the Bulldogs. But Columbia typically comes out strong in their season opener, so don’t expect a blowout.

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When will the 2/3 return from war? The world may never know. Here are the planned service changes around Morningside Heights for this weekend. #NotMyMTA

1: The 1 will supposedly be running normally. Sounds fake, but okay. Obviously, this doesn’t include delays and whatnot. There are just no planned service changes.

2: The 2/3 is on some funky shit this weekend. Does this mean they will be running normally (with downtown express trains!) in the near future? One can only hope. Meanwhile, this weekend, there will be no 2 trains between 96th and 180th from 11:30 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday. This doesn’t affect most of us MoHi dwellers too much since we usually transfer to the 1 at 96th anyway. As far as I can tell, the downtown 2 will be running express between 96th and Times Square. Big if true.

3: There are no 3 trains from 11:30 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday. Again, this doesn’t affect us MoHi residents too much but be aware that the 2 will be your only express train option on the red line.

A: Downtown (Ozone Park/Far Rockaway-bound) A trains will skip 155th, 135th, and all stops between 116th and 72nd at night from 10 pm Friday to 5 am Monday. “At night” in MTA talk means midnight to 6 am. Pro tip: this means if you’re trying to go downtown, if you take the A from 125th, it becomes a super express all the way to 59th.

B: On Friday, service will end early at 9 pm.

C: Downtown (Euclid Ave-bound) C trains will skip 155th, 135th, and all stops between 116th and 72nd on Friday evening between 9:45 pm and 10:30 pm. Pro tip: this means if you’re trying to go downtown, if you take the C from 125th, it becomes a super express all the way to 59th.

D: No planned changes on the D near Morningside Heights this weekend.

MTA map via Bwog Archives



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The Barnard Store, former home of the elusive Barnard Dad Hat

A few weeks ago, the Athena Film Festival team gave director J. J. Abrams one of the famous Barnard Dad Hats, which have been out of the school’s store for over a year despite enduring popularity with students. This event inspired EIC (and Barnard Dad?) Betsy Ladyzhets to look into the source of the hat’s disappearance, and wax poetic on what they have meant to students.

Even if you think you’ve never seen one, you probably have: adorning a hapless father figure on move-in day, hung backwards on a bedpost in a Plimpton double, or accompanying a harried student grabbing lunch in the Diana Center. You’ve seen that rustic off-white fabric, that characteristic blue font, that proud brim. Even the CC first-years reading this will subconsciously recognize what I’m describing: the Barnard Dad Hat.

When I was a first-year two short years ago, these hats were everywhere. I could barely walk into Hewitt or scroll through my Instagram feed without catching sight of one, much like how I could barely do a lap around the Quad without hearing someone singing along to the Hamilton soundtrack. There was an air of pride about these hats, as though wearing one (especially backwards) signaled that you were truly embracing the Barnard spirit – not only wearing your school’s name with pride, but also offering to share it with those around you, as any good Dad should.

And yet now, I go weeks, or even months without catching sight of these elusive accessories. They have been out of stock in the store since spring 2016, and officially discontinued since the fall of that same year. The hats are now an endangered species, as the Barnard Dads who wear them grow older, graduate, or move on to newer, hotter baseball cap options.

But why were the hats discontinued, and how did J.J. Abrams get one?



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Bwog articles are the only place you can get a view like this in New York City

Blue Shift, Columbia’s undergraduate astronomy club with a shared proclaimed interest in astronomy and astrophysics, is hosting the Arts & Astros events from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the Broadway Room at Lerner Hall today and providing snacks. No knowledge of either topic is necessary for attendance. Bring along your friends who commonly confuse astronomy and astrology to this event – you can’t lose!

Some highlights for this event include Black Holes & A Response to Hammond: An Essay on the Nature of Black Queer Femme Sexuality with Amani Garvin and Real Astrology with Moiya McTier.

See the full schedule after the jump!



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We are intimidated by this picture of science. Please just let us write essays in peace.

Happening in the World: After finding the skeleton of what was previously conspired to be alien remains in Chile, dubbed Ata by collectors, scientists have confirmed with genetic analysis that the skeleton belonged to a newborn female with multiple gene mutations, resulting in dwarfism and scoliosis, among other genetic conditions. The bones are said to be no more than forty years old, speaking to the inaccessibility of health care in remote regions. (BBC)

Happening in the US: You’re not the only one perplexed by how uncomfortably long winter is this year. Researchers have linked the increasing frequency of late winter storms to climate change, as warm temperatures above the Atlantic Ocean which would otherwise regulate the weather force condensed pockets of cold. (Washington Post)

Happening in New York: The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell roughly 724 points among recent news of President Trump’s plans to impose tariffs on Chinese imports. While this Bwogger isn’t quite sure what that means, it sure spells trouble for people who do. (New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Blue Shift’s Arts & Astro events will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 PM. A post further detailing these events will be released today, so keep an eye out!

Bop of the Day:

Weird Science via Public Domain Pictures



John Paul Mester

SEAS student John Paul Mester has gone missing. The Department of Public Safety notified students at 12:34 am via email that the department was notified of his disappearance on the evening of March 22nd. Mester is a white male who is 23 years of age, approximately 5’8″ in height, and weighs about 150 lbs. He was last seen in Schapiro Hall (605 W 115th) on the morning of March 19th wearing a gray Michigan hoodie.

If you have had any recent contact with Mester, or know any information about his whereabouts, please contact Detective Rojas at 212-678-1351 or Public Safety at 212-854-5555. We will continue to update this post as more information becomes available.

John Paul Mester via Columbia University Department of Chemistry



Vote in the midterms and also Columbia Student Council Elections

It’s that time of year again: get ready for posters, platforms, and promises to fix any and all common Columbia complaints. The deadline to register has passed, so now we can present all the candidates for CCSC and ESC in the upcoming Spring 2018 election cycle. Study up, because all of these people are probably going to try to be your new best friend in the next few weeks.

All of this will be overseen by the new Columbia Elections Commission, formed in February of this year, following the dissolution of the Columbia Elections Board. Additionally, if you missed the deadline and are heartbroken that you won’t get to represent your school for the next year (and are a SEAS student), ESC Representative for Racial Diversity and Inclusivity Issues and ESC Student Services Representative had no registered candidates and will be elected in Fall 2018.

Check out the candidates and all great SEAS puns, below.



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The sign reads “SORRY WE ARE CLOSED”

Morning To Midnight, more commonly known as M2M, is closing its location in Morningside Heights.

According to an employee, this installation is moving downtown because the company’s lease for their space, at Broadway and 115th Street, ran out. Employees were unable to tell us where exactly they are moving or how soon this move will take place. There is already one location of M2M on Waverly Place, near NYU.

Around 6 pm today, all of M2M’s large equipment, including shelving, stock, and refrigerators was seen being moved onto the sidewalk on Broadway, some of it into trucks. Their stock was moved out of the building, and they were not allowing anyone inside. This is a new development, as they were functioning normally as of this past Tuesday.

We will update this post as more information becomes available.

RIP M2M via Lucy Danger



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I spent half of my day looking at Zagat reviews of restaurants in places that I’m planning on visiting this summer. In other words… Day well spent.

One of my favorite things to do when I have free time, which I rarely do, is people-watch—and as far as I’m concerned, there’s no better place to people-watch on campus than the computer lab on the third floor of Lerner Hall. Because my laptop is on its deathbed, I’ve been visiting the lab regularly this semester in order to complete assignments, and the more time I spend in there, the fonder my heart grows. Some of the things that I’ve seen in there are hard to describe. Just this past week, I saw someone laughing hysterically at something on his desktop, only to discover that he was staring at the log-in screen. A few days ago, I watched someone rush into the lab, grab a seat, take what looked like a container of some type of pill out of his bag, crush a few pills on the surface of the desk, swipe the pile of pill dust into a sandwich bag, and leave the lab as quickly as he entered.

Last month, the Student Affairs Committee announced at a University Senate plenary meeting that the computer lab will soon be converted into a meeting space, and though this transformation is yet to begin, I already feel, in a way, as though I’m grieving. In honor of this truly special space, I decided to spend my snow day doing what I normally do on Wednesdays: sitting myself down in a chair in the corner of the room and attempting to get work done. This time, though, I documented (almost) everything… for eight hours.

10:00am: After grabbing breakfast in John Jay, my dining hall of choice, I head over to the Lerner computer lab. It’s quiet: only three other people are here. This is fairly abnormal; I’ve never been in here when it wasn’t at least half full. The snow outside, I imagine, is to blame. Most people are likely sleeping in. I would have loved to do the same, but that simply wasn’t a possibility—I have a paper to write.

10:22am: It’s still disturbingly quiet. I’ve never seen anything quite like this. All three other people are keeping to themselves, and they all appear to be working on academic assignments. Good for them. I, personally, am distracted beyond belief: For twenty-two minutes, I have been looking at reviews of restaurants in Southwest Florida on the Zagat website.

10:37am: Finally, things are getting somewhat interesting. A dude walked in with a banana, left the banana on a desk, and disappeared. He’s been gone for about ten minutes. Here’s hoping that he comes back.

10:39am: Banana guy came back and retrieved his banana. All is well.

10:43am: A well-dressed middle-aged man has entered the room wielding what appears to be measuring tape. I would assume that he’s with Facilities, but he isn’t wearing anything to indicate that he works for the university. As I type, he’s measuring how tall one of the desks is.

10:57am: Someone entered the lab, sat next to me, looked at the computer screen, shouted an expletive, and moved to another computer. I’m dying to hear the story behind that, but I wouldn’t dare ask.

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