September is almost gone, and while we want to be done with school, we’re just getting started with fall! We can’t wait to itch in our flannels at our losing homecoming game and slowly never leave our rooms until April. This weekend was a great way to kick that off…
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We at Bwog don’t always do our homework, but last week our Irish lit professor implored us to watch the debate “hopefully with a drink in hand”…so how could we resist? Here’s a quick guide on where to watch and what to drink.
The Watching Parties:
You have two options that both sound semi-annoying:
Otherwise, multiple channels are livestreaming the debate. Here’s the link to Twitter’s livestream, for example. Enjoy watching from the comfort of Ref Room or your tiny single.
Don’t get fancy with this. No need for drinking games! We suppose that you could go patriotic with some American beer, but any sort of 40 or tall boy will do. We currently have two Lime-a-Ritas sloshing around in our backpack that we’ll be drinking in a Butler red zone come 9:00pm. The key is to just keep sipping!
CCSC got down to business right away in their meeting last night, going over their budget as well as bylaw adjustments. New Bureau Chief Tamara Barriot was on hand to record the quickly-moving discussion.
Upon returning from the Student Council and Governing Board Retreat this past weekend, Columbia College Student Council had nothing but business on the agenda. The main topic of the meeting was the Funding recap, presented by Finance VP Anuj Sharma, followed by voting on the constitutional bylaws and weekly updates by each of the council members.
Finance VP Anuj Sharma presented the distribution of CCSC’s operating budget this year: $1,045,702. The first 14% goes towards internal spending, which refers to all spendings on class councils, campus life and Senior Week. The next 20% will be spent on external funds, which for the most part comprises security and facilities fees that cover all student events organized outside of Lerner Hall. And finally, the last 66% goes towards the governing board, which includes: the Activities Board at Columbia, Bacchanal, Student Governing Board, Club, Sports Governing Board, Inter-Greek Council, and Community Impact.
CCSC’s operating budget comes directly from the student activities fees and surplus from the previous governing body; the budget this year has the possibility of being about $15,000. Sharma took the opportunity of the debatable $15,000 surplus to present Funding at Columbia (F@CU) initiatives for this year, which will include a better determination of surpluses, and where exactly they should be considered, as well as improvements on the velocity of allocating money by cutting the time of deliberations.
Written by Ross Chapman
Food insecurity became a big issue on campus back in 2015, but its prominence on the activism scene has since diminished–Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman checked in on the progress of various student groups that have been working to combat hunger within the student body.
2015 was a year of hope for food insecurity on campus. The First-Generation Low-Income Partnership (FLIP) launched their Class Confessions Facebook page in March, putting pressure on the administration and student council to deal with the pressing concerns of their student body. CCSC, ESC, and GSC came together to create initiatives to combat the issue. FLIP raised over $6,000 to supply for low-income student needs. In fact, the term “food insecurity” only became tags on Bwog and the Columbia Spectator in 2015, to give a hint as to how important the year was for making Columbia aware of the issue. But as the year faded into the past, so too did the enthusiasm of the student body.
Last September, Ben Makansi and Viv Ramakrishnan spearheaded an effort to fight food insecurity. Bwog reached out to CCSC’s former President and VP of Policy to learn more about their programs and purposes. In our 2015 evaluation, we saw these short-term solutions as intermittently helpful if enough Columbia students participated. A year later, we can conclude that the efforts have had minimal effects.
The Trump campaign has announced that it is not the job of the debate moderator to actually check facts that the candidates argue. Basically, Trump can now say anything he wants and it’s alright….yea, that’s going to look more like a Telemundo show than a debate. (The Huffington Post)
The illustrious President Spar wrote an article recently describing what the importance of ageism and beauty standards women face (at all ages, really) comes across as a bit confusing as it seems D-Spar falls a bit short of publishing a “Dear Diary” piece instead. (The New York Times)
Kim Kardashian says she will vote for Hillary Clinton after speaking with Caitlyn Jenner, who will be voting for Trump, and decided she aligned her ideals with Clinton’s camp. Clinton’s polling numbers are sure to now go up as a Kardashian supports a candidate, who low America has fallen. (The Washington Post)
Why so serious, Mr. Trump? via Associated Press
If you didn’t read our post heralding the arrival of Autumn yesterday, this question might serve as a seasonal shock. Well, it might serve as a shock, regardless. Fall color, after all, is so blasé—just like all the people responding “pumpkin spice”. There’s no other way to describe the complete and utter dominance of consumerism in our “culture”.
“Pumpkin spice lube.”
“McDonald’s apple pie. Oh, and hotdogs.”
“You guys are all naming scents. Mine? Mine is cinnamon.”
“Apple cider mimosa.”
“Flavor? Hmmmm those new Starbucks flavors are good.”
“A chili vodka margarita I had the other night.”
Written by Finn Klauber
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.
Somebody famous once said “For six days, work is to be done, but the seventh day shall be your holy day, a day of sabbath rest”. We here at Bwog agree wholeheartedly, and not just because we follow all 10 or 613 or whatever number of commandments govern our lives—not that we even consistently follow any religious strictures. Our nights at 1020 give record to that….
But we do think a day away from work and stress is a good thing. And given the stress knot forming in the American Ship of State’s rigging due to tomorrow’s Presidential Debate, we think such a great idea has never been more important. So we’re here, for you, at Lerner 505 starting at 7:00 PM for some good old fashioned, Symposium-esque activities and celebrations. It’s gonna be a mirthful time.
Lighting up via Nacsama / Public Domain
The latest iteration of a ceasefire to the Syrian conflict fell apart, again, this week. After “accidental” bombings by the American Air Force, a successful thrust at ISIS’ last major position in Iraq, and the alleged use of chemical weapons, this oft-troubled region is sinking back into despair. (NBC)
Yesterday, the National Museum of African American History and Cultured opened on the last available spot in Washington D.C.’s National Mall. Presenting the dramatic story of African American history, the Museum is a beacon of peace and accomplishment in such a troubled time. (CNN)
Russia once again granted Vladimir Putin’s party to control of the Duma among low voter turnout and accusations of election fraud. Despite winning close to half the votes, Russia’s broken governing structure awarded Putin’s United Russia almost three quarters of Parliamentary seats. (WSJ)
A horse from Flagler County, Florida, was restored to her family after falling into a septic tank. Mercy, a 24 year old mare, was lifted from the tank after 2 hours of work by a veterinary response team and fretting by her friend and owner. Sometimes, it’s the smallest joys which mean the most. (CNN)
Sure, the Official First Day of Fall was on Thursday, but the oppressive heat has finally broken (and it probably won’t be hot again for the rest of the school year). Temperatures will be in the mid-60s for the next 10 days, though it is supposed to rain a lot, so enjoy the cool in sunlight while you can.
Written by Gowan Moïse
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.
Tuesday, September 27th
Written by Sasha Mutchnik
Inspired by Hillary Clinton’s recent statement that many Trump supporters belong in a “basket of deplorables,” Senior Staff Writer Sasha Mutchnik has compiled a list of Columbia’s own basket of deplorables. If you thought you were escaping horror by distancing yourself from your more “misguided” family members, you’re wrong.
JJ’s (sweaty) Place via Columbia Dining
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Written by Betsy Ladyzhets
In some very specific conditions, electrons (you know, those tiny negatively charged subatomic particles) can run away. But how does this happen? Where do they go? Are they dangerous? We sent Senior Staffer Betsy Ladyzhets to the Plasma Physics Colloquium yesterday afternoon to find some answers.
Shortly before 1pm yesterday, I ventured into the depths of Mudd to find my way to room 214 – a small lecture hall in the physics department, full of old wooden chairs and pictures of people whose accomplishments I would need at least two more physics classes to understand. The room was about half-full, mostly with students in the physics department, a couple of other professors, and alumni.
After a brief skirmish with the projector, physics professor Allen Boozer (the presenter and a well-known theorist in the field of particle physics) launched immediately into his presentation. He described ITER, an international project to build the world’s largest tokamak, a magnetic fusion device that theoretically may be able to prove that fusion can be used as a large-scale energy source. 35 nations and thousands of scientists are involved in ITER, and it is the most expensive scientific device ever built.
But, as Prof. Boozer explained and as over 150 papers in the past twenty years have examined, this enormous project has an enormous potential flaw. Tokamaks (such as the one built in ITER) require a plasma current to produce energy. If the electrons in this plasma current are transformed into relativistic electron carriers which can escape the current – and, essentially, “run away.” These relativistic electrons can be dumped into the wall of the device, creating what Prof. Boozer called a “very unpleasant situation.”
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The CEO of Snapchat is releasing a pair of sunglasses that record video from the perspective of the person wearing them. The glasses (called “Spectacles”) will be available next fall in black, teal, or coral. (Wall Street Journal)
Former Presidential candidate Ted Cruz has announced his support for Donald Trump. He failed to mention the insults Trump hurled at him during the primaries. (NY Times)
A recording of Allegiance, George Takei’s musical about Japanese internment camps during World War II, will be playing in movie theaters for one night only on December 13th. Tickets go on sale in November. (Advocate)
Tomorrow, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will both meet (separately) with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The meetings will take place in New York, but no details about what will be discussed have been released. (CNN)
In 2004, a Californian man went missing. Yesterday, his body was discovered, packed with Styrofoam in a wooden crate at the Locust Point Marina in the Bronx. How he got there (and how long his body has been in the crate) remains a mystery. (DNA Info)
The newest camera upgrade? via PD Pics
Written by Rachel Deal
USenate discussed a controversial topic today: a possible endorsement of UChicago’s Report on Freedom of Expression. Editor-in-Chief Rachel Deal went to check out the meeting.
At today’s University Senate plenary, President Bollinger was a no-show, there was no mention of graduate students unionizing (despite being on the agenda), and the divide between students and faculty was especially prominent in the Senate’s talk about freedom of expression in academia.
The majority of the meeting was devoted to discussing a proposal from the Faculty Affairs Committee to support the University of Chicago’s Report on Freedom of Expression. The proposal was introduced by FAC Chairs Letty Moss-Salentijn and Jim Applegate, and they gave a confusing explanation to why they felt the need for the resolution–Professor Applegate said that the proposal was “pretty closely tied to complaints about faculty” through the forum of anonymous evaluations on CourseWorks that had triggered Title IX investigations, and he believed supporting UChicago’s report would reaffirm that students must “listen respectfully” and “engage in respectful debate about ideas.”
Daniella Urbina, the Vice Chair of the Student Affairs Committee, immediately asked why the faculty felt the need to make such a statement. As students, she said, the SAC did “not believe freedom of expression being threatened at Columbia,” and she wondered what the ramifications would be of supporting a report that led to an alienating letter sent to students. Senator Grace Kelley of the Nursing School agreed, saying that supporting the report would imply support of the letter’s attitude toward “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings.”
Professor Applegate, who admitted that he had never had to deal with teaching controversial topics as a member of the Astronomy department, had a lot to say about how “safe spaces” and “trigger warnings” hinder the teaching of controversial topics at the University. He pointed out that the UChicago report did not contain either of the two terms, but he did say that the ideas of “trigger warnings and safe spaces did cause the problems of the Courseworks comments.”
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