Bwoglines: Mattresses Edition
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No “no sleeping” sign in sight. Score!

Be sure to order the new mattress heartthrob Ashton Kutcher claims to be comfy (via his generous investments). Does sleeping on the same latex bed product as him mean that you can brag to friends you’ve slept with Ashton? (Fortune)

Newest publication from a feminist American author Barnard women are sure to rave about! (New York Times)

Is your mattress topper not giving you the good enough illusion that you’re sleeping on something comfortable? Learn how maybe you made the wrong choice in August during that stressful Bed Bath & Beyond trip with mom. (The Telegraph)

CU’s mattress mayhem got some coverage over the weekend. (NY Mag)

Mattress Firm via Shutterstock

Overseen: McBain’s New Mascot!

McBain is barely capable of sustaining human life, let alone wildlife. However, falling ceilings and ridiculous renovations somehow didn’t discourage a curious raccoon from moving in. Earlier this week, an anonymous Bwogger sent in the following tip about Mc6′s new friendly critter:

“The McBain 7 & 8 renovations have seemed to displace a lot of creatures. They have found a new home on 6. Many mice have been spotted, but we now have a new pet. A small raccoon was spotted on the fire escape. Additionally, we found tracks in the girls’ bathroom leading from the window to the garbage can.”

Sunday Sports Wrap: Tennis Opens Season In Strong (And Secret) Showings
Hella Tennis Balls

The Lions hit at least this many balls this weekend

Bwog’s sports editor Ross Chapman brings us another weekend sports wrap-up. Volleyball is apparently rocking it this season, and the field hockey team is capable of crushing you under “an unforgiving stick.” Exciting!

This weekend marked the beginning of the season for Men’s and Women’s Tennis, who went off to tournaments hosted by Princeton and Mizzou, respectively. Headlining the performances was Winston Lin, who carried his national #8 ranking into the Tiger Draw, the most competitive bracket of the Ivy Plus Tennis Invite. Lin cruised through the tournament and eventually reached the finals against someone with an impossibly tennis-y name, Zack McCourt. The climactic final resulted in Lin taking 6-3 and 6-2 sets over the Princeton number one to claim his first title of the year.

In Women’s action, Columbia went fearlessly against teams from the Big 10 and the SEC, doing battle with Nebraska, Mizzou, and Mississippi State. Victories by our top three doubles teams over Nebraska highlighted day one, and the balanced effort led to five different players racking up three wins on the tournament. Alexandra Solovyev paced the team, going 4-1 between her singles and doubles play. The Lions had a pretty even showing in day two, with the doubles pairs winning three and losing three in total against Mizzou and Mississippi State. In the singles game, the Cornhuskers of Nebraska took the number one and number seven matches, but CU took every match in between, winning four of the five in straight sets.

But oddly enough, almost none of that information could be found on official Columbia resources such as GoColumbiaLions.com or the team Twitter feeds as of 2:30 pm today, when the last of the Men’s events ended. The new Columbia Lions app offered no information about either competition, even as it offers daily updates on other tournaments. These two teams are going to be exciting this year, and we hope that information about them becomes more readily available to the student body on a day-to-day basis. This is not meant at all to suggest some secret conspiracy against the evils of racket sports. It’s just a shortcoming early in the season that will hopefully find a remedy.

More results and medal finishes from the Ivy Plus Invite, and other sporting news, after the break

Only Two Candidates Show Up To Sandwich Ambassador Debate
Mikhail Klimentov (left) and Joshua Burton

Mikhail Klimentov (left) and Joshua Burton

Today was the official Sandwich Ambassador candidate debate. Bwog sent Joseph Milholland, Satow Room Chief and Sandwich Fan, to cover the event. It was less than exciting.

At the beginning of the scheduled half hour for the Sandwich Ambassador Debate, only one candidate, first-year Joshua Burton, had shown up in the Satow Room. Of the nine candidates, only one said he was not able to show up. The moderators, Abby Abrams and Joey Levy, gave Burton time to introduce himself and asked him the three questions they had prepared for the debate and asked for questions from the audience. Junior Mikhail Klimentov arrived halfway through the debate. The moderators went through the same process with him. At the end of the debate, the Sandwich Ambassador Candidates gave their closing statements.

Burton and Klimentov’s Statements:

Introductions

  • Burton said he is basing his platform on one event that would that would invite Morningside Heights restaurants onto Columbia’s campus where they would advertise and have “unabridged access” to students. In exchange, the businesses would give more student discounts.

  • Klimentov said sandwiches are not a “necessity,” but he doesn’t want them to be “cost-prohibitive.” He said he wants his campaign to focus on the people on financial aid who he has spoken to about financial obstacles. He also hopes that his changes will help the entire student body.

More awkwardness and more sandwiches after the jump

Bwog Meeting Tonight!
How Bwog meetings look

How Bwog meetings look

Do you remember the 21st night of September?

You will if you come to the weekly Bwog meeting tonight at 7 PM in the SGO in Lerner. Come share some snacks and pitch some ideas with all your favorite Bwoggers.

Sharing Secrets via Shutterstock.

Bucket List: Téa Obreht, World Leaders Forum

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as students at Columbia. 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 have a correction, please leave them in the comments. World Leaders Forum Events with registration still open are included under Recommended.

Recommended

  • “The Writing Lives Series An Evening with Novelist Téa Obreht” Buell Hall, Tuesday September 23, 7:00-9:00 PM.
  • “His Excellency Bronisław Komorowski, President of the Republic of Poland” Low Library Rotunda, Wednesday September 24, 10:00-11:00 AM. Register.
  • “To End Poverty, We Need Peace” Low Library Rotunda, Thursday September 25, 1:30-2:15. Erna Solberg, Prime Minister of Norway.
  • “Children in the Age of Sustainable Development.” Low Library Rotunda, Friday September 26, 9:00-11:30. Queen Silvia of Sweden, Mayor Bill de Blasio, Helena Thybell, Jeffrey Sachs.

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Reminder: People’s Climate March Today!
Bwog members united for climate change

Bwog members united for climate change

Finished that paper a day early with nothing to do today? Have a dying urge to see Mayor Bill de Blasio’s face? Simply need an excuse to break outside the campus bubble? Have no fear fellow Columbians, because Bwog has the solution. Attend the People’s Climate March today and show your support at the summit on climate change. Columbia students are meeting at 72nd Street and Central Park. The march begins at 11:30 AM, so make your way over!

Friendly rally-ers showing their support in unity via Shutterstock.

Bwoglines: Lines Edition
Bwog waiting in line for the iPhone 6

Bwog waiting in line for the iPhone 6

It’s what we’ve all been waiting for: the third phase of The High Line opens today for all the nature freaks lovers out there. (New York Times)

Ice Bucket Challenge gone wrong? A Kentucky firefighter was electrocuted from nearby power lines while helping out a university marching band. (Yahoo! News)

The U.S. coast guard offloaded over 719 kilos of cocaine, worth more than $23 million, in Miami Beach, Florida. (CBS Miami)

What’s the real reason behind those long iPhone 6 lines? Some people suspect the Chinese Mafia. (Gothamist)

Cute business people waiting for an interview via Shutterstock.

Catching Up With The Facebook Famous
Should I try to limit myself to 12 posts a day?

Should I try to limit myself to 12 posts a day? Or will more than 12 posts make me this popular? So many likes!

Social Media Scholar Maia Berlow went into the uncharted territory of discovering the allure behind becoming a Facebook celeb. You know ‘em, you love ‘em, or you love to hate ‘em (but really secretly love them because they make the group so much better).

Every grade has them. Those kids that post incessantly on the admitted students page before everyone gets to school. Everyone knows their names, everyone knows their profile pictures, but does anyone really know those Facebook famous students? I decided to learn more about some of the Columbia Class of 2018 Facebook fames and why they post so darn much. All the students interviewed had been named “Facebook Famous” by multiple sources, and not surprisingly, not one of the seven declined to be interviewed (although one ended up getting out of it).  It could be expected that they would be pretty full of themselves, and the interviews to be very odd, but they all proved to be fascinating and enthusiastic.

All of them posted for the first time in their Facebook group out of the excitement that came from getting into Columbia. “It was like shaking up a Coke bottle and just having it burst out everywhere,” said Alexander Birkel about the anticipation to get into Columbia and then being able to interact with other future Columbia students. Thomas Nielsen had taken a gap year and so by the time the 2018 page came about he was “very zealous and excited to meet everybody.”  Most of our Facebook fames had been admitted early and they were all dying to meet their new classmates and, at the time, Facebook was the easiest way to do that.

They all had different comfort levels with internet communication; Heather Macomber and Nielsen attended online high schools and were pros at communicating via the internet. Others were just excited to get into that “frenzy of ‘oh-my-god-I’m-so-excited-we’re-going-to-be-classmates,’” as Caroline Lee said. The Facebook group provided a place to organize meetups or online hangouts and it became a safe haven of intellectual conversations, and a realization that soon they would be able to escape high school. “It was really interesting getting to talk to people from all over the world and hear their experiences,” noted Will Essilfie. The Facebook group provided a way for people to debate current events or just UChicago vs Columbia (though we’re not sure why anyone even needed to debate that).

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Chronicles Of Existentialism: NSOP Lives On

“Come, [NSOP bracelet], you too must die. Why moan about it so? / Even Patroclus died, a far, far better man than you.” – Homer, The Iliad

If we had done our Iliad reading when we were actually supposed to, maybe we could have found comfort in the wise words of Homer. Instead, we found this abandoned NSOP bracelet.

It's just part of the decor, really.

Besides this lost bracelet that clearly just realized NSOP is over, we have all escaped from that dreadful wonderful week. Consider it a rite of passage.

 

LectureHop: Barnard Women Poets

This past Wednesday evening from 7-9, Women Poets at Barnard hosted a public reading where the winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize read her poetry. Possible poet Caroline Lee was in attendance.

Sandra Lim

Sandra Lim

Since 1986, the Barnard Women Poets Prize has been awarded biannually for exceptional books of poetry written by female poets. This year, the prize went to Sandra Lim, a South Korea-born professor at UMass Lowell, for her collection The Wilderness. One part of the prize is a monetary reward and publication by W. W. Norton and Co, and the other is the honor of reading your poetry at a free, public event at Barnard.

While the event was hosted on the Barnard campus and by a Barnard organization, it was open to the public. Columbia students stood in a ring around the room, because by the time they arrived the seats were all taken. Once everybody was comfortable and silent, the introductions began. Of course, there was the obligatory mention of Barnard’s 125th anniversary and the lesser-known  30th anniversary of these public poetry readings. Louise Glück, former poet-laureate of the United States and judge of the 2014 Barnard Women Poets Prize, would be reading her own poetry before Sandra Lim read hers, but first, Barnard tradition dictated that they must be introduced by Barnard poets.

The Barnard poet chosen to introduce Glück had high praise for her, and specifically spoke of Glück’s manipulation of scope in her poetry, which moves from telescopic to microscopic images of the word. When Louise Glück took the podium, her work had been rather thoroughly analyzed and recommended. She spoke of her role in judging the Barnard Women Poets Prize and recommended Sandra Lim’s The Wilderness “with a passionate praise,” saying that “it was one of the highlights of [her] past year.” She read some of her own poetry, and then turned the mic over to the Barnard poet who introduced Sandra Lim by describing the images of thawing and rebirth in The Wilderness. Then, Sandra Lim finally took the podium.

Find out about Sandra Lim’s speech and more after the jump!

RoomHop: We Thought This Was A Sample Dorm
Does the SEAS hat count as decoration?

Does the SEAS hat count as decoration?

Libby Kandel and Christina Clark, aka Bwog’s kangaroos of room-hopping, went to get the story behind the intriguingly bare room of a John Jay resident.

“Did you just get robbed?” would be an appropriate question when you walk into the room of Resident X* on John Jay 13. He’ll shrug his shoulders and say, “I don’t need a lot of stuff…I like my room plain. My future house will look like this; I would not compromise. Even for a woman.”

The barren walls might seem cold and uninviting, but the three combs, hairbrush, and array of hair products should assure you that Resident X occasionally appears in the presence of others. When he does he will be sure to rock one of his Ikea satchels and estimated 15 pairs of grey pants.

One might think Resident X is anti-consumer culture, but really, he just doesn’t like things. One thing he takes particular offense to is the modern blender. “So many things in this world have experienced technological advancement, but the blender is not one them. Like even the most high tech ones at Jamba Juice have to be cleaned with a spoon.” Statements like these and his room may explain why one of his floormates immediately assumed he was a SEAS kid. Another just assumed he was a serial killer.

This may also be because he has no pictures of his family anywhere, but rather a startling amount of cleaning products. His explanation: “You don’t have pictures of your family until you’re like 40…..right?”

Bwog closed the meeting by asking, “If your life depended on decorating your room, what would you put on your walls?” After a moment of reflection: “Blank wallpaper.”

*he requested that his name not be included.

Photographic evidence after the jump.

Bwoglines: Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Apple? Edition
Dear Friends, RIP. -xoxo, the iPhone

Dear Friends, RIP. -xoxo, the iPhone

Editor’s note: Bwog readers, I’d like to take a moment to acknowledge that earlier this week, Alexander Pines resigned from his role as Features Editor of Bwog. He will continue in his position as a Senior Editor at The Blue and White, where we wish him the best. — Julia

Remember all those conversations you wanted to have with your friends strictly with emojis? It’s now possible. (Huffington Post)

A new Apple product release, like Columbia students, can’t go on without a good protest. (CBS LA)

Apparently dead celebs can be resurrected to endorse products? Joan, we do miss you. (CNN)

OMG!! Someone dropped an iPhone!! (Chron)

49 Turkish hostages were released by the Islamic State this morning. They used drones, not iPhones. Apparently iPhones can’t do everything; this is news to Bwog. (NY Times)

 Your seventh grade phone via Shutterstock.

 

Effects Of Razor Scootering Down All 10 Ramps Of Lerner On A Tuesday

Effects Of Razor Scootering Down All 10 Ramps Of Lerner On A Tuesday
By Maia Berlow and Christina Clark

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ABSTRACT
Bwog heard a rumor that Lerner Hall was ranked one of the best buildings for scootering in the country. We couldn’t unearth any US News and World Report rankings, Buzzfeed posts, or College Prowler comments to back up our claims. But no matter! This is a research university! We decided to test it out ourselves.

HYPOTHESIS
If Bwog razor scooters down the ramps of Lerner, then Bwog will know it is the best building to scooter in in the world.

MATERIALS

  • Deviant students
  • Razor Scooters (or anything with wheels, really)

METHOD
We picked up some scooters and casually carried them into Lerner. We scoped out the racetrack as we headed to the top, noting areas that might trip us up and people who might yell at us (potentially the person that sits at the mail kiosk station?). And off we went.

Trial 1: We started off slowly from the 4th floor, because we were worried about attracting too much attention and getting stopped before we made it to the bottom. It took about 30 seconds to realize that literally no one cared. A couple girls even cheered us on. We picked up speed, made like a Tom, and cruised.

Trial 2: No experiment is legitimate without multiple trials, so for the sake of the scientific method we decided we had to do a second run. This time we went all the way to the top. As we flew down the levels we heard a few shouts, but they were mostly drowned out by the sound of wind rushing through our ears. As we rounded the last corner we saw a short man in a Columbia suit, power walking towards us. We quickly made our escape through the Broadway exit uncaught and unscathed.

CONCLUSIONS
Black Ramps: Smooth sailing. Enjoy the feeling of your hair flowing majestically behind you.

Blueish/Greenish Diamond Ramps: Silver ridges make for a bumpy ride, but the turbulence should not be enough to throw off a skilled rider. The wheels also make loud noises as they hit the ridges so be aware of this if you’re trying to stay incognito. (Note: the hair flow is not quite as majestic as on the black ramps).

Potential Hazards: Professionally clad adults conferencing on floor 5, a package center line close to riot on floor 4, hangry students entering Ferris on floor 2, the front security desk on floor 1, the rugs on short parts of the track.

Reactions from the crowd: some cheering, a thumbs up, some staring, but mostly no one cared.

Fun Score: Guaranteed to liven up anyone’s Tuesday! A+

The Man Behind Partycast
"Yo Where's the Party At?!"

“Yo Where’s the Party At?!”

Bwog’s coverage of things that only freshmen do continues with the story of the Beta brother who built partycast, the most popular partying app at Columbia that died after about a week of sporadic use. A naive Bwog writer who usually avoids any kind of Columbia party went to learn how exactly technology can lead to a better partying experience.

Through a long chain of coincidences, Bwog befriended the Beta brother who built the popular (at least during NSOP) app “Partycast.” And by befriended we mean telling him to his face that the idea was stupid and that no one would actually use it. He decided to try to set the record straight in an anonymous interview.

The first rumor he wants to put to rest is that the app was in any way trying to promote Beta’s parties. He had worked over the summer as a software developer and in his spare time, started coding his own apps. Around June he realized that he had a pretty solid idea for something that might be useful for people’s “partying needs” at Columbia. He devoted more time to working on what would come to be called “Partycast”. He took it upon himself to run the marketing campaign for his app–posting flyers up in freshmen dorms and waiting for people to start downloading the app from Google Play. Within the week of NSOP, the creator claims that nearly 300 people signed up, equivalent to “almost all of Carman.”

He never planned the app for longevity, justifying the rapid decline in usage after NSOP by saying that that “the scope of this was mainly for NSOP, and the purpose was to have big parties with random people.” He also adds that “I’d interview some freshmen who’d come to the beta house and they’d say, “I don’t know it’s a little sketchy”.

Read more about partycast and its sequel after the jump