Written by Amara Banks
Next on our Barnard Housing Review tour is 110, or sometimes called College Residence (both very innovative, creative names). Many people say Cathedral Gardens is the dorm to live in if you’re looking for a grown-up experience, but often fail to mention 110. With its own distance from campus, non-college habitants, and residents’ privileges to buzz up their visitors, you’ll feel just as adult as your CG peers.
Location: 601 W 110th St (Between Broadway and Riverside).
Nearby Dorms: Nussbaum, Harmony, the 113 farts and sororities.
Stores and Restaurants: While most Barnard students will spend their days getting ripped off by MoWill’s high prices and limited selection, you’ll have access to Westside (110 st.) and Garden of Eden (108 st.).
Cost: unofficially $9,230 for a multiple, $10,712 for a single, and $16,000 for a studio single.
Amenities: Kitchen/Bathroom/Lounge space: Kitchens are pretty narrow, but every suite has one with a fridge, stove, and a counter top. There is also a small dining/ common space.
Laundry: In the basement. Machines are fine, but don’t take the same cards as the rest of the Barnard dorms. You’ll have to get a new one.
Computers/Printers: The closest are in Butler, haha.
Gym: No gym here, but you’ll be walking at least 12 blocks every day, so that counts as something.
Intra-transportation: two really nice, modern, wood paneled elevators that are covered in this weird gray fabric. The reasoning might be connected to why 110’s lobby is actually made of marble, but is currently covered up.
Wifi: Fast. You get your own router. (ProTip from a resident: write the password somewhere in your room and hang it up for visitors because you will not want to check it every time someone wants to access wifi.)
Hardwood/Carpet: Depends on the suite. Most rooms have carpet, while the common spaces are wood. The bathroom floors are marble, which is fancy.
Room variety: A mix of studio singles, walk-through doubles, and suite-style apartments including doubles and triples. Be mindful there aren’t any single rooms in 110 suites, so your only shot at having your own room in this building is in a studio single. Some suites have two bathrooms, a luxury the 600s will never know. Everything in 110 is very unique, as they are all converted apartments.
Numbers: Total mix of Barnard sophomores/juniors/seniors. Given its mystique and lack of singles, not many people go for 110, so it can be easier for sophomores to slide in here compared to 620 or CG
Written by Sarah Kinney
We know you’ve all thought it. Which dorm your current hookup lives in says a lot about his relative sadboy- or fuckboy-ness. Whether he’s a Carman athlete, a Furnald poet, or a Wein loner, the stereotypes hold true more often than not. After all, what’s a stereotype without a little bit of truth? Read on for our definitive spectrum of Columbia dorms.
EDIT, 3/24/17, 12:55 am: The section on Carman has been changed from discussing specifically Sigma Phi Epsilon boys to instead refer to frat boys in general. This section was not intended to trivialize nonconsensual sex, as Bwog recognizes that this is a very serious issue on college campuses nationwide (including at Columbia). Also, SigEp’s leadership would like to make it clear that they do not condone sexual assault of any kind, and that hard alcohol being served at fraternities is against both their national policy and Columbia policy.
Ranking as the most sadboy dorm at Columbia is Wallach. These boys are so sad, actually, that you may not even know a single goddamn person that even lives in Wallach. You can often find a Wallach sadboy alone in his room, listening to classical music and studying for his Latin exam. A Wallach sadboy only ever ventures outside his dorm to go to class or get dinner at John Jay. You always forget his name even though he’s been in your lit hum for almost a full year, and he’s most definitely a virgin.
Written by Mia Lindheimer
616 is the Goldilocks of the 600’s; not all doubles, not all singles, not too close to Broadway, but not too far either. If you’re looking for a crowd-pleaser, 616 might be your best bet.
Location: 616 W 116th St, basically at the intersection of 116th and Claremont.
Nearby Dorms: 600, 620, Claremont, Elliot, Barnard Quad, Schapiro, Woodbridge
Nearby Restaurants & Stores: Halal, Morton Williams, Vine, and Coming Soon: Shake Shack
Cost: Singles are $9,510 and doubles are $11,038, but both prices are tentative.
Tags: 2017 housing reviews, 616, claremont wind tunnel is too real and too strong, computer louuuuungeeeee, i miss sulz where i could control my heat/AC, linoleum sucks, natural light is key to happiness, necessary if you're tryna share with 5 other girls, sweet desk attendants are the mvps, that bathroom is p spacious, why is it so hard to get a girl some air conditioning????
Written by Elana Rebitzer
Happening in the World: An attacker in London on Wednesday killed four individuals and injured at least 40 others in what appears to be an attack on London’s parliament.
Happening in NYC: A new report has found that the city of New York is capable of reducing homelessness far more than it currently is. The report found that the city, if it were to change the eligibility requirements, could do a far better job of reducing homelessness.
Happening on Campus: Check out the lecture “How to Laugh: The Role of Comedy in Social Justice and Sustainable Peace” from 4:00 – 5:15 pm in SIPA.
Overheard: Girl waiting in ferris grilled cheese line: “Stop mansplaining my haircuts to me”
Bad Joke: It’s hard to explain puns to kleptomaniacs because they always take things literally.
Cuteness via MaxPixel
If the fraternities of Columbia were in Dante’s Inferno, what circles of Hell would they be in? Bwog has all the answers.
Welcome to Hell via Bwog Staff
Tags: beta theta cry, can chlorine rot?, day drinking w fiji!, hey man rush beta, hot damn phi gam, i really wanna hate fiji but like i cant, i wanted to do something about around the world for dsig but thats like not a sin, im sorry if i missed any i really tried, mike "fragile masculinity" pence, shoutout to gowan and finn!!, sig nu's basement smells worse than the beta basement, tbh idk what characterizes sig ep im sorry, they say sig nu is the swimmers frat but i actually dont know any swimmers in sig nu maybe i just dont have friends, what is pike, when will fiji get their house back
Written by Mia Lindheimer
Our next housing review is for one of Barnard’s most conveniently located dorms (for students, but also for mice). Hardwood floors and detailed walls lend it more charm than its linoleum-floored counterparts. 600 is the community suiteheart (haha), bringing people closer together (good luck getting a single) with large suites and a pretty face.
Location: 600 W 116th Street, on the southwest corner of 116th and Broadway.
Nearby Dorms: 616, 620, Barnard Quad, Schapiro, Furnald
Nearby Restaurants: Shake Shack (arrival date TBD, but it will literally be in your basement), Vine, Ollie’s (RIP), Halal
Cost: $9,510 for doubles and $11,038 for singles (both tentatively)
Tags: are u rly gonna use that stove tho? be realistic, bathtub: nice addition or nasty?, i've done it, mice suck, no sleep in september, pro or con? tbd, RIP felix in our hearts 5ever, shake shack tho...., street facing is v important ngl, those hardwood floors tho, try killing one with a vogue magazine, we love you george! thanks for everything!
Written by Courtney Couillard
Location: 620 West 116th Street, at the corner of Riverside and 116th street
Nearby dorms: 600, 616, the Quad (including Hewitt, Reid, Sulzberger and Brooks), Woodbridge, Claremont
Nearby restaurants/stores: Vine, Halal carts, Morton Williams, Starbucks, $weetgreen
Written by Romane Thomas
Find out what’s new in this week’s GSSC with bureau chief Romane Thomas.
Last night, General Studies Student Council got bwog pumped up about the GS Gala, swipe access and mental health initiatives.
President Larosa started out by announcing that registrations for the upcoming elections were closed and that a mandatory rules meeting will take place at 8pm today in Math 202. Campaigning will start next Wednesday and voting will take place in the week after that.
Senator Curtis updated the council on his initiative with the subcommittee for students with disabilities. A panel will be organized at the end of April to raise awareness about disabilities and disability access on campus.
The policy team is currently working in conjunction with the Student Affairs Representative on providing swipe access to GS students. Specifically, GSSC is trying to obtain access to the CPS walk-in hours for GS students.
The representative for working students and students with families is currently meeting with CUFSN to ensure the smooth organize of the children’s music festival happening on April 8. He also announced that the Ivy Leage Policy Conference applications were now closed and that the organizing committee invited GSSC to an informal luncheon on April 15.
The Academic Affairs Representative spoke about the upcoming Annual GSSC Excellence awards. She reminded the council and the audience that the student body was responsible for nominating faculty members, teaching assistants or administrator for this award. Application close on April 11.
The Representative for Community Service Representative reminded the council that a scavenger hunt with an after school program is organized on Saturday.
Written by Youngweon Lee
Happening in the world: North Korea tried to launch a missile…and failed. A North Korean missile fired on Wednesday morning (local time) exploded seconds after the launch. With North Korea having made clear its ambitions to develop missiles that can reach the US mainland, this (frankly unsurprising) failure is a reassuring result for South Korea, US, and allies. (Washington Post)
Happening in NYC: New York state Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou is petitioning for the “Fearless Girl” statue, intended as a temporary installation for International Women’s Day, to be a permanent feature. This statue of a girl staring down the iconic “Charging Bull” statue on Wall Street has quickly gained a lot of fame since its installation in early March. Niou said that the request to keep the statue there is under review by the city. (NBC)
Happening on campus: Maggie Nelson is coming to Columbia! She will be delivering a lecture today at 7pm in the Davis Auditorium.
Overheard: “Nussbaum is my Judaism, Kimoji is my sexuality.”
An old celeb tweet:
Rihanna’s Exorcism via Twitter
For this round of housing reviews, we take you back to your earliest Barnard days in the quad. Remember how fantastic it felt to have AC if you were in Sulz your first year? It’s like that, but better.
Location: The Barnard Quad, 3009 Broadway
Having a hard time trying to figure out where to live next year? Bwog is looking out for you with housing reviews of Barnard and Columbia dorms! In this review, Bwog presents a CG suite!
Location: 217 Manhattan Ave
Nearby Dorms: None. CG is basically sandwiched between two beautiful parks: Morningside Park and Central Park.
Stores and Restaurants: A lot of liquor stores, many grocery stores, Starbucks, delis open late into the night: everything that your little heart could possibly desire.
Cost: Depends on if you’re in a single or double and also based on demonstration of need and financial aid.
Written by Dassi Karp
This week, Barnard’s SGA continued on its group outreach mission. At last night’s Rep Council meeting, SGA welcomed representatives from the Columbia Muslim Students Organization (MSA) to discuss their goals, concerns, and what SGA can do for them.
Turns out, they can’t do much. MSA president Faizan Kothari and senior advisor Fatima Koli explained to the Rep Council that one of the main issues currently facing the community they represent on campus is a lack of permanent prayer space. Space in Earl Hall is generally provided during the semester for prayer services, but is not available during school breaks. This causes a major inconvenience for Muslim students, staff, and neighbors in Morningside Heights and nearby Harlem who wish to convene on campus during breaks and have nowhere to go.
Written by Rachel Deal
Editor’s note: This article discusses and describes details of sexual assault.
Amelia Roskin-Frazee, CC ’19, has filed a lawsuit against the University alleging Title IX violations. In a press conference this morning, she and her lawyer, Alex Zalkin, described Columbia’s inaction and mishandling of a Gender-Based Misconduct complaint she filed last year.
Roskin-Frazee alleges she was raped twice in her dorm room in Hartley during her first semester at Columbia. At the time, the doors in Hartley did not automatically lock, and Roskin-Frazee’s suitemates would often leave the suite door unlocked, allowing the man whom Roskin-Frazee believes to be a student to enter her room on the occasions of the assaults. Immediately after the first assault, she called Columbia’s Sexual Violence Response hotline, but she was unable to speak with a trained representative until an hour after she called. She says that she was also not informed of her rights under federal law, and that she was told that she should go on birth control (despite her being gay). She reported her first assault twice–to her academic advisor and to Professor Suzanne Goldberg, the Executive Vice President of University Life–and they both failed to report Roskin-Frazee’s claim to the Office of Gender-Based Misconduct. The suit also claims she was assaulted again a few weeks later, as she was treated at St. Luke’s for injuries related to the rape. The school did not begin to investigate her claims until the next fall, and during their investigation of the incidents, Roskin-Frazee says that the school did not interview anyone or review security footage or swipe-in logs. The investigation concluded 26 days later, with the University claiming that they could find nothing.
Roskin-Frazee is suing Columbia for damages, punitive damages, and medical and psychological expenses. “To be blunt,” she said during the press conference, “I am suing Columbia because I’m angry. I’m angry that Columbia administrators declined to investigate my first rape in October 2015, ignored when I was beaten and sexually assaulted for a second time in December 2015, and still fail to provide me with sufficient and prompt accommodations.”
In the past, accused perpetrators (such as Paul Nungesser, CC ’15 and another male student who remained anonymous) have sued Columbia for supposed Title IX violations, but Roskin-Frazee is the first survivor of sexual assault to file a civil suit against the school in recent memory.
We will update this post with the full text of the civil suit soon. We have also reached out to the University, and they will be releasing an official statement shortly.
UPDATE, 2:12 pm: We have received a statement from the University; you can read it, as well as the press release, below the jump.
UPDATE, 3:08 pm: We have updated the post with text of the civil suit.
Written by Finn Klauber
This week’s ESC meeting took time to debate GS swipe access to dorms and other Columbia undergraduate buildings. GS students’ restricted access has affected their participation in events and club meetings. ESC is trying to take action to give GS students swipe access.
The Forward Swipe Access Update And Resolution
The main topic of discussion yesterday evening concerned a resolution penned by Vice President for Policy Sidney Perkins, in whose place 2019 President Richa Gode presided. This resolution would essentially reiterate a recent resolution from General Studies Student Council which requests increased swipe access (or some mechanism allowing increased swipe access) for GS students. Utilizing a bevy of polling data, the Swipes Resolution highlights how GS students suffer from restricted access to Columbia dorms where university-sanctioned events and club meetings are sometimes held.
Although some members of ESC doubted whether this constitutes a real issue among the GS student body, as when Vice President for Finance Piyushi Bishnoi commented that perhaps these events are restricted to this degree due to differences in financial sponsorship among the various student bodies, even VP Bishnoi acknowledged that she supports GS students receiving equal swipe access in theory. In fact, the main opponent of the core tenets of GS swipe access, that GS students deserve swipe access on a similar level to other undergraduate students of Columbia University, was found in the Representative for Disabilities and Acessibility Adriana Echeverria.
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