Written by Zack Abrams
Deputy Editor Zack Abrams is a big fan of sunlight and thus not a big fan of Daylight Saving Time. Read his thoughts below.
Winters are tough. Seasonal depression is at its height as it can heavily weight on your psyche having only a few hours of daylight where you’re not in class or in the library or sleeping through the morning. That’s why I was astonished to ascend from the bowels of Pupin Hall earlier this week after my LitHum class and see the sun… at 6 pm!
I had been accustomed to exiting my final class of the day in pure darkness. This felt like it was shortening my entire night; after dinner, it felt like bedtime, not free time with which I could get work done or relax. I’m not a morning person, so the shortened days felt even shorter considering that most of the daylight hours took place while I was still sleeping.
In a bizarre Act 3 plot twist that no one saw coming, Marco Rubio recently proposed legislation to make Daylight Saving time permanent, ending this ridiculous program that makes millennials sad and everybody else annoyed at having to fix their clocks two times a year. Rubio’s face turn from going to CNN to be yelled at while sheepishly supporting gun rights to national hero willing to make the hard choices in order to better America sets a precedent that we should all follow.
So get out there, take a photoshoot, bask in the sunny weather that will inevitably follow these ridiculous snowstorms, and appreciate the sun! Because before you know it, we have to fall back to the dark ages.
We’re back from break and that means getting back the midterms from that class that sounded like fun when you registered for it in December, but ended up being a lot more work than you expected. You might not have done as well as you hoped but that doesn’t mean you have to give up entirely. Turn your frown upside down, and Pass/D/Fail that class. Or maybe, you decided to P/D/F an elective that is proving to be easier than expected and you could use an extra boost. Whatever your predicament, you’ve got to resolve it quickly, because the deadline to P/D/F a class is tonight. SEAS students should also note that this is their deadline to drop a class (everyone else, we’re sorry but you missed your chance).
this is very serious via Bwog Archives
Bwogger Isabel Sepúlveda’s suite is having some TV-related issues. Namely, someone keeps breaking them and she’s tired of it.
I thought we were done with this shit. I stopped complaining about how unfair it was to every person who talked to me for more than 5 minutes. I paid the $60 Columbia charged me replace a TV in my lounge that I never used (okay, it was just charged to my account, but in my defense, I have like $20 in my bank account right now). We let it, and the lounge in general, collect dust as we all continued politely pretending the other people who lived in this suite don’t exist.
It was a system that worked for everyone, but I can’t keep pretending anymore. Suitemates, it’s time we had a talk, and since I couldn’t pick half of you out of a crowd, this is the best way to do it. And why do we need to talk, you may ask? Well, you see, hypothetical suitemate, I recently discovered someone smashed the screen of the television in our suite. It’s the second time this semester that’s happened and frankly, that’s a little ridiculous.
Happening in the World: Peruvian president Pedro Pablo Kuczynski resigned yesterday due to a vote-buying scandal that would have led to an impeachment vote today. He denies any involvement in the scandal but says that he does not want to impede the country’s progress. (BBC)
Happening in the US: As the fallout from the Cambridge Analytica scandal continues to hammer Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg has now publicly addressed the issue. He said that Facebook had a “responsibility” to protect user data and that they would investigate apps that collect user data, stopping short of a full-fledged apology. (NYT)
Happening in NYC: Official announced that New York City has broken tourism records for the 8th year in a row, with 62.8 million tourists taking to the city in 2017, with record highs in both domestic and international tourists, despite restrictions by the federal government that make it more difficult to travel to the US. (Patch)
Happening on Campus: Head on over to Buell Hall for a screening of Tinghir-Jerusalem, followed by a talk with the director Kamal Hachkar. The film deals with the history of the Moroccan town he was born in, which once had a thriving Jewish population, and the close cooperation between the two groups that resided there.
Overheard: “Are we making a snowman or a penis?”
Word of the Day: Pardo, Spanish for the color between grey and brown, also known as the color of the ground once all this snow melts.
a modern depiction of hell via Bwog Archives
Written by Abby Rubel
Anne Cebula, BC ’20, took bronze at her second-ever Epee Junior World Cup in February. She’ll join teammate Gianna Vierheller on Team USA at the Junior World Championships come April, but until then she’s focused on calming her nerves with the help of the Bee Gees.
Although many elite fencers start their careers young, Cebula didn’t learn the sport until high school. She had been enraptured by the beauty of the sport since catching it on TV during the 2008 Olympics, but “my parents looked into it for about 10 minutes and realized that it’s thousands of dollars,” she said.
Her high school, however, had a free fencing club that taught Cebula the basic moves, and after her freshman year she was able to attend a week-long summer program at Fencers Club, where she now trains. Cebula’s promise became clear when she took first place at the program’s final tournament, although she initially didn’t expect much to come of playing the sport. “I just wanted to get good. I wanted to beat everyone in the room and then the room would get bigger and the room would get harder,” she said.
Although she attended Fordham immediately after graduating high school, the school’s lack of fencing team and small size frustrated Cebula. “I thought Barnard was small,” she said, “But Fordham was tiny, and it was stiflingly so.” Her transfer to Barnard enabled her to join a collegiate team for the first time. “Now that I’m on Columbia and I’m on a team, everyone’s been so welcoming and I’m really thankful for that,” she said.
Now that spring break is over and we’re staring down the last month and a half of the year, the entire student body seems jaded and ready to leave this campus for good. We at Bwog decided to take this time to look back at the most memorable first reactions we’ve witnessed to Columbia and all it’s…quirks. If you have any first reactions to Columbia you want to reminisce about, share them in the comments!
Not just Pantone 292 via Bwog Archives
Written by Jenny Zhu
According to CCE, there is currently “no centralized resource for finding [casual] on-campus employment.” Helpful. Whether you’re looking for a work-study job or are just looking for some extra pocket money, we’ve amassed a list of jobs on and around campus that are available for all to apply to, as well as some helpful details. Enjoy!
Mo Money Fewer Problems via Bwog Archives
Written by Cara Hudson-Erdman
Looking for a way to one-up your friend that studied abroad in Rome and won’t stop talking about how good the carbonara was? Here’s a healthier twist on the classic comfort dish that can also be tweaked for vegetarians and vegans. I cooked this over break and it was so delicious that I lost all my dignity and started eating the sauce straight from the blender with a spoon.
Butternut Squash Carbonara (adapted from Alison Roman)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup pancetta (Italian bacon), chopped OR shiitake mushrooms, chopped
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh sage
About half a butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into ½” pieces (about 3 cups)
1 small onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 cups low-sodium chicken OR vegetable broth
12 oz. fettucine or linguine
¼ cup finely grated Pecorino, plus shaved for serving– Optional
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add pancetta or mushrooms, reduce heat to medium, and cook, stirring occasionally, until crisp, 8–10 minutes. Add sage and toss to coat. Using a slotted spoon, transfer pancetta and sage to a small bowl; set aside.
Add squash, onion, and garlic to skillet; season with salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is translucent, 8–10 minutes. Add broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until squash is soft and liquid is reduced by half, 15–20 minutes. Pour into blender and puree until smooth; season with salt and pepper. Add cheese, blend again until combined in a creamy sauce. Taste it, make sure the ratios of salt, pepper, cheese, and sage are to your liking, and adjust as necessary. Pour over cooked pasta and add reserved pancetta and sage.To serve, add more shaved cheese and crumbled sage.
Photo via Bwogger Cara
Written by Zoe Sottile
What’s Happening In The World: Cambridge Analytica, the company currently under fire for its use of personal Facebook data in the 2016 U.S. election, is now facing criticism for their role in last year’s Kenyan presidential election. According to an undercover video broadcast by Channel 4 News in Britain, the company helped elect President Uhuru Kenyatta both in 2013 and 2017. (New York Times)
What’s Happening In The Country: The primary suspect in the recent Austin bombings killed himself early this morning by detonating an explosive device in his car as police closed in on him. Authorities warn residents of Austin that he may have left additional bombs around the city. (Washington Post)
What’s Happening In The City: Wes Anderson, Jason Schwartzman, and Kunichi Nomura are speaking about their new film Isle of Dogs at 7 pm at the New School. Tickets are sold out, but maybe see if you can sneak in.
What’s Happening On Campus: Literally nothing. Sleep in, throw some snowballs, put off studying for your canceled midterm for yet another week.
Song Of The Day: Biking by Frank Ocean! Good sweet tune for a snowy day.
Image via Pixabay.
Written by Abby Rubel
Even though snow has just barely started falling in Morningside Heights, classes are cancelled at both Columbia and Barnard, thanks to what my Music Hum teacher has referred to as an “unbelievable snow panic.” Rejoice! Sleep in! Bake eggplant parmesan! Catch up on all the homework you didn’t do over break!
Barnard bit the bullet first, sending out an email at 9:41 pm cancelling all classes, but stating that essential personnel (Facilities, Public Safety, Dining, ResLife, etc.) will be at work.
Columbia kept us in suspense a little longer, waiting a tense seven minutes before sending their email. As with Barnard, essential personnel are expected to come in, although the email added that non-essential personnel should come in if they can.
Enjoy the day off!
Written by Bwog Staff
Bwog Science is back with CU Women in STEM, where we highlight the amazing women in science at Columbia. Today’s profile is from Julia Zeh (CC ’18), future star marine biologist!
Major: Environmental Biology
What subjects are you interested in? Marine biology, bioacoustics, behavioral ecology, and conservation. I’m really interested in how we can use acoustics to monitor whale and dolphin behavior and look at how noisy human activities in the ocean (like shipping or drilling for oil and gas) impacts marine mammals’ ability to communicate.
Can you remember the specific moment that got you hooked on marine biology? I grew up on Long Island just a few blocks away from the beach. I’ve always been a nature/animals girl; when I was in first grade I did a project about dolphins so I guess I’ve just never really grown out of it. Then when I started learning about what humans were doing to the environment, I knew I wanted to dedicate the rest of my life to conservation.
What research have you done? I studied abroad last year in Scotland, where I studied dolphin vocalizations. I also currently do research in an office at the Bronx Zoo on dugongs in Madagascar, humpback whale vocalizations in New York, and field work observing whales in New York.
What are your career goals? I’ll be starting my PhD this fall, where I’ll be studying marine mammal acoustics. I would eventually like to be a professor; my goals are to focus on research and teaching with an emphasis on science communication.
Favorite scientist? Marie Curie. Not only was she an incredible scientist but she also was a really admirable woman who put up with a lot of shit from men. I also really like her because I went to her tomb in the Pantheon in Paris and it was super inspiring to see the hundreds of notes which people from all over the world had left on her tomb about how Marie Curie has inspired their careers and goals. It was a really emotional and intense experience.
Written by Sarah Harty
Spirit “Week” may be a misleading title, since it’s really only three days, but in any case, get ready for some amazing baked goods! McAc runs a Barnard Spirit Week every year, and this year’s theme is “The Great Barnard Baking Show”, inspired by “The Great British Baking Show”. The events include a cupcake decorating competition where you can win tasty prizes from Momofuku and Baked by Melissa.
The full schedule is on the Facebook event, so go and get baked!
Written by Betsy Ladyzhets
At about 12 pm today, Nussbaum & Wu was closed due to NYC Department of Health violations. Prospective patrons were asked to leave, and the sign pictured at right was placed on the door.
But don’t fear: the closure is only for two or three days, as a Bwog reporter was told by Nussbaum staffers. Nuss has maintained an A health rating for some time, and is only closing temporarily today because 15 animal droppings were found in the basement. Staffers did not say which animal, but as Nuss’ previous sanitary violations include “evidence of mice or live mice present in facility’s food and/or non-food areas,” we’re guessing that mice are the culprits. (See the screenshot below for more information on Nuss’ health rating.)
Nussbaum & Wu has long been a favorite breakfast and lunch location for Columbia students, conveniently located at 113th Street and Broadway – just below the dorm that is colloquially named after the café. This closure comes after Absolute Bagel, another Upper West Side bagel favorite, was similarly temporarily shut down by the Department of Health in October.
We have reached out to the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for confirmation and more details, and will update this post upon receiving a response.
Written by Dassi Karp
Almost every week this semester, Barnard’s Student Government Association has welcomed student groups or members of the administration to talk about what they do and how SGA can help them better further their goals. This week, representatives of Student for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voices for Peace (JVP) were the main presenters. The two groups joined to form Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD) in 2016 to jointly advocate for the University’s divestment from companies that the group considers to contribute to Palestinian oppression by Israel. This advocacy is driven by the international Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) movement, which informs and encourages aligned student groups, among other campaigns.
This type of proposal–both its political assumptions and its methodology–is heavily debated, both around the world and on campus, and more than a hundred students showed up to support or question the guests. “We are super psyched to have such a crowd, this never happens,” said SGA President Angela Beam, who enforced strict time rules throughout the meeting, using a very jarring timer to make sure question and answers lasted no more than two minutes and direct responses no more than one.
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