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Hello dear readers! This semester, Bwog is redesigning Bwoglines, in order to make this feature more relevant to the Columbia student experience. We hope you’ll enjoy our new format!

Happening in the nation: Surprisingly, Donald Trump spent his first presidential day accusing journalists of being “the most dishonest human beings on Earth” as he insists that the media deliberately falsifying the size of the inauguration crowd. Press Secretary of the White House, Sean Spicer put this delusion in words: “This was the largest audience to ever witness an inauguration, period — both in person and around the globe.”

Happening in NYC: Yesterday, about 400,000 people showed up at the Women’s March in New York City. The Second Avenue, 42nd street, and the Fifth Avenue were packed with people protesting against the new administration.

Happening on campus: Tomorrow, CU Ballroom will be holding its winter showcase from 10 pm to 11:30 pm. For anyone who is interested in dancing or moving your body parts in general, there will also be a free beginner class on basic foxtrot and samba skills following the showcase.

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Cannons is turning into a Chinese place?

Today’s Featured Video:

Cannons be gone via Mia Lindheimer

Jan

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this mighty elixir will get us through the best of times and the worst of times

this mighty elixir will get us through the best of times and the worst of times

The bitter 2016 election and transition season ended on Friday with the inauguration of Donald J. Trump, marking the start of a new presidential administration. While it may soon be time to start looking ahead to the next four years, and to find ways in which to heal America’s divisions, Columbia students used last night to express their sentiments towards the inauguration in various ways.

Some looked for inspiration from the arts, nature, food, etc:

  • Got through inauguration day by listening through Lady Gaga’s Born This Way album
  • Smoked a bowl with matches; felt in touch with the earth
  • Started watching Westworld
  • Saw Hidden Figures (for the second time) in the hopes of feeling inspired rather than depressed; it worked, but only for the duration of the movie
  • Went out to the nicest dinner ever experienced since moving to the city
  • Laughed way too hard at that video of Melania giving Michelle a gift at the White House
  • Ate way too much candy

Some looked to forget:

  • Ignored literally everything about the inauguration and pretended Donald Trump didn’t exist
  • Got drunk in the middle of Pennsylvania with around 30 other Asians
  • Started drinking at 5:30pm
  • Watched a friend who literally never drinks down a shot of vodka… later, he said that he “didn’t feel real”
  • Went to Pisticci at 10pm and drank a lot of red wine
  • Turned off my phone for the entire day to distract myself from anything political; it worked!

Some looked to remember the past:

  • Celebrated Obama’s last night in office by going to a gay bar
  • Rewatched SNL skits from the election; 2016’s election season was a goldmine for SNL
  • Drunkenly cried to videos of Michelle Obama before going to bed

glass of red wine via Wikipedia.org

Jan

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We're Fayerweather fans, but Schermerhorn isn't really that bad either.

We’re Fayerweather fans, but Schermerhorn isn’t really that bad either.

Continuing with our series on underutilized but fully available Columbia libraries, Bwog next spotlights a library tucked away in Schermerhorn—the Geology Library. Though often eclipsed by the artsy and sophisticated Avery Library, the Geology Library proffers a legitimate substitution to the soul sucking lower bowels of Butler and the superficiality of Avery.

Location: 601 Schermerhorn. Accessible library.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 AM to 7 PM. Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Saturday-Sunday, 12 PM to 5 PM.

Contact: (212) 854-4713;[email protected]; http://library.columbia.edu/locations/science-engineering/about.html#geology

Seats:

  • Total: 26 Seats
  • Carrels: 11 Seats
  • Tables: 8 Seats
  • Computer Booths: 5 Seats
  • Overstuffed Chairs: 2 Seats
  • Seats for Talking: 0 (no talking zones)

Geology is a cool science ngl

Jan

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Which liquor store near Columbia do you really identify with? Here is a little quiz for you to find out which MoHi liquor store you are!

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Okay, so today's march might not be quite this impressive...

Okay, so today’s march might not be quite this impressive…

Have a couple hours to spare this afternoon? Feeling a bit shook after certain national events? The Women’s March on NYC is your chance to stand up for the values of equality and inclusivity, and to send a message to the new presidential administration. On that note, Bwog is here with the necessary details to help you plan out your afternoon of activism!

Start times are being staggered for the Women’s March for crowd control purposes. If you haven’t registered, and have decided spontaneously to participate, you can still show up at 4:00 pm in the Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza (47th Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue) and join in the march. The 4:00 pm start time for non-registered marchers is highly recommended by the organizers, but it’s also possible for individual marchers to join in between 1:00 – 4:00 pm, if an earlier start time is more convenient. The staggered start times and route map can be accessed here. And if you can’t march until later in the afternoon but want to head downtown earlier, there will be extra events in the One UN Hotel (One UN Plaza, 44th St. between 1st and 2nd Ave.) from now until 5:00 pm.

If you’re marching, remember to bring a cell phone, water, and snacks. It might also be wise to go in a group, or at least let a friend know where you’re going to be. You can find advice on interactions with police and other protest possibilities on the Green and Black Cross website. Plus, many local and national news outlets have been covering the NYC Women’s March, so you can stay informed even if you’re unable to attend.

If you go to Barnumbia, you have at least a little bit of activist within you! Whether you’re a veteran activist or one who’s never been to a demonstration, the Women’s March looks to be an impactful, effective event welcoming participants of all races, genders, and backgrounds. The greater the number, the louder the message!

1963 March on Washington via PingNews

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Hello dear readers! This semester, Bwog is redesigning Bwoglines, in order to make this feature more relevant to the Columbia student experience. We hope you’ll enjoy our new format!

Happening in the nation: Within hours of his inauguration, United States President Donald Trump signed his first executive order, directing the government to scale back Obama’s legacy Affordable Care Act. However, the order is unlikely to create any immediate consequences, as Republicans still lack their own healthcare policy to replace Obamacare. (The New York Times)

Happening in NYC: Women’s marches are happening all over the country to protest the recent inauguration of President Donald Trump. New York City’s Women’s March, happening this morning, is expected to be among the largest in the country, drawing more than 65,000 participants. (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Interested in trying something completely new this semester? Orchesis, Columbia’s largest dance group, is hosting auditions today and tomorrow in 11 Barnard Hall, and will be casting all who audition, regardless of style and prior dance experience. Auditions will be happening today from 9-11am and from 12-2pm, and tomorrow from 9-11am.

Overheard: “Why is she [incoming junior] rooming with sophomores? They’re just gonna drag her down in the lottery.”

Today’s Featured Throwback Music Video: You are loved. You are enough. Baby, you were born this way.

Jan

20

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And an apple for you too, dear, for all the trials you must have suffered to come to this point.

Even though the harsh snows are yet to pass, can you feel it in your bones? A warm breeze; your limbs, unfurling from a cold hibernation; the reds and pinks of blooming acer palmatum, magnolia x soulangeana, and those berries you see in the bushes and then wonder if they’re edible or not. Every beginning of the semester, we bring you some of the best remarks from professors in the first week of school; after all, nothing quite has the essence of spring semester “new year, new me” as their words do.

Christian Rojas, Organic Chemistry I: “Sometimes in this class I will test you by making some stupid error on the board.”

John Morrison, History of Philosophy II Aquinas to Kant: “What is the sweetie you love, except for a collection of particles and calcium and water?”

Rashid Khalidi, Democracy in the Middle East: “Lebanese politics is actually one of the most amusing topics.”

Marcel Agueros, Earth, Moon, and Planets: “As you can imagine, when you search for ‘moon walk’ videos on Youtube a lot of conspiracy videos will show up.”

Rachel Eisendrath, Shakespeare I: “We were assigned this room. I hate this room. It feels like the crisis has happened.”

Elia Rudoni, Poetry as Neurosis: Lucan’s Bellum Civile: “Are you one of the three girls I met at a [classics department] party?”

Alfred MacAdam: After realizing neither he nor his students know how to raise the projector screen – “Well, what good are any of you all, anyway?”

Brendan O’Flaherty, Principles of Economics: “A ham sandwich would have beaten Trump in the election.”

An Apple for the Teacher, but None for Me in This Capitalist World via PublicDomainPictures.net

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Earlier today we received a tip regarding the defacement of a Wien 6 bulletin board with anti-Donald Trump credos and threatening statements regarding President Trump and his “supporters.” These messages seem to have appeared overnight, likely anticipating the President’s inauguration today in Washington D.C. The appearance of these intimidating statements is the latest in a series of tense campus outbursts regarding the candidacy and presidency of Donald Trump.

Although Bwog reached out to both the Wien 6 Resident Advisor as well as the Wien Resident Hall Director, neither were available to comment upon this incident. We will further update the story as soon as we receive a statement regarding the vandalism and intimidation of students.

Pictures of the graffitied statements are expanded below to depict the statements as clearly as possible, with the writing of the Wien vandal further captioned below each picture.

Click here to see the pictures

Jan

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All hail the 45th President of the United States!

All hail the 45th President of the United States!

Disturbed? Exhausted? Not sure what to make of certain events today? Come see Columbia University Marching Band perform their own satirical take of today’s function. CUMB will inaugurate their own new president (Vladimir Putin, with his “First Lady not-so-elect,” Donald Trump) tonight on the stage of all new beginnings: Low Steps. The event will begin at 9 pm and end at around midnight.

Vladdy via PRI

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Will the line be out the door?

Will the line be out the door?

Have you ever wanted to brag to your friends about how culturally enlightened you are? Have you ever wanted to do something so high class on weekends, you belong in a nineteenth century period drama? Have you ever wanted to spend your money on something more sophisticated than lamb gyros? Of course you have – you go to Columbia.

Luckily for you, the Columbia Arts Initiative offers a way for you to do all three of these things, rolled into one classy, cultural experience. The Ticket and Information Center (TIC) on the second floor (or campus level) of Lerner discounted tickets to Broadway shows, New York Philharmonic concerts, and numerous other theater, music, and dance performances in NYC. And the first day that office is open this semester is today, starting at 1 pm.

But before you start lining up in the Lerner lobby, consider this: all of the tickets offered at the TIC are also offered online on the Arts Initiative website. You can feel classy from the comfort of your dorm room!

And if the TIC’s prices are still a little high for you, don’t worry – we’ve found some great deals on rush and student tickets for some of the same performances.

Lerner on a day probably far sunnier than today via Columbia’s website

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Bye, hello.

Bye, hello.

While you may not be completing your resolutions, Bwog sure is with our new and refurbished Bwoglines. We’ll bring news from the world and from your area to you, our faithful reader, or should I say “Mr./Mrs. 212, Manhattan Borough, to Mr./Mrs. Worldwide.”

Happening in the world: Joaquín Guzmán Loera, also known as El Chapo, is being extradited to the United States, where he will face charges for heading the Sinaloa cartel. This comes after two prison escapes (bless his heart); maybe this will be the end. Or will it? (New York Times)

Happening in NYC: With Trump and his promises to cut funding to the arts and humanities looming over Inauguration Day, museums in NYC are trying to prove their continued relevance and importance by providing free admission today. These museums are Brooklyn Museum, the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Arts and Design, the Rubin Museum, and the Queens Museum. (TimeOut)

Happening on campus: Today, embrace a new you by attending Barnard’s College Job and Internship Fair from 11 am to to 3 pm at the Diana Center. (Barnard College Career Development)

Overheard: “Did you have to do under-the-envelope calculations too?”

Relevant out-of-context SpongeBob image macro (Twitter):

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A House via PublicDomainPictures.net

Jan

19

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Trump's signature on the letter - courtesy of Spectator

Trump’s signature on the letter – courtesy of Spectrum

As the future of Donald Trump’s presidency approaches, we looked back at the past to see Trump’s previous interactions with Columbia, and found a six year old fight between the President-Elect and our own President. 

Most Columbia students only really started seeing Donald Trump as a threat with the wake of his presidential aspirations. For once, our own fearless president has been way ahead of the curve: Lee Bollinger was victim of Donald Trump’s vicious verbal attacks (usually reserved for Saturday Night Live and Meryl Streep) back in 2010 when he dropped out of a potential deal with the business tycoon.

According to Mr. Trump, Columbia almost purchased some land from him near the Lincoln Center before Bollinger’s appointment to the presidency in 2002. The deal was made with Alfred Lerner (of Lerner Hall fame), but Lerner fell ill before anything could be finalized.

Bollinger had a different vision for Columbia expansion. He wanted to stay closer to the main campus in Morningside Heights, and felt that Trump’s 9-acre Upper West Side land was too small for the university’s motives. He cut the deal with Trump, starting a long and dramatic feud.

How did the feud end?

Jan

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Six members of the Columbia basketball team cheering from the sidelines

If Connor Voss isn’t your spirit animal we don’t know who is

As Columbia Men’s Basketball prepares for their next season, loyal supporters are getting ready to spend the next few months rooting for the Lions. Sports editor Ross Chapman previews what fans can expect in the upcoming season.

Last basketball season was one for the record books – or, one for the trophy cases. Thanks to an inspired performance by their four seniors, the Columbia Lions captured the CollegeInsider.com Tournament championship. While it wasn’t the NCAA, Columbia finally had a trophy to put in the case on the 4th floor of the Dodge Fitness Center. To follow up on such a strong season with a dominant senior class would be as hard a task as getting past UC Irvine’s 7’6″ center in the CIT finals.

But sometimes, the only way to follow up on your high expectations is to jump.

Who is that? How did he do that? Read more after the jump

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If you're feeling like this in a class, maybe it's time to drop it.

If you’re feeling like this in a class, maybe it’s time to drop it.

Are you looking at the 30 credits you registered for and realizing it’s impossible? Have you decided that you can’t take five classes back to back every day? Whatever your reasons may be for considering dropping a class, Bwog is here to help you with 10 ways to justify the drops to yourself, your parents, or your advisor. 

  1. It was an 8:40 class that took attendance.
  2. The class is in a building with only two women’s bathrooms, and neither of them are on the same floor as your class.
  3. It’s on the “other” side of Broadway.
  4. The syllabus was more than 5 pages long.
  5. The professor made multiple bad jokes in their introductory speech.
  6. Your ex is in the class.
  7. Your ex has another class in the same building at the same time.
  8. The class meets during your afternoon nap time.
  9. The professor says food is not allowed.
  10. There’s a midterm on your (or your pet’s) birthday.

Classroom Boredom via MaxPixel

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Dean Valentini informed the Columbia community this morning via email of the passing of Yi-Chia “Mia” Chen last night from an apparent suicide. Chen was an exchange student at Columbia College from Waseda University in Japan. Dean Valentini’s email told students “to reach out to your advisers, your Residential Life staff, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of the University Chaplain, your faculty members, and family and friends for support.”

Resources are available to offer support for members of the community. Columbia Counseling and Psychological services are available from 8 am to 7 pm Monday-Thursday, and from 8 am to 5 pm on Friday at (212) 854-2878, in addition to extended walk-in hours 5-10 pm tonight and tomorrow in the CPS office in Broadway Hall and all day today and tomorrow until 10pm on the fifth floor of Lerner Hall. Between 10 pm and 3 am, students can call Nightline for support at (212) 854-7777.

Click here to read Dean Valentini’s email to students

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