Apr

25

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April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month!

On Monday afternoon, CU Dems Member and Bwog Events Editor Lexie Lehmann attended an open lunch with Majorie Fisher, Columbia’s Title IX Coordinator. The event was hosted in honor of April, which is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.

Yesterday, Columbia Democrats hosted a public lunch meeting as an opportunity to discuss the resources available to students on Columbia’s campus, as well as to address concerns about how Title IX might change during the Trump administration. As the group nibbled on some gourmet Westside-Italian catering, Ms. Fisher introduced herself as well as her colleagues, Sarah Swan, a representative from Columbia Law School and Jeri Henry, Associate Vice President of Columbia’s Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards. Ms. Fischer explained that before coming to Columbia, she was the Senior Managing Director of the Sexual Misconduct Consulting & Investigations Division at T&M Protection Resources. Before that, she was the Bureau Chief of the Special Victims Bureau in the Queens District Attorney’s Office.

Marjorie Fisher began by explaining the history of Title IX, reminding us that it used to be just a protocol regarding sports equity. Under the Obama administration, however, Title IX was reinterpreted to address gender-based discrimination at private and public schools receiving federal funding. Columbia University, for example, receives around 1 billion dollars annually from the federal government. The purpose of the Title IX office, therefore, is to ensure that all complaints of misconduct are addressed through quick and thorough investigations.

More on Title IX after the jump

Apr

25

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New leaders, new Barnard?

Well, to be honest, nothing groundbreaking happened at this week’s SGA meeting. The meeting basically confirmed everything previously believed: Barnard loves Asia, GS, SEAS, and complaining about how double swipes don’t already exist. 

This week’s SGA meeting was supposed to be a changing of the guard: old members welcoming new on the eve of the elections results. Of course, no such thing occurred. Because of a miscommunication, BCIT closed down voting Sunday night instead of Monday afternoon. When this mistake was discovered, voting was put back up and extended until Monday at midnight to compensate.
So this meeting was short, and had nothing on the official agenda. But our bold, beautiful Rep Council made up for it with a deluge of announcements:

SGA loves collaboration:

  • SGA and ESC 2019 class councils are joining to host a lawn party in the near future. Together we will revel in our lack of swim test requirement.
  • The Barnard/GS Picnic is happening this Thursday on Lewisohn Lawn. Says SGA VP Campus Life Angela Beam, come to “celebrate our favorite undergraduate colleges in Morningside Heights.” We feel that.

Academic Affairs gets things done:

  • Everybody’s favorite Rep for Academic Affairs announced that Barnard is close to approving three new minors: East Asian Studies, South Asian Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. If you are really into regional studies but not, like, that interested, this is for you.
  • Hannah also discussed everybody’s frustration with myBarnard, the new system imposed on the students last year for choosing and registering for classes. It looks flashy, and only kind of works. If you’ve encountered any specific problems (say, with using the search bar for anything at all), alert BCIT. They’ll have a look when they’re through inadvertently tampering with the elections.

More on SGA

Apr

25

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And they’re like, it’s better than yours.

This week’s ESC meeting focused on getting others involved in the Mental Health Task Force and collaborating with CCSC in the future. Oh, and we’re all hoping for JJ’s milkshakes.

Budget and Policy Reconciliation

VP for Policy Zoha Qamar reported her meeting with CCSC’s Nicole Allicock regarding future collaboration between councils. As there are now multiple positions between the two councils with the same goals (i.e. diversity reps, Student Services, etc.) there will be closer interactions between CCSC and ESC. Starting next semester, there will be at least one joint CCSC-ESC policy-wide meeting, so as to further this collaboration.

In terms of budgetary reconciliations, VP for Student Life Ben Barton explained how there is a lot of intertwining debt among the different school councils, with councils having accrued a certain level of debt so as to hinder interactions and planning between them. Therefore, there will be a giant meeting with the VPs for Student Life from across the three Columbia schools, their counterpart in Barnard’s SGA, and the council advisors. The goal is to “have everything fresh with no debt.”

More on ESC

Apr

25

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We might actually be able to swipe our friends into Hewitt now?

The Barnard news just starts coming and doesn’t stop coming today. Interim President Rob Goldberg and Dean Avis Hinkson sent out an email to the student body early this afternoon with updates on the college’s tuition and meal plan for the 2017-2018 school year.

The tuition for the upcoming year has been raised to a total of $68,762, which is $2,770 more than this year’s rate. Goldberg and Hinkson wrote that the raised price reflects paying faculty and staff, funding financial aid, funding union contracts, and implementing changes associated with the new contingent-faculty union agreement. Of this total figure, $52,662 is the tuition fee, $1,780 is the comprehensive fee, $9,510 is the multiple room price (while single rooms are $11,038 and studio singles are $16,480), and $6,590 is the Platinum first-year meal plan price.

The Barnard meal plan is not facing a chance nearly as great as last year’s (when the Diana was opened for dinner and Barnard students were given access to JJ’s Place), but a change is still occurring: additional “guest swipes” will be added to all meal plans, as a means of combating food insecurity and building community. The email did not specify how exactly these swipes will function or in which dining halls Barnard students will be able to use them.

Goldberg and Hinkson concluded their email with a note that the Barnard administration “understand[s] that rising costs present a burden to many students and their families”, but “annual increases are unfortunately necessary for Barnard to improve the quality of the educational experience and to continue to be the most selective women’s college in the country.”

Read the full email after the jump

Apr

25

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Who really won the Greek Games?

Tired of responding to random people’s “Vote for Me!” Facebook events? You’re in luck; SGA voting is officially closed! After extending the voting period from Monday 3pm to midnight (because of a miscommunication with BCIT in which voting had been closed early), the official results have finally been counted and announced. Here’s the list of your newly elected representatives:

Senate: Kira Dennis

Executive Board:

President: Angela Beam
VP of Policy: Alicia Simba
VP of Campus Life: Aku Acquaye
VP of Finance: Evelyn Mccorkle
VP of Communications: Rhea Nagpal

At-Large Representatives: 

Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees: Tamar Dayanim
Academic Affairs: Shoshana Edelman
Equity & Inclusion: Kashaf Doha
Campus Affairs: Mia Lindheimer
Seven Sisters Relations: Julia Pickel
Information & Technology: Tahsina Saosun
Arts & Culture: Chloe Morris
Health Services: Valerie Jaharis
Food & Dining Services: Sarah Broniscer
Sustainable Initiatives: Sylvie Rosen

Class Councils: 

2018: Ambika Mookerjee (President), Masha Ikromova (Vice President)
2019: Aashna Singh (President), Surbhi Lohia (Vice President)
2020: Rose Reiken (President), Gabi Garcia (Vice President)

Apr

25

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Columbia, keep your shit together. We’re almost there.

Happening in the world: After French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron won the popular vote in the first round of the French elections, the euro, French government bonds and European stocks have seen an increase in value. Please France, don’t pull a Trump on us. (Wall Street Journal)

Happening in NYC: Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed to expansion of early childhood education by allowing access to three year olds. The mayor has been praised for his work to publicly fund preschools in NYC, and his plan would start in districts in Brooklyn and the Bronx. (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Tonight from 6-8pm on Low Library there will be a lecture by activist, performer, and scholar Dr. Salamishah Tillet called, Rape, Popular Culture and Post-Racial America.

Overheard: “I love white people jazz.”

Music Pick: Rihanna’s amazing. You’re amazing. Name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait.

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Apr

25

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Are you buried neck deep in work? Same. You know what that means; Orgo Night is approaching. On May 4th, at 11:59PM, the Columbia University Marching Band will gather outside of Butler (thanks to the lovely librarian Ann Thorton) and tell jokes you don’t wanna tell your friends you laughed at but will inevitably laugh uncomfortably at. Here are the posters for this semester’s Orgo Night.

Apr

24

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Local loft lookin’ lit.

This weekend was one for the books, friends. Only just a few more until the end of the semester and we can all go the fuck home (or wherever we’ll be). For now, let’s just be thankful that we survived. 

Accomplishments, actually:

  • Went to DC to lobby Congress for progressive gun control reform!! Yay #tuckfrump
  • Celebrated my 1 year anniversary with my boyfriend!
  • Lied a little bit and got staff passes to the Tribeca Film Festival. Spent the day eating free bougie food in a very aesthetic studio in Tribeca. There was an open bar.
  • Got caught in the rain during a very lesbian-aesthetic date in Riverside Park. This only heightened the lesbian aesthetic.
  • Went downtown to buy a birthday present for my dad; ended up buying a present for myself.
  • Sat through a really interesting discussion on young media in a swanky SoHo loft.
  • Hooked up with two different guys.
  • Partied with a bunch of NYU Local kids and felt ~cool.
  • Got drunk at prof’s house on Sunday night.
  • Baked non-pot brownies in a pie plate with Timmy on 4/20.

Not necessarily an “accomplishment,” per se:

  • Got my Delaware fake taken because I recited my California address to the bouncer.
  • Walked in on three men having a threesome in the women’s room of a divey East Village bar.
  • Somehow ended up making out with a stranger at a GW frat party who also didn’t go to GW? Weird.
  • Left my debit card at 1020 on Saturday night and had to go back Sunday afternoon to close my tab.
  • Showed up to Saturday’s hookup covered in hickeys from Friday’s hookup. He didn’t notice.
  • Left my wallet on a megabus on the way to DC. Lost my credit card, my real ID, my fake ID, and a metro card with $50 on it. Somehow retained my CUID.

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Apr

24

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A low-angle shot of Barnard HallCongratulations to Barnard’s 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees!

Find your friends after the jump

Apr

24

Oh Alma, mother of wisdom and fairness.

We all know that season. The season of CCSC campaigning. We’ve all seen the Facebook posts, the blatant lies they tell. We put up with it. But what annoys us the most? Bwog Staffer Gabrielle Kloppers is here to complain.

I could deal with the Facebook posts, constantly popping up in my notifications as someone again bombarded the Class of 2019 Group. I could even handle a friend sending me a link to the voting website with the caption, “Thanks for the great time last night at 1020! Do you mind…” I didn’t even really mind the people taking candidate pictures, smiling sweetly on Low, or physically pulling people in with a cute puppy and then accosting them with a pitch. But this was unacceptable. It was becoming all too unbearable.

I’ll set the scene for you. It’s a Thursday night and I am tired. Dead tired, in my bones tired. Too tired to even walk to my room on 113 from Hamilton to take my nap. Knowing a friend is downtown, and that her door is rarely locked, I wearily turn from Hamilton to Hartley. I relish in the thought that this solution is perfect. Plus, unlike mine, her room smells really nice and doesn’t have a dish of crusted up EasyMac on the desk.

I’m snuggled up to her felt pillow, enjoying the scent of her perfume (this is not as erotic as it sounds) and trying to ignore the scent of the loudest weed possible (regrettably, it was 4/20), when I hear the sound of my friend’s RA approaching. I don’t think much of it. Then I hear her begin to knock on someone’s door. It, luckily, is not mine. But it is right next door. She introduces her friend, who is running for CCSC election. He proceeds to step into the room and give his spiel. More shockingly, at the end of it, he asks that those present take out their phones and vote for him. He stays and watches them until they do it.

Now, there are numerous problems involved in this situation. Firstly, what is the point of a ‘democratic’ election if those who vote are coerced? But secondly, why does CCSC have to invade everything, even my nap. People of Columbia, we should not be forced to quickly put out a joint or hide some bottles in fear of CCSC candidates (replete with RA!) bursting into our rooms and forcing us to vote. It is simply not right. And it interrupted my blessed nap.

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Apr

24

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If you've ever been to a State of the Sandwich Address, tell us how it was

If you’ve ever been to a State of the Sandwich Address, tell us how it was

Another Sunday night, another four hour meeting. If you couldn’t make it to CCSC last night (and who can blame you), here are the pertinent details from the slogfest, courtesy of Monday meme Nadra Rahman.

Every spring we look forward to un-tarped lawns, eau de mulch in the air, and…constitutional review? This year, CCSC’s constitutional review was informed by concerns surrounding appropriate representation, resulting in the creation of four new representative positions (and the abolition of two) and a heated discussion over the ballot initiative process. Here’s the Constitution to read along, and keep in mind the various discussions on Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD) this semester (four links).

The New Positions

A note: the newly-elected Sandwich Ambassador and Inclusion and Equity Rep will serve out their terms. The election for the new positions will take place next spring, during regular CCSC elections.

Goodbye Sandwich Ambassador, hello Financial Security & First Generation Rep. There were multiple proposals for reforming the Sandwich Ambassador on the table—the first renamed the position entirely and geared it towards addressing broader financial and food security concerns, and this was the one that passed. The second proposal combined this with aspects of community engagement at the core of the position, while also allowing the Sandbassador to use a different, more serious title when interacting with outside businesses; the third mostly retained the current job description but also added the use-name and some (brief) language on financial security, and the fourth was much the same but suggested changing the name altogether, to one of a series of proposed new names.

There were outbursts galore

Apr

24

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Overseen in Butler at 2 am.

Good morning, Columbia! Happy last week of classes! You’re almost there. You’ve worked so hard this semester and we’re so proud of you. #feels. Anyways, here’s today’s Bwoglines.

Happening in the nation: He’s back. That’s right, kids— Barry is back. Today, President Obama will make a speech at the University of Chicago, marking his first public appearance since leaving the White House.

Happening in NYC: In light of Earth Day this past weekend, a new bill in the NYC City Council will require all businesses to both recycle and compost.

Happening on campus: Today at noon in the East Ramp Lounge of Lerner, Title IX Coordinator Marjorie Fisher will be giving a talk on policy related to sexual assault. Come listen in on the chat to see where the future of this policy is headed.

Overheard: A prospie just pronounced Bwog “bee-wog.”

It’s the last week of classes! You can do it!

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Apr

23

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This important event is happening on Tuesday, 4/25!

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 if you have a correction, please let us know in the comments.

Recommended

  • “Poetics of Justice: A Conversation Between Claudia Rankine and Dionne Brand” Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 pm. Sulzberger Parlor. Claudia Rankine, Dionne Brand.
  • “Queering Sexual Violence: A Night of Healing Through Performance” Monday, April 24, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Lerner Hall, Blackbox Theater. LGBTQ @ Columbia, Sexual Violence Response, Undergraduate Student Life.
  • “Rape, Popular Culture, and Post-Racial America” Tuesday, April 25, 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Low Library Faculty Room. Dr. Salamishah Tillet.
  • “Feminist to the Core with Jack Halberstam on Sigmund Freud” 4:00 – 6:00 pm. Butler Library, Room 523. Jack Halberstam.

Read more about events next week after the jump

Apr

23

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Another semester has passed. Half of your 70000$ tuition is down the drain. You have been going every financial/investment banking/consulting events, but you still don’t know if you really want to go down that path. Maybe you are unsatisfied with your majors. Maybe you still don’t know what you want to study. Maybe you don’t know when you will finally gather up the will power to do your laundry. But everything is fine, you know that Bwog will always be at Lerner 505 at 7 pm on these glorious Sundays, waiting for you. You know there will be groceries, sweets that will make everything less painful.

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Apr

23

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Bwog staff writer and daily editor, Timmy Wu, reflects on his first year of College life, and presents to you a rare, indecisive reflection on Columbia.

Today had to have been the six-thousandth time that I saw campus tour guides herding prospective students and their parents into Furnald, pointing out the woodwork of the lobby and the top-notch facilities. They filed into the abnormally large model room. There was no laundry from three weeks ago, no hidden bottles of whiskey and wine, no hair intertwined in the polyester fibers on the carpet. In the prospective students’ pamphlet, there are statistics, polished ones that don’t necessary translate into what you experience in Columbia. There are resources for the unquenchable, ever-expanding young minds, it wrote. There are spaces where you could talk about the things you cared about. There are gazillion clubs where you will find people who share your interests, with whom you will build a relationship that lasts forever after bouts and bouts of social anxieties, feeling of isolation and loneliness.

Like traveling through a tunnel, looking at the bright light yonder, you dived into Columbia, accepted the admission offer with naive ecstasy, without knowing that, shit, you have to get through these hours of very very nasty feelings. So here is a fluffy Bwoglove to those classmates with whom you suffered in First Year Arabic class, friends whom you immediately called after you woke up from a night of debauchery, and finally, clubs that somehow (mistakenly) did not reject you. Hold on to them. Tell them you thank them for getting through this rugged year by your side, tell them that you are willing to go to Ferris if they are feeling extra adventurous today.

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