NSOP is approaching, which means most first years are frantically trying to fit as much stuff as they can into the trunks of their parents’ cars. No fear, though, if you still haven’t touched your suitcases (especially if you’re an upperclassman who doesn’t have to move in until the fifth)–here’s an hour-long playlist that will get you motivated to shove all your random shit into boxes!
Beginning in September, laundry will be free across Columbia. Free laundry was debuted this morning in first year dorms and EC, and will expand to the rest of CU come September 12.
The possibility of free laundry was announced last semester at CCSC,
where it was said that room and board costs would be raised by $30 to account for the free laundry. Housing has since told us that there will be no additional room and board fees to fund free laundry.
Housing even released a swanky new video to explain the laundry system to naive first-years. Watch for yourself below—but be sure to wait until the end to hear this very special announcement.
Update, 8/28/15: After reaching out to Housing, we learned that the free laundry will not apply to Barnard students unless they live in Columbia housing. Free laundry has also begun today—several weeks ahead of schedule—in all dorms except Nussbaum. Housing also told us that there will be no change to housing rates as a result of this change. See their full response below.
Free laundry will only be open to students living in Columbia undergraduate residence halls. If Barnard students live in Columbia undergraduate buildings, then yes, they will have free laundry.
As of today, August 28, all undergraduate residence halls have free laundry (ahead of original projected date) with the exception of 600 W. 113th St. and Carlton Arms. Students assigned by Columbia Housing with a contract to live in 600 W. 113th and Carlton Arms will instead receive Smart Chip Cards loaded with a laundry allowance. LaundryView will be offline until further notice as we update our system.
There will be no change to housing rates in the future to cover laundry service. This initiative is funded out of summer conference and intern housing income.
Earlier this evening, we received an anonymous tip of a poster from the new Sexual Violence Response consent campaign. The poster says “CONSENT IS BAE #BeforeAnythingElse.” The slogan will be featured in the presentations on sexual respect that all first-years are required to attend during NSOP. In the words of the tipster, some students on campus believe “this poster both trivializes consent and appropriates African American Vernacular English.”
With first-years beginning to move in tomorrow for pre-orientation programs, these posters could likely be one of their first impressions of SVR and its attitude toward sexual violence. Last year’s campaign, which compared consent to traffic lights, was similarly criticized for its juvenile concept and disconnect from student experience. We have reached out to SVR for comment on the poster campaign. We will update this post with any response we may receive.
Update, 8/26/15: We received the following response from SVR in regards to their poster series. They also sent us another poster being used in the campaign, which can be seen below.
Sexual Violence Response (SVR) seeks to promote healthy sexuality and positive behaviors. Historically, SVR has approached its consent education campaign from a constructive, encouraging, and fun perspective. This is also consistent with the tone at the national level, most recently with the affirmative consent legislation.
The Consent is BAE poster was developed in conjunction with SVR student staff and was specifically created to speak to students in a more conversational tone, rather than a lecture. It was designed to engage students on the topic of consent and drive to SVR social media channels to learn more. It’s the first in a series of educational communications that will be used this year. We hope students will continue to think, learn and participate in discourse about this topic beyond this one message.
We know you’ve been jonesing for a small plate from Dig Inn all summer (chicken as the protein, duh.) However, you won’t have to rely on just Dig Inn for healthy eating options in Morningside anymore. The former location of Uni Café (RIP) on 114th and Broadway is finally being filled by sweetgreen! Most people won’t know about this chain if they’re not from Boston, Philly, or DC, but sweetgreen offers a huge selection of salads and other healthy “bowls.” We all love our Milano’s salads, but sweetgreen will be a nice alternative to the normal neighborhood spots when we’re trying to not eat Ferris pizza for every meal.
Amsterdam also has its own new addition–Friedman’s is officially up and running for the fall semester between 118th and 119th St. If you’re getting sick of going to Mel’s every time you want a burger, this might be a good spot to check out. According to a friend, the prices are no worse than any other restaurant in the area. That’s always positive!
Finally, we bring a culinary miracle on our own campus. JJ’s Place will now be open until 1 AM every night. Now we can eat curly fries and drink Jamba Juice every single night post-Butler!
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You’ve read Columbia’s official packing list, you’ve cross-referenced your own list with those of your friends and the other kids on the Columbia Class of 2019 group—now what? Bwog put together a list of a few items to bring that you may not have thought about to help with everything from party preparation to actually passing your classes.
For your social life…
Written by Ross Chapman
We’re continuing our annual Houses and Homes series with another Bwogger’s vacation destination. Ross Chapman ran off to Switzerland for a little while and wishes he had a better camera. If you want to show off your summer house, awesome room, or favorite bowling alley, send a picture and five-sensed description to email@example.com.
Where: Montreux, Switzerland–a bench on the grass along a pedestrian road circling Lake Geneva.
Sound: Parents speaking French to their children and a beat-boxing didgeridoo player.
Smell: Lots of tobacco smoke, a little bit of marijuana smoke, and flowers everywhere.
Taste: Gourmet steak sandwiches, overpriced sparkling water, pistachio ice cream, and Heineken flowing like a river.
Move-in is approaching! As we all prepare to return to school, here are some songs on leaving home and returning to life at Columbia University in the City of New York (a name that, as Drake would say, sounds “very important and very pretentious”).
Tags: "started wearing less and going out more" sophomore year mantra, back 2 school, dreading the package center, i'm at a higher place, nightmares of the lerner ramps, playlist, pls do not speak to me like i'm that drake from 4 yrs ago, the new carly rae jepsen album came out in japan and it's GOOD, very important and very pretentious aka columbia, vodka-water
Before the summer ends and we’re all back in Boringside Heights, Bwog wants to highlight your Houses and Homes! Send a picture of your vacation spot/triple-monitor set-up at work/tiny apartment in the city/sprawling backyard in the middle of nowhere to firstname.lastname@example.org, and don’t forget to include where you are, what it smells like, what it sounds like, and what it tastes like. Feel free to also tell us what you’ve been up to this summer! Our first submission comes from Bwogger Rachel Deal–though she spent most of her time working in Boston, she also took a quick trip to Canada to visit a friend.
Where: Fort Erie, Ontario–right on Lake Erie.
Sound: Wind in trees and the dog barking next door.
Smell: Last night’s bonfire on the beach and sunscreen.
Taste: Maple syrup, Tim Hortons, (my first legal sips of) white wine, and sunscreen.
We forgot NSOP was actually a thing, but the schedule for NSOP 2015 was released on Guidebook and we’re feeling all nostalgic for some reason. This year’s orientation is themed “You Are Here,” and includes many of our favorite NSOP programs such as Community Forum, Open Mic Night, and the Gender-Based Misconduct lectures!
To access the official guide, download Guidebook from your smart phone application store of choice. Register a free account or simply search “Columbia University and Barnard College Orientation 2015.” From there, you will have access to a full breakdown of this year’s orientation schedule. One can view Barnard’s orientation schedule online here, as well as the CC/SEAS schedule here (once it is posted online).
This year’s orientation will follow a different schedule in terms of OL group division. Each group is made of 10 members, all of whom are from the same residence hall. Each group (i.e group 7-A) will be paired up with another group (i.e 7-B) from a different first-year residence hall. These two groups will be meeting together at all times and will follow the same tracks.
This year, there are five mandatory tracks aptly named after the five boroughs of NYC for CC/SEAS students. Barnard students are divided into 3 tracks named after some main Barnard bitchez—Magnolia, Milbank, and Millie. Students and groups are expected to attend the given events within their track, i.e. groups 7-A & 7-B are to follow the Brooklyn track! The main events like the New York City event, Community Forum, and the Class of 2019 photo include all first-years and occur at the same time, regardless of group or track.
All of these events may seem fun now, but we’ll let you know which scheduled events you should actually go to during NSOP. Regardless, get excited and start meticulously filling your Google Cal with all these events as you prepare for the sloppiest week of your Columbia life!
Tags: get ready for all the cute first-year butts, New Student Orientation Program, nslop is more like it, nsop, NSOP 2015, pro-tip: use yik-yak during the Step-Up! event lol, really excited for this gender-based misconduct event, so excited to DILF hunt in the carman lobby, we don't have enough storage room on our phones to download this app, You Are Here
This morning, Bwog received notice from Columbia Psychological Services that they will be expanding their office space and staff for the coming academic year. Changes to CPS include hiring 6 new clinicians, including a psychiatrist. This staff addition will hopefully reduce the wait time most students experienced in past years when trying to schedule an appointment with CPS. The announcement adds CPS will continue to be able to address various mental health concerns with its “broad and diverse team.”
The new staff will be housed on the 5th floor of Lerner. CPS hopes this location will be more central to campus and accessible to all students. The office space will take over the previous location of Alice!, which will be moved to John Jay to be closer to health services. Bios on the new physicians will be added to the CPS directory as soon as they are hired.
Bwog is hanging onto July as long as possible (because August is just too close to September), so we’re using our monthly round-up as a way to prolong the summer. Maybe that logic is lacking, but it’s hot and we’re trying not to think about the fall. Let’s all just take a page out of Demi’s book and stay cool for the summer.
Meanwhile, our campus might look dead, but things are still happening. We present to you July’s news in conveniently packaged bullets.
As we say a heartfelt farewell to the days of June, Bwog would like to take a moment to reminisce about the weird, the wild, and the wonderful events of this past month.
In case you have not left the Netflix cave you created for yourself in May, here’s what you may have missed:
Tags: increasing your pretension will prepare you well for sophomore year, is there a support group for Infinite Jest?, reality TV experiments, smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy, we're all stuck in New Jersey, when cats are decoration, yelp reviews for piercing places sounds like an episode of Portlandia
Yesterday Columbia became the first university in the United States to divest from the private prison industry. This news comes as a major victory for Columbia Prison Divest, the student group that has been campaigning since February of 2014 for Columbia to divest. The Board of Trustees also announced that the school will create a policy that will ban any future investments in the private prison industry.
This morning, Barnard’s Board of Trustees approved an admission policy for trans women. Barnard will admit all “applicants who consistently live and identify as women, regardless of the gender assigned to them at birth,” according to the College’s official statement, beginning in the fall of 2016 (the Class of 2020).
Officially, Barnard will continue to use feminine rather than gender-neutral pronouns to reflect its “identity as a women’s college.” Barnard will also deny admission to applicants not selecting “female” on the Common Application and to trans men.
Those who transition from female to male while attending Barnard will remain eligible for a Barnard degree, and “the College will offer guidance and resources” to help transitioning students who find that Barnard no “longer offers the appropriate educational environment” for them.
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