ADICU Presents “Columbia Plays Mario”
ADI should serve these tonight

ADI should serve these tonight

ADICU (Application Development Initiative) is hosting a “Columbia Plays Mario” event, similar to Twitch Plays Pokemon, in Lerner Cinema tonight.

ADI is putting a spin on this past February’s rather successful social experiment, which sought to have people from all across the world play Pokemon together, each from their own individual computer.

Bwog encourages you to embrace your inner child and collaborate with other Columbians to race to the checkered flag, collect coins, avoid koopas and shells and do other fun things with your favorite highly pixelated video game man.

The deets:

9 – 11 pm in Lerner Cinema

Bring your laptops and/or smartphones!

Also take a peek at the Facebook event!

In the meantime, get pumped up with the Mario theme music!


Bwog is a child once more via Wikimedia Commons

PSA: Free NYT Mobile Through Housing
Four score and seven years ago, the New York Times app didn't exist.

Four score and seven years ago, the New York Times app didn’t exist.

Columbia Housing offers a full complimentary subscription to the New York Times website and mobile apps. You must have a valid Columbia email address to access the subscription, but that shouldn’t be a problem, should it? Basically, you can finally stop paying for your own subscription or hacking into using your parents’ account to access “All the news that’s fit to print,” or in this case, publish online and send to your phone.

Here is CCSC’s blurb about all the features you can use, including off-campus access, as well an instruction video and link to activate your subscription:

Student Access to the NY Times

Undergraduate residential students have full complimentary access to and NYTimes mobile apps, thanks to a subscription offered by Columbia Housing. Users must have a valid Columbia email address to access. covers a variety of topics through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features. In addition, you will be able to share content on social networks, save articles of interest, subscribe to email newsletters and set up personalized alerts. Your access to is available from any location, on or off campus.
Watch this video or follow these simple instructions or to activate your pass.

Old articles, new apps via  Wikimedia Commons

Bwoglines: Mistakes, Missteps, And Miscues Edition

But…what did we do wrong?

Miss Nebraska, Megan Swanson, accidentally revealed a bit too much to the cameras during the 2015 Miss America pageant on Sunday. What was the host, Chris Harrison, talking about? Revealing too much. (Yahoo!)

Rush Limbaugh decided that, in cases of sexual consent, no can mean yes “if you know how to spot it.” Yea, okay, whatever you say, Rush. (Gawker)

Speaking of…Robin Thicke admitted to being “high on Vicodin and alcohol” when he recorded “Blurred Lines,” the song that he also admitted he took too much credit for writing. Oops. (New York Daily News)

Urban Outfitters “deeply regrets” that their Kent State sweatshirt, featuring a bloody design, was “perceived negatively.” In trying to defend the item, Urban dug themselves a bigger hole. Should anyone be surprised? Probably not. (Washington Post)

The NFL and its associated teams are still confused about where they stand on domestic abuse. Hint: They don’t seem to care thaaat much. (USA Today)

Brown boxes of embarrassment via Shutterstock

Field Notes: On Vs. Off Campus
Caption contest, anyone?

Does a flamingo hat get you into bars better than a fake?

Second weekend at school and we’ve already got some campus clingers and some city goers amongst us (even if the 1 was shut down this weekend). Columbia students will always find a way… Send along your adventures next weekend wherever they may be to

On-campus hijinks:

  • Classic hipsters: At Postcrypt, it’s full. Organizer says, ‘we made a Facebook event this week, that was a mistake.’”
  • Ominous tip about R.A.’s quotas: “That’s it. I hear they’re getting mad quotas this year, and it’s no stretch of the imagination to figure out which students will be targeted.” 
  • I went to a party/fundraiser for a North Dakota abortion clinic #mylifeisBarnard”
  • “I semi-soberly knocked over a table (with FOUR drinks on it) at the Dam while trying to high five my friend and caused a ruckus.”
  • “The girl who was walking around with her DSLR camera at ADP is named Sandy Kim and she’s a ~~well known~~ photographer. She’s doing an undercover piece for NY Mag. … a few sophomores got her into the party as “‘visual arts major who lives in Nussbaum’.”
  • Do we have a poopetrator on our campus?

"although this specific action wasn't *prohibited*..."

“although this specific action wasn’t *prohibited*…”

Off-campus adventures:

  • Drank some champagne (discreetly) on the High Line followed by going to a show at Upright Citizens Brigade, as classy ladies do.”
  • “Downtown at a speakeasy drinking out of a glass shaped like a MOTHERFUCKING SKULL”
  • “Update on the skull goblet: I may or may not have taken it and now I own a skull goblet. I ate cereal out of it this morning because I love it so much.”
  • “Drank, drank some more, went to the Chromeo concert in Central Park, which was awesome.”
  • “Went to the 9/11 memorial. walked from 96th st. to campus with friend, getting Koronets and a Tom’s milkshake on the way.”
This Week’s Bwog Comment Awards

We’re bringing back a short-lived tradition from last semester, our comment awards, because you are all special snowflakes who deserve recognition.

Most Jaded Accurate:

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The Sherlock Holmes Award for Exceptional Sleuthing: 

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Most Unimpressed: 

Most Surprisingly Helpful:

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More worthy comments after the jump!

Party Testimonial: ADP
But aren't frats a new plague?

Even literary societies frats get good turnouts

If you have FOMO from missing a party you chose not to go to over the weekend, we gotcha covered. Shreyas Manohar (AKA, but just for that night, Sober Hero Shreyas Manohar) shares a bit of his experience at Columbia’s literary society, Alpha Delta Phi, host of a little get together in their luxurious home on Frat Row last Saturday. 

“You haven’t seen a crowd till you’ve travelled in a Mumbai local,” I always brag, showcasing the exotic and fascinating struggles I have grown up with. After yesterday’s frat party, I’ve lost the right to use that line. Now I tell my Mumbai-local-travelling-struggling friends, “You haven’t seen a crowd till you’ve been to a frat party.” ADP’s house was really well furnished and spacious just making me hate my John Jay single even more. However going from my JJ 13 room to the ground took me less time than climbing down one flight of stairs at this party. SO. MANY. PEOPLE. So, I said something then which nobody has ever said and nobody ever will again, “So JJ elevators aren’t that bad.”

Drinks were for $2. The only reason people were still there was the music. It was the first time that a frat party had music which you could dance to even if you were sober. Shout out to that DJ cheerfully giving 3 first bumps per minute to the even more cheerful drunk people. Giving out drinks at the door is too mainstream. Giving out condoms at the door is the in thing. The condoms were so well received by the public that I even found fellow John Jay residents playing water balloon fights with the orange flavoured condoms at 2 am with classy jazz music in the background.

I have a friend who takes photos of everything. Everything. His Instagram is filled with photos of toilet seat(s), crumbs of food, crumbs of food on toilet seats and everything else you can think of. I wish he had been at the party because he would have found his soulmate. There was this girl with a DSLR who going around taking photos of every imaginable thing. Her photo reel includes a girl coughing, another dude tying his shoe laces and a person pretending to text by vociferously tapping on his blank touch screen. Highlight of the evening was how she captured a couple that was humping and making out on this comfortable couch I so badly wanted to sit on. She actually cleared the space by pushing people away and took different shots from different angles, moving around the room and kneeling down on knees at one point. It takes tremendous amounts of confidence and perseverance to be so blatantly creepy, skills which will help her in getting a solid job. Columbia is not well represented in Porn Videography anyway.

Thoughts you resort to when finding yourself at frat party via JoyReactor

Culinary Diplomacy On CCSC

It’s all about the triangle cut

The most important position on CCSC has graciously extended its deadline to submit an interest form from yesterday to tonight at midnight for all those who have yet to hop on to the CCSC Sandwich Ambassador bandwagon.

Interested candidates should heavily contemplate topics for their two State of the Sandwich speeches on the sundial (your love of the sandwich/free food/feeding hungry college students better translate rhetorically). This is your gig if ensuring that Columbia students get a cheaper and all the while tastier eating experience in Morningside is something you’d consider to be your calling. Responsibilities and credibility to run not limited to interest exclusively in sandwich opportunities in the area.

Campaigning starts Wednesday so add this dense elections packet to your reading for this week before clicking submit on that interest form. Sandwiches mean business!


This entree better not be over $10 via Shutterstock

Breaking: Columbia A Finalist For Obama’s Presidential Library
Just how Obama looked when he was studying in Butler back in the day.

Just how Obama looked when he was studying in Butler back in the day.

Along with the University of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of Hawaii, Columbia University was issued a Request for Proposal by the Barack Obama Foundation earlier today, placing us in the running for Obama’s Presidential Library.

Due on December 11, this requires that Columbia “submit a formal proposal that includes detail on the proposed management and organization of the project, site development plans, community partnerships, potential for academic collaboration, marketing and attraction strategy, and information about any financial and other commitments from the host or other partners.”

The Obamas will decide in early 2015 which site will get the presidential library.

Obama and Columbia go way back. He graduated (well, depending on who you talk to) from CC in 1983, and spoke at Barnard’s commencement in 2012, which caused a bit of a stir that we termed Obamanard. Typically, though, he has focused more on his connections to Hawaii and Chicago than his school years at Columbia. Our fingers are crossed, but our hopes aren’t high.

Overseen: The Winning Candidate

Elevator-goers of John Jay are already curious about Mr. Silverstein’s political agenda. We only hope that he will deliver as a representative of his fellow residents.

Give us meth or give us death!

Making Space For Students That Make Stuff
Arts tools > crowns

Arts tools > crowns

Left your sewing machine or electrical screw driver at home? Don’t want to pay for woodworking classes downtown with NYC moms who have too much free time? No fear, Columbia’s now got the arts & crafts space for you!

Columbia Maker Space wants to provide a place for students of all kinds to pursue their inner artist/creator/engineer, in whatever fashion that might mean to them. Learn more about reserving times to work and what this hip space has to offer at its two info sessions this week: today and tomorrow at 5:30 in Mudd 1220.

Add it to your Facebook calendar here. 

Bwoglines: Constitution Edition
The Smithsonian has the original pen from 1788, too!

The Smithsonian has the original pen from 1788, too!

We’ve got a national holiday this week, but it awkwardly falls on a Wednesday. No canceled classes for a non-Monday, rather unknown commemorative day. (Springfield News-Leader)

Is there an Establishment Clause in China? (Yahoo!)

Bill Clinton makes an old jeer at the Constitution during a rally for his wife—and by rally we mean a community BBQ. (New York Times)

Learn how to sound like the most knowledgeable of your comrades at the Constitution Day 2014 party. You go to Columbia (and probably want to major in poli sci), after all. (Washington Post)



The real deal via Shutterstock

Bwog Visits Baker: Field Hockey Cruises Past Villanova
Zoe Blake weaving through LaSalle defenders.

Zoe Blake weaving through LaSalle defenders.

Bwog’s favorite young sports aficionado Ross Chapman brings you the play-by-play of the most recent women’s field hockey game, and plenty more athletic updates.

A pair of second half goals five minutes apart for senior tri-captain Zoe Blake powered the Lions past the Wildcats 5-2 today at the Columbia Field Hockey Stadium at the Baker Athletic Complex. The team built off of their loss last weekend to No. 3 UConn and rose to 2-1 on the season thanks to an energetic and cooperative performance. Villanova (2-4) was held to just 1 shot on goal in the first half, and the 13 penalty corners they allowed to Columbia proved disastrous, leading directly to three goals. Junior tri-captain Christina Freibott tied her school record 3 assists and junior goalkeeper Kimberly Pianucci put up 7 saves as the Lions took a commanding win over the Big East opponent.

If you’ve never seen a field hockey game before, it plays sort of like a faster version of soccer. There are two 35-minute halves with no stoppage time, and the field is slightly smaller than a soccer pitch. The ball can move from one side of the field to another very quickly, and a driving player can run from one goal to the other in 20 seconds or so. Another factor that adds to the sport’s excitement is the penalty corner mechanic. One player passes the ball inbounds to an offensive player who stops and “sets” the ball for a strong offensive shot. This sort of bump-set-spike mechanic was fruitful for the Lions today, who time and again let ring the sound of the ball against the back of the wooden goal across northern Manhattan.

Columbia commanded the first half and came out of it with a 2-0 lead, but Villanova burst onto the field for the second half with newfound energy and nearly unchallenged possession of the ball for the first ten minutes. A barrage of shots from all sides of the net eventually proved too much for Pianucci to save, and the score went to 2-1. The turning point of the game came when senior midfielder Kyle Marsh maneuvered the ball from deep in Columbia territory down the field and through a field of defenders to set up a penalty corner. From then on, Columbia maintained possession, and Zoe Blake scored goals off of corners with 17:10 and 12:06 left to go in the game, putting the lions up 4-1. Villanova tried to come back and upped their sense of urgency, but soon the Lions had the ball again, and Caroline Donnal fed a pass to Katie Ruesterholz, who tapped it in past the Villanova goalie to put the nail in the coffin of the Wildcats’ hope to win the game.

“We brought with us what we had last weekend against UConn, with great energy, great combination style hockey, good press… and good communication,” said Zoe Blake in a postgame interview with The spectators certainly saw this, and their 70 minutes of enthusiastic support was recognized at the end of the game by the entire team. Even if you’ve never seen a match of the sport in your life, the energy and liveliness of each game is easy to love. If you want to get up to Baker this year to see a game, get there early; the bleachers only support about fifty fans, and they fill up very easily. Their last home game for a little while was today, and Katie Ruezterholz deflected a corner in overtime to give the Lions a 2-1 victory over the Fairfield Stags, propelling them to 3-1 on the season. Their next home game is ​against Cornell on Saturday, September 27th at noon for the Ivy home opener.​

Athletics news from football, futbol, and footraces after the jump

Bwog Meeting Tonight
The Bwog community table.

The Bwog community table.

Did you have a rough weekend? …get nothing done? …get sick because of that ridiculous temperature drop?

Want to tell us about it, write about it, or just cope with some free snacks? Come hang with us at 7 PM in the SGO in Lerner. Let’s commiserate together.

Your second family via Shutterstock.

Bucketlist: Poetry And Dance

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 a correction, please leave them in the comments.


  • “Considering the Creative Habit with Twyla Tharp” Diana Center Event Oval, Monday September 15 7:00-9:00 PM. Register.
  • “Barnard Women Poets Prize Reading” Sulzberger Parlor, Wednesday, September 17 7:00-9:00 PM. Sandra Lims

Monday, September 15

  • “A World Without Jews: The Nazi Imagination from Persecution to Genocide” 509 Knox Hall, 4:00-6:00 PM.
  • “Pakistan and the Burden of Islam” Heyman Center, 4:10-6:00 PM. Ainslie Embree
  • “OSCE and the Challenges Faced by the Organization in Changing European Security Environment” IAB 1512 4:00-6:00 PM. Ranko Krivokapic.

Tuesday, September 16

  • “Abenomics, TPP, and the Future of Japans Agriculture.” IAB 918, 4:15-6:00 PM. Gerald Curtis, Richard Katz.

Everything else

Clubhop: CU Ready For Hillary
What a lady boss

What a lady boss

New clubs and organizations have been springing up on campus this fall, including Columbia University Ready for Hillary. Politics Paramour Lili Brown caught up with the group’s co-founder, Anna Jessurun, to see what the club is all about. If you’re interested in learning more about/joining CU Ready for Hillary, please fill out their sign-up form and like them on Facebook.

Bwog: Welcome to campus, Ready for Hillary! What is Ready for Hillary, and what are some of the initiatives you have lined up for the 2014-2015 year?

Anna: Ready for Hillary is technically a Super PAC, consisting of supporters urging Hillary Clinton to run in 2016. Unlike other Super PACs that may be demonizing like those we’ve seen in the media, Ready for Hillary is very much a grassroots volunteer movement. Our over-arching goal is to get Columbia Ready for Hillary.

Bwog: What does that mean, getting Columbia ready for Hillary?

Anna: If Hillary does declare her candidacy, we will already have a database of supporters at Columbia that can help her campaign. So for example, if her campaign needs people in New York to volunteer, make phone calls, host events, we’ll have that base at Columbia. Columbia itself is already such a politically active and passionate institution that I think that many people will be very into this and very supportive.

Bwog: Is Ready for Hillary a part of Hillary’s campaign?

Anna: No, we are not. But we are focused on raising interest in voting generally. One of our goals this semester is our Ready to Vote initiative. We have Ready to Vote cards, which are linked to the potential Hillary Clinton campaign, but a lot of the language is geared for readiness to support Democrats and readiness to vote. And since we are at an institution full of young people, who as a demographic historically don’t vote as much as they should, I think our big goal is getting people ready to vote. Preferably for Democrats, but we just want people voting.

Talking about a potential Hillary run and her best pantsuit color after the jump.