Written by Sarah Kinney
On Wednesday evening, first year staff writer Sarah Kinney traversed over to Schapiro Theatre (after going to the other Schapiro building and getting wicked lost) to see Columbia’s Graduate School of the Arts’ production of Summertime. She laughed, she cried… just like she did later that evening while watching the debate. But that’s another article. Back to the play.
Upon walking into the Schapiro Theatre black box on Wednesday night, I was confronted by a charming and intimate set. A pile of mattresses in one corner. A couch in another. A picnic table in the middle. But, most notable of all: rose petals, covering every inch of the stage floor. However, maybe stage isn’t quite the right word. The actors waltzed around in the middle of a high-ceilinged room, surrounded by clumps of chairs, some of which ascended into rows, some of which were courtside with the action itself. Shortly after I found my seat, the second row in a small group of six chairs, the lights dimmed. Showtime.
Written by Lexie Lehmann
In their first production of the fall semester, the Columbia University Players present Christopher Durang’s “Baby with the Bathwater,” a dark comedy about child-rearing, directed by Max Fiest CC ’17. Last night, Bwog newbie Lexie Lehmann had the chance to sit in on the play’s dress rehearsal. Below are some of her thoughts! (Content warnings for the show itself: child abuse, spousal abuse, sexual assault, and gender dysphoria)
The latest performance gracing the (limited) performance spaces of Columbia is CU Players’ “Baby with the Bathwater”: a hilarious play with a sinister twist about two hopeless parents raising their newborn child, Daisy. The parents, John and Helen, played by James Ritchie (CC’20) and Harrison Gale (BC’20) respectively, are a match made far from Heaven. Helen is a whiney, aspiring novelist while John is a charming alcoholic with childlike tendencies. And while the two frequently muse about wanting a divorce, they decide to stay together for the sake of their child.
To help with childcare, they hire a neurotic nanny, aptly named “Nanny”, played by Jennifer Yu (CC ’17). Nanny does little to help, and instead focuses her attention on seducing the naïve John. During the nighttime, a homeless, pregnant woman named Cynthia, played by Sarah Billings (BC ’18), breaks into the house to sing to Daisy. Upon discovering the woman, John and Helen decide to take her in. Now she, Nanny, and the two parents are forced to share a bed and to divide responsibility over taking care of Daisy — when truly, none of them are qualified.
Most of the play follows Daisy’s life through the perspective of the four whimsical characters raising her – until the second act, when Daisy appears as a grown adult, played by Christopher Jackson (GS ’18)… and the full effects of being raised by deliriously unfit chaperones are revealed. Here, the play takes a dramatic and unexpected turn; Daisy is a boy who had been forced to conform to a feminine name and clothing because his parents ‘guessed wrong’ and never checked because they ‘didn’t want to intrude’. And now, he is horribly depressed, failing college, and a sex addict. Yikes.
Written by Ross Chapman
Today is Midterm Day, the halfway point in the semester. To mark the occasion, Bwogger Ross Chapman is here to remind you that your situation could always be worse – at least when today is over, it’s over!
Taylor Swift is the first person I hear in the morning. “The players gonna play, play, play,” she reminds me from my radio alarm as I push off the covers. 8:00 a.m. always feels too early for me, but I have to get ready. Two of my suitemates, however, are already up and about.
“Don’t forget your textbooks, ‘cause today’s a stressful one!”
“It’s always stressful, where are we, the situation room?” The espresso machine in their room seems to fuel their loud morning banter.
“But today’s especially important, you know why?”
“It’s Midterm Day!” they sing together excitedly as they put their bags together for breakfast.
Since we started living together sophomore year, my suitemates have been obsessed with Midterm Day. For some inexplicable reason, the academic calendar lists Thursday, October 20 as “Midterm Date,” the halfway point of the semester. We like to imagine that Columbia thinks that it’s the one day a year when we happily take all of our midterms. But for me… well, it feels true. I have three midterms today, starting at 8:40 and going straight through until 2:00. I brace for the hell that today will put me through.
To cut to the chase, the exams totally ruin me. While I do okay on the first one, I’m totally unprepared for the essay questions on the others. As I wonder how well I’ll have to do on the finals to make these grades up, my suitemates are in the middle of a celebration. Midterm Day, they argue is a perfect excuse for day drinking. They’re happy to be through, and I’d love to be happy for them, but Midterm Day was nothing but trouble. Why even bother to list it on that dumb calendar?
The rest of the day is a total blur. By the time midnight rolls around, my suitemates are out at a Midterm Day EC party they managed to arrange, but I’m ready for sleep. “Everything will be better tomorrow,” I remind myself.
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The final presidential debate happened on Wednesday night, and that’s about enough said about that. (New York Times)
California’s attorney general has begun an investigation into Wells Fargo after the company received allegations of identity theft. Apparently, many customers had accounts opened in their names that they did not authorize. (LA Times)
The Obamas hosted their final state dinner in office, this time in honor of the Italian prime minister. (Washington Post)
Kurdish forces have continued their campaign to try and take back villages from the Islamic state. This follows another attack near the city of Mosul earlier this week. (New York Times)
Everybody wants to hug Obama via Washington Post
Earlier today (or, technically, yesterday), Bwog received the following tip:
Caught a close up of the feasting hawk responsible for the rain of feathers in front of butler today. A former staffer suggests that this is the same hawk dubbed “hawkmadinejad” back in the 08 09 era. Pic attached. Same bird?
The bird in question is Hawkmadinejad (or “Hawkma”, for short), a hawk that was often seen on campus in the years spanning 2008 to 2013 and became a kind of mascot for Bwog. Our expert hawk analysts compared this photo of a majestic bird of prey brooding over its unlucky victim, perhaps scanning Low Steps for sight of weak quarry, to documentation of past Hawkma sightings, and we cannot deny that the resemblance is similar—almost uncanny.
So, has Hawkma returned? Can this truly be the same bird that took campus by storm in 2007? Why has she (he?) returned now? What might have happened since the last Hawkma sighting in October, 2013? What wisdom might have Hawkma gained in lands unknown? What does he/she think of PrezBo’s most recent haircut?
We aren’t sure whether Hawkma’s return is a cause for celebration or a sign of the impending apocalypse. God save us all.
Send news of Hawkma sightings (and other, less important tips) to email@example.com.
You can’t mistake that silently judging stare via Jon Hanford
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Ever gone to International totally overwhelmed by the abundance of options and settled for something less than satisfactory for a pregame or a Wine Wednesday? In Bwog’s newest weekly column, we give you the wine recommendations that won’t break the bank and are guaranteed to please even the most juvenile of taste buds.
Yellow Tail, the Australian wine company, has many noteworthy exports, but the most refreshing and crisp would have to be its Pinot Grigio. With hints of apple, lemon, and pear, this Pinot is perfectly paired with many types of food, particularly Vine sushi and other light options, on top of delivering a nice alcohol content (11.5%). This wine manages to be both refreshing and light, and sweet without being saccharine, which makes it a perfect selection for outdoor picnics on South Lawn or to serve with appetizers in your shafted McBain Double. At $8, this wine is on the cheaper side and worth every penny. For those who were hoping for an Indian Summer, this could help elongate the spirit of summer well into the bitter cold NYC winter. Spruce up your Senior Night or debate-watching party tonight and make hump day great again. Even the discounted drinks at Bernheim & Schwartz have nothing on this. This hidden gem comes in an incandescent green labeling–you’re sure not to miss it in the back right corner of International. Don’t miss out!
Between International and Liquors on La Salle, Columbia students have limited options when it comes to where they can buy their alcohol. Enter the three self-titled ‘Mead Meisters’: homebrew enthusiasts and free-spirits set on providing the Columbia community with the opportunity to join a ‘mead club’ for a small monthly ‘contribution.’ Two Bwoggers sat down with the anonymous ‘Mead Meisters’ to learn more about their mead brewing process and to sample some of the final product.
After being graciously welcomed into the Meisters’ suite and de-facto brewery, Bwog was offered samples of two of Mead with Love’s most recent September flavors —American Pie and Lavender Lover— to sip while the conversation got underway. (The reviews of this month’s mead varieties are at the end of the article.)
Bwog: So, how did you get into making mead?
Mead Meister 1: It was really a spur of the moment thing that started this past summer. My family ended up moving away from New Jersey, and my father just asked if I wanted a bunch of home brewing equipment, so he wouldn’t have to bring it with him during the move. So, of course I said sure, because why not? All in all, it was about $500 worth of brewing equipment that I was just given. And I was out to dinner with [Mead Meister 2] in the Village a little while after that, and asked “Hey, I have a crazy idea: do you want to go brew some mead right now? I have all this equipment and want to do something with it.”
Mead Meister 2: And I said yeah, of course! Because it was the summer, we really didn’t have much going on, so we decided to go for it. So we went and tracked down [Mead Meister 3] that night and asked the same thing, and so the whole thing was born.
Written by Nadra Rahman
IAB-interloper Nadra Rahman found herself listening to a chilling tale of abduction, murder, and corruption when she attended The Galindez Case: The Kidnapping of A Columbia University Professor and Trujillo yesterday at the International Affairs Building at 6 pm. The speakers were lawyer and author Stuart McKeever, Ambassador Bernado Vega of the Dominican Republic, and Dr. Ramona Hernandez of CUNY. Topics of conversation included libraries and sharks.
On March 12, 1956, Jesús de Galindez, a doctoral student and professor at Columbia University, simply vanished. It was, not coincidentally, only 11 days after he had presented his dissertation, a critical analysis of the Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo and his rule. Though his body was never found, it is all but certain that Galindez was kidnapped and killed by Trujillo, a man obsessed with maintaining his image. The case remains a source of interest for many, including the Dominican diaspora, largely due to the dearth of publicly available information: how was Galindez kidnapped? What exactly happened to him? And what did the U.S. government know about it all? These questions have inspired five books and multiple movies, permeating certain sectors of Dominican pop culture.
So why another book? Stuart McKeever’s El Rapto de Galindez y su importancia en las relaciones entre Washington y Trujillo (The Kidnapping of Galindez and its importance in relations between Washington and Trujillo) is certainly not the first of its kind, but it is perhaps the most definitive. It is the product of 35 years of research, kernels of truth culled from thousands of pages of documents, all obtained from the Justice and State Departments through the Freedom of Information Act.
Written by Romane Thomas
Last night’s GSSC meeting was short and sweet! Bwog GSSC Bureau Chiefs Romane Thomas and Jenny Nugent are here with a quick overview.
Last night, General Studies Student Council dropped the mic early; literally, the meeting ended in 12 minutes and a mic was dropped.
The president started by reminding the council that the pep rally was taking place on Friday from 3:30 to 5:30pm. It will include a bouncy house and a four student council president joust on the lawn next to Butler. Raffles for homecoming will also be organized. In order to enter the raffle, you must take a picture with Roary the lion and post it on the event’s wall! Dennis Zhao announced that the domain for GSSC’s website will finally be updated from dennis-zhao.com domain to a more appropriate name. Brett Krasner also stated that senior sweaters were available for purchase until Friday for $50. And we hope you’re not pancake-people because the sweaters are waffle-knit!
Before the meeting ended, Chiwon Lee was nominated to the position of social chair. When asked what ideas she had for these staff writers’ last gala ever, she mentioned the word “Debutante.”
Lion via wikimedia commons
Bob Dylan has won the 2016 Nobel Prize in Literature. Awarded for his lyrics that influenced sociopolitical change from the 1960s onwards, Bob Dylan is the first rock lyricist to ever be awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.
Disneyland recently announced that the Tower of Terror ride would be remodeled and reopened next May as a new “Guardians of the Galaxy” themed ride. Social media lost its chill.
A three-week-long New York State trial concerning child custody under same-sex parents is currently underway. This extremely complicated case is unprecedented because neither mother is biologically related to the child.
Want to be an informed citizen? Tune in tonight to the third presidential debate! This debate, happening at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, is expected to be the nastiest one yet…
Image via disneyland.com
Bwoglines title from Bob Dylan’s song “Masters of War”
Written by Gabrielle Kloppers
As midterms draw in and ruin everyone’s lives, Bwog staff writer Gabrielle Kloppers is here with some more procrastination for you. Don’t you wish you could go back to your childhood, before you discovered Contemporary Civilizations readings and Calculus exams? With Bwog’s cartoon playlist, you can.
Written by Rebecca Novik
Disappearing Diana Furniture, Dodge gym becoming unsafe for women, an update on transgender rhetoric on campus, oh my! Gabbi Kloppers, SGA reporter, takes you inside another interesting SGA meeting.
Here’s what you missed at SGA:
A large part of the meeting was devoted to reflecting on the most recent Town Hall meeting, which was focused on LGBTQ issues on campus. Here were some of the topics discussed:
Dodge and toxic masculinity vibes: Many Barnard students feel like they don’t have a complete gym (no heavy weights). Meanwhile, many have vocalized concerns over feeling uncomfortable at Dodge. SGA might be planning of Womens Takeover at Dodge in the near future so stay tuned!
The January Application Development Experience (JADE) is a club for all first-year CU students interested in getting involved in careers in technology. However, the Barnard population of the club doesn’t get their housing subsidized during the winter break activities the club hosts over winter break. All other CU students pay $100; while Barnard students are required to pay $200; SGA will be looking into this issue and figuring out how to fund this program for Barnard students.
SGA is looking forward to discussing and collaborating on policy at the upcoming Seven Sisters Conference. Focus topics will included transgender policy/rhetoric on campus, and most specifically, the language used by many of these schools in promotion and image.
SGA is also looking for ways to get the word about voting! Keep your eyes out for reminders, events, and enthusiasm about the upcoming presidential election!
DIANA FURNITURE DISAPPEARING: SGA has heard concerns regarding the mysterious stealing of Diana 1st and 2nd floor chairs/tables. Look out for a red chair in someone’s dorm, laugh, and tell them to return it.
The next town hall is aimed to be sometime after Thanksgiving; official dates will be distributed shortly!
Photo courtesy of a website with instructions on how to make a modern doll house
Written by Leo Bevilacqua
Where you study says a lot about you, and Bwog is here to either shame or celebrate you for it. If one of the following TV shows is at the front of your Netflix queue, you’re most likely spending your peak studying hours in the accompanying location.
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Written by Finn Klauber
And just when you thought ESC could reach the pinnacle of its relevance with its smoking ban it recently passed, Finn Klauber takes you through another meeting where even their legitimacy to pass said smoking ban is up in the air.
Last week, I reported that the legitimacy of Engineering Student Council’s vote to encourage a smoking ban would lay upon the specifics of their updated constitution, supposedly to be ratified at this week’s meeting. However, despite the procedural failings in continuing to operate according to an unseen and officially moot constitution, the actual structure and work of the Council remains the same regardless of any procedural liabilities. Regardless, ESC spent most of its substantive time in session discussing two resolutions—one which was unanimously voted upon at the end of the meeting, the other which had just debuted in its initial planning and discussion stage.
In light of the usage of the Smoking Survey™ to approach a smoking ban through either Democratic or Authoritative means, newly elected University Senator Izzet Keboudi, SEAS ’19, proposed the “Resolution to Publicize ESC Survey Results & Responses to Columbia Community”. Essentially, the two-clause resolution clarified whether the surveys used in ESC proceedings would be made public or not, to be stated clearly on the survey itself, and further clarified that personal info from the survey will not be released except when fundamental to “the nature of the survey.” After accepting a friendly amendment to further clarify that these surveys are not looking for, and thus will not scrutinize, any individual’s specific response, ESC voted by hand and by acclaim concurrently in a unanimous approval of the resolution.
And just when you thought the Trumps couldn’t possibly disparage the Bush family anymore after this election cycle, Melania went public today blaming Trump’s ‘boy talk’ remarks from the leaked tape on Billy Bush. In response, the internet made the hashtag, #billybushmademedoit, trend. (CNN)
To the two environmental biology majors out there, you can take heart in knowing the Great Barrier Reef is not dead yet. The coral reef that is said to be seen from space and draws tourists from around the world seems to be going the way of Maggie. (The Guardian)
Ever had a bad break up? Try having your fiancé break off your engagement with a simple text. In an interview recently, Perrie Edwards, ex-fianceé of ex-One Directioner Zayn Malik, seems to have experienced just that. Guess Zayn is the ultimate quitter. (E Online)
Disgraced athlete and recent Dancing with the Stars contestant, Ryan Lochte, remarked in an interview with the New York Times that he thought Yom Kippur was Canadian Thanksgiving. If dissapointment was an olympic sport, he’d be bringing the U.S. some gold instead of embarrassing headlines. (Huffington Post)
Photo courtesy of Monty Python’s Spamlet
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