Written by The Blue and White
We bring you a second piece from the most recent issue of the Blue and White: Ian Truegar writes about the experiences of American military veterans reevaluating their assumptions of the Middle East due to classes in the Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies department.
Columbia University has the highest proportion of undergraduate military veterans in the Ivy League. Not surprisingly, these 430 individuals enrolled in GS are somewhat different from their undergraduate counterparts. For professor Rashid Khalidi, it’s more than just the fact that they are “extraordinarily mature,” and “usually more diligent.” It’s the fact that these individuals have unique perspective on US foreign policy. For them, “it’s lived history.”
This difference becomes nowhere more apparent than in classes associated with Columbia’s department of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS). Khalidi, the Edward Said Professor of Modern Arab Studies, notes that there is always a concentration of veterans sitting together in his lecture, History of the Modern Middle East. Yet while rehashing the area’s history can be an ordeal for veterans, it is perhaps MESAAS’s theoretical emphasis that proves the most difficult to swallow.
The series you’ve been waiting for is finally here: senior wisdom, when real seniors give real advice for your real future. (It’s also almost finals, but who cares about that, right?) Starting the series off is Lucas Zeppetello, with great hair and greater wisdom.
Name: Lucas Vargas Zeppetello // School: SEAS // Major: Applied Physics (Minor in Religion) // Hometown: San Francisco, CA
Claim to fame: No claim no fame no pain no gain no flame no shame no feign no sane
Where are you going? I’m going to spend the summer working on an old school bus to try and turn it into a mobile home. If all goes well, I’ll take this project up to Seattle with me when I move there in the fall to start a PhD. program in atmospheric physics at the University of Washington.
What are 3 things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the Class of 2020?
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After months of rumors, it’s been confirmed that Malia Obama is not attending Barnard next year – she committed to Harvard, as part of the class of 2021. It’s as yet unclear what she’ll be doing during her gap year. (NPR)
A historic Serbian Orthodox church in Midtown Manhattan caught on fire at about 7pm last night, just hours after its congregation finished celebrating Orthodox Easter. Is this an omen of apocalyptic fires to come? (NY Daily News)
Last night marked the final performance of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus’ eleven elephants. The elephants’ last routine included standing on their heads, balancing on small stands, and taking a brief nap. (USA Today)
Radiohead slowly disappeared from the internet yesterday – first their website, then their Tweets and Facebook posts were erased bit by bit. This is supposedly promotion for their next album. (Fortune)
Tags: apocalyptic fever dream, bwog gets existential, bwoglines, last bwoglines of the semester, like if you think malia made the right choice, like if you want to cease this pitiful existence & tumble slowly into the void, sadcolumbiabwoglines, the horror! the horror!, what if you could nap for the rest of your life, wish we could slowly disappear from columbia's campus
Written by Finn Klauber
Events Editor Finn Klauber viewed the inception of the 1st Annual Varsity Show Art Exhibit/Prank on the plinth of Henry Moore’s soon-to-be-installed statue. Here is Bwog’s review of the installation, as well as Klauber’s comments on the piece.
Note: To maintain the degree of independent artistic production which the members of Varsity Show require to create and install such pieces, we highly suggest future Varsity Show art directors (and pranksters) do not read or discuss this before the end of V122’s run. To quote the crew of V122, “Bwog…[is] not a professional [art] critic, and the only feedback that should be in your heads…is your notes from the team and the gushing praise from your friends and family.”
Tags: come at me, don't send me threatening messages, late night bwog is back, lnb, lol varsity show, no game of thrones spoilers here but you should watch the show, orgo night is better, tfw you didn't even see varsity show, thanks golston for the met info, this is for all the real butlerites still up at this point in time, varsity show
Written by Amara Banks
With the passing of student government elections, Bwog wanted to get a better sense of who would be each of the different colleges the following 2016-2017 year. Up next is the new CCSC Student Body President, Nicole Allicock.
A Brief Bio
Nicole is a sophomore from DC and plans on majoring in Linguistics. She is in CU Players, the Columbia Musical Theatre Society, and a part of Alpha Omicron Pi. She has gained experience with student government by serving as the Academic Affairs Representative for CCSC and as the secretary for the Activities Board at Columbia, and she is also a part of the 1U party. Her favorite movie is Princess Bride, the last enjoyable meal she had was from Falafel on Broadway, and if she could be any bird, she would be a Roseate Spoonbill.
1U Platform Summary
Although Nicole has a well written platform and bio available online, we wanted to meet her in person and get a better idea of who she is and what she sees for CCSC.
You’ve seen Yelp reviews of restaurants, bars, and maybe even some performance halls – but did you know that you can also review Columbia? This website is the last place you’d want to look for opinions when choosing which college to attend, but it is also, apparently, the best place for many to get out their frustration at this institution, as one Bwogger discovered last week when procrastinating by scrolling through MoHi Yelp reviews. She decided to sort reviews of Columbia from lowest to highest, and discovered a treasure trove of disgruntled former students, community visitors, and friends from rival schools who thought Yelp was the best platform upon which to voice their opinions.
You can try out our new favorite procrastination method for yourself here, or check out a few notable reviews that we’ve compiled below.
How much is tuition again?
Tags: penn station of gyms, seriously though who goes to lerner just for cafe east?, tag yourself we're 'looks lovely in the snow and at sunset', the yelp reviewers are onto you prezbo, we're going to start listing our location as 'awww yeah: the heights' now, wish bwog posts could be rated 'useful' 'funny' or 'cool'
Written by Gowan Moïse
New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/ theatrically-inclined on campus.
Monday, May 2
Wednesday, May 4
“Orpheus Mourning the Death of Eurydice” by Ary Scheffer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Written by Finn Klauber
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.
Written by Raji Ganapathy
Two weeks ago, hopeful candidates fought it out for a coveted position on Barnard’s SGA. This week, staff writer Raji Ganapathy sat down with the newly elected SGA President for 2016-2017, Sara Heiny, to hear about her plans for next year. Read on to hear what’s in store.
Bwog: Tell us a little bit about yourself, Sara!
Sara: So I am a rising senior (obviously, since you have to be to run for SGA President), majoring in English and minor in History with a concentration in Science, Technology and Environment. I’m from the Midwest (Indiana), but love living in New York City, mostly because I can walk everywhere and so the exploration never ends. I’m also a huge musical fan, so if you ever go to a CMTS performance you might find me playing cello in the pit orchestra. (This is where I shamelessly plug the Varsity Show – go see it!! It’s an inter-campus tradition and Barnard students abound on stage, in the plot, in the pit, behind the scenes, on the production team, you name it!)
B: Why did you first get involved with SGA?
S: Almost two years ago now, the administration started reviewing and revising the Nine Ways of Knowing. This type of all-out curriculum review only happens every fifteen years, so when they started soliciting opinions from the student body, I was curious. I became a regular attendee at the student open sessions, and was eventually invited to be a student representative and to help gather more input from the student body. As we began to implement this new curriculum (i.e. the Foundations), I applied for the Rep for Academic Affairs position in order be more involved in the process — and that’s kind of how I got involved with SGA.
TL;DR: SGA wasn’t something I knew I wanted to be involved with when I came to Barnard. But I got hooked on the opportunities to work with the administration and to represent something larger than myself (i.e. the student body).
B: What do you consider the most challenging aspect of the leadership process?
S: In the past, the most challenging aspect has been kind of two fold. On one hand, it’s sometimes difficult to get enough student participation, and then when we do, it can be difficult to make sure those voices are heard by the administration.
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As it turns out, dogs hate getting hugs from humans. Sorry bout it. (NPR)
John Kasich announced at Friday’s forum that some people are “probably” born gay, saying, “I mean I don’t know how it will works, OK? I mean, look, are they? In all probability, they are. OK?” His response was met, understandably, with some confusion from the audience. (ABC)
Susan Sarandon, in an interview with Stephen Colbert, explained why she had to “break up with” Hillary Clinton. In the words of Sarandon, “”Who is this person, I can’t trust her.” Trouble in paradise… (CBS)
Karrine Steffans is claiming to be Becky with the good hair. The model spoke to the press about her “affair” with Jay Z – and by the press, we mean xoJane. (Jezebel)
Tags: all dogs go to heaven but you don't need to hug them about it, becky, bwoglines, dogs are people too, maybe they're gay who knows why does everyone expect me - a presidential candidate - to know or care about us citizens, susan and hill are no more, the tall tales begin, you ain't becky stop tryna
In the past few weeks revving up to finals, the number of open reservation slots of group study rooms in Butler, NoCo, and Lehman Social Sciences Library (yes, you can do that) have dwindled down to almost nothing. While most reservation titles are similarly sparse—think “study,” “finals,” “group project”—the increased pool of library dwellers and friend groups looking for a private study spaces have titled their library sojourns with unique names. Either that, or they’re delirious with studying. One or the other, right?
Below you’ll find pictures of reservations with either one-off or consistently unique names. All reservations for the week can be found here.
Written by Gowan Moïse
Arts Editor Gowan Moïse attended the 122nd Annual Varsity Show on opening night. Here is Bwog’s review of the production, as well as Moïse’s comments on the show.
Last night marked the opening night of a three day run of the 122nd Annual Varsity Show, co-written by Anika Benkov (CC ’16) and Michael Rodriguez (CC ’16) and directed by Jonah Weinsten (CC ’16), with lyrics and composition by Jake Chapman (CC ’16) and Sofia Geck (BC ’17). At the start of the performance, the curtains slowly opened to reveal four portraits of Columbia’s “founding fathers” Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, Robert Livingston, and King George II discussing their accomplishments and achievements while disparaging the current state of Columbia. The final lines delivered by the founding fathers in the first narrative scene give an ominous warning about the show to follow: “This is a tale of tradition / at the school of white and blue / so watch if you dare, but just beware: / the past isn’t done with you!”
Following this warning and narrative opening, we’re immediately introduced to the main character, Jenny Park (April Cho, CC ’17), a first generation sophomore attempting to find some sense of belonging at Columbia. Even as she struggles to maintain order at her work-study job in Hartley, she expresses dreams of greatness and a desire to be like the notorious Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg (“Notorious”).
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Written by Joe Milholland
PrezBo began the last University Senate plenary of the year with a collection of remarks on current events.
On the passing of Bill Campbell
“There was no more dedicated alumn of Columbia than Bill,” said PrezBo about the long-time Columbia trustee who died recently. “He really knew how to make organizations work,” said PrezBo. “When it came to making things happen and protecting me and the institution, there was just nobody better.”
PrezBo attended a memorial service for Campbell on Monday in Palo Alto (Campbell was involved in Silicon Valley), and he asked for a moment of silence at the plenary.
“On May 2nd, I’ll send out a statement saying that on May 2nd 1896, Morningside Heights campus was dedicated, and we are now beginning the process of dedicating the new campus in Manhattanville, and this will go on all through next year, as we begin to move into the buildings,” said PrezBo about his Manhattanville plants.
The Mind, Brain, and Behavior Institute, the Lenfest Center for the Arts, and the forum building “will all be completed in the next year and a half,” according to PrezBo.
Any attempts at getting work done are again wrecked by another notable album release. Drake released his fourth studio album, Views, on Apple Music, yet again leaving us in our feelings for the weekend. (Billboard)
Loose alpaca in Massachusetts has been captured, still no word on who owns it.
Construction workers cleaning pipes in Spain accidentally discover 1,300 pounds of ancient Roman coins dating back as far as the third century. (Huffington Post)
After protests from students, Yale has decided not to rename Calhoun College, a residential college named after a pro-slavery senator. (USA Today)
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