While we were off campus this summer, CUSS was working with Columbia to produce a new fire safety video to replace the horribly outdated video they’ve been using for years. First-years may recognize this video from NSOP events, but we wanted to share the video with the rest of Columbia to remind them the importance of fire safety. Put those marijuana cigarettes out and stay safe, folks.
Also, if you like what you see and want to join CUSS, check out the CUSS Facebook page for information on board applications and auditions!
This afternoon Barnard College sent students a summary of changes made to the Policy against Discrimination and Harassment. One update is that any case of gender-based misconduct with allegations charged against a Barnard student will now be handled through the Barnard Title IX office. The process for obtaining legal assistance and appealing a case has also been updated.
The full text of the email is included below:
Dear Members of the Barnard Community,
With the beginning of the new academic year almost upon us, we are writing with an update on two important developments from the College’s Title IX and Equity Office. As always, our aim is to maintain a respectful learning and working environment and to ensure the health and safety of every member of the Barnard community.
First, the College has updated our Policy against Discrimination and Harassment and related gender-based misconduct procedures. These updates reflect changes in New York State law, passed in early July, as well as ongoing efforts to strengthen the support that we provide to all Barnard students.
The primary procedural change is that the investigation and adjudication processes for gender-based misconduct involving Barnard students will now be managed fully by Barnard’s Title IX and Equity Office. The affiliation of the respondent (whether Barnard, Columbia University, or another institution) will determine the procedures that govern the investigation and adjudication of each matter. What this means is that for cases where the respondent (or accused) is Barnard-affiliated, Barnard’s Title IX and Equity Office will wholly manage the matter. This includes cases that occur between two Barnard students, as well as those that involve allegations against a Barnard student by another member of the University community.
For cases where a Barnard student is the complainant (or accuser) and the respondent is an affiliate of another institution, Barnard’s Title IX and Equity Office will support our student through the other institution’s process from beginning to end. It is important to note that anyone who believes they have been subjected to sex or gender-based discrimination or harassment of any kind is encouraged to report the incident to Barnard Title IX Coordinator Amy Zavadil (email@example.com), who will respond promptly, provide care for the affected student, and take whatever next steps are appropriate.
The balloons are up on the gates, new students have piled into their Carman and John Jay doubles, and the first day of NSOP has already come and gone. While you were busy dodging Housing carts, lost first-years, and hyper OLs, we were tweeting the entire day’s worth of hilarious scenes. Check out all that went down before you even woke up along with a few notes from the field. If you are on campus already and saw the commotion that was move-in day, send pics and quotes to firstname.lastname@example.org or use our anonymous tip form to get in on the action!
Moving In and Exploring Morningside:
Breaking: Secret Service is on campus pic.twitter.com/CNkp8X85ZT
— Bwog (@bwog) August 30, 2015
Tags: "welcome to columbia", ending like it should, it's not a party until the secret service comes, it's ok if you didn't go out last night btw, look at you kids partaking in good clean fun, NSOP 2015, pro-tip: don't ask your RA to buy you alcohol, saying goodbye to mom and dad is always emotional!, the first night is always the sloppiest
Yesterday’s schedule of cart-hauling and forced social interactions is thankfully behind all of you first-years, but don’t think having your stuff all settled in Carman means that you’re free for the week — formal NSOP programming begins now. Your OLs will only up their pep, you will find yourself in more icebreakers, and you might tonight still be scrambling for some inebriated fun with loosely titled “new friends”. Happy first Monday of college, and we here at Bwog hope all of you over-eager NSOPers continue to exert yourself enough that everyone you meet sends along all the ridiculous/pretentious things you say at email@example.com. And if anyone still sees a lingering dad offering the best set up for their kid’s room or running across Broadway with a fan, we want him too.
One Thing To Do Before Graduating: Find the mythical and surely legendary outlet that Alma Mater is rumored to boast. We think it may only exist in our dreams, but the Columbia University Admissions stats tell us that you might be just the right first-year class to solve this mystery for us.
From The Archives: Field Notes: The First Weekend, which will familiarize you with our weekly Field Notes, and make you less likely to be notoriously CAVA’d during NSOP weekend.
Thumbs up for NSOP (NSOP!) via Shutterstock
Written by Courtney Couillard
Bwog has been all over the world but also close to home this past summer. To continue our Houses and Homes series, Managing Editor Courtney Couillard shares with us her experience living in a Carman Hall dingle as an RA for the Columbia High School Program. If you went somewhere special (or normal) and want to share your experience, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a picture and description of these five senses. Cheers to the end of summer!
Where: Carman 1313A. What is usually a spacious double became my even more spacious dingle for the summer.
Sound: High school students disrespectfully trying to sing along to “The Hills” and my Turkish resident laughing (which I always thought sounded like her crying.)
Smell: Lots of B.O. because high schoolers don’t know how to shower on the regular. On the other hand, far too much Axe body spray and perfume in the elevator.
Taste: Nussbaum bagels every Sunday morning, Skinny Pop, insomnia cookies (ordered by my residents every night,) and crappy iced coffee from Ferris.
Tags: a barnard girl finally living out her dream of living in carman, carman dingle, carman hall it doesn't get better, dat carman swipe access tho, houses and homes, living with 16 year olds is as terrible as it sounds, some of columbia's best free summer housing, super rich kids with nothing but loose ends, white boys always disrespecting the weeknd
Written by Taylor Grasdalen
A letter from editor emeritus Taylor Grasdalen:
It is with great sadness that I tell you that I am leaving Bwog. Personal circumstances have necessitated my leaving Barnard, Columbia, and New York. Consequently, I have to forfeit my role as Editor in Chief. I knew I would join Bwog from the day I was hit in Lerner by a paper airplane which, when opened, told me the time and date of the first meeting (and included a screen shot of a nasty comment). I was intimidated but excited and Bwog quickly became my favorite thing about college. I know we’re widely criticized (and often fairly so), but that never made me love writing for — and later running — Bwog any less.
This thing is in good hands as I step down. Britt Fossum has been here as long as I have and now takes my place; Courtney Couillard is brilliant and so, so sharp, and continues as Managing Editor; Joseph Powers, one-time UVA transfer and all-around verbose arts writer, is the new Internal Editor. Most of our staff will stay this year and do even more. I’ve loved my time with them and I’ve loved my time with you. Have a great semester and say hello to the woman at the newsstand on Barnard’s side of 116th for me.
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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!
Tags: barnard girls better find a fuckboy to swipe them into JJ's, chocolate chip pancakes every night, friedman's prob won't last tbh, just trynna be healthy, kinda boringside, morningside gets bougier, new year new fav place to eat, overpriced food, sweetgreen, we're kinda getting sick of dig inn, what is a vegetable
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
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