SHIFT, Rules of Conduct, And Alumni Relations Talked About At USenate Plenary
As society, and all its problems, lies in human imagination alone.

Do you want to go Global?

As usual, admins gave statements and updates about things at the Columbia University Senate plenary today. It was shorter than usual, but we’re sure that you’ll find what the admins said interesting. Brought to you by Joe Milholland.

“One of the things we will be announcing, probably today, is a major effort to do research on young people and their attitudes and behaviors and so on related to issues of sexual harassment and assault,” said PrezBo at the February 27 Usenate plenary about SHIFT, the new sexual assault research program. “This will be one of the few, maybe the only serious effort to do research on these questions.”

At the plenary, Prezbo also talked about Columbia’s global centers. He said he was appreciative of the eight centers – he described the number as “not to few, not too many” – already in place. “It’s just absolutely critical that this university realize the interconnectedness of the world, the reciprocal influences of the world, the problems that have to be solved throughout the world,” said Prezbo on the need for global centers, saying that such goals could not be completed on-campus alone.

Learn about changes to the schedule of reviewing the Rules of Conduct in the jump!

Men’s Basketball Seeks Revenge In Final Home Weekend
"Seeks revenge" sounds like a really weird personal ad

Honor thy seniors

Coming off of a hot, sweeping weekend against one of the harder pairs of Ivy opponents, the men’s basketball team returns to Levien for their last two home games of the season. The Lions (5-5 Ivy) will host Dartmouth (3-7 Ivy) tonight at 8 pm before facing league-leading Harvard (9-1 Ivy) for a 7 pm showdown on Saturday.

Columbia will host the Big Green for their first matchup of the weekend. Dartmouth looked their best this season when they were 1-1 following a split with Harvard. However, since then, they have fallen to the bottom of the Ivy heap. One of their few wins did come against a demoralized Lions squad after their loss to Harvard two weeks ago. Now, the Lions will be fresh, and they still ride momentum from their last games. Dartmouth doesn’t have the same breadth of scoring threats that the Lions do, and their most recent weekend included a huge meltdown against the Tigers of Princeton. Columbia will be hungry for another vicious victory like the one they earned over Brown last Friday. In that game, Maodo Lo scored 35 points, setting an Ivy League mark for the year in the process. Alll three forwards also came up huge last weekend, giving the Lions a lot of variety in frontcourt sets guaranteed to keep the players fresh. Columbia on a hot streak is a definite favorite over the struggling Big Green.

The Harvard game is senior night, meaning that the Lions will officially recognize the accomplishment of the basketball upperclassmen. Cory Osetkowski has grown tremendously through his tenure at Columbia, developing from a defensive big man to a bonafide post threat through whom the team often runs their offense. Noah Springwater hasn’t seen much action through the second half of the season, but his three point shooting has defined him more than his stellar defense, which isn’t a bad thing for a player who shot over 43% for two seasons. Steve Frankoski has finally officially earned a starting job in the dense Lions’ backcourt by the certainty of his shots from the charity stripe and the three point line. All of them will be potential weapons against the Crimson. The last meeting of these two teams was another iteration of Columbia’s tradition of heartbreaking Valentine’s Day losses to Harvard [], and the Lions are not going to let Harvard get away with another one. The sold out Levien will be as buzzing as it has been all year. Columbia proved last game that they can break the normally stout Harvard offense, something very few teams can say. CU would love for nothing more than to secure wins against the #1 and #2 teams in the league by defeating Harvard this Saturday after defeating Yale last weekend. Columbia will play with more energy and drive on Saturday than they have all season.

They’re all big kids now via Columbia University Athletics

LectureHop: Justice Poetry
Claudia Rankine

Claudia Rankine, a poet and professor at Pomona College, was one of the speakers at Tuesday’s presentation


Whether it’s attending drunken FroSci lectures or showing up to Tunisian talks, Bwog loves to learn in the classroom and beyond. We sent Tuesday Daily Editor Briana Bursten to check out Justice Poetry: Readings and Discussion with Claudia Rankine, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Messiah. Read about her evening of learning and listening below!

A genuine feeling of reverence was evident as individuals from various ages and backgrounds crowded the Schapiro Center’s Davis Auditorium this past Tuesday for Justice Poetry: Readings and Discussion with Claudia Rankine, Dawn Lundy Martin, and Messiah. The evening of sharing and dialogue began with opening remarks from Barnard Associate English Professor Monica Miller. Miller explained that each poet would read pieces that thematically center on issues of justice, and that readings were encouraged to be broken up by anecdotes and explanations by the poets themselves.

The first poet was Claudia Rankine, a graduate of the MFA Poetry Program at Columbia and a current English professor at Pomona College. Rankine is the author of multiple collections of poetry, and she spoke with sincerity as she read three pieces from her latest book, entitled Citizen. Rankine’s attention towards racial issues and current injustices was particularly evident through her anecdotes, which were inserted between her readings. One of my favorite stories that Rankine shared had to do with a discussion that she had with one of her friends during a walk through their California neighborhood. Rankine spoke of a time when she asked this friend when she has “felt the most white.” Her friend told her of experiences on the East Coast when taking public transportation and how every time she boarded a subway or a train, there would almost always be a black man with an empty seat next to him. Rankine explained that her friend would always “feel the most white” when she consciously made the choice to take this seat. This anecdote was followed by the Rankine’s final reading of the night— an incredibly powerful poem about the symbolism of this “empty seat.” Rankine remained seated on stage while the two other poets shared their work.

Dawn Lundy Martin and Messiah Ramkissoon after the jump!

Poster Etiquette: The Ferris Stairwell

In an effort to passive-aggressively criticize people from the internet do our part to help foster the Columbia community, we debut our our public awareness campaign. Inspired by this recent effort undertaken by the MTA and your roommate with the post-its, Bwog will be publishing posters illustrating those immoral actions shockingly common at our fair university, starting this week with the Ferris stairwell free-for-all. Feel free to print them out and post them in prominent locations or just blearily scroll past as you drink your Friday morning coffee. Photoshop credit goes to correspondent and media manipulations specialist, Maddie Stearn. 

If there are behaviors you would like to see publicly shamed addressed, make sure to send in your suggestion to or feel free to simply comment below.

DON'T BE A DICK: Take one second to check above/below.

DON’T BE A DICK: Take one second to check above/below.

 Disastrous staircase via Shutterstock. Everything else via Maddie Stearn.

Bwoglines: Our Vices, Our Strengths Edition
I worry about us.

Clear lack of sleep? Coffee? The picture of perfect health.

In news we are going to try our best to interpret as good, a recent study reveals more than eight hours of sleep a night has been linked to a heightened risk of strokes. Let that comfort you, come your next all-nighter. (Los Angeles Times)

Then, the next morning, as you try to keep yourself up, rejoice in the latest health benefit being attributed to coffee: a lower risk of multiple sclerosis. (US News)

A young man in Brooklyn attempting to join ISIS has been thwarted by his mother, who refuses to return his passport. Helicopter parenting: not so bad after all? (New York Times)

Facebook, in an attempt to use its overwhelming influence over your life for good, is releasing a new feature for suicide prevention. (Huffington Post)

Finally, your Netflix habit is yielding exciting new research into decision paralysis, long a topic debate in science and philosophy both. (Pacific Standard)

Your Econ major future, via Shutterstock

Bwog Does The Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative (And Tells You About It)
This is what Lerner looks like right?

This is what Lerner looks like right?

By now everyone has heard of the newly required Sexual Respect and Community Citizenship Initiative. But how many have actually completed the requisite seminar, art project, movie screening, or “activity?” Bwog Internal Editor Britt Fossum managed to get a spot and reports back on the effectiveness of the session.

Sick of hearing classmates and friends complain about the Respect workshops they weren’t registering for, I decided to make my life easier and fulfill the requirement as far ahead of the March 13 deadline. The option that fit best into my schedule and seemed the most relevant for me was called a “Mindfulness Group” on Tuesday of this week. The description on the website was simply, ” For students interested in cultivating non-judgmental awareness and being more present for one’s experience,” which appealed to me. I didn’t want to sit through something as passive as a film screening and all the workshops had filled up within the first few days of availability, so this seemed the perfect choice.

The group was held in the Lerner CPS office conference room, and even though I thought I knew my way around I still got lost looking for the right room and was almost late to the 11:00 session. Thankfully I made it on time: a sign on the door said that the room would be locked starting right at 11 although the leader of our session let people in up to the ten minute mark. Attendees sat in chairs arranged in a rough circle around the wall. Most of the people attending the session seemed to be a bit older than college aged–mostly graduate or law students based on the conversations.

Our leader introduced herself as one of the psychiatrists at CPS and that she had chosen to lead several sessions of mindfulness workshops for survivors and those whose lives are effected by sexual violence. She assumed at first that our group was supposed to be made up of survivors as well–the group quickly corrected her saying that the description on the website was open to anyone who wanted to cultivate mindfulness. She was a bit surprised but then said that the meditation we were going to do would be useful for anyone. She asked the room if anyone knew what mindfulness was. Several people called out answers and she came to the conclusion that mindfulness is “intention, acceptance, and completely non-judgmental.” She then asked if anyone had a meditation or yoga practice. Several people, myself included, raised their hands. She smiled and said that we probably already knew what to do but that she was going to guide everyone through a meditation for the rest of the session.

Read on after the jump.

Say What? Global Edition

Because Nick Magazine never took any of our submissions (and we’re still a little bitter about it), we wanted to give the Columbia community the opportunity to play a very special edition of our favorite Say What? series.  In the comments section, give these two figures of global import something to think about, and our favorite response may get something special in return.  You have the power!

 Image courtesy of Columbia College Today

#TBT: Politics And Protests

The Columbia University Archives currently have a fantastic online exhibit about the protests of ’68. Anna Hotter brings you some highlights of the action.

Faculty and administrators gathered in 301 Philosophy to discuss the situation.


Occupation of Hamilton and President Kirk’s office below

Bwoglines: The Faux Edition

Xzibit is “going to go down to hell to kill the devil so he can make some Satan skin boots.”

We all knew it, but didn’t want to admit it. Unfortunately, the Huffington Post made it official; Pimp My Ride was 100% fabricated. Huff reveled that there was no surprises involved in Xzibit’s pimping. Everything was staged. In fact, the homes that the contestants were filmed in, were often homes rented by MTV to act as a set. That being said, none of the contestants have a bad word to say about the Xperience. (Huffington Post)

Yesterday, the police arrested three men charged with plotting with the terrorist group ISIS. Two of the men were traveling from JFK airport to Istanbul and then continuing on to Syria, and the third was funding the trip from Florida. One of the men, Abdurasul Juraboev, tipped Homeland Security by posting on a pro-ISIS website, threatening to kill President Obama, as well as bomb Coney Island. (NBC)

Botched butts. Last year Kimberly Smith was as arrested for performing illegal butt enhancing surgeries, yet the problem somehow still prevails. Doctors have been injecting silicon into patient’s rear end’s to archive the “Kim Kardashian” look, but unfortunately, this is extremely dangerous. There have been cases where the injected silicon (sometimes diluted with motor oil) has traveled to the heart, bloodstream, and lungs. Also the end result doesn’t even look good. (NBC)

Donald Trump is “more serious than ever” about running for president. To quote Trump,“People around the world are laughing at us. Look at China, they’re killing us, taking our jobs. We have weakness in the Middle East and with ISIS. We have incompetent people running the country and I’m tired of it.” Sorry Donald,  the entire country is rolling their eyes. (Washington Post)

Keeping it real via Shutterstock

Diners, Love, And Columbia
Your view in every diner in NYC.

Your view in every diner in NYC.

As your day comes to it’s close, and your all-nighter comes to it’s opening, Bwog offers you a late post to distract yourself with. Joseph Powers, not so unfamiliar with procrastination himself hopes this story will fit nicely between the latest Buzzfeed video and your next Parks and Recreation tribute.

I get there around 4:30, just in time to catch the sunset. I am shown to my booth. Maria looks exactly like she did when I first came in: a titian haired grandma in a 50s pink polo. I like to think she’ll stay that way for years, for generations of customers. I hope so anyway. As always, I ask Maria if she remembers me remembers me. As always, she passes me my menu with only customary politeness and says, “Of course, dear.”

There is nothing at all special about this diner. The seats are tacky, the silverware greasy, the menu unremarkable. It is every diner in New York City. There is the mirror, massive, behind the counter. Old wood, chiseled and polished, gorgeous, it’s an old school bar mirror, the silver behind the glass a tarnished. (Brought in for an abandoned renovation maybe? Or just left behind from a failed former business.) But then every diner in New York has something special. Tom’s has Seinfeld. (Could never stand Tom’s. So few Columbia traditions and I had to hate one. Can’t help it: the booths are too crowded and the fish too questionable.) There is nothing special about this diner, except that it belongs to me.

Some time spent in a diner, after the jump.

Global Notes From The Fireside Chat
We waited in line for this

Britt Fossum and Taylor Grasdalen happily represented Bwog last night

Last night, we were invited to President Bollinger’s first undergraduate fireside chat of the semester. Editor in Chief Taylor Grasdalen attended, and reports back here. (Please note that Internal Editor Britt Fossum also went, having won a seat by submitting the question “Do you read Bwog?”)

I must acknowledge that this was not my first Fireside Chat, though it was my first amongst other undergraduates. That said, the questions asked of President Lee “Ask Me Anything” Bollinger were nearly identical to those that I’d heard from graduate students. This tells me that whatever your school or year within Columbia, whatever your area of study, we’re ultimately concerned with the same things.

Let’s get “right into the thick of it,” then, as the first student to raise a question began. He asked about the difficulties of receiving a good or service from elsewhere in the University, particularly for a club, and how “departments have a monopoly on their own service.” Not only are costs incredibly high, but there’s an irrational amount of administrative work required. Bollinger had no answers, “[knows] nothing about it,” but had plenty for the next student.

This young panderer asked about the role of transparency in free speech, politics, and western democracy. Bollinger was happy to respond: “Every society has to discuss this kind of balance.” How much information are you willing to allow the public, after all? He considered the press and the public’s own roles in government transparency; while the press may publish whatever it can “get its hands on” with full constitutional protection, the “leaker” (he used Edward Snowden in example) may be prosecuted and receives no First Amendment rights under the Espionage Act. He felt that there’s been a shift “in favor of too much openness,” though citizens — the press included — must too be charged with representing the best interests of the government, for the sake of the country. It’s not only the editors in chief of The New York Times and Washington Post who have information today, but too the likes of Julian Assange, who certainly has no interest in protecting the United States. And on that note, the original asker said, “I’ll just take your class.”

Columbia Prison Divest, Manhattanville, money, and more transparency after the jump.

LectureHop: His Excellency Mehdi Jomaa
President Bollinger looking down upon baldness

President Bollinger looking down upon baldness

Yesterday morning, Mehdi Jomaa, former Prime Minister of the Republic of Tunisia, gave a lecture through the World Leaders Forum event series. We sent Maghreb maniac Mason Amelotte to Low Rotunda to report on the lecture.

The morning began the same way most World Leaders Forum events do: with overbearing security guards scattered throughout Low Library and a coat check that assured I felt like a child for not wearing my finest Emenegildo Zegna suit. After taking my rightful seat in the very last row, however, my deflated feelings were relieved as the woman who checked me in at the entrance kindly asked me to “move forward a row because there were too many chairs.” (Why am I even forced to register for these things then?)

At precisely 11:00AM, President Bollinger came out alongside Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Tunisia, His Excellency Mehdi Jomaa, followed by both of their wives and a delegation of Tunisian officials. PrezBo described how it was his honor to be introducing Former Prime Minister Jomaa as a speaker in the World Leaders Forum event series before going on to give a brief account of Tunisia’s history over the course of the past four years. With all that said, President Bollinger opened the stage to His Excellency Mehdi Jomaa, who would speak on “Leading Tunisia’s Democracy Start-up.”

The Former Prime Minister was greeted with a round of applause, to which he responded by first wishing the audience a good morning. He boasted the fact that this was his fourth interaction with Columbia, though he simultaneously exuded a sense of humility as he described how lucky he was to be speaking here. He explained to the audience how during his lecture, he hoped to answer the questions “What makes Tunisia’s newly formed democracy difficult?” and “What impact will Tunisia have on its surrounding region in the future?”

Tell me more about Tunisia!

Live At Lerner & International At Columbia: What’s In A Name?

“And don’t assume, because I don’t respect assumptions, babe”

Instead of bringing you local live music, this week Live at Lerner is partnering with International at Columbia to bring you “What’s In a Name? Navigating Name Conventions in Today’s Global Society,” an interactive session led by Dr. Athena Trentin on name conventions in a global society. The discussion aims to break down assumptions and stereotypes based on names while also educating on global naming conventions and on strategies for pronouncing unfamiliar names.

As usual, lunch will be served. The session is from noon to 2pm in Lerner 555. You can check out the Facebook event here.

I’m just tryna connect with something, baby / Swangin’ via Shutterstock

Bwoglines: Rejection Edition
"I'm just sayin', you could do better / Tell me, have you heard that lately?"

“I’m just sayin’, you could do better / Tell me, have you heard that lately?”

Yesterday, President Obama vetoed a bill pushing forward the proposed Keystone XL oil pipeline. (New York Times)

Canadian customs wouldn’t allow Chris Brown to enter the country, and people on Twitter seem to think Drake is behind it. (Complex)

Reddit, one of the main websites involved in the celebrity nudes leak last fall, has finally banned sharing nude images of someone without their consent. (Washington Post)

Going through a breakup? Maybe you should try some self-contemplative activities, like journaling or taking a walk. (New York Times’s Op-Talk)

Going through a breakup and don’t feel like actively and constructively trying to get over it? Put down that glass of wine, put on this Drake throwback, and cry yourself back to sleep.

Nice stubble via Shutterstock

A New Morningsiders EP Dropped And We Rejoice

Remember that cool band that went to Columbia and played at Bacchanal? No, we’re not talking about Vampire Weekend. Instead, we’d like to share some new music from the Columbia alum band called Morningsiders. You may remember them making some music while they were here as undergrads, but they’ve now put out an official EP. You can listen to all of the songs on Soundcloud, but you’ll have to pay what you think is fair ($4 recommended) to download the EP via Bandcamp. We think these dudes are cool, so check out what life after Columbia is like when you decide to make music with your degree. If it worked for Ezra Koenig and the boys, it can work for anyone.