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“Abandon every hope, who enter here.”

If the fraternities of Columbia were in Dante’s Inferno, what circles of Hell would they be in? Bwog has all the answers.

  • Beta Theta Pi: Honestly, Beta represents all of Hell: the quote above the door of the Beta house itself is the inscription over the gates of hell. But realistically, they’re in the Eighth Circle of Hell, in the Fifth Pouch, with sticky tar. This pouch is the literary representation of the basement of Beta house. If you step foot on a particularly bad spot on their floor, you will need to say goodbye to your shoe; it’s gone forever, destined to decorate the basement of the Beta house for eternity as another reminder that they really need to clean that damn floor.
  • Delta Sigma Phi: In order to be accepted into DSig, one needs to be a bourgeoise international prep school kid raised in the elegant cesspools of Oxford and Cambridge so that he could one day go play golf with Donald Trump Jr., Scrooge McDuck, and Judge Whitey from Caddyshack. They belong in the Fourth Circle of Hell for the Avaricious. They’re also bitter because they weren’t quite bougie enough to get into St. A’s, so they could also be in the Fifth Circle of Hell for the Sullen.
  • Sigma Phi Epsilon: Every fraternity is guilty of lust to some extent, but Sig Ep especially so. If you have been to any Sig Ep party ever, you would know without a doubt that they belong in the Second Circle of Hell for the Lustful: there are always around 500 girls and 8 Sig Ep guys, and guys who aren’t in the fraternity are rarely allowed into their parties.
  • Sigma Nu: Sig Nu doesn’t brand itself as an athlete frat, even though the speedos they don at their parties say otherwise, but the consistent smell of rotten chlorine wafting from the basement of their house betrays the truth: Sig Nu is the swimmers’ frat. Hence, they belong in the frozen lake Cocytus at the very bottom of Hell.
  • Alpha Epsilon Pi: Even though AEPi might claim that they are “housed” in a suite in EC, we all know that doesn’t really count as a house. Are they really a frat? Who knows. They’re in the Limbo, in the First Circle of Hell.
  • Phi Gamma Delta: Columbia has rewarded Phi Gamma Delta’s (commonly known as Fiji, and known for highly qualified alums such as Donald Trump Jr., Mike “Fragile Masculinity” Pence, and Neil Gorsuch) degeneracy by evicting them from their brownstone. Addicted to nicotine in the form of the Juul e-cig, and commonly seen daydrinking on a Wednesday, Fiji brothers belong with the epicureans in the Sixth Circle of Hell.
  • Sigma Chi, Kappa Delta Rho: Known mostly as the football frat and the wrestling frat respectively, these fraternities are composed mainly of members who partake in aforementioned sports. Both sports involve a lot of violent bodily contact, so they’re in the Fifth Circle of Hell for the Wrathful, or perhaps the First Ring of the Seventh Circle of Hell, for violence against neighbors.
  • Lambda Phi Epsilon: Lambda is the frat to rush if you’re a frat bro, but like, Asian. Lambda parties are the frat parties that white people feel out of place at, which is something of a paradox. In the 14th century, when Inferno was written, Christianity wasn’t really a thing in Asia, so Lambda belongs with the virtuous pagans in the First Circle of Hell, the Limbo. They have something of a reputation for hazing, however, so they could also belong with Sig Chi and KDR in the Seventh Circle of Hell for violence against neighbors.
  • Zeta Beta Tau: They say they’re a fraternity, but there doesn’t seem to be much evidence for this. They don’t have a house, and the only evidence of their existence is the occasional ZBT jacket you see around. They’re with AEPi in the Limbo.
  • Pi Kappa Alpha: ???? Who??

Welcome to Hell via Bwog Staff

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22

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600 is a good place to store your shoes

Our next housing review is for one of Barnard’s most conveniently located dorms (for students, but also for mice). Hardwood floors and detailed walls lend it more charm than its linoleum-floored counterparts. 600 is the community suiteheart (haha), bringing people closer together (good luck getting a single) with large suites and a pretty face. 

Location: 600 W 116th Street, on the southwest corner of 116th and Broadway.

Nearby Dorms: 616, 620, Barnard Quad, Schapiro, Furnald

Nearby Restaurants: Shake Shack (arrival date TBD, but it will literally be in your basement), Vine, Ollie’s (RIP), Halal

Cost: $9,510 for doubles and $11,038 for singles (both tentatively)

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: One per suite, with a shower, sink, toilet, and occasionally a bathtub. Rumors are swirling that the bathtubs will be removed soon.
  • AC/Heating: No AC. Heating works well (sometimes too well) so making that investment in a good fan will be worth it.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite is equipped with a functioning kitchen, some with electric stovetops (thanks to the Ollie’s Fire 2k15), and others with gas. Ovens, full-sized refrigerators and freezers, a pantry, and other drawers and cabinets. Second floor lounge is available for TV, comfy couches, and the smell of fresh laundry (occasionally, it’s not so fresh).
  • Laundry: Machines in the second floor lounge. Difficult to get machines on weekends.
  • Computers/Printers: 616 has the nearest computer lounge/printing station. It’s a short walk in theory, but a long walk when it’s 20 degrees and you already changed into PJs.
  • Gym: None, technically, but the elevators are slow and often broken, so the stairs will probably give you that workout anyway.
  • Wifi: Yes. Routers in suites, pretty consistently decent connection.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Hardwood

Room Variety: 

  • Mostly doubles, but they’re some of the biggest doubles you’ll be able to find, often with good natural light. Some singles, but mainly for RA’s.

Numbers:

  • 600 will go to mostly juniors; it’s out of reach for the majority of sophomores, and most seniors stay away because they’re opting for singles. If you’re a junior and are okay with a double, this is a great option.

Bwog Recommendation: 

  • Opt for A suites or B suites; they have the best layouts.
  • The most convenient location, hands down. You won’t have to worry about getting to class on time if you’re on lower floors. Higher floors may get you a better view, but take the slow elevators into consideration, especially if you need disability-accessible housing. Close to the subway as well.
  • Think about the pros and cons of the new Shake Shack before deciding this is the best option for you. There will be construction, grease in the air, and the inevitability of impulse-buying a milkshake on your way home from 1020. But also, good food.
  • MoWill is on this block for your grocery needs!
  • Fair warning: Barnard Library construction has pushed mice into dorms, especially 600. One miserable Bwogger had to catch and kill a family on nine with her own hands. If you’re super squeamish and/or love to leave crumbs everywhere…think twice.

Resident Opinions:

  • “The stairs are exhausting to club and the elevator is the slowest you will ever ride, but the guards are nice and the proximity to campus makes 600 a great place to live. It’s fun to have extra mouse roommates in the winter to share your food with, and the traumatizing experience of trapping and killing them really makes a great story to tell at parties.”
  • “The rooms are spacious and nice, but have fun sharing a bathroom with 5 or 6 other girls.”
  • “George, the super, is amazing. Honestly, biggest shoutout to George.”
  • “If you’re in a double they’re arguably the best. Great natural light, size, and common suite spaces.”
  • “It’s old, and you have to be prepared for that. It’s what’s going to cause all your problems.”
  • “A great common space to have friends over.”

 

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620 W 116th St.

Location: 620 West 116th Street, at the corner of Riverside and 116th street

Nearby dorms: 600, 616, the Quad (including Hewitt, Reid, Sulzberger and Brooks), Woodbridge, Claremont

Nearby restaurants/stores: Vine, Halal carts, Morton Williams, Starbucks, $weetgreen

Cost: ??

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Each suite has its own shared bathroom. Some of the suites (B suites on the upper floors) have a half bathroom in the common area. More options for peeing in the morning when everyone needs to use the bathroom!
  • AC/Heating: No AC- definitely invest in a fan for the summer months. Dinky little radiators that can take a long time to turn on/overheat the room quickly.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite has a kitchen, sink, gas stove/oven, and refrigerator. Kitchens have a ton of cabinet space, but the cabinets are super high since the suites tend to have high ceilings. Definitely will want to invest in a step ladder. Some of the suites have a small common area off the kitchen (big enough for a dining table and chairs, not big enough for additional furniture/huge gatherings.) No lounge in 620, but you can use the one next door in 616.
  • Laundry: In the basement. About 6 washers and dryers. Usually not super busy.
  • Computers/Printers: Printers and Computer Lab in the 616 lounge.
  • Gym: None in the building, but close to the Barnard gym in Barnard Hall.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and a stairwell.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes, pretty good coverage throughout the suite.
  • Hardwood/carpeting: Flooring is black linoleum throughout the suite. They can get cold in the winter, so bring some rugs.

Room Variety:

  • There are single and double rooms in 4, 5, 6, and 7 person suites. Floors 1-4 have doubles and singles in suites (singles are pretty small but nice), and floors 5 and up are 4-5 person suites comprised of all singles. These floors usually are occupied by all seniors, and the underclassmen housing on lower floors is 2/3 doubles and 1/3 singles.
  • For the all single suites, most of the rooms are fairly large with one smaller, narrow room. Still plenty of space (think of a Plimpton single.)

Numbers:

  • Usually the 620 suites are claimed by seniors, especially floors 5 and up (suites with all singles). Expect those top floor suites with the views onto 116th St. to go very early to the best lottery numbers. Some juniors will be able to grab the suites on the lower floors for the mixed singles/doubles suites. Sophomores shouldn’t hold their breath for 620.

Bwog recommendations:

  • 620 is arguably one of the best housing options at Barnard, so it’s no surprise that seniors move quickly for those upperfloor suites. Some of the suites have beautiful views onto 116th St. through huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Plus, you can’t beat a housing option that gives everyone their own single with plenty of space.
  • If you’re someone who has lived farther from campus the past couple years (110, Plimpton, etc.) 620’s location can be a huge bonus. You’re close to both Columbia and Barnard’s campuses and steps away from the subway if you’re interning during the week.
  • The building definitely doesn’t feel like a traditional dorm considering most of the suites feel like apartments. This can be a great choice for seniors transitioning from college life into the real world. Also, this is nicest housing you’ll be able to afford come graduation, so appreciate it while you can.

Residents’ Opinions:

  • “Definitely some of the best housing at Barnard.”
  • “I love being close to the subway considering I lived farther from campus the past few years.”
  • “So much cabinet/closet space in the dorm. We have two big closets in the hallway.”
  • “We’ve had a couple cockroaches in the suite, but nothing major compared to the problems in the other 600’s dorms.”
  • “My suite and I have been dreaming about our all singles suite since we were all living in Brooks freshman year! Seniors, you must live here!!!”
  • “Pro-tip: take the walk down Claremont to Diana in about 3 minutes as opposed to going up to Broadway.”
  • “If you end up with a larger single, consider bringing along a futon or other furniture- you’ll definitely have the space for it.”
  • “The rooms with the big windows looking on 116th can be a little drafty. Be prepared for some cold nights in the winter if your radiator isn’t working.”

 

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Find out what’s new in this week’s GSSC with bureau chief Romane Thomas.

Last night, General Studies Student Council got bwog pumped up about the GS Gala, swipe access and mental health initiatives.

President Larosa started out by announcing that registrations for the upcoming elections were closed and that a mandatory rules meeting will take place at 8pm today in Math 202. Campaigning will start next Wednesday and voting will take place in the week after that.

An exclusive look at the forever inaccessible John Jay Lounge

Senator Curtis updated the council on his initiative with the subcommittee for students with disabilities. A panel will be organized at the end of April to raise awareness about disabilities and disability access on campus.

The policy team is currently working in conjunction with the Student Affairs Representative on providing swipe access to GS students. Specifically, GSSC is trying to obtain access to the CPS walk-in hours for GS students.

The representative for working students and students with families is currently meeting with CUFSN to ensure the smooth organize of the children’s music festival happening on April 8. He also announced that the Ivy Leage Policy Conference applications were now closed and that the organizing committee invited GSSC to an informal luncheon on April 15.

The Academic Affairs Representative spoke about the upcoming Annual GSSC Excellence awards. She reminded the council and the audience that the student body was responsible for nominating faculty members, teaching assistants or administrator for this award. Application close on April 11.
The Representative for Community Service Representative reminded the council that a scavenger hunt with an after school program is organized on Saturday.

Coffee house and more after the jump

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Happening in the world: North Korea tried to launch a missile…and failed. A North Korean missile fired on Wednesday morning (local time) exploded seconds after the launch. With North Korea having made clear its ambitions to develop missiles that can reach the US mainland, this (frankly unsurprising) failure is a reassuring result for South Korea, US, and allies. (Washington Post)

Happening in NYC: New York state Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou is petitioning for the “Fearless Girl” statue, intended as a temporary installation for International Women’s Day, to be a permanent feature. This statue of a girl staring down the iconic “Charging Bull” statue on Wall Street has quickly gained a lot of fame since its installation in early March. Niou said that the request to keep the statue there is under review by the city. (NBC)

Happening on campus: Maggie Nelson is coming to Columbia! She will be delivering a lecture today at 7pm in the Davis Auditorium.

Overheard: “Nussbaum is my Judaism, Kimoji is my sexuality.”

An old celeb tweet: 

 

 

 

Rihanna’s Exorcism via Twitter

Mar

21

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Sulz Tower appears phallic, doesn’t it?

For this round of housing reviews, we take you back to your earliest Barnard days in the quad. Remember how fantastic it felt to have AC if you were in Sulz your first year? It’s like that, but better.

Location: The Barnard Quad, 3009 Broadway

  • Nearby dorms: The rest of the Quad (Hewitt, Reid, Brooks, and Sulzberger), the 600s
  • Stores and restaurants: Morton Williams, Halal carts, M2M, Sweetgreen, Starbucks

Cost:

  • Double: $9,510
  • Single: $11,038
  • Note: These numbers have not been approved by the board of trustees and are therefore subject to change.

More on Sulz Tower after the jump

Mar

21

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Cathedral Gardens

Having a hard time trying to figure out where to live next year? Bwog is looking out for you with housing reviews of Barnard and Columbia dorms! In this review, Bwog presents a CG suite!

Location: 217 Manhattan Ave

Nearby Dorms: None. CG is basically sandwiched between two beautiful parks: Morningside Park and Central Park.

Stores and Restaurants: A lot of liquor stores, many grocery stores, Starbucks, delis open late into the night: everything that your little heart could possibly desire.

Cost: Depends on if you’re in a single or double and also based on demonstration of need and financial aid.

More on Cathedral Gardens

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Prayer services are usually held in Earl Hall. Students have advocated for Earl Hall to be available during breaks.

This week, Barnard’s SGA continued on its group outreach mission. At last night’s Rep Council meeting, SGA welcomed representatives from the Columbia Muslim Students Organization (MSA) to discuss their goals, concerns, and what SGA can do for them.

Turns out, they can’t do much. MSA president Faizan Kothari and senior advisor Fatima Koli explained to the Rep Council that one of the main issues currently facing the community they represent on campus is a lack of permanent prayer space. Space in Earl Hall is generally provided during the semester for prayer services, but is not available during school breaks. This causes a major inconvenience for Muslim students, staff, and neighbors in Morningside Heights and nearby Harlem who wish to convene on campus during breaks and have nowhere to go.

More on SGA after the jump

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21

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Editor’s note: This article discusses and describes details of sexual assault.

Amelia Roskin-Frazee, CC ’19, has filed a lawsuit against the University alleging Title IX violations. In a press conference this morning, she and her lawyer, Alex Zalkin, described Columbia’s inaction and mishandling of a Gender-Based Misconduct complaint she filed last year.

Roskin-Frazee alleges she was raped twice in her dorm room in Hartley during her first semester at Columbia. At the time, the doors in Hartley did not automatically lock, and Roskin-Frazee’s suitemates would often leave the suite door unlocked, allowing the man whom Roskin-Frazee believes to be a student to enter her room on the occasions of the assaults. Immediately after the first assault, she called Columbia’s Sexual Violence Response hotline, but she was unable to speak with a trained representative until an hour after she called. She says that she was also not informed of her rights under federal law, and that she was told that she should go on birth control (despite her being gay). She reported her first assault twice–to her academic advisor and to Professor Suzanne Goldberg, the Executive Vice President of University Life–and they both failed to report Roskin-Frazee’s claim to the Office of Gender-Based Misconduct. The suit also claims she was assaulted again a few weeks later, as she was treated at St. Luke’s for injuries related to the rape. The school did not begin to investigate her claims until the next fall, and during their investigation of the incidents, Roskin-Frazee says that the school did not interview anyone or review security footage or swipe-in logs. The investigation concluded 26 days later, with the University claiming that they could find nothing.

Roskin-Frazee is suing Columbia for damages, punitive damages, and medical and psychological expenses. “To be blunt,” she said during the press conference, “I am suing Columbia because I’m angry. I’m angry that Columbia administrators declined to investigate my first rape in October 2015, ignored when I was beaten and sexually assaulted for a second time in December 2015, and still fail to provide me with sufficient and prompt accommodations.”

In the past, accused perpetrators (such as Paul Nungesser, CC ’15 and another male student who remained anonymous) have sued Columbia for supposed Title IX violations, but Roskin-Frazee is the first survivor of sexual assault to file a civil suit against the school in recent memory.

We will update this post with the full text of the civil suit soon. We have also reached out to the University, and they will be releasing an official statement shortly.

UPDATE, 2:12 pm: We have received a statement from the University; you can read it, as well as the press release, below the jump.

UPDATE, 3:08 pm: We have updated the post with text of the civil suit.

CU statement, press release, full suit:

Mar

21

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Everyone deserves to get into Carman!

This week’s ESC meeting took time to debate GS swipe access to dorms and other Columbia undergraduate buildings. GS students’ restricted access has affected their participation in events and club meetings. ESC is trying to take action to give GS students swipe access. 

The Forward Swipe Access Update And Resolution

The main topic of discussion yesterday evening concerned a resolution penned by Vice President for Policy Sidney Perkins, in whose place 2019 President Richa Gode presided. This resolution would essentially reiterate a recent resolution from General Studies Student Council which requests increased swipe access (or some mechanism allowing increased swipe access) for GS students. Utilizing a bevy of polling data, the Swipes Resolution highlights how GS students suffer from restricted access to Columbia dorms where university-sanctioned events and club meetings are sometimes held.

Although some members of ESC doubted whether this constitutes a real issue among the GS student body, as when Vice President for Finance Piyushi Bishnoi commented that perhaps these events are restricted to this degree due to differences in financial sponsorship among the various student bodies, even VP Bishnoi acknowledged that she supports GS students receiving equal swipe access in theory. In fact, the main opponent of the core tenets of GS swipe access, that GS students deserve swipe access on a similar level to other undergraduate students of Columbia University, was found in the Representative for Disabilities and Acessibility Adriana Echeverria.

More on Swipes here

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Strange things happen right outside your friendly grocery store.

Happening in the world: Israel has been defined as an apartheid state  based on the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. This controversial title has continued to be debated, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has openly rejected the report and demanded that it be taken down from the Commission’s website. (Al Jazeera)

Happening in NYC: Some families that personally lost loved ones on 9/11 have filed a lawsuit to sue Saudi Arabia for the Al Qaeda terrorist attack. Suing for aiding the terrorist organization by providing money, safe houses, and weapons, 9/11 families are seeking monetary reparations. (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Today in IAB from 12-2 pm there will be a book talk, Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia, by Alexander Cooley and John Heathershaw.

Overheard: Homeless man in front of Westside Market: “Suck my dick.”
Westside Market worker: “Whip it out man, whip it out.”
Music Pick: Need new workout music or just like rap music? Try out Drake’s new album, “More Life.”

 

Image via InSapphoWeTrust on Flickr

Mar

20

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Really going wild this spring break.

And we back, bitches! Bwog hopes you had a warm, wet, and wild spring break! Here’s just a little taste of what we were up to…

Warm

  • Went to Florida with friends like a cliché college student and got a sunburn the first day like a typical white.
  • Lounged in Vondelpark chain-smoking joints under the afternoon sun.
  • Got hella burned in Miami, which turned into a very nice tan until my entire chest and shoulder area peeled.
  • Was thousands of miles away from the NYC blizzard.

Wet

  • Gave numerous bodily fluids (pee, blood, puke) to the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Lied about liking beer.
  • ​Didn’t drink a drop of alcohol this Spring Break. Oops?
  • Didn’t get rained on by a drop of water (or snow) this Spring Break. Not oops.
  • Finally went skinny dipping.
  • Successfully *didn’t* fall into an Amsterdam canal.

Wild

  • Played Paranoia (drinking game) and found out all my friends think I’m most likely to get knocked up first. (Good reminder to take my birth control! yikes!)
  • Spent one night in a NYC hotel, got Chinese food delivered straight to the door, ate it naked in bed while watching Rushmore. Truly the height of luxury.
  • Did psychedelics for the first time. Highly recommend.
  • Was not sober for a single 24-hour period between Thursday March 9th and today (Monday March 20th).
  • Showed up to the airport drunk to fly to Miami.
  • Had a very fun St. Patrick’s Day when I woke up with a wicked hangover. But, my friend dragged me to Mel’s where between me and two Fiji boys we finished two whole pitchers of beer.
  • Saw the parade and drank more at an Irish pub in Midtown where I danced with a very energetic (and cute!) Irishman (like, FROM from ireland, visiting New York).
  • Saw our lord and savior, Tim Tebow, God’s favorite son, in person.
  • Held someone’s snake.
  • Got locked out of my Airbnb within two hours of arriving.

Photo via me, bitch.

Mar

20

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Come see Maggie Nelson!

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.

Recommended

  • “Creative Writing Lecture: Maggie Nelson” Wednesday, March 22, 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Schapiro Hall Auditorium. Maggie Nelson.
  • “How to Laugh: The Role of Comedy in Social Justice and Sustainable Peace” Thursday, March 23, 4:00 – 5:15 pm. IAB. Wajahat Ali, Jenny Yang, Dr. Nancy Goldman, Azhar Usman.
  • “Struggling to Keep the Lights on: Understanding Why ‘Energy Insecurity’ Matters for Health and Equity in the US” Thursday, March 23, 6:00 – 7:30 pm. Pulitzer Hall World Room. Dr. Diana Hernandez, Dana Bourland, Dana Harmon.

Monday, March 20

  • “Talk. The Kremlin Turns Ideological” 12:00 – 1:30 pm. IAB. Maria Lipman.
  • “The Return of Strongmen: India, Turkey, and the U.S.” 5:00 – 6:00 pm. Pulitzer World Room. Steven Coll, Basharat Peer, David Phillips.
  • “Whose Justice? – Reframing the ICC’s Trial of Dominic Ongwen – Session II: Victimhood, Criminality, and Positionality in International Justice” 6:00 – 9:00 pm. IAB. Alex Whiting, Mark Drumbl, Opiyo Oloya.
  • “Practicum in Innovative Sustainability Leadership: Infrastructure as a Sustainability Driver, with Susanne DesRoches, Deputy Director, Infrastructure Policy, NYC Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency” 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Pupin 428. Susanne DesRoches.
  • “New York Sea Level Rise Projections: Implications for Law, Land Use, Buildings and Infrastructure” 7:00 – 8:30 pm. Jerome Green Hall. Kate Orff, Mark Lowery, Pippa Brashear, Thaddeus Pawlowski.

Tuesday, March 21

  • Book Talk: “Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia” 12:00 – 2:00 pm. IAB. Alexander Cooley, John Heathershaw.
  • “Marvelous Thieves: Secret Authors of The Arabian Nights” 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Buell Hall, East Gallery. Paulo Lemos Horta.

Wednesday, March 22

  • “Trump’s Asia Policy: The View from DC” 12:00 – 1:30 pm. IAB. Michael Auslin.
  • “Deconstructing the Culture of Post-Truth Under Slobodan Milošević: Milica Mićić Dimovska, Her Novel MRENA, and Its New Translation as THE CATARACT” 6:00 – 8:00 pm. IAB. Jasmina Lukić, Sibelan Forrester.

Thursday, March 23

  • “Peace Forum Session 1: Peace, Mountains, and Borders (Panel)” 1:00 – 2:15 pm. IAB. Judith Matloff, Paul Gillingham, Dipali Mukhopadhyay, Aldo Civico.
  • “Have You Had a Colorectal Cancer Screening? A free educational talk on colorectal health” 3:00 – 4:30 pm. 390 Ft. Washington Avenue. Andria Reyes.
  • “The Politics of Religion in Postwar Japanese Public School Education” 4:00 – 5:30 pm. IAB. Jolyon Thomas.
  • “Visual Analytics: Helping to Obtain the Energy Required by Brandolini’s Law” 5:30 – 6:30 pm. Allan Rosenfield Building. Mark Rothe.
  • Panel: “Soviet Photomontage: From Photo-Poetry to Propaganda” 6:00 – 8:30 pm. EC Common Room. Jindrich Toman, Serguei Oushakine, Maria Ratanova, Aleksandar Bošković.
  • “Nietzsche 13/13: Jacques Derrida” 6:15 – 8:45 pm. Jerome Greene Annex. Bruno Bosteels, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Danielle Cohen-Levinas.
  • “Global Implications of the Refugee Crisis” 6:15 – 7:30 pm. IAB. Alexander Aleinikoff, Aine Fay, Adrienne Fricke, Anne-Marie Grey, Lara Setrakian.

Friday, March 24

  • “The Business of Climate Change: Adaptation Finance in Vietnam and Bangladesh” 12:00 – 1:30 pm. IAB. Kimberly Thomas.
  • “Race and Cuba in Transition Symposium” 3:00 – 8:00 pm. Buell Hall. Alejandro de la Fuente, Devyn Spence Benson, Roberto Zurbano Torres, Frank Guridy.
  • Book Talk: “Beyond the Secular West” 3:00 – 4:30 pm. IAB. Akeel Bilgrami, Prasenjit Duara, Sudipta Kaviraj.
  • Talk: “Black Sea History, 19th Century: Research and Writing” 4:00 – 6:00 pm. IAB. Gelina Harlaftis.
  • “The Program in World Philology” 5:00 – 7:00 pm. EC Common Room. Stephen Chrisomalis.

Photo via Columbia University School of the Arts

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20

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What’s YOUR housing lottery number?

The day has arrived: housing lottery numbers are out. Whether you’ve been counting down to this day or utterly dreading its arrival, there’s no denying that Lottery Day will change your life forever. Or, for the next year, at least. So to make this day a little bit better, we’ve written up a handy dandy guide of how to identify kids in your seminar based on their housing numbers. Enjoy. 

So, you finally have your housing number. Are you in the top chosen 100? Somewhere in the middle? The dreaded number 3000?! We know you’re out there somewhere. We also know that as soon as everyone gets their lottery number, they immediately let it go to their head. Sometimes so much that they even become a part of you… a part of your deepest personality. So much so that suddenly you can automatically assume the housing number of every kid in your 18th century literature seminar just by the look in their eye. Here is comprehensive guide to help you verify your guess.

1-100:

Alright, we get it. You went to Exeter. You spent spring break at your grandmother’s chateau in southern France. And, by the looks of it, your housing selection for this year may be just as nice. Every time you raise your hand to sprew off some vague, faux-Enlightenment answer, I am now going to resent you even more. Something I never thought was possible.

101-750: 

Wow, don’t you look so pretty today. Your hair is just perfect. Oh, is that a new sweater? Of course it is. This brunette bombshell has perfected the art of looking like she Woke Up Like This, and her housing number shows it. She’s just shuffled enough to not be too flawless, but damn is she still lucky. Every time she speaks up in class, her words are eloquent and kind. Her voice sounds like a princess deepthroated some daisies. Have fun in Sulz Tower, bitch.

751-1500:

Could be better. Could be worse. He’s wearing a Neutral Milk Hotel t-shirt under his unwashed flannel and his hair is falling in his eyes. He’s by no means a poster child for excellence, but there’s still something about him that’s undeniably curious. When he raises his hand, he speaks with a smoker’s voice about how capitalism is crushing everything and nothing is actually “real.” He’ll probably end up on the top floor of EC with a suite he’ll hotbox every night.

1501-2000: 

Ahhh, the averageness is just palpable. Refreshing, almost. You know you don’t have much to compete with. You can tell they haven’t read the book, but that’s okay, because you haven’t either. When the teacher goes off on an unnecessary tangent, you often make eye contact from across the room and share a collective sigh. They’re quiet, but you can also tell that they’re anything but dumb. They’ll end up with a calm single somewhere with a nice view that they’ll decorate with lots of copper string lights bought on sale at Marshall’s.

2001-3000: 

Late to class. Again. He makes no effort to hide the fact that he hasn’t read the book. Claims he read it in high school, but honestly, even if that were true, it wouldn’t make a difference. If he’s not on his phone under his desk then he’s asleep in the back row. But as much as you try to be annoyed by him, you can’t help but relate… just a little. We’ve all been there. Maybe it’s not his fault he got stuck in his class. Maybe he just needed one more global core. Nevertheless, catch him in Plimpton. He had no other choice.

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Did you get down and dirty on Miami Beach too?

We want your Spring Break pictures! Whether you got down in Cabo San Lucas, traversed the streets of Paris, or stayed home, Bwog is invested in your good times and bad. To celebrate the relaunching of our social media platforms, Bwog has organized a giveaway.

We will be judging based on humor, creativity, and aesthetics in order to award a Pinkberry gift card to the winner. Runner-ups as well as the winner will be featured on our revamped instagram this week.

Spring break might be over but Spring, technically, is only starting. Just because we are entering phase two of midterms, does not mean we can’t reminisce on the last week of revelling and regrets.

May the odds be ever in your favor!

 

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