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We will have to resort to going to the Heights for our margaritas now

Another beloved MoHi staple, Amigos, closed at the end of the last semester. Since its opening in 2013, Amigos has provided Columbia students with amazingly mediocre Mexican food, potentially poisonous margaritas, and many fond memories. Students and alums shared their favorite memories of Amigos with us that will live on forever in our nostalgic recollections. (Disclaimer: Bwog does not endorse or condone underage or irresponsible drinking.)

  • When they let our new sports editor drink soda instead of margaritas when everyone else at the table ordered a margarita special
  • When David refilled Sarah Dahl (BC ’19)’s margaritas until she was wasted, even though she and her girlfriend initially went there for one drink and a dinner, and when she forgot that Amigos has two restrooms
  • When our new managing editor pregamed an Amigos birthday party and spent the party stuffing her face with guac and telling her friends she loved them. She added that she didn’t go to Amigos many times this year, but every time she went, she spent quality time with the people who meant the most to her.
  • Matt Neky commented on Facebook, “The time that Kara Kupferberg and I bought shots and the bartender also poured himself one and screamed ‘salud y amor’.”
  • When our Alma “Bagel” Bwogger used a caution wet floor sign as a percussion instrument at her Amigos birthday party as David rolled out infinite vodka and tequila shots
  • When Bwog’s friend Howard worked there
  • Various variations of “fishbowl”
  • @ARM_Y on Twitter said, “[$3] margs at lunch, [tipsy] at afternoon classes. The spot for heavy handed drinks, I went alllll the time with my sister.”
  • David
  • @gross_raisin on Twitter said, “I remember going to Wednesday unlimited quesadilla and marg night when Amigos first opened and staying for four hours. The next week they had a two hour limit. #RIP. May it join Campo, Il Cibreo, Deluxe, and so many others in mediocre MoHi restaurant heaven.”
  • @Chris_Szablewski on Twitter replied to the above, “Of the three restaurants at that location in my four years there, it was by far, my most adequate.”
  • @KeyesLuv tweeted, “A recent 2017 grad here. Amigos was THE place for my friends and I. In my 4 years at CU, I’ve (attempted to) down too many fish bowls, danced in the middle of the floor to salsa and had too margaritas with the salted rim for my own good […] Amigos will surely be missed.”
  • @NickChalk4 on Twitter once had a few margaritas and threw up so subtly on the table that none of his friends noticed.

RIP Amigos!

Amigos via Bwog Archives

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“Do the Lit Hum reading for once.”

“New year, new me” – Every Instagram caption for the month of January. New Year’s resolutions are an amazing chance to turn over a new leaf–and students aren’t the only ones who are committing to a few this year! Our favorite campus buildings are getting in on the fun by deciding to leave a few things in 2017. The most-mentioned? Less throw-up and faster elevators.

• Milstein: Be finished.
• Carman: Don’t fall apart. And no more getting thrown up in.
• Diana: Be nicer to men.
• Lerner: No more getting caught in the middle of rowdy protests. Too stressful, especially for a building with so much glass.
• EC: Drink less alcohol.
• Ruggles: Quit smoking.
• John Jay: Leave me out of your terrible Spec op-eds. Unrelated: also get faster elevators.
• The Quad: Grow at least two sizes.
• Hamilton: Do the Lit Hum reading for once.
• Butler: Spend less time on Facebook.

Hamilton Hall via Bwog Archives

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The city awaits you…

Are you one of the many that have successfully avoided the harrowing shopping period? Bwog’s got some things that you can do during the light and early weeks of the semester. 

  • The obvious one: binge-watch Netflix without guilt.
  • Try to meet up with all of your friends before the semester makes you flaky.
  • Leave the MoHi bubble and explore a new part of the city.
  • Visit the Michelangelo exhibit at the Met and the fashion exhibit at the MOMA.
  • Start saving money now. Put some to the side to have a good time, but remember: it’s a long road to May.
  • Go to all the INSIDER food video places you’ve always wanted to go to (Chick’nCone, Brodo, Bar Pa Tea).
  • Treat yourself to a manicure in the name of self-care.
  • Prepare a nice dinner with your friends. If you’re the unfortunate one that has to cook the whole meal, have a friend equipped with a large bottle of whatever to keep you in good spirits.

Waste more of your time after the jump

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SGA <3 vegans

Our SGA Bureau Chief Dassi Karp summarizes what happened last semester in SGA to start a fresh new semester. 

I’m excited for a new semester of Barnard SGA meetings, because who doesn’t love sitting through hours of administrative guests, policy arguments, pointless votes, and occasional discussions of the work that’s actually getting done behind the scenes? Alas, Rep Council has not reconvened yet, so there’s no meeting to cover this week. But that can’t stop us from checking in with our revolutionary Reps! At the end of last semester, SGA released a mid-year report about what they’ve accomplished, and what work they hope to continue this spring. Here are the highlights:

Under the keen guidance of President Angela Beam, SGA greatly improved its meeting structure this semester. Instead of inviting guests at seemingly random intervals to have unproductive discussions, as they have in past years, many Rep Council meetings have centered on bringing together student leaders and administrators to start meaningful discussions that produce actionable items (there were exceptions, of course).

Rep for Food and Dining Services Sarah Broniscer, along with Beam, worked to establish an ad hoc committee on food insecurity. The committee will start its work in the coming weeks, and hopes to find “tangible solutions to combating food insecurities on campus.” This semester, Broniscer was also successful in increasing Barnard dining’s Halal, Kosher, vegan, and allergen-friendly options. That’s a lot of options!

In a move that increased transparency with astonishingly few technical malfunctions, VP Communications Rhea Nagpal spearheaded the decision to livestream all SGA meetings on Facebook. SGA reports an average of 320 views per meeting, which is impressive. I doubt the representativeness of that number (someone needs to only tune in for a few seconds for Facebook to count it as a view), but still. If you combine that number with the number of people who read Bwog’s reporting on meetings, that’s about 322 people who know what’s happening in their student government!

The student academic advisory community, under the brilliant guidance of former Rep for Academic Affairs Shoshana Edelman, worked to increase communication between administration and students about course offerings, major options, and academic diversity. Because of their bizarre handling of appointments at the end of last semester, there is currently no one filling this position. My prediction: SGA will try to spend another few hours of meeting time trying to pull this off at the beginning of next semester. By the time whoever they pick joins the council, the semester will be too far over for any meaningful work to get done. Prove me wrong, SGA–do something reasonable for once.

The Seven Sisters Committee, led by Rep for Seven Sisters Relations Julia Pickel, has a really detailed and complex subcommittee structure. There are almost as many committees as there are Sisters, which is just an impressive feat of bureaucracy.

The class councils did all of the normal class council stuff. There’s been an interesting trend of the first-year class representatives tending to focus on programming and discussions that explicitly center on diversity and inclusion of under-represented groups. This is true to the platforms of both FY President Sara Morales and Vice President Tina Gao, who won their positions in elections with a record-breaking turnout this fall.

To summarize this summary: the SGA did some things, and didn’t do others. Overall, meeting structure and timeliness has improved, though actual results seem similar to past years. So far, I’m generally impressed with our student leaders, who all seem to genuinely want to make Barnard a Better place to Be. Here’s to another semester, SGA. I’ll be watching you.

Check out the report here to learn more about what SGA did last semester.

Vegetables via Bwog Archives

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Become a Daily and receive nice comments like this one!

Daily Editors are the backbone of Bwog. They assemble our Bwoglines, they write our tags, they keep our site running when the rest of our staff is slacking. Without Dailies, we would be merely a group of forty students crammed around a table in Lerner, shouting dumb pitches at each other. And this semester, we need new people to fill these esteemed positions. (Exact number of new Dailies needed is TBD; it will be announced at Sunday’s meeting.)

Each Daily Editor is responsible for managing Bwog on one day each week. This includes sending out a lineup the night before, writing Bwoglines, announcements, and breaking news posts, editing and scheduling posts by staff writers, and cross-posting to Facebook and Twitter. Yes, it means you get to write the tags. Dailying is a great position in particular for first-years who haven’t yet sold their soul to any particular student group and are looking to get more involved at Columbia; through the position, you would learn a great deal about what’s happening on campus.

If you’re interested, fill out the application below and send it to editor@bwog.com by 11:59 pm on Friday, January 26 in the form of a Google doc or .PDF document titled “*First Name* App.” But before you do that, you might want to come check out our first open meeting this Sunday, January 21 at 9 pm in Lerner 510.

Here’s the application:

About Bwog:

  • Tell us about one Bwog post you liked, one post you didn’t like, and why for both.
  • What is your favorite tag?
  • Come up with three sample post ideas that you would like to see on Bwog.
  • Draw Bwog.

About you:

  • Why do you want to join Bwog?
  • What do you think Bwog is?
  • You’re taking Bwog out on a date! What would you do? Where would you go?
  • What about Columbia might you be interested in writing about?
  • Send us a screenshot of the open tabs on your browser.
  • What three days work best for you to Daily?

Poster via former Daily Betsy Ladyzhets

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Hope y’all find some Jesus in the new year

Happening in the world: Shortly after Youtuber Logan Paul uploaded a video of a dead body hanging from a forest in Japan and was dropped from the platform’s Google Preferred tier, Youtube has promised more human oversight of its top-tier videos and better management of unsavory ads that show up next to content. (NYT)

Happening in NYC: Nusret Gökçe, the Turkish chef more widely known to the internet as Salt Bae, will be opening a restaurant in NYC this week. It will open in the CBS Black Rock Building in midtown Manhattan.  (Grub Street)

Happening on campus: Lots of theater and music groups on campus are having auditions today, including a cappella, CMTS’ productions, and KCST’s Hamlet. Check out a list here.

Overheard: “Damn boy, I gotta get a Bible.”

Fun fact: If you lift a kangaroo’s tail off the ground, it can’t hop.

The correct edition of the Bible for LitHum and CC via This Lamp

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Get it… like… field?

With break having come and gone, syllabus week is the perfect time to reflect. Our little time without school work and obligations gave Bwog the perfect opportunity to have some fun. Here’s some of the highlights from Bwog’s break!

Bwog gets sick

  • Had to go to the ER (not alcohol-related).
  • Got destroyed by the flu on the last day of break.
  • Got CAVA’d the weekend before classes start (i.e. this past weekend). Great way to start off the semester.
  • Ate a Baconator from Wendy’s and was sick for 4 days after.
  • Threw up in a billionaire’s tennis-themed bathroom before helping cater their new year’s eve party (cause unknown).
  • Got all my drinks paid for on New Year’s; woke up with strep the next day.
  • Threw up in my mouth on the LIRR. Was wedged in-between two people talking loudly on the phone.
  • Hyperventilated and threw salmon up into the ocean.

More field notes after the jump

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This is the first week of campus, which means both an abundance of syllabi and an abundance of performing arts auditions. If you were at the CUPAL kickoff last night, you heard representatives from all of the groups talking about these auditions in person, but if you missed it, Bwog has your back. Find out everything happening in Hamilton this week below.

  • A CappellaSeveral of Columbia’s premier a cappalla groups are seeking new members this semester; these groups include Bacchantae, Clefhangers, CU Sur, Gospel Choir, Jubilation!, Kingsmen, Metrotones, Nonsequitur, Sharp, Uptown Vocal, and Vivace. Auditions will take place Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 8 to 11 pm, in Hamilton 304.
  • Bach SocietyThe self-described “fun, funky, and fresh” Bach Society seeks new singers and instrumentalists. Auditions require one solo work, not necessarily written by Bach, and possibly sight reading. Auditions will be on Friday at 2 pm and Saturday at 11 am in Lerner 572; interested performers can sign up here.
  • Black Theater Ensemble: One Act Festival: Each spring, the Black Theater Ensemble hosts a one-act festival; this year, the festival will perform four student-written plays on the theme of Afro-futurism. Auditions will be next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday (January 25 to 27) from 7 to 10 pm.
  • CMTS’ Spring Season: Into the Woods and a 24-hour production of the Sound of Music: CMTS (Columbia Musical Theater Society) is putting on two shows this semester. Into the Woods will be put on in a normal, humane schedule, while the Sound of Music will be put on in 24 hours. Auditions for Into the Woods and interviews for both shows will take place Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, from 8 to 11 pm, in Hamilton.

Even more audition information after the jump

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Mmm whatcha say

If you’ve been living under a rock (or inside a concrete bunker) for the last few days, you may not have heard about the fake missile threat that was accidentally activated in Hawaii, prompting a notification on everyone’s phone. That got me thinking about how I would have no idea what to do in that scenario if I was on campus. Here’s what I came up with:

Burn your LitHum books on Low Beach

In the last few minutes of existence as a body and not as a dust of microscopic particles, it’s always best to give in to the most animalistic of human urges. A good ol’ fashioned book burning is always fun, so show the cisheteronormative patriarchal core how you really feel about its bullshit. Leave Sappho out of it, though.

Get lit with your professor in office hours

Societal structure always breaks down in apocalyptic scenarios; therefore, there’s nothing stopping you from partying away your last few minutes with your favorite professor or your favorite TA. Choose your playlist wisely, you don’t want to spend your last time on earth listening to Ed Sheeran.

Actually find shelter, if you want to fight off radioactive zombies

Look, I just don’t have the work ethic to survive in a post-apocalyptic environment; some days I’m too lazy to literally take an elevator downstairs and eat food that’s just waiting out on a table. But, if you think you have a shot, maybe try prying open some of the doors to the hidden tunnels or figuring out how to get to the Manhattan Project levels beneath Pupin. Athletes, beautiful people, Walking Dead fans: I suggest this option.

Binge-watch Grey’s Anatomy on Netflix at 863x speeds

There’s 301 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy, with each being around 43 minutes long. Therefore, in order to watch them all in 15 minutes, you’d have to speed each of them up to 863 times their normal speed. So experience love, loss, grief, and… doctor stuff, I guess, in the time you have left. (Author’s note: I have never seen an episode of Grey’s Anatomy)

Grab the nearest person and head to the Butler stacks

You gotta. Enough said.

 

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Now that’s one hot TA.

In the beginning, there was class. Out of the chaos, professors materialized and said ridiculous things in order to keep your attention. Like the Greek myths of old, a professor’s opening lecture is meant to enthrall you and make you believe in something larger than yourself. However, unlike those Greek myths, these opening remarks were probably contemplated over a Panda Express tray rather than delicately crafted through centuries of oral tradition.

Bwog wants to know all the delightfully weird remarks that professors throw out during syllabus week, from red flags to random anecdotes. Send them in to tips@bwog.com, or carve them into the would-be marble of the comments section below.

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Roone is the most northern Broadway theater, right?

Are you invited to approximately 900 student productions on Facebook every semester? Do you spend chilly weekend mornings in midtown rushing Broadway shows? Have you ever read a Bwog arts review and thought, “Wow, I could do so much better?” If you answered yes to any of those questions, we have the position for you.

Bwog is currently seeking a new Arts Editor, to help us get more in touch with our artistic side. In the interest of improving our relationships with performing arts groups on campus, we’ve opened up applications beyond Bwog’s current staff and are hoping to find a new Arts Editor who is already connected to the performing arts community.  However, there are no requirements for the position; anyone with writing skills and an interest in the arts is welcome to apply.

The basic responsibilities of the Arts Editor are as follows:

  • Compiles Where Art Thou each week.
  • Responsible for editing arts posts and ensuring writers are properly covering those events.
  • Responsible for preparing writers for new or challenging arts posts and reviews, by providing examples, advice, and formatting help.
  • Fosters positive relationships with arts communities and initiatives.
  • Attends weekly staff meetings (Sundays at 9 pm in Lerner 510) and occasional editors meetings (also Sundays, at 8:30 pm in Lerner 510).
  • Stays sober enough during the Varsity Show to write a review afterwards.

The application is embedded below, and can also be found here. Applications are due at 11:59 pm on Friday, January 26, and should be sent to editor@bwog.com in the form of a Google doc or .PDF document titled “*First Name* App.”

Any questions can be directed to editor@bwog.com or asked in person at our first open meeting of the semester this coming Sunday, January 21.

Our favorite street via Public domain pictures

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It’s the spring semester! Remember this image when your ears are frozen and you’re praying for sun.

Happening Around The World: Danish inventor Peter Madsen has been charged with the murder of Kim Wall, a journalist and Columbia Journalism School alumnus. (CNN)

Happening In The US: Two of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s children spoke out against President Trump, who has claimed to be “the least racist person you have ever interviewed.” (New York Times)

Happening In NYC: If you’ve been craving the taste of forearm-salt, you’re in luck because beloved Internet meme Salt Bae, real name Nusret Gokce, has opened a steakhouse in NYC. (NBC)

Happening At Columbia: Good luck to everyone on their first day of spring semester classes today!

Bop of the Day: 

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Late this evening, we received news that Barnard senior Caroline Montgomery has passed away. Caroline and her father, Mark Montgomery, died in the mudslides in her hometown of Santa Barbara, California.

A psychology major, Caroline also kindled a deep love for the world of fashion, finding her stride in companies such as Coterique, Topshop, NYLON, and KITH. In the Columbia community, she involved herself in the Water Polo Club team and demonstrated her passion for writing through contributions to Barnard’s fashion publication, Hoot Magazine, as well as Bwog itself.

During her tenure at Bwog in 2015, Montgomery took on the duties of both a Thursday daily editor and an SGA Bureau Chief, managing the stories on our site every Thursday alongside covering the SGA meetings for Bwog every week. On Bwog, she gave us witty advice on what to wear, reviewed several art exhibitions, and wrote about Fashion Week in her Bwoglines. One fellow Bwogger described her as “sweet” and always having “excellent style.” Many more of her articles may be found through her author tag.

As relayed by Dean Hinkson’s email, “students who are in need of support or counseling, please do not hesitate to reach out to family, friends, or your Residential Life staff. The staff members in the Furman Counseling Center (barnard.edu/counsel, 212-854-2092) and Dean of Studies office (barnard.edu/dos, 212-854-2024) are also available either in person or by phone. As many of you have not returned to campus yet, we will be holding a listening session on Tuesday, January 16 in the Dean’s Office from 7-9 p.m. (105 Milbank Hall) for those who wish to gather.”

Our deepest condolences go to Caroline’s family and her friends.

Read Dean Hinkson’s full email after the jump

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You can’t go outside in this blizzard, so you have no excuse not to be grading

It is now a full two weeks since Columbia’s last day of finals. That’s fourteen days, or 336 hours, or 20,160 minutes. That’s… a whole lot of time. And yet, so many of our professors still haven’t graded our final exams, papers, and projects. You have the time, you don’t have anything better to do, so what gives? Get those red pens going and input our final grades already!

In particular, we want to call out:

  • Varzi: Metaphysics
  • Gabriel Perez-giz: Physics 1401
  • Ross Posnock: American Modernism
  • Paul Sajda: Biostatistics for Engineers
  • Marcelo Toldedo: MusicHum
  • Deborah Mowshowitz: Introductory Biology
  • Josef Sorett: Intro to African-American Studies
  • Natasha Lightfoot: The Modern Caribbean
  • Prezbo

If any other professor is holding out on you, comment their name and class on this post and we’ll add them to the list.

What Columbia looks like right now via Wikimedia Commons

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Last night, GS/JTS students were informed of the passing of Hannah Weiss, a sophomore in the dual program between Columbia’s School of General Studies and JTS’s Albert A. List College. Hannah and her family died in a plane crash in Costa Rica on Sunday afternoon. Hannah hails from Saint Petersburg, Florida, and found a home on campus within the Columbia/Barnard Hillel community.

Hannah Weiss was passionate about protecting the planet through environment conservation, and developed and lead composting initiatives at JTS. According to Shuly Rubin Schwartz, Walter & Sarah Schlesinger Dean of Graduate and Undergraduate Studies Irving Lehrman Research Associate Professor of American Jewish History at JTS, Hannah was, “a wonderful student, great, friend, strong leader, and a beloved member of our community… She will be sorely missed.”

The Office of the University Chaplain is currently on call for students seeking support. The Barnard Office of the Dean of Studies and Residential Life will re-open on Wednesday, January 3, at 9 am. Barnard Primary Health Care services will re-open on Monday, January 8, and the Furman counseling center will resume clinical hours the next week. More details on these resources are available below, in the text of the email informing Barnard students of Hannah’s passing. Although CC and SEAS students did not receive a similar email, resources are available for them on campus and via phone as well.

Our deepest condolences go to Hannah’s family and her friends.

UPDATE, 9:15 pm: A memorial service will be held for Hannah and her family at 1 pm on Wednesday, January 3, at Tiferet Bet Israel (1920 Skippack Pike, Blue Bell, PA, 19422). Shivah will be observed at the home of Sandy and Ed Levin (175 Birkdale Drive, Blue Bell, PA, 19422) on Wednesday and Thursday from 6 to 8:30 pm, with a minyan each night at 7 pm. An additional memorial service will be held in Florida on Monday, January 8; more details will be forthcoming on the Columbia/Barnard Hillel Facebook page.

Full email messages from Dean Hinkson and Dean Schwartz available after the jump

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