If the fraternities of Columbia were in Dante’s Inferno, what circles of Hell would they be in? Bwog has all the answers.
Welcome to Hell via Bwog Staff
Tags: beta theta cry, can chlorine rot?, day drinking w fiji!, hey man rush beta, hot damn phi gam, i really wanna hate fiji but like i cant, i wanted to do something about around the world for dsig but thats like not a sin, im sorry if i missed any i really tried, mike "fragile masculinity" pence, shoutout to gowan and finn!!, sig nu's basement smells worse than the beta basement, tbh idk what characterizes sig ep im sorry, they say sig nu is the swimmers frat but i actually dont know any swimmers in sig nu maybe i just dont have friends, what is pike, when will fiji get their house back
Written by Mia Lindheimer
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)
Tags: are u rly gonna use that stove tho? be realistic, bathtub: nice addition or nasty?, i've done it, mice suck, no sleep in september, pro or con? tbd, RIP felix in our hearts 5ever, shake shack tho...., street facing is v important ngl, those hardwood floors tho, try killing one with a vogue magazine, we love you george! thanks for everything!
Written by Courtney Couillard
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
Written by Romane Thomas
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.
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.
Written by Youngweon Lee
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
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
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.
Written by Dassi Karp
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.
Written by Rachel Deal
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.
Written by Finn Klauber
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.
Written by Victoria Arancio
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
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…
Photo via me, bitch.
Written by Lexie Lehmann
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.
Monday, March 20
Tuesday, March 21
Wednesday, March 22
Thursday, March 23
Friday, March 24
Photo via Columbia University School of the Arts
Written by Sarah Kinney
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Image via Columbia Housing
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!
Photo via iStock.
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