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You’ve done it. You’ve completed your final year of college, or your first, second, or third. A lot has happened in these months since late August, and Editor in Chief Taylor Grasdalen reviews them for you here. (And wrote her own byline.) Enjoy and remember.

September ushered in controversy and action, from the Students for Justice in Palestine protesting on 9/11 to the advent of the Carry That Weight movement. No Red Tape and other anti-sexual violence groups began to make more noise; “rape shouldn’t be part of the college experience,” though Columbia’s own data illustrated the campus reality. It also turned out that Barnard students were never supposed to be in JJ’s in the first place. And you might have heard some things about Bwog, but don’t mind us.

In October, there was one very sketchy Town Hall. Questions were asked and askers were asked to ask their questions. “BoSchwo” arrived (thanks, Alex Chang), though we too now call it “Bernie’s.” We saw the first Carry That Weight Day of Action, and Columbia released some choice words in response:

We understand that reports about these cases in the media can be deeply distressing, and our hearts go out to any students who feel they have been mistreated. But galvanizing public attention on an important societal problem is very different from a public conversation about individual students and cases, which colleges and universities do not discuss.

A doctor from the Columbia University Medical Center briefly had ebolaWe lost UNI Café. We tried to host an open forum. The University Senate began to review the Rules of Conduct.

November brought us Beta-induced anger, an impostor amongst the Class of 2018, and some contentious fines for the Carry That Weight demonstrators. Students sought to give President Bollinger the raise he deserves. …Speaking of PrezBo, he’s been disappointed with the football team for a while. CCSC and ESC considered raising your activities fee by $4.50. And Bwog might not have an official office, but at least we don’t have to worry about finding feces in our elevator.

December was busy and painfully cold, if nothing else. We lost Joshua Villa. Another student fell from the eighth floor of Wien. We began to talk about mental health. The Michael Brown and Eric Garner cases led to a “die-in” on College Walk, the night of the Tree-Lighting Ceremony. Orgo Night made people upset. Carry That Weight protested their fine. CUSS arrived! (And so did I.) Beta annoyed.

But what happened during the Spring semester?



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Let’s do this. OK, there were controversies: The Study Days Debacle, the Meal Plan Shitshow, the McBain Conflagration ’10, Gender Neutral (Open) Housing, another possible SSN breach, the gross things living in Pinnacle; there were new friends: the Vag, coyotes, Sarkozy, falafel (everywhere!), a new beau for Hawkma; there was an insane snowball fight, a huge pillow fight, a big old speed bump for Manhattanville, a bonafide Snow Day, a former Wu Tang member hanging out on Low Plaza…we could go on, and we do in our breakdown of August 2009-May 2010 below. Bwog hopes you had a wonderful year, and we hope you have fun taking a trip down memory lane (in links and pictures) with us below.

Allow us a meta-moment before we do: Bwog wants to say thank you. Thank you for reading, thank you for commenting (please be nice to each other on the web, dudes!) and thanks for hanging out with us this year. We’ll still be here over the summer, posting when there’s something good to post. As always, that depends mostly on you: use our tip form to let us know what’s going on both in Morningside and wherever your summer takes you.

August: Fresh-faced 2013ers (now known colloquially as “sophomores”) showed up; we provided some Orientation Schadenfreude and told them how to make friends.

September: After an exhausting round of Lit Hum Bingo, we spotted Ted Kennedy outside Am-Ap and switched GChat for texting in Music Hum. The semester officially began, and your professors said funny things about it. We started a strange friendship with the Hot Dog Machine, got free hot water (!!!!!) from Butler Cafe, and Columbia discovered YouTube. Things broke, people lost keys, and the Ref room became the new 209. Westboro protested, people got married on the Steps, we answered questions about the close-door button and talked to Mrs. HamDel. Phew!

October: Stuff happened in October! First, two masked undergrads set $400 QuAM balloons free, Book Culture was sort of cloned, and the Lions destroyed the Tigers in football. We caught up with our campus contortionist, resident Rubik’s Cube Master, the Footbag Queen, and the infamous Sir Mike of Carman. And  hark! One of the year’s true controversies began: The Great Study Days Debacle! Scandalous, in a different way: Ghostbusters doesn’t pay to keep the lawns green. We tell the NYPost to STFU, we’ll take our classes on Columbus Day thankyouverymuch. Spec’s online mishaps peaked with a Spectacle for the books, and we all sang about Balloon Boy. Columbia grad and potential prof Kian Tajbakhsh was sentenced to 12 years in Iranian prison. Foodie news abounded: we gleefully spent $25 on pancakes when Community re-opened, learned that in John Jay Dining Hall, turkey burgers magically become vegan and Roti Roll employees love you but get a little sick of mopping up green sauce at 2 AM. We wrapped up with non sequiturs: we explained why SEAS doesnt take the swim test, we found this weird thing in Milbank, and Clippy won the Halloween Costume Contest.

November: Election day wasn’t really as fun as last year, but we stuffed ourselves with $1 food and saw Ice-T outside 1020 so everything was OK. Lerner turned 10, Hawkma returned, we chatted with Pascale from JJ, Hewitt Grillmaster Benny, American hero Raj from Butler Cafe, and laughed both with and at Bob Saget. Then November got serious: Gender Neutral Housing entered our vocabulary (that’s Open Housing now, kids) and Postcrypt was shuttered. We forgot about everything for four blissful days known as Thanksgiving weekend: we ate lots of Morningside turkey sandwiches and made a Turducken in a McBain kitchen, and were thankful.

December: MiMoo made her big debut at the Tree Lighting Ceremony. Verdict: adorable! Then the Dallas Mavericks practiced in Dodge, and that was really weird. Then a real thing happened: Manhattanville faced a major obstacle when the New York Supreme Court ruled that the state could not use eminent domain to secure swaths of West Harlem for Manhattanville. Stay tuned for the appeal decision on June 1, and read up on some MVille background here. Chomsky visited IAB, and everybody went fucking nuts. It snowed, because it was December. Adults found the notion of Gender Neutral Housing deeply scary. We heard the first whispers of the Meal Plan Shitshow. M2M made its fries bad for a hot sec, and then changed them back to the tempura-deliciousness we like. Whispers about the Meal Plan became vague official shouts, Barnard students shouted back, and the Barnard admin tried to explain. La Negrita got a new name, John Jay flooded, and we caught up with campus hero Wilma. Then, suddenly, the semester was over, and your professors noted it. We reflected on the end of a decade, explored the Grant Houses uptown, and went to Orgo Night. Finals week ascended from Hades and it was time for requisite above-average anxiety. Then that wonderful snowball fight happened, and we forgot about everything for a night. Then we woke up and remembered the Study Days Debacle, and you vented. We made a holiday wish list, and went home for a four-week nap.

January: Somehow, Pinnacle’s ten thousand health violations were surprising, but we guess we all need something to talk about over Winter Break. The semester began with genuine tragedy: Michael Sinnott, GS ’10, and John David Fernandez, CC ’12 passed away in the same week. The Vag (which sounds like vagina) opened and it was awesome. Bwog introduced Boringside Heights; Brooklyn Lager became a buck more expensive at 1020. Your professors smoked doobies and ushered in the new semester. Lounge chairs went missing in Wien; admin opened your doors to seek truth and justice, which are synonymous with “lounge chair,” apparently. Uris and Butler got bougie, scary new vending machines, respectively. Shedding alcohol and free popcorn, Postcrypt soldiered on. The SSNs of 1,400 Columbia affiliates were possibly breached. Um!

Jump for four more months and a ton of pictures.




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Believe it or not, second semester is over and done with. And it’s like it never even happened. In fact, you might argue that the 2007-2008 school year had something of a premature ejaculation; fall was a time for Ahmadinejad, hunger strikes, and the largest collection of racist graffiti in the western hemisphere while second semester… well… the Vag sure is a silly-sounding name, isn’t it? Bwog’s here to serve as tour guide, as we commence our annual Year in Review and officially start our summer season. We’ll still be posting a couple posts a day, but as always, the more you tip us (, the more we post. 


Bwog welcomed the class of 2011 by convincing them that they made the wrong decision to come to Columbia, and later helping them nurse their wounded spirits with alcohol. (Though quicker than you can say “McLovin” area bars installed scanners, which may or “may not” have been purchased by CU.) GS unveiled a new mascot that we named Gulliver and promptly never heard from again. The War on Fun kicked off as the line to even get into EC stretched around the corner. 2006 antagonist Jim Gilchrist was falsely rumored to be returning, but it turned out a fellow named Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would be coming instead. In response, FOX news, beacon of all that is truthful and good, interviewed everyone you’ve ever met, while folks at school protested and pontificated. And in the midst of the chaos, more chaos, as JJ’s Spicy Chicken briefly disappeared from existence. He arrived and we watched (and sometimes protested) from the lawn and liveBwogged the event from Roone. Plus, the first Problematic Graffiti of the semester was located at SIPA. Naturally, an emergency meeting was called and there was never any racist graffiti again.




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Merry Christmas and happy holidays from all of us at Bwog! Were your presents not intellectually-stimulating enough? No worries! As our gift to you, we give you Bwog film connoisseur Christian Kamongi’s cinematic picks of 2007, just a little something something to casually reference in 2008.

10. The Wayward Cloud

Tsai-Ming Liang’s visceral sing-along porno was not just a moralistic polemic against a sex-ravaged culture, but also a lustrously beautiful collage of post-modern romance.

9. Zodiac

Harris Savides’ camerawork and David Fincher’s showmanship combine to illustrate an era and provide a narrative that perfectly mirrors the film’s incapacitation of traditional filmic indexicality in favor of digital analog. Unarguably the most important and influential film of the year.

8. The Boss of It All

On the outside Lars von Trier produces an office comedy filled with peculiar and off-putting Scandinavian humor. However, a closer analysis reveals a stunning testament to subjectivity even in the unfriendly realms of genre, predatory capitalism, and automatic digital editing. (more…)

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bwog adDear readers,

One quick announcement before we take you on a whirlwind tour through your last four months: as of January, Juli Weiner will be taking over as Bwog editor, with support from B&W Managing Editor Katie Reedy. In the coming year, please route all your cares, complaints, praise, and sensitive information through them.

Thank you all for sticking with us. It’s been a pleasure. 


Lydia DePillis

ahmadinestuff2007 began with optimism, in the form of the class of 2011’s arrival on a newly refurbished College Walk, with Clipse to usher them in. In search of the ultimate bonding event, NSOP swapped The BlaZe for Take One: Ultimate Team Challenge.” And 2011 missed the Labyrinth era by mere days.

No sooner had first-years postered their dorm rooms did the year’s first Major Controversy arise. The news broke that part-time blogger and full-time Holacaust-denier Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad would touch down later that month, with a little help from Richard Bulliet. With Jim Gilchrist a not-so-distant memory, campus exploded in a sea of mass emails, opining, protests and flyering. The old gang at Fox News stormed the gates, and Chris Kulawik emerged to welcome them back. Spectator forayed into blogging, while Bwog did the best it could with text messages and a dying laptop battery. Ultimately, the event was tame by Columbia Major Controversy standards, though Bollinger’s chastising introduction of Ahmadinejad did earn the #1 spot in Time magazine�s Most Awkward Moments of 2007 List. Mazel Tov, Lee and Mahmoud! (more…)

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2007 was a great year for music, but it was an even better year for stand-up comedy albums. I can’t blame anyone for not wanting to follow modern stand-up, since Dane Cook’s ability to sell millions of albums by telling zero jokes is frustrating not only comedically, but also mathematically. (How much money per joke does he make? Calculator error!) But if you can manage to look past such injustice, the year redeems itself in fine fashion. The year’s top five follow, courtesy of Rob Trump.

Michael Ian Black – I Am a Wonderful Man


Michael Ian Black is one of two Stella/The State members to release a debut stand-up album this year, and despite Michael Showalter’s superior musical ode to sandwiches, Black’s album is more consistent and an overall better effort. Both albums come somewhat closer to traditional stand-up than one might expect from members of two exceedingly strange sketch troupes, but Black does a great job of adapting his deadpan unpredictability to the format. He’s also surprisingly intelligent when he brings sarcasm to race issues. If you’re familiar with his vocal inflections from either show or from his many VH1 talking head appearances, imagine him saying this line: “The ‘white power’ crowd tend to be the disenfranchised whites, the people who don’t necessarily have all the power. So who do they blame? The rich and the powerful. In other words, the blacks and Hispanics.” It’s smart sarcastic race humor, and he does it in a much more intelligent, aware way than, say, Sarah Silverman.

4. Jen Kirkman – Self Help


Hey, speaking of Sarah Silverman, let’s hear it for the female comics today who are able to step out of her “Isn’t it funny that I’m a girl and saying this?” shadow and do comedy that isn’t as one-note and unfunny as a rape whistle. That is, let’s hear it for both Maria Bamford, whose album just missed my cut, and Jen Kirkman, who has a voice and style not predicated on her gender and not quite like any other comic I’ve listened to. She’s neurotic, but she parlays this into derisive jokes that are half making fun of other people and half making fun of herself for having such a mean defense mechanism. In possibly her best bit, Kirkman can’t stop thinking about easy it would be to kill some of her friends and then gets very upset at how similar she may be to an actual serial killer. I can’t capture the same effect of her rapid speech in print, but her performance deconstructing that particular neurosis is comedic gold. (more…)



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The 2006-07 school year has contained multitudes. In fact, it may just be the most eventful year Columbia’s had since… well, the year before. Remember Matthew Fox? The Chung-Diamond “scandal”? “Don’t Be a Pussy”? “Epilogue to Our Crime & Punishment: A Petition“? Bwog certainly does, so step into the Wayback machine – you’re about to relive nine months of Columbia in a single post.


First-years move in. Orientation yields a legendary (to Bwog’s mind, at least) week-long burst of posting. Addison Anderson went to a bunch of bars in the name of “journalism.” Most literary post: “And now for some disorientation,” which reads like early Bret Easton Ellis, if he knew about Koronet’s. Orientation week was the best.



Facebook went literally insane. Then calmed down somewhat. Harvard abandoned ED; Columbia did not. Columbia Football had as-yet uncrushed high hopes, later crushed. Seth Flaxman declared victory. Best villains: Zuckerberg! Murphy! Ahmadinejad! You know, one of those.


Everything was coming up roses for Mark Modesitt. 1968 spirit was invoked by Jim Gilchrist. The fallout was immenseshady disciplinary letters, “news” coverage of all sorts (Jon Stewart, Fox News). Even Bwog had an opinion. But October wasn’t all about relevant television coverage of Columbia issues with high production values – we also had “The Gates”!

Best correspondence to Bwog: “Subject: terrorists. your worse then the mooselums who flew the planes into the buildings” (more…)



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Bwog’s Friday Sports Roundup is now in winter mode.

Men’s Basketball: The men’s basketball team starts its season tonight at 8 p.m. against Fordham (a fan bus leaves campus at 6:45), and then plays at Seton Hall in Newark tomorrow afternoon. Both games will be broadcast on WKCR.

The toughest challenge for the team will be replacing the departure of a talented senior class, including four starters. Replacing the experience of players like John Baumann and Ben Nwachuku will be crucial to a successful season. Seniors Joe Bova and Jason Miller will look to step up under the basket to provide the size the Lions need, although this is the first season either will be a starter. Transfer Ben Brian Grimes was supposed to play a big role as well, but he is now out for the season with a torn ACL. In the backcourt, the story is much the same, with junior Pat Foley takes over at point guard after a season where he only played 9 games due to injury. Juniors Kevin Bulger, Niko Scott, and senior K.J. Matsui look to join him there, as they look to up their minutes from last year.

In the conference itself, the Lions will look to improve upon a 7-7 finish last year, where a 3 game slide at the end prevented them from finishing a respectable third place.Columbia was picked 6th this year in the coaches poll, ahead of Dartmouth and Princeton, but, with Yale, Harvard, and Brown all looking to rebuild as well, Columbia definitely has room to continue rising. As for the title, most people’s heavy favorites for the title are Cornell, last year’s champions who return most of the same team, including last year’s Ivy League Player of the Year, junior Louis Dale. Their most likely challengers are Penn, who have last year’s Rookie of the Year, Tyler Bernadini. (more…)



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The sky is Pantone 292

This semester has been a big one for Columbia, from the graduate student strike to Barnard’s heated debates over the CUAD referendum. It’s been a big semester for Bwog as well, as we’ve added more sports, science, and cooking posts to our regular content. All of our senior wisdoms are up now, and we’re closing out the semester with our bi-annual semester in review.

To kick off the new semester, Bwog took time to remember the life of our favorite Mexican restaurant, Amigos. Bwog started its very own science column. Carman’s newly-renovated floors showed signs of problems as students lived without hot water and experienced other issues. We brought back our Cooking With Bwog after being inspired by all of those Tasty videos on Facebook. After months of endless whining, we created a definitive ranking of the campus elevators. We celebrated Bwog’s 12th Birthday!  To end the month of January, we broke down the statistics behind Columbia Buy/Sell Memes.

We started the month of February by going back in time to when Columbia Basketball won the Ivy League Tournament. Graduate students began to protest on Low Steps when Columbia announced that they would not bargain with the Graduate Student Union. Martha Stewart came to campus to give us her words of “wisdom.” President Sian Beilock was inaugurated and met with protests.

Koronet temporarily closed for renovations, leaving thousands of students without jumbo slices. We took a look at how Datamatch could bring love to this sad campus.  ESC made some bold moves and impeached its president.  We asked some important questions, like “Who said it: me about a dog or a Columbia fuckboy about a girl?” Bwog also took time to read some of your meanest comments. (Don’t worry, we still love our readers. :) )

March started off strong when we boldly declared that all the chairs are wrong. We also started a finance column, for all of your student finance needs. Meanwhile, up at the medical school, famous neuroscience professor Thomas Jessell was dismissed for undisclosed reasons.

Strikes, debates, and more after the jump



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Marcellus is awesome.

Shakespeare nerd and Senior Staffer Abby Rubel couldn’t resist checking out KCST’s spring production of  Hamlet

Editor’s note, 4/28 2:15 pm: One line in the review about Hamlet and Horatio’s relationship and the caption of the photo depicting these two characters have been changed; this line and caption utilized a homophobic trope.

Anyone who knows any line of Shakespeare knows at least part of Hamlet’s famous soliloquy: “To be, or not to be, that is the question,” goes the speech. As powerful as it is written on the page, it’s somehow even more compelling delivered on the steps of Earl Hall, with Hamlet, played by Bailey Coleman (BC ’19), lit dramatically from below.

Every year, the King’s Crown Shakespeare Troupe puts on a production of Shakespeare using Columbia’s campus as the set. Ensemble members lead the audience from location to location. This year’s show, Hamlet, is much more well-known that last year’s As You Like It, and there’s baggage that comes with that. After all, how could you possibly deliver the same lines as Kenneth Branagh?

Hamlet is the story of a prince of Denmark whose uncle, Claudius, kills his father and marries his mother. Hamlet’s father’s ghost appears to him and asks that Hamlet revenge him. Hamlet agrees. What follows is, of course, a tragedy. Hamlet pretends to be mad and kills Polonius (the king’s advisor), which drives Ophelia (his lady-love) insane. In revenge, Ophelia’s brother, Laertes, conspires with Claudius to kill Hamlet in a fencing match. As backup, Claudius poisons a glass of wine. Unsurprisingly, the whole scheme goes wrong and everyone dies except Horatio, Hamlet’s best friend. But you already knew that.

Read more about ghosts, gays, and color theory after the jump.



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The “Hart” of campus (not really, but it’s close enough to JJ’s)

One half of the LLC (aka the two identical buildings next to John Jay), Hartley Hall in one of the oldest dorms on campus, and sometimes, it feels like it. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t also a great place to live during your first year at Columbia and beyond!

Location: 1124 Amsterdam Avenue, New York, NY 10027 (between Hamilton and Wallach)

Nearby dorms: Wallach and John Jay are literally connected. Furnald, Carman, and Wein are a bit more of a hike but still only 3 minutes away.

Stores and restaurants: John Jay, JJ’s, Hamilton Deli, Arts and Crafts

Cost: $8,412, standard for freshpeople


  • Bathrooms: A two shared, co-ed bathrooms for each suite, cleaned twice weekly. The larger has two stalls/showers and the smaller, on the second floor of the suite, only has one of each.
  • AC/Heating: Heat but no AC. Buy a good fan for the first few months, or keep your windows open.
  • Kitchen: One in each suite, with two stoves, a sink, and a microwave, as well as lots of cabinet space. Cleaning them is resident responsibility so they can get disgusting pretty quickly but Hartley definitely has the smallest kitchen/resident ratio for freshpeople.
  • Lounge: One in on the main level of each suite, with a few chairs, a table and a  television (that has cable) with a smaller, essentially ineffectual lounge on the upper level as well that’s mostly just a few chairs and a small table. The lounges in the A and C suites tend to be a lot larger than those in the B suites. There’s also a sky lounge on the 10th floor and a first floor lounge with pool and ping pong tables!
  • Laundry: Free and in the basement, shared with Wallach. Though it tends to get full during certain peak hours (some evenings, the weekend, etc.) you can definitely find times when it’s completely free.
  • Fire Escapes/Bike Storage: No
  • Computers/printers: There’s a computer lab on the first floor and two PawPrint stations by the door, perfect if your computer malfunctions mid-essay or you forget to print until you’re walking out the door.
  • Intra-transportation: Two pretty slow elevators; one only goes to the 9th floor and the other that can take you to the sky lounge on the 10th.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Ugly 80s carpet in both the halls/lounge and the bedrooms; the kitchens and bathrooms have tile.
  • WiFi: Yes; and it’s pretty fast most of the time.

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Just look at that beautiful double!

It may not have air conditioning, but Reid is a perfectly nice place to spend your first year at Barnard, especially if you get a nice view of the Quad/Broadway. Just be wary of those roaches…

Location: The Quad (3009 Broadway)

Nearby dorms: The rest of the Quad, the 600s, Elliott, Furnald and Schapiro

Stores and restaurants: Halal Cart + food trucks, Morton Williams, Sweetgreen, Starbucks, Haagen-Dasz, Nussbaum & Wu… etc.

Cost: Barnard hasn’t released room rates for 2018-2019, but this year’s was $9,510.


  • Bathrooms: 2 shared stall-style bathrooms on each floor, one women’s and one gender-inclusive. More (and perhaps cleaner) bathrooms available on other halls, which you can walk to (unless you live in Sulz/Reid 2 – it’s cut off from the other buildings, so you have to go up a floor).
  • AC/Heating: Heating, no A/C. In the words of my Reid correspondent: Get a really good fan.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: One shared kitchen and TV lounge space per floor. Some people love hanging out here; others, like myself last year, would prefer the trek to Diana.
  • Laundry: There’s one washer/dryer set in Reid and 2 in Brooks. Make sure to refill your laundry card ahead of time, or suffer the trek down to Sulz lobby in your underwear/pajamas/last night’s threads.
  • Computers/printers: Available in Sulz basement.
  • Intra-transportation: 2 elevators accessible from the lobby.
  • Hardwood/carpet: The usual Quad situation: carpeted hallways, linoleum tile floors. Great for wiping coffee stains off of.
  • Room variety: Corridor-style double rooms; all first-years and RAs.

Room pix and resident opinions after the jump!



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To all the Columbia students who will find themselves being signed into here next year: you’re in luck. Barnard first year resident hall is one of the luckiest with AC, controlled heating, and amazing natural light. In this totally unbiased review written by Bwoggers-by-day and Sulz-residents-by-night Cara Hudson-Erdman and Idris O’Neill, read more about what the hall holds for you.

Location: The Barnard quad (3009 Broadway)

Nearby dorms: Brooks, Reid, and Hewitt form the rest of the quad. It’s also close to the 600s, Elliott, and Furnald (Columbia).

Stores and restaurants: Morton Williams, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, Amir’s

Cost: Barnard hasn’t released room rates for 2018-2019, but this year’s was $9,510

Amenities: You can access anything located within the quad without leaving the building– this includes Primary Care, Furman Counseling Center, practice rooms in the basement, Brooks and Sulzberger study lounges, Brooks piano lounge, and WBAR. It’s also steps from Hewitt dining hall, as well as Barnard Hall. There’s also a nice lounge on the first floor that’s basically a waiting area for guests.

  • Bathrooms: 2 shared bathrooms on each floor, one women-only and one gender-neutral. Sulz-Reid residents will have access to one bathroom on their floor, usually near an RA’s room (RIP crazy nights)
  • AC/Heating: Sulz has AC and heating! You lucked out! It’s just one machine that switches over in mid-October. People will flock to your room for it – November will be a great time to discover who your real friends are when the heating is on.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: One lounge on each floor shared by the entire quad floor– includes a kitchen but no fridge, so bring a mini-fridge.
  • Laundry: 2 laundry rooms on each floor, and costs 2.50 for a full wash-dry cycle. Res Life is trying to introduce free laundry systems, so look out for that!
  • Fire Escapes/Bike Storage: You don’t need a bike when your entire campus is a city block.
  • So what’s the printer situation like?



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A view of Broadway from the fifth floor… not too bad

Barnard first-years might not get to choose what dorms they live next year but that doesn’t mean Bwog can’t review them anyway! Today, we’re taking a looks at Brooks Hall, Sulz’s hotter (in every sense of the word) neighbor.

Location: 116th St & Broadway

  • Nearby dorms: The rest of the dorms in the Quad (Sulz, Reid, and Hewitt), Elliott, the 600s, Schapiro, Furnald
  • Stores and restaurants: Morton Williams, Pret A Manger, Sweetgreen, Starbucks, UPS, and generally everything else directly surrounding Barnard’s campus.

Cost: Barnard hasn’t yet released prices for first-year housing for the 2018-19 school year, but all multiple-occupancy dorms were $9,510 for the 2017-18 school year.


  • Bathrooms: One per floor, with two showers, two sinks, and two toilets each. The bathrooms on floors 3, 5, and 7 are gender-inclusive, while the ones on floors 4, 6, and 8 are women only. All bathrooms are cleaned daily by Facilities.
  • AC/Heating: There’s heating, but no AC. The heating will make rooms feel extremely hot even during the winter, but the windows are big enough to let cool air in when you need it.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: There are no kitchens in Brooks, but each floor has a kitchen and lounge in Sulz that all residents of the Quad can use, fully equipped with a microwave, stove, oven, and sink. The first floor of Brooks has a study lounge with a more leisurely piano lounge connected to it.
  • Laundry: Each floor has one washer and two dryers, but there are more washers and dryers in Sulz, which all residents of the Quad can use. Laundry is $1.25 for each wash or dry, and laundry cards can be bought and refilled in the lobby of Sulz.
  • Fire Escapes: None.
  • Gym: None, but the Barnard Fitness Center is located nearby in the basement of Barnard Hall.
  • Bike Storage: None, but there’s a Citi Bike station nearby.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators between Brooks and Reid, and two elevators in Sulz. The Brooks/Reid elevators are slower than the Sulz elevators, and you’d be better off taking the stairs down if you’re trying to take the elevator around class time.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: All floors in rooms have linoleum tiles, while the hallways are carpet.

What do the rooms look like though?



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As prospies narrow down their preferences for where to live next year, Bwog is continuing our housing review series with all first-year dorms. First up is Carman, unarguably the littest of the group; cramped Carman suite parties are the epitome of the freshman NSOP experience. If you’re the life of the party, you can’t go wrong with this dorm.

Location: 114th and Broadway

  • Nearby Dorms: McBain, Frat Row, Nuss, Watt, John Jay, Furnald, Hartley, Wallach
  • Stores and Restaurants: Ferris, Milano’s, Nussbaum and Wu, Cafe East, Shake Shack, Sweetgreen, Morton Williams, Junzi, Starbucks, Pret, Haagen Daz, International Wines & Spirits

Cost: the cost of housing for freshmen is the standard $8,412


  • Bathrooms: Semi-private, 4 to a bathroom; cleaned once a week, have two sinks, a toilet, and a shower.
  • AC/Heating: AC and heating in every room; manually controlled. On the renovated floors you can even set the exact degree you want the room to be at.
  • Lounges: Large basement lounge as well as lounges on each of the floors. The renovated lounges are huge and equipped with nice TV’s; unrenovated floors have small lounges at the end of the hall with smaller/less nice TV’s and chairs.
  • Kitchen: Small kitchen in the basement.
  • Laundry: Free laundry room in the basement with 15 washers and 15 dryers (prime hookup spot on late nights, if you’re feeling risky).
  • Fire Escapes: Ha, no
  • Bike Storage: Nope
  • Computers/Printers: Computer room with two printers and four desktops on the first floor
  • Gym: Small gym in the basement equipped with 4 treadmills and 2 ellipticals. Perfect for those of you eager to work out but (ironically) too lazy to go to Dodge.
  • Intra-transportation: Two pretty high speed main elevators as well as a relatively slow elevator at the end of the halls.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Carpeted hallways, linoleum tile floors in unrenovated rooms, hardwood floors in renovated rooms
  • Wifi: the usual Columbia wifi

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