Written by Bwog Staff
I don’t even think it bears repeating, but let’s just say that this weekend was weird. Like, weird. Random, drunk, and weird. Check out this weekend’s field notes.
Spur of the moment:
Alcohol is weird:
Photo of adult hell via Premier Outlet.
Written by Bella Tincher
Midterms are here, so why not check out a new library? New staff writer Bella Tincher continues our library review series with the Mathematics Library.
Location: Math Building 303
Hours: Monday- Thursday, 9 am to 11 pm
Friday, 9 am to 7 pm
Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm
Sunday, 11 am to 10 pm
Contact: (212) 854-4712
Written by Nadra Rahman
For once, reporters weren’t the only audience members in the room—join Bwogger Nadra Rahman in the Satow Room, where CCSC got a little heated last night.
Last night’s meeting of the Columbia College Student Council (CCSC) was “the most populated student council meeting” seen by USenator Jay Rappaport in two years—for once, the audience seats were packed. The audience was mostly motivated by the proposal that CCSC co-sponsor Israeli Apartheid Week at Columbia (described by its organizers as “a week of programming meant to educate about Palestine, its history and struggles, as well as how it intersects with other indigenous struggles around the world”). The audience, which included members of Columbia/Barnard Hillel and Aryeh, were against any CCSC involvement in the controversial event series. The other main event of the night was the brief question and answer session with Deantini and Dean Kromm, which addressed the usual themes: student wellness and space.
“Zionists are Racist” or “Complete Content Neutrality”?
Columbia University Apartheid Divest (CUAD) had asked CCSC to cosponsor Israeli Apartheid Week, which is to take place from Monday, February 27 to Friday, March 3. This cosponsorship could be nominal only or financial ($10-30) and could be for the entire week or a single event.
Written by Leo Bevilacqua
Besides the demonstration that will take place on Low Plaza between 11 am to 4 pm, a few events will be happening every day this week relating to Israel and Palestine. Check them out to hear the voices of Columbia students and prominent activists on both sides of the issue.
Photo via Wikipedia.
Written by Bwog Staff
Good morning, Columbia! Only two more weeks until Spring Break! We can do it! Just keep pushing on!
Happening in the nation: In case you didn’t notice, the Oscars were last night… And there was one hell of a Steve Harvey moment. Faye Dunaway and Warren Beatty got caught in an envelope mix-up and accidentally announced La La Land as Best Picture, when the real winner was Moonlight. A day that will live in infamy.
Happening in NYC: If you’re anything like me, you spent this beautiful weekend looking to get cocktails and grub from everyone’s favorite upper west side joint, Jacob’s Pickles. But alas! A fire on Saturday in the apartment buildings above has left Jacob’s Pickles closed indefinitely for repairs. I know, I know, we’re heartbroken too.
Happening on campus: Tonight, Columbia University Women in Law and Politics is hosting New York City Councilman Corey Johnson for a discussion on minority rights under the Trump administration. They’ll be in Lerner 569 tonight from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.
Overseen/Overheard: We found a little ode to the Bwog Slackbot on Saturday night at Beta on the DJ table.
Unexpected Party Playlist: Looking to shake up your go-to party playlist? No worries, Bwog is here with some suggestions. Check out these unexpected party classics that will get your pregame rockin’ at a whole new level.
Photo via me.
Written by Ross Chapman
If you haven’t heard, this year is the inaugural Ivy League Basketball Tournament, in which four teams will compete in a bracket to determine who will represent the Ivy League in the NCAA tournament. Since the regular season now has a responsibility to assign the top four seeds, instead of just the top one, there are a lot of new tiebreaker scenarios which the Ivy League has to keep track of, especially on the men’s side.
Some of these edge scenarios are downright terrifying.
This morning, the @Ivy_Basketball Twitter account clarified a ruling on tiebreaker rules, sending the league’s team of analysts into a frenzy. Basically, the tweet says that one parameter for breaking ties, the tied teams’ records against other Ivy teams, will refer not just to teams in the tournament, but all eight teams in the league. However, most statistical models were imagining that only the teams who made it into the tournament would matter, so those models became wrong. The league’s tiebreaker incompetence, for its devoted followers, is nothing new.
Here are the rules, per the Ivy League, on who wins a tiebreaker if, for instance, Penn and Columbia end the season tied at 6-8:
This new ruling opens up some outs for Columbia. Because of Columbia’s weak out-of-conference performance, they don’t stand a chance to win Tiebreaker 3. But there are scenarios in which Columbia can make the 4-seed, or even the 3-seed, thanks to the new rules. For instance, if the Lions and Penn Quakers both go 2-0 next weekend, and the Yale Bulldogs secure the 3-seed, then Columbia can make the tournament with a Brown win against Cornell. (If you don’t trust me, I encourage you to check out my horrifyingly complex (and poorly formatted) chart of how every scenario works out.)
Here are the basic playoff scenarios that matter to Columbia. For playoff odds not accounting for slightly undefined edge cases, refer to @YaleSportsGroup’s odds:
tl;dr – Neither Columbia nor Penn truly control their own destiny. Columbia should try to win, obviously. Beyond that, they want Yale and Penn to lose, they want Brown to beat Cornell, and they want Dartmouth to do well.
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.
Written by Amara Banks
In the interest of contrasting her industrial-modern experience from the other day, Bwog Bagel Amara Banks visited The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary. Below are some useful stats as well as her opinion of the library.
Location: 3041 Broadway, New York, NY, 10027. Right on the corner of 121st and Broadway
Hours: Typically 9am-10pm on weekdays; 10am-5pm on Saturdays; 2pm-10pm on Sundays; check the full schedule here
Contact: (212) 851-5606; [email protected]; Twitter @BurkeLibraryUTS
Seats: ~200 seats total, ~20 computers, 20 comfy chairs, 0 seats for talking
The Oscars are important, yes. But, not as important as Bwog, amirite? Who needs the red carpet when you can stomp the zigzagging ramps of Lerner to 505 and meet all the A-listed, definitely-relevant superstars that are Bwog staffers?
Come to Lerner 505 at 7 pm tonight, wear a Valentino full gown, Paul Smith tuxedo or a Givenchy potato sack, and, most importantly, bring your pitches!
Happening in the world: Long Zhengyang, former assistant chief editor of the Hong Kong Commercial Daily revealed that he was “persecuted” for being supportive of the pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. (BBC)
Happening in the city (or the state): Rockland County sheriff’s bomb squad removed 2 WWII-era grenades from Tappan Zee Manor Nursing Home. (NBC New York)
Happening on campus: Taiwanese American Student Association and Outreach for Taiwan is holding an interactive workshop on the topic of cross-strait relations under the Trump and Tsai presidencies tomorrow at 2:00 pm in Lerner Broadway Room.
Overheard: *At 116th bus station* “Yeah, it was a good weekend, I’m just glad I don’t go to school here.” *looked up and realized that she was surrounded by Columbia students* “Sorry…”
photo via NBC New York
Written by Nadra Rahman
Jerome Greene Hall, as usual, was the place to be yesterday afternoon. The place was packed with both senators and literary references, which was the perfect mix for Bwogger Nadra Rahman.
February’s University Senate session was brief, centering mostly on faculty initiatives and concerns. While the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) updated the Senate on student space and mental health initiatives, no new proposals were introduced on their end. The star of the event had to be the letter written by Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) co-Chairs Robert Pollack and Letty Moss-Salentijn, in response to PrezBo’s email on President Trump’s refugee and immigration policy.
“We Know No One at Columbia Who Is Not Upset”
PrezBo’s letter, sent on 1:00 am on January 29, positions the University as a defender of core American values, and in particular, of students affected by the so-called Muslim Ban: “It is also true that the University, as an institution in the society, must step forward to object when policies and state action conflict with its fundamental values, and especially when they bespeak purposes and a mentality that are at odds with our basic mission.” He added, “We have learned that generalized fears of threats to our security do not justify exceptions to our founding ideals.”
In response to these sentiments, Pollack and Moss-Salentijn crafted a letter “from the heart,” which was endorsed unanimously by FAC last month. The letter begins with references to 1984 and Fahrenheit 451 (of course), but eventually meanders to the thesis, which is that faculty members need space to assuage their anxieties and to express themselves in this uncertain political climate:
Written by Finn Klauber
Although he doesn’t often go to arts events, Internal Editor and Late Nite Extraordinaire Finn Klauber last night tried his hand out going to a “real” arts event. Although he had only been to Barnard four or five times in recent memory, he found his way to Sulzberger Parlour and the symphonic recital that was awaiting him in that lacquered and effeminate den.
Up until the minute I entered Sulzberger Parlour in Barnard Hall, I had no idea what exactly a “heteronormative to homoextraordinary recital” would actually consist of. The event description seem to just be a smattering of artistic buzzwords interspaced between the names and works of Romantic composers and poets—for all I knew, of course. Entering Sulz Parlour didn’t help to orient me in any way, unfortunately, as the patterned walls illustrated with decorous songbirds, the pseudo-realistic portraits of Barnard presidents, and the Gilded Age furniture all clashed with the modern femininity which Barnard so effortlessly projects.
As I silently pondered whether a broken grandfather clock being placed directly in the cold stare of portrait-Debora Spar were some sort of political statement, the star of the evening, Brenda Patterson, began her introduction. Patterson, an acclaimed mezzo-soprano opera singer and alumna of Juilliard and Barnard, was to perform three different cycles of music: an adaptation of Schumann’s “A Woman’s Love & Life,” with new lyrical poetry adapted from Emily Moore, a performance of a selection from Berlioz and Gautier’s Les Nuits d’Eté, and a new performance of a selection from American songwriter Ricky Ian Gordon.
Staff Writer Timmy Wu reviews Zuo Jie, one of the Chinese food trucks on Broadway, just outside of College Walk.
For most of the Southeastern/East Asian student population, the Chinese/Thai Food Cart and M2M on Broadway are both indispensable parts of their college life in Morningside Heights. Of course, there is a multitude of authentic and wonderful eateries in K-Town, Chinatown, and Flushing, but amidst the already-cumbersome school work, there really isn’t any reasonable justification to spend four hours to-and-fro for a sudden bout of gastronomical gratification. This is where Chinese Food Cart comes into the picture. Being 7000 miles or so away from home, these food carts are temporal portals through which thousands of soy-sauce-acquainted taste buds may taste their homeland and find solace. However, do these food trucks live up to their 7-dollar-a-banton responsibility?
I will admit that the weather yesterday was so nice that it felt like a treat, rather than a nuisance, to be standing in line for 15 minutes for the Zou Jie (左記）food cart. Being a significantly smaller cart than, say, the Luo Yang Uncle (洛陽大叔) Food Cart, the owners of Zuo Jie have to compromise their efficiency. Their workstation seems rather awkward but not without a system of their own. As I saw the couple (I presume) crossing over or interlacing with each other every 20 seconds, I couldn’t help but pry: “How long have you been here?” “Three years,” the wife reluctantly answered after a few moments of gauging my intention. I wondered what it would be like to work skin-to-skin in, essentially, a metallic box about the size of one-and-a-half bathroom stalls. More importantly, how does that kind of experience factor into Zuo Jie’s flavors?
Written by Youngweon Lee
We love NYU, and we think they’re great, but sometimes our NYU friends like to remind us that we live in an area of town where you can find half of the school’s population in exactly 2 bars on a Saturday night, while they’re downtown roaming around Greenwich Village. (At least my NYU friends do. Is this just a me phenomenon?) I was curious to see if NYU students really have more fun than us, so I asked a few real-life NYU students what they do on a typical Saturday night, and actually spent last Saturday night with a few of them.
First, here’s how last Saturday night went. I took an Uber to West Village with my friend, got my left frontal helix pierced at a tattoo shop on Bleecker Street, and sat in a dorm room in University Hall drinking beer, gin, and tequila and watching basketball with a few boys. Then we met up with their friends and PAID to get into Bar 13 ($5 for girls, $10 for boys: sexism at work?), and left almost immediately because it was very unlit. We stopped by Duane Reade to get a 12-pack of beer, then finished them off on our walk to The Jane. There was a line around the corner, and the NYU friends told my friend and me that it would be worth it, but I was skeptical. When we finally made it to the front, our fakes got denied, and we were asked to leave the building. We Ubered back to West Village? Greenwich Village? and went to some sweaty bar called Pourhouse, which was pretty much exactly like an EC party except bigger than an EC suite, and you had to pay (a lot) for drinks. I lost everyone when I went to the bathroom, so I walked to my friend’s dorm and crashed there.
Tags: i've been hanging around lipton hall a lot in the past 2 months and literally people just pregame in the dorm and go to pourhouse or durdens, investigative journalism, nyu kids have a lot more options than us but they dont really take advantage, nyu nightlife, shoutout to the jane for being the only place to have ever turned down my fake (so far), the friend i crashed with that night and his friends always seem to just go to pourhouse or durdens, the friend i crashed with that night lives in lipton hall lmao, y$
Written by Gowan Moïse
New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.
Saturday, February 25th
Thursday, March 2nd
Shakespeare via Philip Chetwinde
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