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Hopefully the women’s squash team is this chipper on Sunday.

You may not understand sports, but Bwog thankfully has someone who can. Sports Editor Abby Rubel is here with the DL on Columbia Athletics. 

Women’s squash: Women’s squash, currently ranked sixth nationally, will head to Harvard on Friday for Nationals (officially “The Howe Cup”). The Lions will face third-ranked Trinity first at 1:30 pm, which will determine whether they head for the semi-finals or the consolation bracket and whether they face the winner or the loser of the Princeton-Penn match. In their five matchups, Columbia has never beaten Trinity, including a 9-0 loss in January.

Lacrosse: The Lions will play their season opener against nationally-ranked Navy on Saturday at 11:00 am in Annapolis. Last season, they tied for fifth in the Ivy League with a 2-5 conference record and a 7-8 record overall. Princeton, Penn, and Cornell dominated the league—tying for first with a 6-1 conference record. Princeton came out on top at the Ivy League Tournament and is favored to win again according to an poll; Columbia was ranked sixth. The Lions will have to improve significantly to be competitive this season, and it all starts on Saturday.

Basketball: Columbia basketball has a busy weekend with two double headers. On Friday, both teams face Penn, with the women’s game at 4:00 pm and the men’s game at 7:00 pm. On Saturday, it’s the same schedule against Princeton. Because neither team is doing well (the women are 1-7 Ivy, the men 2-5) and the Ivy calendar is coming to an end, they’re running out of time to redeem themselves. They probably won’t, but at least you’ll get to see Camille Zimmerman and Mike Smith do their thing.

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Let him live.

Every time I tell people I like to study in the Lerner piano lounge, I get a response that sounds something like “but how could you possibly study while people are playing the piano?” Obviously, if you want a totally silent study space, the piano lounge is not for you. But I don’t understand why the music-loving souls who just want to practice the piano get so much hate.

When I’m three hours into a marathon study session, it warms my heart to see people who aren’t miserable doing something they enjoy. It reminds me that there’s a world beyond whatever test I’m cramming for. Even if the pianist isn’t particularly talented, plays the same six bars of music for an hour straight, or is just practicing scales, I still appreciate that they’re spending time on one of their interests instead of steeping themselves even more fully in stress culture.

Plus, I find it adds some nice, generic background music to my studying. There aren’t distracting words, and it’s easy enough to tune out if I really need to do that. But when I’m trying to memorize the seven main primate feeding profiles, some classical music is pleasant to have in the background. As much as I love the How To Train Your Dragon soundtrack, sometimes it’s nice to listen to music that I didn’t have to pick.

I get it—not everyone is a fan of the piano. But I hardly thinks that gives one the right to hate on people who are finding some escape, however brief, from whatever’s weighing on their mind. There aren’t that many pianos on campus, so let them play the piano in peace.

And if it bothers you that much but you absolutely have to be in the piano lounge, put in some earbuds for crying out loud. Even a pretty low volume is enough to block them out.

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Sports Editor Abby Rubel brings you the athletics events to keep your eye on this weekend.

Women’s Basketball: The Lions will take on Yale on Friday and Brown on Saturday. Both games will be held in Levien at 7:00 pm—Columbia’s first home games since losing to Cornell at the beginning of the Ivy season. Senior Camille Zimmerman has been dominating this season, leading the Ivy League in points per game, field goals made, and rebounds, to name a few. Unfortunately, the team has only won one Ivy game this season, but Zimmerman is always a pleasure to watch.

Fencing: Columbia’s fencing team will go to the Ivy League Championships on Saturday. Last year, the men placed first (as they’ve done for the last four years, although all have been shared titles) and the women came in second. This season, the men are 3-1 against Ivy opponents, losing only a tough match to Harvard. And after a disappointing loss against Princeton in last year’s championships, the women are looking to regain their place at the top. They’re also going into this weekend with three Ivy victories, neither of them against Princeton.

Women’s Swimming and Diving: The women’s swimming and diving championships will start on Valentine’s Day and run until next Saturday. After a decisive win over Dartmouth, the Lions will look to improve on an otherwise disappointing 2-5 Ivy season and improve over last year’s sixth place standings.

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This could be you and your future roommate! (If Columbia were this aesthetic.)

You’ve heard of “prompose,” but do you have any idea how to pop the question to the most important person in your life? No, not your spouse, your future roommate. Senior Staffer Abby Rubel has some ideas for you.

  1. Actually propose. Buy a Ring Pop, get down on one knee, and ask them, “Will you be my roommate?” Enjoy the oohs and ahs from people who wish their roommate were that romantic.
  2. Scavenger hunt! Hide letters that say “Roommates?” around campus and give them hints to each location. For example, “Kim and Kanye’s baby” would mean NoCo.
  3. Broach the subject gently. Don’t just come right out and ask, beat around the bush for 15 minutes first.
  4. Explain why you think the two of you would be good roommates. Persuade them that you’re their perfect match.
  5. Fill up their room with balloons that spell out “I think we’d be really good roommates. Want to live together next year?” Be sure to get question mark and period balloons. There’s no excuse for sloppy punctuation.
  6. Complain loudly about your current roommate and hope they get the hint.
  7. Go to JJ’s and pop the question over stale chicken fingers.
  8. Ignore all of the above advice and ask them calmly, “Hey, want to be roommates?”

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You all should be this excited about Columbia sports!

Sports Editor Abby Rubel brings you up-to-date on Columbia Athletics, just in case you slept through the whole weekend after staying up way late on Friday.

Archery: Results have yet to be announced.

Men’s Tennis: Despite missing their star player, Jackie Tang, the men’s tennis team defeated Vanderbilt 4-3, including three straight victories in singles. The team remains undefeated going into another home match next week against Ole Miss.

Women’s Squash: Women’s squash split their matches this weekend, losing to Yale 5-4 but defeating Brown 8-1 the next day. Columbia remains at number 6, now a full game behind Yale. The Bulldogs hung onto their undefeated record against the Lions, but only by the skin of their teeth. The Lions will likely remain competitive next year, as two of Columbia’s four victories came from first-years, including Habiba Mohamed, who’s hard-fought match against Brown was the Lions’ only lost in that match-up.

Honorable mention: Men’s basketball’s nail-biting win 83-76 against Harvard on Friday. Quinton Adlesh had a game-high 20 points, and four other Lions went to double digits. Between Patrick Tape’s spectacular dunks (is he the new Conor Voss?) and Adlesh’s excellent 55% completion rate on three pointers, the Lions came back from a 15-point deficit in the first half to defeat the Crimson. The lead only changed once—once the Lions came back, they dominated. They also defeated Dartmouth on Saturday 77-74.

Track and Field: women came in third, men came in fifth at the Metropolitan Championships in Staten Island
Women’s Tennis: won 5-2 away against Penn State
Women’s Basketball: lost 85-67 at Harvard, lost 88-65 at Dartmouth
Men’s Swimming and Diving: won 162-134 against Dartmouth
Wrestling: lost 35-5 at Cornell
Men’s Squash: won 6-3 at Yale, won 8-1 at Brown
Women’s Swimming and Diving: won 175-114 against Dartmouth

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It would take about 15 cups of coffee to make me that peppy

Sports Editor Abby Rubel brings you the athletics events to keep your eye on this weekend.

Archery: Archery’s first tournament of the season is this Saturday in New Jersey at the Eastern Seaboard Championship. Last year, the team took first place nationally in both recurve and compound bow competitions. And only two players graduated, so this year’s team is bound to be just as competitive.

Men’s Tennis: Last weekend, the men’s tennis team defeated two teams in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association Kick-Off Weekend to ensure that they’d advance to the ITA National Indoor Championships. But those are still two weeks away, so in the meantime the Lions will take on Vanderbilt at home this weekend at 1:00 pm. Coming off a three-win streak and currently sitting at number 17 nationally, the Light Blue could easily be a powerful force this season.

Women’s Squash: Women’s squash will face off against Yale on Friday in New Haven at 1:00 pm to try to take Yale’s number five slot—the Lions and the Bulldogs are both at 7-3. Although the program has never beaten Yale, they have some momentum coming off a 8-1 win against George Washington last weekend. The Bulldogs finished last weekend with a 6-3 loss against Stanford, a team Columbia lost to 8-1 earlier in the season. Columbia will finish off its weekend with a match at Brown Saturday at 11:00 am.

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Is anyone else a little weirded out by how short those shorts are?

In case you missed the men’s basketball twitter’s excessive updates, Columbia Athletics will be honoring the 50th anniversary of the 1967-68 team at the game against Dartmouth on Friday. This team, one of the best in Columbia history, finished first in the Ivy League and made to the Sweet Sixteen. Sports Editor Abby Rubel reminds us of how awesome Columbia basketball can be. (A reminder we need in the wake of the team’s one-point loss to Cornell last week.)

Although Columbia finished the 1966-67 season with a mediocre 11-14 overall and 6-8 Ivy, the team was missing three players that would prove crucial to their later success: Dave Newmark at center, out with a wrist injury; and first-years Heyward Dotson and Jim McMillian. (At that time, freshmen played on a separate team.) Going into the 1967-68 season, the coach, Jack Rohan, seemed poised to lead the team to victory.

The Lions started off strong with four wins against Lehigh, CCNY, NYU, and Rutgers. Once they faced an Ivy opponent, however, they lost momentum. The Light Blue lost their first Ivy game of the season against Cornell 74-57 because, simply put, they played badly. Only McMillian and Newmark scored double-digit points, and Dotson only made seven. A Spectator reporter at the time wrote, “The Lions did not play well in defeat and as a result did not come close to victory.”

Columbia then dropped its next two games against Georgetown and Fordham, going to a 4-3 record as the Eastern College Athletics Conference’s Holiday Festival approached. The team would be facing some of the best teams around, including number two Louisville and St. John’s, which also went to the NCAA tournament that season.

Find out how Columbia turned it around after the jump.



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Me trying to reach a pen that’s fallen off my desk.

Too busy being drunk and then too busy nursing your hangover to keep up with Columbia’s sports teams? Sports Editor Abby Rubel has you covered.

Track and Field: The Columbia track teams performed poorly overall in the Columbia Challenge, with the men’s team placing 13th in a field of 16 and the women placing 14th in a field of 17. But there were some outstanding individual performances. On the women’s team, Sydney Petersen came in second in the 500 meter run, just two tenths of a second behind the first place finisher. Columbia also did well in the 1000 meter run, with Katie Wasserman placing third (2:55.11) and Sarah MacDonald coming in fifth (2:55.79). For the men, Josiah Langstaff finished first in the 1000 meter run with a time of 2:23.53 and Daniel Igbokwe set a school record in the triple jump of 15.53 feet, good enough for a second place finish.

Men’s Swimming and Diving: The Lions eked out a 151-149 win over Navy, with the meet coming down to the final event—the 400 meter freestyle relay. Columbia’s team of Kevin Frifeldt, Mark Gullik, Michal Zyla, and Albert Gwo beat Navy’s team by only a tenth of a second with their time of 3:00.51. Still good enough for a victory!

Men’s Squash: The team continued to dominate, winning seven out of nine games against George Washington, but remains number two behind undefeated Trinity. McClain Awalt, Seif Attia, and Adham Madi all had rough days, going to five games each, but Attia and Madi both managed to come out on top.

Men’s Basketball: lost 82-81 at Cornell
Women’s Basketball: won 72-54 at Cornell
Women’s Squash: lost 8-1 against Stanford but won 8-1 against George Washington in New Haven
Men’s Tennis: won 4-1 against Ole Miss and 4-1 over Texas Tech in Charlottesville
Women’s Tennis: won 7-0 against Rhode Island, but lost 5-2 at Syracuse
Women’s Swimming and Diving: won 175-115 at Seton Hall
Wrestling: won 22-17 against Bucknell but lost 21-19 against Lock Haven

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This is how happy rushing Bwog will make you.

Although our regular meetings on Sundays at 9 pm in Lerner 515 are always open, tonight is your last chance to apply to be Arts Editor, a Daily Editor, or a Staff Writer. Applications for all open positions are due tonight at 11:59 pm. 

Applications should be sent to in the form of a Google doc or .PDF document titled “*First Name* App.

  • Application for Arts Editor: Want to help Bwog clean up its arts coverage? Know all about student theater and cool arts events around New York? Apply to be Arts Editor!
  • Application for Daily Editor: Dailies are the backbone of our site. Each Daily runs the website for one day a week and is responsible for posting all content for that day. Bwog loves its Dailies.
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She’s beauty, she’s grace, she’ll kick you in the face.

Sports Editor Abby Rubel brings you the athletics events to keep your eye on this weekend.

Track and Field: Both the men’s and women’s track and field teams will compete at the NYC Armory this weekend–the only meet all season on the island of Manhattan. Student tickets are $10, but this might be your only chance to cheer on these teams this year. (Unless you want to schlep out to Staten Island.) More information here.

Men’s Swimming and Diving: The Lions will take on Navy in an away meet today at 2:00 in their last non-conference meet of the season. Currently ranked at number four thanks to a 3-2 Ivy record and a 6-2 record overall, Columbia is coming off a three win streak and beat Navy by 36 points last year, so the Lions’ prospects are good.

Men’s Squash: Currently ranked nationally at number two, men’s squash will take on number 10 George Washington Sunday at 11:00 am in New Haven. The Lions are 9-1 overall and 3-0 in conference play, with their only loss coming against 9-0 Trinity. While this match-up isn’t a conference game, a win here could cement their national ranking and prevent 8-2 Penn from stealing their spot at the top.

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In these trying times, we need more cute dogs.

Happening In The World: Yesterday, Turkey’s defense minister announced that the Turkish army would begin attacking US-backed Kurdish militias in Afrin, in the north of Syria. These attacks could further destabilize an already war-torn region. (New York Times)

Happening In The US: The federal government has shut down after a temporary solution failed to clear a 60-vote threshold before midnight last night. Congress will reconvene today to try and prevent the shutdown from extending into Monday. (Washington Post)

Happening In NYC: There is a second women’s march today, starting with a rally in Central Park at 11:30 am. About a year ago, 400,000 people marched in protest of Trump and the hateful ideologies he represents. Today’s march seeks to continue that momentum. (Pix 11)

Happening On Campus: Both men’s and women’s basketball will play their conference home openers. Both games will be held in Levien; the women’s at 4:00 pm and the men’s at 7:00 pm.

Overheard: “Chekhov plays are all the same.”

Cute YouTube Video Of The Day: Watch a Golden Retriever compete against a German Shepard in a spaghetti eating contest.

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The men’s and women’s teams will play their first home conference game tomorrow! Sports Editor Abby Rubel gives a preview of the season ahead. Spoiler: prepare for disappointment.

Looks like she’s a GOAT to me.

Men’s basketball (3-12, 0-2 Ivy) ended last season on a bitter note. After winning four of their first six conference games, the Lions had just one victory in the back end of the season to finish at 5-9, good enough for fifth place in the league but just missing qualifying for the post-season tournament. Going into the final week, there was a slim chance the Lions could still have qualified, but a loss to Yale and a Penn victory over Harvard precluded any tie-breaking scenarios.

So far this season, the Lions have continued their poor performance, going 3-10 in non-conference play compared to 6-7 last season and losing to three teams the team had previously defeated. But seven of these losses were by 10 or fewer points, which could indicate that the Lions have just been experiencing a streak of bad luck. (Although this is unlikely given how prevalent the problem is.) More promisingly, the Light Blue opened their season with a valiant performance against powerhouse Villanova, proving that they’re better than the play we’ve seen from them recently.

Tomorrow’s game against Cornell will be the Lions’ third conference game, following losses to both Princeton and Penn last weekend. Neither of these losses are necessarily surprising. Princeton was undefeated last season (though they did lose three key seniors). Columbia split against Penn last season, but the Quakers went 9-5 in non-conference play this season, perhaps thanks to their older team.

More basketball after the jump.



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For some reason, professors insist on giving us paper copies of the syllabus even when it’s available online. Senior staffer Abby Rubel has some ideas for what to do with the extra paper.

At least your desk won’t be this cluttered (probably).

  1. Burn it to stay warm. Our radiators are hot, but not hot enough to keep us warm in this weather. Use your extra syllabi to compensate.
  2. Learn origami. If you have enough paper to cut it into 1,000 pieces of paper, fold cranes! Then wish to pass all your classes because you wasted all the time you could have spent studying folding little bits of paper into bird-like shapes.
  3. Display them on your wall. Nothing says home sweet home like a wall reminding you how much reading you have.
  4. Use them as wrapping paper. Hey, it’s expensive, and you’re probably still behind on your holiday gift-giving. If it’s a small gift, an 8 ½ x 11 piece of paper will do just fine.
  5. Recycle!
  6. Let them sit in your backpack until they inevitably become crumpled and unreadable, then finally recycle them when you get home for the summer. It’s the ultimate in procrastination.

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Legend has it that Columbia’s lawns are always green because of the fees the school charges to any company that wants to film there. Truth or urban legend? You decide!

These lawns are green… perhaps too green…

Gossip Girl: Nate, Serena, and Blair all end up at Columbia, shown via exterior shots. Not sure why any of them thought Columbia was fabulous enough to hold them, but I would be a lot more likely to go to class if a Chace Crawford look-alike were there.

Spiderman: Shots of Columbia feature in all three Tobey Maguire–era Spiderman movies. Unlike the stunningly attractive Nate, Serena, and Blair, Peter Parker would blend in perfectly with the Columbia student body. He’d be that guy you stared at in lecture, wondering if he was actually cute or just a little weird-looking.

Mistress America: This film about a Barnard student and starring Greta Gerwig (BC ’06) features scenes in the Quad, the Diana, and Hewitt dining hall, among other Barnard locations. While it briefly touches on the Barnumbia relationship, it doesn’t seem to understand it any more than we do.

How I Met Your Mother: For three seasons, Ted is an architecture professor at Columbia. Like most films and shows on this list, the exterior shots are genuine Columbia, but the interior shots are not. The fictional students are actually fairly Columbia-esque, abandoning his class to protest.

Ghostbusters (1984): The famous trio of Peter Venkman, Ray Stantz, and Egon Spengler are originally Columbia professors before they get fired and pursue their true calling. While no Columbia buildings are mentioned by name, “Weaver Hall” is actually Havemeyer wearing a really lazy disguise. (They just changed a plaque.)

Ghostbusters (2016): In a nod to the original, Erin Gilbert is also a disgraced Columbia professor, and there are some exterior shots of Columbia. As soon as they show an interior shot of “Columbia,” the illusion is broken—her office is way too clean.

Kill Your Darlings: A story about one of Columbia’s most famous and least-acknowledged alumni, Allen Ginsberg, Kill Your Darlings has exterior shots of Columbia galore. The palatial interiors, which are intended to be Columbia circa the 1940s are a far cry from John Jay as it currently stands. And a scene in which Ginsberg and others replace rare books on display in the library with pornographic ones could never actually happen at Columbia today—students studying in Butler would shush them for being too boisterous.

Simon (1980): This little-known movie stars Alan Arkin (of Argo and Little Miss Sunshine) as Simon, a Columbia professor who is brainwashed by the Institute for Advanced Concepts into thinking he’s an alien being who has to improve the world. The movie’s best scene takes place in 309 Havemeyer. Simon is in the midst of an inspiring lecture on the necessity of creative thinking when one of the few students raises her hand and asks, “Is this going to be on the final?” Same girl, same.

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With just two games left in the non-conference schedule, men’s basketball has been disappointing fans left and right. Staff writer Abby Rubel analyzes what they can do to improve over winter break. 

We miss you, Conor!

There are few things more frustrating for a Columbia men’s basketball fan than watching Quinton Adlesh steal the ball, make a fast break down the court, and flub the layup. When the Lions lose the game by a narrow margin, you find yourself wondering if that layup could have made the difference or if it was just bad luck.

The Lions have certainly been experiencing their share of bad luck this season. As they wind up their non-conference schedule, the Lions stand at 1-9. Two of this season’s losses, against Stony Brook and Quinnipiac, were victories by more than 10 points last year.

Their dismal record is partly a result of a tougher schedule. Matches against undefeated Villanova and 8-3 Penn State came early as part of a seven-game stretch on the road. Despite that, the Lions are performing at basically the same offensive level as last season. Last year, they produced an average of 71.9 points per game; so far this season they’ve scored an average of 73.7. Field goal completion varies by a tenth of a percentage point.

Specific areas for improvement after the jump.

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