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Jan

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Snitzer sandwiched between a bubbling friendship

On Wednesday, Barnard’s Diana Event Oval hosted the women behind some of the most iconic visuals and sounds of last years Women’s March. Bwogger and Bwog photographer (Bwotographer?) Aliya Schneider attended the event and got the scoop on what it means to be a modern-day artist-activist.

Joan Snitzer (Co-Chair and Director of Visual Arts, Art History Senior Lecturer) sat between two ambitious and creative women with an undeniably inspiring friendship in the Diana Event Oval on Wednesday night. Krista Suh (BC ’09) is the founder of the Women’s March “pussy hat” project, and the first person with whom she shared her idea was her best friend MILCK, who wrote the song that became the anthem for the Women’s March last year. Suh said that she was the friend watching MILCK perform in hotel lobbies and knew she was “way too good for this.”

MILCK’s original idea was to ask people if her group of singers could sing to them, but Suh pushed her to sing out at the march. “Krista helped me think bigger than I could at the time,” MILK said, talking about how the two women egg each other on. Suh recounted a “Prankster” group that used to have a presence on campus, who would sing out of the blue during finals week in Butler. She found the interruption inspiring, and added that inspiration can come from anybody, including those in Butler library.

Learn about pussy hats and not keeping quiet (with a photo gallery!) after the jump.

Dec

15

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After we found a fly in the fruit salad, we don’t know why you’d even want to swipe in.

Ferris has tried taking measures in the past to prevent people from sneaking in, but now they’re cracking down. Ferris recently instilled a new process in which students must sign out with the desk attendant in order to leave and sign back in to re-enter instead of just leaving their IDs at the front desk.

After typing up a rant, which you can read below, I decided to reach out to Columbia Dining about the new, what I called, policy, and this was the statement I was given on behalf of Columbia Dining:

There is no change to the policy. Students can still leave and return to Ferris during the same meal period. The process has been adjusted to reduce the risk of losing IDs and make the process more efficient for the staff at the register. Rather than leave their ID if they intend to return, a student simply signs a log at the register.

As this new process logistically makes sense, when I was at Ferris today, it was not executed so simply. The commotion of the desk attendant tracking students down who were unaware of the process-change held up the growing line of people trying to swipe in.

Read the rant below

Dec

10

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Bwogger Aliya Schneider pulled double duty this weekend and also reviewed and photographed Latenite’s Fall Anthology. It’s basically seven plays in one, so get your septuple dose of theatre below!

I was originally planning on going to the Latenite Fall 2017 Anthology 11 pm show, but it was highly recommended that I go to the 8 pm show instead. This was my first time actually seeing Latenite, and from what I had heard, I had expected it to be a confusing mess of people running around holding random objects. I was impressively engaged the whole time, and it all (mostly) made sense. (Not sure what that’s saying about me.) I actually almost came back for the 11 pm prank show, but after begging friends who decided it would be more fun for the actors than the audience, I stayed at West End eating french fries. I actually regret not coming back for the 11 pm show.

If you get anything from this review, it’s that the actors in Latenite had it together. I honestly thought that people who did Latenite didn’t take it seriously. Whether this is the case or not, they sure seemed to. How all the actors consistently stayed in character despite their ridiculous roles? I’m not sure. Maybe they’re just ridiculous people. I dig it.

My friend Benjy Sachs who copped a “Reserved for Bwog” seat next to me described the show as an “hour-long theatrical debacle fest [that was] entertaining and delightfully uncanny.” Honestly, the whole show was a sigh of relief that Columbia students know how to have fun and just let go. The Anthology was broken into seven pieces. Here’s what you missed:

What did you miss? Click to find out (and see our awesome photo gallery)!

Dec

10

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There are so many performances on campus in the lead-up to finals that it can be hard to keep track of them all. Bwog is here to give you hand; we sent Bwogger Aliya Schneider to photograph (and eventually review) Orchesis’ semesterly show, because chances are you have at least one friend in it who will want to talk to you about it.

I love Orchesis’ presence on campus. They make an obvious effort to include anyone who wants to be a part of their community. They accept everyone who auditions, so the show consists of dancers from a range of experiences, yet every dance was impressive and interesting. Due to the inclusive nature of the club, some of the dances were huge, so you may expect them to drag on and look like a jumbled mess. But they didn’t. It worked. It worked really well.

Orchesis’ semesterly shows are always spins off of the word “Orchesis”. In the past they’ve done “Work Work Work Work Workesis” and “1, 2, 3, Fourchesis.” This year, the theme was “Love is an Open Door-hesis”. Some may roll their eyes at how hard the group tries to make puns with the name, but I find it endearing. The theme is picked after the pieces for the show are chosen, so the pieces don’t necessarily match the theme. To tie in the theme, dancers volunteer to stage interludes throughout the show. So in between serious dances with professional-looking costumes, dancers came on stage wearing t shirts and even a onesie, dancing to Frozen songs. Some interludes were impressively choreographed, others a bit messy. They were all fun. Some of the dancers seemed to take the interludes seriously, while others took it more as a joke. The interludes clash with the professional nature of the rest of the show, but it still works. It’s a tradition, and keeps things light. The dancers clearly have fun with them, which makes them interesting to watch.

See photos and find out more about the show!

Nov

30

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Columbia is one of the most sleep deprived schools, so no wonder people are falling asleep everywhere. When, on her way back to campus after Thanksgiving, staff writer Aliya Schneider heard someone snoring behind her on the train, she was inspired to compile this ranking of the worst places on campus (ordered from best to absolute worst). What’s the worse place you’ve slept on campus?

Find a place to sleep that isn’t on this list, unlike this poor Butler soul.

10. The Lawn
Con: Everyone can see you. Everyone can take snapchats of you. If you’re in a hammock, people call you extra. If you’re cuddling with someone, people tell you to get a room. Maybe a bird poops on you. Your professor sees you. Your Columbia Crush sees your drool. You wouldn’t know what happened, because you were asleep.
Pro: You finally left Butler and got some fresh air.

9. The Floor In Front Of Cafe East
Con: It’s random as hell, which makes you super noticeable.
Pro: Not many other people sleep here, and if you’re in the corner, you’re out of the way. No one will step on you unless you’re blocking an outlet or trash can.

8. Butler
Con: You’re bothering everyone with your snoring, you’re taking up space that people who actually want to study could use, you’re contributing to the stress culture and weird atmosphere in Butler, you need to leave and go to bed, or go get some fresh air and sleep on the lawn.
Pro: You’re showing your commitment to this fine institution and the art of learning by making our beautiful library your home. Butler is open all night so you could save on city housing costs by never leaving.

The worst seven places ahead…

Nov

2

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CU Reslife deceptively depicting the EC lobby as peaceful.

We were all jealous of the renovated Carman dorm rooms…but was it warranted? After one room’s ceiling fell in, they were relocated to another coveted Columbia housing option – East Campus. Bwogger Aliya Schneider investigated the move and the freshmen’s reactions.  

I didn’t think freshmen could live in EC, but two weeks into the semester, two Carman roommates’ room aesthetic changed beyond their control. They noticed something odd and brown on their ceiling. No, it wasn’t from shotgunning getting out of hand. Something was wrong with their renovated Carman double.

“We called Hartley Hospitality multiple times. We also sent a couple e-mails complaining about the brown stain and the odor it gave off, but they didn’t do much,” one of the roommates told Bwog. “It took multiple calls for them to actually come check out the stain. They fixed it, but that same night, the stain came back and became worse than ever.”

The freshman source told me that as the brown stain returned, it eventually dried up. Despite the frequent calls, hospitality was unresponsive until the roommates marched to Hartley Hospitality in person to show them photo evidence of the extent to which the brown stain had developed a new texture. Unable to ignore the aggravated freshmen, hospitality decided to provide temporary housing for them in EC, assuring them that their Carman ceiling would be fixed within a week. That night, the plaster on the ceiling fell off, deteriorating the ceiling of the renovated Carman double, making the hopes of a quick return diminish.

What happened next?

Oct

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In case you’ve been living under a rock or deactivated your Facebook after your relatives started commenting on all of your Photo Booth selfies from middle school, Columbia Crushes is the recent craze on campus, potentially replacing Columbia Buy Sell Memes as prime procrastination material. Earlier in the month, Bwogger Jenny Zhu and I looked into the inner workings of the popular page, currently being scrolled through by the people sitting around me in Butler, seeing what posts their friends tagged them in.

Columbia Crushes posted a request the other day that a guy, preferably tall or of medium height, comes to the math building to meet up. The anonymous submitter claimed that they would be there at 6:30pm in a red sweater.

What happened next?.

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