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Hello my purest love

Only occasionally do I weigh in on the John Jay vs Ferris debate, but today I could not stay silent: John Jay is my jam. While shoving tofu cubes and hot sauce into my mouth during a meal with friends (actually with our dear EIC Youngweon and ESC boi Finn), a glistening blue tower in a corner caught my eye. A fat stack of Dasani water bottles quietly occupied a humble square foot of the back dining room, proving what I honestly already knew: our lovely CU dining staff has been filling the Coke touch-machines with bottled water. It only makes sense—the bright blue water button in the corner is just a digital symbol of its real bright blue presence in the corner of the dining room. What else could they possibly use all of those water bottles for? To hydrate NYC marathon runners? To draw a fine bottled water bubble bath for our fearless leader? To mobilize drinking water? Obviously not. Too many times have I heard people misdirect their praise to the drip of the Catskill/Delaware watershed: “Ah, wow, so refreshing. Isn’t it great that NYC has the best tap water EVER? (!!!)” But I always knew those extra electrolytes weren’t deposited by the fins of upstate fish. The Johnathan Jay Collective (praise for JJ’s too) has been providing us with only the purest, hydrating, best water money could buy. And for that, I thank them, endorse them, and love them.

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RIP Bernheim & Schwartz, former home of senior night.

Goooooood morning, Columbia! Today’s Bwoglines is short and sweet.

Update, 11;35 am: A previous version of this post incorrectly summarized the India Supreme Court’s decision.

Happening around the World: India’s Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality, overturning a colonial-era law. (BBC)

Happening in the US: Have you read this ballsy op-ed from an anon in Trumps admin? (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: The Phluid Project claims to be the worlds first gender free clothing store and it’s awesome. (NY1)

Happening on Campus: Today is Lerner Pub!!!! Get your alcoholic ass and both forms of ID over to Roone Aldridge for some drank!

Overheard: “I mean there should be no debate that you fuck JJ’s—it’s indulgent, hot, and fulfilling.”

This local avoided a hangover after senior night by following one weird trick: don’t go!

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Houses & homes is a summer series in which Bwog highlights the windows of CU students wherever they are. Today’s house and home is brought to you by Alma Bagel Amara Banks. Submit your view and five senses to to be featured!

Edit, 8/20, 3 pm: A previous version of this post mistakenly identified our Bagel’s home as New Jersey when it is, in fact, Battery Park. Apologies to our readers for the confusion and to Amara for thinking she’d have such bad taste.

Where: Further downtown than most Columbia students travel (a.k.a. Battery Park.)

Sight: Everyone’s favorite state in the country, New Jersey.

Water & sky

Sound: Faint Spectrum News from the living room. Someone (probably my brother) going in on his electric toothbrush in the bathroom.

Smell: Vacuumed carpet, bath gel, mother’s perfume.

Touch: Ma fluffy bed :-) Good morning.

Taste: Peanut M&M morning breath. I passed out PMSing with chocolate in my mouth & Clueless on the TV. Gross? Ok.

Photo via Amara



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Welcome, Betsy!

As the snow falls and the days shorten, the end of 2017 nears. With its approach comes the expiry of my tenure as Editor in Chief, which has brought lots of joy into my life since its start last December. I’m sure many of you can relate to the delight I’ve found in my deep investment to this site, as our extracurriculars often supply as much wisdom as our courses. Bringing you all CU’s news, gossip, and free food has been one of the most fulfilling opportunities I’ve had, both as a wee Daily Editor and as Bagel in Chief.

Betsy, this past year’s Managing Editor, will take my place, along with her newly appointed board. I can’t wait for their passion for Bwog to bring us another year of informative and entertaining content.  And of course, who could forget about all of your favorite Daily Editors and Staff Writers? They will also be here next year, bringing you all of your eating-alone-in-Ferris content.

Next semester I’ll be reading from abroad, so you won’t catch me and my candle without shoes on in Ref for a while. But thank you for a good time you guys! Rush Bwog!

Amara Banks



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My Adobe application of choice is Photoshop, not Illustrator, so my creations unfortunately only have a fraction of the beauty you all see above

At my first ever Bwog meeting in 2015, I made a pitch that to this day I have yet to top: campus figures as bowls of water. Shamelessly inspired by a Buzzfeed post someone had sent to me, I thought it would’ve been a perfect fit for this new thing in my life called Bwog. But the board looked at me like I was snorting eraser shavings and told me they’d “think about it” (which usually means slack message each other about wtf just came out this girls mouth). Until last week, I had given up on my pitch and only occasionally referenced to it as a way to encourage new writers to not be ashamed of their seemingly weird/unusual ideas. But then one morning as I did my Insta-toilet scroll, I came across an image on my feed: Disney Princesses as cement mixers. It was as if God himself were telling me not to give up on the pitch that started it all, but this time, better—campus figures as cement mixers.




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“[Knowledge is power] ..and with great power comes great responsibility” – Spider Man/Uncle Ben

With midterms peeling the skin off of our cuticles and the hair out of our scalps, the last thing we need is the AC to blast away any ounce of life left in our tired skins. Regardless of NYC’s weather confusion, facilities has been keeping it at a consistent 65° in our lecture halls and study spaces. Don’t worry; Bwog’s resident shiver has compiled the best places to keep the goosebumps on the geese.

  • Butler 310: This room never exists below 71°. Possibly because of the mezzanine, which allows for twice the amount of computer chargers and human breath.
    • Related: Butler 303: Directly across the hall from its warmer OG, one could come across an occasional 303 heat wave.
    • Also related: Butler 210: Directly below its warmer OG, this room is another toasty target when looking for a place to study.  The lack of a functional mezzanine in this room makes securing a seat to be slightly more difficult than 310, but its dim lights and proximity to Blue Java are worth trying for.
  • Diana 3 Study Room: The carpet, tall windows, and low-square-footage of this room all do their part to remind you of a sauna when you walk in. It’s definitely a nice reminder, but good luck finding a seat. This room is popular and accommodates no more than 30.
  • East Asian Library: While the closest coffee is a humbling trek to Joe, the climate is worth it. This library stays refreshingly warm in the mid 70’s and also has nice mezzanines.
    • Bonus: The views out of these windows are particularly nice when it snows.
    • Bonus again: go down the stairs near the printer to explore the super rare stacks and cozy lounge.
  • Wallach Sky Lounge: I, a frosty Barnard cub, have never been to this lounge before, but am including this because a fellow Bwoggo recommended it!
  • Sulzberger Basement: Any computer lab on campus is a safe bet for t-shirts and tank tops, but I think the heat from this year’s WBAR shows have kept our jackets off of our backs lately.

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my BFF

I left the package center yesterday with a friend who would ordinarily eat me, but actually turned out to be pretty chill. 

Getting a package between classes seems convenient in theory, but always results in being a pain. Why? Because literally everyone else in the Diana thinks that they too can just dash down to the basement and grab their latest Amazon expenditure without it taking a whole ass hour. I play myself every time, making it to the basement moments after everyone else has had the same bright idea. Yesterday was no exception; by the time I got there, the line was snaking around Altschul. My next class was canceled though, so I wasn’t as frustrated as the rest of my line-mates. While they sighed and rubbernecked the afternoon away, I pulled out my headphones for some Toro y Moi.

The line hadn’t moved at all for several minutes, while usually a common expectation for an afternoon in the package center, something seemed off. I took out one headphone and heard it. I couldn’t believe my ears. Could it really be…… on this fine Monday afternoon…….. that there was a GORILLA in the package center? I couldn’t help it– I craned my next to get a view of what was behind the yellow desk. A screaming six-foot-tall cardboard box violently shook back and forth. I almost wanted to believe one of the workers was playing a joke on us, or that the box was alive. But I knew better. There was a gorilla in that box!

A gorilla in the box!



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what UP

Happening Around the World: Currently without power, a failing dam threatens Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. (BBC)

Happening in the US: A 71-year-old man with a raccoon-hunting headlamp was arrested after police discovered 1,700 marijuana plants on his property. (USA Today)

Happening in NYC: The MTA started a program that allows those who are pregnant or disabled to wear a button asking for a seat. It has had some success, but riders for the most part just don’t know about it. (NY Times)

Happening on Campus: The first event for the Andrew W. Mellon Sawyer Seminar in Global Language Justice is tonight from 6pm-9pm. Call the ICLS for more details: 212-854-4541.

Overheard: “I’m going to name my daughter McChicken”



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Neon ceramic and roses

Because Morningside Heights is always busting with cool art events, we often forget that we live in a city that busts even further with art. Just a couple blocks north is the Studio Museum in Harlem, where new Bwogger Zoë and not-new bwogger Amara headed on Thursday night.

While most students make the rounds at the Met or the MoMA for ArtHum or to class up their Instagrams, the Studio Museum of Harlem gets a little less student attention. The museum is free for Columbia students, and also stays open a lot later than other museums – you can check it out until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and Fridays. And it’s on 125th, which is totally walkable from campus (or only a $3 UberPool, which is what we opted for). The current exhibitions are worth seeing, especially Their Own Harlems. A celebration of the centennial of Jacob Lawrence’s birth, the exhibit explores the impact of Harlem on a variety of artists. Some of the art, like Lawrence’s own tempera paintings, date back to the 1950s, but other pieces were created as recently as 2010. All of it drives home a central point too often neglected by Columbia students: that Harlem has long been and continues to be a source of artistic inspiration and cultural resources.
We came to see Their Own Harlems, but ended up checking out the rest of the museum as well.

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I created a secret food Instagram a while back to keep track of the best places to eat in NYC, and also to just feast my eyes on different angles of mac n’ cheese when bored in recitations. After several months of following, realized that a Barnard student was running one of my favorite accounts, @tooomuchfoood. We met up in Diana a few days ago to talk about food, fame, and photography. 

A: Can you tell me about too much food? How did it get started?

M: I created the account itself in 11th grade, but I have always taken a natural interest in photography (I literally take photos of everything). I had a bunch of food pictures and thought, why not just make a food account?

A: You were in high school! That’s pretty cool. Did you eat out a lot?

M: Actually not really. I mean, I’m from New York City, which helped, but I still had like, a curfew, and an allowance, so I couldn’t go out all the time. Probably like once a week. Most of the pictures I took were random things I’d get from like cafes or coffee shops and stuff.

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If you go to this school and identify with this, you should also listen up too

Earthlings! Today is the last day for you to add courses to your schedule. So if you’re taking six and *really* want to just get murked by this institution even more, make sure you add Freedom of Speech and the Press before the day ends. When you later realize seven classes is more than even Alma would condone, you’ll have until October 10 to drop them.



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Fa la la la la

Good, bad, weird, The New York– we all have our preferred times, and which ever one is yours says something about you. While usually we’d go through each one and provide an analysis based on your favorite kind of time, we’re going to cut right to it: good times = free friends, food, fun = Sundays at 9pm = being a daily editor or staff writer for Bwog. We’ve got a strong concentration of humanities majors in our group so the math may not be exact, but so far our calculations have not been wrong. If you like writing about Columbia in any way other than boring, we would love for you to join our geese flock. We need writers and editors; if either of these positions sound delicious to you, send in an application to (follow the position’s respective link to its application). We also are looking for social media and video chickens, as well as cool fancy publishers and techies. Our carriage turns back into a pumpkin at 11:59pm tonight, so make sure your app is in our inboxes before then!

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Not an elbow…

The Office of Government and Community Affairs is putting on a Bone Marrow Drive today to bring awareness to as well as register donors for stem cell donations. Happening on both the Morningside and Medical campuses, students and community members can walk in to either location, fill out a form, swab their cheek, and that’s it! Their marrow-type will remain in a database until a match is found, and from that point the donation process will begin (note that this will not occur today, but later in the future). Anyone in good health between 18 and 44 years old can join the registry. If you have the time and are able to, stop by and swab your cheek! You could really save someone’s life. The drive is happening Today, from 11am-5pm, in the Broadway Room of Lerner (2nd floor) and in the Milstein Lobby, first floor, at the CU Medical Center (177 Fort Washington Avenue). 




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You, a cool cat, after a Bwog meeting filled with grapes and fun

Howdy. Are you interested in GS politics? Do you like student news? Can you fit five grapes in your mouth at once? If you answered yes to one or three of these questions, you should definitely, 100%, without a doubt, join Bwog. We’re looking for a cool cat to cover the weekly GSSC meetings that take place every Tuesday evening. You’ll quickly learn about the college’s interesting history and know what’s up, all the time. You’ll also be in Bwog, which means free food, free friends, and a good time. Come to our first meeting on Sunday, September 10th at 9pm in Lerner 510. See you!!

Neko AtLOVE ME via LadyDeVeyre



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Burgers go to bed at 1am for the Nard :(

Beginning this school year, Columbia changed its dining hours to provide students on meal plans with 24 hour access to campus dining halls. This created a wave of excitement to students across all four colleges, but Barnard’s complicated bureaucracy has brought limitations to students’ access. We began to hear about Barnard students who attempted to eat JJ’s after 11 pm, but were told that they did not have access. After reaching out to media affairs, we were informed a compromise has just been made to allow students into JJ’s until 1am. A statement has been sent to students clarifying the policy; you can read it below.

Dear Students,

In response to some concerns from your classmates, I want to update you on the status of using your meal plan swipe access at JJ’s Place between 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Each year, Barnard (through our agreement with Aramark) and Columbia both make updates to meal programs, largely based on student feedback. Last year, Barnard added JJ’s Place at Columbia as a swipe location, in addition to opening The Diana Center Student Dining Room for dinner swipes.

This year, the College added guest swipes onto meal plans and Columbia decided to make JJ’s Place a 24-hour location. Based on this change, and in order to be consistent with our dining hall’s late night options, access for Barnard students to J.J.’s Place was planned to end at 11 p.m., when The Diana Center’s late night service ends.

However, based on student feedback, we have worked with Columbia to allow swipes to continue to 1 a.m., as they were last year. We continue to welcome your feedback, and encourage you to reach out to your SGA Food Advisory Board representative at so that we can continue to evaluate changes to the meal plan, based on your needs.

We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused, and do feel free to reach out with any questions.


Gail A. Beltrone
Vice President for Campus Services


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