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CU admin is unfair. Prezbo is in there.

CU admin is unfair. Prezbo is in there.

Although the stress from finals seems far from our minds, Orgo Night drama has been relevant as ever. Over winter break, we received a tip that included the text of a resignation email the Head of the New Jersey Alumni Representative Committee (ARC), Kevin Chapman, sent to the rest of the organization. He cited the university’s attempt to terminate Orgo Night as his reason for leaving, calling their decision “wrong-headed” and “one that seems to be an attempt to censor the content of the Band’s performance in direct contravention of the principles of free speech for which Columbia purports to stand.” Chapman ties his frustration back to his role as a member of the ARC, saying that Columbia’s action and methods prevent him from “in good conscience, recommending Columbia to high school seniors as an environment of free expression, intellectual honesty, and open discussion of ideas.” He concludes the email with a call for other members to join him in hopes to invoke change.

Seeing alumni step up in defense of Orgo Night and a fair discussion between The University and The Band is pretty cool. Hopefully, more members of the alumni community will voice their support of the tradition (or at least more transparency) as well.

Edit, as of 10:15 pm: Kevin Chapman is the parent of one of our staff members. This member had no part in writing the post.

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Dec

21

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img_4135Typically, finding a a seat in The Reference Room (also known by its street name “Ref”), can be as challenging as surviving Columbia’s demanding curriculum. However, during finals it’s impossible to secure a seat if you don’t head to Butler before 8 am. I’ve learned a few things after spending more time here than in my actual living quarters, and have figured out exactly what you need to leave at your seat to ensure a random sophomore won’t be there typing their CC paper when you get back.

  1. An open folder: The folder could literally be full of information pamphlets about Butler itself. Doesn’t matter what’s inside; just make sure it’s left open. It will take up more space, and will leave the impression that you’ll be back so soon, you didn’t even think to close the folder.
  2. Multiple open notebooks: Honestly one of those Moleskins is from last semester. But look at how studious I seem with two of them– both open– stacked on top of each other. Give off the impression that you need to be studying here.
  3. A candle: Butler gets stinky during finals so I actually bring a candle for when the people who actually haven’t left the library in days decide to congregate in Ref. But it also looks intimidating– who wants to displace someone who brought a candle? This leaves the impression that you plan on moving in.
  4. A half-eaten snack: Mostly because people don’t like to handle half eaten food and will be less inclined to displace someone who left behind food. Leave off the impression that you’re gross.
  5. Multiple perishable drinks: This is less-so you look gross (read #4) and more-so you look like you’re coming back. No one wants to drink a smoothie/ Naked Juice it it has been sitting for longer than 20 minutes. These have the same effect as the open notebook; it leaves the impression that you’ll be right back.
  6. A Bag: A big, concrete object like a backpack or tote bag signifies that you’re still in the building, or that you can’t be too far, because who can live their life without their bag? This sends a strong impression to Butler dwellers that not only will you be back, but you’re probably nearby and would see them displacing you (a displacer’s worst nightmare tbh). A coat, sweatshirt, or even bra will send off a similar message if you didn’t plan this step out well enough before you packed for your library trip.
  7. Multiple pencil bags: Who has three extra pencil bags and needs all of them while studying? Send off the impression that you’re crazy.
  8. Chapstick: Again, this appeals to the “gross” impression that you’re trying to give off. No one wants to move someone’s chapstick. Plus it’s so small, it could get lost during displacement, so the camper could cause a scene if one of their belongings is missing.
  9. Random bullshit: That’s a walkie talkie. Show people that you’re so desperate to save this seat that you’ll leave a walkie talkie.
  10. Someone else’s mess: Make your camp so large that it spills into that of the person next to you. The displacer won’t know what’s what and will get frustrated and give up. Give the impression that you’re complicated.

Nov

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Which animal would represent the third party?

Which animal would represent the third party?

The idea of a third party is not foreign to the American dream (at least to mine). I’d always thought of how nice another party would be in our country’s political system, especially given the circumstances of the 2016 Presidential Election. Steven Nemerovski is a political scientist who shares my fantasy, and in addition to teaching at SIPA, he founded a website and produces a TV show informing viewers on his solution to the polarization we face today.

After handing out free books and pizza, he began his quick hour-long lecture on why we need a third party in the first place. With public dissatisfaction with the government remarkably high, Nemerovski said most people turn to the following issues as sources of malfunction: poor campaign finance laws, Citizens United, redistricting, and voting laws. Completely focusing on these problems is not the answer, as incumbents become unproductive once they attain their seats. We instead need to focus on developing a third party.

His plan centered around the new party starting small– instead of jumping straight into the presidential election and attempting to run the country, Nemerovski stressed the third party establish itself at the state level. If the party worked toward a simple goal of obtaining five seats, it would acquire a lot of power. “It’s working in New York, just look at Klein,” he said. If the right number of seats can control the legislature, the third party will get the necessary conversations started, granted they pick a practical issue. He used the example of the Illinois budget, as passing that would make meaningful and immediate changes. “If you have meaningful results you will be respected and trusted,” and that is the key to getting a third party off the ground.

An interesting phenomenon he pointed out was the state of the government during the millennial upbringing. For the past 15 years or so, or the totality of time elapsed since we have become aware of our government and developed political opinions, this generation has only been exposed to chaos. “You guys have never seen a government that really works. And it’s about to be handed to you to fix,” he cautioned. “Trillions of dollars in debt and challenges with Supreme Court appointments are issues created by my generation, and you guys are going to fix it.” Perhaps a third party will aid our solution.

Oct

22

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Click image to watch Peter on MSNBC

With midterms making us sometimes feel we are surrounded by grade-obsessed zombies, it can be difficult to remember our student body is filled with incredible people using their talent to help others. Peter Kiernan represents a perfect example of the reminder we need. 

In 22 days, the fate of our country will be decided through the selection of our next President. Regardless of which candidate you support, we can agree both have made questionable mistakes. GS student and former U.S. Marine Peter Kiernan has focused on Donald Trump’s mistake of withholding his tax returns, but instead of bashing him on Twitter and over dinner with friends like the average student, he has turned his frustration into a challenge to the Republican nominee. Through Crowdpac, an online fundraising website for users to support politicians or specific initiatives, Peter has asked anyone to pledge whatever they can to his fund supporting ten different veteran organizations, however they will only have to honor their contribution if Trump releases his tax returns. LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman saw the brilliance in Peter’s fundraiser, and promised to match the campaign’s total by five times, not exceeding five million dollars.

Time ticked, taxes didn’t

Oct

10

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Work Hard, Play Hard in the middle of a classroom

Work Hard, Play Hard in the middle of a classroom

Being that spooky and sexy are positively correlated, things only heated up this weekend as we approach our favorite holiday of the year. While we weren’t exactly down to drown our books in the Hudson and livers in 1020, we get closer with every passing week…

Body

  • Spent a significant amount of money at Comic Con on Friday; made back about half of it babysitting on Saturday.
  • At Comic Con, one of my favorite writers saw me and tweeted about my cosplay, but I didn’t find out until several hours later, when it was too late to meet up with/talk to her. :(
  • My friend turned down an invitation to a party off campus because he was waiting to sign me in to EC. It’s one of the nicest things anyone has ever done for me.
  • My friend and I ordered mojitos at Two Hands, and the Australian bartender asked, “Oh, you mean muh-JY-toes?” We heard “vaginas” and said, “uhhhh yeah, sure.” Ended up getting the drinks for free.
  • Took nine bananas from Ferris, making direct eye contact with a staff member as I put them in my backpack one by one.
  • Maybe probably failed my environmental science midterm.
  • Uber-pooled with Batman and Superman.
  • Found a vintage calvin klein jean jacket at L Train this weekend so I’m about to be Bwogalicious in #myclavins.
  • Went to Boston for 36 hours. my cousins called my social media “irrelevant” but still wanted to borrow my clothes and take pictures for their (brand new) Facebook profiles.

Party

  • Made my grandma cry with the birthday card I wrote for her. thanks @first year english for the training??
  • Went to party in EC, had a bunch of models invite my friend to a topless party downtown
  • Went to Serafina Harlem for a delicious Apperal Schpritz
  • Went to Mel’s, which was inundated with Duke students back from Fall break
  • Went home, think I’ve novelly developed allergies to my cat.
  • Drank half of my mom’s mango sangria at dinner and she still left the restaurant feeling “drunk.”
  • Received email from mom on bus back to NY discouraging me from majoring in philosophy. She linked to an NYT article wherein four acclaimed philosophers receive packages of poop.
  • Caught my finger in a door, developed a mild but deeply uncomfortable case of subungual hematoma (bleeding under the nail). This happened while my friend was carrying around my black hand prop, which possibly attracted the Evil Eye.
  • Took a field trip to the Palisades, where I got lost a few times.
  • Did a photoshoot with friends in the staxx after everyone else left. Fed everyone Indian sweets, courtesy of my parents.

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Oct

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Wake up Mr. U.S.!!

Wake up Mr. U.S.!!

Awakening our Democracy is Columbia’s lunchtime conversation series about race and ethnicity disparities, justice, and other issues affecting CU and the rest of the world. Bwogger Amara Banks went in support of Jelani Cobb, but left with a new idol. 

Jelani Cobb, a professor at the School of Journalism and renown writer for The New Yorker, started off the discussion with a loaded joke, saying no one was leaving the room until all of the problems were solved. Then he launched the discussion with “how did we get here?”

While all panelists shared interesting and insightful perspectives, Linda Sarsour, had the most impactful voice in my opinion. In this post I will recount some of my favorite points of hers. The first was her correction of the title, “One nation under politics? More like one nation under hot mess.”

My appreciation for her commentary began with her answer to the first question about our two party system, and whether we should press toward a third or multi-party system.

Her solution was in support of multiple political parties, but she turns to the issue of the current election to make her point. Because the majority of our nation is not completely satisfied with neither Trump nor Secretary Clinton, third party support has increased. With this support has brought the party a surplus of people who are ignorant to the party’s initiatives and key figures, as she said her recent interactions with third party supporters do not even know who Jill Stein or Gary Johnson are. Our democracy fails to accommodate for more than one party. Even in the past, as one party fell another would take its place. Sarsour believes a solution that would lead to better representation of the people would be a genuine commitment to build structure for a multi-party system. She points to The Working Families Party in New York City, quoting Frank Sinatra by saying if we can make it work in New York, we can make it work anywhere.

Election, Trump, and protest voting after the jump

Sep

10

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♫I was in the 212♫

♫I was in the 212♫

On the list of campus projects completed over summer is the newly updated cafe in Lerner, now bearing the name “Cafe 212” only–bye, Cafe East! Boasting tall glass doors and an even taller digital display inside, the new cafe’s modern aesthetic is what we’ve been waiting for–the vibe is calming, brighter, and reminds us less of the cement hell of Carman a few floors up. Limited seating was an issue before as well, but now there is an abundance of tables and chairs. Two cash registers separate sushi and boba purchases from coffee and bagel ones, which will continue to make checking out efficient. A change in banks also took place in the back corner, as Santander replaced CitiBank. Despite my observations, when I asked the cashier what the differences are, she said there were “none–it’s the same.” Her response was obviously untrue–I tried to order a banana berry smoothie that had apparently been discontinued.

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Sep

8

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Will there be balloons tomorrow? Find out!

Will there be balloons tomorrow? Find out!

Tomorrow is CU’s Activity Fair–also known as your opportunity to sign up for a bunch of clubs you will never go to. It takes place on College Walk from 12-4pm, but its not like you wouldn’t be able to find it—eager first years, balloons, and folding tables will cover every square foot of land. This is unfortunately taking place on the same day as the Barnard Career Fair, but if you’re a first year, you really don’t have to think about that yet.

Interested in joining a team of handsome aspiring journalists? We’ll be sharing a table with The Blue and White. Be sure to stop by and say hi! You can flatter us by signing up for our list-serv.

Aug

22

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Bwog continues its Houses and Homes series with Amara’s family vacation to Hawaii. If you, too, would rather write out the details of your summer surroundings rather than force yourself to engage in conversations about your future, snap a pic and send your five senses to [email protected]!

Where: Maui, Hawaii

Sight:

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Smell: Tourists always smell like SPF 900. Wailea was no exception.

Sound: People saying “mmhmmm” but in different accents. Grandma again asking about my damn major.

Taste: The karma-acid from eating 2 whole pineapples and not sharing

May

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A sit down with Nicole

A sit down with Nicole

With the passing of student government elections, Bwog wanted to get a better sense of who would be each of the different colleges the following 2016-2017 year. Up next is the new CCSC Student Body President, Nicole Allicock. 

A Brief Bio

Nicole is a sophomore from DC and plans on majoring in Linguistics. She is in CU Players, the Columbia Musical Theatre Society, and a part of Alpha Omicron Pi. She has gained experience with student government by serving as the Academic Affairs Representative for CCSC and as the secretary for the Activities Board at Columbia, and she is also a part of the 1U party. Her favorite movie is Princess Bride, the last enjoyable meal she had was from Falafel on Broadway, and if she could be any bird, she would be a Roseate Spoonbill.

1U Platform Summary

Plans on…

  1. Strengthening the inclusivity of students and student groups in all aspects of CCSC by
    1. Meeting regularly with relevant groups about specific policy initiatives
    2. Connecting groups with administrators about the policies they are working on
    3. Providing a document where any student group can publicize their messages
  2. Ensuring transparency is prioritized, taking accountability for what it does (and doesn’t) get done by publicizing their status on all issues.
  3. Cooperating with the Center for Student Advising and Office of Global Programs to create a better advising system for first year students. (Many study abroad programs and fellowship opportunities require students to take specific classes starting as early as their first year of college)
  4. Improving the scattered financial system and will work toward eliminating the elongated period of time that inhibits students from receiving their work study checks on time.

Although Nicole has a well written platform and bio available online, we wanted to meet her in person and get a better idea of who she is and what she sees for CCSC.

Interview after the jump…

Apr

23

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Thanks CU football

Thanks CU football

Tomorrow the Columbia Football team will score another goal in our hearts as they bench for charity in their second annual lift-a-thon. This year, they’ve partnered with The Friends of Jaclyn Foundation and are raising money to improve the lives of children with brain tumors by linking them with college athletic programs. They’ve reached 77% of their $8,000 goal and are asking for donations as small as $1. 

CU Cares via NBA Cares

Apr

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xx's profound quotes will put you in deep thought

Professor Yerkes’s profound quotes will put you in deep thought

CULPA is your friend who has taken every class with every professor and can tell you how much of the reading you actually have to do, if the professor’s voice will put you to sleep, whether the class is worth taking, ect. Usually the site gets the most traffic at the end of each semester during course selection, but teacher quotes like this make the site worth visiting year-round. Lit Hum Professor David Yerkes in particular has exceptionally funny quotes, especially being that they are posted out of context. Here are some of our favorites:

What else were you at our age Professer Yerkes?

What else were you at our age Professer Yerkes?

What did they call the suburban myths?

What did they call the suburban myths?

 

More funny quotes up next.

Apr

7

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A real senior ball

A real senior ball

Being that Senior Ball tickets are known to cost the equivalent of a vital organ, Deantini and Dean Boyce generously opened their wallets (budgets) to help out. In the interest of making the event more accessible,”students with the highest need will be able to receive a free ticket to the Senior Ball. Several half-price tickets will also be made available due to the size of the deans’ contribution.” The two deans plan on contributing to every Senior Ball fund following this year’s in hopes to reduce the financial burden for students in the future as well. Only seniors may qualify for a fully paid ticket. Follow this link to apply for a fully-subsidized/free ticket, and this one for general ticket sales (they start tomorrow). Send an email to [email protected] to request a half-priced ticket.

Full release after the jump

Apr

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He cares about his constituents

He cares about his constituents

The polls for CCSC and ESC officially opened today at 10 am. Be an active member in your college’s community and select who you think would best represent your class and school. Voting is online through LionLink, but do not sleep on this. Polls will only remain open until Wednesday, April 6th at 5:00PM. And remember, when voting for the two open CCSC University Senator positions, consider Bwog’s thoughts!

This dog was elected mayor but you can’t text me back via CBS

Mar

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The only Carlton arms we want to be in

Housing reviews continue with this redheaded stepdaughter of Columbia housing: Carlton Arms. Where is it? Who knows. Who lives there? No clue. Is it a solid place to live? That’s where we come in. So just sit back, relax, and embrace Carlton Arms.

Location: 362 Riverside Drive

Nearby dorms: Carlton is so remote it isn’t even included in the university’s MoHi campus map. Located on 108th and Riverside, your nearest CU neighbors will be in Harmony.

Stores and restaurants: Mezzogiorno, Absolute Bagels, Cannon’s, Verizon

Cost: $8,522/year

Amenities: Bike storage in basement

Bathrooms: Private bathrooms in each suite.

AC/Heating: No AC, but a couple of people have gotten away with having a unit on their window anyway according to a thread on reddit. There is heat in the winter.

Kitchen/Lounge: Private kitchen per suite.

Laundry: In basement.

Computers/Printers: Available in lobby.

Gym: Your walk to anything else on campus.

Intra-transportation: There is an elevator, but there are only three floors. Don’t be a tool. Use the stairs.

Hardwood/Carpet: “non-carpeted” according to the university website.

Will things turn around for Carelton after the jump?

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