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Sep

14

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Aww could you imagine how cute picnics would be up here?

Ever wanted to take your love of NYC to new heights, right in MoHi? You’re in luck: Barnard is continuing its Diana Center Roof access! The Diana Roof is open Thursdays and Fridays from 11am to 3pm. If you’re looking to add something special to your Snap Story or Instagram or even just hang out with some friends, take advantage of this opportunity and try something new! All you need to do is take the Diana elevator to the 6th floor!

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Sep

14

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Can Mother Nature settle down for a second?

Happening in the world: The southeast United States and Caribbean Islands are starting to take steps towards recovery efforts. Photos of Hurricane Irma’s impact can be seen here. (The Atlantic)

Happening in NYC: Brian Coll, a former Rikers Island correctional officer was recently sentenced to 30 years in prison after beating up and killing a seriously ill inmate. According to the Times, inmate Ronald Spear was restrained face down on the floor by several other officers as Coll kicked him in the head several times. (NY Times)

Happening on campus:  Today from 6-8pm in the International Affairs Building there will be a talk called, “Investigating North Korean Sanctions Violations: Trends and Indicators.”

Overheard: “What did Hewitt do to deserve your wrath?”

 

If you’re just looking for something stupidly catchy…

 

 

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Sep

7

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The only table worth going to is ours tbh.

Things you won’t regret doing:

  1. Dropping that insanely hard CS class that you thought you should take to “challenge yourself.”
  2. Staring at your phone to avoid eye contact with your ex that you thought graduated last year.
  3. Getting drunk as hell tonight because you made it through the first week!

Things you will regret doing:

  1. Wearing pants and a sweatshirt on a warm day.
  2. Giving Hewitt another chance: that shit won’t ever get better.
  3. Not joining Bwog.

We get it: the activities fair is probably going to be just as unbearable as last year. With hundreds of people desperately trying to squeeze themselves between club tables, you’re going to sweat your ass off trying to find some clubs that are somewhat interesting. Why not save some time by coming to our table or just sending in a Staff Writer application?

As a Staff Writer, you’ll be generating content for our site by creating write ups of events and pitching ideas at our weekly meetings. Bwog has everything: creative people, great content, and some pretty great DWBs. If you’re a first year just trying to ~find yourself~ or even a senior that’s just squeezing out the remaining creativity you have before real adulting starts, then give Bwog a try.

Email applications to editor@bwog.com by Friday, September 15 at 11:59 pm.

The Application

About Bwog:

Tell us about one Bwog post you liked, one post you didn’t like, and why for both.
What is your favorite tag?
Come up with three sample post ideas that you would like to see on Bwog.
Draw Bwog.

About you:

Why do you want to join Bwog?
What do you think Bwog is?
You’re taking Bwog out on a date! What would you do? Where would you go?
What about Columbia might you be interested in writing about?
Send us a screenshot or list of the bookmarked Favorites on your browser.
Do you have prior experience writing or editing for a publication? If yes, describe this experience.

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Sep

7

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When your professor goes straight into lecture after giving out the syllabus…

Happening in the world: Protests have erupted in cities all over Togo, as thousands of people took their discontent with President Faure Gnassingbe to the streets. President Gnassingbe has held the position for 50 years, and the current opposition is demanding changes to the constitution, specifically the voting system currently in place. (Al Jazeera)

Happening in the nation: Hurricane Irma is projected to be one of the most destructive hurricanes in history. The Caribbean Islands have been hit with over 185 mph winds, and it appears that Florida will experience similar Category 5 hurricane conditions. (New York Times)

Happening in NYC: NYC public schools will now offer free lunch to every student. As 75% of students appeared to qualify for free lunch in the past year, the city took initiative to grant both free breakfast and lunch to all students. (ABC7NY)

Happening on campus: There will be an outdoor film screening of a French film, The Wild Child at Low Plaza from 7:30-10pm!

Overseen: Seriously, where did the bananas go…again…

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May

11

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Mother’s Day: if you disappoint your mother, it’s a scarier holiday than Halloween.

In the midst of packing, finishing finals, and drinking the rest of the Svedka in your fridge in order to “clean the fridge out,” you’re tired, you’re exhausted, and you can’t wait to be home. All of a sudden, it hits you: Mother’s Day looms in the near future, mocking you as for the ten-thousandth time, you have forgot this sacred holiday. Here’s some ideas that will help you throw together a last-minute present. 

The cop out: Rush over to the Columbia Bookstore and buy one of those $20 Columbia Mom T-shirts. Although not creative, if you have some cash and are rushed for time, this is a good option.

Pull out the crayons: Grab some extra markers and crayons and draw your mom a picture. Even if you’re artistic skills haven’t developed past the 5th Grade, we’re sure you’re mom would like that shit. Some things you can draw: a nice photo of a memory the two of you have shared, your future (if you think you’ll have a good one,) and your hopes and dreams. Avoid completely: trying to draw your mom (you’ll only insult her.)

More ideas after the jump

May

11

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Take the good memories with you.

Well Columbia, you’ve almost reached the end of another year here. Whether you had a good year or not, it’s nearly over! 

Bwogline: FBI Director James Comey has been sacked by Donald Trump. Right before Comey began expanding his investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia, President Trump wrote a letter, firing Comey. The most embarrassing part: Comey found out when he was watching the news and thought it was a joke. Ouch. (NY Times)

Study Tip: Alright Columbia, I’ll cut the shit: you’re almost done. You’re so close. If you’re still at school, struggling to memorize random facts or frantically packing to catch your plane, do what you need to do to get it all done. Bwog believes in you, Alma believes in you, so getting your life together must be possible! Just think about lying on a beach somewhere this summer, or hanging out with old friends. It will push you to the end.

Music: Here’s a playlist of songs to end your year off right!

Procrastination Tip: At this point, procrastination would just mean sleeping longer. Set like 15 alarm clocks, rise and grind, get your finals done, and get ready for the summer!

Overseen: Rando in ref giving out free 5 hour energy drinks. Was rewarded with a “fuck spec” sticker in return.

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May

2

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We know Butler doesn’t look like this, but it’s nice to dream right?

Today seems like the perfect day to get free stuff in the most unusual of places! Butler’s Room of Requirement has suddenly appeared and knows exactly what you need. In Butler from 6-10 pm tonight, Stressbusters will be in Butler to give free neck and back rubs! We know that your nose will be in a book for most of the day, but Bwog loves you, wants to take care of you and see you do well on your finals too. So take some time to get a massage and just relax in room 203. We know that finals are hard and scary, but you can get through it. Columbia, we believe in you.

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May

2

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Soon enough Columbia, soon enough.

Let’s face it: you’re tired, overworked, and for some reason you can’t seem to get your shit together and study. If you’re desperately searching for some excuse to fuck around  just one more time, then you’re in luck! On the Barnard Lawn (between Barnard Hall and Diana) there will be frozen custard and lemonade for free from our future neighbors, Shake Shack! It’s going to be pretty chill with nice weather, great food, and WBAR dropping some sweet beats, so save some time for self care and join in on the festivities today from 12-2:30 pm. The first hour is reserved for Barnard students, but don’t worry Columbia, we’ll try to save some food for the rest of you. Get there while supplies last kids. Custard, ice cream, music: treat yo’ self!

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May

2

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There’s really nothing else to day besides believe in yourself.

Time to carpe diem and hit those books! Bwog is here to change things up for the last two weeks of the spring semester, presenting its first installment of Bwog in Bed, kindly nudging you to get out of bed and end the semester on a high note!
Bwogline: There appears to be a massive and mysterious die-off of humpback whales off the east coast. While some have appeared to hit into boats and died of blunt force trauma, the cause of death for the majority remain uncertain. (NY Times)

Study tip: Start studying now for that test in the middle of next week. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

Music: Whether you need to be reminded of home, need something relaxing to listen to, or have to put some time aside to meditate, relaxing nature sounds are a good way to go.

Procrastination: Trying not to binge-watch during finals? Commit just 15 minutes of your day to some of the best scenes of It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia instead. It’s good for a laugh.

Overheard: “You have a nudely white boy problem.”

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Apr

25

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Columbia, keep your shit together. We’re almost there.

Happening in the world: After French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron won the popular vote in the first round of the French elections, the euro, French government bonds and European stocks have seen an increase in value. Please France, don’t pull a Trump on us. (Wall Street Journal)

Happening in NYC: Mayor Bill de Blasio has proposed to expansion of early childhood education by allowing access to three year olds. The mayor has been praised for his work to publicly fund preschools in NYC, and his plan would start in districts in Brooklyn and the Bronx. (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Tonight from 6-8pm on Low Library there will be a lecture by activist, performer, and scholar Dr. Salamishah Tillet called, Rape, Popular Culture and Post-Racial America.

Overheard: “I love white people jazz.”

Music Pick: Rihanna’s amazing. You’re amazing. Name a more iconic duo. I’ll wait.

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Apr

18

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Everyone deserves a second chance. Let the past stay in the past.

CU students are advocating to ban the box on Columbia University applications that specifically asks if an applicant has been convicted of a felony. Members of Beyond the Box at Columbia have created a letter to send to President Bollinger and Provost Coatsworth to remove the box on future CU applications. 

Beyond the Box at Columbia was founded by Leyla Martinez, a GS student that, like many other applicants, felt discouraged when met by “the box” on college applications, forced to have the past affect their chances of admission. Last year, Columbia University, along with 24 other universities in the United States, signed the Fair Chance Higher Education Pledge which aims to make higher levels of education more accessible, especially for Americans that have a criminal record. Beyond the Box’s position on the issue is clear: the box is a deterrent for potential applicants that believe that the application process puts them at a disadvantage, even before applying to the school of their choice. Columbia currently still has the box on their applications, asking for information that is irrelevant when determining whether a person would be able to succeed at the university.

Let’s not forget the facts: people of color, residents in lower income communities, or people with a lower socioeconomic status in general are disproportionally incarcerated. Many affected struggle to find employment opportunities once they are released from prison, and others that seek higher levels of education are met with obstacles, one being “the box.” Opportunity to receive a college education would decrease the recidivism rate, make people generally more productive, and allow people of color to have access to education that was once inaccessible. Columbia prides itself on its low acceptance rate, increasing representation of minorities, and its sanctuary campus status, but why hasn’t the box been taken off the application?

Beyond the Box is just as confused as you are. New York State public universities (SUNY and CUNY) has recently removed the box from their applications. The move to ban the box should not be seen as progressive, but necessary, especially at a school which searches for diversity in thought, life, and action.

If you’d like to read Beyond the Box at Columbia’s letter to President Bollinger, click here.

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Apr

18

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Who’s sweeter: the Girl Scouts or the cookies?

Happening in the world: North Korea is planning to test more missiles, now on a weekly basis. As tensions between the US and North Korea continue to rise, any form of U.S. intervention could lead to war, according to Vice-Foreign Minister Han Song-ryol. (BBC)

Happening in NYC: Girl Scout Troop 6000 is New York City’s first troop meant solely for children that are homeless. The girls live in a Sleep Inn in Queens, as roughly 7,500 of the city’s homeless population currently lives in hotels. The troop currently has 20 scouts, and expects more. (NY Times)

Happening on campus: There will be a talk today from 4-5:30 in IAB called, A Revolution That Was Not: The Tiananmen Movement Revisited. It will be in room 918 and there is no RSVP required!

Overheard: “Before Trump, there was a mellow level of racism in this country.”

Music Pick: Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Columbia, be humble.

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Apr

11

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Wanna throw us a bone Cuomo?

Happening in the US: San Bernardino has experienced yet another shooting. The 53-year-old husband went to his wife’s work at a primary school and shot two students, his wife, and himself. The shooter, his wife, and a student are dead, and the other student remains in critical condition at a local hospital. (The Independent)

Happening in NYC: Governor Cuomo announced that by Fall of 2017, New York college students will be able to go to a SUNY or CUNY college or university for free. The only catch: they must stay in the state for the number of years that they received the free education. Sorry Columbia students, but no free college for you. (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Today from 12:15-2 pm in the International Affairs Building there will be a presentation,  Writing the Soviet South into the History of the Cold War and Decolonization. It’s open to everyone and is free!

Overheard: Person 1: “I wanna get married at Low.”

Person 2: “That’s weird. What if your husband went to Cornell?”

Person 1: “What an awful hypothetical.”

Music Pick: With this beautifully warm weather, get into the festival mode! Here’s Spotify’s Ultimate Festival Guide 2017 to kick off your day.

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Apr

4

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Nothing beats free ice cream.

Need a break from a crazy and intense day, filled with midterms or due assignments? Take some time out of your day today to get some free ice cream from Ben and Jerry’s. We know that the cloudy, cold and gray day might be bringing you down, but nothing turns a day around like free stuff and ice cream! Ben and Jerry’s is located on 104 and Broadway, so take a few friends and catch up on life while licking an ice cream cone. They’ll be giving out free cones up until 8 pm. Columbia, we know that you’re stressed, tired, and hungry: get some fresh air and exercise by walking down to Ben and Jerry’s. Trust us, you’ll be happy that you went.

Want to learn more about Free Cone Day? Check out Ben and Jerry’s website here.

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Apr

4

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Syndergaardddddddd

Happening in the US: Democrats are planning on filibustering the Supreme Court nomination on Neil Gorsuch. Republicans have promised that Gorsuch will be confirmed on Friday, even if it means changing the rules by bypassing the filibuster. (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: Yesterday was the Mets’ Opening Day. Noah Syndergaard dominated the game as the Mets won over the Braves 6-0. (Fansided)

Happening on campus:  Today there will be a talk called, “The End of Europe: A Conversation with Anne Applebaum and James Kirchick” from 5-6:30 in the Bohemian National Hall. The speakers will discuss the issues that Europe is facing amidst international conflict.

Overheard: “I’m so Long Island, I’ll get Hurricane Sandy on your ass.”

Music Pick: With these rainy vibes, slow it down with some Ben Howard.

 

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