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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

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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

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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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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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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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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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*swoons* for that rebellious smoulder

Happening in the world: Alexei Navalny, Russian opposition leader, was arrested after organizing protests and demonstrations all over the country. Alexei Navalny seeks to expose the president and prime minister’s corruption and to win the next presidential election in 2018. (The Daily Beast)

Happening in NYC: Mayor Bill de Blasio has introduced plans to create more homeless shelters all over New York City. He plans to open 90 shelters over the next 5 years. De Blasio’s initial platform was to decrease the amount of homeless in New York, but during his time as mayor, numbers have increased. (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Today there will be a talk called Mr. X and the Pacific: George F. Kennan and the Limits of American Policy in East Asia. It will be hosted in IAB from 4-5:30 pm.

Overheard: At Milano’s: “How is Mr. Krab’s daughter a whale?”

Music Pick: Nirvana’s Nevermind.

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Mar

21

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Strange things happen right outside your friendly grocery store.

Happening in the world: Israel has been defined as an apartheid state  based on the UN’s Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia. This controversial title has continued to be debated, and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has openly rejected the report and demanded that it be taken down from the Commission’s website. (Al Jazeera)

Happening in NYC: Some families that personally lost loved ones on 9/11 have filed a lawsuit to sue Saudi Arabia for the Al Qaeda terrorist attack. Suing for aiding the terrorist organization by providing money, safe houses, and weapons, 9/11 families are seeking monetary reparations. (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Today in IAB from 12-2 pm there will be a book talk, Dictators Without Borders: Power and Money in Central Asia, by Alexander Cooley and John Heathershaw.

Overheard: Homeless man in front of Westside Market: “Suck my dick.”
Westside Market worker: “Whip it out man, whip it out.”
Music Pick: Need new workout music or just like rap music? Try out Drake’s new album, “More Life.”

 

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The darkest moment of your day.

Happening in the nation:  The Endangered Species Act was implemented during Nixon’s presidency to protect more than a thousand threatened or endangered species of plants and animals. Congressional Republicans have introduced 11 pieces of legislation that might put endangered species at risk. (Scientific American)

Happening in NYC: It appears that spring has arrived in Brooklyn and will soon be here in Manhattan. Due to climate change, the early spring began in the South and made its way to New York. (NY Times)

Happening on campus: Today from 4:30 to 6 pm in IAB there will be a presentation called, How Can Art Fight Back? Refugee Artists and the Ukrainian Crisis.

Overseen/Overheard: When you discover that you aren’t as slick as you thought… (see image)

Music Pick: The Chainsmoker’s Closer. On repeat. Get ready for Spring Break.

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This is what a little’s bed should look like.

Living in a quad presents some challenges. You love your roommates, but noise complaints from hallmates seem to happen at least once a week. Your roommates have just joined sororities and their bigs are popping in your room to leave gifts on their beds. Everything seems great: but what happens when the your insane hallmate stops by instead?

‘Twas the day before a midterm, when all through CU
Not a student was happy, forgetting all that they knew;
The dorms were clean and beds made with care,
In hopes that their big would soon would be there;
The littles were stressed, remembering what they haven’t read;
While gifts like clothing and chocolate danced in their heads;
And with sorority girls in Butler, and I in my bed,
I’d just settled my brain for a five-minute nap,
When in my dorm there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from my bed to see what was the matter.
Towards the other bedroom I flew like a flash,
Tore open the door and heard something crash.
On my roommate’s bed from her “mystery big,”
I gazed in surprise as I realized what she did,
When hate mail, voodoo dolls, and used condoms did appear,
With a pile of shit and an empty six-pack of beer.
With a small note from that crazy across the hall read,
“Remember to lock your door and keep the noise down. Enjoy the shit in your bed.”

 

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