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President Higgins speaking in Rotunda on Thursday.

Even with the protests on campus, many people found themselves in the tightly-packed Rotunda in Low Library. Yesterday, Managing Editor Victoria Arancio had the privilege to hear Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, speak about student activism, climate change, academia, and more. 

Yesterday, the Columbia World Leaders Forum invited Michael D. Higgins, the President of Ireland, to speak at Columbia University. Although a ceremonial position in nature, President Higgins preparedness and eloquence was evident throughout his address. While he primarily focused on multilateralism (the idea that supports nations coming together for a shared goal), His Excellency stood in front of his young audience, bringing his understanding of the United States, and more specifically, New York City into his hour-long address. Higgins addressed relevant issues between the youth and politics, as well as spoke of the political divisiveness on the global stage.

President Higgins, a poet, academic, and former broadcaster, demanded the undivided attention of the audience in the overheated Rotunda. With his academic career leading him away from University College Galway to the United States at Indiana University, it was clear that Higgins strongly values the connection between the United States and Ireland. Calling often on the events that unfolded on campus just over 50 years ago, Higgins recalled some of the most influential people during that time, quoting Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and referencing Robert Kennedy in an address that he hoped would inspire the youth and push for discourse in the academic community.

What is multilateralism?

Apr

18

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you little fucker

The average Columbia student is inconsistent. Will they read every assigned reading? No. Will they meet every deadline given to them? Probably not. Columbia stress culture is undeniable: late nights in Butler soon become early mornings, and what has changed, besides the change of date? Nothing. If anything, students become more stressed with work that seems to never end.

Columbia students, pulling long hours, are dependent on coffee. We might be the most sleep deprived school in this country, so isn’t it safe to assume that a large portion of the student body drinks coffee? If this assumption is true, then why the hell are John Jay coffee cups so much smaller than Ferris cups?

A big reason why I don’t eat at John Jay in the morning is because their coffee cups are too damn small. The students of Columbia University might be unorganized, without sleep, stressed, and inconsistent, but we depend on coffee. A lot of us (myself included) don’t feel like spending money on overpriced Joe’s when we can easily swipe into a dining hall and get the caffeine I need. Even though my first class starts at 11, there is really no guarantee that I will stay up for the whole class if I drink from the small cups that are offered at JJ’s and John Jay. I’ll be honest: even if I drink from the normal sized Ferris coffee cup, I will most likely need a second cup of coffee during my day; this does not mean that John Jay can’t step up.

John Jay, I am now looking to you. I don’t want to have to squeeze through the crowds of Ferris so I can get a slightly larger cup of coffee. You have so much going for you: more space, flavored water, and an impressive dessert collection, but you can be so much more.

In conclusion, #TeamFerris. John Jay, you have potential. For Columbia, please be better.

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Apr

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Armenia is prettier than me and I’m okay with that.

Happening in the world: Despite protests, the Armenian National Assembly has sworn in its next prime minister, Serzh Sargsyan. As a former president to the nation, protests in Armenia have begun as many are discontent with the lack of change in higher government. (BBC   

Happening in the US: President Trump has rejected the proposal for new sanctions on Moscow. This comes after the American ambassador to the UN claimed that the United States would punish Russian penalties that helped fund Syrian chemical weapons initiatives. (NYTimes

Happening in the city: The Dr. J. Marion Sims statue has been removed from Central Park. In the past few years, it has been discovered that Sims performed experiments on enslaved black women without any anesthetic. (ABC7)

Happening on campus: Want to learn more about rapid urbanization in African cities? There will be an event in IAB from 3-5pm called, Transforming Public Transport in African Cities: Data, Informality and Access.

A brain-numbing video: Not because we want it, but because we need it.

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Apr

9

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When you have to reconsider your options after your housing group falls apart

It might be the start of a new week, but Bwog is back with more coverage of Columbia Housing. Yes, there might be less dorms to choose from, but not all hope is lost: there are still some pretty good rooms and suites up for grabs. We will be covering housing all day and until Wednesday, so be sure to check in for live updates and changes throughout the week. Remember: housing might be stressful, but it’s not the end of the world. No matter what happens this week, know that Bwog is rooting for your throughout this crazy process.

Be sure to come say hi to us during selection! (We will be the enthusiastic people on the couch with our Bwog banner proudly hung on the wall.) If you have questions, want to fill us in on your experience, or just want to come say hi, please do! We know that selection sucks, but we’ll try to make it a little easier for you.

 

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Mar

31

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Home sweet home.

So you’ve heard mixed reviews about Plimpton: but what is Plimpton really all about? In this housing review, we break down everything that you need to know before living in Plimpton.

Location: 1235 Amsterdam Ave (between 120th and 121st on Amsterdam)

Nearby dorms: EC and Wien

Stores and restaurants: Appletree Deli, Friedman’s, Maxx Café

Cost: $9,510 per double, $11,038 for a single.

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: 1 per suite
  • AC/Heating: AC and heat is available in Plimpton! You’re able to adjust the heat depending on the day so that you’re not sweating on an unusually warm winter day.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: I decent sized kitchen with a nice dinner table and chairs. Plimpton has a TV lounge, a computer lab and a piano lounge on the first floor.
  • Laundry: There are 6 washing machines and 6 dryers in the basement. They are pretty run down, and often there are washing machines that are broken.
  • Fire Escapes: No fire escapes.
  • Gym: Prepare to haul ass to Barnard Gym or suck it up and walk to Dodge. A nice run along Amsterdam or Morningside Park is pretty nice too.
  • Bike Storage: No.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and two flights of stairs.
  • Hardwood/Carpet: Plimpton got an upgrade! There are nice new (fake) hardwood floors.

Is Plimpton worth it?

Mar

28

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Still don’t know where you’re going to be living next year? If you’re scrambling to find some last minute options before your lottery number gets called, here’s what living in 616 is all about. 

Location:

  • Nearby dorms: 600, 610, Brooks Hall
  • Stores and restaurants: Shake Shack, Morton Williams, halal carts, Sweetgreen

Cost:

  • Single: $11,038
  • Double or other multiple: $9,510

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: 1 per suite
  • AC/Heating: no AC, but yes for heat!
  • Kitchen/Lounge: 1 kitchen per suite; shared TV lounge and computer lab
  • Laundry: located in the basement
  • Fire Escapes: yes
  • Gym: bold beautiful Barnard gym
  • Bike storage: no
  • Intra-transportation: two elevators (small and narrow, but functional) and stairs
  • Hardwood/Carpet: neither – linoleum tile

sweet suites after the jump

Mar

27

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The view from the press box!

Finally putting her years of lacrosse knowledge to good use, Bwogger Victoria Arancio took the long trek to Baker to watch the Columbia Women’s Lacrosse game against Harvard. The game was close but exciting, eventually granting Columbia the win that they desperately needed. 

0-2 in the Ivy League, I was cautiously hopeful going into the game this past Sunday’s game against Harvard. While Harvard was 0-1, their wins so far this seasons have been blow outs. With Columbia narrowly winning their games by one or even two points, it seemed clear that Columbia needed to start the game strong and prove themselves in order to secure a win against the promising Harvard defense.

The game started quickly in Columbia’s favor, with Fallon Quinn scoring within the first minute of the game. It was clear from the beginning that this game would be offensively-led and high scoring, yet Columbia’s defense was able to shine, holding their own despite drawing several shooting space calls. The biggest difference between the two teams was confidence and composure: Columbia was patient, using the possession clock to set up plays, whereas Harvard struggled to find the open player within the 8 meter. Most importantly, Columbia looked excited to play, and although it wasn’t reflected in the 9-7 score at the half, they were ready to take on the Crimson for the remainder of the game.

Are you a lax bro?

Feb

26

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Hargitay was rocking some kickass boots.

The Athena Film Festival may have officially wrapped up, but we’re here for one more review! Bwogger Victoria Arancio had the opportunity to sit for this powerful documentary. 

I have watched many different documentary films before, each attempting to evoke some emotion deep down inside of me, pushing me to anger or action. After viewing I Am Evidence, I felt emotions that were both complicated and deeply rooted in my unconscious understanding of society. As a woman, I think often about my odds: there’s a 33% chance that I will experience sexual assault. If I happen to beat these odds, one in every three of my friends will experience the pain that I saw unfold on screen. It hurt to see women—primarily women of color—at odds with a complicated and unfair criminal justice system. The women selected to tell their story, like countless others, were just a small fraction of a calculated decision made by police to leave thousands of rape kits forgotten, left to collect dust in storage rooms across the country. In light of the #MeToo Movement, being silenced is no longer an option: we must change the way that our law enforcement handles sexual assault, because it’s time.

Time’s Up

Feb

23

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Whitson shining bright next to those soybeans.

While she may have pass-failed her Astronomy course, Bwogger Victoria Arancio has always had a soft spot for science. 

In all my time at Columbia University, never have I seen so many people eager to learn about science. The room—even fifteen minutes before the start of the presentation—was packed, with people finding empty space on the floor to sit and learn about Peggy A. Whitson’s experiences in space. Like Whitson, my dream job as a child was to become an astronaut. When my dreams were crushed by the gravity of the near impossible odds, I decided to look elsewhere; Whitson never stopped looking up.

For some reason, I always thought that being an astronaut just meant that you would enter space, float around in gravity, and maybe collect a rock or two from the moon. In my head, it sounded like a lot of fun and pretty simple work, but Whitson took my understanding of engineering and science to a new level. Like Whitson said, NASA astronauts make their work look incredibly easy, and after her presentation, I can say confidently that Peggy Whitson is one of the most accomplished astronauts in history.

The day Neil Armstrong walked on the moon was the day that Whitson became committed to becoming an astronaut and scientist. Ever since then, she has developed her passion for science with years of schooling, hoping one day to find a herself on a space shuttle. Studying biology and chemistry at Iowa Wesleyan University and later receiving her doctorate degree in biochemistry from Rice University, Whitson knew she was ready to take her research to space. What she didn’t know was how slim her odds were, she said, and despite her challenges, she encouraged students to follow their passions, no matter how challenging they might be.

Science after the jump!

Feb

21

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If you sat on the steps of Low and didn’t post it on your Snap story, did it really happen?

It’s the end of February—one of our least favorite (but necessary) months in the year. It’s still technically winter, but why is it so fucking hot?

Hear us out: we think that we’ve figured out why it is so fucking hot on campus today. Do you remember when we first began to experience the trials and tribulations of midterms last semester? Sure, it was October (when things start cooling down), but over time, the campus appeared to wither away, almost as if the campus thrived on our unrealistic hopes of “doing all of my readings” and “being mom’s favorite.” With midterms, we slowly began spiraling, bringing the wintry mix of snow, rain, and hail that we’ve experienced since giving up. Columbia felt your pain even when you were home, and mirroring your unwillingness to be better, the campus was unable to bounce back to its  healthy state for the start of the semester. Like you, Columbia too is tired, overworked, and in hibernation.

We’re in our 6th week of this semester, and we’ve already been hearing murmurs of the upcoming summer. Sure, you might not have an impressive internship lined up yet, but doing literally anything else but studying sounds better than what you’re doing now, right? On top of that, Spring Break is just around the corner! The campus senses your anticipation and excitement, and unlike that drunk hookup, Columbia gave you something to hope for again—the satisfaction of finishing.

Or, it could be global warming.

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Feb

13

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Angelica GLOWS!

Name, Year, School, Major:
Angelica Lagasca, Sophomore, Columbia College, Bio
Preference:
dudette for dude
Hometown:
duuuuuuuuuuuval
Your nightmare date in seven words or fewer:
he venmo requests
What redeems you as a human being?:
i get trail mix in bulk
Library room of choice:
business library. In this house we turn profits
Beverage of choice:
oatmeal
Which dating apps have you been active on? (Be honest.)
bumble
Where can you usually be found on a Saturday night?:
confusing myself
Historical Hottie:
Trotsky. Surviving an assasination attempt by ice pick is kind of hot

Name, Year, School, Major:
Rose Z., 1998, The Barnyard, Who fuckin’ knows, bitch
Preference:
Girl for girl
Hometown:
I’m omnipresent, actually
Your nightmare date in seven words or fewer:
Anywhere I have to dress fancy
What redeems you as a human being:
I’m gay
Library room of choice:
Altschul atrium
Beverage of choice:
Jasmine green tea
Which dating apps have you been active on? (be honest):
None. It’s physically impossible to take pictures of me so I can’t make any profiles.
Where can you usually be found on a Saturday night?
Playing Dungeons and Dragons
Historical Hottie:
They’re all too old for me

 

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Feb

13

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France post-liberation, signaling the near end of World War II in Western Europe.

Despite the fact that she had a history class until 5:25, Bwogger Victoria Arancio was ready for another dose of modern European History by 6. Not only did she learn the name of “that weird orange house next to Low,” but she learned more about how historians treat political transparency. 

After a nice leisurely stroll around campus, I found my way into Buell Hall for the a panel discussion and book talk centered on Stefanos Geroulanos’ recent book, Transparency in Postwar France: A Critical History of the Present. Geroulanos, an Associate Professor of European History and the Director of the Center for International Research in the Humanities and Social Sciences at NYU, focused on Europe’s  political atmosphere in the 20th century with input from other panelists: all Columbia professors. Professors Ayten Gundogdu, Turkuler Isiksel and Thomas Dodman helped bring the discussion into the American sphere, directing questions towards global historical context during the Cold War. With political transparency seen as a national issue today, the panel drew its own conclusions on the Trump Administration.

Geroulanos began the discussion with modern examples of what transparency has become in the 21st century. At the beginning of President Barack Obama’s first term in 2009, one of the first things that he aimed to accomplish was to make the federal government more transparent, following a loss of faith in the Bush Administration and foreshadowing challenges with what would be the Great Recession. Similarly, former Prime Minister David Cameron of Great Britain made transparency his priority back in 2010, making the government more accountable, responsible, and open. Geroulanos argues that there is an “apparent use of transparency as a political tool” that attempts to celebrate the ideal while doing the opposite. Today, it is difficult to find examples of transparency that aren’t politically motivated.
Hit me with the hard facts

Jan

25

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We all have somewhere we have to be.

It’s 10:08: you’re rushing to get to your seminar in Barnard Hall on time, but you’re still on college walk. You’re sprinting to get there on time before your professor makes another embarrassing comment. Here’s some rough spots on campus to find yourself when you’re crunched for time. 

  1. Hamilton stairs: some people have to run all the way up to the 7th floor! Do not be that person that runs into their friend on the stairwell and then stops. Not cool.
  2. Literally anywhere in John Jay or Ferris: especially at peak hours, these places are chaotic. If you’re going to block Bwog from getting to the pasta line, there’s going to be problems.
  3. In the Barnard tunnel: we know that this is only temporary, but we want to bitch about it anyway. Your group of four blocking literally half of the walkway is making it hard for us to run to Fayerweather! Also, your voices echo in there, so we can hear everything.
  4. Right outside of Mudd: getting to Mudd from anywhere else is bad enough, and trying to dodge the large groups of people that walk slowly out of the building makes things worse.
  5. Near the entrance/exit of EC: we are all drunk, trying to get our IDs and head over to Mel’s! We’re also sweaty, and we don’t want to have to push our way through a huddled mass of people trying to get the attention of the security guard keeping our cards hostage.
  6. Right in front of the Diana doors: Bwog loves love, but please don’t make out with your boyfriend right in front of the doors when it’s already tough enough to open those doors in the first place.
  7. The front stairwell of Schermerhorn: it’s bad enough that they’re slippery when they’re wet. If you have to take a phone call, find some safe ground elsewhere.
  8. The doorway of 1020: this isn’t technically on campus, but still annoying as hell. It’s early in the spring semester and it’s cold outside. Some of us are still working on being drunk enough to be comfortable standing outside.

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Jan

17

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The city awaits you…

Are you one of the many that have successfully avoided the harrowing shopping period? Bwog’s got some things that you can do during the light and early weeks of the semester. 

  • The obvious one: binge-watch Netflix without guilt.
  • Try to meet up with all of your friends before the semester makes you flaky.
  • Leave the MoHi bubble and explore a new part of the city.
  • Visit the Michelangelo exhibit at the Met and the fashion exhibit at the MOMA.
  • Start saving money now. Put some to the side to have a good time, but remember: it’s a long road to May.
  • Go to all the INSIDER food video places you’ve always wanted to go to (Chick’nCone, Brodo, Bar Pa Tea).
  • Treat yourself to a manicure in the name of self-care.
  • Prepare a nice dinner with your friends. If you’re the unfortunate one that has to cook the whole meal, have a friend equipped with a large bottle of whatever to keep you in good spirits.

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Jan

16

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Get it… like… field?

With break having come and gone, syllabus week is the perfect time to reflect. Our little time without school work and obligations gave Bwog the perfect opportunity to have some fun. Here’s some of the highlights from Bwog’s break!

Bwog gets sick

  • Had to go to the ER (not alcohol-related).
  • Got destroyed by the flu on the last day of break.
  • Got CAVA’d the weekend before classes start (i.e. this past weekend). Great way to start off the semester.
  • Ate a Baconator from Wendy’s and was sick for 4 days after.
  • Threw up in a billionaire’s tennis-themed bathroom before helping cater their new year’s eve party (cause unknown).
  • Got all my drinks paid for on New Year’s; woke up with strep the next day.
  • Threw up in my mouth on the LIRR. Was wedged in-between two people talking loudly on the phone.
  • Hyperventilated and threw salmon up into the ocean.

More field notes after the jump

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