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it’s that time of the year again!

Happy Wednesday! Bwog’s GSSC Bureau Chief, Alex Tang, is back with updates from yesterday’s meeting. This week, GSSC specifically acknowledged the fact that we’re all in the midst of midterms season. In the words of GS VP of Policy Raisa Flor, “remember to take care of yourselves during midterms week. Eat, drink, get enough sleep, and don’t be too hard on yourself.”

Today is Columbia’s annual Giving Day! The bulk of the General Studies meeting was focused on publicizing Giving Day and the various events that are happening on and off campus. Prizes (such as Flex points) will be given away throughout the day for specific challenges. Here are some ways GS students can enter to win prizes today:

  • Post a photo of yourself and/or your pet in Columbia blue. Use #ColumbiaGivingDay and be sure to call out GS. The winner will be posted by CAA on Twitter/Facebook when announced.
  • Show us the next generation of Columbians – Post a photo of your baby or child (nieces, nephews, grandkids, or friends are fine too!) wearing Columbia gear. Use #ColumbiaGivingDay and be sure to call out GS.
  • Send a Snapchat to @columbiagiving calling out GS. The winner will be posted by CAA on Twitter/Facebook when announced.

Furthermore, the Giving Day Celebration, hosted by GS, is taking place today between 5:30-7:30pm at the Penn/Columbia Club on 44th Street, between 6th and 7th Avenues. Get your tickets here, and show up to meet fellow alumni and students and to grab some free refreshments.

GSSC President Sam Demezieux started the meeting by reviewing the purpose of Giving Day, characterizing it as an “opportunity for the Columbia community to come together in friendly competition” to see “who can raise the most funds for student initiatives.” Demezieux went on to state that a significant part of the funds raised by GS on Giving Day would go towards student scholarships, a large priority for the school. The president encouraged alumni and friends of GS to donate, while at the same time stating that students are not explicitly expected to donate.

Read the other talking points from yesterday’s meeting here

Oct

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Guastavino’s looks bougie enough for this bwogger

Each Wednesday, Bwog’s GSSC Bureau Chief, Alex Tang, gives us a brief summary of the previous GSSC meeting. This week, GSSC approved the venue for the 2018 Spring Gala and introduced a new initiative for GS first-years.

This week, the General Studies Student Council (GSSC) hosted a relatively short meeting, focusing mainly on updates for upcoming events or initiatives. The meeting took place at 8:15 in Lerner 5, during the protests against right-wing speaker Tommy Robinson. As a result, this week’s meeting was different in that it was punctuated periodically by the rallying cries and cheers from just a few floors down. Yet, every speaker spoke slightly louder than usual, and the meeting proceeded smoothly.

The bulk of the meeting was spent on selecting the venue for the annual Spring Gala. VP of Campus Life Dennis Zhao introduced his favorite contender, Guastavino’s in East Midtown. Guastavino’s has a much larger capacity than previous gala venues, and Zhao mentioned that up to seven hundred students might be able to attend this year’s gala at Guastavino’s, more than in previous years. The Spring Gala has been criticized in previous years for its limited capacity, as not all GS students were able to attend the galas. Senior Class President Roya Hegdahl, who attended her freshman Spring Gala at Guastavino’s, noted that the venue was incredibly spacious and well-organized, allowing for a natural flow of events. More importantly, hosting the Spring Gala at Guastavino’s would mean cheaper gala tickets for attendees, as well as the extra benefits of hors d’oeuvres and a larger “beverage” selection. GSSC unanimously approved Guastavino’s as the 2018 Spring Gala venue.

Read about GS’s new first-year initiative

Oct

4

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the Welcome Back Party venue looks pretty glamorous tbh

Today is Wednesday, which means that Bwog’s General Studies Student Council (GSSC) Bureau Chief Alex Tang is here with a summary of yesterday’s meeting. If you’re interested in what goes on in General Studies and can’t make it to the weekly GSSC meetings, check back weekly for convenient updates!

GSSC held a fairly short meeting last night. Members of the council took turns giving updates about various events and initiatives related to the School of General Studies.

Most importantly, the annual GSSC-hosted Welcome Back Party is coming up tomorrow, Thursday, from 7-9pm at the Hudson Terrace, a rooftop lounge in Midtown. The Welcome Back Party is one of the biggest events that GSSC hosts each year, and is a major highlight for many GS students. A limited number of tickets are still available, so check the link above if you’re in GS and want to turn up tomorrow!

In anticipation of Homecoming, the annual Columbia Homecoming Banner Showdown is happening next week, on Thursday October 12 from 12-4pm on the Lerner Ramps. Each of Columbia’s four undergraduate schools (CC, SEAS, Barnard, and GS) will be given empty canvasses on which to propose their own version of the Homecoming banner. The banners will be posted during the pep rally, and the best banner will be voted upon by the student body. VP of Campus Life Dennis Zhao encouraged as many GS students to attend as possible. Zhao noted that other schools have been talking smack about GS, quoting that GS students are “too old” and lack the “steady hands” to make artwork. Let’s show all the haters wrong!

Here are the other updates covered during the GSSC meeting:

  • The Faculty Mentorship Program website is now live, and can be accessed here. The program is open to all juniors and seniors in CC and GS, who will be able to choose certain faculty members as personal mentors. Through the program, each faculty member will act as “an experienced ally who can provide personal and individual guidance and support on academic, professional, and social issues, helping their mentees not only achieve but also identify or clarify their goals.”
  • GSSC will be hosting monthly awareness panels geared towards different student populations within GS. In October, there will be a Dual BA/Joint Programs Students Panel. In November, in partnership with GS Alliance, GSSC will host a Transgender Students Panel.
  • There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Food Bank at Columbia today at 4:30pm at the Food Bank in Lerner. The School of General Studies played a big role in actualizing the food bank, and GSSC would like to invite any interested students to check out the ceremony.
  • Community Impact works with high schoolers in the community around Columbia, and is currently looking for GS volunteers who can dedicate an hour per week to show students what it’s like to be a college student. Contact the council for more information.

We saw several new faces at the meeting as well, as the council heard (and approved) the nominations for two previously vacant positions. GSSC’s two new council members are:

  • Lou Abramowicz (Senior Class VP): A student from the Dual BA program at Sciences Po, Abramowicz is excited to coordinate GS’s most cherished events and traditions.
  • Eren Villa (Social Chair): Villa emphasized his interest in the role as coming out of a “love for the community,” rather than as a means of gaining “social capital.”

Senator Ramond Curtis also introduced two new legislative assistants and three new administrative assistants, who will help him interface with the Columbia administration. The role of the legislative assistants, Patrick and Moth, will be to do research, draft memorandums for the University Senate, and to advocate for direct policy changes. The administrative assistants, Daniel, Alejandro, and Christopher, will meet with administrators and draft official emails. All five assistants will be working associate non-voting positions, but will be active members of the board.

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Sep

27

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subject of the most heated part of last night’s GSSC meeting

Each Wednesday, Bwog brings you a brief summary of the General Studies Student Council (GSSC) meeting from the night before. In today’s update, Bwog GSSC Bureau Chief Alex Tang highlights the pizza-based drama that went down last night.

In last night’s meeting, the General Studies Student Council (GSSC) had a relatively heated talk about pizza, which, believe it or not, spiraled into a debate about the fair delegation of responsibilities among Columbia’s four undergraduate student councils. After providing updates of several upcoming events and hearing the speeches of three new nominated board members, GSSC discussed whether or not they should bail out the rest of the Columbia community in the upcoming Lerner Pub event by fronting money for the pizza budget. Detailed information about the pizza drama will be provided at the end of the article.

GSSC also heard the speeches of three nominees for vacant board positions. All three nominees were subsequently approved. The three new board members are listed below, along with memorable lines or tidbits from their speeches.

  • Julia Hewitt (Family and Working Students Rep): As a single mother, Hewitt hopes to make GS more inclusive to those with “time-restrictions [and] who can’t make it to all the events.” Hewitt’s proposals include shared babysitting among GS parents, as well as more GS events that cater toward children.
  • Sitara Herur (Social Media Representative): Herur wants to make sure that all GS students hear about and are therefore able to participate in all events, whether they’re “in or out of the [GSSC meeting] room.”
  • Eric Lunzer (Treasurer): A former Marine with an extensive background in finance and budget management, Lunzer will manage the GSSC budget in the coming year.

Other Updates from GSSC:

  • The GS Latinx Block Party will happen this Thursday, September 28 from 5:30-7:30pm on the Lewisohn Lawn. “Despacito” will not be playing on repeat, as Dennis Zhao joked during the meeting.
  • The GS Welcome Back Party at Hudson Terrace is still scheduled for October 5, from 7-9pm. Tickets will be released in two waves – the first at 8pm this Thursday, and the second at 1pm this Friday. Tickets ($20) sell out fast, so be sure to be on the website at those times! Limited subsidized tickets will also be available.
  • The first Lerner Pub of the year is happening this Thursday, from 9pm-12am. Lerner Pub is open to all seniors from all four schools, regardless of age (you don’t have to be 21+).
  • The Faculty Mentorship Program website will launch at noon on Tuesday, October 3. The program is open for GS and CC students, who will be able to choose faculty mentors from a variety of subject areas. Registration closes on Friday, October 20.
  • The Columbia University Mental Task Force meets at 2pm on Sundays to discuss policy initiatives for improving mental health. The task force is currently looking for more GS representation. For more information, contact GS VP of Policy Raisa Flor.
  • The GS Columbia Peer Advising website has been updated. Students may now make appointments here.

And now for the pizza drama…

Read about the pizza debate

Sep

20

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We got acquainted with a new, highly diverse cast of characters in this week’s GSSC meeting

Each Wednesday, Bwog presents a recap of the General Studies Student Council (GSSC) meeting from the night before. Senior Staffer Alex Tang attended yesterday’s meeting and brings us the highlights.

Last night, the General Studies Student Council met for their second meeting of the 2016-2017 academic year. The main focus of this week’s meeting was on the introduction of nine new nominees for open GSSC positions. Having already applied and interviewed with the council, these nine GSSC students had been nominated for their respective positions. All nominees gave speeches briefly introducing themselves and their prospective goals for GSSC. During a closed vote by the council, all nine GSSC nominees were approved.

Without further ado, here are the new students we’ll be seeing in GSSC this year! Included in the descriptions below are interesting lines or tidbits from each of their presentations:

Click here to meet the new GSSC board members!

May

6

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walk into the ref room like this

Bwogline: Yesterday, The Metropolitan Museum of Art filed a proposal to charge admission for out-of-state visitors. But don’t worry, Barnumbia, you’ll be ok thanks to the Columbia Arts Initiative. (The New York Times)

Study Tip: Have a final for a language class soon? Try listening to some pop music in that language – it’s fun and it’ll be a way for you to practice! Some of my favorites include:
Cámara Lenta” by Zoé (Spanish)
后来” by 刘若英 (Chinese)
Dernière Danse” by Indila (French)

More Music (In English): Bring out that uptown pride with Billy Joel’s “Uptown Girl“, about a bougie uptown girl who attracts a down-to-earth guy from downtown.

Procrastination: The Met just opened its new fashion exhibit, “Rei Kawakubo/Comme des Garçons – Art of the In-Between,” for spring/summer 2017. It’s fabulous and avant-garde, and you should definitely go see it! Read more about it here.

Overheard: “If I had a daily subway commute, I would take the F and transfer to the L.”

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Apr

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Happening in the United States: President Trump failed to repeal Obamacare within his first 100 days in office, as he originally promised, when House Republicans were unable to draw enough votes. (The New York Times)

Happening in New York City: Amtrak plans to undergo major repair work at Penn Station this summer to fix the station’s crumbling 40-year-old infrastructure. Expect major delays at Penn Station in the next few months. (CBS New York)

Happening on Campus: Go see the 123rd Annual Varsity Show tonight at 8pm! Tickets start at $8.50.

Overheard: “I don’t want to be pre-med anymore. I want to be pre-sugar baby.”

Study Tip: Studying for finals? Listen to some Mozart! Classical music has been shown to reduce stress, among other benefits.

Apr

22

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Art expresses the full range of human experience, in all its beauty and aspirations. No matter your interests or background, you are guaranteed to find in the city of New York art that speaks to you. Earlier today, Bwog posted arts events happening on campus. In this post, Bwog describes art exhibitions happening in Manhattan, most of them free to Barnumbia students.

For the fashionista: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between

May 4 – September 4: FREE

The Met seems to have it all: Monets, Japanese calligraphy, even an Egyptian temple. However, most visitors don’t know that the Met has a constantly changing fashion exhibit, featuring the most important developments in fashion. In May, check out the Comme des Garçons exhibit, which “will examine the work of Japanese fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, known for her avant-garde designs and ability to challenge conventional notions of beauty, good taste, and fashionability.”

No need to fly halfway across the world to see these bad boys

For the history buff: The Metropolitan Museum of Art: Age of Empires: Chinese Art of the Qin and Han Dynasties

Through July 16: FREE

The Qin and Han dynasties witnessed the formation of the Chinese identity, consolidating the language, artistic traditions, and many of the values still present in Chinese society today. Here’s your chance to see some of the famed Xi’an terracotta warriors, as well as some works of art that have never before been displayed in the United States. Bwoggers who have been to this exhibit give the experience a 10/10.

For the activist: Whitney Museum of American Art: The 2017 Whitney Biennial

Through June 11: $17

Every two years, the Whitney Museum puts on an exhibition that highlights the current state of American art. This year’s biennial is especially poignant, as it “arrives at a time rife with racial tensions, economic inequities, and polarizing politics. Throughout the exhibition, artists challenge us to consider how these realities affect our senses of self and community.”

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Apr

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make everyone jealous by walking into class with this fabulous drink

Happening in the United States: The University of California, Berkeley reversed its decision to ban conservative author Ann Coulter from speaking on campus, rescheduling her talk on campus in early May. (The New York Times)

Happening in New York City: Check out the Met’s latest exhibition: The Age of Empires. Explore artwork from ancient China (Qin and Han dynasties), including various terracotta warriors and other treasures never before exhibited in the United States. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Happening Near Campus: Celebrate Earth Day by participating in the March for Science between 10:30am and 4pm at 64th and Central Park West.

Overheard: “If I started a fraternity, it’d be Eta Omicron Epsilon. HOE for short.”

Treat Yourself: Wondering about all the hype surrounding the Unicorn Frappuccino at Starbucks? Check out this Buzzfeed video to learn more about this beverage.

Unicorn frappuccino via news.starbucks.com

Apr

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Happening in the United States: United Airlines‘ publicity nightmare just got even worse. Lawsuit experts have all but guaranteed a sound victory for the doctor dragged from the flight, if he decides to sue the airlines. (NBC News)

Happening in New York City: New York State is unacceptably behind on its promise to resettle mentally ill adults from independent housing into supportive adult housing. One federal judge noticed. (The New York Times)

Happening near Campus: It’s cherry blossom season! Check out these gorgeous trees near you in Riverside Park or around the Jacqueline O. Kennedy Reservoir in Central Park.

Overheard: “Being forced to read this entire book in a week is a crime and punishment.”

Music of the Day: Did you know that George Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue was written on the corner of 110th and Amsterdam? Give this jazzy masterpiece a listen!

Apr

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everyone get ready to partaaaaaay

Happening in the United States: On Friday, California Governor Jerry Brown ended the drought emergency for the vast majority of the state. His announcement is a formal announcement that California’s six-year drought has finally ended. (The New York Times)

Happening in New York City: The New York Police Department (NYPD) will be starting the use of body cameras on 1,200 of its police officers by the end of the month. (CBS New York)

Happening on Campus: Unless you’re living under a rock (or in Carlton Arms), you know that today’s Bacchanal! Pick up your wristbands by 12pm at your designated area, and get to the concert by 12:30pm! Be safe and have fun!

Overheard: “I dare you to only speak in adjectives for the whole day.”

Helpful Bacchanal Tips: If you haven’t already, check out Bwog’s compiled list of advice for today’s bacchanalian festivities! Here are our three of our favorite tips from the list:

  • Stick with friends. Have fun, but make sure to keep your friends close. Don’t get separated, keep your phone on you (make sure it’s charged!), and keep an eye on how much you’re all drinking to ensure that everyone will make it to the concert later.
  • Drink water and pee beforehand. You can’t bring water into the concert (but you’ll probably need it), and you’ll lose your spot in the crowd if you need to leave to pee. Make sure to chug water and use the bathroom beforehand.
  • Don’t be fucking rude to the other people in the crowd. Don’t push, don’t elbow, don’t snap at people. We’re all excited, and we’re all trying to have a good time–no need to bring that competitive Columbia spirit into the only day of the year devoted to fun on this campus.

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Apr

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Official Bwog Announcement: Due to the Columbia student body’s current lack of op-eds and a space for discourse, Bwog will be transitioning to an op-ed platform starting today. We hope that our new op-eds will bring fresh voices and new perspectives into our broader Columbia community.

Happening in the World: Trump University agreed to a $25 million settlement on Friday, finally putting an end to a highly publicized trial. Thousands of Trump University students will receive most of their tuition money back. (CNN)

Happening in New York City: Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York, announced yesterday his intentions of shutting down Riker’s Island jail complex within the next 10 years, to be replaced by multiple smaller jails in New York City’s boroughs. (CNBC)

Happening on Campus: Feeling too cooped up in the rain? Don’t worry – Bacchanal will be here in exactly a week! Ticket releases will be staggered throughout the next week. Today, 1,000 tickets will be released here at exactly 11:30am.  Tickets go fast, so make sure to snag your ticket within a couple seconds of the release!

Overheard: “The next time my neighbors have loud sex at three in the morning, I’m gonna blast out ‘Take Me To Church’ on my speakers.”

Treat Yourself: This time of the semester is especially stressful! Remember to treat yourself today, whether it’s with a Starbucks frappuccino or an episode of Friends on Netflix. If you’re short on time, here’s a video of the world’s cutest laughing dolphin.

Mar

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Having a generic name was never a problem for this handsome man

Happening in the World: Schools in Toronto are ceasing field trips to the United States. The Toronto District School Board cited concerns that its students might be turned away at the border due to President Trump’s immigration vetting procedures. (The New York Times)

Happening in New York City: A resident of Trump Tower was fined $1,000 by the City of New York for renting out her apartment on Airbnb. (New York Daily News)

Happening on Campus: The Columbia Community Outreach Day of Service is happening today! If you’re registered, enjoy the free breakfast and apparel, and have a great day volunteering around the city!

Overheard: “The last time I had tequila, I puked and coughed at the same time. I puke-coughed.”

Random Procrastination Apparatus of the Day: Check out this Benedict Cumberbatch name generator!

Benedict Cumberbatch and wife via Stemoc

Mar

4

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Oh John JJ’s… taking us to the frontiers of innovative gastronomy

Happening in the World: A Mexican lawmaker climbed the border fence between Tijuana and San Diego as a message for Donald Trump. (CNN)

Happening in New York City: The director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art resigned this week following concerns about the financial health and direction of the museum. (The New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Today’s weather is going to be a high of 34 and a low of 15! (And we all thought spring was here to stay…) Bundle up, get some hot chocolate from Ferris, and cozy up with a good book!

Overseen: Columbia Dining got oddly creative on Thursday night… (see image)

Bwog as your spontaneous travel agency:
Spring Break is in a week! Bwog has researched the roundtrip travel prices for certain destinations (as of press time):
Montauk (for visiting that rich friend’s home in the East Hamptons): $41 by LIRR
Philadelphia (for the low-key traveller): $49 by Amtrak
Los Angeles (for the glamorous drama queen): $402 by Virgin America
Cancun (for the Bacchic party animal): $448 by Volaris/Interjet

Feb

25

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Columbia Housing lottery number for the Waldorf Astoria: 90/0001

Happening in the Nation: Many major news organizations, including CNN, The New York Times, and BBC, were barred from a White House press briefing on Friday. This move by the Trump administration struck journalists as unprecedented. (CNN)

Happening in New York City: The Waldorf Astoria, arguably New York’s most famous hotel, is shutting down on Wednesday for remodeling, to be reopened in a few years as a much smaller hotel with more residential apartments. (The New York Times)

Happening on Campus: To continue observance of Black History Month, Teachers College is hosting a film screening of The Loving Story, “the definitive account of Loving v Virginia – the landmark 1967 Supreme Court decision that legalized interracial marriage.” The film screening will happen tonight at 7:30pm. Tickets may be purchased here for $11.

Overheard: “… and that’s why I deleted my Grindr.”

Your New York 4-day forecast (sponsored by Spring, your favorite season):
Saturday (Scattered thunderstorms) – High: 58, Low: 36
Sunday (Sunny) – High: 46, Low: 35
Monday (Sunny) – High: 57, Low: 44
Tuesday (Showers) – High: 56, Low: 48
(Disclaimer: weather prone to changes, obviously)

The Waldorf Astoria via Hennem08 

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