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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.

Bacchanal via Bwog

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

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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 

Feb

18

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Happening in the World: Meet the newly-discovered continent Zealandia! This week, scientists determined New Zealand and Australia to be separated by a continental crust large enough to place the two nations on distinct continents. (CNN)

Happening in New York City: Addressing concerns that college tuition rates are becoming increasingly unaffordable, NYU is making changes that will make it more feasible for students to graduate earlier. (The New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Last night, Barnard President Debora Spar announced certain terms of the contract made between Barnard College and the contingent faculty union BCF-UAW 2110.

Overheard: “Would it be ratch if I saved some of these ribs for later?” (referring to Ferris’s delicious BBQ ribs)

Thought-provoking animal video of the day: Humans aren’t the only animals fascinated by how we look in the mirror! Check out how these animals learn about self-awareness through their own reflections.

Australia/Zealandia Photo via Chuq

Feb

12

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a string of Chinese new years lamps hanging in the daytime

Lamps, check. Coniferous trees, not check.

Students at Columbia University represent the diversity of the nation and the world, bringing to campus traditions and customs from their own backgrounds. Bwog sent Daily Editors Alex Tang and Angelica Lagasca to review Lunar Gala: Harmony 2017, Columbia’s biggest celebration for the Lunar New Year. The gala featured musical and dance performances by Columbia student groups, as well as a fashion show finale.

The Lunar New Year stands as one of the world’s most celebrated holidays. While individual customs differ between countries and families, celebrants always begin the new year with friends and family, live entertainment, and lots of food. Columbia University, well-represented by a population of students of East Asian descent, rang in the New Year with the annual Lunar Gala, hosted by the Chinese Students Club.

Stepping into Roone Arledge Auditorium, one familiar with Lunar New Year customs was immediately reminded of China’s very own CCTV New Year’s Gala. CCTV New Year’s Gala, or chunwan, is an annual broadcast of musical performances, dances, and skits, broadcast on live television for over 700 million viewers (definitely beating out the Superbowl). Columbia’s very own Lunar Gala boasted live student performances, take-home goodies (Lunar Gala shotglasses), and a Chinese food buffet. All proceeds from ticket sales went to Heart to Heart Community Care, a non-profit organization providing services to migrant workers in China.

This year, the hosts of Lunar Gala: Harmony 2017 emphasized the value of preserving harmony throughout political turmoil and recent events on campus. The MCs, Simon Ma and Sarah Lu, expressed hope in the power of music, dance, and fashion in bridging differences and uniting the humanity within all of us. Indeed, the performances through the night represented a diversity of artistic modes and styles that would have appealed to any viewer.

Bwog’s review of the individual performances and the fashion show

Feb

11

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Happening in the United States: The March cover of the fashion magazine Vogue was criticized for not being “diverse” enough. The cover, consisting of a group shot of seven models, intended to celebrate “the modern American woman,” but was criticized for including too few women of different ethnicities and body types. (CNN)

Happening in New York City: New York Fashion Week kicked off yesterday with the most anticipated debut of the week, Calvin Klein’s prêt-à-porter Fall 2017 line by Raf Simons. Check out photos from the show here. (The New York Times)

Happening on Campus: Check out the Lunar Gala: Harmony, organized by the Chinese Students Club, happening tonight from 6:15-10pm. The Lunar Gala is a longstanding tradition at Columbia University that celebrates the Chinese New Year with student group performances, lots of food, and a fashion show! Tickets are $12.50, and can be purchased here.

Overseen: Stay strong, Carman Hall.
PSA from an anonymous Carman resident: If you live below floor 5 on Carman and have no compelling reason not to take the stairs, take the stairs.

on the bright side, you might as well start working on your summer bod

On the bright side, you might as well start working on your summer bod

2006 Throwback: Continuing on with today’s fashion theme, here’s that iconic scene from The Devil Wears Prada. RIP cerulean.

Feb

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Happening in the nation: No other cabinet nominee has received as much protest as Betsy DeVos, President Trump’s pick for Secretary of Education. DeVos is a single swing vote away from a rejection, and the phone systems of potential-swing Republicans have been flooded by calls from DeVos critics. (Politico)

Happening in NYC: The city has found dangerously high amounts of lead in some water samples in NYC public schools. These results came in as New York City tried a new water testing method. (The New York Times)

Happening on campus: Feeling jazzy today? Check out the Marcus Roberts Trio at Miller Theater today at 8pm as they perform jazzy classics with a twist. Tickets here.

Overheard: “I’ve forgotten what it’s like to feel warmth.”

Random: Superbowl is tomorrow! Tbt to one of history’s best Superbowl halftime shows, Madonna’s 2012 performance! Look forward to Lady Gaga’s halftime performance tomorrow!

 

Jan

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May you encounter much love and straight A's in the Year of the Rooster.

May you encounter much love and straight A’s in the Year of the Rooster.

Happening in the nation: According to many climate experts, the drought in California is nearly over. Record-setting rain and snowfall throughout California have replenished the state’s reservoirs and rivers in recent months. For the first time in more than a year, none of the state is designated as being in “exceptional drought.” (CNN)

Happening in NYC: It’s officially the Year of the Rooster! Join in one of New York’s biggest Lunar New Year celebrations today from 11 am until 3:30 pm at Sara D. Roosevelt Park (near Manhattan’s Chinatown). Check out the firecrackers, lion dances, and dumplings! (Time Out New York)

Happening on campus: For those of you who missed the announcement, JJ’s Place is closed until March, due to infrastructural repairs. For the time being, John Jay will be open until 1:00 am. And yes, there will soon be quesadillas. (Columbia Dining)

Overseen: (See Trump rooster)

the resemblance is uncanny

the resemblance is uncanny

Chinese Zodiac: According to the Chinese zodiac, roosters embody fidelity and punctuality. Strengths of people born in the Year of the Rooster include independence, quick-mindedness, and warm-heartedness. Weaknesses include impatience and narrow-mindedness. To learn more about your Chinese zodiac animal, click here.

Chinese New Year decorations via flickr.com

Trump Zedong via Timmy Wu

Jan

21

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Hello dear readers! This semester, Bwog is redesigning Bwoglines, in order to make this feature more relevant to the Columbia student experience. We hope you’ll enjoy our new format!

Happening in the nation: Within hours of his inauguration, United States President Donald Trump signed his first executive order, directing the government to scale back Obama’s legacy Affordable Care Act. However, the order is unlikely to create any immediate consequences, as Republicans still lack their own healthcare policy to replace Obamacare. (The New York Times)

Happening in NYC: Women’s marches are happening all over the country to protest the recent inauguration of President Donald Trump. New York City’s Women’s March, happening this morning, is expected to be among the largest in the country, drawing more than 65,000 participants. (NBC New York)

Happening on campus: Interested in trying something completely new this semester? Orchesis, Columbia’s largest dance group, is hosting auditions today and tomorrow in 11 Barnard Hall, and will be casting all who audition, regardless of style and prior dance experience. Auditions will be happening today from 9-11am and from 12-2pm, and tomorrow from 9-11am.

Overheard: “Why is she [incoming junior] rooming with sophomores? They’re just gonna drag her down in the lottery.”

Today’s Featured Throwback Music Video: You are loved. You are enough. Baby, you were born this way.

Oct

26

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you: 1, midterms: 0

you: 1, midterms: 0

For most of us, tomorrow marks the end of midterm season! Now that our living nightmares are over, let’s pop open a bottle of champagne, and reflect on the types of midterms that we’ve encountered this season. Here, Bwogger Alex Tang documents the different types of midterms you may have taken recently.

The Anti-Midterm
Open book? Take-home exam? This is the “too-good-to-be-true” midterm that you’re lucky to have been blessed with this semester. Go ahead and get those eight hours of sleep, you lucky bastard. Your professor is a saint.

Stress level while preparing for the midterm: 2
Stress level while taking the midterm: 3

The Faker
Everyone thinks this one’s going to be a sinker. You’ve put in major hours in Butler, guzzled down countless cups of coffee, and outlined your entire textbook. You open your test booklet, hands shaking, and to your pleasant surprise, see that the questions are much easier than the ones on the practice test. This bitch faked you out.

Stress level while preparing for the midterm: 7
Stress level while taking the midterm: 3

The Silent But Deadly
This is the midterm that sneaks up on you. Sure, you haven’t gone to lecture in two months, but you already know all the material from that AP class in high school. Upon opening up your test booklet, you find living hell. The questions might as well have been written in Sanskrit. You leave the classroom feeling #shook.

Stress level while preparing for the midterm: 3
Stress level while taking the midterm: 8

The Nuclear Apocalypse
Insanity. Sleep deprivation. Soul-searching. This test doesn’t just test your knowledge of the material, it tests the fundamental assumptions you hold about yourself. At least there’ll be a curve.

Stress level while preparing for the midterm: 10
Stress level while taking the midterm: 10

No matter which of these types of midterms you encountered this semester, you’re done now! Go catch up on sleep and binge on Netflix. Treat yourself.

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Oct

12

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we need this at Columbia

we need this at Columbia

We’ve all been there. It always seems that whenever you urgently have a place to be, you inevitably find yourself trapped behind slow walkers. First-year staff writer Alex Tang writes about his take on this common experience.

“MOVE!” I scream out, silently in my head of course.

It’s 10:08am, and I have 2 more minutes and 3 more blocks to get to my seminar. I’ve already been late twice, and a third tardy equals an absence. I do not want an absence under any circumstance.

The object of my silent anger is the gaggle of three students in front of me on College Walk. They’ve spread out to form an impenetrable chain that might as well be the Berlin Wall. They walk at a glacial pace. I do everything in my power not to headbutt my way through them.

We go to school in New York City, speed-walking capital of the world. Objectively, this city has no chill. How dare these students take their sweet time and enjoy the present moment. There’s them – content with their comfortable, well-paced lives. And then there’s me – jealous of their happiness and – gasp – realizing that it’s now 10:09.

Screw manners. I’ll probably never see these people again. I push myself forward between two of the slow-walking sloths.

“Excuse me,” I grunt, brushing past the girl on the left. I narrowly avoid a guy who’s sprinting in the opposite direction, carrying a cup of Starbucks in one hand and a stapler in the other. He seems to be a hotter mess than I am at the moment.

To the group of students I shoved myself through this morning, I’m sorry. I’m sure you’re all perfectly nice people. In other circumstances, I’d love to introduce myself, and maybe grab lunch with you all at Ferris. But when it’s 10:09am and people have places to go, please stick to the right of the walkway, and leave the middle of the walkway open for us chronically late, speed-walking messes of human beings.

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LectureHop: Black Hole Duet

LectureHop: Black Hole Duet

Stressed by midterms? Having a bad day? It always helps to think about how tiny we truly are in this gigantic universe, and how we humans (and our problems) are really just an insignificant part of a cosmic order. Last night, Bwogger Alex Tang attended Columbia Astronomy Department’s lecture: “Black Hole Duet – Hearing the Universe for the First Time”. Here are the highlights from that lecture.

If you’re reading this, drop everything you’re doing and check out this 12-second clip right now.

According to last night’s lecture, this video documents the greatest scientific achievement of this generation.

On Saturday evening, Columbia University’s Astronomy Department hosted its twice-monthly Stargazing and Lecture Series, free talks open to the general community. On this particular occasion, astronomy grad student Maria Charisi discussed the recent discovery of tangible evidence for gravitational waves in her talk “Black Hole Duet – Hearing the Universe for the First Time”. Through her lecture, Charisi managed to clarify a dense and immensely conceptual scientific development, and even bring out its intrinsic beauty.

Charisi began with the basics, stating that all objects of mass contain their own gravity. Through Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, mass distorts space-time, releasing gravitational waves in a sort of “ripple effect” out of itself. However, in the scale of things we associate with on Earth, gravitational waves are near negligible in their effects. You, or I, or the grand piano in Lerner don’t possess nearly enough mass to create discernible gravitational waves. If the entire mass of the Milky Way Galaxy were taken, the gravitational wave ripple created would only be about the size of a basketball. Yet, we’re all surrounded by gravitational waves created by cosmic occurrences happening all around us. In other words, we and everything in the universe are constantly being stretched or shrunk in a wavelike fashion.

More on gravitational waves after the jump:

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