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Apr

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We might actually be able to swipe our friends into Hewitt now?

The Barnard news just starts coming and doesn’t stop coming today. Interim President Rob Goldberg and Dean Avis Hinkson sent out an email to the student body early this afternoon with updates on the college’s tuition and meal plan for the 2017-2018 school year.

The tuition for the upcoming year has been raised to a total of $68,762, which is $2,770 more than this year’s rate. Goldberg and Hinkson wrote that the raised price reflects paying faculty and staff, funding financial aid, funding union contracts, and implementing changes associated with the new contingent-faculty union agreement. Of this total figure, $52,662 is the tuition fee, $1,780 is the comprehensive fee, $9,510 is the multiple room price (while single rooms are $11,038 and studio singles are $16,480), and $6,590 is the Platinum first-year meal plan price.

The Barnard meal plan is not facing a chance nearly as great as last year’s (when the Diana was opened for dinner and Barnard students were given access to JJ’s Place), but a change is still occurring: additional “guest swipes” will be added to all meal plans, as a means of combating food insecurity and building community. The email did not specify how exactly these swipes will function or in which dining halls Barnard students will be able to use them.

Goldberg and Hinkson concluded their email with a note that the Barnard administration “understand[s] that rising costs present a burden to many students and their families”, but “annual increases are unfortunately necessary for Barnard to improve the quality of the educational experience and to continue to be the most selective women’s college in the country.”

Read the full email after the jump

Apr

25

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Who really won the Greek Games?

Tired of responding to random people’s “Vote for Me!” Facebook events? You’re in luck; SGA voting is officially closed! After extending the voting period from Monday 3pm to midnight (because of a miscommunication with BCIT in which voting had been closed early), the official results have finally been counted and announced. Here’s the list of your newly elected representatives:

Senate: Kira Dennis

Executive Board:

President: Angela Beam
VP of Policy: Alicia Simba
VP of Campus Life: Aku Acquaye
VP of Finance: Evelyn Mccorkle
VP of Communications: Rhea Nagpal

At-Large Representatives: 

Junior Representative to the Board of Trustees: Tamar Dayanim
Academic Affairs: Shoshana Edelman
Equity & Inclusion: Kashaf Doha
Campus Affairs: Mia Lindheimer
Seven Sisters Relations: Julia Pickel
Information & Technology: Tahsina Saosun
Arts & Culture: Chloe Morris
Health Services: Valerie Jaharis
Food & Dining Services: Sarah Broniscer
Sustainable Initiatives: Sylvie Rosen

Class Councils: 

2018: Ambika Mookerjee (President), Masha Ikromova (Vice President)
2019: Aashna Singh (President), Surbhi Lohia (Vice President)
2020: Rose Reiken (President), Gabi Garcia (Vice President)

Apr

25

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Are you buried neck deep in work? Same. You know what that means; Orgo Night is approaching. On May 4th, at 11:59PM, the Columbia University Marching Band will gather outside of Butler (thanks to the lovely librarian Ann Thorton) and tell jokes you don’t wanna tell your friends you laughed at but will inevitably laugh uncomfortably at. Here are the posters for this semester’s Orgo Night.

Apr

24

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Local loft lookin’ lit.

This weekend was one for the books, friends. Only just a few more until the end of the semester and we can all go the fuck home (or wherever we’ll be). For now, let’s just be thankful that we survived. 

Accomplishments, actually:

  • Went to DC to lobby Congress for progressive gun control reform!! Yay #tuckfrump
  • Celebrated my 1 year anniversary with my boyfriend!
  • Lied a little bit and got staff passes to the Tribeca Film Festival. Spent the day eating free bougie food in a very aesthetic studio in Tribeca. There was an open bar.
  • Got caught in the rain during a very lesbian-aesthetic date in Riverside Park. This only heightened the lesbian aesthetic.
  • Went downtown to buy a birthday present for my dad; ended up buying a present for myself.
  • Sat through a really interesting discussion on young media in a swanky SoHo loft.
  • Hooked up with two different guys.
  • Partied with a bunch of NYU Local kids and felt ~cool.
  • Got drunk at prof’s house on Sunday night.
  • Baked non-pot brownies in a pie plate with Timmy on 4/20.

Not necessarily an “accomplishment,” per se:

  • Got my Delaware fake taken because I recited my California address to the bouncer.
  • Walked in on three men having a threesome in the women’s room of a divey East Village bar.
  • Somehow ended up making out with a stranger at a GW frat party who also didn’t go to GW? Weird.
  • Left my debit card at 1020 on Saturday night and had to go back Sunday afternoon to close my tab.
  • Showed up to Saturday’s hookup covered in hickeys from Friday’s hookup. He didn’t notice.
  • Left my wallet on a megabus on the way to DC. Lost my credit card, my real ID, my fake ID, and a metro card with $50 on it. Somehow retained my CUID.

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Apr

24

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A low-angle shot of Barnard HallCongratulations to Barnard’s 2017 Phi Beta Kappa Inductees!

Find your friends after the jump

Apr

24

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Overseen in Butler at 2 am.

Good morning, Columbia! Happy last week of classes! You’re almost there. You’ve worked so hard this semester and we’re so proud of you. #feels. Anyways, here’s today’s Bwoglines.

Happening in the nation: He’s back. That’s right, kids— Barry is back. Today, President Obama will make a speech at the University of Chicago, marking his first public appearance since leaving the White House.

Happening in NYC: In light of Earth Day this past weekend, a new bill in the NYC City Council will require all businesses to both recycle and compost.

Happening on campus: Today at noon in the East Ramp Lounge of Lerner, Title IX Coordinator Marjorie Fisher will be giving a talk on policy related to sexual assault. Come listen in on the chat to see where the future of this policy is headed.

Overheard: A prospie just pronounced Bwog “bee-wog.”

It’s the last week of classes! You can do it!

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Apr

23

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Bwog is back with a guideline on how to step your Tinder game up to your maximum. In the vitriolic dating scene of New York City, Tinder can either save you or ruin you, and this is just a matter of how good your profile is. Just do as we say and you will be fine.

  • First and foremost, make sure you have Columbia University in the City of New York in your profile. Take advantage of the elitism that this school provides you with. Make sure “in the City of New York” is included because if the school name is longer it sounds more official and more important.
  • But don’t put it in your bio. The repeat makes you sound like a tryhard.
  • Any internships? Researcher positions? Include that shit. As with the first clause, make sure the position name is as long as possible, because it sounds more important that way. For example, instead of saying “Intern at CUMC,” say “Undergraduate Research Intern at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC).”
  • Do you work at Goldman Sachs? Include it. Do you not work at Goldman Sachs? Pretend you do. 

    Enough said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What else should you do?

Apr

22

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Honestly, we put up with a lot of shit (weather-wise) as New Yorkers. Yet, between the time we’re bombarded by hail in 15ºF weather and baked by the summer humidity, there is a 2-month sliver of time (April-May) where we’re reminded by how pleasant nature can actually be.

In celebration of Earth Day, we asked Bwoggers to take pictures of campus and of New York City in all its springtime glory. Next time you walk to class, take a moment to appreciate how lucky you are to have such a gorgeous campus.

 

luscious lawns since 1754

 

 

Greek columns and chill

More aesthetic photos after the jump

Apr

21

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Uh, I love voting

Finally, after endless Facebook posts and candidates sliding into your DMs, the Spring 2017 CCSC Election has ended, and here are the results:

Senate: Omar Khan

Executive Board:

President: Nathan Rosin (Alliance)
VP of Policy: Nicole Allicock (Alliance)
VP of Finance: Adam Resheff (Low Beach Party)
VP of Communications: Sreya Pinnamaneni (Alliance)
VP of Campus Life: Alex Cedar (Alliance)

Your new At-Large Reps and Class Councils under the cut

Apr

21

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Chef Timmy Wu

It may have been 4/20 yesterday, but we don’t smoke. Bwog is already high all the time… on life! Bakers/staffers Sarah Dahl and Timmy Wu wanted brownies, and they made them. The safe way.

We decided to use an old/ancient family recipe from Sarah. After some initial texting confusion (Timmy: We need to bake. Sarah: Yes, before Surf and Turf. Do you have? Timmy: No… I meant actually bake. Baking with Bwog…) we got on our way.

Here’s the recipe, with additions courtesy Timmy and Sarah.

Deep Dish Brownie

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup unsifted all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

Blend melted butter and sugar, vanilla, in medium bowl. Add eggs, beat well with spoon. Combine flour and cocoa, baking powder, and salt; gradually add to egg mixture until well-blended. Spread in a greased 8-inch square pan. Bake at 350 F for 40-45 minutes (be careful if your dorm kitchen is salty af! It might be done sooner) or until brownie begins to pull away from pan. Cool, cut into squares.

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Apr

20

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The official event photo.

It’s time for one of Columbia’s most cherished dining traditions. That’s right: it’s Surf & Turf time. Enjoy the effing beatiful green lawns, the flourishing Spring weather with an outdoor dinner! Get excited for shrimp, steak, and lobster on the lawn, followed by an ice cream bar that’s sure to be delectable.

 

Though the event starts at 5:00, if you want to avoid really long lines, you’ll probably want to start lining up even sooner than that. It’s sure to be a highlight of your day, so enjoy!

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Apr

19

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Directory University Columbia of Classes

With registration upon us, Bwog returns with our recommendations of classes to take before you die I mean graduate! Whichever comes first. If you’re unsure of which classes to take next semester, consider some on this list.

English: Black Paris, Brent Edwards

“Light workload, interesting readings that are cool to be familiar with, especially fun if you speak French.”

Anthropology: Origins of Human Society, Severin Fowles:

“Very interesting anthropology course at Barnard, satisfies one of those requirements, there was an optional lab where we held human skulls in Schermerhorn.”

Anthropology: Pre-Columbian Histories of Native America, Severin Fowles

“Another eye-opening class that shatters euro-centric sensibilities and gives a new view of civilization as something that does not necessarily shift towards complexity. Fowles is a brilliant professor who is humorous, precise, and a great lecturer. The class consists of four 4-page response papers and a 10-page term paper.”

Philosophy: Philosophy and Feminism, Christia Mercer

“Good introductory course to IRWGS, and it lines up well with Lit Hum and CC if you’re taking the classes side by side. Christia Mercer is an angel who is happy to duck out of academia’s ivory tower. Very heavy reading load.”

More cool classes after the jump!

Apr

18

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Debating is just a part of our nature.

CCSC elections are in full swing. CEB hosted a debate with the candidates willing and able to present their platforms to an audience that varied between mostly empty to ghostly. One might say this is because many of the debates are simply the candidates presenting their platform, taking a few questions, and getting on with their Saturday. But there were some moments that went off Spec’s script, and Guest Writer Ufon Umanah is on mark-up duty.

The headlines:
Needs More Bacchanal
The debate for the Executive Board of CCSC revolved in large part around what big fall event Columbia should have, and none were bigger than Fall Bacchanal. The idea behind Fall Bacchanal is to try to get people outside for some school spirit, and Dave Mendelson assured the audience that his proposal was financially sound and okayed with the administration. This Bacchanal would be funded initially through paid tickets with financial aid options, alumni donations, corporate sponsorships, some funds from the surplus, and savings in JCCC. This was in contrast with Alliance’s fall event, which would be a concert located at Baker around the Homecoming Game. Both parties bickered over which idea was more feasible. Whereas Low Beach Party pointed to potential noise complaints in the Baker area, Alliance pointed to the likely no the administration would give to a Fall Bacchanal, an answer Low Beach Party rejected.

More on the debate after the jump

Apr

17

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“‘Yes, of course, if it’s fine tomorrow,’ said Mrs. Ramsay. ‘But you’ll have to be up with the lark.'”

How was your weekend, Columbia? Did you soak up the sun? Did you get trashed and go to Latenite? Did you just stay in? Here’s what we were up to, anyhow…

Wholesome:

  • Walked through the park and listened to Father John Misty’s album and fell asleep at the boat pond.
  • Went to a speciality rice pudding store in SoHo. All they sell is different flavors of rice pudding. Like ice cream.
  • Had a Butler lawn picnic that featured everything from brie (classy) to Franzia (…)
  • Ate a LOT of ice cream on Sunday but what else are you supposed to do when it’s 84 degrees.
  • Took a bike ride from Columbia all the way to Tribeca.
  • Woke up at 4:30am to go to Blackwell Island Lighthouse for sunrise in honor of my girl V. Woolf. (see beautiful photo)
  • Went to see a Yankees game on Columbia’s dime and the foodservice people assumed that we were all Jewish.
  • Literally fell in love with this guy I met at some bar in LES… I think it’s called Hair On The Hog?
  • Visited Chelsea Market with my Mom and we ate Doughnuttery donuts for the first time!! #Wholesome and #Cute
  • Tried the vegan meatballs from John Jay. I am not vegan but they are literally so good 20/10 would recommend.
  • Bonded with my best friend’s little brother over how much we hate the movie War Horse.
  • Spent Easter Sunday walking the highline with one of my sweetest friends because she was homesick. Ran into another good friend and her boyfriend and took adorable pictures together.
  • Danced the night away at my spring semi formal! Watched my “crush” make out with another girl within 20 minutes of being there but ended up bonding with a good friend which was just as fun.
  • Found my favorite cheese at Westside at 2 am on Saturday night while wildly drunk.

What’s the opposite of wholesome?

  •  Got way too day drunk on Easter Sunday, proceeded to crash as soon as I got back to campus and missed Bwog meeting.
  • Was hooking up with a cute boy when he got a nosebleed right in the middle of it. That’s one way to kill a mood.
  • Went to Latenite’s drunk show just as drunk as the actors. Was still just as confused but was glad no one batted an eye when I took swigs from a Jack Daniels nip during intermission.
  • Showed up to a friend’s alum event five minutes before it was supposed to end; managed to get three drinks and the bar miraculously stayed open for another 45 minutes.
  • Got shitfaced before Latenite’s prank show and could barely read my lines before hitting the ground with a thud.
  • Went to subway party and had the best time with all the #smashed #socialists
  • Hooked up with three different guys three days in a row.
  • Did a barefoot walk of shame from Hartley to Carman at 1 pm on Saturday wearing the clothes of the boy I spent the night with and holding my dress and heels from the night before.
  • Went drinking in Koreatown for the first time ever.
  • Got drunk at my high school’s fancy alumni event while the current students at my school suffocate in the AC-less dorms.
  • Got drunk every night this weekend for the first time in a while.

Photo via Bwogger; quote via our girl V. Woolf

Apr

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Us begging our elders to share their “wisdom”

What is “wisdom,” really? A generalized quality produced from the cultural and social norms of a particular place and time? A term prescribed to old sorcerers in fantasy books? A means of surviving conversations with older relatives? Or something more strange and vast and terrible, impossible to clearly define?

As difficult to define as “wisdom” is, we’re going to ask you to define it. Or at least, provide us with some examples. In other words: we’re officially seeking nominations for this spring’s Senior Wisdoms. Nominate your friends! Nominate your enemies! Nominate that person who wrote that op-ed you really hated freshman year! Nominate someone who will actually give us a creative answer to the “oral sex or cheese” question!

Whoever you nominate, do it by sending their name, email, and a brief description of why they deserve a Senior Wisdom to tips@bwog.com. (You can also send this through our anonymous form, if you’re feeling shy.) Nominations are due by Friday, April 28 at 11:59 pm.

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