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Trump's signature on the letter - courtesy of Spectator

Trump’s signature on the letter – courtesy of Spectrum

As the future of Donald Trump’s presidency approaches, we looked back at the past to see Trump’s previous interactions with Columbia, and found a six year old fight between the President-Elect and our own President. 

Most Columbia students only really started seeing Donald Trump as a threat with the wake of his presidential aspirations. For once, our own fearless president has been way ahead of the curve: Lee Bollinger was victim of Donald Trump’s vicious verbal attacks (usually reserved for Saturday Night Live and Meryl Streep) back in 2010 when he dropped out of a potential deal with the business tycoon.

According to Mr. Trump, Columbia almost purchased some land from him near the Lincoln Center before Bollinger’s appointment to the presidency in 2002. The deal was made with Alfred Lerner (of Lerner Hall fame), but Lerner fell ill before anything could be finalized.

Bollinger had a different vision for Columbia expansion. He wanted to stay closer to the main campus in Morningside Heights, and felt that Trump’s 9-acre Upper West Side land was too small for the university’s motives. He cut the deal with Trump, starting a long and dramatic feud.

How did the feud end?

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If you're feeling like this in a class, maybe it's time to drop it.

If you’re feeling like this in a class, maybe it’s time to drop it.

Are you looking at the 30 credits you registered for and realizing it’s impossible? Have you decided that you can’t take five classes back to back every day? Whatever your reasons may be for considering dropping a class, Bwog is here to help you with 10 ways to justify the drops to yourself, your parents, or your advisor. 

  1. It was an 8:40 class that took attendance.
  2. The class is in a building with only two women’s bathrooms, and neither of them are on the same floor as your class.
  3. It’s on the “other” side of Broadway.
  4. The syllabus was more than 5 pages long.
  5. The professor made multiple bad jokes in their introductory speech.
  6. Your ex is in the class.
  7. Your ex has another class in the same building at the same time.
  8. The class meets during your afternoon nap time.
  9. The professor says food is not allowed.
  10. There’s a midterm on your (or your pet’s) birthday.

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Dean Valentini informed the Columbia community this morning via email of the passing of Yi-Chia “Mia” Chen last night from an apparent suicide. Chen was an exchange student at Columbia College from Waseda University in Japan. Dean Valentini’s email told students “to reach out to your advisers, your Residential Life staff, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Office of the University Chaplain, your faculty members, and family and friends for support.”

Resources are available to offer support for members of the community. Columbia Counseling and Psychological services are available from 8 am to 7 pm Monday-Thursday, and from 8 am to 5 pm on Friday at (212) 854-2878, in addition to extended walk-in hours 5-10 pm tonight and tomorrow in the CPS office in Broadway Hall and all day today and tomorrow until 10pm on the fifth floor of Lerner Hall. Between 10 pm and 3 am, students can call Nightline for support at (212) 854-7777.

Click here to read Dean Valentini’s email to students

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Sliding into spring semester

If you slide into the spring semester this happy then you’re doing something right.

With the new semester upon us, Bwog takes a look back at winter break. No one seems to be happy on this rainy first day of classes, so we’ve decided to cheer you up! Winter Break was long overdue, but with break came its own challenges: Bwog gives you the rundown on what happened on our vacations. 

The Good:

  • Went to the naked Korean spa with my mom.
  • Ate an entire Costco-sized bag of dried mango.
  • Applied to roughly 100 internships.
  • Bought my sister 5 bottles of alcohol when I dropped her off at school in Canada (I don’t even need a fake to buy alc there!)
  • Drove for first time since June, didn’t crash.
  • Actually bought gifts for everyone I wanted to this year!
  • Carried a tote bag of seashells through two rounds of customs, border control, and security; worried they would think sharp part of shells could be considered a weapon but they didn’t!
  • Got interrogated by my dad when he found my fake. He asked me, “So, you’re 21 now?” I responded, “No dad, I’m 22.” He laughed. I kept my ID.
  • Worked all of break which sucked, but I made bank!
  • Jumped into the ocean on Christmas Day to participate in New England masochism.
  • Took my parents to Symposium. They bought me sangria and my dad made friends with the staff.
  • Learned a lot about volleyball in a very short amount of time.
  • Went snowmobiling.
  • A friend of mine from high school now owns a bus.

Cringe-worthy stories after the jump.

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Let’s just hope that your professor doesn’t   kill you off as often as Trelawney does to Harry

The cold, rainy, and gloomy weather might be a sign to just give up now, but let’s face our 8 ams with optimism: it’s syllabus week! We all wish that MLK’s birthday could defy logic and last for a week, but sadly the semester crept up on us and now it’s time to log off Netflix and face reality. We are all trying to keep our resolutions, whether it’s eating better or getting better grades. It’s more than likely that one or two of the professors on your schedule will try to make class more exciting by inserting memes into slides and trying to crack some jokes while reading the syllabus. Don’t get used to it: their resolutions won’t last a month let alone the whole semester.

Professors, like students, are unpredictable: they might show their dark side by giving you readings, or they could ease you into class with cool music or videos. Either way, CU professors are going to say some weird shit that deserves to be recognized. Whether it’s pure sass or lame jokes, we want to hear them all. Send all of the weird things your professors say this week to [email protected] or leave them in the comments section. We don’t need professors’ names or classes- just attempts at perfecting comedic timing will do.

Fingers-crossed for a good semester via Harry Potter Wiki

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We wish for more fun in 2017

We wish for more fun in 2017

This fall has truly been full of instability, both on and off campus. Bwog has recently seen its fifth Editor-in-Chief in as many semesters, Columbia students are realizing that their liberal bubble might not be as safe as it seemed, and Cannons is finally gone for good. Not all of these changes were bad, as The Reclining Figure found a home and Claremont finally got a crosswalk. Regardless of what happened, time passed as always. Before we head home to recharge over Winter Break, we want to recap the events of these past few months. 

Our semester began with some drama on Broadway as Deluxe finally closed and has yet to be replaced. To contribute to the instability, Barnard officially declared the Magnolia tree dead. A new tree will be planted on the lawn in Maggie’s place, but we’re uncertain that any flowering bough will ever truly be able to replace our favorite crying spot on campus.

Even though an intro lecture was held in the Diana Event Oval, our painfully boring academic lives carried on. The then-thriving hole that was Barnard’s library was partially to blame for lack of classroom space, but construction seems to be on track as the TLC finally started to rise (that’s Teaching and Learning Center… no updates on the increased Tender Love and Care).

Then, the Columbia bureaucracy reared its ugly head, as we were informed Columbia wanted to keep track of its reporters during protests, so we signed a form and got some fancy lanyards. We also found out Columbia would no longer allow students to record audio during gender based misconduct hearings. And we interviewed Marjory Fisher, the new Title IX coordinator, who defended that decision and gave us insight into the legal proceedings of gender-based misconduct investigations.

DSpar, Carman mold, and more after the jump

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Whether it's by plane, train, or bus, get ready to say goodbye to Columbia for a bit!

Whether it’s by plane, train, or bus, get ready to say goodbye to Columbia for a bit!

Bwogline: Despite bipartisan support for the issue, the North Carolina legislature failed to repeal the controversial House Bill No. 2, which limited bathroom access and other human rights for LGBTQ people. (New York Times)

Study Tip: If you still have finals, you’re probably in cram mode. Give yourself a little break before your last test (or before you conclude your last essay) and grab a piece of chocolate – some studies say that it helps memory, but regardless, it’s worth it.

Music: Whether you need bravery for your last final, for your fear of planes, or just because you’re about to face a lot of intense family time, we all could use some bravery in our lives. Let Sara Bareilles inspire you as you get ready to end the semester.

Procrastination: Read all the CULPA reviews for your professors for next semester, and get ahead of the game by googling / wikipedia-ing them. You can procrastinate saying goodbye to your professors from this semester by getting ready for the next one!

Overheard: “I can’t wait to live with my friends next year so that I can tell them all the shit they do that pisses me off.”

Leaving on a Jet Plane via JFK Airport

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Hannah (guttural "H")

Hannah (guttural “H”)

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Hannah (guttural “H”) Vaitsblit, Barnard College, Political Science (soon to be renamed “pseudoscience” for its less-than-stellar predictive capacity), Brookline, MA

Claim to fame: As of last week: co-sponsored a dissident revolt against the proposed Orwellian purge of Overheard @ Barnard, after consistently firing shots against the group’s fascist enforcement of identity politics and censorship. (Screenshot documentation of said censorship upon request). Finally dished enough sarcasm to get myself kicked out––an exile I am embracing as I join the least safe space of all, the real world.

Where are you going? Wherever capitalism and liberty thrive and the male-female ratio works out better in my favor. (In other words, far away from here.)

Groupthink, Judaism, and more after the jump

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when you want to go to 1020 but have to study

when you want to go to 1020 but have to study

Bwogline: Certified final results for the 2016 presidential election are in. Hillary Clinton won 2,864,974 more votes than Donald Trump, meaning that she now has by far the largest ever margin of victory in the popular vote for a candidate who did not win the election. This news continues doubts surrounding the efficacy and purpose of the Electoral College. (The Huffington Post)

Study Tip: Call home! Whether or not you’re returning home this break, making a phone call and hearing the voices of your loved ones will remind you of the support and love that you can always count on. It’s okay to complain about your schoolwork for a bit, but be sure to ask about what’s going on at home. This conversation will provide a refreshing break that will re-motivate you to study.

Music: It might not feel like it (for those of you still taking finals), but we’re deep in the holiday season! Cozy up to Tchaikovsky’s classy Nutcracker soundtrack, whether you’re studying late at night in Butler, or sipping hot chocolate in bed back at home.

Don’t miss the beautiful Pas de Deux (“Sugar Plum Fairy and a Cavalier”) – it’s one of our favorites!

Procrastination: Get started on your New Year’s resolutions! Whether it’s to do all your readings for a particular class next semester (lol), to explore your sexuality, or to go to Dodge for the first time, now is the time to start coming up with ideas.

On a more serious note, make a list of the people you’re thankful to have in your life! This holiday season, be sure to write a card, get a present, or at least let them know how much they mean to you.

Overseen: (see featured image) If you can’t go to the party, bring the party to you.

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Surely not even Trump can kick someone this gorgeous out of the US?

Surely not even Trump can kick someone this gorgeous out of the US?

What’s cooler than being cool? Being a multi-cultural badass with a thing for parties and politics. Ariella dishes some dope advice and interesting personal tidbits in the process. Read on!

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Ariella G. Hohl, GS, Middle Eastern Studies, São Paulo, Brazil

Claim to fame: The girl who left campus one summer as a member of the Jewish Orthodox community and co-chair J Street CU and did a 180 – moved to a refugee camp in Palestine and Jordan for 10 months and then came back a member of SJP. On a less a political note -I also helped reestablish the Brazilian Student Society and threw some mean parties during my spare time.

Where are you going? I am both Arab and Latina – do I even have a chance to stay in the US under Trump at this point? Wish me luck (and a visa)!

What advice does Ariella have?

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Yummm

She looks like the real thing

Bwogline: NYC is about to get a new subway on Jan 1, and it’s gonna be artsy af. Plus, this 2nd ave line will make getting around the Upper East Side a lot easier, if you ever go there. (NY Times)

Study Tip: Adderall might have a placebo effect on people without ADHD. So if you need some stimulation, ritalin, caffeine, or vyvanse are the way to go.

Music: Return to your toddlerhood with Radiohead’s “Fake Plastic Trees” (released 1995). Massachusetts neo-folk singer Lori McKenna also does a nice cover. Or, if you don’t like our music, Spotify just came out with your “top songs of 2016” playlist, which is always a good bet.

Procrastination: Bake something! The actual prep/clean up will probably only take 30 min, and  you can study while it bakes. Here’s Bwog’s favorite banana bread recipe. Bonus points if you use bananas taken from the dining hall.

Overheard: “He had a yoga mat for a bed.”

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Is that tie Pantone 292?

Is that tie Pantone 292?

Next up in our series of Senior Wisdoms is Ankit Shah, who got through high school and college in a combined 6.5 years. At this rate, he’ll be able to retire before he’s 30!

Name, School, Major, Hometown: Ankit Shah, SEAS, IEOR, Biloxi, Mississippi.

Claim to fame: The senior who couldn’t get into senior night.

Where are you going? Taking the road less traveled i.e. finance.

What are three things you learned at Columbia and would like to share with the class of 2020?

1. Everyone has a story. Don’t be afraid to talk to the person next to you in class or at the party. I love meeting people and learning about why they are the way they are.

More wisdom after the jump!

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This morning, Dean Valentini sent out an email to the Columbia community with regard to the passing of Mounia Abousaid, a Columbia College senior from Rabat, Morocco. In the email, Valentini told students to “please take care of yourself and those around you.”

In order to offer support to Abousaid’s peers and members of the community, CPS will have walk-in hours from 6-9 pm today in Lerner, Carman, Nussbaum, and Broadway. Additionally, the Broadway Hall 14th floor lounge will be reserved as a gathering space from 12-5 pm today. “Mounia was a Comparative Literature and Society major who came to Columbia from the United World College in New Mexico,” said Valentini, “and was previously recognized for campus contributions with a King’s Crown Leadership Award.”

Nightline Peer Listening is always available, as well, for students to call between 10 pm and 3 am every night. You can find support by reaching them at 212-854-7777. In addition, Counseling and Psychological Services is available at 212-854-2878 during their regular hours. The email encourages students to reach out to Berick Center for Student Advising (212-854-6378) if their finals may be affected by these events.

Click here to read Dean Valentini’s email to students

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Rex Tillerson, looking smug and white as usual

does this look like the face of mercy

Bwogline: In case you were wondering how much fuller Donald Trump’s cabinet swamp could get, newly appointed Secretary of State Rex Tillerson evaded taxes in the Bahamas while running a US-Russian oil firm. (The Guardian)

Study Tip: Get out of Butler! If you’re looking for a neat new study space, try the Gottesman Library (ft. treadmills and standing desks) at Teachers College, open until 1 a.m.!

Music: Chill out and take an upbeat approach to your on-again-off-again hookup with Robotaki’s future-pop single, “Ghostboy.”

Procrastination: If you’re looking for quick ways to take time off while studying, watch 20 videos at a time from “important videos,” a 311-video playlist with mostly 30-second videos.

Overheard: “Want to hear, objectively speaking, the worse phrase I have ever used in an essay?”

Looking smug and white as always via PolluterWatch.org 

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AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

AAAAAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

For you who suffer in the deep bowels of Butler, the nooks and the crannies on campus, slouching your back, straining your neck over your books or computer screen, you who epitomize the tragic hero… tonight is your opportunity to let out your stress, to sound out the banes of your existence, to regurgitate your agony and share it with your peers.

Today is the last Sunday of the fall semester–and tonight is the night of the Primal Scream. A long-established tradition, Primal Scream can be dated back to 1872, when nobody had to worry about their phones dying or not getting enough likes on social media. Yes, life has grown exponentially hard, so scream it like you’re living it.

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