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Feb

22

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Self-proclaimed “liberal snowflake” tackles the case for Trump.

Dinesh D’Souza, conservative writer, scholar, public intellectual, and filmmaker, spoke at Columbia on Tuesday. During this talk, he emphasized the dark history of the Democratic Party and worked to delegitimize the oft-repeated comparisons between Donald Trump and the likes of Mussolini and Hitler. Bwog sent Hillary-fanatic and proud leftist snowflake, Vivian Klotz, to cover the event. Her favorite moment of the evening was when D’Souza described Trump’s motivation as, “naked and forward thrusting.”

Dinesh D’Souza, like many of his conservative peers, seems most perturbed by the apparent lack of conservative viewpoints expressed in the media and in schools. Despite power resting in the hands of Republicans in the newly elected, unified government, he worries that the narratives expressed in schools across the country are only those of liberal academics, to the point that many students would be hard-pressed to describe what exactly conservatives are trying to conserve. This is dangerous, he warns, for if you can’t talk about these issues in an academic setting, they may never be considered appropriate to discuss and debate.

Before getting to his core argument, D’Souza laid a groundwork for his speech by examining the circumstances that led to Trump’s victory. He cited the president’s ability to court “Reagan Democrats” in a way that Republicans haven’t been able to since 1984, an issue explained by the notion that, “There is no place in the ‘liberal multicultural tent’ for white, working-class Americans.” D’Souza dismissed the idea that the popular vote is at all worth noting; the American people agreed upon the system of the electoral college, and now must abide by it, regardless of whether it fits their preferences in a given year.

So how did D’Souza defend Trump?

Feb

21

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Too cool to keep warm

Last weekend’s weather was great. We were all excited to tan our hairy legs after seeing the sun for the first time since October. But it seems that while some of us were busting out our Chubbies shorts, others had bigger plans to cherish those 12 hours of 65 degrees.

Last night, around 8 pm, a black convertible BMW was seen parked outside of Barnard dorm 616. By then, the weather had definitely changed from South Beach to South Ferry—a chilly 46 degrees—so we totally understand why the driver was snuggled up in a cozy Canada Goose.

But all understanding goes out the window (literally) when we wonder why he had the top down. He was revving his engine pretty frequently; perhaps he broke a sweat from pressing the gas so much and needed to cool off?

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Feb

21

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Trying so hard to just make sense of it all.

You meet a cute guy in your class. You introduce yourself, talk casually about the class, and hope that you don’t expel verbal vomit. The conversation continues as you continue to talk after class,  joke about the professor and complain about the work load. You become suspicious of your present circumstances as the universe appears to be working in your favor. Everything goes well until he drops the smallest but most crucial detail. Your first-year hopes shatter as he drops the nuke of all nukes: 

He’s a GS student. 

GS is a mixed bag. Whether they are fresh out of high school or 35 and married with three kids, there needs to be a way to figure out the only important question: How old are they? Bwog is here to help out the entire Columbia community with some hard hitting calculations!

The math stuff after the jump

Feb

20

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Service Alert! Welcome to Carman Hall.

If you’ve waltzed into Carman any time in the past few weeks, you’ve probably noticed that the elevators are pretty fucked up. And we’re pretty tired of it. So we decided it was high time for a callout…

Over the weekend, I was sitting in my Carman suite watching Netflix and enjoying a breezy afternoon. Then I get a call from my roommate telling me that she’s downstairs in the lobby with four six-packs of [redacted] and all three elevators are broken. She needs me to come down and help her carry them up the stairs.

Are you kidding me, Carman Hall? The two lobby elevators are broken and the freight elevator isn’t running? What kind of an institution is this? Do you even realize how much tuition we’re all paying? Nevermind the crumbling ceiling tiles, cockroaches, and puke-stained carpets. All of that I can live with. But no elevators? This is taking Carman to a new extreme.

Read more of our rant.

Feb

20

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Wow, the people of Southern California must really be loving this rain!

Happy Monday, y’all! This week, it seems as if midterms are beginning to creep upon us. You know what that means: shit. Yeah, you thought that was going to be something witty. Nope. Just shit. Anyway, here are your Bwoglines for today! 

Happening in the nation: It rained in California this weekend. Actually, let me rephrase that: It downpoured in California this weekend. Wait, ya know what, just one more try: All of Southern California is literally underwater. The region got over five inches of rain in one weekend, which doesn’t sound like that much (?) but apparently is. For all our Californians out there, we suggest Amazon Prime-ing this to your home address ASAP.

Happening in NYC: Another day, another rally. Yesterday, hundreds flooded Times Square (but not like usual) to protest the potential for a Muslim ban under the Trump administration. Mayor De Blasio was even in attendance. The rally, boasting the tagline “I Am A Muslim Too,” was a massive display of good ole New York solidarity.

Happening on campus: If you’ve been dying to learn more about Shabbat, you’re in luck! Tonight in the Kraft Center, Columbia/Barnard Hillel is hosting an event to teach you (yes, you!) the ins and outs of Shabbat. Stop by Kraft 6A at 7:30 to hear what they have to say!

Overheard: While at the Liberty Gala on Friday night… “I’m NOT Jewish! I got a nose job to prove it!”

Found this video in the depths of reddit while wicked stoned. Get ready to flip your shit. 

The Seas Strangest Square Mile from Shark Bay Films on Vimeo.

Photo of man loving Southern California via Stockfresh

Feb

19

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You can do it!

While midterms lurk in the near future, blurring the beautiful prospect of the toasty Miamian sunlight during springbreak, it is always important to treat yourself to a study break! Do you feel like everyone seems to understand what your Arabic professor is talking about in class? No! Everyone is just mindlessly nodding, as you are! Are you struggling with coding Java, even though you know what you are learning now is rudimentary at best? It is always good to be a little self-critical but not too much!

Come to our Bwog meetings at 7 pm, Lerner 505 where you can be as self-absorbed and entitled as humanly possible, complain and write things to make you feel better about yourself!

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Feb

17

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Six members of the Columbia basketball team cheering from the sidelines

Pictured: A+ cheering from Voss and friends

Columbia University Marching Band members-turned-Guest Writers Abby Rubel and Gloriana Lopez have been to every men’s home game this season. They’ve laughed, they’ve cried, and they’ve gone home with sore throats from yelling at the teams. And since they won’t be able to see the team play until next week, they wrote some basketball superlatives to tide us all over.

Worst Free Throw Form: Lukas Meisner
It’s almost as excruciating for him to miss 52% of his free throws as it is for us to watch him do it. Maybe he faked an injury last week to spare us.

Best Free Throw Form: Andrew Panayiotou
Andrew has only made one free throw this season – nine fewer than Lukas. But he’s only taken one free throw, which makes his 1.000 free throw percent more than twice as good.

Best Cheerleader: Conor Voss
The cheerleaders do a great job of making sure the crowd doesn’t die from apathy. But even they could take some lessons from Conor, whose balletic leaps from the bench shouldn’t even be possible for someone that tall.

Best Facial Expressions: Jake Killingsworth
Since a picture’s worth a thousand words…

Check out this truly scandalous photo after the jump.

Feb

16

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Looking to get down to business? Bwog is here to help! This time around Bwog writer Jack Treanor reviews The Thomas J. Watson Library of Business and Economics.

The Thomas J. Watson Library of Business and Economics

Location: 130 Uris Hall, Campus Level Accessible Library

Hours: Monday-Wednesday, 8 am to Midnight. Thursday 8 am to 10 pm
Friday, 8 am to 9 pm. Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm
Sunday, 10 am to Midnight

Contact: (212) 854-7804
[email protected], http://library.columbia.edu/locations/business.html

Seats

  • Total: ~370 seats
  • Second Level Table Seating: 50 seats
  • Main Level Table Seating: 330 seats
  • Computers: 20 seats
  • Comfy: 25 Seats
  • Seats for Talking: All the seats (not a quiet library)

Check out the rest of the library below!

Feb

16

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Yeah, send us more details later today

It’s 3am, and while it doesn’t look like we’ll be receiving a message from bae tonight, we did receive a message from… DSpar? But she has good news– apparently a *tentative* agreement has been made on a contract for contingent faculty. She doesn’t share too much, just that it “[offers] generous increases in both wages and benefits, as well as greater job security” before promising more details later today. Here’s the full email:

Dear Barnard Community,

I am pleased to announce that Barnard College and the Barnard Contingent Faculty-UAW have reached a tentative agreement on a first contract that honors the contributions of our contingent faculty, offering generous increases in both wages and benefits, as well as greater job security. We will provide more details to the Community later today. I thank both of the negotiating teams for their time and effort over these many months, and congratulate them for reaching this important agreement.

Sincerely,

Debora Spar

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Feb

15

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Has the Discourse gone too far? Or has it not gone far enough?

Two days ago, a contentious uproar broke out in the area surrounding Lerner Hall as protestors and counter-protestors rallied to condemn or support the speech of Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, Danny Danon. Prospective Bwog Writer Arielle Isack was present at the event and reports on her experience during the polarizing address.

On Monday evening, Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, spoke at Columbia about Israel’s fractious relationship with the UN. Danon is a hardline conservative and takes an extreme stance on such issues as West Bank settlements and immigration. He has a track record of making inflammatory, racist comments, such that African migrants to Israel are “infiltrators” and “a national plague.” Furthermore, he released a campaign video during his bid to head the conservative Likud party that features Palestinian members of the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) being thrown in prison. In 2012, he called for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to annex Jewish settlements in the West Bank, entirely disregarding any Palestinian claim to that land.

Read about the Ambassador’s arrival here

Feb

15

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The crowds are getting restless as JJ’s Place is still closed for reconstruction, leaving the student body with only Ferris and the converted JohnJJ’s as their only place of nutrition. Staff Writer Bella Tincher got the scoop on what Columbia Dining has to say about how the project is going and if Columbia will ever get its beloved third dining hall back.

On the night of January 22, 2017, we lost a key element to Columbia dining; JJ’s was flooded and closed for an undisclosed amount of time. No more late nights in a dungeon-like atmosphere that allowed any student to gorge themselves on mozzarella sticks and fries in peace. With the student body slowly getting used to the strange hybrid that is JohnJJ’s, it’s time that we investigate what’s really going on in that basement.

After contacting Columbia Dining, I found the answer to the real hard hitting questions that everyone is asking. According to Columbia Dining, there was an unforeseen collapsed pipe in the infrastructure, so the french fry heaven had no choice but to close. The pipes were actually scheduled for repair for the summer of 2017, but JJ’s just couldn’t wait and decided to flood on its own terms. Since then, the underground piping has had to be completely removed and replaced. Apparently maintenance staff has been working extended shifts in order to get JJ’s back up in running on schedule (the goal is to reopen in March, by the end of spring break); meaning that the greasy chicken strips and fried macaroni and cheese will be back to filling Columbia students’ stomachs in no time.

But of course the burning question still remains. Will JJ’s have a new look? Will the same yellow flourescent lights reflect on the same cozy (but always slightly sticky??) dining area? I am sad/glad to say that JJ’s is planning on looking the same as it did pre-pipe burst (except for the floor, which had to be destroyed in the removal of the old pipes). Instead Columbia Dining is only looking at this project from a maintenance point of view, saying that “the ultimate goal is to return JJ’s Place to service as quickly as possible.”

JJ’s Place Update via Columbia University Dining Facebook

Feb

14

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Let’s make two more Blogs tonight @NYU Local

We admit it — we’ve been playing hard to get. For weeks, we tagged our posts “Bwog needs a baby mama” looking for someone to come along and sweep us off our feet.

But little did we realize, NYU Local has been brushing our ankles with a broom all year. They tweeted us nice things, bought us drinks and a song at their dive bar (where there is a jukebox) (1020 can we get a jukebox please), and even programmed their slack bot to respond “Blogs kissing” every time our name is mentioned (to those of you who are unfamiliar with Slack, it’s pretty fucking cute).

Here we are, thirsting for Deantini to give us the time of day, when we’ve had a whole blog trying to wife us. We love you, Local. Will you be our baby mama?

Feb

14

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The resemblance is uncanny…

It’s not to late to score a pretty sweet Valentine’s date! Bwog understands that you can’t always find time to meet new people, so we’re bringing the new people to you! If you want to get to know Haley and Nicki better, send an email to [email protected]

Name, Year, School, Major: Haley Collins, 2018, Barnard, Economics major and Mathematical Sciences minor

Preference: I’m sick of acting like a dumb, helpless girl just so a hot boy who dances his feelings will notice me. That’s not who I am. I’m a smart, strong, sensual woman.

Hometown: Orleans, MA (or just Cape Cod for those of you who vacation there and think it’s all the same thing).

Your nightmare date in seven words or fewer: Guy pays for my meal.

What redeems you as a human being? I made this!

Library room of choice: Ref room, let’s be real.

Beverage of choice: Tie between Gin & Tonic and Dark & Stormy, but beer in a sailing bootie is also in the running.

Which dating apps have you been active on? Tinder, but I don’t check it often, oops.

Where can you usually be found on a Saturday night? Ref room…

Historical Hottie: Bessie Grooms

 

Great smile on a great girl!

Name, Year, School, Major: Nicki Felmus, Junior, Columbia College, American Studies and Education

Preference: girl for guy

Hometown: Richmond, Virginia

Your nightmare date in seven words or fewer: complete and utter silence

What redeems you as a human being? I bake challah even though I can’t eat gluten. I’m not Betsy DeVos.

Library room of choice: First floor at the high tables by the treadmills, Teacher’s College

Beverage of choice: grapefruit flavored la croix

Which dating apps have you been active on? None

Where can you usually be found on a Saturday night? Arts and Crafts before 10:20

Historical Hottie: JFK be still my heart

Photos via Haley and Nicki

Feb

14

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Isn’t that jersey a little small?

Can you feel the love in the air? These two can! You’d be lucky to fall in love with Bwoggers Finn and Youngweon. It’s Valentine’s Day: a time to take a leap and meet some cool new people! Trust us, you won’t regret getting to know one of these amazing Bwoggers. Email us at [email protected] to learn more about Finn and Youngweon.

Name, Year, School, Major: Finn, 2019, the College, Classics

Preference: girls, girls, girls

Hometown: Cooper City, Florida

Your nightmare date in seven words or fewer: catfished at Hungarian

What redeems you as a human being? I’ve created original content for Columbia buy/sell memes

Library room of choice: Geology Library during the day, Butler 8 at night

Beverage of choice: orange juice (sourced from Florida oranges, ofc)

Which dating apps have you been active on? tinder

Where can you usually be found on a Saturday night? god only knows

Historical Hottie: Mary Magdalene

 

Disclaimer: she did not actually get baked in Seoul

Name, Year, School, Major: Youngweon Lee, freshman, CC, French & Classics

Preference: boys!!

Hometown: Seoul, Korea

Your nightmare date in seven words or fewer: guy has asian fetish

What redeems you as a human being? I wrote the Bwog article that brought bananas back to the dining halls and I’ve never been cava’d

Library room of choice: butref!! Or 209

Beverage of choice: bacardi gold

Which dating apps have you been active on? tinder but i just deleted it i promise

Where can you usually be found on a Saturday night? either Carman then some party or sometimes downtown

Historical Hottie: Henri III of France

Photos via Finn and Youngweon

Feb

13

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Were you drunk in love this weekend? Or just drunk?

As Columbia gears up for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, it appears most of us spent the weekend either getting in the mood for love (or making ourselves forget). Which one were you? Or maybe you don’t even remember… Nevertheless, here are this weekend’s notes from the field. 

Party Hardy:

  • Ended up shepherding a friend home from 1020 after they threw up on themself. Friend proceeded to force me to make multiple pinkie swears not to call their mother or CAVA them.
  • Snuck a can of beer into 1020; had it confiscated by the staff halfway through finishing it.
  • Woke up naked in my bed Saturday morning with my punch-stained white top in the trash next to me, my debit card nowhere to be found, and no recollection of the night before past midnight.
  • Finished half a bottle of Strawberry Lemonade Svedka at my friend’s apartment and was forced to go to 1020 where I ran into a very tipsy friend who mistook me for a former hook up.
  • Drank a Bulldog, a Fish Bowl, and ate many chips before Amity Hall event only to ditch my friends upon entering and meeting a hook up at Mel’s.
  • Went to bed at 4:30 am and was still drunk when I woke up at 11:30 am.
  • Woke up at 7:00 am on Saturday still drunk with what I distinctly remember as the Russian National Anthem stuck in my head, went back to sleep, then woke up again at noon completely unable to remember how the song goes.
  • Finessed, finessed, and finessed again.

Love is in the air:

  • Had loud sex around 8:00 pm Friday, realized my walls are thin enough for me to hear my suitemates having phone convos.
  • Hooked up with someone from sig ep on Friday night whose name or race I could not remember, was concerned because he took my number but figured out who it was the next morning through a friend.
  • Debated with my friend over whether she should end a message to her crush with “lol” or “haha” for at least 45 minutes.
  • Couldn’t get off the waitlist on any Equinox classes because everyone is on that V-day flow.
  • Partook in my first John Jay booty call.
  • Had a cute British girl flirt with me at 1020; subsequently questioned my existence.
  • Went on two dates on Sunday. Both were terrible. Love is dead.

 

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