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Gonna miss these sunrises

This spring has been full of drama. From CCSC overtimes to shit in unexpected places, Columbia doesn’t seem to be able to agree on anything. Bwog has been here to cover all of the action, whether it’s debates on the value of John JJ’s (*vajj’s) or students suing their school. Here’s a recap of this semester’s highlights, before we peace out for the summer.

To kick off the semester, we stirred things up a bit by changing our Bwoglines format. Columbia stirred things up more by flooding JJ’s Place. A back-up was created by converting John Jay to John JJ’s – more seating, less fooseball. We tried to come up with a better nickname than John JJ’s, but it didn’t really stick.

Barnard dorms were infested with mice, and Barnard contingent faculty were infested with anger at the administration. They threatened to strike, but a deal was reached before the deadline hit. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet talked to Columbia students. Our basketball team played some games (well, but not well enough to make it to the Ivy League Championship). Sorority and fraternity recruitment happened, and we tried to explain them.

Spec columnist and Federalist founder Neil Gorsuch, CC ’88, was nominated (and eventually selected) for the Supreme Court. The only people at Columbia truly happy about this decision was the Fed, which briefly marketed itself as “Columbia’s Only Newspaper Founded By a Supreme Court Justice. Seriously.” Meanwhile at the more local level of government, ESC VP of Policy Sid Perkins, SEAS ’17 tried – and failed – to get Legos installed in Carleton Commons. This failure pissed him off enough to initiate a long resolution on stress culture and student government’s relationship with the administration.

While we celebrated our eleventh birthday, students protested Trump’s Muslim ban, in what was perhaps the largest rally on campus this semester. The administration also expressed anger at the ban, albeit in a quieter and more formal manner.

We also had February, March, April, and a lil bit of May



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After reportedly consulting with advisors, faculty members, students, and the policies of peer institutions, the Columbia College and School of General Studies Committee has updated academic policy in the following ways to “enable all students [to pursue] deep and thoughtful engagement in their academici pursuits, adequate time for extracurricular… opportunities… and a healthy and fulfilling undergraduate experience”:

  • Students can only take a maximum of 18 credits per semester.
  • Students can only declare a maximum of two “programs of study” (e.g. two majors or a major and a concentration).
  • Students pursuing two programs of study can count certain courses towards both programs of study.

Students who have already declared more than two programs of study and/or have created plans for an academic schedule according to the previous policy can petition for exceptions after consulting their advisers and the Director(s) of their respective academic department(s).

The ~official~, detailed policy can be found here.

The policy will take effect this Fall 2017.



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What first-years campaigning for CCSC next fall will be like

We know. It was reading week, now it’s finals and summer and graduation are just a few hours away. You don’t want to hear about weird quorum rules and comma splices, you want to leave! But for incoming first-years, this isn’t the last day of spring semester – it’s one day closer to starting school at Columbia. To help that incoming class prepare for a foray into student government, Guest Writer Ufon Umanah has put together an overview of CCSC politics.

Here’s the thing. CCSC is not the administration, which can do most things. But CCSC, for better or for worse, became a conduit for many issues on campus, and there are many ways their advocacy might affect you. So whether you’re waiting to graduate from high school or waiting to toss reams of notes out the window, here’s a viewing guide for the antics of CCSC next year.

The State of Health

The mental health situation has always been bad at Columbia, but after a cluster of suicides last winter, mental health took central stage in student politics. It was the topic of an ad hoc town hall this semester. Every party running for Executive Board or Class Council had something about mental health and CPS. When CCSC considered adding a mental health and wellness representative, Vice President of 2020 James Ritchie argued that because everyone elected ran to fix mental health, creating said representative would be shirking the job they ran to do themselves. In short, they’re going to try to do something on mental health. We just don’t know if the administration will be responsive.

Divestment Do-Overs

CUAD announced in February that it would circulate a petition to get a resolution on the ballot for CCSC. On what, you ask? On whether to support CUAD’s campaign against Israel, specifically companies operating in the West Bank. After not gathering the 15% necessary to force a vote, the resolution failed in a dramatic 4-hour meeting on April 2nd. Following this, CUAD pledged to return with the 15% of signatures from the student body of CC necessary to force a ballot resolution. Things are sure to get even more contentious when CCSC is forced to address this again.

More on CCSC after the jump



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Why are the lines so long at Ferris? Where have the remains of Maggie the Magnolia gone? Why is it still cold even though it’s literally May? The fact that we’re pondering these questions instead of studying for finals means that it’s time for a Dark Night of the Soul. What a strange sad week it’s been.

All photos via Bwog Staff



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NoCo is a place where humanities students study, apparently.

For the past few finals seasons, we’ve revealed the exciting underbelly of the Libraries’ room reservation page. Between danmemes and cries for help, it turns out Columbia’s student body is fairly active in the wee hours of the morning. Whether it’s delirium or some sort of masochistic joke on the institution we call home, something related to finals and Reading Week™ really inspires a creative edge in our academic peers. Below you’ll find some of the more interesting titles and descriptions submitted in the past two weeks for room reservations in Butler. We’ve even got a few from NoCo and Lehman!

You can find the full room reservation page here.

Shady Work

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If only Swedish Fish were the real key to studying

Good morning, Columbia! It’s the first day of finals week! Just a few more days of studying and then we can all go the hell home. You can do it. I believe in you. 

Bwogline: The lineup for Meadows Music and Arts Festival is out! This year, check out Jay-Z, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Gorillaz, and more.

Study Tip: Did you know that omega-3 fatty acids can lower test anxiety? Maybe it’s time to invest in some of those weird fish gummies. No, not Swedish Fish—the vitamin ones you buy at Duane Reade.

Music: Need some high-energy jamz to keep you awake through those late night study sessions? Well you’re in luck, because LCD Soundsystem just dropped two new songs, and they’re fucking good. You’re welcome.

Procrastination: Get crafty. My latest obsession is beaded friendship bracelets. Find some lettered beads and let our your angst by spelling out phrases like “fuck finals” and “at least I’m not in SEAS.” Wear your bracelets with pride as you wither away in Butler; at least you’ll have some motivation every time you look down at your wrist.

Overseen: So, someone is trying to sell a snake on Barnard Buy Sell Trade. If you’re looking for a cute and quirky pet to adopt for the summer, you’re in luck.

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Columbia, columbia, we scream for thee

You scream, I scream, we all scream for ice cream–actually, we all scream because we’re stressed af! Finals aren’t done yet (soon, though). Midnight tonight outside Butler (but also, everywhere), there will be a semesterly primal scream, wherein studious members of the Columbia community gather together to scream their hearts out. Don’t be bothered. It’s natural. It’s primal!



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Us asking Ann to let the band in

While 2017 has unofficially been dragging us through the earth for the past four months, we have yet to truly be roasted. That all changes tonight—Orgo Night is finally here! Bring some water and aloe vera to Butler 209 outside of Butler, and apply to burns as needed. See you there!

Orgo Night Spring 2017 by Bwog on Scribd



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Where Columbia had its first beer seems to have had its last.

Last week, we found out that beloved senior night bar Bernheim & Schwartz is closing its doors. While the real reasons for the closing may be unknown, we have an idea… 

If you’re under 21, you’ve probably been told a million times not to go to Bernheim & Schwartz—word on the street is they’re super strict on fake ID’s. The bouncers don’t hesitate to confiscate your fake, leaving you shit outta luck if you only have one copy (or already had your other one confiscated elsewhere). This, we believe, is why Bernheim closed.

Think about it. If you go to 1020 on a Friday night, it’s completely packed. Yes, half the bar is probably freshman, but those freshmen are buying drinks. Underage students are never going to willingly choose to go to Bernheim because they know they won’t be able to get in. Without the population of several hundred (if not thousand) underage Columbians recklessly pumping money into your bar every weekend, you are undoubtedly going to fall behind. Bernheim lost all of its business to its MoHi competitors because they denied all of the underage revenue.

Yes, carelessly accepting fake IDs is a tricky move on the bar’s behalf. Fines for getting caught (let alone legal charges) are enough to deter plenty of bars from letting in minors. But in Morningside Heights, there simply isn’t the backup demographic of 21+ people that you’d find downtown. If you’re over 21 and living in Morningside Heights, you’re either an old professor or a grad student. Professors don’t go out. (Well, most don’t). Grad students definitely do, but not nearly as often as wild freshman (and grad students typically know better than to waste all their money at bars). Relying on a bunch of stressed out, international Columbia Law students to sustain your bar every weekend is a foolish move.

It’s unfortunate that weekly senior night wasn’t enough to sustain Bernheim. Where will the rising seniors go now? Are they gonna move the party to Arts & Crafts? We guess we’ll just have to wait and see. For now, let adults everywhere mourn the loss of Bernheim & Schwartz—underage kids certainly won’t be upset. Turns out it’s not where Columbia had its first beer, after all. RIP BoSchwo.

NOTE: Bwog does not encourage illegal activity of any kind.

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Early this afternoon, Barnard students and staff received an email from Interim President and COO Rob Goldberg on a new Council on Diversity and Inclusion. This Council is being established as a result of the Presidential Task Force on Diversity and Inclusion’s work over the past year. Its goals include to “expand the dialogue about diversity, inclusion and equity” and “advise Barnard’s senior leadership and the Board of Trustees on ways to create a more inclusive community.” If this sounds a bit vague, you can read the Council’s charter for more elaboration.

The new Council will consist of three students (representing the classes of 2018, 2019, and 2020), three faculty members (representing tenured, non-tenured, and renewed and renewable faculty), two administrative staff members, two collective bargaining unit staff members, two trustees, and two alumni. The students will serve one-year renewable terms, while all other members will serve one- to three-year renewable terms. Current plans are for the Council to meet on Thursdays starting on September 14, with times rotating between 9 to 10:30 am and 4 to 5:30 pm.

Nominations for the Council can be made from today until May 15 on this Google form. The committee members will then be selected by Interim President Goldberg and Debra Minkoff, sociology professor, Dean for Faculty Diversity and Development, co-chair of the Task Force, and initial chair of the Council. Any questions about the Council can be directed to

Read Goldberg’s full email after the jump



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Getting up close and personal

Orgo Night in Butler 209 from Fall 2015.

This morning, Bwog received a tip from the CU Marching Band. Attached was a letter from the CUMB addressed to Ann Thornton as well as the Columbia community, demanding change after last semester’s act of censorship by the school which kicked the Band out of Butler 209. In their letter, CUMB stated its grievances yet again: Columbia tradition is fading, this act of censorship was neither negotiated nor discussed, and trying to get rid of Orgo Night proves that the administration is “actively trying to silence [their] voices.” According to CUMB, Ann Thornton has advocated for frisbee parties in the library, blatantly disregarding the Orgo Night debacle. Also, when CUMB alumni began creating a pamphlet in defense of the Columbia tradition, Thornton along with other administrators released a statement that claimed that they were collaborating with students for Orgo Night, which the Band claims to be false.

While the future of Orgo Night might remain uncertain, one thing seems clear: CUMB is not going down without a fight. Want to see the letter for yourself? You know what to do.

The full text of the letter is after the jump.



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The Met Gala this year is a tribute to St. A’s favorite brand.

Happy last official day of classes, Columbia! Last night a friend asked me to breakfast for this morning and I told her no because I have class at 10:10. She said, “We have class tomorrow?” Be less like her. Go to class. Godspeed, friends. 

Happening in the nation: Seeing as it’s the first day of May, I like to think that what’s arriving on Netflix/Amazon/Hulu this month is national news worthy. Check it out. (Hint: get ready for more Master of None and Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.)

Happening in NYC: It’s the best day of the year for New Yorkers! That’s right, tonight is the Met Gala! The Costume Institute’s exhibition this year is dedicated to Japanese designer Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons. Now accepting invites, please.

Weather today: Sunny (ish) and 70º. Too bad we can’t sit on the steps/enjoy the lawns… Thanks, commencement.

Overheard: “I’m going to Butler purely for the air conditioning.”

A playlist for the final weeks. 

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reasonably priced and a whole lot closer than flushing (La Salle Dumpling Room)

Culinarily, uptown Manhattan is a part of New York that is often unfairly overlooked. We asked our staff for their favorite restaurants above 120th Street, which serve delicious meals ranging from southern comfort to Shanghainese soup dumplings. Next time you head uptown, try out some of our suggestions!

La Salle Dumpling Room
Known for: Shanghainese soup dumplings, rice cakes, Shanghainese fare
Location: La Salle and Broadway

Red Rooster
Known for: Sunday brunch, chicken and waffles, southern classics
Location: 126th and Malcolm X Blvd

El Porton
Known for: Authentic Mexican food (that’s right Californians!), amazing sangrias and margaritas
Location: Broadway between La Salle and Tiemann Place

The Handpulled Noodle
Known for: Chinese noodles (dry and soup options), great vegetarian options, northern/western Chinese fare
Location: 148th and Broadway

great for dates and dinners with family (Pisticci)

Known for: Breakfast, brunch, southern classics (fried chicken & biscuits)
Location: 123rd and Amsterdam

Chapati House
Known for: Vegetarian and meat curries, roti, rice bowls, great Indian food
Location: Broadway between La Salle and Tiemann Place

Jin Ramen
Known for: Ramen (especially the Tonkatsu apparently)
Location: Tiemann Place and Broadway

Known for: Fresh Italian food in a cozy setting
Location: La Salle and Claremont Ave

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Land of hopes and dreams and sweaty balls

No matter what Columbia undergrad (or grad?) school you’re in, you most definitely have had experience trying to get an EC sign-in, either for yourself or a friend. (If you’re a grad student trying to get signed into an EC party…..wyd.) We compiled a handy list of strategies below for you to get effectively and efficiently signed into EC so you can enjoy those sweaty parties that never have enough alcohol to make it worth it.

  • Ask a passing stranger. If you see someone leaving or entering the building, grab them and ask if they live in EC and whether they’d be willing to spare you a sign-in. Make sure to seem either a. very confident or b. very sympathetic. Think kicked puppy thoughts, for this second one.
  • Text all your EC friends. If you have friends who live in EC, obviously ask them for a sign-in.
  • Text all your EC hookups. It’s crucial that whenever you hook up with anyone from aforementioned gross EC parties, you get their number so that you can ask them for a sign-in whenever you need. Alternatively, whenever you meet someone at a bar, frat party, whatever, if they live in EC, get their number. Use it.
  • Pretend you’re a Shabbat observer. This only works if it’s between sundown on Friday and sundown on Saturday. Also, if you do this, remember that you didn’t actually sign in – you’ll be very liable to forget your ID on the way out.
  • Get a CC/SEAS friend, wrap yourself around them, put on a big coat, and pretend you’re just one big person. Then your friend with access to EC can swipe in, and you can separate in the elevator. Doesn’t really work during the months of September, October, April, and May, but you can try this during those long, sad winter months.
  • Wear clothes that are the same color as the floor and crawl under the little gate thing. This only works when there’s enough people in the lobby that the public safety officer is a little overwhelmed trying to keep order, and can’t see the floor.
  • Have a CC/SEAS friend carry you through the little gate thing in a box or suitcase. This works better if you’re, say, not a 200-pound football player.
  • Just forget about getting signed in the legitimate way, scale the building, and jump down an air shaft. You’re too cool for sign-ins.



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hella true

The Columbia/Barnard science community is blessed with countless lab research opportunities. Here, a first-year undergraduate researcher documents his experiences with a sonnet. He would like to preface this poem by stating that STEM, and not creative writing, is his forte.

You send out emails left and right:
“Please won’t you have me in your lab?”
Professors ghost you; you really hang tight,
And finally get invited to do research that’s fab!

You don’t know how to use a pipette,
All the PCR results that you get are crap.
You might as well get your data from playing roulette,
Why beat the learning curve if you can take a nap?

Your graduate mentor has the patience of a saint,
Now your gel electrophoresis doesn’t look so sad.
You read papers, review textbooks, and finally get trained,
You’re getting the hang of this – hey this isn’t so bad!

If you like science, join a lab – it’ll be neat!
You might publish a paper one day – now that’s a feat!

bio meme via the facebook group: High Recombination Frequency Biology Memes

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