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Mar

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620 W 116th St.

Location: 620 West 116th Street, at the corner of Riverside and 116th street

Nearby dorms: 600, 616, the Quad (including Hewitt, Reid, Sulzberger and Brooks), Woodbridge, Claremont

Nearby restaurants/stores: Vine, Halal carts, Morton Williams, Starbucks, $weetgreen

Cost: ??

Amenities:

  • Bathrooms: Each suite has its own shared bathroom. Some of the suites (B suites on the upper floors) have a half bathroom in the common area. More options for peeing in the morning when everyone needs to use the bathroom!
  • AC/Heating: No AC- definitely invest in a fan for the summer months. Dinky little radiators that can take a long time to turn on/overheat the room quickly.
  • Kitchen/Lounge: Each suite has a kitchen, sink, gas stove/oven, and refrigerator. Kitchens have a ton of cabinet space, but the cabinets are super high since the suites tend to have high ceilings. Definitely will want to invest in a step ladder. Some of the suites have a small common area off the kitchen (big enough for a dining table and chairs, not big enough for additional furniture/huge gatherings.) No lounge in 620, but you can use the one next door in 616.
  • Laundry: In the basement. About 6 washers and dryers. Usually not super busy.
  • Computers/Printers: Printers and Computer Lab in the 616 lounge.
  • Gym: None in the building, but close to the Barnard gym in Barnard Hall.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators and a stairwell.
  • Wi-Fi: Yes, pretty good coverage throughout the suite.
  • Hardwood/carpeting: Flooring is black linoleum throughout the suite. They can get cold in the winter, so bring some rugs.

Room Variety:

  • There are single and double rooms in 4, 5, 6, and 7 person suites. Floors 1-4 have doubles and singles in suites (singles are pretty small but nice), and floors 5 and up are 4-5 person suites comprised of all singles. These floors usually are occupied by all seniors, and the underclassmen housing on lower floors is 2/3 doubles and 1/3 singles.
  • For the all single suites, most of the rooms are fairly large with one smaller, narrow room. Still plenty of space (think of a Plimpton single.)

Numbers:

  • Usually the 620 suites are claimed by seniors, especially floors 5 and up (suites with all singles). Expect those top floor suites with the views onto 116th St. to go very early to the best lottery numbers. Some juniors will be able to grab the suites on the lower floors for the mixed singles/doubles suites. Sophomores shouldn’t hold their breath for 620.

Bwog recommendations:

  • 620 is arguably one of the best housing options at Barnard, so it’s no surprise that seniors move quickly for those upperfloor suites. Some of the suites have beautiful views onto 116th St. through huge floor-to-ceiling windows. Plus, you can’t beat a housing option that gives everyone their own single with plenty of space.
  • If you’re someone who has lived farther from campus the past couple years (110, Plimpton, etc.) 620’s location can be a huge bonus. You’re close to both Columbia and Barnard’s campuses and steps away from the subway if you’re interning during the week.
  • The building definitely doesn’t feel like a traditional dorm considering most of the suites feel like apartments. This can be a great choice for seniors transitioning from college life into the real world. Also, this is nicest housing you’ll be able to afford come graduation, so appreciate it while you can.

Residents’ Opinions:

  • “Definitely some of the best housing at Barnard.”
  • “I love being close to the subway considering I lived farther from campus the past few years.”
  • “So much cabinet/closet space in the dorm. We have two big closets in the hallway.”
  • “We’ve had a couple cockroaches in the suite, but nothing major compared to the problems in the other 600’s dorms.”
  • “My suite and I have been dreaming about our all singles suite since we were all living in Brooks freshman year! Seniors, you must live here!!!”
  • “Pro-tip: take the walk down Claremont to Diana in about 3 minutes as opposed to going up to Broadway.”
  • “If you end up with a larger single, consider bringing along a futon or other furniture- you’ll definitely have the space for it.”
  • “The rooms with the big windows looking on 116th can be a little drafty. Be prepared for some cold nights in the winter if your radiator isn’t working.”

 

Sep

8

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Damn, we love a good dorm room

Damn, we love a good dorm room

This week is the perfect time to make your prison dorm room into a comfy home for the year, and we’re bringing back our RoomHop feature to see how Columbia students have been decking their halls. To inspire you to reach you aesthetic potential, Barnard Babe Courtney Couillard chatted with Victoria Martinez, BC ’18, about her famous Brooks Hall single featured on Buzzfeed earlier this week for looking so damn good.

Bwog: What inspired you to put so much hard work into decorating your room?

Victoria Martinez: I like being cozy and inspired, simple as that, I have a distaste for white walls and fluorescent lighting so the main objective behind my excessive decorating is to distract me from all of that and just create a space that doesn’t make me as depressed as being in Butler on a Thursday night

Bwog: Have you always decorated your dorm rooms this well?

VM: I’d say its been an evolution really, I started off in a Sulz Quad (s/o Sulz 516) with a little sliver of wall space, I’d say then I did my best. Sophomore year I had a Plimpton single that was admittedly a bit more cramped but closer to what I have now and this year as I tell my friends is the year that my room was finally big enough to truly soothe the HGTV aficionado inside me.

Find out more about Victoria’s room next.

Mar

11

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You may not believe in the Last Supper, but the concept of a Last Meal at Columbia is def valid. Take our quiz to discover yours!

Feb

6

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Spring semester is bound to get you down as your work starts to pile up and the temperature continues to drop. We’re here to help you figure out just how you will beat this Spring Semester Slump and make it to Bacchanal alive and well.

 

Dec

19

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*Think about Joni Mitchell*

*Think about Joni Mitchell*

Some people may find they need upbeat music to get through a study session, but we aren’t against a little sad studying every now and then. Bringing you a flow of low-beat (and kinda depressing) tunes, Amateur DJ Courtney Couillard provides you with a little less than an hour’s worth of music.

  • Dreams, Fleetwood Mac– There was no way that I was going to make a low-beat playlist without a little Stevie Nicks. “Dreams” will take you right into relaxation mode and remind you to dream about the impending winter break freedom. As Stevie says, “when the rain washes you clean (of exams), you’ll know.”
  • Myth, Beach House– Beach House is pretty much a staple to any sad study session—just ask the workers at Joe considering it’s always on.
  • Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell– I prefer to ugly cry to this song à la Karen in Love Actually when I need a study break.
  • Waiting Game, Banks– Banks is kind of like the female version of The Weeknd. She makes you feel sad about life but also weirdly turned on.
  • Sober, Childish Gambino– Allow Donald Glover to pick the beat up just a little bit while telling you about how he’ll never be sober following his breakup (kind of like you when you finish your last exam.)
  • NYC Baby, Karen O– Even though you haven’t left campus in a week, we are still in New York. Just a reminder.
  • So Many Details, Toro y Moi– Because your professor is asking you to remember far too many details for the ID section of their final.
  • Cherry Wine (Live), Hozier– Guys, listen to Hozier beyond just “Take Me to Church.” His voice will soothe you into a deep nap if you’re not careful.
  • Tokyo, Lianna La Havas– While Lianna is out of her mind alone in Tokyo, you’re probably out of your mind alone in a Butler bathroom stall. Embrace it.
  • Art Deco, Lana Del Rey– I had to incorporate the Sad Queen herself somewhere in this playlist.
  • Montezuma, Fleet Foxes– Hey! Did you know that a guy from Fleet Foxes went to Columbia at one point?
  • Manchester, Kishi Bashi– Just listen to this one. It’ll cheer you up after I just made you listen to a lot of sad songs.

Get that Spotify playlist next.

Dec

17

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Us using the face mask we drunk bought at Lush

Us using the face mask we drunk bought at Lush

If there’s one thing we learned this semester in AllSex it’s that we all deserve a little self-care to get us through stressful times, particularly finals. We only had a couple “reading days” this round, so you’re rightfully so probably stress pooping in Butler/stressing out in general about your approaching exams. Resident Mom Courtney Couillard brings you some tips on how to take care of yourself over the next few days.

Your bed and you

Self-care is all about finding something that relaxes you, and one of the best ways to de-stress is to create a calming environment. When you start feeling like you want to tear up your study guides, take a break and just lie in bed for a little bit. While you may like to do some reading in bed, try to avoid it during finals so that your bed becomes a non-work related space. You may feel guilty being in bed when everyone else is at the library, but you deserve wasting an hour or so watching the new season of Transparent or playing Candy Crush.

Take a walk

Sometimes you just need to step away from campus for a minute, literally. Go down to Riverside for a stroll, or just make your way down Broadway. The weather is insanely beautiful for Fall semester finals, so make use of it and get a little exercise. It will make you feel better mentally and physically while giving you a study break that isn’t just Facebook stalking your third cousin’s boyfriend.

Watch what you’re eating

Most of us like to binge on sugary food or a JJ’s dinner when we’re feeling stressed, but all good things must come in moderation. It’s ok to pick up a cup of gummy bears after dinner one night; just don’t do it every meal. You’ll start getting a constant sugar rush and your body is going to become mad at you (stress pooping is real, people.) Self-care can include treating yourself to some chocolate, but it also means making sure what you’re eating isn’t just making you feel even worse than before.

More tips on self-care up next

Dec

8

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almaYesterday evening, the Inter-Greek Council (IGC) held elections for their board, including the election of a new Judicial Board Chair. An anonymous tipster sent us details on the election process, accusing current IGC Director of Internal Affairs and Sigma Nu member Teddy Finkelstein, CC ’17, of unfair organization of last night’s elections. In addition to organizing the elections, Finkelstein ran for the position of Greek Judicial Board Chair and won, defeating his opponent, Kappa Alpha Theta member Marielle Greenblatt, BC ’17. Greenblatt served this past year and will continue to serve as the Vice Chair of the Greek Judicial Board.

The tipster accused Finkelstein of failing to carry out his duties as the organizer of the election. These shortcomings, which Finkelstein confirms in a statement below, included not sending out all candidates’ platforms to all Greek organization chapter leaders involved in the voting process prior to the election. Thus, the candidates were forced to rely on providing full information to the chapter leaders over the course of a short three-minute speech. The anonymous tipster also claimed that Finkelstein did not tell the candidates their platforms had not been distributed prior to the election.

An anonymous source involved in the election process confirmed that Finkelstein did not distribute the candidates’ platform information the night before or the morning of the election. The source further confirmed that Finkelstein had exclusive access to his opponent’s platform, arguing, “this leverage allowed Teddy an incredible amount of privilege in both accessing candidate platforms in the race in which he was a candidate, as well as in restricting dissemination of that candidate’s information to chapter leaders.” Because of this, the source proposed Finkelstein had “a massive conflict of interest” and the IGC should have placed the Director Programming as the election organizer.

In addition to this source, a fraternity leader involved in the Interfraternity Council confirmed that chapter leaders did not receive the candidates’ platforms and information prior to the election. A sorority leader involved in the Panhellenic council confirmed this information, further stating that the members of the IGC listserv did not receive the information until 8:30 PM. The information was distributed in the form of a Google Drive Folder, just five minutes before the election for Judicial Board Chair began at 8:35PM. The Panhellenic source explained she had only received Greenblatt’s platform at noon on the day of the election from Panhellenic Council President Roberta Barnett, CC ’16. Barnett confirmed in a comment to Bwog that Finkelstein did not distribute candidate platforms prior to the election and that she distributed all candidates’ platforms minutes before the election speeches.

Read more about last night’s elections and a comment from Finkelstein

Sep

13

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We received a tip early yesterday evening bringing to our attention a Human’s of New York-style Facebook page centered around Columbia first-years. As if these new students weren’t confident enough about their new status at Columbia, the page allows first-year students to share their wisdom and field notes with the rest of the Columbia community. Each post features a picture of the student (HONY-style) and a short blurb about literally anything it seems.

We have to admit we love how real this page gets. Instead of just corny lines about loving being in New York or the pain of reading the Iliad, this page focuses on the real, heart-touching stories we deserve. For example, one student graciously shared, “Just came back from the EC party… shit was cash.” This is an earnest investigation of what it REALLY means to be a first-year at Columbia.

Below is perhaps our favorite post so far. Feel free to visit their Facebook page for more. We look forward to seeing more crazy things first-years will say when they’re drunk at 2 AM.

 

Sep

11

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The early beginnings of the Provisions Center

The early beginnings of the Provisions Center

If you’ve been to the bold, beautiful Diana Center this year, you probably noticed a few changes to Liz’s Place and the Diana Cafe. We received tips during NSOP about an addition to Liz’s Place called “Provisions On Demand,” but we didn’t think it would be that special. WELL, LET US TELL YOU—Diana (if it wasn’t already) is the place to be.

This new “Provisions Center” offers some quick snacks and drinks if you don’t have time to wait in the normal Liz’s Place coffee line. Provisions include soda, water, yogurt, fruit, and even Lunchables. You can cash out your purchases at a little kiosk by the stand. This new addition to Liz’s even has a full on medicine section. If you want to feel like you’re in an airport before heading to your 10:10 class, Liz’s Place is the place for you!

If the Provisions Center wasn’t enough to draw you into that big orange building at Barnard, go up a flight of stairs and check out the improved Diana Cafe. While it typically draws students for its pizzas (we average about 2 white pizzas a week) and occasional sushi selection, Diana Cafe now features a “deli” section. You can choose from a few pre-made sandwiches (we had the roast beef one and it wasn’t bad), or wait in line to build your own sandwich. A special lunch deal features half a sandwich, half a soup or salad, and chips/fruit for under $7. What a way to spend those points. Between the Provisions Center and an upgraded Diana Cafe, we have even more of a reason to spend our entire four years at Columbia in The Vag.

Aug

30

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Bwog has been all over the world but also close to home this past summer. To continue our Houses and Homes series, Managing Editor Courtney Couillard shares with us her experience living in a Carman Hall dingle as an RA for the Columbia High School Program. If you went somewhere special (or normal) and want to share your experience, email us at tips@bwog.com with a picture and description of these five senses. Cheers to the end of summer!

Where: Carman 1313A. What is usually a spacious double became my even more spacious dingle for the summer.

Sight:

Morningside from above

Morningside from above

Sound: High school students disrespectfully trying to sing along to “The Hills” and my Turkish resident laughing (which I always thought sounded like her crying.)

Smell: Lots of B.O. because high schoolers don’t know how to shower on the regular. On the other hand, far too much Axe body spray and perfume in the elevator.

Taste: Nussbaum bagels every Sunday morning, Skinny Pop, insomnia cookies (ordered by my residents every night,) and crappy iced coffee from Ferris.

May

13

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Home sweet home

Home sweet home

The beloved Barnard Library will be torn down this coming December as work on the new Teaching and Learning Center will commence during Winter 2015. This means that this finals season will perhaps be the last time Barnard students can stress out during their final exams in the library. Regardless, we are already emotional about losing barnlib, and Barnard Babe Courtney Couillard brings us a proper farewell to the library.

Oh, Barn Lib. I thought I would never want to study in you when I could just study in Butler across the street, but your humble charm has grown on me these past couple years. I’ve strolled through your stacks, forgetting whether or not N-Z was on the second of third floor, scribbling call numbers on a sticky note. While I know that Butler houses a much larger collection than your own, there is something about finding myself in the section of books about women and politics that took my breath away. I enjoyed finding past Barnard students’ notes in margins of your books, and I always knew that you would have a copy of the book I was searching for when it was checked out in the Columbia libraries. I am happy I ended up giving you a chance.

You offered me refuge after pacing through every floor of Butler during Reading Week, unable to find a seat. While you may not be the prettiest building, I can’t deny the feeling of triumph when I find a seat open in front of the windows, allowing me to procrastinate while watching people sit out on the lawns instead of finishing my paper. Even those tight cubicles on the third floor created that good ol’ Barnard community we know and love. Most importantly, not a single man dares to study in Barn Lib, so it’s pretty much just a girl party at all times on every floor.

Even more emotional memories to come.

Apr

22

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"You must get a lot of female applicants, right?"

*insert bad dad joke*

These past two weekends were admitted students days for prospective first-years at Barnard, and squealing youths took over our campus with their parents in tow. However, our favorite part about Barnard visitors are the confused dads that really have no idea what’s going on and fear their daughter will be a lesbian after going to Barnard. To take a look at the dad perspective, Barnard Babe Courtney Couillard brings us a prospective student’s dad’s thoughts while touring Barnard for the first time.

Ahh, the day is finally here. After 17 years of raising a wonderfully perfect child (ok, I’m a little biased,) she is finally deciding where to go to college. New York seems like a pretty cool place to go to school considering we’re from New England and the most excitement she can get there is a trip to Boston to see the Blue Man Group. I’ve never heard of this Bernard College, (oh it’s Barnard? Sorry) but it sounds pretty cool and she’s into it so I guess I am, too.

It took us roughly thirty minutes to find the college because we exited the subway on the Columbia side of the street and didn’t know there was another college on the other side of the street. I did a quick head nod to the other dads in the tour group to express dad solidarity. I like to think they understand me. To be honest, I’m not even sure what it means to be an “all-women’s” college. I’ve been pretty much just going off the assumption she’s going to a modern-day nunnery minus the whole becoming a nun thing when she graduates.

The tour guide seems a little too enthusiastic about the school and keeps saying the words “bold, beautiful Barnard.” Do you think there’s a t-shirt in the bookstore that says that?

Musings on feminism and more after the jump…

Apr

15

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The panel

The panel

Yesterday evening, Barnard hosted an intimate panel in the Diana Event Oval called “Beauty and Aging.” We sent Cosmo Craver Courtney Couillard to hear what President Debora Spar and her fellow panelists had to say about the biting issue all women face at some point in their life.

Having spoken intensively in her writing about women’s relationship with beauty, President Spar moderated last night’s event on the topic of beauty and aging. The panel also featured the following leading women in the beauty fields: Editor-in-chief of Cosmopolitan, Joanna Coles; Founder and CEO of Women One, Dayle Haddon; Cosmetic Dermatologist, Dr. Rhoda Narins BC ’62; and the author of “The Beauty Myth,” Naomi Wolf.

To begin, President Spar explained the relevance of having this conversation about beauty and aging at Barnard College. As the college has coined the term “bold, beautiful, Barnard women,” President Spar shared she has received flack for referring to Barnard students as ‘beautiful.’ However, President Spar defended the slogan as most Barnard women are indeed beautiful, and the term ‘beautiful’ should be considered in a diverse way. She then went on to point out the struggle women face between being proclaimed feminists while also falling victim to the beauty standards of society. President Spar even joked, “wrinkles are illegal in the borough of Manhattan.” However, she challenged the panel as well as the crowd to consider what relationship feminism has with beauty, and whether a woman’s attempt at making herself look beautiful should be considered a product of her society or a liberating, personal choice.

But how do we handle beauty and aging?

Feb

17

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Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen

Last night, the LGBT+ Journalists of Columbia hosted a talk and Q&A session with the King of Bravo, Andy Cohen, in the Journalism Lecture Hall. We sent Bravo Stan Courtney Couillard to check out the event and see what Andy had to say.

I don’t know how any true Real Housewife franchise fan could have missed seeing Andy Cohen speak at Columbia last night. While I mostly gawk at him through my tv while watching episodes of Watch What Happens Live on my DVR, I would never pass up an opportunity to watch the man that makes the magic that is Bravo happen on a daily basis. Some may know him as the Executive Producer of the Real Housewife franchise; others may better recall when he was pushed by Teresa Giudice in her shining television moment. Regardless, Cohen has become a household name in regards to pop culture and reality television with his work on the Bravo network.

Students (and outsiders) packed the lecture hall to get a chance to feel like they were actually in the Bravo Clubhouse. A student introduced Cohen as the crowd clapped for his accomplishments and one person squealed over the mentioning of Kim Richards. Cohen began the lecture reminding us why we watch his show religiously: he makes conversation easy and he’s quick to entertain.

He began his quick talk about his rise to broadcast fame by confessing he was “very hungover” from attending the SNL after party the night before. After apologizing in advance, Cohen began to recall his ascent in the journalism world. Cohen explained how he has been in the business for 25 years, and he made his start working with CBS NY after graduating from Boston University. He confessed how he always wanted to pursue broadcast even though a superior at CBS broke to him he was cross eyed. Cohen would go on to spend ten years with the network before moving on to ultimately run production for Bravo.

Find out more about Andy Cohen next.

Jan

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Where the hell am I?! Prague?! London?!

Where the hell am I?! Prague?! London?!

Many students are off on their glorious study abroad trips for this Spring semester, and the feeling of being left in New York may bring some students down about. While studying abroad may feel like the latest trend, it is not necessarily the best decision for everyone. New York Lover Courtney Couillard defends deciding not to study abroad while at Columbia.

Your instagram is flooded with pictures of old buildings in Europe. People won’t stop tweeting about how their experience is the most “life changing experience they’ve ever had.” And here you are: sitting in your small dorm room and staring out the window at dreary New York weather. The beginning of Spring semester can be rough given the time of the year and post-holiday apathy towards school, but seeing pictures and hearing stories about your friends studying abroad doesn’t help. You shouldn’t feel down about not being abroad! Missing that info session about studying in London to instead drink boxed wine was one of the best decisions you’ve made. Just because all of your friends have decided to study abroad doesn’t mean that you are obligated to in your four years at Columbia; perhaps, deciding to not study abroad is the most “life changing experience” you will make.

My biggest critique is the fact that we live in New York City. For most, including my New Hampshire soul, attending college in this city is like studying abroad every semester. New York provides endless opportunities to have fun, learn outside the classroom, and escape your comfort zone. While it may be bold or scary living abroad for a semester, it is also those things deciding to create a life in New York. Your friends may be bragging about their great weekend trips to every country in Europe, but you can do just the same exploring the different boroughs and neighborhoods outside of Morningside Heights. Just like your abroad friends, it is up to you to take advantage of the new territory you are staying in and get as much as you can out of it during your time here.

Hear more about how living in New York can be like studying abroad here.

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