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A group of Columbia football players celebrating after the game, with number 33 caught in a pose with his arms out and his knees bent.

With moves like these, how could they not succeed on the field?

As dozens of articles from inside and outside of the Columbia community have already mentioned, Columbia Football is good! Furthermore, they used to be bad! At Bwog, we’ve taken a look at what some football alumni think of the Lions’ newfound success, and we’ve given the professional advice on how to be a bandwagon fan. But with only one game remaining, one question remains – could Columbia become champions again?

The Lions (4-2 Ivy, 7-2 overall) have a clear path to the championship, a feat they have only accomplished once before. Columbia will have to defeat Brown (0-6 Ivy, 2-7 overall) up at Lawrence A. Wien Stadium at 1 pm on Saturday, November 18th, and they will also need the Yale Bulldogs (5-1 Ivy, 8-1 overall) to lose in New Haven against the Harvard Crimson (3-3 Ivy, 5-4 overall). Thankfully, the Ivy football season does not have a needlessly arcane and surprisingly emotional tiebreaker system like Ivy basketball. If the Lions and Bulldogs both end the season at 5-2, they will share the Ivy title honors. And if Dartmouth also ends the season at 5-2, there could be a three-way tie at the top of the league.

The 2017 Lions are lucky to still be in the hunt for a title. A 5-2 team has not won the Ivy League since 1982, when Harvard, Penn, and Dartmouth all tied at the top. (Columbia that year finished 1-6 while giving up 36 points per game to Ivy opponents.) This year’s Ivy League might not have the one dominating force that often rises to the top of the Ancient Eight.

Yale Sports Analytics, one of the leaders in Ivy football and basketball analysis, doesn’t give Columbia great odds for getting a share of the championship. While they pegged a Columbia win over Brown at 80% odds, they consider Yale similarly prohibitive favorites at home against the stagnant Crimson. With Harvard at only a 30% chance of victory, the odds of Columbia winning and Harvard losing work out to only 24%.

One piece of good news, though, is that The Game between Harvard and Yale will start at 12:30 pm, while the Lions will not start playing until 1:00 pm. Fans in the audience will get to follow along, and will know whether or not the Lions’ hopes remain alive.  Columbia would love to control its own destiny for the championship. But considering that Columbia Football has not had a meaningful final game of any season since 1971, Saturday’s game is a cause for celebration.

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A close-up picture of many boxes of food, including Hamburger Helper, oats, and canned vegetables.

Boxed supplies to be disbursed by The Food Bank at Columbia

If you’re interested in materially affecting Columbia’s food insecurity issue, take a look at an event being held today by The Food Bank at Columbia. Bwog has already taken a look at The Food Bank this year as it aims to provide consistent and meaningful relief. Coming up today from 4-7 pm in Lerner 555 is a silent auction to directly benefit The Food Bank.

Highlighting the auction are guest speeches from Paige West (an Anthropology professor at Barnard) and Peter Awn (Dean of the School of General Studies). But some of the offered items might catch your eye better than a dean’s speech. Mark Gyourko of The Food Bank tells us that auctioned items will include Apple iMac computers, a gift certificate to Toast, and unlimited board play from Hex & Co. The event is targeted to the Columbia community at large, so students are welcome! If you want to buy anything, though, make sure to bring cash or check – Venmo and credit will not be accepted.

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A photo of a costume in a box on a wall at Spirit Halloween, showing an "Inflatable Poo" costume.

You will be remembered

When a tremor went off at midnight on November 1st, none of the costumes and props in Spirit Halloween suspected a thing. The skeletons were used to having their bones rattled, and the pumpkins had experienced a good shake or two. But Spirit’s ghouls and ghosts started to worry when the quaking did not dismiss but grew.

What was happening to their dear store? For a month they had enjoyed new friendships from all of Morningside Heights. Children rushed in to become superheroes. Students jumped at the possibility of wordplay-based costumes. Just the weekend before the shakes, hundreds stopped into the store for pairs of animal ears. Spirit was thriving – so why was the ground now opening up as if to swallow them?

Video game characters jumped off the walls as vampires flew to escape. But the doors locked were shut, and the tremors made it harder and harder to see and move. A loud crack shot off, the trembling floor threatening to swallow a display of hair dye. With one final quake, tiles started to shower. Costumes and props tumbled into a widening cold abyss. Powerful bursts of wind gusted up from the depths and juggled high-hanging masks off the wallss. Those which were spared the deep fall only fell onto the far floors, but they too would soon crumble.

From the frosty sinkhole beneath Spirit Halloween rose a gingerbread spire. Like a screaming herd of banshees, jingle bells ascended and hooked themselves to Spirit’s walls. The growing tower of Christmas spirit shattered steel beams and blew off the store’s facade, but as though held together by magic and cheer, the building remained upright.

Reindeer came up like bats from hell, towing a brand new sign to hang along Broadway. In a final blow against Halloween, the Spirit storefront now read, “Merry Christmas.”

Alas, poor poo via Ana Rael and Youngweon Lee

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Outside of EC, about 50 students wait on the stairs awaiting instructions from public safety at night.

One of many groups of students who were denied access to EC tonight.

As Halloweekend reached its climax, hundreds of East Campus partygoers and residents faced delays and denials as Public Safety attempted to keep order in the busy residence hall.

We’ve already written about how many people sign into EC on an average night, but tonight topped any other day of the semester so far. The problems started early, as EC’s electronic ID-recognition system was inoperable. Public Safety officers signed in students with a manual, handwritten sign-in log that was ill-equipped to handle EC’s volume. As the queue of students built, Public Safety kept the lobby relatively clear, but did so by forcing students out into the building’s vestibule and outside porch. As a result, the mass of students (some residents, some signing in, and some signing out) extended far outside of EC.

Around 12:15 am on Sunday, after a change of Public Safety guards, one officer stationed at the front door began to announce that students who were not residents of East Campus would not be allowed to enter. “If you don’t live here,” he proclaimed, “start leaving.” As the message slowly reverberated through the cloud of students, tensions rose. Students shouted at and occasionally pushed against Public Safety officers, who shouted back. Residents of EC were herded through the bottleneck in the vestibule, and their residency status was checked before they were granted access. Hopeful sign-in recipients were predictably outraged at their inability to enter the building, whether they wanted to party or to reach significant others. People attempting to sign out were the most upset, as many of them were stuck in the line, cut off from their student or government-issued ID’s. Hundreds of tired, confused, and/or thirsty EC-goers were forced to wait for up to half an hour before Public Safety restarted the queues to allow people to enter and exit.

Even before the statement that guests would be turned away, Public Safety caused frustration with their pace. Guests who got in line for East Campus at 11:40 pm were still outside waiting to enter the building proper a half hour later. As has become the norm, multiple Public Safety officers attempted to control traffic by directing students against EC’s south walls, an order which is rarely obeyed for long. Tonight’s long lines were the capstone in a series of frustrating waits. Why is East Campus, by far the most popular dorm for sign-ins, equipped with the same system as other buildings? And why were non-residents with swipe access denied entry to a building they had never before been turned away from? Any experimental change to East Campus’s sign-in system (or to Columbia’s system as a whole) would be a welcome one.

As the night rolled closer to 1:00 am, the electronic sign-in system came back into place, and while officers insisted that only residents were allowed in, a few lucky nonresidents were able to fight their ways through.

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A poster featuring a breakdancing man that says "Fight the Power: a global conversation exploring hip-hop and global consciousness."

Row Row Fight the Power

When an all-star lineup of hip-hop dancers gathered in Columbia’s new Lenfest Center for the Arts, the Committee on Global Thought promised “a global conversation exploring hip-hop and social consciousness” in their “Fight the Power” event. The panel discussion, however, failed to live up to its name. While the performers adequately discussed their personal experiences with hip-hop, they and their moderator failed to properly discuss social consciousness and the dance genre’s ability to rebel.

The panel was led by Mamadou Diouf, the department chair of Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies (MESAAS). Joining him were some big names in hip-hop dance, each of whom was accompanied in their introduction by a video. First up was Jonzi D, the founder and Artistic Director of Breakin’ Convention, an event which was heavily advertised at Wednesday night’s talk. Talking next was Salah, a “living legend in the world of hip-hop dance.” Multiple panelists pointed to Salah, the solo-performing French dancer, as an inspiration. Following Salah was Lanre Malaolu, co-founder of the competitive dance group and established theater company Protocol. Last to speak was another French performer, the founder of the dance group Yeah Yellow, Bee D. The panelists combined to provide a multitude of experiences on beginnings and success in hip-hop.

The panel got off on the wrong foot when Diouf’s first question became impossible to discern. He asked to “actually have a conversation around the creative tension between the very fact that hip-hop culture was born in a specific place, expanded all over the world, and has been shaped and reshaped by different places in history,” but proceeded to tack on a few more questions onto the already complex topic. By the time Diouf turned the mic over, Salah was visibly confused. When he asked what exactly to answer, Diouf responded, tongue-in-cheek, “You take them the way you dance. Improvise.” Most of the performers discussed their origins in hip-hop in response. Many admitted that they started off by copying other performers they saw, until the hip-hop community began to chastise them for “biting,” or plagiarizing. “We all do that [biting] at the start, because you have to,” explained Malaolu. “You have to peel through that to find who you are.”

Find out if they fought any more power after the jump.

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As Columbia football players celebrate, one in the foreground holds up a baseball bat while he sticks out his tongue.

Defensive Lineman Alexander Holme is trying out for the baseball team.

It’s a common fallacy of sports journalism to rest an entire game on a single play. In a 60 minute (or 3 hour) game of football, a point scored on the opening play matters just as much to the final score as a point as the clock expires. If a last-second touchdown is a team’s last chance, then they had dozens of other chances beforehand.

In that sense, it’s not right to focus only on the final play of the Columbia Football team’s (6-0, 3-0 Ivy) victory over Dartmouth (5-1, 2-1 Ivy). The final play wouldn’t have mattered had Columbia not racked up four 3-and-outs during the last half, or had quarterback Anders Hill not lobbed the ball into triple coverage when the Lions had a chance to close out the game with ten minutes left in the fourth quarter. Similarly, Dartmouth could have made the last play irrelevant by converting their third down attempts (0 for 9 on the day), or by making a chip shot field goal at the end of the first half. And, per head coach Al Bagnoli, Dartmouth would have been stopped earlier were it not for an illegal block below the waist call made during that fateful final drive.

With all of those disclaimers in mind, the end of the Dartmouth game was an absolute mess.

Read more about the final controversial minutes here.

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one of the most serious of the bunch

Anonymous work from the Sexual Respect Initiative Arts Option

CW: This article discusses sexual assault as well as incapacitation and memory loss due to alcohol.

On Thursday, Title IX Coordinator and Associate Vice President Marjory Fisher sat down with a small group of students for one of many Sexual Respect Initiative workshops offered during October. All incoming students are required to participate in one of the many and varied SRI options. Fisher’s event focused on the topics of incapacitation and consent with particular attention towards alcohol, and how the university as an adjudicating institution thinks of the connection of those ideas.

Fisher’s first major point was that it is possible to have consenting, positive sexual interactions while using alcohol or other drugs. For Columbia and for the state of New York, intoxication occurs on a scale. While intoxicated people can give consent, incapacitated people are incapable of doing so. Incapacitation occurs when an individual lacks the ability to knowingly choose to participate in sexual conduct because they lack the ability to understand their decisions and make rational, reasonable choices. Signs of incapacitation considered by the university include dizziness, slurring, unawareness, and vomiting, among others.

Fisher also emphasized that even blacked out individuals may be able to consent under Columbia’s and New York’s definitions. Blackouts occur when the hippocampus cannot write memories, resulting in the inability to recall events in fragments or en bloc. Fisher shared anecdotes from her experience of men and women with no memory who were, by bystander accounts, totally lucid and aware during their periods of amnesia. Because memory-writing may be independent from other functions, Fisher explained that a respondent may not be able to use their blackout as evidence of their inability to consent at the time of a sexual encounter or assault.

However the state of intoxication may affect a survivor, respondents cannot use their drunkenness as an excuse for sexual assault. Even if a person was too drunk to determine if a partner could consent, the burden for committing Gender Based Misconduct comes when an individual “knows or should know” of the incapacity of another. If a reasonable sober person could tell that a survivor was incapacitated, then that shows to Columbia that their assaulter “should have known” and can be held responsible. Conversely, if the respondent had no reasonable way of knowing that someone was incapacitated (for instance, if the respondent did not see any alcohol consumed or observe any signs of incapacitation), that may make it challenging for Fisher to push forward with a case.

Even more takes from the Title IX coordinator after the jump

Oct

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Pictured: the EC elevators in a rare moment of full light.

Signing into and out of East Campus on a weekend night is a special kind of hell. The lobby is so crowded with Barnard students, NYU folk, and miscellaneous friends & family that guests can hardly move. If you do manage to get past the gates, your (pitch dark) elevator ride up to the 20th floor will make you wish you had just stayed in. How many people face this terror? We attempt to calculate, using our Frontiers of Science/Beginner’s Mind techniques, how many sign-ins EC handles on the average Saturday.

Assume that the number of sign-ins required is equal to: (Number of suites/townhouses in EC) * (Rate of parties per room) * (Number of people per party) * (Rate of sign-in need per partygoer) + Non-party sign-ins.

Number of suites/townhouses in EC
East Campus has 719 residents, split among 80 high-rise suites, 40 high-rise doubles, and 50 townhouses. There are 8 floors of suites in the high-rise. Suites and townhouses total to 130.

Rate of parties per room
Assume that on any given Saturday, there are two major parties on each high-rise floor of EC. This puts the rate of parties at 20%. (If Thursdays and Saturdays have equal party rates, then 20% implies that each suite has a major party about once every 2.5 weeks.) We can also extrapolate this 20% figure to the townhouses. Of 130 suites and townhouses, 26 would host a party on any given Saturday. Doubles, unfortunately, are not cool enough to host parties.

A lot more calculation and estimation after the jump.

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A photo of the new location of the Food Bank at Columbia, stocked with food.

A photo of the food bank, ready for more photos

Food insecurity is a pressing and prevalent concern here at Columbia and finally (why did it take so long?) we have a food bank! Bwogger, Ross Chapman, gives us an update on the new Food Bank at Columbia, as well as highlighting the university’s past food insecurity-related failures.

The Food Bank at Columbia will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 pm today at its new location, in the Southeast corner of Lerner 5. The photo opportunity and publicity event will feature members of the food bank, as well as VP of Campus Services Scott Wright, Associate VP of Student Life Ixchel Rosal, former GS Dean Peter Awn, and a host of members of the Food Bank board. Bwog sat down with one of The Food Bank’s co-founders, Ramond Curtis, to once again overview the state of food insecurity on campus.

Today’s ribbon cutting ceremony represents a major advancement for The Food Bank at Columbia, which will replace by-appointment disbursements with weekly open hours at a stable location. Their new location was previously a storage closet, but has been converted with the help of Lerner Hall and Campus Services into a proper food bank. Ramond Curtis said that all they asked from Columbia was “four walls and a door,” as they previously had no permanent location. A regular disbursement place and time (1-4 pm on Wednesdays), Curtis believes, will provide an opportunity for all students while clearing up logistical issues.

The new logistical simplicity contrasts with several food insecurity initiatives over the past two years. Swipes, an app which matched swipe-givers with swipe-receivers at campus dining halls, depended on a mobile infrastructure which stopped receiving support soon after its Columbia launch. And the Emergency Meal Fund asked students to receive one-time meal vouchers from the dining offices at JJ’s place and then present them to the dining halls for a maximum of only six meals per semester. Curtis compared the food bank, a concept which has existed successfully, to a wheel. Attempts to find alternative ways of meal disbursement (Swipes, EMF) were unnecessary if a food bank could be pursued instead. In addition, The Food Bank at Columbia can call upon infrastructure and resources of other food banks such as Feeding America and the Food Bank for New York City. Most importantly, The Food Bank could receive long-term support, while previous initiatives relied on constant and individual student support.

Further steps forward after the jump.

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Ronald Smith sits on the bleacher railings as he and the Columbia Football team sing a song in victory at Princeton.

Ronald Smith, king of King’s College for a day, after his game-winning TD.

This weekend, Columbia Football captured the imagination of Ivy League (and other!) fans when they won a dramatic victory against the Princeton Tigers, 28-24. Why shouldn’t fans be excited? Columbia hasn’t had a winning season since 1996, before most members of the sophomore Class of 2020 were even born. Going into this weekend, the Lions were a miserable 3-14 against the Tigers since 2000, when the two teams began facing off in the Ivy opener. Factor in a highlight reel game-winning play and an American focus on college football as a revenue sport, and it makes sense why so many students are excited for Columbia Football’s shiny new 3-0 record.

But the football team isn’t the only undefeated squad playing up at Baker. Fresh off an Ivy League Championship campaign, the Men’s Soccer team has flown out to an undefeated 5-0-2 record and a national ranking. As the team seeks to prove that their 2016 title was not merely a result of Harvard’s disqualification (remember?), they do so in front of junior Dylan Castanheira, the best goalie in the league last year by save percentage (.903!) and goals against average (.290!!). Men’s Soccer will host its next Ivy game on Sunday, September 8th against Penn.

Women’s Soccer is also undefeated at home, including their recent 11-0 rout of Wagner. Led by a five-strong senior class featuring twin sisters Holly and Natalie Neshat and All-Ivy defender Natalie Ambrose, the team will get the athletic weekend started on Friday, September 6th against Penn at home at 7 pm. The currently 6-4-1 Lions faded from title contention at the end of last season, but they will end the season at home this year against defending champions Harvard.

Volleyball also has high hopes, aiming to build off of last year’s 9-5 Ivy season. The team has adjusted to the loss of their libero, Ivy League Defensive Player of the Year Cassie Wes, by refusing to identify one libero, splitting the digging duty across the squad. Sophomore setter Grace Campbell returns from a season of leading the Ivy League in assists, and currently leads the League in service aces per set. She is joined on the attack by Rookie of the Year middle blocker Chichi Ikwuazom and the team’s lone senior, Anja Malesevic. The team returns home on Friday, October 13th to take on the Penn Quakers.

Roar, Lion, Roar via @ColumbiaLionsFB

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"The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg"

“So are you gonna be a potato, or are you gonna man up, and be the egg!?”

If you didn’t hear the news, the Columbia Football team has a two game winning streak! Bwogger Ross Chapman investigates, looking uncover the secret to Columbia’s success on the field.  

The Columbia Football team has won its first two games, a feat not achieved since 2006. Analysts would be wise to try to explain the phenomenon. Are the Lions winning thanks to Coach Bagnoli’s Class of 2020 recruiting? Was Columbia’s victory over the Hoyas thanks to Josh Bean, the mysterious first-year quarterback who’s unstoppable during short-yardage QB runs (but never appears anywhere else)? Were the boys in blue victorious only due to Georgetown’s inability to capitalize on Columbia’s failure to prevent big passes to the outside? While these could all merit their own articles, I believe there is a more relevant force at work here.

I’m talking, of course, about the @ColumbiaLionsFB Twitter account.

Columbia Athletics Twitter are no strangers to Bwog. But a mysterious change has overtaken the Football account specifically. Starting on July 11th, 2016, Columbia Football provided us with #MondayMotivation nearly every week during the season. The longest chain of consecutive Monday posts ran from October 17th to November 14th, 2016. The team went 1-3 during that time period, suggesting that the Lions were not so enthralled by the tweets. And who could blame them, when the social media team was busy tweeting, “The same boiling water that softens the potato, hardens the egg?

Learn the conclusion of this harrowing Twitter tale after the jump.

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A picture on College Walk at night of roughly two hundred people holding lanterns marching towards Morningside Park.

A shot of the 2015 “New York Nocturne” procession

Morningside Lights is back! The annual procession of handmade torches continues in its sixth year with a “Secret Gardens” theme. For the uninitiated, Morningside Lights is a week-long project headed up by the Arts Initiative, and by Processional Arts Workshop. Members of the community are invited to sixteen different free workshops over the course of the week. These drop-in sessions are totally free, and you can stay for as long or as little as you want. On Saturday, September 23rd at 8 pm, the procession will begin at 116th and Morningside Avenue and progress around the campus and the neighborhood.

Anyone interested in making a lantern or marching in the procession should sign up on the Morningside Lights website. While you’re at it, get some inspiration from the Secret Gardens Pinterest Board. Artists Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles will lead this project. This year’s theme looks to celebrate community gardens in Harlem, especially in reclaimed spaces.

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are we separated by more than a crosswalk?Bwog received an anonymous tip today about a petition which members of the Barnard Bartending Agency are releasing today. Over the last two months, Barnard College has worked to absorb the previously (ambiguously) independent BBA into the other programs overseen by Student Employment Services. BBA jobs could accordingly count as work study and receive support from the College. However, today’s letter alleges that many changes will undermine the purpose of BBA. Members of the group met with SES today, where these grievances were made known.

Most centrally, the five-page petition asks for the Barnard Bartending Agency to retain its… well, agency. Many responsibilities previously taken up by Student Managers will pass on to automated systems and professional mixologists, which BBA claims undermines its ability to meet its unique needs. “Barnard Bartending is not the same as “real” bartending.,” claims the letter. “In fact, many of our jobs are incredibly unique and the only proper method of preparation was to have that knowledge passed down through veteran Bartenders.”

Chief among changes made will be an automated assignment system (JobX) and an overhaul of the training course. The cost of training has gone dramatically down, from $120 to $25. The petition states that this change may bring under-prepared or under-committed students into the group, reducing levels of service. The courses will also be taught by professional bartenders, who the petition claims cannot meet all of the unique training needs required for the Barnard agents. The new job assignment system may also allow bartenders to compete against each other in the form of offering the lowest bid for a job. “Less experienced students are more likely to undercut their wages (cheating other students out of available work and fair wages unnecessarily) and not request cab fare home–a potentially dangerous situation.” Finally, status as work-study may prevent students who already have, or failed to qualify for, other work-study jobs to gain additional revenue from BBA.

The full petition is included below. Bwog has reached out to Student Employment Services for comment on the petition.

Update, 9/20/17, 8:30 pm: Earlier today, Student Employment Services Director Cynthia Meekins sent out a message to all of the Barnard Bartenders in response to this petition. This message asserted that the change to move the Barnard Babysitting and Bartending agencies into SES was “carefully considered for more than two years” and resulted from work with student managers. According to Meekins, the change is intended to increase student accessibility in the program, by decreasing bartenders’ fees from $120 for the course and $10 to $20 for each job to a one-time fee of $25. Meekins also wrote that application and hiring processes have been “streamlined”, for the Bartending agency as well as the Babysitting agency. You can read her full message below.

Read the full petition and response after the jump

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An email to a listserv that says, "Please take me off the listerv. Thank you!"

Hell hath no fury like reply-all emails

The Activities Fair is a magical time. The sound of taiko drums and the rush of enthusiastic students combine in the air to form some kind of drug that possess students to sign up for both Bible study and Torah study. Whether or not you wanted to, you may have been swindled into signing up for the Ultimate Acrostic Club. But how do you get away from the dozen club email lists you signed up for? Here’s a short guide that should help you through your current miasma of an inbox.

Columbia email lists: Many club email lists run through the university, and a circa 2009 platform called “Mailman.” You can check out most of the mailing lists on campus by visiting the mailing list homepage. In order to unsubscribe from a listserv, select the mailing list in question. Enter your email address at the “unsubscribe or edit options” text box at the bottom of the page. Then, press the “unsubscribe” button in the middle of the page. You can also reach the listserv’s page by clicking the lists.columbia.edu URL in the footer of the club email.

Check the bottom: Thanks in part to the CAN-SPAM Act, most third party listserv managers are required to provide some sort of visible unsubscribe option within their emails. For example, most MailChimp emails include unsubscribe text in their footers. Other key terms to look for are “update your preferences” and “subscription settings.” Some emails may have their full text (which includes the unsubscribe text at the bottom) clipped, so make sure to view the full email if you have trouble unsubscribing.

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An illustrated copy of Exodus

We wish all books had illustrations

It takes a lot of nerve to write in the Bible, the most commented-on book of all time. It takes even more nerve to write in a Butler Stacks copy of a book that doesn’t belong to you. Head the Stacks 8, and you’ll find books defiled by the ballsiest students on campus. In Butler’s dozens of copies of the Good Book (English and otherwise), decades of students have left their marks, undoubtedly thanks to Lit Hum and CC. Check out some of the most memorable marginal markings below.

Good Student, Bad Student

A scan of a study guide within a cover of a Bible

A well-preserved study guide (click to enlarge)

Some students put more work into the Bible than others. Maybe they’re very religious and fancy themselves a savior of the class, or maybe they’ve yet to become entirely jaded thanks to Columbia. Whatever the reason, a few very good students have trudged through Stacks copies of the Holy Book. Some students use blank pages to make study guides pointing them to important chapters (ButlStax BS 185 1997 .O94 1997, left). Honestly, this one is pretty hard to understand, but it must have really helped at the time.

Others go even further above and beyond the call of duty. Someone took a Bible and put annotations at the bottom of nearly every page all the way from Genesis to Ezra! If you’re having a hard time getting the gist of each verse, consider picking up the New English Bible (ButlStax BS 192 .A1 1970 N42).

Others, however, are definitely not so astute. If you look closely at these two images, you can actually see the very moment at the bottom of the third page of Job when the student falls asleep (ButlStax BS 191 .A1 1982 P5).

Pay Attention, Class!

A page of Exodus with a yellow post-it note

The bible is basically just a calendar, right?

A page of the bible with the margin note "Noah hearts god"

“Noah and God sitting in a tree! P-R-A-Y-I-N-G!”

It’s important to remember that all reading, even of the Bible, happens in context. For some people, that context is a busy social life. Sure, you need to read the book of Ezra, but you also have a date at Dig Inn! (ButlStax BS191 .A1 1994 .N38). And also, you’ve got to return that lightbulb on the warranty. That’s $3 that won’t go to waste!

Alternatively, a romantic life might inform your bible reading. Just as a middle schooler might let everyone know that Travis has a thing for Meghan, one Lit Hum reader wanted everyone to know how Noah really felt about the big guy upstairs.

Illustrated Copies

1584 was a simpler time for breasts

The neat thing about the Bible is that people care so much about it. As such, many copies feature elaborate illustration and illumination. At the top of the article is a Middle English 1560 copy (1969 facsimile) of the Geneva Bible’s Exodus scene (ButlStax BS 170 1560a). This is, by far, the oldest copy, facsimile or otherwise, I’ve come across in Butler. Coming in at a close second is the Dalmatin Bible, a 1584 translation into Slovene (ButlStax BS 296 1584). If you love huge books with page-wide illuminations, this is the copy for you. If you love English… maybe it’s not your copy. But check out those lovely pictures.

Finally, I leave you with this, also from the Dalmatin Bible. Feel free to use this as a reaction image for your favorite artist’s next single.

AN EXCELLENT SONG

 

 

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