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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.

Photo via Arts Initiative/Karli Cadel



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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 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.






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a group of students at night in front of Low Library protesting Trump's Muslim Ban

Students rallying against the Travel Ban in January

Executive Vice President for University Student Life Suzanne Goldberg released a statement via email to the Columbia community Tuesday afternoon in response to the day’s announcement of the end of the DACA program. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals protected “some of our students and… nearly 800,000 undocumented young people nationwide,” but will officially end on March 5, 2018.

Executive Vice President Goldberg’s statement said that DACA’s end “cuts against our most basic sense of fairness and decency.” She assured undocumented students that the university will protect their physical safety and personal information and pointed students towards a new DACA homepage on the Office of University Life website. Columbia will provide pro bono legal assistance for DACA recipients, which is similar to what the university did in response to the Trump administration’s Muslim travel ban. The statement also offered future financial compensation for students losing DACA work authorization.

In addition to University Resources, UndoCU announced today on Facebook that Casa Latin@ will be open today as a safe space for those who “seek solidarity and connection in face of the duress of the day.”

Update, 6:00 pm: Barnard College President Sian Beilock has released a statement supporting undocumented students. Her email, which also touched on other Trump administration issues such as trans rights and federal student aid, pledged support, denounced the rescinding of DACA, and advertised Barnard’s Immigration Updates and Resources page.

You can read Executive Vice President Goldberg’s and President Beilock’s full emails after the jump.



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The Columbia Club Women's Water Polo Team posing for a photo on Low Plaza sports

The actual sport has more water than this photo

The Columbia Women’s Water Polo team started from the bottom, and climbed their way to nationals. Here is their story. 

Amy Gong Liu started the year as the captain of the Women’s Water Polo club team. She was also the only member of the Women’s Water Polo club team.

“It was just me at the club fair,” the CC sophomore said of recruitment season. Club sports don’t receive the same financial and institutional support as their varsity counterparts at Columbia. The Club Sports Governing Board gave the team about $4000 this year, over half of which went to paying league dues. And while head coaches of varsity sports normally recruit from elite high schools, Women’s Water Polo didn’t have a recruitment process, or a head coach.

“I knew that if I didn’t recruit a good set of new people, our team wouldn’t have enough people to compete in the league.” The 2015-16 team’s captain had graduated, and the president chose to study abroad. With only her own resources, Gong Liu recruited as hard as she could. “My pitch at the club table was, ‘Hi, do you know how to swim?'” Of the 11 members of the team who were recruited and stayed, only five came in with any water polo experience.

The newly formed Women’s Water Polo club team, comprising not a single graduating senior, would need dedication and perseverance to succeed and even survive. They solicited and received help from some unlikely sources. Granger Abuhoff brought his YMCA club team to scrimmage with Columbia every Sunday. “They kick our ass every single weekend,” Gong Liu admitted, “but it’s been really really good for our growth.” Preslav Djippov, formerly involved with Bulgarian and American national teams, runs drills with the team every practice. “But I think the most valuable people we’ve had coaching this year have been People on the men’s water polo team.” Gong Liu thanked Wei Shen Ng and Casidhe McClone specifically for their contributions.

While it took sacrifices for members to show up for 9:30-11:30 pm weekday practices (let alone four other days of practice, on land or in the pool), the experience drew them closer. Gong Liu’s main goal as a captain was to “make the team feel like a family.” Part of this was pragmatic – you get people to show up to practice by becoming friends with them. But late practices and later nights brought the team together. “We were sitting at our holiday party, and we were writing notes to each other about how much each other have impacted our lives. We passed around sheets, and we looked at each other and collectively started crying. I looked around and thought… ‘this is it.'”

Find out how they did after the jump.



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A look from Broadway into the McIntosh Dining Room on the second floor of the Diana Center. It's a very orange building in its walls and carpets.

This room looks much orange-er in the daytime

It’s election season in all the undergraduate schools, and Barnard is no exception. The Student Government Association held a candidates forum last night, and Bwogger Ross Chapman went to review the forum. 

Barnard’s SGA is much nicer than Columbia’s CCSC. At the very least, the speakers at SGA’s Candidates’ Forum were much more polite than those at the CCSC debate. Tuesday night’s event in the McIntosh Dining Room in the Diana center were characterized more by snapping than shouting. In the last SGA event before polls opened at 11 pm, Fall 2017’s candidates gave two-minute speeches on their platforms and took questions from the audience.

Fourteen of the twenty-two positions up for election were uncontested, including three of the five positions on SGA’s executive board. Also uncontested were all of the President and Vice President positions for the class councils. Further downplaying the competitive nature of the night were about a half-dozen stand-in speeches, where abroad (or busy) candidates had their speeches read by confidantes.

Even those who ran unopposed still gave passionate speeches and took questions. Nominee for Campus Affairs Rep Mia Lindheimer, also a Deputy Editor for Bwog, advocated for “a technology overhaul” to fix the Barnard sign-in system and policies. Tamar Dayanim, Nominee for Junior Rep to the Board of Trustees, wanted transparency (a theme of the night) from the student reps who spoke to the trustees. Evie McCorkle, running for VP of finance, rattled off her impressive SGA track record and spoke of her partnership with Nominee for Sophomore President Rose Reiken to subsidize laundry costs. And one of the last speakers of the night, Nominee for VP of Campus Life Aku Acquaye, encouraged all nominees present of their success in student leadership, and expressed excitement for all of the women of color running for positions.

At the Representative level, battles were fought over the reps for Sustainable Initiatives, Inclusion and Equity, Food and Dining, Seven Sisters Relations, and Health Services. Both Food and Dining nominees called for better labeling of ingredients and more options for vegan and Halal diets. Kristen Akey demanded answers from Aramark on how local and sustainable Barnard’s ingredients are, while Sarah Bronicser advocated for better swipe sharing and meal donation while making a token appeal to food insecurity.

More SGA after the jump.



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The expanding brain meme in two frames, with the first reading "Playing football on the lawns," and the second saying "Playing football on the tarps."

Next step: playing football in Butler?

Time is running out before Columbia’s lawns fall victim to commencement. Before that happens, let us celebrate via power rankings the best and worst sports and activities to play on Columbia’s lawns.

1.Sunbathing – While you can do this on the thin strips of lawn along College Walk, it’s best done on the wide expanses of the South Lawns. You can best enjoy the open lawns by doing literally nothing while outside.

2. Eating – Grass, also known to experts as “nature’s dining room,” is the perfect place to sit and chow down, whether you’re enjoying Surf and Turf or indulging in Sweetgreen. While you might suffer a stain, it’s worth it to feel that plush grass under your fingers.

3. Spikeball/KanJam – Let’s face it – these are basically the same game, played by the same people. While you should inherently distrust anyone playing these games, it’s hard to deny that their unorthodox playstyles and small space requirements make them fun to watch while walking by and ideal for a college lawn.

4. Kicking around a soccer ball, but knowing nothing about soccer – “Hey, let’s pretend that the lawn gate is a goal!” This never works. Seeing people attempt to make it work, but tripping over the ball, is a quintessential lawn experience.

More Columbia sports after the jump



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A woman appearing to be Dean Cristen Scully-Kromm crouching after finishing a vault over a closed fence onto a Butler south lawn.

She’s a sneaky dean

Lawn access isn’t great at Columbia. For most of the year, they’re covered in tarps, and when it finally gets warm, they’re taken away almost immediately for commencement. While student council candidates promise to improve lawn access, one brave administrator decided to take matters into her own hands. A tipster sent us photos purporting to show Dean of Undergraduate Student Life Cristen Scully Kromm hopping the fence of one of Butler’s lawns. A red flag flying over the lawn was not enough to deter the adventurous dean from vaulting over the barrier. Why she needed lawn access is a mystery yet to be solved – maybe she wanted to engage in a particularly energetic game of Spikeball. Dean Kromm has vocalized her support for greater lawn access in the past – it’s good to see admins being the change they want to see on the campus.

We haven’t seen a dean have this much trouble navigating campus since Deantini had to snap a photo of a campus map.

Additional photos of the scandalous incident are below:

Photos via Tip Form



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The CMTS Senior Showcase cast stands in a line in front of the audience, singing a song from Spring Awakening in front of a brick wall.

“The weirdest shit is still to come”

Senior Staffer and Sports Editor, Ross Chapman reviewed the last performance by CMTS’s seniors. 

On Friday night, musicians and actors from the Class of 2017 gathered in front of a friendly audience in the Glicker-Milstein Theatre for one final performance at Columbia. Far from the theatrical formality of the usual CMTS show, the atmosphere Senior Showcase was one of low stakes and celebration. Eleven seniors, all of whom have participated in musical theater on campus and some of whom have come to define it, performed 17 compartmentalized numbers from their favorite shows. While the show ostensibly had no theme, it was clear that the seniors were singing and acting in reflection theatrical pasts and with anxious optimism for whatever may come next.

The show began with a company performance of “What Do You Do with a B.A. in English?” the opening number to Avenue Q which introduces a protagonist exiting college and entering the “real world.” The singers substituted “English” for “Theater,” immediately signaling to the crowd that the showcase had no pretention of faithfully and sacredly reproducing every note. (For timing or symbolic purposes, the company did not perform the song’s segue into “It Sucks to Be Me.”) Following this was a series of solo and small ensemble works, performed in front of a faux-brick wall with lights strung up on top. This casual, close-knit, coffee shop atmosphere was reinforced by sparse lighting cues (save for in one number) and a cooperative audience, who cheered and laughed even when nothing too funny was happening. Both the 7 pm show was a sell-out, a testament to how much students wanted to see their friends’ final hurrahs.

More on the show after the jump!



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That is one high rise

So you’re finally a senior. Ready to move back on campus? Ready to relive some of those Carman vibes? Well, with a highrise suite in East Campus, you can. Check out these views. 

Location: 70 Morningside Drive – Accessible through the Wien Courtyard or via Revson Plaza.

  • Nearby dorms: Wien. Also, Plimpton, if you squint your eyes.
  • Stores and restaurants: HamDel, two halal carts, Appletree Market, SubsConscious, Che Bella, University Stationers, Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, Friedman’s.


  • The cost for upperclassman housing is now standard: $9,292. The dorm was priced at $10,120 last year, in the most expensive tier.


  • Bathrooms: Every setup gets a bathroom. Two-person flats have 38 sq. ft. bathrooms, while 5- and 6- person suites are a bit bigger to accomodate a second sink and a stalled-off toilet. Even the 6th floor has bathrooms! They all get cleaned weekly. Public second floor bathrooms are pretty gross. Suite bathrooms feel a bit better, but they would take some effort on the part of the residents to look clean.
  • AC/Heating: It has A/C, which is a predictably a huge plus in the early months/during NSOP ragers.
  • Lounge: Floor and building lounges exist, and can be described mostly as “just fine.” Floor Lounges are on the 12th, 14th, and 20th floors, and they have microwaves. Large, lounge-y living spaces define EC – they’re normally well-lit in the days and lit at night. Living spaces are on separate floors from suite bedrooms and the same floor as two-person flat and double rooms.
  • Kitchen: Suites and flats get kitchens. Kitchens come with dishwashers (not super powerful), fridges, ovens, and stoves. Microwaves not provided, but they exist in floor lounges. They’re cramped if you want to have multiple people cooking in them.
  • Laundry: Takes place in the basement. There’s a lot of machines. Like, 30 washers and dryers.
  • Fire escapes: No good access.
  • Bike storage: Bike storage is available underneath EC in the Wien Courtyard.
  • Computer/printers: Available on floors 10 and 18. One printer and a half-dozen computers per lounge. There is also a printer in the lobby.
  • Gym: Floors 8 and 16 have cardio rooms with treadmills/ellipticals.
  • Intra-transportation: Two elevators are pretty fast, but they often have to make a lot of stops. Occasionally, maintenance takes one over, and then there’s one elevator for the whole place. Two stairwells, one on the elevator side of the floor and one exit-only staircase on the far side.
  • Hardwood/carpet: Carpeted hallways, hardwood suite common areas. Doubles are carpeted. Bedrooms are hardwood. If you look close, you can find some linoleum in some of the kitchens.
  • Bonus: Relatively large music practice rooms on three odd-numbered floors. Par-tays.

Tell us about the weird room sizes!



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Stop and Frisk and Broken Windows go hand in hand, per MJP

In a presentation on Tuesday night to a packed room at the School of Social Work, the Morris Justice Project presented findings and methodology in a talk called “Stop and Frisk?” The Morris Justice Project is a community initiative from the South Bronx in a very heavily-policed community. The project was created in 2011, when NYPD officers conducted nearly 700,000 stops.

As opposed to most graduate school talks, this event made no pretensions of high academia – the Project prides itself on performing and presenting its research for its community, not for scientific publication. Tuesday’s talk took that element to heart, detailing how the Project centered itself on the community.

The Morris Justice Project began in a public library from the lived experiences of members of a community. Members at the talk described a vibrant community that was “bullied and harassed” by police officers. One speaker described how he didn’t want to go outside for fear of being stopped, and another told a story of a client who was arrested for robbery, even though he had just spent the last hour meeting with the speaker. Several members were horrified by how regular police stoppages seemed to their children. The existing statistics, even those that came from the government, corroborated the story that neighborhoods like this one in the South Bronx were disproportionately targeted by the police as compared to white and wealthy communities.

Read on for how the MJP turned their vision into “street science.”



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Tulips in West Side Community Garden

One way to help is by gardening in the community!

If you’re confused about all of the yellow balloons on campus, today is Columbia Community Outreach Day of Service, when Columbia encourages student groups to get involved and give back to the community. If you’re participating, good for you! But whether you are or not, you can help the community more than just one day out of the year. In honor of the Day of Service, we’ve compiled some resources for Columbia students looking for ways to help out.

Find ways to volunteer through:

  • Deed, “an on-demand app that makes volunteering easy,” purports to be an “Uber for volunteering” which connects volunteers who can’t commit to weekly volunteer spots. Not currently available on Android.
  • NYC Service, a 2009 creation in response to calls for volunteerism by President Obama, has listings for official NYC government-sponsored events, but also lists miscellaneous opportunities.
  • New York Cares focuses especially on three key issue areas of education, immediate needs, and public spaces.
  •, which lists over 1000 opportunities in NYC, also offers over 100,000 volunteer positions across the nation.
  • Cherry Ivy attempts to “make philanthropy accessible” by showing how easy it can be to get involved.
  • Idealist,  run by Action Without Borders, has been around since 1995 and promotes over 2,500 opportunities in NYC.

And if you’re looking for some specific ways to help out:

Opportunities on and off campus after the jump!



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Prezbo is the new sun

The Gadsden Flag, also known as the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag, which originated as a symbol of the American Revolution, has turned into a racist symbol as recognized by the EEOC. The flag has also been a favorite target of editing for enemies of the alt-right. To celebrate our experiences at Columbia, consider flying these new flags in your dorm room. Whether you want to support Manhattanville, mourn Bored@Butler, or show your distaste for Spec, we’ve got you covered.



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A promotional photo for CUPAL's "Bodies Redefined," featuring the five actresses in dance poses with a superimposed title card

We hope you like dancing

The Columbia University Performing Arts League is performing Bodies Redefined, an ensemble piece based on the cast’s experiences and reexamines the roles of body and gender through voice work, acting, and dance. The performance will take place tonight and tomorrow night at 8 pm in the Lerner Black Box. Senior Staff Writer Ross Chapman reviews the performance.

Every semester, the Columbia University Performing Arts League offers up a Special Project, a short-form theatrical venture which pushes the limits of the medium. Bodies Redefined, this semester’s effort produced by Lindsey Rubin (GS/JTS ’19) and directed by Antonia Georgieva (CC ’18) and Kosta Karakashyan (CC ’19), continued that tradition of original Columbia avant-garde.

To call Bodies Redefined a play would be difficult at best and dishonest at worst. The five actresses do not take on characters, and the scene structure fails to provide a coherent narrative. The work employs seven scenes and five monologues, ostensibly to “envision what it means to belong to a certain gender and in what ways [the body is] envisioned or transformed through such interactions,” per the directors’ note.

Gendered experience takes center stage in Bodies Redefined. The show draws inspiration (and at times entire scripts) from Ovid, e.e. cummings, and Julia Kristeva to supplement the supremely personal monologues. The ensemble scenes made wide use of dance, indicative of the fact that the film’s two directors focused separately on dance and theater. If the acting in the scenes was overstated to match its source material, the monologues were understated and real. They focus on crying, dreaming, and loving, and take place on bare crates in the center of a 3-walled black box setup. Sitting in the center of the middle section of seats, I felt as though the speakers were truly recounting personal experiences. Whether or not the monologue on catcalling was entirely nonfiction was irrelevant to how deeply it pointed to the feminine experience at Columbia.

Whether or not the event had humor was also hard to decode. The dissonance between a Greek tale and a campfire story, for instance, was palpable and entertaining, but the mood of the scenes before seemed to suppress laughter from the crowd. One scene was overtly humorous, but the brightest jokes alluded to harsh gendered realities. The ambiguity made me wish for something like Latenite’s laugh track to make the difficult scenes easier to digest.

While the show hit the gender nail on the head, it failed to live up to its name by creating commentary on the body. Some of that material may have been hidden into Kristeva’s esoteric text, or in the intricacies of the dance, but the creative team could have done more to highlight the body and its creation and transformation to match their ambitious goals.

Regardless, Bodies Redefined lives up to Special Project’s short legacy of experimentation. Its monologues are powerful, its choreography is imaginative, and its material is quintessentially Columbian, from Lit Hum allusions to campus creeps.

Bodies Redefined will play at 8 pm on Saturday and Sunday in the Lerner Black Box, with tickets available for purchase at the TIC. The runtime is approximately 30 minutes.

Promotional photo via Facebook

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