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featured on columbia crushes 2.0 within a month of freshman year: get on his level

Imagine: in the midst of yet another NSOP event’s over-friendliness, you catch a glance of an amiable face adorning a purple bandana across the room. What are you to do but approach him? This is how Staff Writer Eva Sher met Bandana Boy.

A few days ago, I was in John Jay, and I found myself in the dessert section with Bandana Boy. He, as usual, was sporting his purple bandana. As I walked out, I realized that I had never seen him without his talisman. I decided to send him a text, which, now looking back, was kind of creepy, stating: “hey! seeing you reminded me I’ve been meaning to ask you about your purple bandana? I think it’s iconic and i just wanna know if there’s a meaning behind it or if you just like the color.” From that conversation, he agreed to meet with me to share his thoughts on his staple clothing item.

It all started even before NSOP, during COOP. He shared that he wore it during COOP and again during NSOP a few times, and he realized that whenever he wore it, he would get a lot of glances. From this, he realized that the bandana helped people recognize him. “If I wasn’t wearing it, people I had met before legitimately would not recognize me,” he laughed “it was a good conversation starter too.”

From NSOP on, my friend’s bandana became a point of recognition beyond making friends. He shared that a total stranger walked up to him once and said, “I feel like I have seen you a few times this past week with your purple bandana”, then proceeded to introduce himself.

On an even grander scale, Bandana Boy was featured on Columbia Crushes 2.0 only a few weeks into the school year. On September 18th, someone submitted: “Dear freshman: You were so awkwardly cute when we first met. I keep seeing you sporting your purple bandana and I wish I had the chance to know you better… or the courage to say hi without fleeing the scene ASAP. Tried to find you through mutuals on Facebook, but I guess you must be one of those non-Facebook freshmen – making me feel even older already. Visit our floor soon, please?”

I like to think of the bandana as my friend’s version of Billy Ray Cyrus’ fake mustache from Hannah Montana. When he puts it on, everyone knows who he is. But when he removes this one small feature, he plunges into total anonymity. When the bandana is off, he is a regular Columbia student like everyone else. When it’s off, “even [with] close friends, it’ll take a few seconds.”

Nowadays, you can see Bandana Boy sporting other colors. On his birthday, “several people gave [him] bandanas so [he] has a lot of colors now.” If you see someone walking around campus in a light blue bandana, know that it may, in fact, still be Bandana Boy. Or it could just be a wannabe. Who knows?



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Why buy something new when you can make do with with the junk you have already accrued underneath your bed or all over your floor? Bwog staff has compiled a list of ways to repurpose literal garbage in your dorm room.

  • Refill a soup container with water to use as a vase for flowers.
  • Use your blender as a water pitcher because filtered water is scarce and rare in the quad.
  • Sleep with your head inside your refrigerator during the summer and behind the refrigerator during the winter.
  • Hang clothes from a curtain rod to block the light coming in through your blinds.
  • Use a lamp as a drying rack.
  • Use your roommate’s mini steamer as a kettle to brew hot water for exactly one cup of tea.
  • Use a T-shirt as a pillowcase.
  • Take out your fridge shelf and use it as a pantry.
  • Use the flyers from the Milstein opening to make a lanyard of inspirational women. :’)
  • Use a cardboard box as a pot for your 3-foot tall plant you accidentally ordered on Amazon.
  • Stack all of your old disposable coffee cups from Ferris you forgot to throw away into a pyramid to use as a step stool to get onto your bed.
  • Use the tapestry you were too lazy to hang as a towel.

If you have any other interesting ways to reuse your old stuff to be useful in your room, let us know at because Bwog loves innovation.

Photo via Eva 



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where to find the different types of sandwiches

Tonight at 6 PM, the annual 715-foot sandwich courtesy of Barnard McAC and Dining Services will span across Barnard’s campus, from Barnard Hall to the Milstein Center. Different options for different dietary restrictions will be provided, including vegan, kosher, and halal options. Make sure to stop by, or just literally be anywhere on campus, at or before 6 PM to grab your part of the Big Sub!

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What a dramatic poster!

The Center for the Study of Social Difference hosted a panel of professors, scholars, and activists to launch the Working Group on Menstrual Health & Gender Justice this Thursday afternoon in the International Affairs Building and share their experiences and insights on menstrual health research and education. New staffer writer and baby Bwogger Eva Sher was in attendance.

After a long day of school during a long week of classes, I was genuinely excited to spend my afternoon listening to six intelligent, tenured scholars speak about periods. No, really. I live for this.

Upon walking into the room of people engaged in quick conversation and dressed in power suits, I could feel that I was in the presence of some interesting and opinionated people. The panel proved my instincts correct. The panelists included Professor Ingla Winkler of Columbia University’s Human Rights Program, Professor Chris Bobel of the University of Massachusetts Boston, Trisha Maharaj of Columbia University’s Human Rights Graduate Program, Dr. Nancy Reame of the Columbia University Medical Center, Norma Swenson of the Our Bodies, Ourselves organization, and Vanessa Paranjothy, an Obama Foundation Scholar and co-founder of Freedom Cups. Professor Winkler gave a brief introduction for each of the panelists and then asked them questions.

A key concept that I learned from Professor Bobel, that I am planning to adopt into my daily language, is instead of simply referring to people who experience periods menstruators instead of women. Many people, including myself before the panel, first think of referring to menstruators as women in our binary society. But in reality, not everyone who experiences a menstrual cycle is female and not all females experience a menstrual cycle.

Professor Bobel shared other novel pieces of wisdom that I want to make a poster of. I’m honestly probably going to put some of them up to put on my wall. “The body is not broken. Menstruation is not a problem to be solved.” This insight really made me rethink how periods are spoken about by the public and in policy. The language used to refer to menstruation is inherently sexist, and menstrual education is almost always a side dish before the main course which is product endorsement. Menstrual products are often referred to as hygiene products. Referring to them in this way makes it seem as if periods are dirty and something to be ashamed of. Or ‘giving a menstruator the tools they need to manage their period is giving them their dignity back’ implies that that body experiencing a period did not have dignity in the first place before having possession of commercial products. Bobel pointed out that the sexism in these terms are subtle, but still very much present.

Menstrual cups, Toxic Shock Syndrome, and more after the jump!

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