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We're Fayerweather fans, but Schermerhorn isn't really that bad either.

We’re Fayerweather fans, but Schermerhorn isn’t really that bad either.

Continuing with our series on underutilized but fully available Columbia libraries, Bwog next spotlights a library tucked away in Schermerhorn—the Geology Library. Though often eclipsed by the artsy and sophisticated Avery Library, the Geology Library proffers a legitimate substitution to the soul sucking lower bowels of Butler and the superficiality of Avery.

Location: 601 Schermerhorn. Accessible library.

Hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 AM to 7 PM. Friday, 9 AM to 5 PM. Saturday-Sunday, 12 PM to 5 PM.

Contact: (212) 854-4713;[email protected]; http://library.columbia.edu/locations/science-engineering/about.html#geology

Seats:

  • Total: 26 Seats
  • Carrels: 11 Seats
  • Tables: 8 Seats
  • Computer Booths: 5 Seats
  • Overstuffed Chairs: 2 Seats
  • Seats for Talking: 0 (no talking zones)

Geology is a cool science ngl

Dec

22

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In our hearts, M2M is never closed

In our hearts, M2M is never closed

As many of us are aware, M2M recently pulled its health rating up from a C to a B. So, does that make it worth visiting? Or have its cheap Asian snack foods and underutilized seating area held allure all along? Internal editor Finn Klauber defends this hidden gem.

Look, I get it. M2M is just that weird Asian store tucked into an alcove on Broadway with a C (now a B!) health rating. And you’re probably just another middle class, non-Asian kid whose experiences with blue collar grime consist of leaving Bel Air on the freeway or standing in line behind some scary New Yorker when trying to buy beer at the NSOP Yankees game excursion. Why would you go to M2M? Sweetgreen is just twenty feet away, after all. Nothing screams out “new experiences” like spending more than 10 dollars on the luxury of an artisanal salad.

But, honestly, you don’t know what you’re missing out on. M2M is the hidden gem of the Morningside food and snack community, and it’s a shame that so few Columbia students see that C or B and decide to keep walking on. I was that Columbia student once, I know what it’s like. But M2M has a way of worming itself into your heart.

See, in the varying states of consciousness in which I’ve perused row after row of strangely detailed products packed with color, I have never been disappointed in my choices. Without engaging in a fetishization of East Asian culture, it is entirely appropriate to wonder at the vastly different trajectory on which Asian junk food developed opposed to that of our Western dominated culture. And M2M has managed to assemble the greatest collection of such delectable treats in the near Upper West Side. All you have to do is look inside.

So, what exactly is so great about M2M’s snack collection?

Dec

11

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The best type of finals alcohol.

The best type of finals alcohol.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this sparsely populated reading week are below, with no specifically recommended events. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Monday, December 12th

  • “The Transmission of Knowledge: Tool Use and Cognition” 4:00-6:00 PM, Faculty House. Nicola Clayton, Alex Martin, Ian Tattersall.
  • “American Democracy Under Threat?” 4:10-6:30 PM, Event Oval, The Diana, Barnard College. Michael Gerrard, Alexander Cooley, Mae Ngai, Jack Halberstam.

Tuesday, December 13th

  • “US Presidential Election: The View from Japan” 12:00-1:30 PM, 918 IAB. Hitoshi Tanaka, Takako Hikotani.

Wednesday, December 14th

  • “Student Discussion on Human Rights Post-Election” 1:00-2:00 PM, 513 Fayerweather Hall.

Thursday, December 15th

  • “OPEC Secretary General H.E. Mohammad Sanusi Barkindo” 9:30-11:00 AM, Presidential Room 1, Faculty House. H.E. Mohammed Barkindo (RSVP).
  • “Rethinking Victorian Individualism” 5:30-8:00 PM, 411 Fayerweather Hall. Anna Clark.

Friday, December 16th

  • “How to Hold a Dead Star in Your Hand” 7:00-9:00 PM, 301 Pupin Hall. Kimberly Arcand.

Dec

6

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ESC is keeping campus running smooth with the latest innovation, tampon boxes in bathrooms campus-wide.

ESC is keeping campus running smooth with the latest innovation, tampon boxes in bathrooms campus-wide.

Tampons, smoking bans, and tree lighting malfunctions, Oh my! A lot happened in this week’s ESC meeting. Let Finn Klauber recount the details of some important, new innovations coming to a bathroom near you very soon.

The student council initiative first spearheaded last year by CCSC President Ben Makansi and VP for Policy Viv Ramakrishnan to provide free tampons and pads to Columbia’s student population won a second round of support last night. In support of authorizing a tripartite, Council-led, pilot program for the upcoming semester, CCSC Executive VP for Policy Abby Porter and CCSC Student Services Rep Sam Safari presented an initiative blueprint already approved by CCSC.

The initiative, Abby and Sam explained, would pick up upon programs already in place at other schools, such as Brown, NYU, and the New York public school system, to stock pad and tampon boxes in specific bathrooms across Columbia proper for public consumption. After meeting with Columbia Health and Scott Wright of Student Services, CCSC attained substantive administrative support for this pilot program in the form of Student Services taking responsibility for installing the sanitary supply boxes in agreed locations. Student council members, in exchange, will take responsibility for collecting data on tampon and pad usage while also restocking the supplies, which the Councils will be responsible for purchasing. The proposed financial burden on each Council would amount to $210.96 from ESC, $622.32 from CCSC, and $221.51 from GSSC—though GSSC will vote upon the proposal later today. However, any money unused in the purchase of sanitary supplies will be returned to the Councils as appropriate. The list of buildings receiving tampon and pad boxes is as follows:

The list of locations after the jump

Dec

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Come see this loser talk about how he's not really wrong when he was actually completely, 100% wrong.

Come see this loser talk about how he’s not really wrong when he was completely 100% wrong.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended

  • “Data, Polling, the Media and Democracy: A panel discussion of Election 2016” Tuesday, 5:30-7:00 PM, Rotunda, Low Library. Nate Silver, Emily Bell, Robert Shapiro (RSVP).
  • “#bringbackourgirls: A discourse in Islamist militancy in Africa” Tuesday, 6:00-7:00 PM, 607B Pulitzer Hall. Helon Habila, Brian Larkin, Shobana Shankar, Nicholas Lemann (RSVP).
  • “The Gendered Road to STEM Engagement: Psychosocial factors contributing to academic and social engagement among women in STEM fields” Wednesday, 4:10-5:10 PM, 614 Schermerhorn. Bonita London.
  • “Sanctuary: Social, Legal, and Historical Perspectives on an Activist Category” Thursday, 6:00-8:00 PM, Held Lecture Hall, Barnard College. Alexandra Délano Alonso, Eric Foner, Alyshia Gálvez, Elora Mukherjee, JC Salyer (RSVP).

Full list here->

Nov

28

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Plasmate Caeles

Plasmate Caeles

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended

  • “The Alternative Folklore of the Region – Hard Mountain Rap, Vintage Feminism and Filthy Karpaty Hip Hop” Tuesday, 12:00-1:30 PM, 1219 IAB. Lucia Nimcova.
  • “Salvaging Syria: A Talk with Ambassador Ghadbian (of the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces)” Tuesday, 8:00-9:30 PM, 501 Schermerhorn Hall. Dr. Najib Ghadbian, Special Representative to the United Nations and the United States for the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces.
  • “Citizen Subject: A Conversation with Etienne Balibar” Wednesday, 6:00-8:00 PM, 2nd Floor Common Room, Heyman Center for the Humanities. Etienne Balibar.
  • “Sounding China in the World: A Workshop on Musical Circulations to and from China from the Qing Dynasty Through the Present” Friday, 9:30 AM – 5:30 PM, 701C Dodge Hall. (Speakers).
  • “Coupling of Atmospheric Regions by Transient Plasmas” Friday, 2:00-3:00 PM, 214 Mudd Hall. Dr. Caitano L. da Silva.

Full list after the jump

Nov

22

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ESC sure discussed some important issues before Break.

ESC sure discussed some important issues before Break.

Sit back as Finn Klauber recounts the important proposals discussed at last night’s ESC meeting. Topics discussed varied from concerns over completing CS major requirements, getting the Wednesday before Thanksgiving off next year, and funding for campus organizations. 

Yesterday evening’s Engineering Student Council meeting strayed away from controversial discussions or proposals, instead focusing on a group discussion apropos of the unnecessary burdens Columbia places on SEAS Computer Science majors. Executive VP for Student Life Piyushi Bishnoi, with support from Executive VP for Communication Anthony Kim, is heading an effort to demonstrate to the Administration just how serious of a situation this is to SEAS students.

Members of ESC pointed out how the CS department seems to have a deflated point attribution—while Art of Engineering is a 4 point class, Fundamentals of Computer Science only provides 3 points. 2017 Class Rep Harry Munroe plainly asked what the fundamental problems are with department, drawing VP Kim to explain how the CS department has issues with hiring professors to meet CS needs. The number of students in CS waxes and wanes over time, meaning careless hiring choices could hurt Columbia more than help it. Furthermore, some professors are “research professors” only allotted a class or two, unless Columbia CS wants to pay these professors premiums to teach a greater number of classes. 2018 Class President Aakanxit Khullar asked for clarification specifically on how seniors are not able to register for necessary classes in the department, which was explained as the specific tracks within the CS department varying in terms of the actual number of listed courses that are actually given. In other words, VP Bishnoi summed up, students don’t feel like they can actually fulfill the requirements for CS.

What about the Finance?

Nov

20

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I'll just take a Lewinsky from HamDel, just saying...

I’ll just take a Lewinsky from HamDel, just saying…

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations this week account for the truncated week. Thanks Thanksgiving! If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended

  • “Women’s Summit: Ending Sexual Violence in the Workplace” Monday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM, 104 Jerome Greene Hall. Saru Jayaraman, Teresa Younger, Kimberlé Crenshaw (RSVP).
  • “Reading the Election” Monday, 6 PM, Ella Weed Room, 223 Milbank.
  • “Hofstadter at 100” Monday, 6:00-8:30 PM, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, Pulitzer Hall. Eric Foner, Lizabeth Cohen, Ira Katznelson, Adrienne Petty (RSVP).
  • “SEAS Town Hall Meeting Regarding the Presidential Election and Immigration Concerns”, Tuesday, 12:00 PM, Davis Auditorium, CEPSR, Schapiro. (open to all international students at Columbia)
  • “Columbia College and Undergraduate Engineering Students Town Hall Meeting Regarding the Presidential Election and Immigration Concerns” Tuesday, 3:00 PM, Satow Room, Lerner Hall.

The Full List Here!

Nov

15

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Even Alma Mater's got her back to the wrestling team in light of recent developments.

Even Alma Mater’s got her back to the wrestling team in light of recent developments.

ESC goes about trying to heal the Columbia community in wake of the recent elections results through *drumroll* safe spaces. After a week reinforcing an intolerant culture campus-wide and nation-wide, ESC attempts to make students feel safer and included at Columbia. Finn Klauber takes you inside another exciting ESC meeting.

Yesterday during Engineering Student Council, the brunt of the meeting was dedicated towards talking about the week’s discussion topics—especially given a dearth of positional substantive updates. Among these discussion topics, ESC’s discussion of “Post-Election Student Support Projects” dominated. What are these “Student Support Projects,” you may ask. According to ESC President Neha Jain, SEAS ’17, these include “project suggestions [which] should support students post-election. They should be feasible, inclusive, and take into account places outside of the council.” In other words, anything that can make anyone feel better or improve campus (and national) unity in these taxing times.

What were some of these suggestions?

Nov

13

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Because what's really there is too scary for us.

The reptilian branch of the Illuminati wants you to think you can get to the Moon.

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended

  • “Cosmic Navigation” Monday, 6:00-8:00 PM, 3rd Floor Lecture Hall, Pulitzer Hall. Jeff Kluger and Alan Stern (RSVP).
  • “Exposing Racism: The Role of the Press in Covering/Exposing or Ignoring the Race Story” Thursday, 12:00-2:00 PM, Stabile Student Center, Pulitzer Hall. Hank Klibanoff.
  • “Extreme Engineering: Expeditions in Space with Astronaut Tim Kopra” Thursday, 6:30 PM, Rennert Hall, The Kraft Center. Tim Kopra.
  • “Three-Dimensional Atom Probe Tomography: Directly Measuring the Atomic Origins of Macroscopic Function” Friday, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM, 214 Mudd Hall. Dr. Austin Akey.
  • “How to Stage the Moon Landings” Friday, 7:00-7:45 PM, 301 Pupin Hall. Zephyr Penoyre.

In space, nobody can hear you type…

Nov

9

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The hacker known as 4chan reacting to Donald Trump's victory.

The hacker known as 4chan reacting to Donald Trump’s victory.

Given the shortened week (thanks Fall Break/Obama), Bwog is presenting a truncated Bucketlist focusing around decompressing from the excitement and results of the 2016 presidential election. Regardless of whether you supported Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton (or Gary Johnson or Jill Stein or Harambe), these events can serve to contextualize, analyze, and fully absorb the ramifications, both good and bad, of Donald Trump’s victory. 

Recommended Events

  • “The Impact of the U.S. Elections on U.S.-Cuban Relations” Wednesday, 4:30-6:00 PM, 801 IAB. Dr. William LeoGrande.
  • “Post-Election Conversation and Reflection” Wednesday, 5:00-7:00 PM, Lerner 555.
  • “Can Historical Memory Prevent Against a Return to Mass Violence?” Wednesday, 6:00-7:30 PM, East Gallery, Buell Hall. Henry Rousso.
  • “Til Debt Do Us Part: Lessons for a Deglobalizing World from the Last 25 Centuries of Financial Crisis” Thursday, 6:00-7:00 PM, 513 Fayerweather Hall. Dr. Bob Swarup, Perry Mehrling (RSVP).
  • “Future Scenarios for Russia and the West” Friday, 8:50 AM – 5:15 PM, 601B Pulitzer Hall. Natalia Bubnova, Jessica Malbacher, Timothy Frye, Matthew Reichert.
  • “Capitalism in Crisis? Economic History and its Uses today” Friday, 6:30-8:30 PM, East Gallery, Buell Hall. Adam Tooze, Richard John.

Oct

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The sky's the limit

“Go forth, vote for me, and then I’ll leave for my vacation house.”

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended

  • “Should the “Bern” Create a Third Party?” Tuesday, 1:00-2:00 PM, IAB. Steven Nemerovski (RSVP).
  • “Drawing the Unspeakable” Tuesday, 7:00-9:00 PM, 523 Butler Library. Kerascoët, Pénélope Bagieu and Catherine Meurisse (RSVP).
  • “Alan Turing: Computing Machinery and Intelligence” Wednesday, 6:30 PM, Davis Auditorium (CEPSR), Schapiro Hall. Dermot Turing.
  • “The Cosmic Origins of the Chemicals of Life” Friday, 7:00-9:00 PM, 301 Pupin Hall. Daniel Wolf Savin.

What else does Columbia want us to think we know? And what are they really hiding?

Oct

25

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The new constitution has got us feeling all types of a way.

The new constitution has got us feeling some type of way.

Finn Klauber takes you through the exciting happenings of last night’s ESC meeting. From a new website to a new constitution, things are looking up for the ESC.

After a few weeks of gently postponing a necessary ratification vote, the Engineering Student Council formally ratified their updated 2016 constitution, revised under the committee leadership of VP for Policy Sidney Perkins, SEAS ’17. This final leap faced one small hiccup, however, in VP for Student Life Piyushi Bishnoi’s, SEAS ’17, inquiry regarding Article four, Section three, Clause D, which calls for the Council to approve the allocation of funds amounting to more than $500. Although ESC determined VP Bishnoi’s move towards a friendly amendment negligibly changing the wording would have to face a vote next week, the generated discussion called for VP Perkins to actually look up within the document in question the outlined procedures for entertaining a friendly amendment in such circumstances.

Standing in stark contrast to the nominal discussion of that notorious Smoking Resolution, “A Resolution To Support Pro-Bono Student Software Development”, proposed by Technology Representative Vinay Mehta, SEAS ’18, faced gritty attacks from all angles. The original proposal outlined the creation of a software development subcommittee under Representative Mehta, consisting of Mehta, the Vice Presidents of Policy and Communication, and anybody else interested, with an annual appropriation of $500. The subcommittee would attempt to obtain and distribute developer licenses and other resources, covering fees, server hosting, and providing other tech capabilities.

Does it pass?

Oct

23

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"I whip my constituents back and forth"

“I whip my constituents back and forth”

Bucket List represents the intellectual privilege we enjoy as Columbia students. We do our very best to bring to your attention important guest lecturers and special events on campus. Our recommendations for this week are below, and the full list is after the jump. If you notice any events that have been left off the list, or a correction, please leave them in the comments.

Recommended

What really matters in life?

Oct

18

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ESC questions their legitimacy in passing the recent smoking ban due to their lack of an updated constitution

ESC questions their legitimacy in passing the recent smoking ban due to their lack of an updated constitution

And just when you thought ESC could reach the pinnacle of its relevance with its smoking ban it recently passed, Finn Klauber takes you through another meeting where even their legitimacy to pass said smoking ban is up in the air.

Last week, I reported that the legitimacy of Engineering Student Council’s vote to encourage a smoking ban would lay upon the specifics of their updated constitution, supposedly to be ratified at this week’s meeting. However, despite the procedural failings in continuing to operate according to an unseen and officially moot constitution, the actual structure and work of the Council remains the same regardless of any procedural liabilities. Regardless, ESC spent most of its substantive time in session discussing two resolutions—one which was unanimously voted upon at the end of the meeting, the other which had just debuted in its initial planning and discussion stage.

In light of the usage of the Smoking Survey™ to approach a smoking ban through either Democratic or Authoritative means, newly elected University Senator Izzet Keboudi, SEAS ’19, proposed the “Resolution to Publicize ESC Survey Results & Responses to Columbia Community”. Essentially, the two-clause resolution clarified whether the surveys used in ESC proceedings would be made public or not, to be stated clearly on the survey itself, and further clarified that personal info from the survey will not be released except when fundamental to “the nature of the survey.” After accepting a friendly amendment to further clarify that these surveys are not looking for, and thus will not scrutinize, any individual’s specific response, ESC voted by hand and by acclaim concurrently in a unanimous approval of the resolution.

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