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Feb

23

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Celebrating Black history on the 23rd day of its month

Happening in the World: Athi-Patra Ruga, a South African artist, won the grand prize at Rencontres de Bamako, a pan-African photography exhibit, with his series “The Future White Women of Azania.” His work centers Azania, a promised land that was adopted by Black nationalists in apartheid-era South Africa. See the full gallery here. (CNN)

Happening in the US: Black Panther has broken record after record, after its weekend debut – including the highest grossing film with a February debut, the fifth highest-earning film in Disney history, and the highest grossing film by a Black director. The film has inspired an active, participating fanbase with movie-goers dressing for the occasion. With a 97 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes, fans are eagerly awaiting any return of Wakanda. (NPR)

Happening in NYC: NYU came under fire recently for serving a “racially insensitive” lunch, for which the administration has recently apologized. NYU sophomore Nia Harris wrote a letter to the university for serving watermelon water and collared greens as a Black History Month-inspired meal. NYU has just a 4.8 percent Black student population, though insists on its commitment to diversity and inclusion. Aramark, also a food provider at Barnard College, has assumed responsibility for the mistake and has since suspended the director of dining. (Independent)

Happening on Campus: The Barnard Writing Fellows will be hosting their second Grammar Workshop today from 10:30-11:30 AM in Milbank 324. They ask that RSVPs and questions be sent to writing@barnard.edu, but welcome all walk-ins. Free coffee will be provided!

Bop of the Day:

Black Liberation flag via Wikimedia Commons

Feb

20

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As midterms season has started and now will never end, Bwogger Idris O’Neill has compiled a 2 hour playlist for your pre-emptive L. 

Feb

16

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This is why you don’t unsubscribe

While the rest of you were ghosting your desperate Valentine’s Day hookups, Bwogger Idris O’Neill was ignoring e-mails from the multiple listservs she’s signed up for. Finding herself being a kind of, sort of, almost member of clubs, she’s been torn between seeing new clubs and the good times you’ve had together. She swears: it’s not you, it’s her.

  • Leave the GroupMe. Lose the E-board’s numbers. You’re going to think you’ll need them, but this is a nasty break-up. You gotta throw the whole club away.
  • Ignore them at 1020. You should expect to see them everywhere. It’s the Columbia Curse: everyone you’re trying to avoid will show up to the same party. Always. If you can’t ignore them (because we’re classy; we ghost), engage in small talk about anything but the club.
  • Accidentally sit across from them in a dining hall. God damn John Jay and their forcibly inclusive tables. Make pleasantries referring to old inside jokes and then leave. You’ll get pulled back in if you stay too long.
  • Never unsubscribe from the listserv. The whole point of ghosting is to inoffensively leave. Just read about all the cool club activities you can’t do and simmer in jealousy.
  • Make a new e-mail account. You’ve gotten yourself this far with your generic FirstName.LastName@gmail.com account. Take this opportunity to get weird – srirachaslut16, maybe – those UNIs were boring anyway.
  • Stop playing yourself and just drop out. When it comes to it, it comes to it. Though if you’ve reached this extremity, you probably weren’t good enough at ghosting anyway.

“Have a hydrated weekend” via a listserv I haven’t left

Feb

16

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A throwback to warmer days but this Bwogger still has her glow

Valentine’s Day may be over, but these students are getting it in early for next year’s V-day! It’s never too late for love with Bwog. E-mail us at tips@bwog.com if you’re interested, but work fast – these stunners may be snatched up quickly. 

Name, Year, School, Major: Cara Hudson-Erdman, Barnard ’21, probably art history but tbd…
Preference: girl for guy
Hometown: Northampton, MA
Your nightmare date in seven words or fewer: He hasn’t seen the office
What redeems you as a human being? I can make fresh pasta from scratch!!
Library room of choice: Avery next to the big windows
Beverage of choice: Ginger tea
Which dating apps have you been active on? (be honest) activating & deactivating tinder and bumble
Where can you usually be found on a Saturday night? dancing anywhere there’s good music!!
Historical Hottie: Rasputin

Eligible bachelorettes click here

Feb

16

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Learn how we are all involuntary informants of the state in the BCRW talk!

Happening in the World: A Barstool Sports radio host Patrick Connor was fired for making inappropriate sexual remarks (content warning) about 17-year-old Olympian Chloe Kim. Connor remarked, “that’s what I like about them high school girls,” on Barstool Sports and was fired on Wednesday by KNBR, another radio station he worked for. Connor has since apologized to Kim and her family for the remarks. (CNN)

Happening in the US: Wardell Jackson, a Mississippi police officer, has been suspended without pay for engaging in a verbal confrontation with Confederate flag-wavers in front of the new civil rights museum in Jackson, MS. Jackson denied flag-bearers entry onto the museum grounds, allegedly grabbing one of the flags to move it away. Jackson’s actions have reignited the debate on Mississippi’s state flag which still bears the Confederate flag. (NY Times)

Happening in NYC: Rikers Island is projected to close before the 10 year plan lawmakers have proposed. Rikers is a particularly popular target for prison abolitionists as there are overwhelming reports of assaults against prisoners, racist correctional officers, and deplorable living conditions. While the initial proposal did not ensure that Rikers would be closed within 10 years, New York state officials condemned the conditions of Rikers, adding that Rikers would close should the city fail to improve the state of the facility. Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to replace Rikers with four correctional facilities among the boroughs. (NY Times)

Happening on Campus: The Barnard Center for Research on Women (BCRW) will be hosting Subverting Surveillance: Strategies to End State Violence in the Diana Center today, starting at 4 pm, as a part of their Scholar and Feminist Conference.

Overheard: “He looks like Daniel Radcliffe never got out from under the stairs.”

Song of the Day:

Shouldn’t security make us feel safer? via Public Domain Pictures

Feb

14

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Please let me return to being the funniest person on Columbia Crushes (RIP)

Tragically single Bwogger Idris O’Neill tackles the most pressing campus issue of our time: what the fuck happened to Columbia Crushes?

I’m just like any of you – hot, eligible, consistently refreshing Columbia Crushes’s Facebook page instead of just following it. I get the same euphoric feeling when someone mentions me and the same feeling of disgust when there is yet another post about an unshowered patron of Butler. But lately I just haven’t had the same feeling. Is it seasonal affective or is it the fact that Columbia Crushes hasn’t updated since January 31st? It’s been two weeks, Columbia Crushes, why are you holding my confessions hostage? I’m no Richard Shin, but I deserve love too.

More beef with Columbia apps after the jump

Feb

8

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Butler Ref (300-level)

This room’s only functions are to be invaded by members of the marching band and screamed in

Bwog Baby and full-time critic Idris O’Neill contemplates her time at Barnard, providing arbitrary number assignments (like GPAs) to things that aren’t real (like academia). This time, Columbia is the one that gets graded and there is no P/D/F-ing this review. 

Primal Scream – 7/10

Worth it. Did not know at first this was a campus tradition – I heard other people screaming and I joined. Right there. In Butler. Got strange looks from people studying as if my single voice inside Butler was even remotely more distracting than the tens of people outside. Whatever.

Big Sub – 1/10

More like Big Disappointment. Get that dry ass sandwich out of my face.

Stacks sex – 2/10

Took a history major to level 9. Some guy who (I think) posted about me on Columbia Crushes. Experience was bad from start to finish. We awkwardly sexiled the single person studying in the stacks which like why are you studying here anyway? So anyway I’m having this awful time – cobwebs in my hair, dust literally everywhere, and this dude is calling me some other girl’s name. The experience was so harrowing my virginity came back.

More unorthodox reviews of conventional experiences after the jump

Feb

7

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You would think all of space is public domain.

Happening in the World: A 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Hualien, Taiwan today, on the second anniversary of the devastating Tainan earthquake which claimed 116 lives. Despite buildings tilting over and roughly 40,000 homes being without water, President Tsai Ing-wen stated hope that “people’s lives would return to normal as soon as possible.” In the midst of the crisis, civilians have been very active in rescue efforts, reporting about 150 people retrieved from ruins. (BBC)

Happening in the US: SpaceX has launched the Falcon Heavy, what CNN is calling “the world’s most powerful rocket.” Onboard is CEO Elon Musk’s very own Tesla, allegedly playing David Bowie’s “Space Oddity.” While Elon Musk has committed to doing vaguely villainous acts (A car? In space?), we applaud him for his appropriate taste in music. (CNN)

Happening in NYC: The Caribbean community of Brooklyn has filed suit against the officers of the 67th precinct, alleging that these cops are unfairly targeting Caribbean-owned restaurants with false alcohol violations. Community members noted that the discrimination has extended to venues and events associated with the annual New York Caribbean Carnival Parade as well. (NY Daily News)

Happening at Columbia: Today at 12 pm, the Weatherhead East Asian Institute and the APEC Study Center at Columbia University will be hosting “The Trump Administration’s Policy Toward Asia,” a lecture on East Asian foreign policy, in the International Affairs Building, Room 918. No registration necessary.

Overheard: “You’re a guy and we’re in Barnard so nothing you say matters.”

SPACE via Public Domain Pictures

Oct

30

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We already deal with the shitty pizza at Ferris outside of Halloweekend. Please do not dress up as it.

Written by Idris O’Neill, BC ’21

Year after year, we see the same slew of hastily thrown together, tired frat boy costumes and lazily constructed black cat outfits with makeup borrowed from your suitemate. It’s time to throw away your prop red solo cup, pastel shorts, and backwards caps and really step your game up. What’s a creative, CU-relevant costume you can rock this Halloween? Unfortunately, Bwog doesn’t have the answer to this. But what we do have are some suggestions of what not to do.

WALL STREET HUSBAND

What’s scarier: the men’s sports teams of Columbia dominating Hewitt during Meatless Monday or how much Barnard hates unions? Trick question – they’re both terrifying but only one is a plausible Halloween costume commentating on the campus’s political climate. This Halloween, opt for something less heavy-handed. The wound of DSpar is too fresh.

THE TENSION ON CAMPUS DURING ISRAELI WEEK
As terrifying as this one is, it’s not exactly the most pleasant thing to rock at an EC party. And it’s certainly not the kind of thing you want to discuss three cups into the mysterious Halloween-themed punch. Rejected for being too controversial. Also not tangible.

More ideas that may fuck you over.

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